“The G7 Power ships with a beefy 5,000mAh battery, and has been quietly launched in the Indian market”
Earlier this month, Lenovo-owned Motorola took covers off the entire G7 series. Going all out, the company announced not one, not two, but as many as four smartphones in the range, targeting budget and mid-range segments. While there’s no official knowledge as to if and when all these devices are coming to our shores, the brand did launch the G7 Power rather silently. With a price tag of Rs 13,999, the phone is placed in a highly competitive category. So does it pack enough to stand out? Well, that’s what we tried to find out, and here’s how we’ll describe our initial experience.
The entire Moto G7 lineup features display notches, which is need of the hour… but maybe a little too late. I’m saying that because notches are so 2018, and these days, we’re seeing things like waterdrop cut-outs, or punch-hole displays. That said, just like any other notch-toting smartphone, the one on the G7 Power could be ignored once you get used to it.
Talking about the USP of the G7 Power – its name has a dead giveaway. Just like the Motorola One Power (review), the handset packs in a beefy 5,000mAh cell. I’ve no doubt that the phone can last almost two days on a single charge, and that’s quite impressive.
However, the beefy battery means that the Moto G7 Power is weighty… 193g, to put it into numbers. The device is also quite thicker at 9.3mm. However, all this also provides a solid feel to the Motorola handset. The rear panel has a glass finish, which looks attractive, but suffers from the same issues as any glass-back smartphone. In terms of ports and buttons, there are no surprises, though I really liked the fact that the power switch has a ridged pattern, which makes it easy to recognise. The circular camera module at the rear also draws attention, and it’s good to see that the brand continues to offer the fingerprint sensor inside the Motorola logo on the back.
The 6.2-inch display on the Moto G7 Power bears a resolution of 720 x 1,570 pixels. While the screen seems sharp and offers good colours, it’s odd to see an HD+ resolution at this price. That said, the viewing angles and brightness levels also seem to be sufficient enough.
Powering the show is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 632 octa-core processor. The chip is mated to 4GB RAM, and the combination should be able to handle casual tasks and most games too. Though you can’t expect the device to be as powerful as the ones powered by Snapdragon 660 or Helio P70 SoCs. For storage, the phone comes with 32GB of built-in memory.
What’s also strange is the fact that Motorola has offered a single camera at the back of the G7 Power. At a time when dual-camera handsets have become a norm, this decision seems confounding, to say the least. The 12-megapixel sensor comes with a f/1.8 aperture and does offer a software-enabled portrait mode. An 8MP shooter sits up front for capturing selfies.
On the software side of things, the new smartphone ships with Android 9.0 Pie. Like its brethren, the G7 Power has a stock interface, and the only app from Motorola is for offering useful features such as Moto Actions and Display.
Considering we liked the One Power, we wanted to like the the Moto G7 Power as well. But if you discount its battery capacity (and maybe, the stock Android too), then it’s hard to recommend it considering there are so many capable smartphones in this segment. From the likes of the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (review) to the Galaxy M20 (review), and then there are upcoming phones such as the Galaxy M30 and Redmi Note 7 (review). That said, Motorola’s offering is already available around Rs 13,500 online, so if its price goes down further, then it could be a worthy consideration, especially in the offline segment.