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Moto G7 Power

Colours:
Black
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 64 GB + 512 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Decent build and design
  • Fantastic battery
Cons
  • Average performance
  • Poor cameras
  • HD display
  • Over priced

Specifications

General
Launch DateFebruary 15, 2019 (Official)
BrandMoto
ModelG7 Power
Operating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Chargingyes
Design
Height159.4 mm
Width76 mm
Thickness9.3 mm
Weight193 grams
ColoursCeramic Black
Display
Screen Size6.2 inches (15.75 cm)
Screen Resolution720 x 1570 pixels
Aspect Ratio19:9
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density279 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass v3
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)77.72 %
Performance
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 632
ProcessorOcta core (1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 250 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 250)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsAdreno 506
RAM4 GB
Storage
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution8 MP Front Camera
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.2
Flashyes
Image Resolution4000 x 3000 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst mode
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity5000 mAh
TypeLi-Polymer
User Replaceable
Quick Chargingyes
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging
USB Type-Cyes
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

with Redmi Note 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A30, Honor 8X, ZenFone Max Pro M2 available in the same segment, we find it very difficult to suggest the Moto G7 Power. If not for the stellar battery, there’s literally nothing that makes the phone a stand out in the segment. So, if you are the market looking for a smartphone, we suggest you ignore the G7 Power and pick any of the above-said phones.

Introduction:

Thanks to immense competition from Xiaomi, ASUS, Honor, Motorola has been losing its stem in the Indian market. Overpricing the G6 was the first backslash it faced in years and not so consistent with software updates post-Lenovo acquisition is yet another drawback. Moving past the damage, it launched the Moto One Power Android one phone which is an online exclusive model and witness a decent reception as well. To continue the same, the company recently launched the Moto G7 Power in India which we will be reviewing today to see if it's worth the wait. Let’s get started.

The Moto One Power sports a 6.2-inch (1570×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 14nm mobile platform SoC clocked at 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 506 GPU. It packs 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage that is further expandable up to 256GB with microSD. It runs on Android 9.0 Pie.

In terms of camera, there is a 12MP primary rear camera with Dual LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 1.25μm pixel size and an 8MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size. It packs a fingerprint sensor for additional security. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C port. It measures 160.83 x 76 x 9.4 mm and weighs 198g. It packs a 5000mAh battery with 15W Turbocharging.

Design & Display:

Like with most phones coming out these days, the Moto G7 too pack a glass-plastic sandwich design. It doesn’t feel cheap and fits perfectly in hands. It has modern looking 19:9 aspect ratio with a notch at the front, if you are into the notch-gates. The phone offers good grip thanks to plastic rim running around the corner. The back panel is curved to edges and this doesn’t hurt your hands even if you use the phone for a long time. However, the glass back attracts fingerprints very easily and with a few minutes into using the phone, the back can get smudgy and this can get annoying. The rear camera module protrudes out a bit, and it wobbles when you place it on a flat surface. It comes with a Moto dimple which is where the fingerprint sensor is embedded. At 198 grams it is slightly bulky to use, but that’s a compromise if you have massive battery unit.

Moving to placements, up front, the Moto G7 Power packs an 8MP selfie, along with earpiece, microphone and the usual set of sensors inside the notch. The phone comes with an impressive screen-to-body ratio. Below the display is the Motorola logo in the chin. The volume rockers and the power button are present on the right side, while the SIM card tray and a dedicated microSD card section are present on the left side. On the top, it has a secondary microphone for noise cancellation and the 3.5mm audio headphone jack. While on the bottom you have the USB Type-C port, speaker grill, and a microphone. On the back, it has a single 12MP primary camera, LED flash. It also has a Moto dimple on the back which is where the fingerprint sensor is present. The back panel is not removable, so is the battery unit. Overall, the Moto G7 Power build and design is quite Impressive.

The Moto G7 Power sports a 6.2-inch (1570×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. While the screen may not be entirely bezel-less, it does offer a respectable screen-to-body ratio for media and gaming consumption. There is also a sizeable chin on the bottom where the Motorola branding is present. Given the price tag of Rs 13,999, one would expect the company to include a 1080p panel, but disheartening to know it only comes with a 720p panel. While it offers crisp and sharp viewing angles. We did notice pixellation when zooming in text and images. There’s no colour shift while tilting or distortion when viewing from extreme angles. The colours are not entirely vibrant, which you will have to make peace with. The brightness levels are decent as we were able to access the content outdoors and under direct sunlight without any issues.

Despite the fact it packs just a 720p panel, it was able to play full HD videos. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, so it can prevent the display from scratches and drops to a certain extent. The touch response is smooth, and we didn’t notice any lags while scrolling or browsing on Chrome either. It comes with an auto-brightness sensor, so once you enable it, you don’t have to adjust the brightness all the time. Overall, with a 720p display, you are settling for a mediocre panel and wish the company had included a 1080p panel.

Performance:

The Motorola G7 Power is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 14nm mobile platform SoC clocked at 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB RAM. For the same price as the G7 Power, Xiaomi is offering Snapdragon 675 chipset which is much superior chipset in terms of raw performance and for gaming as well. Snapdragon 632 is certainly an overpriced and underpowered chipset at this price point. This is to not say the performance is entirely bad, but it lacks the raw power needed to run high-end applications and games. Apps open and load fairly quickly, there was no delay in responses, thanks to stock Android. Multitasking too was decent; we were able to run 4-5 apps in the background without stressing much. However, if you have more app than what it can handle, it certainly lags and stutters which are clearly visible.

Moving to the gaming department, we played a variety of games including PUBG, Asphalt 9, Nova Legacy, Shadowgun Legends and more. The gaming performance on the phone is good given that you set the graphics to medium or low. There were no frame drops usually, but they do drop if you keep playing for a while. There was no heating issue which is a good thing. It comes with a Fingerprint sensor, and it unlocks the phone almost instantly. There is no face unlock which is a shame. Overall, the performance of the Motorola G7 Power is average at best.

Cameras:

The Moto G7 packs a 12MP primary rear camera with Dual LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 1.25μm pixel size and an 8MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size. Samsung Galaxy A30 which is just Rs 1000 more in the segment comes with a dual rear camera setup and it is disheartening to see a single sensor on the G7. Motorola’s camera app doesn’t pack too many features either so at this point, you basically know what you are getting. The phone consistently failed to capture usable images. The pictures are dull and look completely washed out. Enabling HDR makes a slight difference, but we wouldn’t consider the results as a drastic change.

Moving to low-light, this too falls short as the images are dull and have too much noise in them. There’s no portrait mode support since it is a single rear camera. On the front, there is an 8MP sensor, but the output is somewhat acceptable compared to the front snapper. The selfies have decent details and are well lit. The camera can record 1080p videos. Overall, the camera of the Moto G7 Power is very average.

Battery:

The Motorola G7 Power packs a massive 5000mAh battery with fast 15W turbo fast charging support, justifying its name as ‘Power.’ With moderate to heavy usage that includes calls, listening to music, GPS navigation, stream movies/shows from services like Netflix, Prime Video, browsing social media, browsing through Chrome. The phone could easily last one and a half days easily and most of the time we wouldn’t even worry about charging the phone. That’s how good the battery performance is.

If you are a one who doesn’t stream content oo much or into social media, you can even get more than two days battery life straight. This combined with clean stock Android results in very impressive results. There were never any drastic drops or battery drain when the device is left idle or during heavy usage. In our continuous video loop test, the device lasted for over 16 hours, which is outright fantastic. On the other hand, with heavy usage with tasks like watching movies, playing high-end games, browsing with 4G, GPS navigation, edit photos, the Motorola One Power was able to last one complete day without any issues. We recoreded a screen-on-time of around 6-7:30 hours which is brilliant.

With the bundled 15W Turbocharge support, the phone was able to charge from 0-100% in under 2 hours which is quite acceptable. Overall, the battery of the Motorola G7 Power is extremely good and is a testament of how an insane battery life gives the smartphone an edge in the competition.

Audio & Video:

The company didn’t include headphones within the box, so you will have to shell out some bucks. Thanks to the Dolby Audio, the device can produce clear audio output and it lets you tweak the sound profiles the way you want. When enabled, we did notice a difference in the audio quality, so, it is helpful. The speaker grill is present on the bottom, meaning, you might block the sound output with your hands when you hold it in landscape mode. The loudspeaker is loud enough to cover an entire room. The default music player can play a wide range of audio formats.

Moving to the video department, with an almost edge-to-edge display, we did really have a good time watching videos and playing games. The phone was able to play 1080p videos, and we didn’t notice any heating or freezing issues when streaming through 4G as well. As we said, invest some more on a pair of earphones for better audio and video experience.

Software & Ui:

The Motorola G7 Power runs on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with the stock interface. Since it is not an Android One phone, there’s no guaranty of future updates at this moment. Thanks to the clean stock Android, there’s no bloatware and the OS is very close to how Google intended it to be. It comes with Moto Display which lights up the screen and displays on-screen notifications. Gestures like a chop to turn on the flashlight and double twist to launch the camera app are present and accounted for. There is an app drawer where all the icons are arranged if you prefer.

While we like the clean stock look, it might become boring after a while as there are no pre-default customization options. You will have to rely on third-party launchers and themes. It has Dolby audio that lets you tweak the sound output from the loudspeaker and the headphones. Apart from Google default apps, it comes with FM Radio, Moto app only come pre-installed, and these aren’t bloating the phone.

The Moto G7 comes with 4GB RAM out of which around 2.81GB is user usable. The amount of free RAM is enough to run 5-6 apps in the background. It was able to handle multitasking smoothly without any lag or stutters. We didn’t notice any hiccups with UI transitions and animations as well. Overall, the software of the Motorola G7 power is impressive and clean stock Android look is a boon.

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