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The Motorola One is a slick budget iPhone X clone

The Motorola One is a slick budget iPhone X clone


With a headphone jack

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Motorola has officially announced the Motorola One and Motorola One Power, the company’s pair of midrange Android phones with distinctly iPhone X-style notches.

The Motorola One is the smaller of the pair. It has a 5.9-inch HD display, Gorilla Glass 2.5 on the front and back, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, and a smaller 3,000mAh battery. It’s set to be widely available for €299 (roughly $350 USD) in Europe, Latin America, and Asia starting in October.

The Motorola One Power, on the other hand, features a metal back and bumps things up to a 6.2-inch screen at a higher Full HD+ resolution, a more powerful Snapdragon 636 chip, and a massive 5,000mAh battery that the company says should be good for up to two days of battery life. Unlike the One, the One Power is only set to be released in India in October. (The price will be announced closer to its release.)

The Motorola One is a decent enough facsimile

Perhaps most important of all: both phones still have a headphone jack.

I had the chance to get some hands-on time with the new phones at IFA, and they’re both pretty slick for midrange Android phones. Neither is exactly breaking records in terms of specs or design, and if you’re hoping for something as pleasing to hold as the actual $999 iPhone X, you’ll have to look elsewhere. There are also fewer bells and whistles than a real iPhone X; there’s no face unlock (despite the notch), there’s an extra bezel chin on the bottom of the screen, and wireless charging is nowhere to be seen on either device.

But the glass-and-metal Motorola One is a decent enough facsimile of the real McCoy. It does feel a little cheap: it lacks the solid heft of a more high-quality phone, and the smaller One could definitely benefit from a better screen. But it’s hard to ding it too much considering what Motorola is offering for roughly $350. Compared to the company’s other budget phones, like the recently released Moto G6, it seems like a great upgrade.

The Motorola One Power is similarly nice, with the added benefit of a better processor, upgraded cameras, a much better screen, and a monstrous battery that Motorola promises should get up to two days of charge.

Both Motorola One devices are also part of Google’s Android One program, which promises regular security updates for three years and at least two OS updates. The phones are set to ship with Android 8.1, but Motorola is already promising an update to Android 9.0 Pie (which has updates that should help the two phones make better use of the notch).

There is one other glaring issue with the Motorola One and One Power: neither phone is coming to the US, at least not yet.