Last year, Motorola launched the Moto E6 Plus, an ambitious, but rather underwhelming mid-range phone. Its successor could pack a lot more punch, though. On August 3, the specs for a new E7 Plus were published on Geekbench and they sound much more impressive. The highlight is by far the new octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Listed as “guam”, this is most likely the new Snapdragon 460 chipset, which features an octa-core, runs at 1.8GHz, and sports the Adreno 610 GPU. The Moto E7 Plus will also have 4GB RAM, and, from the rest of the specs, it looks like a much more evolved version for its predecessor. By comparison, last year’s E6 only had 2GB RAM, the same as the upcoming vanilla Moto E7.
According to the same website, the Moto E7 Plus will run on Android 10. There have also been some leaked images, which Motorola hasn’t confirmed yet. From the photos, the E7 Plus seems to look quite similar to the vanilla E7, so a 6.2” 720p screen, and we can also see a dual camera with laser autofocus.
There have also been allegations that the new Moto E7 Plus could actually be a rebranded variant of the Moto G9 Play, but that’s likely to feature the Snapdragon 662 instead. As for the price, we can’t be sure, but the price tag will most likely be higher than its predecessor, so more than $150. Still, it’s an incredible bargain, one that could make mid-range phones more attractive for the general public.
Qualcomm has recently confirmed that the devices running on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 will all be launched by the end of 2020, which means that users will be able to buy the Moto E7 Plus sooner than that.
Moto E7 Plus marks an exciting era for mid-range smartphones
If this new smartphone features an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and double the amount of RAM compared to its predecessor at around the $200 mark, then an exciting new era is coming up for mid-range smartphones.
For many years, the performance of mid-range devices has left a lot to be desired, but, because processors are getting better and better, most users might not need to save up for a high-end device after all. Motorola’s upcoming E7 Plus, along with competitors like the Pixel 4A and the OnePlus Nord, have come a long way in terms of what mid-range phones can do. Even though they don’t excel in one area, they deliver consistent performance across the board, at a more than decent price. And, with processors like the Snapdragon 460 or Snapdragon 662, things are looking great on the hardware front. Add to that great cameras and great battery life, and most people will be more than happy to pay a couple of dollars for a mid-range phone instead of investing in a flagship that they may not necessarily need.