The Moto G7 Play is the most basic smartphone of the G7 quartet that launched in Brazil not long ago. But even though its price hints of a budget experience with a lot of compromises, we actually found it quite capable and interesting. And here is why.
The Moto G7 Play has a very sturdy plastic body but unlike the G7 Power, it has a textured and matte back meaning smudges, and scratches are highly unlikely. Just like the rest of the G7 phones, the Play also comes with a large and notched screen and runs on the Snapdragon 632 chipset the vanilla and Power models have.
The camera department seems quite adequate, too. The G7 Play has a 13MP snapper on its back with Portrait mode and 4K video capturing, while the 8MP selfie camera is the same as seen on the G7 and G7 Power.
The Moto G7 Play also runs a vanilla Android Pie and comes with all the software tricks by Moto available across the entire G7 lineup.
The Moto G7 Play won't impress with battery capacity or fast charging. It's available only with 32GB storage but a dedicated microSD slot is present just like on the other models. The only issue might be the 2 gigs of RAM - those may work for Apple, but we aren't sure if they would be enough for a modern Android smartphone.
The Moto G7 Play retail box is as fancy-looking as the rest of the G7 series but its contents are as basic as the price tag suggests. The G7 Play ships with a sluggish 5W charger and a USB-C cable. That's it.
The Moto G7 Play does support 10W charging and in some markets, like the USA, it will come with a proper 10W charger in the box. Your local Motorola website should be able to give you information about what's supposed to be included in the retail box depending on your region.
In our case there was no protective case for the G7 Play in contrast with the rest of the G7 bundles we got.
The review doesn't mention that the G7 play and the G7 Power in the US have one advantage over the G7. It's not very logical, but the cheaper G7 Play and the G7 power can both use T-Mobile's Band 71. Band 71 isn't built into the main G7.
I love Moto, but how on earth can they praise the "Screen with large notch" as a positive in the review? G6 looks slick compared to this. And not to mention the best phone of all times, the Moto Razr I XT890, why dont they just update this phone. Kev...