Notched Motorola One launches in the US at a questionable price

Notched Motorola One launches in the US at a questionable price
Earlier this month, Best Buy started taking pre-orders for the Motorola One, the very first notched Moto smartphone to be officially released in the US. As of this week, Best Buy has the Motorola One in stock, unlocked, so anyone can purchase it - in either white or black.

Best Buy is the exclusive seller of the Motorola One and asks $399.99 for it - here. We believe this price is higher than it should be, firstly because an upgraded variant of this phone is currently sold in other markets - like India - for around $220. Secondly, while most of the specs of the Motorola One are pretty nice, its notched 5.9-inch display only has a 720 x 1520 pixel resolution, meaning its PPI (pixels-per-inch) density is of just 287. Almost all mid-range phones of this year and last year have displays with PPI densities of at least 300 (usually higher), so the screen of Motorola One will not look as sharp as those of competing handsets.

In case you think that the low-ish pixel resolution of Motorola One's screen allows the phone's battery to last a lot, we have to disappoint you. Motorola says the handset's built-in 3000 mAh battery lasts for a full day - while that's certainly not bad, it's what you can get from most other similarly-priced smartphones on the market.


A cool thing about the Motorola One is that it's part of Google's Android One program. This means that the device comes with a bloat-free interface and will receive timely software updates for at least 2 years after launch. The new Moto smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo right now, but an update to Android 9 Pie could be available for download before the year's end.

If you're willing to buy the Motorola One, you must know that the phone is compatible only with AT&T and T-Mobile (as well as their prepaid brands), so it cannot be used on Verizon, Sprint, or US Cellular.

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  • Display 5.9" 720 x 1520 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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28 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

-Points at literally every Nokia handset available in the US- Those.

3. Duncdawg26

Posts: 174; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

Even Nokia's offerings aren't that poorly priced

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Nah, I mean literally any one of the Nokia devices is a much, much better deal than this thing. You can cut the price in half on the Motorola One and it would still be overpriced.

11. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Specifically the Nokia 7.1

21. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

- Points at every android handset ever - Those.

2. SyCo87

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

They have the audacity to sell a phone with zero R&D, a small battery, and lowly snapdragon 625(not even a 636) for $400. Good luck with hitting numbers.

4. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

The one that is sold in India is Moto One Power, not just Moto One. And that device has SD636, 5000 mAh battery, better cameras(16 and 12mpx), full hd screen, 6 gb ram, fast charging, front cam LED flash and lots of other superior features. Not this crap. And costs ~$220. A phone with specs like Moto One sells in India for ~$100.

7. Florin.T

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Article updated, thanks! Although it looks like there's just 4 GB of RAM on the One Power - at least that's what Flipkart is showing.

5. Duncdawg26

Posts: 174; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

The one in India is actually the Moto One Power which is superior in just about every respect while priced at ~$200. CODE: they're not even trying

8. Florin.T

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Thanks, article updated!

6. Usernameisnotsowitty

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 08, 2018

I got it for 190$. Why it's priced like this no idea...

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No Band 12, 66 or 71 for T-Mobile means no sale. The Z3 Play is a much better phone and comes with the Battery Mod as well as being certified for Verizon. I think the head of marketing at Lenovo went to Amsterdam for far too long.

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Wow...look at the hypocrisy here. So the very first thing you said, is because this phone has a 720p display, $400 is to much. But the iPhone XR is only 8xxp and its $750. But you never stated it's too much. The latest iPhones have only one model with a battery above 3000Mah. And it barely lasts a day. Yet that phone costs over $1000. So you question a device running Android, not one running iOS with similar caveats? Wow! Just......Wow! I thought that was the stupidest thing I read today. But then on Twitter today, a woman says a Male should not give a women COar because its rape. Dont believe me? Look it up @titaniamcgrath

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Not one single comment so far has mentioned Apple. You should be charging them for rent because they're living rent-free in your head. $400 is too expensive for any phone being sold with these specs - regardless of OS. That's the crux of the comments so far - until you came along.

16. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

His comment is directed at the author. This site is known to favor Apple.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The article doesn't mention Apple either.

14. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

With the iPhones, you get access to the best app store, 4-5 years of updates, an OS that "just works", the best aftermarket accessory support of any phone, one of the best cameras on smartphones, and currently the fastest mobile chipset. Do you really need it explained why this phone is severely overpriced? You have tunnel vision looking only at displays and batteries. Get out of the early 2010's

18. blkkobra

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Though I agree with most of what you said, the XR doesn't share the aftermarket support that it's more expensive brothers have. Apple does even make an OEM case for it yet. And so far the Xs and Xs Max have had quite a few issues so far. Way more than phones of that price point should have.

19. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I took a quick look at Amazon and seen support from all major case makers for the XR. Spigen has no less than 11(!) different cases for the XR. Same with tempered glass protectors.

20. ijuanp03

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

blah blah blah 720p iPhone XR resolution at $750. Overpriced. LOL

26. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

iPhones have a lightning fast processor, amazing cameras and sound, and the Moto One has a lower pixel density than the XR for the record with a lower resolution. Not to mention advanced 3D facial recognition and water resistance. Why do you hate the XR so much? If you're going to comment on this site, actually make meaningful posts instead of whining.

28. ijuanp03

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

You are the one whining here. iPhone XR is not even full-HD and you're paying $750. Even a year-old Huawei P20 has better specs than the latest iPhone. Pathetic.

15. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

The copied the ugly notch, copied the so-so vertical camera module, why can't they copy Apple's price?

22. Mrmark

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

I think it's priced right. And yes compared to Apple it's the same device but Apple has the edge in the performance of their devices and camera. I really don't like the update argument made with Android vs iPhone because IMHO Apple doesn't do nearly as much as what Android can do when it comes to downloads and access to files zipping and unzipping files attaching files ect. Alot of things Apple can do if possible needs a computer plugged up to it . And notifications on Android are a whole better than on the iPhone . If Moto were to put a snapdragon 845 in this phone with same specs they might get away with charging $599 but people would still complain that it's overpriced because Oneplus 6+ is cheaper . The verdict is " You can't win for losing"

23. droidboy

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I have always liked motorola phones, but its frustrating that they dont really update their phones. Its nice to see an android one device come from them. But it is equally frustrating that is has the same processor as the moto z play, which wont see an android P update.

24. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Preorder? Is there people standing in line for this???? Hilarious. The Moto G6 play is a different phone, but it is a great phone for $200 less and it probably rivals this

25. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Preorder? Is there people standing in line for this???? Hilarious.

27. poopypants78

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 13, 2017

This phone is a tragedy. Underwhelming and over-priced by a huge margin.

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