From The Verge: Motorola is bringing a midrange 5G phone to the US (as it had promised earlier this year) with the announcement of the Motorola One 5G, which will cost under $500.
The One 5G is technically Motorola’s second 5G phone, following the release of the Moto G 5G Plus in Europe over the summer. The One 5G, however, differs in two key ways: it’ll actually be available in the United States, and it’ll offer a special mmWave variant for Verizon — which only offers mmWave-based 5G — similar to other recent midrange phones like Samsung’s Galaxy A51 5G UW and LG’s Velvet 5G UW.
Most of the specs for the One 5G are in line with almost every other midrange Motorola phone released this year: there’s a Snapdragon 765G processor (similar to the $699 Motorola Edge), 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage (expandable through microSD), a 5,000mAh battery, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and NFC. The screen is a 6.7-inch, 90Hz, FHD+ display with two hole-punch cameras — a primary 16-megapixel shooter and a secondary 8-megapixel ultrawide angle lens. Also similar are the notable absences: there’s no wireless charging and no waterproofing.
But the Motorola One 5G stands out for now just offering 5G support — something that none of the Moto G or Moto E devices released in the US have offered. As with Samsung and Motorola, it is disappointing to see that the faster mmWave specification will only be limited to the Verizon variant (only the company’s flagship $999 Motorola Edge Plus has offered both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G support this year). Still, the fact that Motorola is starting to include 5G at all in its cheaper model phones is an encouraging thing for the future of the networking standard.
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