Since its acquisition by Lenovo, Motorola seems to have a renewed sense of purpose. It is rarely taking a misstep with any new device. The company sticks with what works and refines it (Moto G series). What it feels doesn’t work, it either re-purposes it or junks it (like the Moto Z3). The company has launched an all-new device in India. It is called Motorola One Power and it has a clearly defined purpose – provide as much battery life as possible (following in the Moto Turbo’s footsteps, it seems). To that end, let’s check out what steps Motorola has taken to help One Power deliver on its promise of unparalleled battery life.
|Specifications||Motorola One Power|
|Processor||1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with Adreno 509 GPU|
|Display||IPS LCD, 6.2-inch with Full HD+ (2246x1080p) resolution|
|Internal Storage||64GB (expandable up to 256GB)|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Rear Camera||16-megapixel + 5-megapixel|
|Battery||5000mAh with fast charging|
|Dimensions||156mm x 76mm x 8.98mm|
What’s new about the Motorola One Power?
The Motorola One Power is touted as a joint creation by Motorola and Google. An important thing to note here – the phone is a part of Google’s Android One program.
This means this phone is slated to get the Android updates as soon as they are rolled out. This also means not even the slightest UI modifications to the phone’s hardware. Lastly, the phone will receive Android updates up to Android Q.
The Motorola One Power is the first smartphone from the company in India to have a notch on the front panel. There is also a thin chin at the bottom with a Motorola letting on it. The top edge gets a 3.5mm headphone jack. The bottom edge gets a USB Type-C port flanked by a six-hole grille on either side.
The right side gets power button and volume rocker. The phone’s rear gets a dual-camera setup (towards the top left edge), a Motorola logo (more on this in a bit), and Android One lettering near the bottom edge. The design and looks of the phone are inoffensive and par for the course.
Inside, the Motorola One Power gets a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chip with Adreno 509 GPU. It gets 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (expandable up to 256GB). The phone has a 6.2-inch notched IPS LCD display with Full HD+ (2246x1080p) resolution.
The phone’s dual rear camera setup has a 16-megapixel primary lens with f/1.8 aperture and Phase Detect Autofocus. The secondary lens is a 5-megapixel unit with f/2.2 aperture. The rear camera setup gets dual LED flash support.
The front camera on the Motorola One Power has a 12-megapixel lens with f/2.0 aperture and a single flash support. The phone gets a triple-card tray with room for two SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time. Other connectivity features on the phone include Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and FM radio.
It is powered by a 5000mAh battery (!) that also gets Turbo Charging (Moto speak for fast charging) support. Motorola bundles the phone with a 15W TurboPower charger. It measures 156mm x 76mm x 8.98mm and weighs 205 grams. The only colour available for the phone is black.
Is the Motorola One Power worth consideration?
Want to buy a mid-range Motorola device but not a Moto G? The Motorola One Power is the one you want. It is the first Motorola smartphone in a long time to not look like its brethren. To that end, if you don’t like Moto G6 or other Motorola phones for their looks, you now have a Moto device addressing that concern of yours.
I do get a nagging feeling that this phone might spell the end of Moto G family. Its price makes it a competitor for Moto G family, specifically for Moto G6. In terms of specs, it is a step-up from the regular Moto G6. This makes it a better value-for-money proposition.
Motorola says the One Power has a fingerprint reader. Considering there is nothing on the front panel or under the power button, the only place left is that indent on the back with Motorola logo. With Motorola doing things so differently on the One Power in comparison to Moto G6, I feel the former will now become the new value-for-money king of Motorola smartphones (at least in India).
Motorola One Power – Synopsis
- Priced at Rs 15,999, exclusively retailing on Flipkart
- Is a co-creation by Motorola and Google, part of Android One project
- First notched display smartphone by Motorola
- Powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chip and Adreno 509 GPU
- RAM – 4GB; Internal storage (expandable up to 256GB) – 64GB
- Gets a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD (2246x1080p) resolution
- Runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, guaranteed to receive updates up to Android Q
- Packs a dual-rear camera setup with 16-megapixel primary lens and 5-megapixel secondary lens
- Front camera packs a 12-megapixel lens
- Connectivity options include dual-SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and FM radio
- SIM slot can take two SIM cards and microSD card at the same time
- Powered by a mammoth 5000mAh battery with fast charging support