We tried the Moto G7 Plus: if you do not like Xiaomi, you still have affordable alternatives

Moto G7 Plus

Moto G7 Plus

Moto G7 Plus Neither the whole mountain is oregano nor all the affordable mobiles are Xiaomi. It is true that it is inevitable to talk about this company when we talk about cheap terminals, mainly because they have set the bar very high in terms of the price-quality ratio. But there are others like Huawei and its P Smart, the best-selling terminal last year in Spain; or Motorola. Moreover, this brand – one of the oldest in the guild – was recently the queen of the mambo in what Chollazo ‘smartphones’ was referring to its G series. At that time the Chinese (fate has wanted the company too finish with eyes torn, to be acquired by Lenovo) another had not entered in droves to this market. But now it’s your turn to row against the current and in a not so comfortable position.

Moto G7 Plus
Moto G7 Plus

Well this Thursday Motorola unveiled the seventh generation of this family of devices that, for the first time, consists of four models. The Moto G7 (which can only be purchased at Amazon), the Moto G7 Play, a version highlighted by  the Moto G7 Power, with 5,000 mAh of battery; and at the top, the Moto G7 Plus. A terminal that is around  that is the trick to try to keep pace with equipment such as the Xiaomi Mi A2 (the Mi A3 can appear at any time), the aforementioned P Smart or, to a lesser extent, the Pocofone F1, the great revelation of 2018. We spent a few hours with the Moto G7 Plus after its presentation and here we bring you a first radiography of this terminal.

Repeat aspect, remove frames

The design is practically traced to last year as far as the shell  Moto G7 Plus is concerned. In this case we have arranged the color that has been baptized as ‘Indigo’, which does not come to be a blue that emits certain flashes depending on how the light impacts on its back. A rear made of tempered glass with glossy finish, which will end, as usual, being a magnet for the prints. Come on, you either clean it constantly or forget to take it to the air and plant a sleeve.

The rear part is still presided by the hump that contains the dual camera and now, by the fingerprint reader, which is placed in the central part of the back. A complete success, in my point of view, since it is much more natural than the lower area of ​​the front. By the way, its thickness is 8 millimeters and its weight is 172 grams.

The biggest changes come in the front. They have greatly reduced the frames (they are not symmetrical unfortunately) thanks to a ‘notch’ in the shape of a drop in the central part, where the camera is hidden. It has been a siluteado, so to speak, with a thick line. They could have rushed a bit more, although the panel occupies almost 81.5% of the front. The truth is that if you look at it face has an air similar to P Smart. However, they have replaced a logo on the bottom edge with the word ‘Motorola’. An essential detail (irony, Sheldon) is not going to be that someone forget the brand of which is your mobile.

On the screen little to comment. It’s correct. It will not take away your hiccups or give you any displeasure. That is what is perceived in this first contact. We speak of 6.2 inches with Full HD + resolution (1080×2270 pixels), 19: 9 format (more elongated than 18: 9) and 405 pixels per inch as screen density, which is not bad.


Otherwise it is worth mentioning that this terminal comes with USB port type C as well as ‘jack’ for headphones. In the same area one of the stereo speakers is placed (the other one is slightly above the ‘notch’ quite disguised). They come with Dolby Atmos technology and the truth is that my first impression has been very positive, with a fairly balanced sound.

Performance: light digestion

In its guts mounted a Snapdragon 636, an eight-core processor designed with architecture of 14 nanometers. For having a reference, the Mi A2 mounts the Snapdragon 660, which thanks to its more modern graphics (Adreno 512 versus 509), is placed slightly ahead. However, the difference in this section in the day to day should not be substantial if we only took into account this, because many more things come into play.Moto G7 Plus

Where if you can mark distances, taking into account that both have Android with hardly any additives, is in RAM. The G7 Plus stays with 4GB and the Mi A2 offers up to 6GB of RAM. Here we do not talk about the Pocofone F1, which hit a turning point to the power of the middle class by mounting an 845 with liquid cooling and up to 8GB of RAM. The G7 Plus is placed in front of the P Smart RAM, which comes with 3GB of RAM.

Where the Motorola terminal points a bit in front of the Mi A2 (the main contender in the choice) is in the microSD slot. Here you do not have to choose between a second SIM or an external card. There is room for everything. By default it offers 64GB and can be expanded up to 512GB. Of course, does not include, like any of the Xiaomi mentioned here, NFC. Something that will throw back many.

In general, what we have been able to verify in this first contact, is that it is a good fluidity taking into account that we are talking about a medium range. It launches the ‘apps’ relatively quickly, the camera also (it would be appreciated a little more joy when pressing the shutter) and can support up to 7 apps open at the same time without significant pulls.

The battery is 3,000 mAh. I would love to have delivered a verdict, but in the energy aspect more time is needed to analyze autonomy. The capacity is in line with the rest of the mid-range. It does not have wireless charging but it does have a fast charge. And here comes one of its most interesting points. The box includes the 27-watt charger (with USB C to C-type cable). The times they promise are quite interesting: in 15 minutes you will have power for up to 12 hours of use (no screen time) and 55 battery will be 100%. About the software, little to say. Motorola has long promised unswerving loyalty to pure Android, in this case Android Pie. It hardly introduces a few minimal personalizations that should not because they impede the least the experience. A control by gestures (shake the phone to open the camera), voice commands and functions like attentive screen (which does not dim if you’re looking at it). Just that and your camera application. By the way, in addition to fingerprint reader, has facial recognition. With good light pulls well, with little, not so much and falls into failures.

Rejuvenated camera

The camera has a double sensor. But nobody thinks that here there is a wide angle or an optical zoom. The main lens is supported by a piece of 5 megapixels that only and exclusively has the function of measuring the depth to help the ‘portrait’ mode. By doing it by ‘hardware’ and not by facial recognition, it allows blurring of photos of objects and animals, as well as people, of course.

The other sensor, the one that matters to us, has 16 megapixels, f / 1.7, optical stabilization, PDAF as well as 1.22 microns as the reference size for pixels. Record up to 4K The front is left with 12 megapixels. It has different modes, such as clipping (to silhouette a subject and place it in another background) and to select color. This last mode allows you to maintain the chosen point tonality, although its operation could be better. The stabilizer is appreciated when taking pictures in low light. Here we leave you a series of photos taken in this contact:

These are the main strengths of Motorola to keep pace with its now compatriots. It is clear that it remains, with the exception of design (for all that of plastic), one step behind the Pocophone F1 in terms of power and camera. Although in autonomy the terminal of the white mark of Xiaomi hardly has rivals, here the subject of the fast charger makes the teaspoon of castor be less bitter. The Moto G7 is a good option, it is in line with the Mi A2, betting on software, camera and design its main assets. Although Xiaomi stomps, if you do not like it, you still have options and alternatives to choose from.

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