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Motorola unveils the complete Moto G7 family

Four new budget smartphones

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Moto G7 Play, Moto G7 Power, and Moto G7

Motorola has launched new budget offerings for the Android smartphone market. The popular Moto G series continues to deliver premium-built smartphones at lower prices even in 2019. Now in its seventh generation, the Moto G7 phones have a few upgrades to entice phone buyers.

The regular Moto G7 has a 6.2-inch Max Vision display, which is what Motorola calls its screen with a teardrop notch. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 632 chipset with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. Part of the upgrades found on the Moto G7 is the contoured Gorilla Glass body.


Camera-wise, it’s equipped with a pair of 12- and 5-megapixel sensors capable of shooting portrait images with blur effects and support for Google Lens. For selfies, it’s got an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone also comes with a 15W USB-C TurboPower charger to fill up its 3000mAh battery.

The Moto G7 will go on sale starting today for US$ 300. It’ll be available in all of Motorola’s markets.

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If you want a Moto G7 with a bigger battery, then you should take a look at the Moto G7 Power. With a 5000mAh battery, the G7 Power will surely last you up to three days of normal use. Motorola even claims that it can last for 60 hours on a single charge. Thankfully, the huge battery can be charged quickly with Motorola’s TurboPower tech.

The big-battery equipped version of the G7 still has a 6.2-inch display, but with a wider notch. A Snapdragon 632 processor is also the brain of the G7 Power with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage.

The Moto G7 Power doesn’t sport a secondary rear camera though, but the 12-megapixel main shooter should still be able to take decent images. The front camera inside the notch has an 8-megapixel sensor for your selfies.

For US$ 249, the G7 Power will be available in all markets where Motorola is being sold.

Moto G7 Play, Moto G7 Power, and Moto G7 | GadgetMatch

There’s the Moto G7 Play as well with a smaller 5.7-inch display. Like the G7 Power, the notch of the G7 Play is pretty wide. The phone has the same Snapdragon 632 processor but with just 2GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage.

To make the phone even cheaper, the G7 Play only has a single 13-megapixel rear camera, but the selfie camera remains to have an 8-megapixel sensor. Despite owning a smaller display, the G7 Play has a respectable 3000mAh battery, although it doesn’t come with a fast charger.

The Moto G7 Play is the cheapest of the bunch. It’ll go on sale for just US$ 200.

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Lastly, there’s the Moto G7 Plus which is the highest-end model in the series. It’s got a faster Snapdragon 636 processor and 27W TurboPower charger that’ll give 12 hours of power after 15 minutes of charging.

On the outside, Moto G7 Plus looks similar to the regular Moto G7 with the same 6.2-inch notched display. Although, the rear cameras of the Plus variant are upgraded to 16-megapixel sensors with optical image stabilization.

The Moto G7 Plus won’t be available in the US, but it’ll arrive in Brazil and Mexico. It’ll also come to Europe, Australia, and other countries in Latin America with a starting price of EUR 300 or roughly US$ 340.

All of the Moto G7 phones come with Android 9 Pie out of the box with no bloatware. Motorola doesn’t skin Android extensively, but they do put in extra features through Moto Experiences.

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Spotify extends free trial to 3 months

Try Spotify Premium for a longer period of time

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Spotify offers a free trial for everyone wanting to try the Premium experience. Spotify Premium used to be free for just 30 days, but that is changing today. Starting this August, Spotify is extending its Premium free trial for three months.

Spotify Premium is now offering the first 3 months for free. Everyone can try it out. The feature is rolling out globally with all of the plans eligible upon sign-up.


However, the three month offer is open only for those who haven’t tried Premium before. To activate, visit the website of Spotify Premium. Signing up requires either a credit card or a carrier billing.

Those lucky to grab the three month offer gains access 50 million song tracks available on-demand and ad-free, along with access to 450,000 podcast titles. Spotify is the leading music streaming service globally, and it offers an Android, iOS, desktop and web apps for all. Today, it boasts 217 million users across 79 markets.

SEE ALSO: 5 steps to making the perfect Spotify playlist

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Android Q is just Android 10

10 is not a dessert

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Android is changing things up. After years of naming its newest iteration after a sweet treat, the newest version will now just be called Android 10.

Google’s mobile operating system explains that the decision to change its naming convention is aimed at being more inclusive.


Android says that while using names of tasty treats and desserts has always been a fun way of releasing each update annually, it wasn’t immediately understood by everyone. Especially not with a 2.5 billion user-base that’s spread all around the world. They’ve even gone out of their way to explain that “L and R are not distinguishable when spoken in some languages.”

They also made a fair point that it’s not easy for most people to identify if they’re device is running the latest OS. After all, there’s no clear indication that KitKat comes after Lollipop.

By switching to just Android 10, it becomes more easily understandable for all of its users, and the company felt that it was time for a change.

A new name also merits a new look. The Android robot is now officially part of the logo and the font color changed to black. The video below details the evolution.

 

 

 

 

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Redmi teases the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro, confirms 64MP camera

Better cameras, batteries, and performance

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The race to 64-megapixel has begun. Earlier this month, Redmi and Realme both announced that they’ll sport Samsung’s 64MP sensor on their next smartphones. In trying to beat Realme to the punch, Redmi tries to get ahead of the game by announcing a launch date sooner than expected.

Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing revealed the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro’s existence on Weibo. The Redmi Note 8 features the most-awaited 64-megapixel sensor from Samsung. To further prove its capability, Weibing showed off its sample.


Image credit: Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing

It’s not just the cameras that people should be excited about. It seems the new smartphones will have better batteries and performance. The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro might house a 4,000mAh and 5,000mAh battery, respectively, with the Note 8 Pro capable of supporting 18W fast charging.

Gearing towards gaming and performance, both devices will be powered by a MediaTek Helio G90T processor. Additionally, the Note 8 Pro will feature a liquid cooling technology for heat dissipation.

Design-wise, Redmi doesn’t seem like veering away from its usual aesthetic. In a hands-on photo from GizmoChina, the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro looks like a K20 Pro, only in a dark green variant packed with triple cameras and a fingerprint sensor. It has an all-metal body weighing below 200 grams, with a pop-up camera dedicated for selfies. Both phones are also expected to equip a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a notch.

More details are underway and all we can do is take everything with a grain of salt until further announcements have been made. The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro’s launch will coincide with Redmi’s smart TV launch on August 29.

Via: GizmoChina

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leaks | Realme XT teased

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