We don't expect an awful lot from a phone costing less than £100, but Motorola assures us that its latest budget handset will last around 36 hours on a single charge and take photos that aren't terrible with its 48MP main camera. It also boasts what Motorola is calling a water-repellent design — it can apparently withstand "moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes, or light rain — which is more than can be said for most cheap phones.
The Moto e7 is pretty unremarkable in many other ways. Its MediaTek Helio G25 chip, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of (expandable) storage will make for modest performance, at best, while its large (6.5-inch) display won't look great with a 720p resolution. Other bells and whistles will be sorely missed, such as NFC, fast charging, and dual speakers.
|SoC||MediaTek Helio G25|
|Display||6.5-inch HD+ (720p) IPS TFT LCD|
|Rear cameras||48MP main camera (f/1.7), 2MP macro (f/2.4)|
|Front camera||5MP (f/2.2)|
|Battery||4,000 mAh (10W charging)|
|Other||Headphone jack, FM radio, DualSIM, single speaker, rear fingerprint reader|
|Dimensions||164.93 x 75.73 x 8.89mm|
|Colors||Mineral grey, Aqua blue, Satin coral|
It's obviously found lacking in many areas, but at least there's a headphone jack, a rear-mounted fingerprint reader (within the Moto logo), and a relatively high-resolution main camera. There's also a dedicated Google Assistant button, for whatever that's worth. For £99, this might represent a decent deal for anyone seeking a bare minimum smartphone for the cheapest possible price.
The Moto e7 comes in three colors, a rather bland grey alongside more exciting aqua and coral numbers. In the UK, you'll be able to get it from Amazon, Argos, Carphone Warehouse, John Lewis, 02, and Tesco. The Satin Coral colorway will only be available from motorola.co.uk. In Europe, it'll cost €119.99. Availability will be expanded to Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia in the coming weeks.