After a dalliance with the X4 last year, Motorola has rekindled its affair with Android One by introducing two new devices in the initiative, the Motorola One and the Motorola One Power. But the way, you got those names right – there is no “Moto” but the full “Motorola” nomenclature. It has been a while since we have seen that in smartphoneland. Both phones come with Android Oreo and with the assurance of Android updates to the next two versions (Pie and Q), in best Android One tradition.
The Motorola One comes with a 5.9 inch tall LCD display with HD+ resolution. It is powered by the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chip, coupled with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, expandable using a memory card. It features a 13 and 2 megapixel rear camera set up, an 8.0-megapixel selfie snapper and also comes with 3000 mAh battery with support for TurboPower charging. It features a USB Type C port as well as a (hooray) 3.5 mm audio jack. Connectivity wise, it comes with 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and will be priced at €299 in Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific markets (that seems a little high, considering the display but then Moto knows best, we guess). Just one color option: black!
The Motorola One Power is by far the more powerful of the two, sporting a larger 6.2 inch tall FHD+ display, and while it too sports the same 4 GB/ 64 GB RAM and storage combination on its lesser sibling (again with expandable memory), but comes with the newer and more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, a 16 and 5 megapixel rear camera unit and a 12 megapixel front facing camera. Connectivity options are the same and the 3.5 mm audio jack holds on its place, bit more significantly, the battery is a large 5000 mAh one, again with support for TurboPower. Its price has not been announced but interestingly, it is expected to be released in India. Needless to say, its pricing will play a crucial role in its success in that market where the likes of the Nokia 6.1 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro 1 have already been launched at competitive prices with a similar processor.
Motorola’s relationship with Android has been an odd one. The brand succeeded where the Nexus had failed by making stock Android mainstream with the Moto G and E series, but lost ground (many feel after it was acquired by Lenovo) in terms of OS updates. Motorola had released a Moto X4 Android variant last year, to a largely mixed reception. It remains to be seen how well this sally into Android One waters will fare, not least because on paper, both the new phones will have to reckon with their G and E counterparts.