With the launch of Moto E7 Power, Motorola has its sights set on the Indian budget smartphone segment. Now, about five months ago, Motorola returned to the budget segment with the Moto E7 Plus, which in my opinion is a good phone by the way. So, this phone right here is the newest member of the Moto E series. For starters, this phone features a MediaTek Helio G25 SoC under the hood. You get a USB Type-C port on this phone. And while the E7 Power also comes with a dual-camera setup at the back, just like the E7 Plus; this phone here has a 13-megapixel primary camera versus the 48-megapixel sensor found on the E7 Plus.
So, is the new Moto E7 Power worth purchasing over its competition? Let’s find out.
Moto E7 Power: Design
In terms of design, the Moto E7 Power comes in a plastic unibody design, which is IP52 water repellent. I think the quality of the plastic is great on this phone. The curved rear makes it easier to grip, the device feels solid in the hand, and to be honest, I kind of dig the Tahiti Blue colour variant of the phone.
By the way, if Blue is not your shade, you can also get the phone in Coral Red. Personally, I feel, the blue colour looks so much better than the red. But more importantly, what do you guys think? Share your thoughts with me in the comments.
Moving on, at the front, Motorola hasn’t specified the glass protection, so there’s that. Anyway, the bezels are thick, especially the chin. But I think this is just fine considering the price-segment this phone caters to. The Moto E7 Power weighs about 200 grams and is 9.2mm thick. Now I won’t deny that this isn’t a heavy phone, because it is. But is that a deal-breaker? I don’t think so. Use it with both hands and you’ll be just fine.
So, the left of the phone features Hybrid SIM slots, which means you can either use two Nano SIMs at the same time or you can use 1 SIM and a microSD card for storage expansion. On the right, you get a textured power button, the volume buttons and a dedicated Google Assistant button. And I have to say they are extremely clicky and offer amazing tactile feedback. At the top is an earpiece and the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack. At the bottom are the primary mic and a USB Type-C port. If you’re thinking that Motorola forgot to add a speaker on this phone, well it’s situated at the bottom on the rear panel. In my opinion, it is not the most ideal place to position the speaker since you can easily block it while playing games or watching videos, but nothing can be done now, so alright.
Apart from this, the phone’s dual-rear camera is present in a protruding vertical strip. There’s also a capacitive fingerprint sensor embedded inside the Motorola batwing logo. And after using all the in-display fingerprint sensors and the face unlocks of the world, I still feel that nothing beats the good old capacitive fingerprint sensor situated on the rear panel. Overall, the Moto E7 Power gets a big thumbs up in the design department. As I said, the phone feels solid in the hands, the quality of plastic is great in my opinion and this blue colour absolutely feels fresh.
Moto E7 Power: Display
The Moto E7 Power features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display that comes with a dewdrop notch. This is a 20:9 panel and it refreshes at 60Hz. Also, the resolution of this panel is just HD+ which is right in line with what its competitors are also offering. Now certainly not the most crisp panel, and accepted that you might even notice pixelation here and there. But you know, for the price, I think the display is quite decent in terms of colour reproduction. For that matter, viewing angles are good and the brightness levels are adequate.
So the first time I saw this display, I had a feeling that I am going to have a hard time using it under the sun. And so when I did take it out, and I started using it; well, first of all, it is reflective but you know there’s nothing much to complain here. I think for the price, the experience is just fine. Besides this, you can watch 720p HD content on YouTube, since the phone does support Widevine L1. Strangely, Netflix and Prime video were still limited to offering SDR content. Overall, because we’re looking at an HD display, the level of sharpness won’t be up to the mark. But since this is an IPS panel, you can expect decent colour reproduction while watching videos or playing games.
Moto E7 Power: Hardware and Software
The Moto E7 Power features a 2.0 GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio G25 SoC. You can get the phone in two different variants — the base variant comes with 2GB RAM coupled with 32GB storage, which is priced at Rs. 7,499. While the top-end variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, which is priced at Rs. 8,299. You can also expand the storage on this phone to up to 1TB via a microSD card.
As for the software, Motorola’s skin is called My UX and this is based on Android 10. Sadly, no Android 11 on this phone, and since the E7 Power is also not a part of the Android One programme, I can’t exactly say when will this phone receive the latest software.
That said, My UX offers a very clean and bloatware-free software experience. The phone is easily able to handle day to day tasks such as texting or browsing the web or going through your Instagram feed. The 4GB RAM on this phone does allow you to seamlessly switch between apps but don’t expect the phone to keep many apps at once running in the background. By the way, if you want to manually keep an app running in the background, you can go to Performance optimisation in Settings, and select the apps that you want to allow to run in the background. Apart from this app opening times were also acceptable.
Unlike the Moto E7 Plus, the E7 Power doesn’t come with the Motorola app pre-installed. That said, you can still find some of the useful gestures in System settings. For instance, the popular karate chop gesture to enable the torch or a three-finger screenshot. And by the way, swipe fingerprint to access the notification shade is also present.
Talking about the gaming performance on the Moto E7 Power, well, the phone can easily handle casual games such as Subway Surfers or Stick Cricket. Now, the good part is that I was also able to play Call of Duty: Mobile at stable frame rates, but the game only supports Low graphics quality. That said, seeing this kind of a smooth performance while playing Call of Duty; well this was something that I wasn’t expecting. One more thing that I would like to add here is that normally when I play COD, I play for at least 30-45 minutes at a stretch. So, the good thing here is that even when I used to have my long-stretches of gameplay, the phone never got hot. While it does get slightly warm, but absolutely no problems in terms of overheating.
In terms of audio performance, the single firing speaker offers satisfactory output. Now, the speaker does get fairly loud but I would once again point out that Motorola could’ve done a better job with its placement. Apart from this, it’s also good to see the headphone jack is present on this phone. Now generally, I don’t use wired headphones, but for those who do, they will be glad to have the option.
Moto E7 Power: Battery and Connectivity
The Moto E7 Power features a large 5,000mAh battery under the hood, which is terrific. What’s not terrific is that you only get a measly 10W charger which is very slow by today standards. That said, the battery life on this phone is absolutely spectacular. If you’re a casual user, you can easily make this phone last for about two days, not even exaggerating. And as per my usage patterns, I was about to use this phone for about a day and a half on a single charge. Charing times however made me go really insane, as it took the phone roughly about three hours to go from 0 to 100%.
Now for those who don’t know, my day usually involves connecting with my team on Microsoft Teams as well as connecting with my friends on WhatsApp and Telegram. I also browse a lot of Instagram; I at least watch about an hour and a half of YouTube; and when I am left with some extra time, I catch up on my good old Dragonball. One last thing, I would add about this battery is that, expect great standby times on this phone. To give you numbers well, something around 2-3% overnight.
In terms of connectivity, the phone supports Bluetooth 5.0 and up to 2.4GHz Bands on Wi-Fi, which means no 5GHz support. In terms of Wi-Fi speeds, and I’ll repeat this, according to the price, I didn’t face any major problems. In terms of network connectivity as well, I used the Moto E7 Power on Jio 4G. Once again, no complaints.
Moto E7 Power: Cameras
The Moto E7 Power features a dual-rear camera setup that comprises a 13-megapixel primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and PDAF. This is accompanied by a 2-megapixel macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture. For selfies, there’s a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. In terms of video recording, you can shoot up to 1080p 30fps videos from both the front and rear camera.
Photos taken during the day turned out pretty good in terms of details and sharpness. Colour reproduction I would say is on the warmer side and overall you can expect decent results in daylight.
Same goes for the photos taken indoors; while detail and sharpness is bang on, the overall colour temperature in the photos does tend to be on the warmer side.
The 2-megapixel secondary shooter can capture some decent close-ups if the need be. But, I would rather have a secondary wide-angle or a telephoto lens instead of a macro lens.
Moving on, the photos that I took at night genuinely impressed me. Now, I completely understand these are not perfect, but considering these photos have been taken on a sub 10,000 entry-level phone, I don’t think so there’s much to complain about.
In terms of selfies, the 5-megapixel camera is capable of capturing detailed photos in daylight. However, switch to portrait mode and the camera struggles with highlights. In general also, even when the portrait mode does manage to expose the scene properly, the blur around the subject is very inconsistent. In my opinion, you’d better off clicking selfies without portrait mode; I think the output, for the most part, is genuinely good for an entry-level smartphone.
In terms of video recording, there’s nothing much to say here. Of course, there’s no stabilisation on this phone, but then again, which phone offers stabilisation in this price range? So there’s that. Otherwise, in terms of colour reproduction and detail, I think the performance is passable.
In terms of front-facing video samples, I can only say that the quality was just satisfactory. Now, I know I have said this a thousand times by now that this is an entry-level smartphone, but that’s why when I take the price into consideration, I think the overall output is just fine.
Moto E7 Power: Verdict
The Moto E7 Power is one of the best entry-level smartphones if not the best. Apart from the slow charging times, I really don’t think there’s much to complain about here. At a starting price of Rs. 7,499, I think the phone’s build quality is good, the display on offer is decent, you’re getting bloatware-free software, and most importantly the battery life on this phone is solid. Now, of course, there are other budget options available as well such as the Redmi 9i, the Poco C3 or even the Realme C3. While these phones are also without a doubt excellent options, if given a choice, I would downright choose the Moto E7 Power above all else, just for the stock Android experience and stellar battery life.