Motorola Moto G7 FCC Certification Reveals Unimpressive 2820mAh Battery Capacity

Moto G7’s predecessor actually has a slightly bigger battery 3000mAh battery, but the upgraded chipset might make up for the battery capacity.


Although Motorola hasn’t been that successful when it comes to high-end phones, its affordable G series has been a hit. Despite offering a great value for money, there is one thing that the G series smartphones always seem to skimp on: long battery life. And if a recent FCC listing is to go by, the upcoming Motorola Moto G7 isn’t going to be any better in this regard.

Battery Capacity Getting Worse

Let alone improving battery life, Lenovo seems to be going in another direction. According to an FCC listing, which apparently originated from Motorola’s factory in Brazil, the model number G7 XT1965-2, which is thought to be the Moto G7, will pack in a 2820mAh Amperex manufactured battery. This is a step back, as the Moto G6 (review) packs in a slightly bigger 3000mAh battery.

Per previous leaks, the Moto G7 will be underpinned by the Snapdragon 660 SoC, which is an upgrade over the Snapdragon 450 chipset that its predecessor rocked. Theoretically, the new chipset will be more apt at optimizing battery life and as such, the new phone will last longer than its progenitor on a single charge, despite having a smaller battery. On the other hand, some leaks have pointed out that the Moto G7 would have a larger 6.1-inch display, which is a considerable jump over the 5.7-inch screen that the Moto G6 has. Since the display size is one of the biggest determinants of the battery life, any improvements realized from a new chipset will be offset by the bigger screen.

Additionally, a Motorola branded Qi Wireless charging pad showed up on the website of the Wireless Power Consortium a few days back, which means the Moto G7 might also support wireless charging natively.

The Other Variants In The G7 Family Can Fill The Void

According to rumors, the Moto G7 series will consist of three other models in addition to the base variant, bearing the monikers ‘Play’, ‘Plus’, and ‘Power’. If the battery capacities of the different models in the Moto G6 family are any indication, the Moto G7 Play, and G7 Plus should have bigger batteries. Some leaks have even alleged that the Moto G7 Plus would be fueled by the Snapdragon 710 SoC.  As for the Moto G7 Power, not a lot is known about this variant yet.

Moving on to other specifications, the Moto G7 is expected to have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard memory. The series will presumably feature a waterdrop notch and it is also expected to have a more contemporary design than the Moto G6 series. The phone is also expected to have a fingerprint reader on the back and the 3.5mm headphone jack will most likely be retained.

It is not known when the Moto G7 will be released, but rumors have pointed at an early launch next year. So, we can expect the phone to launch sometime around February. Though the battery remains a bone of contention, the phone is expected to successfully rival other Chinese mid-rangers.

While we wait for more information on the phone, check out our review of Motorola Moto G below.