Motorola is back in the scene for Malaysia, and it’s good to see what it has to offer us. While the brand may not be as popular as other bigger names, it’s good to have plenty of options that can fit our budget. This brings us to the Moto G7 Power, an impressively affordable smartphone for those looking within that range. But does it come with the features to back it up?
PLASTIC GOODNESS AND DECENT SCREEN
The first thing you will notice about this phone is that it has a plastic back. The two more expensive members of this family, the G7 and G7 Plus, use glass which is apparent. However, the phone styles out the design really well despite the material used.
Size is what really should be the focus point here. The Moto G7 Power has an unusually large battery being 65% bigger than the norm, yet it doesn’t come across as a super chunky or heavy phone. The smartphone is 9.3mm thick which is gigantic by today’s standards, but you’d be surprised to find that it just doesn’t seem like that in person.
The Moto G7 Power has a USB-C charge socket; an upgrade from last year’s models that only had microUSB. You get 64GB storage as standard but you can still add a MicroSD card if you must. Like the other G7 in the line, the Power is also splash-proof, with a water repellent coating around its sensitive electrical spots.
It looks like Motorola's done more behind-the-scenes calibrating of the tech here than you might expect. This smartphone has a notch that is arguably the least distracting notch in the Moto G7 range.
Screen resolution is one of the larger trade-offs for the Moto G7 Power’s relatively low price. The phone has a 1520 x 720 pixel display, far less sharp than the Full HD screens of the higher-price Moto G phones. Despite that, the colour projected is rich, with strong contrast and is bright enough to tackle sunny days.
MORE OR LESS SAME EXPERIENCE WITH A BOOST IN PERFORMANCE
The Moto G offerings in terms of software hasn’t changed since 2018, in fact it has barely changed since 2013. You get Android 9.0 and a custom interface, but this skin is designed to mimic the stock Android; those who don’t spend all day poring over phones won’t necessarily notice the difference.
Aside from the lack of digital wellness features, the software included are those we’ve seen in other Moto phones. You get Active Display, a slick-looking standby screen that shows the time, your charge level as well as any notification icons whenever you pick up the phone.
Moto Actions are gestures that, for example, let you turn on the torch with a wrist flick or even silence the phone by turning it screen-down. These advanced-level lifestyle features should be used with caution, as you might otherwise find yourself firing off a whole bunch of functions accidentally.
The phone also runs remarkably well with a Snapdragon 632 and 4GB RAM. It has Kryo cores rather than the Cortex-A53 kind used in most affordable phones until now.
With that said, don’t expect quite as big a leap in terms of gaming though. The Snapdragon 632 has an Adreno 506 graphics chipset, so it will struggle to play mobile games like Ark: Survival Evolved and PUBG Mobile. For any other mobile games however, the phone has more than enough power to run it at an acceptable state.
IT JUST GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON
The redeeming feature of the Moto G7 Power is its battery life. It has a 5000mAh battery, bigger than those of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Galaxy Note 9 or last year’s long-lasting Moto G6 Play.
Even after a full day of use, with the phone clocking in more than 24 hours after being weaned off the charger, this trooper still had 59% of its juice left. Given of course this is with reasonable usage - such as not using the GPS for three hours or playing games throughout a long period.
The Moto G7 Power is one of just a few phones that can deliver actual two-day battery life. Motorola claims it is 60 hours, or two and a half days. It outlasts many other smartphones in its price range, and also just about every smartphone above it.
You get a 12-megapixel camera on the back, which uses an Omnivision sensor, and an 8-megapixel Samsung camera up front. Night image quality is unfortunately lacking and disappointing, considering the main sensor has a reasonably large 1.25 micron sensor pixels.
Want video? The G7 Power goes beyond the standard 30fps, 1080p with both 30fps 4K and 60fps Full HD modes. However, you trade away any kind of stabilisation with these higher-spec rates. You footage may actually end up looking better if you stick to normal 1080p. Overall, certain parts of the Moto G7 Power are decent, others are superb. The camera is one of these “decent enough” parts.
All in all, you can see the chinks in the armour of the Moto G7 Power. For all that “power” bragging, it struggles a little with very few flagship features to flaunt. The camera is “decent” at best and is not the sharpest you’ll find what that price point.
Despite all that, this phone is a dream to live with. The battery lasts a real two days and together with a big CPU upgrade, it can handle most apps you throw at it.
If you’re tired of phones that barely last a day, and don’t want to put up with app fluff or software quirks, this is the perfect phone for you.