Motorola to start selling its Motorola One vanilla Android smartphone in the US
One of the strong selling points of Motorola handset in recent times has been that the company has typically run a near stock version of Android on its handsets, with some added extras, but keeping in with the general vanilla flavor. Keeping that theme alive, the Lenovo subsidiary has just announced that it is going full vanilla with the impending launch of its Motorola One handset. Unlike Motorola’s previous efforts which have had a distinctive internal design language, the handset adopts a classy, but derivative notch-based “all-screen” design.
The notched display measures 5.9-inches diagonally and is listed as being 720p, which should still provide a near Retina-class resolution. If it has an obvious weakness it is that it is fitted with a Snapdragon 625 originally launched in 2016 and targeted only at mid-range handsets even then. It is clocked at 2.0GHz but is still an octa-core design. It has a decent 3,000 mAh battery, however, which should be good a day of typical usage.
In other markets, Motorola also sells a Motorola One Power, with a larger display and a more current Snapdragon 636 but it has no plans to bring that device to the US at this time. The Motorola One will retail through the Best Buy website for US$399 and will come unlocked and will suit GSM networks. It is up for pre-sale from November 9 but will be available for walk in and online purchased from November 11. It will ship with Android Oreo 8.1 on board and is guaranteed for two years of software updates.