Moto One 5G Ace: This $399 5G Handset Keeps On Going, And Going, And Going
The OnePlus Nord N10 5G ($299, Snapdragon 690) recently landed in the US, and Moto just launched the Moto One 5G Ace ($399, Snapdragon 750G), a detuned and unlocked variant of last year’s AT&T and Verizon-exclusive Moto One 5G ($445, Snapdragon 765). So, how do the Moto One 5G Ace and Moto One 5G differ? Is the Ace as good as its model naming suggests, despite being even cheaper? Read on for our review.
Motorola Moto One 5G Ace Hardware And Design
The Moto logo in the back of the Ace isn’t just a stencil. It’s home to a capacitive fingerprint reader, unlike the One 5G, where the power / lock key doubles as the fingerprint reader. In front, both have 6.7-inch displays, but different aspect ratios and punch hole layouts. At 166.1 x 76.1 x 9.9mm, the Ace (20:9) is a couple mm wider and shorter than the One 5G (21:9). It’s also one mm thicker and slightly heavier (212g vs. 207g).
Despite the overall shape of the camera bumps being similar, with four circles in a square layout, there are only three shooters in the rear of the Ace (vs. four on the One 5G) -- a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro. The fourth circle is home to the LED flash instead of a dedicated depth sensor. Also missing from the Moto One 5G Ace is the One 5G’s unique light ring around the macro lens.
|Processing And 5G Platform||Qualcomm
|Display||6.7" FHD+ LTPS, 2400x1080 resolution, HDR 10|
|Storage||128GB + microSD
f/1.8 Main PDAF - 8MP f/2.2 118º Ultra-Wide - 2MP f/2.4
|Front-Facing Cameras||16MP f/2.0
|Video Recording||Up to 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 1080p slow-mo|
|Dimensions||166.1 x 76.1 x 9.9mm|
|Connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1+LE,
NFC, FM radio, USB-C, LTE, 5G Sub-6 Only
Silver, Volcanic Gray
|Pricing||Find the Moto One 5G Ace @ Amazon, Starting at $399
Moto One 5G Ace Display Quality
Moto One 5G Ace Camera Performance And Image Quality
The Ace uses 4-to-1 pixel binning on the main camera and selfies shooters, to reduce noise and improve low-light performance -- just like the One 5G. By default, pictures shot with the main sensor are 12MP, and images taken with the selfie lens are 4MP. While there’s a 16MP option for selfies, there’s no full-resolution 48MP mode for the main camera. In addition, night mode is only available on the main and selfie shooters. There’s no OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).
When it comes to capturing video, the Ace supports 4k 30fps and 1080p 60fps with the main camera, and 1080p 30fps with the ultrawide and selfie shooters. Audio is recorded in stereo, and video is stabilized. The usual Moto shooting modes are available, including portrait, night, panorama, pro, macro (720p), cutout, spot color, cinemagraph, group selfie, filters, slow motion (1080p 120fps or 720p 240fps), and time lapse.
If this all seems familiar, that’s because it matches what the Moto One 5G has to offer. The results are middling at best. Sure, the Ace sometimes manages to snap good photos, but most images lack detail and saturation. Noise is a problem in low light and pictures taken in night mode are oddly soft. Zooming is fine up to 2-3x, but anything beyond that results in grainy and blurry imaging. Macro shots are limited by the 2MP sensor, but the AF lens helps.
Selfies are pretty nice, though, so there’s that. And videos are decent, too. Ultimately, this camera system is typical Moto: it combines lackluster sensors (likely Samsung’s GM1 for the main shooter) with mediocre image processing. The Ace takes acceptable photos if you stick to the main lens (below 3x zoom) and the ultrawide, and give it enough light. Just don’t expect it to match the higher-end competition.