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Motorola’s New G7 Line Starts at $200, with a Massive 5000mAh Upgrade Available

Motorola G7 Power, with a 5000mAh battery.

Motorola’s G series of phones has long been a favorite among bargain hunters looking for flexible Android handsets on the cheap. Today the company updated the series for 2019 with the G7, G7 Play, and G7 Power.

The Motorola G7. Note the teardrop notch and dual rear cameras.

The G7, sans adjective, is the most expensive of the line, though it’s still more than reasonable at $300. Three bills gets you a relatively large 6.2-inch 1080p LCD screen over a mid-range Snapdragon 632 processor, 64GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. The rear camera is a dual setup of 12MP main and 5MP depth sensors, with an 8MP front camera chilling in a “teardrop” notch. The phone features a USB-C port and, thankfully for anyone who doesn’t want to buy more adapters, a headphone jack.

The G7 Power (header image) drops the price down to $250 but bumps the battery up from just 3000mAh to a whopping 5000mAh, which should last for at least two days on moderate use. Like the more expensive G7, it can do fast charging at 15 watts. The bigger battery and fetching clear plastic back make the G7 Power noticeably thicker, and it has just 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, though the processor remains the same. It also drops the second rear camera and has a much longer iPhone-style notch on the front. The screen is still 6.2 inches, but it drops down to 720p resolution.

Motorola's G7 Play.

For just $200, the G7 Play gives you a 5.7-inch 720p LCD, 32GB of storage, and a somewhat anemic 2GB of RAM. The rear camera is a different 13MP shooter and the battery drops back down to 3000mAh, this time with 10-watt charging. Oddly, the G7 Play is the only member of the trio to get a front-facing flash in its camera notch. Oddly, all three designs are missing NFC and wireless charging, but they have both fingerprint and face unlock options.

The three new G7 phones go on sale today in Mexico and Brazil, with launches in the US and Europe in the spring. They run Android 9.0 “Pie,” but don’t expect these models to get fast updates when Google’s yearly operating system refresh comes in the third or fourth quarter.

Source: Ars Technica

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