Moto G7, G7 Power could launch in India soon: Should you wait for them?
The Moto G7 series went official on Thursday, and sure enough there are four models in the new lineup. The Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play have been announced bringing a new design language that is mostly about shedding bezels to make the phones look like they belong in 2019. Each of the new Moto phone has something unique to offer, whether it is a waterdrop display or a massive battery life. And like past Moto G phones, the Moto G7 series can be expected to launch in India soon enough.
While Motorola has not officially confirmed the India launch of the Moto G7 lineup, a report from a few days ago claimed that the company will first bring the G7 and G7 Power to India, and the duo could come to the country by March-end. It is possible that the company will be keeping the G7 Plus and G7 Play for the second half of 2019. It's a similar strategy the company took for the Moto G6 series last year, launching the G6 Plus in India a few months after the regular model.
The Moto G7 and G7 Power will have a tough fight ahead of them when they launch in India. The mid-range segment has become increasingly competitive in the country thanks to players like Xiaomi, Realme, Honor, and Nokia. These companies have brought premium-looking, power-packed devices at really competitive prices. Motorola has not been able to compete on a same level, losing market share to Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo and Oppo, among others. Last year, the company announced the Snapdragon 450-powered Moto G6 at around Rs 16,000, and the Moto G6 Plus at around Rs 23,000.
Moto G7 and G7 Power expected India price
Considering the specs on offer, the Moto G7 series has been launched at a pretty high price in Brazil. The cheapest model, the G7 Play, starts at R$ 999 (approx Rs 19,208) while the G7 Power starts at R$ 1399 (approx Rs 26,899). The standard G7 costs R$1599 (approx Rs 30,745) while the G7 Plus will be selling for R$ 1899 (approx Rs 36,513).
If the Moto G7 and G7 Power launch in India at these similar conversion rates, it could be a difficult sell. It seems likely that the company will launch the Moto G7 and G7 Power at prices closer to the US pricing. The G7 costs $299 (approx 21,000) in the US, while the G7 Power has a price of $249 (approx Rs 17,700).
Even a direct translation of the US prices puts the Moto G7 and G7 Power at a difficult position in India. Motorola will have to aggressively price its devices here if it wants to take on the competition. But considering how the Moto G6 series launched in India last year, I wouldn't hold my breath to see something dramatically different from the Moto G7.
Moto G7 and G7 Power key features
The Moto G7 and G7 Power offer some compelling new features for the Moto G lineup. The Moto G7 comes with a taller display compared to its predecessor thanks to thinner bezels all around and a waterdrop notch. It sports a 6.2-inch FHD+ (2270x1080) display and is backed by dual cameras on the back with a 12MP + 5MP configuration. It also offers a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and yes, a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The G7 Power, on the other hand, highlights a massive 5,000mAh battery, which Motorola claims will deliver up to 3 days of battery life. It also gets a similar 6.2-inch screen as the Moto G7, but with an HD+ (1520x720) resolution instead. It sports a 12MP sensor on the back and an 8MP front-facing camera. Like the G7, the G7 Power also offers a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a headphone jack. Both the phones also support 15W TurboPower fast charging, which will come in handy especially for the G7 Power.
Should you wait for the Moto G7 and G7 Power?
Some of these features do look exciting and are worth waiting for if you are a fan of the brand. But these aren't new features in the larger scheme of things. Waterdrop displays and beefy batteries have been introduced in the affordable segment for many months now. Phones like the Realme 2 Pro (Review) and Samsung Galaxy M20 (Review) offer these features at really affordable prices. At the end of the day, we are also looking at two Motorola phones that feature a Snapdragon 632 chipset and could come with a price tag over Rs 15,000.
Motorola will need to get the pricing right if it wants the Moto G7 and G7 Power to work in India. We have an exhaustive list of phones like the Nokia 7.1, Poco F1, Realme 2 Pro, Oppo K1, Honor 8X and so on that offer great hardware along with quality design. Motorola has its work cut out for it, but it is worth waiting to see the company's strategy for India this year.