The Motorola One will launch in the US after all, but what about Power variant?

By | 5th November 2018

Motorola One

  • The Motorola One will be available in the U.S. starting November 9.
  • The phone will only be available through Best Buy in black and white.
  • The Motorola One is Motorola’s latest Android One smartphone.


A few months after Motorola launched the Motorola One in several international markets, the company has announced it will bring its new Android One smartphone to the U.S.

Starting November 9, you can order the phone online through Best Buy for $399. You can wait another two days if you want to pick up the phone in-store, though the same $399 price applies.

Keep in mind that you can only get the Motorola One in black if you buy it online and in white if you buy it in-store. It is a GSM-only phone so, while it should work with T-Mobile and AT&T, the Motorola One will not work with Verizon and Sprint.

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Finally, a Motorola representative told Engadget it had no plans to bring the Motorola One Power to the U.S. The Power model differs from the standard device by offering a bigger screen, larger battery (5,000mAh), and a faster chipset (Snapdragon 636).

Even when compared to its Power stablemate, the Motorola One brings plenty to the table. As a refresher, the phone features a 5.9-inch display with a 1,520 x 720 resolution, rear 13MP+2MP cameras, 8MP selfie camera, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000mAh battery.

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Most importantly, the device runs a clean version of Android 8.1 Oreo and is part of Google’s Android One program. Not only does Android One mean security patches for three years, but major updates to Android 9 Pie and Android Q.

The good news is that there aren’t that many Android One smartphones in the U.S. for the Motorola phone to compete against. The bad news is that the ones that are available are relatively more affordable. For example, the Nokia 7.1 costs $350 and features the more powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset. The Nokia 6.1 is also an Android One smartphone, packs the Snapdragon 630, and costs $230.

With that said, the Motorola One serves as another option for those who want a clean Android experience and do not want to pay an arm and a leg for the privilege. Looking to buy the phone? You can pre-order it via the button below.