Moto One 5G: An Affordable, Feature-Packed 5G Phone That Deserves Better Cameras
This let’s-see-what-sticks strategy is confusing, to say the least. While the Razr 5G, Edge+ and Edge fit into well defined categories, these other handsets (especially the sub-$270 E- and G-series) overlap in terms of specs and pricing, and often lack must-have features like NFC. Combine this with middling cameras (Edge+ excepted), in addition to no IP-rating across the board, and we’re left scratching our heads.
And then there's the Moto One 5G, a $445 phone with impressive specs, including a 5G-capable Snapdragon 765, a 90Hz 21:9 display, 48MP quad rear shooters, and dual selfie cameras. Do these marquee features make up for its plastic build, scant 4GB of RAM, lack of OIS, and carrier exclusivity? More importantly, is this yet another shot-in-the-dark Moto handset, or is this the one? Let’s find out...
Moto One 5G Hardware And Design
Overall, the One 5G's design is modern and attractive, and even includes dual punch holes for the two front shooters (16MP main and 8MP ultrawide). But don't be fooled -- other than the glass front, this handset is made of plastic, with a faux metal mid-frame and imitation glass back. Ostensibly, this is to reduce costs, but we'd have much preferred for Moto to unapologetically embrace the use of polycarbonate like Google did with the Pixel 4a.
What's fun about the One 5G's design is the Oxford Blue color and the rounded square camera pod in the rear. It’s reminiscent of the back of Apple's iPhone 11 Pro, but with four shooters in a square layout instead of three in a triangle. The 5MP macro lens features a light ring, while the other three sensors (48MP main, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP depth), just have a circular accent instead. There’s also a dual-LED flash bar to the right of this pod.
Looking around the edges, the right side is home to the volume rocker and power/lock key, which doubles as a capacitive fingerprint sensor. The SIM/microSD tray is located on the left side, and the secondary mic lives on the top edge. You’ll find the headphone jack, USB Type-C port, primary mic, and mono speaker along the bottom. It’s interesting that Moto didn’t put the capacitive fingerprint sensor into its logo in the back, as it often does.
|Processing And 5G Platform||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765
|Display||6.7" FHD+ LTPS, 2520x1080 resolution, 90Hz, HDR 10|
|Storage||128GB UFS 2.1 + microSD
|Rear-Facing Cameras||48MP f/1.8 Main PDAF - 8MP f/2.2 118º Ultra-Wide - 5MP f/2.2 Macro AF - 2MP f/2.2 Depth
|Front-Facing Cameras||16MP f/2.0 Main - 8MP f/2.2 Ultra-Wide
|Video Recording||Up to 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 1080p slow-mo|
|Dimensions||168 x 74 x 9mm|
|Connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1+LE, NFC, USB-C, LTE, 5G
|Pricing||Find the Moto One 5G @ Amazon, Starting at $445
Moto One 5G Display Quality
Bezels are slim on the sides and slightly larger top and bottom, and there’s no silly curved edges to contend with. No OLED panel means no optical in-display fingerprint sensor (it’s embedded in the power/lock key instead), but the One 5G has two individual punch holes in the top left corner of the screen for its dual selfie cameras, which is rather unusual. The OnePlus Nord, for example, uses a pill-shaped cutout.