The Moto E7 is finally official, a couple of months after the Moto E7 Plus went live. The two phones are quite similar, naturally, this is just the more affordable version. How much more affordable does it get than a €150/₹13,000 phone, which is currently discounted to €112/₹9,500? Well, keep in mind the pre-discount prices of the Plus as the vanilla E7 will start at €110-120 in Europe.
The major differences between the vanilla and Plus versions of the E7 are the chipset and the battery. The Moto E7 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G25 chipset, which has eight Cortex-A53 CPU cores and an IMG GE8320 GPU at 650 MHz. The Plus model is equipped with the more capable Snapdragon 460 chipset. Even more important is the memory configuration – the vanilla phone gets only half, meaning 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage.
The E7 has a 4,000 mAh battery, compared to 5,000 mAh on the Plus. Motorola says that this is enough to last 36 hours of use. Plus, the 10W charger will have an easier time filling it up. If you want faster charging (20W), you’ll have to look at the G-series.
The rest is more or less identical between the two models. The E7 has a 6.5” IPS LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1,600 px (20:9).
The main camera on the rear has a 48 MP sensor with a bright f/1.7 aperture and 1.6 µm pixels when binning is enabled. It is joined by a 2 MP module, designated as a macro camera this time. The third module is in a teardrop notch on the front, a 5 MP selfie camera (f/2.2, 1.22 µm).
Unfortunately, the chipset limits video recording to 1080p at 30 fps. Not that the Snapdragon-powered E7 Plus does much better, it too is capped at 1080p resolution, but at least it goes up to 60 fps. The Moto G9 Play (also known as just G9 in India, ₹11,000) has an even more powerful Snapdragon 662 and can’t do 4K either, but that’s just market differentiation by Motorola.
The E7 is slightly thinner and lighter than the Plus version (8.9 vs. 9.2 mm and 180g vs. 200g). Both phones have plastic bodies, but note the textured back on this one (the Plus has a smooth finish). There isn’t full water resistance, but the water-repellent coating on the internals should protect them from accidental spills.
The Moto E7 has 4G connectivity with different bands for South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific/Middle East regions. The card slot is a hybrid design, so it can take a two nanoSIMs or a nanoSIM and a microSD (up to 512 GB, which you may need, considering the limited internal storage).
Additional connectivity is provided by the USB-C port on the bottom and the 3.5 mm jack on top. An FM radio receiver is on board and can be used over headphones or the single loudspeaker. Local wireless data is handled by Wi-Fi b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth 5.0, but note that there’s no NFC. There’s a fingerprint reader embedded on the back.
The Moto E7 is coming to Europe this December and should be available in other regions soon as well. Depending on the region, the retail box will include a headset and/or a protective cover.