Rounding up the latest info on Motorola’s next budget champ.
When it comes to budget smartphones, few brands are as recognizable as the Moto G series.
The first Moto G from 2013 made us rethink what kind of smartphone you could buy for not a lot of money, and since then, its various successors have kept that spirit alive.
This year’s Moto G6 is one heck of a handset, so how in the world will Motorola improve for gen 7? Here’s everything we know about the Moto G7!
The latest Moto G7 news
November 16, 2018 — This is the Moto G7 Plus
Hot on the heels of the Moto G7 render we saw yesterday, Mr Gizmo Blog has returned with our first look at the larger Moto G7 Plus.
The Plus model is pretty much identical to the regular G7 from a design point of view, sharing the same waterdrop notch, dual rear cameras, and glass back. The screen’s a bit larger at 6.4-inches and has an extra-tall 19.5:9 form factor. The processor could also see an upgrade to the Snapdragon 670 or 710, with other specs including up to 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a 16MP + 5MP dual rear camera combo.
November 15, 2018 — New render confirms Moto G7 design with dual cameras & waterdrop notch
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve heard anything about the Moto G7, but thanks to Mr Gizmo Blog, we have yet another look at Motorola’s impending handset.
Similar to the first render we saw back in October, this new one confirms a lot of what we already know. The Moto G7 will have a waterdrop-style notch, glass back, dual rear cameras, and a fingerprint sensor embedded in the "M" logo on the back.
Something that is new, however, is the phone’s now shown in a black color instead of the silver one we saw previously. Also, while there’s no way to confirm this, Mr Gizmo Blog notes that, "the Moto G7 might be the company’s first G-series smartphone to offer Qi wireless charging support."
Other rumored specs include a 6-inch Full HD+ display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 3,500 mAh battery, and Android 9 Pie running out of the box.
October 5, 2018 — First Moto G7 renders reveal glass back, waterdrop-style notch, rear fingerprint sensor, and more
Similar to the G6, the Moto G7 will have a curved glass back, USB-C port for charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s now a speaker grill joining these two ports on the bottom frame, suggesting that this could be used in conjunction with the front-facing speaker at the top of the phone to create stereo audio.
Also on the front of the phone is a large 6-inch display with a smaller bottom bezel and waterdrop-style notch at the top that houses the front-facing camera. To make the bottom bezel smaller, the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back on the Moto "M" logo right below the dual rear cameras.
Exact specs are still unknown, but the current rumor mill is suggesting an unnamed octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a 3,500 mAh battery. Add that together with Android 9 Pie available out of the box, and this could be one of the best affordable phones we see next year.
All the big details
What specs can we look forward to?
Exact specs for the Moto G7 have yet to be confirmed, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from slowly trickling out features to look forward to. Some highlights include a 6-inch display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor, and Android 9 Pie. As for the larger Moto G7 Plus, things are even more impressive.
Here are the current specs that we’re expecting based on the latest rumors/reports.
|Category||Moto G7||Moto G7 Plus|
|Operating system||Android 9 Pie||Android 9 Pie|
19.5:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660||Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or 710|
|Rear cameras||16MP main sensor
5MP depth sensor
|16MP main sensor
5MP depth sensor
Qi wireless charging
Qi wireless charging
|Security||Rear fingerprint sensor||Rear fingerprint sensor|
When will the Moto G7 be released?
In regards to the Moto G6’s release date, it’s currently up in the air.
The Moto G5 was released as early as March 2017 in some markets, whereas this year’s Moto G6 didn’t come out until May 9, 2018.
We fully expect the phone to come out in either Q1 or early Q2, but that’s about as specific as we can get for the time being.
How much will the phone cost?
Motorola’s Moto G devices are among the best values in the smartphone space, and with the G7, that likely won’t change.
The Moto G5 launched with a retail price of around $170 while the G6 came in at $250.
It’s hard to tell if we’ll get another price bump this year or not seeing as how the G7 looks to be a minor upgrade over the G6, so we’d expect the price to either stay the same or go up by $20 or $25.
November 16, 2018 at 04:48AM