The Moto G is Motorola’s best-selling family of devices. Launched to appeal to a younger user with tighter budgets in mind, the G family has moved from budget darling to surprisingly powerful in recent iterations.
With the launch of the Moto G7 Power, however, there’s one target in Motorola’s sights: battery life.
That’s one of the biggest complaints of smartphone users and with a 5000mAh battery, the Moto G7 Power promises 60 hours of mixed usage – that’s longer than 2 days.
But what else does this phone offer?
A design on the hefty side
- 159.43 x 76 x 9.3mm, 193g
- Black, blue or violet
- No water protection
Stuffing a big battery in a phone leads to one thing – increased weight. That’s one of the first things you’ll notice about the Moto G7 Power – it’s a pretty hefty device. Weighing in at 193g, it’s heavier than most flagship phones and the 9.3mm thickness makes it feel pretty substantial too.
Fortunately, Motorola has done much to mitigate the size with nicely curved edges so it’s not too unwieldy in the hand. Obviously, this isn’t just chunk for the sake of chunk – when you’re cutting through a weekend and you’re still on your first charge, you’ll be grateful for the size.
The design doesn’t deviate too much from previous Moto G outings, coming here in black, blue or a violet gradient colour (which we’ve not seen). For the black phone it’s a glossy finish and no sooner have you lifted it out of the box as it will covered in fingerprints.
Compared to the regular Moto G7 and the G7 Plus, we have to say that the G7 Power doesn’t look quite as premium, but again – you’re getting that battery life to compensate.
There is a soft transparent cover provided in the box, however, which will mitigate this and if you want to keep this phone looking good, then you’re best advised to use that cover.
A notched display and mid-range specs
- 6.2-inch, 1520 x 720 pixels, 271ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, 4GB RAM
- 64GB storage + microSD
One of the key elements of the design is the notch at the top of the display. On the G7 Power you have a wider notch than the G7 and the G7 Plus which both carry a waterdrop style notch which perhaps looks a little more contemporary.
That notch sits atop a 6.2-inch display with an HD+ resolution – 1520 x 720 pixels. That’s not hugely detailed at this size, but that’s pretty much what you get at this price point. First impressions of the display are that it’s pretty bright and vibrant, but we can’t really make any definitive judgements until we’ve spent more time with the phone.
When it comes to the hardware, the Moto G7 Power sits on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 platform – the same core hardware as the Moto G7 and the G7 Play – along with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, with microSD support up to 512GB.
Of course the big story here is the battery – and as we mentioned its 5000mAh, compared to 3000mAh across the rest of the range. It comes with a 15W TurboPower charger in the box while there’s a USB-C connection on the base, so when you do come to recharging, it won’t take long.
The fingerprint scanner sits on the back of the phone and there’s a 3.5mm headphone socket on the top, so you’re fully equipped to use your existing headphones.
- Android 9 Pie
- Some minor Moto additions
Motorola has been giving its users a pretty clean software experience since the launch of the Moto G family. Now running on Android 9 Pie – the latest version of the Google software, you’ll once again find that it’s pretty clutter free.
It’s not as clean as the Android One build – which you get from affordable rivals Nokia – so there’s some Moto features you can use to customise the experience. You’re blissfully spared preinstalled apps, which is a welcome relief, so there’s nothing to uninstall or hide to get you started.
There are Moto Actions included – a range of gestures to automate some actions as well as some display tweaks you can make. All standard Motorola stuff and all worthwhile.
First experiences reveal a pretty slick version of Android; we will of course bring you a much more detailed breakdown on how this phone runs once we’ve lived with it for a longer period of time.
G7 Power camera
- 12MP, f/2.0, 1.25µm rear camera
- 8MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm front camera
There’s no dual camera on the Moto G7 Power – that’s saved for the Moto G7 and G7 Plus – instead you get a single 12-megapixel rear camera, powered by a custom Moto camera app.
This gives you access to a range of popular photo features, like portrait which works on both the front and rear cameras. First impressions are reasonable, but we’ve not had the chance to really test it.
Google Lens is integrated, meaning you can point and identify objects or quickly extract information that the camera can see. You’ll also get Active Photos if you want this feature, which gives you a short video capture with your photo, so there’s movement included.
Video capture only runs up to Full HD, so there’s no 4K at this level, but you do get HDR to help balance out highs and lows in the scenes as well a burst capture.
From this family of devices, the Moto G7 Plus is pitched as the best camera experience, but from what we’ve seen so far, the G7 Power is pretty reasonable. We’ll dig deep in our review and bring you a full verdict on the camera in a couple of weeks.