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Moto G7 specifications: 2019 is a good year for budget phones

Moto G7 family
Moto G7 family (Image credit: Android Central)

There's something to be said for consistency, and Motorola is extremely that. The Moto G7 lineup includes four phones (though only three are coming to the U.S.), and they are minor but significant updates over their respective predecessors.

At the top of the heap is the Moto G7 Plus, which acts as the company's "budget flagship" for countries like Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and parts of Europe. It bumps the SoC from a Snapdragon 630 to a more powerful Snapdragon 636, and the rear camera to a 16MP shooter with OIS (plus a second sensor for depth), plus stereo speakers and a host of other niceties.

The mainline G7 is also improved over last year, with a Snapdragon 632 the standout upgrade — the G6 had a Snapdragon 450 — and, like its Plus peer, a 6.2-inch display. The Moto G7 Play is also getting a nice boost, with an identical Snapdragon 632 SoC to keep things moving, along with an upgrade to USB-C (and a downgrade to a smaller battery).

Finally, a newcomer enters the ring: the Moto G7 Power, which straddles the G7 Play and G7 in terms of specs but sports a massive 5,000mAh battery. Why? Why not.

Here's everything you need to know about the new Moto G7 series.

CategoryMoto G7 PlayMoto G7 PowerMoto G7Moto G7 Plus
Operating SystemAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 Pie
Display5.7-inch IPS LCD
1512x720
19:9 aspect ratio
6.2-inch IPS LCD
1520x720
19:9 aspect ratio
6.2-inch IPS LCD
2270x1080
19:9 aspect ratio
6.2-inch IPS LCD
2270x1080
19:9 aspect ratio
ProcessorSnapdragon 632 1.8GHz octa-core
Adreno 506 GPU
Snapdragon 632 1.8GHz octa-core
Adreno 506 GPU
Snapdragon 632 1.8GHz octa-core
Adreno 506 GPU
Snapdragon 636 1.8GHz octa-core
Adreno 509 GPU
Storage32GB32GB64GB64/128GB
ExpandableYesYesYesYes
RAM2GB3GB4GB4GB / 6GB
Rear Camera - Main13MP, ƒ/2.012MP, ƒ/2.012MP, ƒ/1.8 Dual Autofocus Pixel16MP ƒ/1.7, OIS
Rear Camera - SecondaryN/AN/A5MP (for depth)5MP (for depth)
Video1080p @ 30 fps1080p @ 30fps4K @ 30 fps4K @ 30 fps
Front Camera8MP
selfie light
8MP8MP12MP
Connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
Bluetooth 4.2
802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
Bluetooth 4.2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
Bluetooth 4.2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
Bluetooth 5.0
Battery3000mAh5000mAh3000mAh3000mAh
ChargingUSB-C
10W TurboPower charging
USB-C
10W TurboPower charging
USB-C
15W TurboPower charging
USB-C
27W TurboPower charging
Water resistanceWater-repellant nano-coatingWater-repellant nano-coatingWater-repellant nano-coatingWater-repellant nano-coating
SecurityFingerprint sensor (rear)Fingerprint sensor (rear)Fingerprint sensor (rear)
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (rear)
Face unlock
NFCNoNoNoYes
Dimensions148.7 x 71.5 x 8.2 mm159.4 x 76 x 9.3 mm157 x 75.3 x 8 mm157 x 75.3 x 8.3 mm
Weight151g198 g172 g176 g
AudioFront speakerFront speakerFront speakerStereo front speakers
ColorsStarry Black, Deep IndigoMarine BlueCeramic Black, Clear WhiteDeep Indigo, Viva Red
U.S. AvailabilityYesYesYesNo
U.S. Price$199$249$299N/A
European priceTBDTBDTBD€299

In terms of carrier availability, here's what Motorola has to say:

The new Moto G7 will be released in the U.S. starting this spring and will be universally unlocked at Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart and on Amazon.com with subsequent availability at Google Fi, Republic Wireless and Ting.The new Moto G7 Power will be released in the U.S. starting this spring with subsequent availability at T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Cricket Wireless (moto g7supra), Consumer Cellular, Republic Wireless, Ting and Xfinity Mobile, and will be universally unlocked at Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart and on Amazon.com.The new Moto G7 Play will be released in the U.S. starting this spring with subsequent availability at Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Republic Wireless and Ting, and will be universally unlocked at Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart and on Amazon.com.The Moto G7 family be available in Canada starting this spring with varying availability at Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, Videotron, Rogers, Fido and Freedom Mobile.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

10 Comments
  • Why can't the US have the G7 Plus???
  • So, the Moto G7 power is less powerful than the Moto G7, the Moto G7 plus isn't any bigger, but is more powerful and the Moto G7 play is the worst to buy if you want to play games... Got it. Only four models... Glad they kept it simple so that their target market, normal people, don't get confused.
  • Love my G6, will definitely pick up the G7.
  • I agree. I bought the Moto G4 Plus and am still using it. Might have bought G6 Plus last year if it had been available in U.S. Also was waiting for the G series to support Band 71. The specs I have seen have me concerned. What I have seen is the Moto G7 Play and Moto G7 Power have Band 71 listed for them. The Moto G7 does not have Band 71 listed. I have seen this several places including the Motorola website. What the heck!? They all use the same SoC so why would Band 71 be dropped from the flagship G series phone for the U.S. market? I want the G7 but if Band 71 is truly not supported I may have to reconsider. Is there anything about a G7 that argues against picking up a discounted G6 if Band 71 is not on the G7?
  • No NFC for g7 really motorola... That's all I need right now on my g6...
  • Still no NFC in US models. Even the new Nokia entry level phones under$200 have NFC.
  • Great! The next few months the G6 models will be available at the best prices so far.
  • SD 636 in the Plus model. Really Lenovo??? This old chip in the best version is a shame
  • 720 displays in 2019? Nuts.
  • Four models for the G line up. To many options. US deserves a the g7 plus specs and g7 power battery on one model. Unless you give it to us on the E6 Plus. Which I know it won't happen. Maybe next year or another brand will. Nokia you have the ball in your hand for old school comebacks.