Each spring, Lenovo wows us with its Moto G budget phone lineup, and it looks like 2019 will be no exception. While we’re still months away from seeing the new collection, rumors are already beginning to come in.
Here’s everything we know about the Moto G7.
Typically, we see three different G-Series phones each year. In addition to the standard handset, Lenovo creates a Plus model with higher-end specs, and a less-expensive Play edition. So should we expect this same in 2019? Probably.
Lenovo may have cut the Moto C, M, & X lines this year, but next year is going to see a record number of Moto G models: Standard, Play, Plus, and Power.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 4, 2018
In October 2018, respected mobile leaker Evan Blass tweeted we could expect to see four versions of the upcoming Moto G7. In addition to the typical players, Blass said there would also be a special Power Edition.
Previously, My Smart Price posted a story stating there would only be two versions of the upcoming smartphone: The Moto G7 and Moto G7 Plus. That story seems to be wrong, as FCC certification for the Moto G7 Play has surfaced. This means we’ll likely see the Moto G7, G7 Plus, and G7 Play, as with most other years.
Leaked images of the Moto G7 Play have surfaced from that phone’s FCC certification, and it looks that even the lowest-priced version of the new Moto G7 range will sport a modern, notched look.
These images of the Moto G7 Play show a phone without the teardrop notch suggested for the G7 and G7 Plus, and also look to be using a plastic back, rather than a glass one. We’d expect nothing less of the more budget-focused G7 Play though, so it’s unlikely to be a deal-breaker for most buyers. The G6 Play‘s chunky bezels have been slimmed down for the G7 Play, with a much smaller forehead and chin. According to the ruler in the first image, the Moto G7 Play looks to be a smaller overall package than the G6 Play. There’s still only a single-lens camera on the back, but it will come with a USB-C port.
Like their predecessors, the front of the G7 and G7 Plus appear to be all display, but now come with the addition of a notch and the removal of the front-facing fingerprint scanner. The Moto G7 will reportedly have a 6-inch FullHD+ display, while the G7 Plus will sport a 6.4-inch screen. And while it looks like the chin bezel will make a return appearance on the 2019 smartphones, the top bezel has been replaced with a teardrop notch.
Both the G7 and G7 Plus appear to have a glass backplate, though it doesn’t look like there will be wireless charging. A prominent dual-camera array and fingerprint sensor sit toward the top center of the phones.
Specifications and camera
Most of the hardware information we have on the upcoming Moto G7 and G7 Plus was gleaned from information on the Federal Communications Commission website. Listings for two model numbers, XT1952-2 and XT1965-3, are believed to be the G7 and G7 Plus. Specifications have also now appeared for the Moto G7 Play, and they suggest that phone will continue to be the entry-level runner for the range.
The filings suggest the G7 and G7 Plus phones will have nearly identical specs. Both appear to have a Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage as a base option. That’s a pretty significant processor bump when compared to the Snapdragon 450 processor in the G6, but much more modest when compared to the Snapdragon 630 that runs the G6 Plus.
It seems the G7 Play will be seeing a fairly major specs bump too. The FCC filings suggest the Snapdragon 632 will be the phone’s CPU, with an Adreno 506 GPU. If true, that’s a major upgrade to the G6 Play’s Snapdragon 430. The battery may be a disappointment, however, being just 2,820mAh.
There’s not a lot of information about the camera just yet. We do expect both phones to have dual sensors on the rear and a single selfie-cam. My Smart Price claims the G7 and G7 Plus will have a 12-megapixel front-facing camera along with 16- and 5-megapixel dual sensors — we’d definitely take those numbers with a grain of salt at this point since we’ve not heard similar specs from other sources.
Although many manufacturers choose to use older versions of Android in their budget phones, Lenovo typically bucks that trend. According to Android Authority and several other sites, the upcoming Moto G7 range will ship with Android 9.0 Pie.
In addition to Motorola’s near-stock version of Android on its G-series smartphones, there are a few additional features that are actually useful. We’d expect to see Moto Actions, Motorola’s awesome gesture interface, make an appearance on the upcoming G7 phones, as well as Moto Voice.
Release and Pricing
When should we expect to see the 2019 Moto G-series lineup? Well, if history is an accurate indicator, we likely will see the phones announced in April or May and released soon thereafter.
Pricing is a crapshoot at this point. Typically, Lenovo has kept all of the G-series phones firmly in budget phone territory, but things changed in 2018 when it smacked a nearly $300 price tag on its’ Moto G6 Plus. When we have a better idea of pricing, we’ll provide an update.
Updated on November 27, 2018: We’ve added details on the Moto G7 Play.
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