Worthy midrange Android phones are few and far between, but the BestBuy.com.aims to prove its mettle for $399. First announced in August for Europe, Asia and Latin America, the Motorola One will make its US debut with BestBuy on Nov. 11. Preorders start Nov. 9 at
The Motorola One is so named for the Android One software build running the show. Android One, which began life as a version of Google’s operating system for low-powered phones, now represents the OS that’s as close to “pure” Android as you’ll find on a phone that isn’t the Pixel 3. Motorola’s One retains the company’s trademark skin and some Motorola-only software, but is free of third-party preloaded apps. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is another example of a phone that runs on Android One.
An unlocked phone that runs on GSM technology, you’ll be able to use the Motorola One with AT&T and T-Mobile networks, as well as their prepaid arms, Cricket Wireless and Metro (formerly Metro PCS). Verizon and Sprint networks use a different technology, called CDMA, which is not compatible with GSM phones.
In 2004, Motorola built success on the back of the Razr, a thin flip phone that became hugely popular around the world. Now, the brand, which is owned by Lenovo, is best known for its excellent budget smartphones, like the , and phones with modules that attach magnetically to the back. Motorola’s became the first phone to promise (eventual) 5G capability, through a magnetic attachment, that will be compatible with Verizon’s future 5G network.
Motorola One specs
|Display size, resolution||5.9-inch LCD; 1,520×720 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.9×2.8×0.31 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||150x72x8 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||0.36 oz; 162g|
|Mobile software||Android 8.1 Oreo; updates guaranteed|
|Camera||13-megapixel and 2-megapixel|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (2GHx octa-core)|
|Expandable storage||Up to 256GB|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back cover|
|Special features||Support for Turbo-charging|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$399|
|Price (GBP)||299 euro price converts to £268|
|Price (AUD)||299 euro price converts to AU$483|
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