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Moto G7 vs Nokia 7.1: Battle to rule the mid-range segment

12 February 2019 5

Motorola kicked off the February with the announcement of G7 series in a dedicated event in Brazil. This year Lenovo owned Motorola launched four variants of G7 series including G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play, and G7 Power. All the variants of G7 lineup come with few exclusive features to lure buyers. From years the Moto G lineup is known for their solid hardware specs, sheet, superb build quality, and great mid-range phone at the pocket-friendly price tag.

However, from the last couple of years, the Moto G-lineup is facing stiff competition from Chinese OEMs and HMD Global. Those who are unaware HMD Global is producing Nokia branded smartphones running on Android One OS. The company so far released a number of mid-range phones and almost device receives well appreciation due to its build quality and solid mid-range hardware.

Last year Motorola jumped from metal chassis to glass rear to make G6 lineup more attractive. This year once again Motorola refined the design to make the G7 lineup more attractive for budget-friendly buyers. It will be interesting to see how well the Moto G7 competes against the Nokia 7.1 which is currently considered as the best mid-range phone. Let's find out whether the Moto G7 is capable to dethrone Nokia 7.1 or not? Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design. ​

75.3 x 157 x 7.92 mm
6.24 inches - 2270x1080 px
71.18 x 149.7 x 9.14 mm
5.84 inches - 2280x1080 px
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Design

The Nokia 7.1 features aluminum chassis with glass covering the front and rear side. The best aspect of the design is copper or silver accents. The front-facing side has a traditional notch at the top and bottom of the display. The bottom bezel has Nokia branding. The rear side has dual cameras aligned vertically in the center. The pill-shaped camera setup is slightly protruding.

The circular fingerprint scanner is below the camera setup. The volume rockers and the power button is on the right edge. The Nokia 7.1 dimensions are 149.7 x 71.1 x 8 mm and weigh 160g. On the other hand, the Moto G7 chassis is made up of polycarbonate with glass covering the front and rear side.

Like most of the latest phones, the G7 comes with waterdrop notch at the top of the display. The thin bottom bezel has Motorola branding. On the rear side, the dual cameras are enclosed in Motorola's traditional circle with LED flashlight. The fingerprint scanner is embedded in the M batwing logo. Both phones are a clear example that smartphones manufacturers are bringing new design trends for mid-range phones as well. The Moto G7 dimensions are 157 x 75.3 x 8 mm and weigh 172g.

Both the phones are prone to damage in case of accidental drop due to fragile glass rear. Both the phones lack IP-ratings against water and dust, however, G7 comes with P2i repellent coating which provides resistance against water spills up to some extent. Both the phones look quite premium, however, the Nokia 7.1 special accent makes it better-looking phone than the Moto G7.

Display

As far as the display is a concern both the phones are packed with an LCD panel. That's where similarities between the two devices end. The Moto G7 is packed with a 6.2-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2270 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 403 pixels-per-inch.

The Nokia 7.1 sports a 5.84-inches display panel with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 435 pixels-per-inch. Due to slimmer bezels and dewdrop notch, the Moto G7 has a taller display in the same compact body. Another important aspect is the Nokia 7.1 display supports HDR10. The HDR10 is certainly an advantage for those who want to enjoy Netflix content on their phone.


In terms of performance, the Moto G7 and Nokia 7.1 are packed with Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 600-series chipsets. The Moto G7 is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 632 chipset whereas the Nokia 7.1 is running on the Snapdragon 636 SoC.

The Snapdragon 632 is an Octa-core chipset, the power efficient quad cores clocking speed is 1.6Ghz whereas the performance cores quad clocking speed is 1.8Ghz. The Adreno 506 is taking care of graphics. The Snapdragon 636 SoC is also an Octa-core SoC, this chipset both performance and power efficient cores clock at 1.8Ghz. The Adreno 509 is on board as a Graphics processing unit. Both the devices have 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB. Both supports memory expansion via MicroSD.

Specs Moto G7 Nokia 7.1
Display 6.2-inches 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2270 pixels 1080 x 2280 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 632 Snapdragon 636
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 12MP+5MP 12MP+5MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Pie Android Oreo
Battery 3,000mAh 3,060mAh
Camera

Both the phones have dual cameras setup on the rear side. The primary sensor on both the phones is a 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary depth-sensing module is 5MP. Both phones can capture great portrait shots with a good level of bokeh effects. Up front, the selfie snapper on both the devices is an 8MP module.

One of the compromising aspects of Moto G-lineup is usually cameras setup. However, with the Moto G7 Motorola brought few improvements like Auto Smile capture and few others. The Nokia 7.1 cameras are quite responsive and capture great shots in stable lighting conditions. As it lacks OIS, so the results will be shaky with moving hands.

The detail level and colors accuracy are quite low in low-light conditions. The Moto G7 camera app has more customization options but the capturing capability of Nokia 7.1 cameras is better. Both the devices are capable to capture 4K shots. The G7 can also capture slow-motion videos.

Software

The Nokia 7.1 was announced in the last quarter of 2018 that's why it is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.0 straight out of the box whereas the latest Moto G7 is running on the Android Pie. The best thing is Nokia 7.1 is an Android One phone which means it will be receiving at least two major software updates and monthly security patches for the next three years.

Although the Moto G7 has thin skin over the Android OS still it has few bloatware apps. Motorola's custom UI gestures are pretty good and worth appreciating. Motorola also confirmed Android Q update for the G7 lineup.

Special goodies

Usually, the mid-range phones don't have many extra goodies but that's not the case here. The Nokia 7.1 features Bluetooth 5.0 for faster connectivity whereas the G7 relies on the Bluetooth 4.2. If you want to use Google Pay, the Nokia 7.1 is a better option as it features NFC. The modes rich camera app of Moto G7 is worth appreciating.

Battery

The battery cell on the Moto G7 is 3,000mAh whereas the Nokia 7.1 has a slightly better battery of 3,060mAh. Another important aspect is Moto G7 comes with 15W Turbo fast charger whereas the Nokia 7.1 comes with even faster 18W charger.

Price

The Moto G7 is currently available in Brazil and Mexico at a price tag of 249 Euros. It is expected to be released in the US at $300. Like its predecessor, the Moto G7 unlocked model will be available from Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart. The device will work on all major carriers across the globe.

On the other hand, the Nokia 7.1 is slightly more expensive, it costs $350 for the base model. It is currently available for the US buyers via Best Buy and Amazon. However, it is important to mention that Nokia 7.1 doesn't support Sprint and Verizon network in the US.

Conclusion:

The Nokia 7.1 and Moto G7 both are solid mid-range phones with great build quality. In the design department either you have Moto G7 with waterdrop notch and thin bezels design or Nokia 7.1 with a traditional notch, significant bottom bezel and the best aspect is Silver or Chrome accent which gives its premium look.

The Moto G7 has an advantage of larger display whereas the Nokia 7.1 comes with HDR 10 support and also has better pixels density. The Nokia 7.1 performs slightly better in terms of performance, however, you may not find much difference as a daily driver. In the camera department, Nokia 7.1 certainly has an upper hand. As OS the Moto G7 is pre-installed with the latest version of OS but the Nokia 7.1 will have longer OS support.

As far as availability is a concern the Nokia 7.1 is more widely available whereas Moto G7 is currently limited to Mexican and Brazil market. The Nokia 7.1 is slightly more expensive than the Moto G7, it could play a vital role here. Do share your thoughts regarding the Moto G7 vs Nokia 7.1 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

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