Moto G7 vs. Moto G5 Plus: Should you upgrade?

Moto G7
Moto G7 (Image credit: Android Central)

Moto G7

Moto G7

With the Moto G7, Motorola is once again showing why it's the go-to brand for budget phones. Combining decent hardware in the form of a Snapdragon 632 with a metal and glass design that includes a tiny waterdrop notch at the front, the Moto G7 punches well above its weight.

Moto G7

A solid upgrade

Premium design
Robust hardware
USB-C with 15W fast charging
Great value

Moto G5 Plus

Moto G5 Plus

The Moto G5 Plus was an excellent budget phone when it launched two years ago, but the specs don't hold up in 2019. Furthermore, the phone is still stuck all the way back on Android 8.1 Oreo, and that's not likely to change any time soon.

Moto G5 Plus

No longer relevant

Compact form factor
15W fast charging
Same great Motorola software
No more updates
Dated design
Aging hardware

Motorola has shown time and again that it knows how to make a solid budget phone, and that hasn't changed in 2019 with the Moto G7 series. If you're rocking a Moto G5 Plus or older and are interested in finding out what's new, read on.

Should you upgrade to the Moto G7 from the Moto G5 Plus?

Motorola knows a thing or two about making a great budget phone, and the Moto G series is often regarded as the benchmark for this segment as a whole. Motorola has done a great job staying attuned to the times, with the Moto G7 offering a significantly larger screen when seen next to the Moto G5 Plus. Thanks to a waterdrop notch for the front camera, the device itself isn't all that bigger in terms of physical size.

The Moto G7 is a worthwhile upgrade if you're still rocking a Moto G5 Plus.

The Moto G7 also offers vastly upgraded internals in the form of the Snapdragon 632, which provides much better performance in day-to-day tasks. You also get 4GB of RAM as standard, and there's a dedicated microSD slot that can accommodate cards up to 512GB in size.

Although the Moto G7 sports a lot of new features, there are a few areas where things are on an equal footing with the Moto G5 Plus. Both phones have 3000mAh batteries with 15W fast charging, and you get about the same battery life as well. Thankfully, the Moto G7 retains the 3.5mm jack, and there's a capacitive fingerprint sensor at the back.

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CategoryMoto G7Moto G5 Plus
Operating systemAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Display6.2-inch IPS LCD, 2270x1080 (19:9)Gorilla Glass 35.2-inch IPS LCD, 1920x1080 (16:9)Gorilla Glass 3
ChipsetSnapdragon 6324 x 1.8GHZ Kryo 250 Gold4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 250 SilverAdreno 506Snapdragon 6258 x 2.0GHz Cortex A53Adreno 506
MicroSD slotYes (up to 512GB)Dedicated slotYes (up to 256GB)Hybrid slot
Rear camera 112MP f/1.8 PDAF12MP f/1.7 PDAF
Rear camera 25MPNo
Front camera8MP f/2.05MP f/2.2
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/nBluetooth 4.2 LEGPSFM radioWi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/nBluetooth 4.2 LEGPSFM radio
Audio3.5mm jackSingle speaker3.5mm jackSingle speaker
Water resistanceNo ratingNo rating
SecurityFingerprint sensorFingerprint sensor
Dimensions157 x 75.3 x 8mm172g150.2 x 74 x 7.7mm155g
ColorsCeramic Black, Clear WhiteLunar Grey, Fine Gold

Motorola continues to offer one of the best third-party skins around, and its software aesthetic hasn't changed all that much in the last two years. That's a good thing because there's not a whole lot wrong with Motorola's implementation of Android in the first place. Features like Moto Actions and Moto Display continue to be standout additions for Motorola on the software front, and if you're coming from the Moto G5 Plus, you'll feel right at home on the Moto G7.

Thankfully, Motorola's software hasn't changed too much in the last two years.

If there's one critique to be made of Motorola's software, it's that the manufacturer has a poor record when it comes to updates. Motorola hasn't done a great job at keeping up on software updates over the years, with both phones still running older versions of Android. The Moto G5 Plus is still woefully running Oreo more than two years after its release, and the device will not make the switch to Pie. So if you're looking to try out a newer version of Android, then you should consider upgrading to the Moto G7.

Plain and simple: if you're still rocking a Moto G5 Plus, it's time to make the switch to the Moto G7. The phone offers much more robust hardware that should allow it to hold its own for the next two years, and the design isn't likely to be outdated anytime soon either.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is Android Central's Senior Editor of Asia. In his current role, he oversees the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, networking products, and AV gear. He has been testing phones for over a decade, and has extensive experience in mobile hardware and the global semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.