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.
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.
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.
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.
Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Coming first late 2021
A few days ago, Qualcomm officially confirmed a coming name change for its ubiquitous Snapdragon chipset series. Of course, though Qualcomm already announced the change, the company did not reveal the new naming scheme. Now, the mystery is gone. Welcome, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Sporting a new coat of paint, the chipset touts an improved 5G modem, the X65 5G. According to the company, the modem can reportedly reach 10Gbps in download speeds. It can also connect to the emerging Wi-Fi 6 standard, allowing up to 3.6Gbps in download speeds. The upper limit won’t mean much in today’s still-young 5G global network. However, it does mean much for the chipset’s longevity.
In the camera department, the chipset sports an 18-bit processor which can supposedly process 4,000 times more data than its predecessor. It can support up to three 36-megapixel cameras simultaneously. It can shoot up to 8K HDR footage at 30 frames per second, UHD footage at 120 frames per second, or slow-mo 720p videos at 960 frames per second.
Qualcomm didn’t specifically indicate how much the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 differs from the Snapdragon 888 in the performance department. However, it will once again focus on the future of AI. Features that use AI will reportedly get a boost going forward.
According to the company, the first smartphones with the chipset will launch sometime by the end of the year. As expected, more smartphones will come out next year in 2022.
Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.
On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.
not sure anyone has heard but,
I resigned from Twitter pic.twitter.com/G5tUkSSxkl
— jack⚡️ (@jack) November 29, 2021
First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.
Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.
Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.
Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor
Same with Snapdragon, reportedly
The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.
Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.
Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.
If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.
Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.
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