When you think of budget phones, the Motorola brand is sure to come in mind. Similarly, if you want a clutter-free software experience, again a Moto phone is amongst the very few offering stock-esque Android in the market. The newly arrived Moto E7 Plus is very familiar in both those regards.
Besides, it also comes carrying the promise of performance thanks to a Snapdragon 460 chip inside. Some of the other highlights include a 48MP camera, 5000mAh battery, and a large 6.5″ display.
Here, have a look at this moto’s specs in toto —
Moto E7 Plus Specifications
|Product||Moto E7 Plus|
|Display||6.5-inch HD+, LCD|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 460nm octa-core (1.8GHz x 4+1.6GHz x 4 Kryo 240 CPUs)|
|RAM||4GB LPPDDR4x RAM|
|Storage||64GB, expandable up to 512GB|
|Dimensions and weight||165.21 x 75.73x 9.18mm; 200 grams|
|Rear Camera||48MP primary camera (f1/.7), 2MP Portrait camera|
|Battery||5000mAh, 10W charging|
|Others||Rear fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Price||4 + 64GB – INR 9,499|
And the inbox contents —
Moto E7 Plus Unboxing
- The phone
- Charger w/ cable
- Starter guide and other papers
- Sim ejector pin
I’ve used the phone for a significant amount of time and here I’ll be sharing my experience. By the end, you’ll have an idea of whether this is the best budget pick under Rs. 10k.
Moto E7 Plus Design and Display
The Moto E7 Plus comes in a squared plastic body that seems sturdy enough. Some rounded corners and curvy edges would’ve offered a smoother in-hand feel and elegance to its looks. At 200 grams, the phone is a bit hefty as it packs a 5000mAh battery. I crave for curvature also because that would’ve made the device more wieldable. Speaking of which, the volume rockers and the Google Assistant switch on the right side are a little tough to reach.
The company could have placed either if not both the buttons on the left frame. At present, there is just a dual SIM plus micro SD (not dedicated) slot there.
There is a headphone jack on the head. Meanwhile, the bottom has a micro USB socket (Ugh…not this again!), a speaker grille, and a mic. The latter two perform as you’d expect them to. Barely fine.
The back of the phone abodes a camera squircle and the fingerprint reader (w/ the Moto M). The capacitive scanner is where the index finger rests whilst holding the phone and it mostly works. I say so because there are times when the phone urges you to enter pin after it fails to read the print.
Flipping to front, there is a 6.5in LCD screen with a waterdrop cut. Just like the Moto G9 (review), this one too failed to recognize my face whilst setting up Face unlock. Perhaps, no love for the beard.
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The panel is only HD+ in resolution, with about 81.6% screen to body ratio, and 270-pixel density. The colors look natural but could benefit from a bit more brightness and contrast. You can up the flair using the Boost and Saturated profiles within the Display settings. The adaptive brightness setting is pretty aggressive and I had it turned off during my usage.
Let’s see what else you get to turn on and off on the software side.
Moto E7 Plus Performance
One of the main sell here has to be the ad-free, stock-ish Android 10. It felt good to receive the latest security patch as well. The software is largely bloat-free save for the Facebook app and a galore of Google stuff. In case you’re wondering, yes, you get the beloved Moto Actions along with few other tiny software tricks here and there.
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Moto has finally parted ways with Mediatek and joined the Qualcomm club. The phone is thus powered by an 11nm-based Snapdragon 460 chipset, which brings the sweet goodness of four Cortex-A73 performance cores coupled with four Cortex-A53 efficiency cores. This is said to offer a 70% performance gain over the Snapdragon 450 (12nm setup with eight weaker Cortex-A53 cores). This is coupled with 4GB LPDDR4x RAM and 64GB of onboard storage (expandable up to 512GB).
Here are some of its benchmark stats:
|Tests||Moto E7 Plus (SD460)|
|Geekbench 5 Single-core||245|
|Geekbench 5 Multi-core||1071|
|Androbench Sequential Read | Write||290.34 MB/s | 180.8 MB/s|
|Androbench Random Read | Write||90.3 MB/s | 94.59 MB/s|
|3DMark Slingshot Extreme OpenGL | Vulkan||840 | 806|
|GFXBench T-Rex | Manhattan | Car Chase fps scores||36 | 25 | 9.4|
In the real world, the phone is fairly usable once you forego the lingering lag that comes with the entry-grade package. You won’t notice in light to medium usage. It will only get in your way during heavy multitasking or while loading certain UI elements. Likewise, if you compromise with the general in-game experience, you can surely blow off some steam.
The internals also comprises of a brawny 5000mAh battery. That’s big and should easily drive the phone from morning till night. In the PCMark test (with full brightness), the phone scored 9 hr 38 mins, which is amazing. The supplied 10W charger is underwhelming though. It takes more than 4 hours to fill the tank from the nill.
Moto E7 Plus Cameras
Moto has interestingly housed a 48MP sensor along with a 2MP depth lens. The latter is meant to add bokeh to the portraits. Upfront, there is a solo 8MP shooter for selfies. The camera app is simple to use and has a lot of treats tucked away in that 9-dot menu. This includes Night Vision mode, Spot Color Auto smile capture, Smart composition, Shot Optimization, and Portrait mode to play with. Next to the shutter circle, there’s the Google Lens button too. Video-wise, you get FHD (30fps front and 60fps back), Slow-motion, and Timelapse.
Here are some point and shoot results and their analysis —
The 48MP sensor proves its merit in the way of decently detailed and generously exposed daylight shots.
Contrary to my expression on these photos, I happen to have a good opinion about the way E7 Plus handles human subjects. The edge detection is neat, the details are sufficient, and hardly any noticeable retouching.
The night treatment is also one of the better ones I have seen in the segment. It’s able to present details, which would otherwise go amiss in the shadows. The frame is significantly lit up for this purpose.
I had simultaneously tested the Narzo 20A (review) cameras with it and Moto clearly outsmarted the Realme phone in most if not all situations.
So, by now you must’ve gathered a fair idea about the phone. It’s now time to answer the question — Should you buy it?
Moto E7 Plus Review: Verdict
Back in 2014 when Motorola debuted the Moto E series in India, it offered the vanilla Android and relatively decent hardware within a small cute chassis. It looked simple, was made simple and simply ran basic smartphone stuff. It came for a bargain-basement price and kicked off a trend. Years later, the E7 Plus is here bearing somewhat the same essence and a ₹9,499 price tag.
That price puts it in close competition to the likes of Redmi 9 Prime and Realme C15 (review). While those affordable adversaries clearly have the upper hand in raw CPU and GPU action, the E7 Plus isn’t far behind. As you have seen, the Snapdragon 460 plus Adreno 610 combo can hold it’s own in the real world. Now, add the 48MP camera and clean software experience to the mix, the overall proposition gets uniquely strong. At least, one that’s likely to convince several buyers.
- Affable 48MP camera quality
- Competent performer
- Ad-free Stock-ish Android
- Long battery endurance
- Simple and Sturdy build
- Ever-miffing micro USB
- Turbo slow charger
- Not enough grunt for games
- Dull display
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