Motorola wows with Moto g7 and g7 Plus @$399/499

Moto G7

The Motorola Moto g7 and g7 Plus will be available from 11 April. Judging by early international reviews they give this iconic brand a very strong foothold in the mass market where it is all about bang for buck.

The Moto g7 family usually has a good, better and best range – but here in Australia, it is the better and best for us.

GadgetGuy has not reviewed these yet and will probably do so as a pair. The questions will be what do you get by spending $100 more on the G7 Plus or what do you lose by spending $100 less on the G7?

Danny Adamopoulos, GM Sales, APAC for Mature Markets, Motorola, said,

“We are excited to continue the moto g family legacy with the Australian launch of the moto g7 range. From taking stunning photos with optical image stabilisation (OIS) on the moto g7 plus, to all-day battery the g7 family provides high-end features and performance at great value.”

“The newest generation of moto g smartphones also come equipped with Moto Experiences, Motorola’s innovative software that responds to natural gestures and haptic technology. Coupled with Android 9, swipes, taps, and holds have been redesigned to make for an intuitive and seamless experience. Key innovations such as Chop chop to launch your flashlight and the Twist motion to Quick launch your camera continue in both devices.”

Moto G7 and G7 Plus Australian specifications

Moto G7
Item G7 G7 Plus
Screen 6.2-inch, 2780 x 1080, 19.9, 403ppi, LTPS LCD, teardrop notch, 400+ nits
Gorilla Glass 3
S-T-B-R approx. 82%
Processor Qualcomm SD632 eight-core Qualcomm SD636 eight core
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 509
RAM/Storage 4/64/microSD to o512GB same
Sound 3.5mm jack and corded buds supplied
Earpiece and down-firing
Dolby Audio
Three mics FM Radio Google Assistant
LTE Dual sim with Dual VoLTE
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41
Plus 19
Comms Wi-Fi N dual band
Bluetooth 4.2
Wi-Fi AC
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC: Yes
IP Water-repellent
P2i nano coating
Fingerprint/ID Rear sensor/Face Unlock same  
Battery 3000mAh
USB-C 5V/3A 15W turbo power
USB-C with USB PD 2.0 5-9V/3A 27W TurboPower 80% in 30 minutes
Android Pure clean 9.x Android Enterprise certified same
Size 157×75.3x8mm x 172g Same with glass back/176g
Colour Clear white
Ceramic Black
Deep Indigo
Viva Red
Price $399 at Officeworks, Good Guys and Mobicity $499 same

Camera – there is a lot in here for a mass-market device

Rear Camera 1 12MP, f1.8, 1.25um pixel 16MP f1.7, 1.22um pixel
Features PADF
LED flash
Auto HDR
EIS video stabilisation
Slo-mo, time lapse, hyper-lapse
8X Digital Zoom
YouTube Live integration
Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, All in focus, Portrait mode, Cutout, Panorama, Manual mode, RAW photo output, Active photos, Spot colour, Best shot, Google Lens integration

Dual CCT LED Same Same
Rear Camera 2 5MP depth sensor same
Front selfie 8MP, /2.2, 1.12um pixel 12MP, f/2.0 1.22um pixel
Features FF
Auto HDR
Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Group selfie, Spot colour

GadgetGuy’s take

Moto owners are very loyal and happy, and the G7 series offers new users a chance to experience Moto build quality and service even at a low price point.

Save $100 or spend 100?

The phones are almost identical – the G7 loses NFC and Wi-Fi AC with a slightly less specified camera. It is a good buy for everyday use.

But spend $100 more to get Wi-Fi AC, BT 5.0, OIS camera, 27W charging – as well as that Viva Red finish  – you have won me.

This market is overly crowded – the closest comparison to the G7 Plus is the $499 Nokia 7.1, and there is not much between them.