Motorola One Power Review

Motorola smartphones are known for good build quality, almost stock Android UI, regular updates and aggressive pricing. The situation has changed in recent times. Software updates are not as regular as before and prices are also gradually increasing. Take Moto G6 Plus as an example, it was launched for Rs 22,499. This is the highest price ever of any phone of Moto G series. On the other hand, Moto G6 (Review) and Moto G6 Play come with a weaker processor than their challenges. For this reason, it seems that these phones do not give as much value for money as the old Moto G series handsets.

Now Motorola has launched a new Motorola One Power smartphone market in partnership with Google. This phone is part of the Android One program. The price is Rs 15,999 which is aggressive compared to the existing Motorola product. Popular smartphones like Nokia 6.1 Plus, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro are available in the market at this price. In such a situation, it will not be easy for Motorola One Power to make its place in the heart of customers. Will this phone succeed in doing this? Let’s know …

Motorola One Power Design

Motorola One Power is Motorola’s first smartphone to come up with Notch in India. The phone has a large 6.2-inch display. Motorola has branding on the lower bezel. The phone is slightly bulky. Its thickness is 9 millimeters and weighing 205 grams. There is discomfort when holding the phone for a long time. The back of the phone is of metal plate, but the edges are made of plastic. In comparison, glass has been used to make Nokia 6.1 Plus, which gives it a premium look. Motorola One Power has a dual camera setup on the back. The camera module has both lenses and dual-tone LED flash.

Motorola has a fingerprint sensor on the back, with batwing logo. Its position is excellent. The power and volume buttons are on the right side. The SIM tray is on the left. We liked that the power button is easy to reach. But there is difficulty in accessing the volume button.


The headphone jack and secondary microphone are at the top. The bottom has two grills, out of which the speaker is present in the right. It is possible that the speaker is blocked while using landscape mode phone. The bottom has a USB Type-C port. The large 5000 mAh battery given in the phone supports fast charging. Motorola offers a 15 watt turbo charger with this phone.

Motorola One Power specification and software

The specifications of Motorola One Power are very strong. It seems that Motorola has taken a lot of attention on the handsets of other companies before making this phone. The hardware is the same with Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Nokia 6.1 Plus. Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor has been used in the handset. This is an octa-core chipset. One Power has only one variant which comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. It is possible to use a microSD card up to 256 GB if needed.

The 6.2-inch LTPS IPS display is full-HD + resolution. Its aspect ratio is 19: 9. Viewing angles are excellent. There is no problem in reading on display in outdoor. Motorola has given the facility to control the color temperature of the display in this phone. Support for Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / ac, GPS, FM radio and USB OTG. It comes with dual-sim support. But it does not have dual 4G support. This means that only one SIM will work on 4G network, the other on 3G network.


Motorola One Power has pure stock Android, being part of Google’s Android One program. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. This phone is guaranteed to get security updates for three years and Android updates for two years. At the launch, Motorola had informed that work is going on to bring Android Pie for this phone. Beta version will be released soon. If you have used stock Android or you like it more than the custom UI, then you will enjoy Motorola One Power.

Motorola has also given moto actions to the phone. Users will be able to take action in the phone with the help of gestures. Motorola One Power has Moto’s double chop gesture, which makes the flashlight active. It is possible to activate the camera app by double twist. The Moto Display feature activates the display when notifications arrive and pick up the phone.

Motorola One Power performance, battery life and cameras

Motorola One Power uses a very strong processor. While using the smartphone, we did not realize its slowing down. You can do multitasking easily. It has 4 GB RAM which makes multitasking smooth. By the way, we found that the smartphone took a while to unlock while using the fingerprint scanner. The display vibrates after scanning the fingerprint. But it was slow to activate the display. It does not have face unlock feature which has become a part of almost every smartphone till date.

In our HD video loop test, the phone ran for 16 hours and 8 minutes, which was possible due to the 5000 mAh battery of this phone. Motorola One Power has a battery life. The 15 watt turbo charger also charges the phone fast after the battery is completely depleted. The phone battery charged 31 percent in 30 minutes and 71 percent in 1 hour. It took about two and a half hours for full charge.


There is a dual camera setup on the back side. The primary sensor is 16 megapixels. It is equipped with phase detection auto focus. The second is a 5 megapixel depth sensor. A 12-megapixel selfie camera has been given on the front panel. It is equipped with F / 2.0 aperture. Motorola’s camera app has modes like Photo, Video, Portrait and Expert. In Expert Mode, you will be able to control white balance, exposure, ISO and shutter. Toggles have been provided for HDR, flash, timer and separate aspect ratios. The camera app also has Google lens support, which means that you will be able to focus on an object and search about it with identification.

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In daylight, One Power quickly examines the scene and prepares the camera for the shot. We were able to capture good detail photos with one power camera in daylight. In the macros shot, it was difficult to focus according to our wishes, due to which we had to tap the screen many times. But the camera took sharp pictures after focusing. Camera performance drops in low light. There is a lack of detail with sharpness in the photo. Night mode is available. But the phone does not automatically activate this mode. To use this mode, you will have to change the settings repeatedly. Photos in Night mode come with sharper and better detail.

The secondary depth sensor comes in handy in portrait mode. You can set the level of background blur. The edge detection in the portrait shot we took was excellent and it did not look unnatural from anywhere. The selfie camera took a good selfie. In low light selfie flash proves to be a feature. The phone has a beautification toggle. Which smoothes the output. Auto HDR mode is also available for selfie cameras. Motorola has also given a depth effect with a selfie camera. You will be able to set the level of background blur here too. Pictures are good. But edge detection remains average. You will be able to record 4K video from primary camera and up to 1080 pixels from selfie camera. Output remains shaky due to no video stabilization.

Our decision
Motorola One Power has been launched at the right time. Especially given its price. Its build quality is good and it will run on pure stock Android. The most important feature of the phone is the large 5000mAh battery. Being part of the new Android One program, this phone is guaranteed to get security updates for three years and Android updates for two years. But it does not have dual 4G, which is a shocking decision given the price. Overall, One Power is an all-round handset. It will suit those who want strong battery life with stock Android in this segment.

However, the difficulties are also huge for One Power. Nokia 6.1 Plus and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 coming with the same hardware will give a strong challenge. You will get better build quality in Nokia phones and this is also part of Android One program. On the other hand, ZenFone Max Pro M1 gets more RAM and it is also the cheapest among the three. Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review) has been made for the power user, which costs a little more (Rs 16,999). But it comes with powerful hardware and a better camera.

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