The Motorola One 5G is coming to the U.S. on AT&T and Verizon for under-$500

The Motorola One 5G is coming to the U.S. on AT&T and Verizon for under-$500

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Update 1 (09/14/2020 @ 02:46 PM ET): AT&T has confirmed the pricing and availability for the Motorola One 5G on its network. Scroll to the bottom for more information. The article as published on August 31, 2020, is preserved below.

Motorola burst back into the flagship scene earlier this year with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865-powered, 5G-enabled Motorola Edge+. Alongside the Edge+, Motorola also unveiled the slightly cheaper Edge with the upper mid-range (but still 5G-enabled) Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. And about a month ago, Motorola had announced an even more affordable 5G-enabled smartphone in the form of the Moto G 5G Plus. Now, Motorola is bringing over this smartphone to the USA in the form of the Motorola One 5G.

Motorola One 5G: Specifications

SpecificationMotorola Moto G 5G Plus / Motorola One 5G
Dimensions & Weight
  • 168 x 74 x 9 mm
  • 207g
  • 6.7″ FHD+ LTPS LCD
  • 21:9 aspect ratio, 2520 x 1080
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • HDR10
  • Dual hole-punch display
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G:

  • 1x Kryo 475 (ARM Cortex-A76-based) Prime core @ 2.4GHz
  • 1x Kryo 475 (ARM Cortex-A76-based) Performance core @ 2.2GHz
  • 6x (ARM Cortex-A55-based) Efficiency cores @ 1.8GHz
  • 7nm EUV process

Adreno 620

RAM & Storage
  • 4GB + 64GB
  • 4GB + 128GB
  • 6GB + 128GB
Battery & Charging
  • 5000 mAh battery
  • 20W TurboPower charging
Fingerprint sensorSide-mounted fingerprint sensor
Rear Camera
  • Primary: 48MP, f/1.7
  • Secondary: 8MP, wide-angle, f/2.2
  • Tertiary: 5MP, macro, f/2.2
  • Quarternary: 2MP, depth, f/2.2
Front Camera
  • Primary: 16MP, wide-angle, f/2.0
  • Secondary: 8MP, f/2.2
Other Features
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • NFC
  • 5G: 1/3/7/8/28/38/41/77/78
Android VersionAndroid 10

The Motorola One 5G is a rebranded Moto G 5G Plus, but we’re okay with the rebranding because that was a terrible name in the first place. One of the highlights of this device is its 21:9 aspect ratio display. Motorola mentions that 87% of its users preferred a 21:9 aspect ratio, so that is what it adopted on this smartphone. You do get a 90Hz refresh rate, though the panel is LCD — but since this phone is not aiming to be a flagship, this specification isn’t judged as harshly. The smartphone itself has a humble design made largely out of polycarbonate, so most of the 207g weight is coming from the beefy 5,000 mAh battery.

Moto G 5G Plus / Motorola One 5G XDA Forums

On the inside, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, which should help keep things running smoothly despite not being an 8-series flagship SoC.

The Motorola One 5G comes with Android 10 out of the box. The OS is largely left unadulterated, but you get a few Motorola touches like the “chop to launch flashlight” feature and the Moto Power Touch feature that lets you reassign the double-power-button press. The power button also integrates the fingerprint sensor.

Motorola is only committing to one year of Android OS updates and two years of security updates at this moment.

Pricing and Availability

The Motorola One 5G will be a sub-$500 device in the USA and will be available through AT&T (sub-6GHz) and Verizon (with mmWave) in 4GB + 128GB configuration. The AT&T model will launch later this month while the Verizon model will launch in October, the latter presumably at a higher price due to the added costs of mmWave antennas and RF components. There will not be any unlocked versions of this phone in the USA. It remains to be seen how this phone stacks up against cheaper devices like the recent Google Pixel 4a.

The AT&T Motorola One 5G is launching September 18th at a retail price of $444.99. “Well qualified customers” can pay $5 a month for 30 months to get the device at over half off its retail price when adding a new line on an AT&T unlimited wireless plan. The device will be available on AT&T in its Oxford Blue color.