- Analysis by KJ David
The cheapest and lowest-specked variant out of four Moto G7 models released by Motorola in Q1 of 2019, the Moto G7 Play's list of specs is marred by cons like a paltry (by 2019 mid-range standards) 2GB-only RAM and an unpromising Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 eight-core 1.8GHz processor -- a few similarly-sized models belong to Phonerated's list of high-tier octa-core phones, rocking 2.5GHz (or faster) eight-core engines.
Its setbacks also include the blatant absence of NFC (Near Field Communication) support , which, as we were reviewing its technical pros and cons, was somewhat a standard facet among Android phones.
Although its expansive 19:9 screen aspect ratio winds up as an appreciable pro in our book, seeing that it brings to mind some of the best large-screen phones around, the fact that its 5.7-inch screen sticks to a low-class 1512 x 720 HD+ resolution and scores a measly pixel density count of 294ppi makes the G7 Play's facade sound unimpressive. That said, it's easy to appreciate its damage-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 finish , which is married to a water-repellent (p2i nano-coating) body .
Going back to its hardware components, this G7 spinoff sounds rather stingy compared to several of its middle-class rivals when it comes to internal memory, offering only 32GB on that front , whereas some of its competitors start out with 64GB or 128GB. We would not worry so much about it, though, since the G7 Play supports monstrous 512GB microSD cards . Also, considering its assortment of pros and cons, its 3000mAh battery, which powers up through a 10W rapid-charging system, sounds reasonable to us.
The Motorola Moto G7 Play is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear cam whose key imaging perks include phase-detection autofocus, 4K/UHD (3840 x 2160) video-recording , and Google Lens integration, the latter being an image-recognition app that lets users search for an item's details on the internet by snapping a photo of it. Sitting above its screen is an 8-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera that's spruced up by a dedicated LED flash -- the other G7 variants only offer screen flash functions.
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With the Android 9.0 Pie operating system rounding things out, the Moto G7 Play caters to those who want an imaging-driven smartphone, but aren't ready to go for a full-blown flagship model just yet.
** This phone is also known as: Motorola G7 Play
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