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Early Moto G7 Plus press renders show waterdrop notch, no physical home button

Source: Mr. Gizmo
Source: Mr. Gizmo
An early press render of the upcoming Moto G7 Plus show that Motorola may be redesigning their popular mid-range handset. The press render shows an almost all-display front with a waterdrop notch similar to the OnePlus 6T and very thin top and side bezels.

Motorola’s Moto G line has long been one of the most successful mid-range smartphone families, and many fans are waiting for news on the upcoming Moto G7 with bated breath. An early press render has just been released and shows off what may be one of the most attractive mid-range smartphones ever.

If this press render is indeed reflective of the final released device, then Moto fans are in for a treat. The back of the device retains many of the design cues from the current Moto G6 Plus, including a glass back panel that wraps around the edges of the phone and a subtle camera bump holding a two-lens camera module. The camera bump in the Moto G7 Plus render looks a bit more subdued than the bump in the Moto G6 Plus, making for a sleeker profile overall. There also looks to be a slight dimple housing the Motorola logo, reminiscent of the G6 Play.

The front is where the bulk of the change lies. The render shows that Motorola may be going for an all-screen front panel; the side and top bezels have been greatly pared down. These bezels look to be about the same size as those on the iPhone XR, which isn’t too shabby for a mid-range phone. There is a notch, but Motorola takes a page out of OnePlus’s book by using a teardrop design to hold the front-facing camera.

There is still a bottom chin, but it has also been slimmed down. Conspicuously absent is the home button that was present on the Moto G6 Plus. This may mean that Motorola is dumping physical gesture-based navigation in favor of touch-screen only input. It also raises a question as to where the fingerprint scanner may be. The most likely answer is that the Moto G7 Plus will include a fingerprint scanner in the dimple on the back like the Moto G6 Play.

All said, if this press render is indicative of the final Moto G7 Plus design, the smartphone seems to be more Moto G6 Play than Moto G6 Plus. Current speculation pegs the Moto G7 Plus’s specs as decidedly mid-range: Snapdragon 670 or 710, 4/6 GB of RAM, and up to 128 GB of storage. The most recent rumors have said the G7 Plus will have a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, which should work well with the near-bezelless design.

Of course, all of this is currently speculation, so take it with a grain of salt. We won’t know what the G7 looks like in real life until Motorola announces it, likely in late Spring 2019.

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Moto G7 Plus render (source: Mr. Gizmo)
Moto G7 Plus render (source: Mr. Gizmo)
Moto G6 Plus (source: Motorola)
Moto G6 Plus (source: Motorola)
Moto G6 Play (source: Motorola)
Moto G6 Play (source: Motorola)
Moto G6 (source: Motorola)
Moto G6 (source: Motorola)

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Sam Medley, 2018-11-16 (Update: 2018-11-16)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.