Australian Website g7 here and g7 Plus here 

In the box

  • Handset
  • 5V/3A 15W Turbo Power Charger (27W Qualcomm QC 4/PD 3.0)
  • USB cable type
  • 3.5 mm earbuds and mic
  • Clear bumper cover

The first impression

Both are identical – the Plus is allegedly .5mm thicker. The only give away is the dual LED flash on the Plus.

These are glass slabs with a reasonably high screen-to-body ratio courtesy of the teardrop. The bottom chin has Motorola on it. On the rear are dual cameras in the familiar top centre circle and a bat-wing logo fingerprint sensor below it. Power and volume rockers are on the right side.

Remember these are mass-market phones and we will rate them accordingly as to whether they meet or exceed the paradigms for that.

Screen – both

Size: 6.2-inch
Resolution: 2270 x [email protected]
PPI: 403
Ratio: 19:9
Type: LTPS LCD
S-T-B-R: 82%
Colour depth in bit/colours: 16.7m
Brightness: 450-570 nits (g7 Plus add 5%)
Contrast:  1400:1 (g7 Plus is closer to 1500:1)
HDR:  No
Colour gamut: 100% sRGB
Notch: Centre teardrop
Screen protection: type: Gorilla Glass 3
DRM Widevine certification for Netflix and other streamers
Motorola g7 and g7 Plus

The notch is a tad larger than we like, but overall these are 1080p screens with reasonable blacks and colours within tolerance. DeltaE is around 6 (acceptable variance from 0) – colours can be set to natural, boosted or saturated.

BOE makes the slightly whiter/brighter g7 Plus screen and Tianma makes the g7. As these are volume phones, Moto needs multiple sources, and you would only notice this when placed side-by-side.

While both have enough brightness, the glossy/reflective screen reduces daylight readability.

Screen summary: Meets or exceeds paradigms especially as it has 100% sRGB colour gamut

Performance

Processor Type: Qualcomm SD632
14nm
Cores: 4×1.8MHz LP and 4 x 1.8Mhz HP
Idle: 614/633Mhz
GeekBench single/multi: 1282/4796
Qualcomm SD636
14nm
4 x 1.6Mhz LP and 4 x 1.8Mhz HP
Idle: 633/1113
1342/4914
GPU Type: Adreno 506
Antutu GPU score: 13845
Hexagon 546 DSP
Dual 14-bit ISP
Limited AI
Suitable for 30fps mobile games
Encode H264/265 and YouTube Live
Adreno 509
Antutu GPU score: 20865
Hexagon 680 DSP
Spectra 160 ISP plus dual 14-bit ISP
Clear sight – basic camera AI
Same
RAM RAM: 4GB-LPDDR3 single channel
Storage: 64GB eMMC (approx. 46GB free)
OTG Support: 2TB
Separate micro-SD card slot up to 512GB
4GB LPDDR4-1333Mhz double channel
Same
Same
Same
Other X9 LTE modem
BT 4.2
Quick Charge 3
X12LTE Modem
BT 5.0
Quick Charge 4

The difference in processors is not so much about speed but in camera post-processing, modem, and multitasking capacity.

Both run at a similar temperature 32° idle, but the SD932 heats up more under 100% load. This reflects the better efficiency of the SD636 — neither throttle under load reflecting good cooling and good thermal management.

Summary: These are ideal mass-market processors used in an almost standard Qualcomm reference design and meet or exceed your needs. The addition of a separate micro-SD slot as well as dual sim slots is excellent.

Comms

Comms Wi-Fi N, dual bands, 1 x 1 MU-MIMO
Speed at 2/10m from router: 433/150Mbps
Signal strength (higher is better): -43dB
Wi-Di, Hotspot
Bluetooth: 4.2
USB-C 2.0
NFC: Yes
Signal strength (lower is better): -46dB
Wi-Fi AC, dual band, 1×1 MU-MIMO
866/150Mbps
-58dB
Same
BT 5.0
Same
Same
Signal Strength: -49dB

For most users, the Wi-Fi N suffices. If you do a lot of uploading or video streaming the g7 Plus will be faster.

Summary: Typical Qualcomm reference design that you find in most Pure Android phones.

Sound

Sound 3.5mm audio jack
Standard 3.5mm buds/mic
Earpiece speaker and down-firing speaker – stereo+
Mics: 2 (1 for ANC)
Google Assistant: Yes
FM Radio: Yes
Codecs: BT 4.2 SBC and aptX
Bitrate: 24-bit/192kHz
Dolby Audio-enhanced
Ring volume: 85dB
Speech/Audio: 72dB
Same





BT 5.0 plus aptXHD




The g7 Plus has the later BT 5.0, and it shows when connected to BT headphones or car audio. Volume is louder, and cross talk is lower.