Motorola took to covers off the latest editions to the Moto G family and they look very good!
First thing you’ll notice is that Moto dropped the number naming scheme used for all other Moto G phone since the Moto G2. I find this odd, since we say the Moto G8 Plus launch in late 2019. Oh well, I’m not that concerned.
There were two phones announced today the Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus
You can read more about the Moto G Stylus by clicking the link below
First up though is the Moto G Power. I had a love hate relationship with the G7 Power last year. I loved the fit and finish of the phone, the size, the display and of course the insane battery life. However, the camera and the overall performance of the phone left much to be desired. It was still my pick for those who need a good, basic phone that has great battery life, but for my needs, I couldn’t make it work long term.
This year looks like the Power is taking a big step forward on the spec sheet, check it out!
Moto G Power Specs
|Operating system||Android™ 10|
|System Architecture/Processor||Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 665 Mobile Processor|
|Storage (ROM)||64GB built-in* | up to 512GB microSD card* expandable|
|Dimensions||159.85 x 75.84 x 9.63mm|
|Display||6.4″ FHD+ Max Vision display|
|Charging||10w rapid charger|
|Water Protection||Water repellent design|
|Rear Camera||16MP (f/1.7, 1.12μm)|
2MP (f/2.2, 1.75μm) | macro | minimum 2cm focus distance
8MP (f/2.2, 1.12μm) | 118° ultra-wide angle
|Video Capture||Rear main camera: UHD (30fps) | FHD (60/30fps) | HD (30fps)|
Rear ultra-wide angle camera: FHD (30fps) | HD (30fps)
Rear macro camera: HD (30fps)
|Front Camera||16MP (f/2.0, 1μm) | Quad Pixel technology|
|Bluetooth® Technology||Bluetooth® 5.0|
|Speakers||Dual stereo speakers tuned by Dolby|
|In-box Accessories||Charger, USB Type-C cable, guides, SIM tool|
|Experiences||Moto Actions: Quick capture, Fast flashlight, Three finger screenshot, Screenshot editor, Flip for DND, Pick up to silence, Media controls, Swipe to shrink|
That’s a pretty hefty spec sheet for a mid-range device but lets unpack a few oh the highlights.
6.4″ FHD+ Max Vision display
This is a pretty good size and nice to see the Power finally get the proper FHD bump. The size is also slightly larger than last years G7 Power, which was 6.2″ and only 720p. It’s still LCD, but the G7 LCDs were very clean and crisp to look at.
The display also ditches the large forehead in exchange for a smaller holepunch display like that of the Moto One Action.
5,000 mAh Battery
Last years G7 Power had the same size battery and 2 days of battery life was an easy feat. I expect much of the same this year.
The G7 Power’s camera was fine, in some cases, but on the whole suffered to take consistently reliable shots and video. This year the G Power is getting a major upgrade on the camera. The array is a triple-camera setup with standard 16 megapixel shooter, an 8 megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and finally a 2 megapixel macro lens for ultra close ups.
I am most excited for the wide angle camera since being able to get more into a shot is always a good thing. Let’s hope the performance is there.
The samples Motorola provided appear to be very respectable, but as always we will need to see how it performs in the real world.
I am also suspicious as to if we will see a Moto G to replace last years G7. The camera on the Power tells me no, but we will se if there is a standard G model for North America with the same specs as the Moto G8 Power.
This is very exciting actually. Motorola’s single speaker setup on the Z and G series has always done well, but having stereo sound is always welcomed and is a big differentiator in the mid-range.
Again, the G series will not see NFC, at least for this device. I have become a big fan of Google Pay and will struggle to go back to a world where I need to use my actual card. I do have Samsung Pay on my Gear S3 Frontier, but it is clunky and slow to load. We will see how it goes when I review the G Power.
With all of that, pros and cons aside, I am very excited to see what the G Power will bring to the table once I get my hands on a review unit.
The Moto G Power will be available this spring in Canada with Videotron and Freedom Mobile. Pricing isn’t yet known for the Canadian market but US pricing bring come in at about $250.