Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Takes on Moto Z Play to Be the Best Upper Mid-Range Handset

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Samsung yesterday announced its latest upper mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy C7 Pro in India. The phone packs decent specifications and is also the first Samsung smartphone to sport the battery efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. Priced at Rs. 27,999, the C7 Pro gives stiff competition to the best battery smartphone of 2016, Motorola Moto Z Play, which is priced at Rs. 24,999.


Both the phones come with premium design, competitive hardware, decent camera setup, and almost similar price tag. But, which smartphone suits you the best in terms of specifications? Let’s find out.

Let’s begin with the design, the Galaxy C7 Pro inherits metal-bodied design, whereas the Moto Z Play comes with metal and glass body design. Another important aspect regarding the Moto Z Play is that it features the modular design, which means you can attach Moto Mods such as additional battery pack, JBL Speaker, Projector, Hasselblad Camera Mod, and more to further tune your usage with the phone. You need to purchase these Moto Mods separately, though.

If you hate smudges on your phone, get the Galaxy C7 Pro as the Moto Z Play’s rear panel is quite a fingerprint magnet.

The Moto Z Play flaunts a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. On the other hand, the Galaxy C7 Pro features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full HD panel, carrying a pixel density of 386 PPI. Samsung did not mention any display protection at the launch. If you want a bigger screen phone, get the C7 Pro, otherwise, go for the Moto Z Play.

Both the Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro and Moto Z Play uses the same octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC with eight Cortex A53 cores. The eight cores in the C7 Pro are clocked at 2.2GHz, which is slightly faster than the Moto Z Play’s 2.0GHz clock speed.

The Moto Z Play comes with just 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, whereas the C7 Pro comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Both the phones support storage expansion via microSD card. That said, the Galaxy C7 Pro is slightly ahead of the Moto Z Play in the hardware department with more RAM, storage, and slightly faster chipset.


Samsung is touting the C7 Pro as a selfie expert as it features a 16MP front-facing camera with f/1.9 aperture. The Moto Z Play, on the flip side, features a 5MP sensor on the front with f/2.2, 1.4 µm pixel size, and LED flash support. Samsung did not include any LED flash on the C7 Pro, which is a letdown, but it comes with a better sensor.

Both the phones feature same camera setup on the rear with a 16MP sensor, but the Moto Z Play has laser autofocus technology, which results in faster focusing speeds than that of the C7 Pro.

The Moto Z Play has been widely regarded as the best battery smartphone of 2016 with its 3510mAh cell, and the prowess here goes to the Snapdragon 625 chip. The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro comes with the same Snapdragon 625 SoC but comes with a smaller 3300mAh cell.

The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro boots Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI on top. The Moto Z Play was launched with almost near stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but recently received the Android Nougat update in India. When it comes to the software department, we have to give it to the Moto Z Play itself.

Connectivity-wise, the Galaxy C7 Pro, and Moto Z Play come with 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC, and USB Type-C port.

The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro is the latest addition to the already popular Samsung upper mid-range lineup, and it ticks all the right boxes. However, it doesn’t have any standout feature, unlike the Moto Z Play whose USP is its support for Moto Mods.

If you want stock Android, big battery, and a unique smartphone, then get the Moto Z Play. If you’re a die-hard Samsung fan and want a sleek, beautiful, decent specced Samsung smartphone and can stretch your budget up to Rs. 30,000, get the Galaxy C7 Pro. Think twice before getting the C7 Pro as there is OnePlus 3T in the same price segment.

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Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

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