Motorola G7 Power in the test: Good battery for little money


With four new smartphones, Motorola launched its well-known Moto G range for the seventh time in the spring of 2019. Previously, the mid-range series consisted of only three models. The newcomer listens to the name Moto G7 Power and should offer, according to the manufacturer "days of battery power" at a low price. Networld has tested the phone.

contents
1: Design and workmanship
2:display
3:Performance and memory
4:battery pack
5:Sound and voice quality
6:camera
7:miscellaneous
8:Price and availability
9:Conclusion & alternatives



The Moto G7 series settles in the price segment between 150 and 300 euros. However, many smartphones from Nokia, Honor, Huawei and Co. are still bustling there. While the regular Moto G7 already offers a lot for 250 euros, the specifications hardly differ in comparison to the 40 euros cheaper power model.

Therefore, we will not go back to every detail in the test report, which is identical to the main model and refer here to the test of the Moto G7. However, one thing stands out in direct comparison already on the data sheet in the eye: the battery, undoubtedly the highlight of the G7 Power. But let's start with the looks of the Android phone first.


Design and workmanship
Motorola's G7 Power is in no way inferior to the G7 and G7 Plus in terms of workmanship and case material. The back of the smartphone is made of curved glass, the fingerprint sensor is inconspicuously located in the Motorola logo under the camera

The latter is almost completely flat in the case of power. However, this is also due to the fact that at just over nine millimeters, it is about one millimeter thicker than the two more expensive models. Compared to other smartphones, the cell phone weighs more than 193 grams.

However, this does not negatively affect holding, as it is safe and pleasant to hold because of the rounded corners. Only on flat surfaces, the glass mobile phone slips around, an enclosed silicone protective cover provides in this regard for remedy.

On the top of the frame is a headphone jack and a microphone, on the bottom is also a microphone installed, as well as a USB-C port. A loudspeaker is missing there however. This is like the Moto G6 on the front at the top of the screen.


display
The notch of the G7 Power is wider than the more expensive models

The edge of the screen has been reduced compared to the previous series, because the manufacturer now sets as in the Motorola One on a notch (notch). The G7 Power and Play, however, it falls a good deal wider than the G7 and G7 Plus.

The lower is compared to the more expensive models, however, the resolution, because it is not Full HD +, but HD + (1,520 x 720 pixels). This is noticeable in view of the 6.2-inch screen diagonal, because content is not presented as sharp.

In everyday life, the lower resolution but bearable, because it has a positive effect on the battery life and somewhere Motorola finally had to save costs. However, the wide notch is superfluous in our opinion, because it offers no added value such as a dual-front camera and the lower edge of the screen is on top of that still relatively thick.

Performance and memory
Both the processor and the working and device memory are identical on the Moto G7 and G7 Power. There is accordingly a Snapdragon 632 inside and four gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabyte device memory are installed. The latter is at the factory to nearly 14 gigabytes occupied and can be expanded via microSD card.

In performance tests, so-called benchmarks, the results of both models are the same. We have listed them below in comparison to two other smartphones in this price range. It is the mean after six consecutive runs.

battery
With a capacity of a whopping 5,000 milliamps, the G7 Power's battery is two-thirds larger than the average smartphone battery. It is charged with the supplied 18-watt power supply and is full again after about two hours


After half an hour already 30 percent are replenished, which should already be sufficient for a day with low usage. Wireless charging is unfortunately not supported, but is not common in this price range. In the PCMark battery test, the smartphone survived an astounding 27 hours and 45 minutes at 25 percent screen brightness and then had 20 percent remaining charge left!


It has already secured first place on our battery life leader board, but that's not all: with full screen brightness, the G7 Power was able to stream an HD video for over 13 hours before the power ran out.

Depending on the use of the phone so two to three days without power. You will only get an even longer runtime for special devices like the Energizer P18K Pop. In the price range around 200 euros, no other manufacturer in terms of battery power Motorola enough water.

Sound and voice quality
As already mentioned, only one speaker is available in the mid-range Motorola. However, the speaker sits at least on the front and is therefore not hidden when holding in landscape mode. The maximum volume is relatively high and the sound is reproduced undistorted. Alternatively, a jack for headphones is available.

The voice quality of the G7 Power is not on par with the main model of the series. Both one's own voice and that of the interlocutor are rendered somewhat dull in telephone calls.

The noise suppression did not work as well in our test as in the normal G7, because passing cars and a light wind were audible at the other end of the line. For stronger background noise there were clay artifacts. The sound was clearer or clearer over the loudspeaker, but it was also not optimal. In quiet indoor areas, the call quality via WiFi calling was a little better.

camera

A camera with twelve megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.0 sits on the back, while the front camera with a maximum of eight megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.2 takes pictures. Selfies are fine in daylight, but the sharpness of detail is not outstanding.

Pictures of the main camera are handsome and have good dynamics thanks to the automatic HDR function. In terms of quality, there is only a slight difference in direct comparison with the regular Moto G7. The photo and video capabilities of the G7 Power are otherwise the same as the main model. However, the Plus model achieves noticeably better results

miscellaneous
NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 and FM radio are supported. Also with the Moto G7 Power there is unfortunately no Wi-Fi ac (WiFi 5), which is why it can not connect to 5-gigahertz networks. Particularly noteworthy is the combination tray, in which two Nano-SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time fit. Unlike the main and plus models, the case of the G7 Power is not water repellent.

Price and availability
The Moto G7 Power is available since 20 February 2019 in Germany. The suggested retail price is 210 Euro. For comparison, the G7 Play costs 150, the G7 250 and the G7 Plus 300 euros. The Power model is available in the colors Ceramic Black and Iced Violet.

The Moto G7 Power creates something that most cell phones do not manage: namely, even with heavy use two days without any problems without electricity. There are hardly any compromises to the already good main model despite the lower price. The choice between the two smartphones thus depends on how much you estimate a longer battery life. For us, the G7 Power is ultimately the winner and gets a recommendation as a special all-round phone

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