This week in Android: Budget phones abound!

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This week, Motorola announced a trio of budget phones which run the gamut from pretty, to beefy, to svelte. Additionally, Nokia returns to the shores of the U.S. with a new offering on Cricket Wireless. This phone won’t blow you away in terms of specs, but our reviewer really likes what this phone has to offer. We also have a new modular phone with a rugged streak from Doogee.

Also, we took the top 50 projects that Google has cancelled over the years and ranked them. From iGoogle, to Google Reader, and of course including the Nexus line, Google has given us — and taken away — some great products over the years. It’s an extensive list, but well worth the read.

Finally, we confirm a myth we all suspectedwe compare the two wearables in an epic showdown, and Huawei stumbles against the U.S. Government… again.

Here are your top stories for the week

1:30 – Motorola Moto G7 series hands-on: A fine family

We go hands-on with a trio of new Moto budget phones. Motorola is attacking the space with some stylish looks and a 5,000mAh battery.


12:40 – Nokia 3.1 Plus review: A return to form for a beloved brand

Not to be outdone, Nokia is back in the U.S. through Cricket Wireless. Nokia really resonates with consumers, and this phone tugs at all the right heart strings.


22:10 – 1080p vs 1440p: How much does 1440p really affect battery life?

Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL display front

There is an ongoing debate about 1080p vs 1440p and the battery life that comes with it. Finally, our testing labs have numbers to back up the speculation.


31:40 – Fitbit Versa vs Apple Watch Series 4: Which smartwatch is right for you?

Chief wearables nerd, Jimmy Westenberg, compares two of the more popular wearables on the market today. Which one is right for you?


38:25 – We ranked 50 failed Google products from best to worst

Google does love to work on things and then kick them to the curb. But what were the best projects that have shuffled off their mortal coil?


Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

Doogee S90 review: The James Bond phone?

Doogee S90 Review Screen

Mods aren’t just for Moto any more. The last of our budget phones, Doogee has a new rugged phone that you can expand with modules like a night-view camera, or extra battery.


Renders of very tall Sony Xperia XA3 show tiny chin, but huge forehead

Sony seems to have forgotten one half on the phone when designing its latest near-bezel-less phone. But at least it forgot the correct half.


Read this detailed description of an FBI sting on Huawei during CES 2019

If you were on the fence about whether Huawei was a “good company” or not, this FBI sting might plant you firmly on one side of the fence.


Huawei MateBook 13 review: A beautiful, premium laptop targeting Apple’s MacBook Air

Huawei MateBook 13 review

In case you want to give Huawei a second (or third, or fourth) chance, maybe you can try out its latest laptop!


40MP shootout: Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Nokia Lumia 1020

It was only a matter of time before we put the OG 40MP camera up against the latest 40MP camera from Huaweil. Does the Lumia 1020 still have it?


Who wants to win an Honor View 20?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Honor View 20Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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Moto G7 series: Everything we know so far

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In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Motorola Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power, and G7 Play.


Motorola is gearing up to announce the Moto G7 series, which will consist of four phones: Moto G7, Moto G7 Plus, Moto G7 Power, and Moto G7 Play. Although the company hasn’t officially shared anything about the devices so far, we think we know quite a bit about them thanks to the many leaks over the past few months.

Here’s what we know so far about the Moto G7 series.

Moto G7 series: Release date

motorola moto g6 and G6 Play review cameras

The nitty-gritty

  • The Moto G7 series is expected to make its debut on February 7 in Brazil.
  • The phones will likely make their way to the U.S. a month or so after their reveal.
  • However, it’s possible that not all Moto G7 models will be released stateside.

The Moto G7 series could be just around the corner. Motorola has sent out invites for a press event taking place on February 7 in Brazil, where the devices are expected to be announced. Although the invite doesn’t specifically mention any of the Moto G7 handsets, we’re almost certain they’ll make their debut at the show.

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The Moto G6 series was also revealed in Brazil last year, which is a very important market for the company. But the phones were announced in April, which means Motorola could be speeding things up this year for some reason.

Like the Moto G6, the Moto G7 phones will likely go on sale in Brazil (and maybe a few other markets) soon after their reveal and will make their way to the U.S. around a month or two later. However, there’s no word if all four Moto G7 phones will be released stateside or just a few. As a reminder, the Moto G6 and G6 Play were released in the U.S., while the Plus model was not.


Moto G7 series: Specs and features

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The nitty-gritty

  • The Moto G7 and G7 Plus could come with 6.24-inch displays and dual-camera setups at the back.
  • The Moto G7 Power may pack a massive 5,000mAh battery.
  • The Moto G7 Play is rumored to be the smallest device in the series, with a display measuring 5.7 inches.

Motorola Brazil accidentally listed the entire Moto G7 range on its website, revealing more or less everything about the devices. The Moto G7 is expected to sport a 6.24-inch Full HD+ display and pack the Snapdragon 632 chipset along with 4GB of RAM under the hood. The device may come with a dual-camera setup on the back featuring 12 and 5MP sensors and an 8MP selfie snapper up front. The battery is said to come in at 3,000mAh, which is rather small based on the size of the device.

Other specs and features include 64GB of expandable storage, a near-stock version of Android 9 Pie, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. There’s no IP rating of wireless charging, which isn’t too surprising based on the price of the device. However, a headphone jack will likely be included as well.

The G7 Plus will be the best and most interesting phone in the upcoming series.

As you can tell by its name, the G7 Plus will offer more than the standard version of the device. It should be powered by the Snapdragon 636 chipset and feature 16 and 5MP cameras at the back. Motorola Brazil’s website didn’t reveal anything about the front-facing camera, but other rumors suggest it will come in at 12MP.

Like the Moto G7, the Plus model will also come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, but there’s a good chance additional memory variants will be available. The phone will also feature the same display and battery.

Overall, the Moto G7 and G7 Plus look to be minor improvements over their predecessors in terms of specs, which was to be expected. According to the details we have, the phones will sport larger displays, newer chipsets, and presumably better cameras. Megapixel count doesn’t tell us much, so we’ll have to test out the cameras to see just how much better they really are.

  Moto G7 Plus Moto G7
Display 6.24-inch Full HD+ LCD 6.24-inch Full HD+ LCD
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
Camera Rear: 16MP with f/1.7 aperture and 5MP with f/2.2 aperture

Front: 12MP

Rear: 12MP with f/1.8 aperture and 5MP with f/2.2 aperture

Front: 8MP

RAM 4GB (base) 4GB
Storage 64GB (base) 64GB
Battery 3,000mAh 3,000mAh
Expandable storage Yes Yes
Software Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie
Dimensions 157 x 75.3 x 8.27mm
172g
157 x 75.3 x 7.92mm
174g

The Moto G7 Power and Play are expected to offer a little less in the specs department than the other two models. The G7 Power is said to sport a 6.2-inch display, while the one on the Play version may be smaller at 5.7 inches. Both might offer HD+ resolution, which is a step down from the Full HD+ panels of the Moto G7 and G7 Plus.

The G7 Power is rumored to pack the Snapdragon 630 chipset under the hood, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Staying true to its name, it could come with a massive 5,000mAh battery, which should be good for around two days of use. Other specs could include a 12MP rear camera, an 8MP selfie snapper, and the latest version of Android.

Rumors suggest the Moto G7 Play will sport the same chipset as the Power model and will feature the same 8MP selfie snapper as well as 32GB of storage. However, it will possibly offer a smaller 3,000mAh battery, a higher resolution 13MP camera, and only 2GB of RAM — although it’s possible a variant with more RAM will also be available.

  Moto G7 Power Moto G7 Play
Display 6.2-inch HD+ display 5.7-inch HD+ display
Chipset Snapdragon 632 Snapdragon 632
Camera Rear: 12MP with f/2.0 aperture

Front: 8MP

Rear: 13MP with f/2.0 aperture

Front: 8MP

RAM 3GB 2GB (entry-level)
Storage 32GB 32GB (entry-level)
Battery 5,000mAh 3,000mAh
Expandable storage Yes Yes
Software Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie
Dimensions 159.4 x 76 x 9.3mm, 193g 147.3 x 71.5 x 7.99m, 149g


Moto G7 series: Design

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The nitty-gritty

  • The Moto G7 phones might look a lot more modern than their predecessors.
  • The Moto G7 and G7 Plus may come with thin bezels and a waterdrop notch.
  • The Moto G7 Power and Play will follow the same design language but could feature thicker bezels and larger notches.

Renders of all four Moto G7 phone have leaked, leaving little to the imagination. They show that the devices will have a more modern design than their predecessors, mainly due to thinner bezels and, therefore, higher screen-to-body ratios.

The Moto G7 and G7 Plus may look extremely similar, featuring a waterdrop notch seen on devices like the OnePlus 6T. The curved back of the devices will likely be made of glass and feature a circular camera module, according to the renders. It looks like it protrudes out of the body of the devices quite a bit, which is something not everyone will like, but I find it to be quite appealing.

A render apparently showing the Moto G7 Plus.
A leaked render apparently showing the Moto G7.

The Moto G7 Power and Play follow the same design language as the other two devices, although they don’t look quite as premium. Their bezels are larger all around, and the same goes for the notches. The back camera modules are a bit different as well, as you can see in the images below.

A render purportedly showing the Moto G7 Power.
A render of what is said to be the Moto G7 Play.

The folks at 91Mobiles managed to obtain hands-on images of the Moto G7 (see below), though it’s worth noting the device in the photo looks more like the bigger Moto G7 Plus — check out the flash module at the back and compare it with the render above. Regardless, the images tell the same story as the render and also reveal that the device will — in addition to red — be available in black. More colors may be revealed at launch.

91mobiles





Moto G7 series: Price

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The nitty-gritty

  • The Play model is rumored to cost 150 euros, while the Power variant could retail for 210 euros.
  • Moto G7 and G7 Plus pricing is unknown, but we expect them to cost around the same as their predecessors.

Last year’s Moto G6 retailed for $250/250 euros, while the G6 Play went for $200/200 euros. The Plus model was not released in the U.S. but it was available in Europe, where it launched with a price tag of 300 euros (~$340).

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Pricing for the Moto G7 series has not been made official yet, but rumors have it that the Play model will retail for 150 euros, while the Power variant will set you back 210 euros. This may translate to $150 and $210 for the U.S. market, just like last year with the G6 phones — although this hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Pricing for the Moto G7 and G7 Plus hasn’t leaked yet, but we expect the phones to cost around the same as their predecessors. It’s possible Motorola will raise the prices a bit, but probably not by much. The company has to be careful not to price itself out of the market — especially with the Plus model — as consumers can get a device like the Pocophone F1 with the Snapdragon 845 chipset and 6GB of RAM for a little more than 300 euros.

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We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more to keep you up to speed with all the latest. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the upcoming phones in the comments below.

Motorola’s website leaks all of the Moto G7 phones

A leaked render apparently showing the Moto G7. MySmartPrice

We know what the Moto G7 series might look like. We know what the Moto G7 series might cost. At this point, the only thing left is for Motorola to unveil the mid-range smartphones. Motorola Brazil’s website accidentally did just that last night, as spotted by CNET en Español.

The leak confirms the Moto G7’s waterdrop-style notch at the top of the display, along with the reduced bezels on the top, bottom, and sides. It also confirms the retention of the headphone jack, which you can find next to the USB-C port on the bottom of the phone.

The leak also reveals the Moto G7’s specifications. According to the Motorola Brazil website, the Moto G7 features a 6.24-inch display with Full HD+ (2,270 x 1,080) resolution, dual rear 12 and 5MP cameras, an 8MP selfie camera, Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 632 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3,000mAh battery.

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Funny enough, Motorola Brazil’s website also leaked the Moto G7 Play, Moto G7 Power, and Moto G7 Plus. All of the phones mostly feature the same specs, save for lower-resolution displays on the Moto G7 Play and Power, the huge 5,000mAh battery in the Moto G7 Power, and the slightly-beefier Snapdragon 636 and 16MP primary rear camera on the Moto G7 Plus.

Because these leaks came from Motorola Brazil’s website, we don’t entirely doubt their validity. That said, Motorola hasn’t yet officially announced the Moto G7 phones, so take any leak with a grain of sale.

The leak didn’t mention pricing details for the Moto G7 series. That said, a previous leak alleged that the Moto G7 Play might start at around $170 in most of Europe. The Moto G7 Power might start at around $238 in most of Europe.

Deal: Get the Motorola Moto X4 for almost $200 off

Deal on the Motorola Moto X4

The Motorola Moto X4 might not be the newest phone around, but it’s still a good choice for the budget-conscious. That choice got even better with B&H’s deal, which almost takes $200 off the Moto X4.

B&H already applies an instant savings of $170 at checkout. Make sure to click the coupon above the giant Add to Cart button, since the coupon takes an additional $25 off the Moto X4. The instant savings and coupon bring the Moto X4 down to $224.99.

As a bonus, B&H throws in a free Republic Wireless SIM card kit when you buy the Moto X4. Also, keep in mind that this is the version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Editor’s Pick

To recap, the Moto X4 features dual 12- and 8-megapixel rear cameras, a 16MP selfie camera, a 5.2-inch display with Full HD resolution, Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 630 processor, a 3,000mAh battery, and a headphone jack. The Moto X4 received its Android 9 Pie update in December 2018, but the phone is unlikely to receive Android Q.

That said, the Android One version that B&H offers will get another year of security patches.

If you’re not looking to spend that much on an updated Android smartphone, take a look at the Moto X4 at the link below.

Update your Motorola Moto G6 Plus to Android 9 Pie now

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The Motorola Moto G6 Plus isn’t available in North America, unfortunately. However, if you’re lucky enough to live in a country where the device is available, you can now upgrade your Moto G6 Plus to the latest Android 9 Pie.

According to the Indian support page for the Moto G6 Plus, OTA update notifications are rolling out to the device now. If you can’t wait, you can follow the instructions below and update your device manually.

The upgrade to Android 9 Pie on the G6 Plus brings all the usual improvements, including adaptive battery, adaptive brightness, security enhancements, and various changes system-wide to UI elements.

Editor’s Pick

The Moto G6 Plus is very close in both design and specs to the Motorola Moto X4, which is probably one of the reasons it’s not available in North America. The G6 Plus has a 5.9-inch IPS LCD screen, a Snapdragon 630 processor, a single 12MP camera sensor on the rear, a 5MP RGB camera on the front, and a 3,200mAh battery. Its Indian retail price is 22,449 rupees (~$323).

To upgrade your Moto G6 Plus to Android 9 Pie manually, follow these instructions:

  1. Select the Settings icon in the apps menu
  2. Select System
  3. Select System updates
  4. Select “Download and Install”.
  5. After the software is installed, select “Restart Now”
  6. Your phone is now updated.

NEXT: Motorola One and Moto X4 get Android Pie in the U.S.

Motorola P40 leaks with punch-hole camera, 48MP primary snapper

The Motorola P30 was one of the more blatant iPhone clones of 2018, but it looks like the successor is going in the same direction as Samsung and Huawei‘s new phones.

OnLeaks and 91mobiles have teamed up to publish what they say are renders and a video for a P30 successor dubbed the Motorola P40. And the most noticeable design decision is the move to adopt a display hole camera on the front. Unfortunately, further selfie camera details aren’t known.

Moving to the back of the device, we have a similar vertically stacked dual camera setup as the older phone. Apparently, we’re looking at a 48MP primary camera (much like the Honor View 20), but we don’t know anything else about the secondary snapper.


Another look at the Motorola P30 successor.
The front of the Motorola P30 successor.
The back of the Motorola P30 successor.

The 48MP camera sensor isn’t merely just for detailed daytime snaps, as this new sensor is also technically capable of pixel-binning to deliver better low-light shots. It’s unclear whether Motorola will indeed be using this particular feature, but it seems like a no-brainer.

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Other noteworthy features include a 6.2-inch display, rear fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm headphone port, and the Android One branding. The latter means we could be in for a smartphone that delivers timely Android updates and prompt security patches. We also have a rather shiny back, with 91mobiles suggesting it could be made out of glass.

The Motorola P30 was seemingly limited to China, while the Motorola One and One Power (which were essentially variants of the P30 design) were available in more countries. Hopefully, this new device sees a wide launch too if it is indeed in the works.

NEXT: Mobile audio trends we hope to see in 2019

Deal: Save $90+ on the unlocked 64GB Moto G6 from Amazon

Moto G6 Amazon Deal

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly smartphone that has a premium look and feel, the Moto G6 is one of the best options. And if you hurry, you can save $90 to $100 on the handset from Amazon dropping the price as low as $199.99.

The Moto G6 features a 5.7-inch LCD with a 2,160 x 1,080 resolution. Under the hood, you will find a Snapdragon 450 CPU and a 3,000mAh battery charged via a USB-C port. 

Around back, the handset sports a 12MP primary camera accompanied by a 5MP RGB sensor for portraits. Users can then use the 8MP front-facing camera for their selfie needs. 

Editor’s Pick

For this sale, Amazon is discounting the higher-end model which features 64GB of built-in storage and 4GB of RAM. The trade-off is that the discount is only applicable on the black colorway. 

The unlocked Moto G6 can be used on pretty much every U.S. carrier including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon. You can buy it right now for $229.99 using the button below. 

And if you want to save a bit more, Amazon is dropping the price of the Prime Exclusive model to $199.99. In exchange, you’ll get a phone with a bunch of Amazon’s apps pre-installed and Alexa set as the default voice assistant.

You can pick up the Prime Exclusive Moto G6 in Indigo Blue for $199.99 using the button below. 

Moto G7 series renders leak: Here’s what the four handsets may look like

An alleged render of the Moto G7 series featuring four smartphones. Droid Shout

Motorola is tipped to launch its next round of Moto G phones in the coming months, and we might now have a look at them. Droid Shout picked up the renders and they potentially show off four G models: the Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power, and G7 Play.

The G7 and G7 Plus would apparently come with a waterdrop notch, while the G7 Play and G7 Power would have a wider (and in the G7 Play’s case, ultra-wide) notch. It also appears Power and Play would feature vertically-mounted dual rear camera sensors while the standard and Plus models would have a horizontal camera setup.

A dual rear camera setup on the G7 Play could be an upgrade over the G6 Play’s single rear camera. However, Motorola has previously used housings that give the impression of a dual camera setup on the likes of the single camera Moto E5 Plus and Play. We could be looking at single camera setups on the Power and Play, after all.

An alleged render of the Moto G7 Droid Shout

The regular G and G7 Plus once again appear to be the more ‘premium’ handsets, while the less-angular Play and Power would likely be less expensive variants.

Editor’s Pick

Previous rumors suggested the Moto G7 would pack a 6-inch, Full HD+ display with 64GB of internal storage. A dual 16MP + 5MP camera setup is tipped for the rear, while it’s also said to house a 3,500mAh battery. You can expect the Plus variant to have a larger display, the Power variant to have a larger battery, and the Play variant to be slightly less powerful.

The Moto G6 series appeared in May this year and the G5s arrived in April 2017. Based on those timelines, it could be that we still have some months to wait before the G7 series launches, despite the rumors.

As for the source, we don’t know much about Droid Shout so should treat the renders cautiously. With that being said, we have seen the Moto G7 Plus render once before, from a different source, and it is identical to the one above (save for the color), which suggests it’s legit.