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Motorola unveils the complete Moto G7 family

Four new budget smartphones

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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.

SEE ALSO: WSJ: Motorola RAZR to make comeback with foldable phone

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The OnePlus 8T is coming on October 14

‘Ultra Stops At Nothing’

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We knew it was coming and now we know exactly when. OnePlus has announced that the OnePlus 8T will be revealed on October 14.

It comes with the tagline: Ultra Stops At Nothing. We don’t know yet what that exactly means but we’re very much looking forward to finding out.

In the meantime, here’s everything we know so far about the OnePlus 8T based on previous rumors, leaks, and reports:

Android Central reported that the upcoming phone will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+. This chipset brings improvement on the CPU and GPU front compared to the Snapdragon 865, so users can expect better performance on the OnePlus 8T.

Furthermore, the phone will gain a 120Hz panel, which is a huge jump over OnePlus 8’s 90Hz panel. The size of OnePlus 8T’s display is pegged at 6.55-inch.

Android Central also claims that the phone is getting a quad-camera setup in the form of 48MP primary + 16MP wide-angle +5MP macro + 2MP portrait lens setup.  They also claim that the primary camera is getting a better imaging sensor this time around.

Meanwhile, the folks at XDA-Developers found the render hidden in the Settings app. From the looks of it, OnePlus 8T is set to ditch the curved display upfront. However, OnePlus is retaining the display cut-out housing the single selfie camera.  As a matter of fact, not much has changed from the OnePlus 8 itself.

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Could we be getting a Sony Xperia Play 2?

Why did they cancel it?

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Sony never launched a successor to the Xperia Play. However, we’re in for a shot of nostalgia. User JerryYin shared a few pictures of an Xperia Play 2 prototype with the XDA Developers team. According to him, the unit is a prototype and he has put it up for sale on a Chinese marketplace.

The Xperia Play was a gaming phone running Android and was released in 2011. Back then, the company was called Sony Ericcson. Unlike today’s all-touch phones, it featured a D-pad, two touchpads as a joystick, and PlayStation buttons. Today, the design looks relatable to a Nintendo Switch.

Gaming phones have taken over the market and every brand is trying to offer maximum gaming-oriented features. Pretty much all of them have also created dedicated gaming phones to cater to the rapidly growing demand. But, did you know gaming phones aren’t a new concept and have existed for a decade?

It also sports a 3D button that suggests the company considered porting 3D technology. Back then, 3D movies and games were available on the PS3 and the glass-free application has been seen on Nintendo 3DS as well as HTC Evo 3D.

The authenticity of the phone cannot be verified right now, hence these pictures should be taken with a pinch of salt. It’s possible that this may be a fake, but the amount of detail visible helps in building some confidence.

If we consider the Nintendo Switch sales, it can be assumed that this form factor hasn’t gone out of fashion. When the Xperia Play was launched, mobile gaming was in a nascent stage and limited to smaller games like Angry Birds. The development of larger games with new genres like battle royale has widely increased the capability of mobile gaming.

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realme launches narzo 20 Pro with Helio G95, 65W fast charging

Xiaomi should be worried

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realme started the narzo series earlier this year and it’s all set to launch a successor. The narzo 20 series consists of the narzo 20A, narzo 20, and narzo 20 Pro. These phones are made for the affordable segment and will be directly competing against the Redmi Note 9 series and POCO X2.

The phone features a reflective design that creates a multi-layer downward arrow pattern. Continuing realme’s design language, it features a vertical quad-camera setup with the narzo branding in focus. The fingerprint scanner is located on the side.

On the front is a 6.5-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass protection, and a punch-hole cut-out for the front camera.

Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 processor with Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. Storage is expandable via a dedicated microSD card slot. It has a new carbon fiber cooling system that ensures consistent performance during extended usage.

The rear features a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is a 16-megapixel camera for selfies. The software supports night filters, AI enhancement, and improved low-light performance.

Backing these internal is a 4500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging. realme claims it can fully charge the battery in 38 minutes. Lastly, the phone ships with realme IU out-of-the-box.

The narzo 20 Pro costs INR 14,999 for 6GB+64GB and INR 16,999 for 8GB+128GB. It’ll be available in Black Ninja and White Knight color options and shall go on sale from September 25 via Flipkart, realme.com, and offline stores.

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