The Upcoming Motorola One 5G Might be the Best New Phone for Less Than $500

Motorola has been pumping out phones this year, announcing or releasing more than ten new mobile devices, and rumor has it there’s at least one more grand reveal to come soon.

For what is worth, however, the brand’s most recent mid-range offering, the Motorola One 5G, might be its most attractive new launch yet. It is not a flagship similar to the Edge Plus, or the continuation of an experiment like the Razr.

However, it is a sub-$500 device powered by the latest version of Android 10, packing a bunch of unexpected features and a massive battery. Simply put, it is exactly the type of introduction to 5G that Motorola’s cost-conscious fans would buy.

Possibly the Best Pick on the Market

There’s one catch, though. Motorola has been releasing phones in 2020, including the Moto Razr, two models of the Moto Edge, and a range of Moto G devices. Out of these, the new One 5G model is the best bang for your buck.

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Not only it features a large 6.7-inch full HD display, but the screen also has a 90Hz refresh rate, which is a feature that has mostly been packed on premium devices so far. The Motorola One 5G​ also sports dual selfie cameras and four rear cameras, comprised of a 48 MP main camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide lens, a 2 MP depth sensor, and a macro camera.

That’s not all, because, within the macro camera’s housing, the developers have installed a little ring light built to help give your macro shots a cool, even lightning. Then, the phone has a side-mounted fingerprint reader and also supports NFC, so it offers you the possibility to use various payment services. The Motorola One 5G​ even comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Under the hood, the Motorola One 5G’s​ specs are also solid, with the smartphone running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chipset, sporting 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage space, a microSD card slot, and a massive 5,000 mAh battery.

Although it doesn’t have an IP rating for water resistance, Motorola says the One 5G does have a water repellent coating that should protect it from rain or accidental spills. Similar to the other recent Motorola smartphones, the One 5G features a stock build of Android – Android 10 – augmented a bit by Motorola to support its usual assortment of actions and a few additional functions like a dedicated low-light camera mode.

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Still, as great the Motorola One 5G​’s specs and features are, it does have some shortcomings. The first one is that while Motorola says it will offer two years of security updates, the phone is only set to get one major software upgrade to Android 11.

The other potential downside is that the Motorola One 5G​ will not be available unlocked but will only be purchasable from AT&T and Verizon, which means T-Mobile customers won’t be able to get it.

Still, even if it squeaks somehow in under the $500 limit, the Motorola One 5G​ will still be a great deal, and if Motorola can set that price to $450 or even less, it will be one of the best value products on the market. The Motorola One 5G​ is scheduled to launch sometime later this fall.

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