Motorola has announced a new generation of its g-series smartphones. Less than a year after it announced the G6 family of smartphones in April 2018, it has introduced the new g7 line. The new line-up includes 4 devices: the g7, the g7 plus, the g7 power and the g7 play. The g7 and the g7 plus both come in the same form-factor unlike the g6 and the g6 plus. Furthermore, the g7 power has been introduced as a new lower priced member of the range. The g7 power will have lower specs but will feature a longer battery life (5000mAh vs 3000mAh for the other variants).
Motorola has been using a pretty straightforward formula with its g series of smartphones. Every year it updates the hardware and features on these mid-range phones in order to keep up with the other devices in the market. And the g7 phones are no different. The g7 and the g7 power feature Snapdragon 632. The g7 plus on the other hand features Snapdragon 636. SoC-wise, all of the g7 phones feature big CPU cores unlike the g6 phones. The SoCs are composed of four Cortex A73 derived cored and four Cortex A53 derived cores, all running at 1.8GHz.
RAM-wise, there is some disparity among the g7 models. The regular and the plus variants offer 4 GB of DRAM and 64GB of internal storage. The g7 power offers 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The g7 play offers only 2GB RAM.
Both g7 and the g7 plus feature an identical 6.2-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 2270×1080. These displays will have an aspect ratio of 19:9.
The g7 play has a low resolution (1570×720) screen with a size of 5.7 inches, making it the smallest phone in the series. The g7 power will also feature the same low resolution screen but its display will be sized at 6.2 inches.
The camera is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of any modern smartphone. The regular and the power version of the g7 feature a 12 megapixel sensor with a pixel size of 1.25µm. The g7 plus features a bigger, 16 megapixel sensor with a pixel size of 1.22µm. The g7 and the g7 plus feature a dual-pixel PDAF sensor whereas the g7 power features a regular PDAF sensor. The former two also feature an additional 5 megapixel depth sensor alongside the main sensor. And finally, the g7 plus also features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
In the front, the g7 plus features a 12 megapixel camera whereas the other three models (g7, g7 power and g7 play) feature an 8 megapixel front camera. The g7 features a teardrop notch and offers the highest body to screen ratio. The g7 plus and the g7 play on the other hand feature a display notch that resembles that of the iPhone X.
The g7 is now available in Brazil and Mexico. It is expected to hit the markets of Europe in a few days. But it may still be a few months before it is available in North America and the rest of the world.
The g7 power and the g7 play will be available for $249 and $199 respectively and will be made available worldwide. The price for the g7 plus has been set at 299€. This phone will not be available in North America. Motorola has been doing this with its other phones too, and the g7 plus can be expected to eventually hit the markets of the U.S.