For those looking for a 5G handset that won’t cost an arm or a leg and not from a Chinese handset maker, then perhaps the new Motorola one 5G may fit the bill. OK. Technically, Motorola is a Chinese-owned company, but that’s not the point. It is still an American brand.
The Motorola one 5G is outfitted with a 6.7-inch 90 Hz FHD+ (2,520 x 1,080 pixels) “CinemaVision” display that is almost full screen if not for the dual front-facing hole punch camera.
It is by no means flagship; it is mid-ranger powered by the capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G chip, backed by 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage that is further expandable up to a terabyte via microSD card.
It is worthy to mention that it does have an interesting camera setup around the back. The main snapper is a 4-camera system comprising of a 48 MP main shooter with quad pixel technology, an 8 MP ultra wide-angle camera, a 2 MP depth camera, and a 5 MP “macro vision” camera that is equipped with a ring light.
The macro camera’s 2 cm focus distance may not impress everyone, but for an avid macro photography enthusiasts like myself, the ring light is a nice feature. The ring light is in addition to the requisite flash, btw.
Rear quad-camera capability includes 4K videoing at 30 fps and interesting, macro videoing too. Though is not clear if at what resolution. Hopefully, 4K. Other videoing features include slow-mo, timelapse, hyperlapse, EIS, video HDR and video snapshot.
Over at the front, there are a 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera and an 8 MP camera which offers flexibility when it comes to selfie for both individual and in large group. However, the front only does FHD at 30 fps tops.
The rest of the spec-sheet details is pretty rudimentary (as with most of today’s phone). It does have a large battery though, coming in at 5,000 mAh and support for 15W “TurboPower”. Nowhere near fast by today’s standard, IMHO. But hey, it is a mid-ranger, is it not? And so… Another feature that we dig is the side-mounted physical fingerprint sensor.
Motorola one 5G will be a sub-US$500 5G device which will arrive to AT&T soon. Verizon will launch a “unique variant” with connectivity to its 5G Ultra Wideband network in early October.
All images courtesy of Motorola Mobility.