Motorola One 5G Brings 5G to the US for Under $500


Motorola’s first sub-$500 phone with 5G connectivity, the Motorola One 5G, is coming to the US. It’s the company’s fourth 5G handset to launch this year alone and comes just a month after it announced the Moto G 5G for European markets. 

The Motorola One 5G will be available through AT&T and Verizon; there are no plans to offer an unlocked version. The AT&T model will work on the carrier’s low-band network while Verizon’s variant will support sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G

A handsome phone with solid hardware, the Motorola One 5G features a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Minimized bezels and a dual hole-punch display create a near bezel-less display. 

Person holding Motorola One 5G smartphone(Image: Motorola)
The back of the One 5G is a deep, iridescent blue that features a quad camera stack on its upper-left corner. The iconic rear-mounted fingerprint has been replaced with a side-mounted alternative built into the power button. 

When it comes to cameras, Motorola continually attempts to improve its game, and the One 5G is no exception. The quad camera stack features a 48MP quad pixel camera with an f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 5MP macro sensor with a ring light to remove shadows from close-up photography, and a 2MP depth sensor. The front-facing camera clocks in at 16MP.

Hardware on the One 5G is solid and competes closely with the more expensive Samung A71 5G. Motorola’s midrange phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chipset with 4GB of RAM. Storage comes in at 128GB and you can add an additional terabyte with a microSD card. Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC are onboard as well. 

There’s a 5,000mAh battery on board, which Motorola claims will provide two days of battery life with heavy use. Like most phones in this price range, with the exception of the iPhone SE, wireless charging isn’t an option, but the One 5G supports fast charging and includes a 15W adapter in the box.  

The One 5G will ship with Android 10 along with Motorola’s minimalist My UX skin. It’s guaranteed to get an upgrade to Android 11 as well as quarterly security updates for two years. And since Motorola releases most of its apps to the Google Play Store, these will continue to be updated as needed and do not require a major OS upgrade. 

The Motorola One 5G will be available on AT&T in the coming weeks and will sell for less than $500. Verizon’s own Ultra Wideband version of the One 5G will be available in October with pricing details to follow. 

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