After several weeks of massive leaks, rumors, and speculations, Motorola finally took the wraps off its much-awaited Android One smartphones – the Motorola One and Motorola One Power – on Friday (August 31) at the ongoing IFA 2018 conference in Berlin, Germany.
The two versions of the Lenovo-owned brand are, basically, mid-range lookalikes of the iPhone X – at least as far as the notched top is concerned – with the Motorola One Power being the larger and the more premium of the two.
Motorola One Power
Driving the 6.2-inch Motorola Power-One is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, which makes the phone nice and smooth, with no trace of any lag, although, admittedly, we won’t know for sure until we’ve put the phone through its paces.
So, it’s a bit too early in the day to be able to give you a full review, which will surely follow soon enough but do consider this as our first impressions of the device.
The GPU on this is an Adreno 509 and the phone is available with either 4GB of RAM + 64GB Internal Storage or 3GB of RAM with 32GB onboard storage and, yes, there is micro SD support for up to 256GB of additional storage.
A bit on the hefty side – although not without reason when you consider the beefy 5,000mAh Motorola TurboPower battery housed inside it – the Power One has a metal unibody design and looks good enough, overall – that’s if you like the iPhone X kind of looks.
With a battery as large as the one it has, you can be assured of a pretty decent battery-life between full charges, which shouldn’t be anything less than a day and a half to two days, depending on usage, of course.
The display on the One Power is a 6.2-inch Full-HD+ LCD Max Vision panel, with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a screen resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels.
The rear-facing dual camera unit on the metal back of the One Power includes a 16-megapixel (f/1.8 aperture) primary sensor and a 5-megapixel (f/2.2) secondary shooter, with Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash.
The rear setup can record video in 2160 at 30 frames per second, or in 1080p@30/60fps.
The fingerprint sensor is well-placed on the Motorola batwing logo on the back, making it easily accessible, without having to feel all over for it.
The selfie camera on the front is a 12-megapixel f/2.0 sensor, with single flash, and does 1080p videos @30fps.
The smaller 5.9-inch sibling of the One Power is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Soc, with an Adreno 506 graphics card inside, as well.
The phone is available with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of integrated storage, which can be expanded up to 256 GB via micro SD card.
Unlike the metal-based design of the Motorola One Power, the smaller Motorola One has a glass-sandwich design, with Corning Gorilla Glass 2.5 protecting the phone on both sides.
With a smaller body comes a smaller 3,000mAh battery, which, needless to say, can’t give you the same battery life as its beefier sibling; however, it should be able to take you through most of your day but, as always, it depends on the kind of drain you’re putting the phone through.
While the Motorola One looks like a scaled-down version of the One Power from the front, it does have a noticeably bigger chin.
Although both the phones are shipping with Android Oreo 8.1, Motorola has promised to be among the first smartphone brands to update to two major Android updates – Android 9.0 Pie and Android Q.
Starting September and October for the Motorola One and the Motorola One Power, respectively, the phones will be getting guaranteed monthly security patches for as long as three years.