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
6.2-inch, 2780 x 1080, 19.9, 403ppi, LTPS LCD, teardrop notch, 400+
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|
3.5mm jack and corded buds supplied|
Earpiece and down-firing
Three mics FM Radio Google Assistant
Dual sim with Dual VoLTE|
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41
Wi-Fi N dual band|
NFC: No GPS: Yes USB-C
P2i nano coating
|Fingerprint/ID||Rear sensor/Face Unlock||same|
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|
|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|
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
OIS and EIS
|Rear Camera 2||5MP depth sensor||same|
|Front selfie||8MP, /2.2, 1.12um pixel||12MP, f/2.0 1.22um pixel|
Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Group selfie, Spot colour
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.