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15th of December 2018


Moto G7 Play pops up at the FCC with notch design, dramatically smaller battery

The Moto G7 Play (believe it or not) in two different colors. FCC This manual picture is more enlightening than the FCC's not-great device photography. Check out that notch and bottom logo. FCC The colors! It comes it in black and blue, with a rear fingerprint reader. FCC You can just make out the notch design on the right side here. I spy: a headphone jack. FCC We even get battery pictures! It's 2820mAh. FCC That bottom chip is labeled "Qualcomm SDM632!" That's a big upgrade. FCC

After Nokia, there's not a lot of companies to choose from in the low- to mid-range smartphone category. Lenovo's Motorola division is one of the few groups that produces a contender every year, with the G Play series usually coming in at around $200. Recently, the Moto G7 Play stopped by the FCC, and thanks to our government disregarding Motorola's confidentiality request, we now have lots of device pictures!

The images, which were first spotted by Droid Life, show a phone that looks like a continuation of the Motorola One design that debuted earlier this year. There's a wide, iPhone X-style notch along the top, which houses a front camera, front flash, and a speaker. The manual shows rounded screen corners and a large "Motorola" logo emblazoned on the bottom bezel, which hasn't yet been applied to the FCC's pre-release devices. The back looks a lot like the Moto G6 Play, with a rear fingerprint reader that doubles as a second Motorola logo and a round camera bump with a single camera and LED flash.

Internal shots from the FCC show a 2820mAh battery on the G7 Play, which sounds like an extremely disappointing downgrade from the 4000mAh battery included in the G6 Play. There are also pictures of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC, which has eight (typically) 1.8GHz Kryo 250 cores onboard and is built on a 14nm manufacturing process. This should be a big upgrade from the Snapdragon 427 on the Moto G6 Play, which was a 28nm chip with only four Cortex A53 cores. There's also a headphone jack, USB-C port, and a microSD slot.

It's expected that Motorola will announce four or five Moto G and Moto E devices all at once sometime in 2019, as it did in April of this year.

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