Moto G7 brings a 6.2-inch screen, Android Pie, teardrop notch for $300

CNET | 2/7/2019 | Jessica Dolcourt
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At a time when $1,000 phones roam the Earth, Motorola's four new Moto G7 handsets tell a different story: One where budget phones aim to be satisfying, on-trend devices that cost roughly a third the price of the iPhone XS. The Moto G7, Moto G7 Plus, Moto G7 Power and Moto G7 Play are all variations on a theme. They share backbone specs like full-screen faces with slim bezels, Android Pie, a headphone jack and external storage up to 256GB. From there, the phones take on subtle differences. For example, the Moto G7 Plus -- which won't sell in the US -- has a more powerful processor and a big camera upgrade, while the Moto G7 Power gets its character from its extra-large battery.

Motorola has a long, rich history of big wins in the mobile phone space, from the first cell phone call, to the iconic Motorola Razr and what will be Verizon's first 5G phone. While the company has struggled to make a splash in the modern phone era -- its magnetic Moto Mods failed to connect in a meaningful way -- the Moto G family has carved out an important space as the king of budget phones. The Moto G has been CNET's top budget pick year after year.

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The Moto G7 Power has a 6.2-inch screen and 5,000-mAh battery.

But phone prices have been on the rise and the Moto G7 isn't immune. While still "cheap," its price jumps up $50 to $299 (from $249), a 20 percent hike from 2018 to 2019. The increase underscores that phones are getting more expensive to own across all categories, not just the most premium models, as component costs rise and slow sales hit dominant brands such as iPhone and Samsung.

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