The Motorola One 5G is a smartphone with a 6.7 inch, FHD+ 90 Hz display, quad cameras, and 5G support. But this isn’t your typical flagship — it’s a mid-range phone that’s headed to AT&T and Verizon for under $500.

A virtually identical phone called the Moto 5G Plus launched in Europe earlier this summer for €349 and up.

The mid-range phones are Motorola’s most affordable 5G handsets to date.

The Moto 5G Plus features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor with an integrated Snapdragon X52 5G modem, a 5,000 mAh battery, and support for 15W fast charging (the European model seems to support 20W fast charging, but aside from that the only differences I can spot are in the pricing/configuration options.

In Europe, you can pick up a 4GB RAM/64GB storage model for €349 or a 6GB/128GB version for €399. In the US, Motorola will only offer a 4GB/128GB model for a “sub-$500” price tag when the phone comes to Verizon in early October and AT&T “soon.”

The phone’s other features include support for NFC, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, a microSD card reader, and a headphone jack, plus a total of six cameras:

Front cameras

  • 16MP primary
  • 8MP ultrawide

Rear cameras

  • 48MP primary
  • 8MP ultrawide
  • 5MP macro
  • 2MP depth

The Snapdragon 700-series processor isn’t the only concession Motorola made to price. The phone isn’t waterproof. It doesn’t support wireless charging.

But it’s also a lot more affordable than most recent flagship phones, so something had to give.

via Motorola (1)(2)

This article was originally published July 7, 2020 and last updated August 31, 2020. 

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7 replies on “Motorola brings 5G to the mid-range with Motorola One 5G”

  1. @Some Guy, the 5G in the name of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is a pretty simple case I can answer you out of my head without having to reference any outside source. 5G is a technology that benefits no real use case regarding to what the average person want to do on her phone but manufacturers and carriers still push the technology like there’s no end in sight. So the 5G has to be in the name for marketing purposes.

    Regarding Skub. I had to Google it up. But probably I had to go much more Googling to figure out what did you mean by the reference. That’s probably because we came from different cultural backgrounds. Never mind.

  2. @Next I’ve given up entirely about trying to understand the various monosyllabic words, letters and numbers phone companies put in their product names. Asking why it’s the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G instead of Fold 2 is like the best case scenario in showing up to a Pro-Skub rifestival in a city with no visible Anti-Skub presence wearing an Anti-Skub shirt.
    There’s no point, and you’ll feel worse about yourself.

  3. OMG it has a 21:9 screen. For some reason.

    Isn’t it confusing if an Android handset manufacturer calls one of it’s models One if that model isn’t an Android One model? To add to the confusion on the other hand the Motorola One Action is an Android One phone.

  4. This is actually a very nice deal. I am happy to see the mid range market heating up in the US. For the price a $1000 flagshop you can buy one of these and a PS5 – just something to keep into perspective in the trend of flagship smartphones costing as much as premium laptops, gaming desktops, and massive 4K TVs.

  5. While I understand concessions for the sake of the price. If they are touting NFC for payments a fingerprint reader would have been nice (even the cheaper versions on the back).

    But still, pretty nice offering.

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