Update-24 September 2018
Motorola One Power is Officially Launched in India for Rs. 15,999
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Motorola One Power
Motorola has finally woken up from sleep and is ready to battle the competition with the launch of the new Motorola One Power. This year the company launched some ridiculously priced phones such as Moto G6 and G6 Plus disregarding the competition entirely.
However, today the company has launched an aggressively priced One Power phone for Rs. 15,999. It is exclusive to Flipkart and will go on sale starting October 5th at 12:00 PM.
The new phone makes the other mobiles such as the Moto G6, G6 Plus, and even G6 Play look irrationally priced in the Indian market. Anyways let’s look at the new Moto phone and what it offers to the buyers.
Moto One Power Specifications and Details
The new Motorola One Power comes with beefy specs, starting with a massive 5000 mAH battery capacity which is sufficient to last at least 1.5 days. Also, there is a 15 Watts turbocharger given in the box by the company that manages to charge it to 100% in just 2 hours. (Dear Apple… I have no words for you).
Another, key highlight of the mobile is that it is an Android One Mobile and comes with the Google Stock Os Software (Android Oreo 8.1) and will also receive the Android Pie update soon.
It comes with Google Lens, Assistant and features like Moto Actions (shake to turn on the torch etc).
Powering the mobile is the tried and tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa-Core Processor and Adreno 509 GPU. The processor comes with 1.8 GHz clock speed and is really capable at gaming and multi-tasking.
There are several rival phones in the similar price range such as the Nokia 6.1 Plus (SD 636), Zenfone Max Pro M1 (SD 636) RealME 1 (Helio P60) and the Xiaomi Mi A2 which competes with the Motorola One Power.
Additionally, it comes with 4 GB Ram (DDR4) and has 64 GB internal storage which is expandable using the micro-sd card slot. The good thing is it comes with a dedicated micro-sd card slot so you can use 2 sim cards and a micro-sd card simultaneously.
Further, it comes with a notch at the front and the phone has a metallic design which is totally different in comparison to the glass back design seen on the G6 and E5 series.
There is a 6.2 Inch IPS LTPS Full HD+ display (19:9 aspect ratio) 2340*1080 pixels. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protecting the large full vision display.
Notably, the phone is bulky due to the massive battery and large display, it weighs 205 grams and measures 9 mm in thickness. Contrastingly the Zenfone Max Pro M1 weighs 180 grams and has 8.5 mm thickness.
The Moto One Power comes with a Dual Camera Setup with 16 Megapixel primary camera with f/1.8 aperture lens and a 1.12-micron pixel size. The secondary camera has a 5 Megapixel lens with f/2.2 aperture.
Also, the selfie camera seems to be good as it comes with a 12 Megapixel, f/2.0 aperture lens.
The camera comes with 4K – 30 FPS support for videos and can even record 1080P videos at 60 FPS. Motorola has not shared if there is EIS support for videos.
The fingerprint reader is at the back of the mobile, and it even comes with face unlocking feature. The connectivity options include Dual Sim support with 4G LTE and VOLTE. Another good thing about One Power is that it comes with the USB Type C Port instead of the Micro-USB and also has the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Motorola also teased that the One Power has the Widevine L1 support that enables you to watch Netflix and Prime Videos in HD resolution. (A feature missing on most rivals).
What’s More the phone comes with Dolby Audio Support a feature that will please the audiophiles. Lastly, it has Bluetooth 5.0 support and even has support for 2/4/5.0 GHz Wifi.
Overall, the Motorola Power One Looks like a great option, and a phone that Moto fans have been waiting for many months. I will most likely be ordering the retail unit and we will do a full review of the device soon.
What do you think of the Motorola One Power, Share with me in the comments below.
P.S – Motorola will be 90 years old tomorrow and has a long history of many successful phones such as Moto Razr and the original Moto G.
Moto E5 Plus and E5 India Launch
Update – 11/July/2018 – Motorola has launched the new Moto E5 and E5 Plus yesterday in India. After the launch of the Moto G6 and 6 Play now the company is bringing the latest phones for the buyers in the 10k to 12k price range.
Price and Availability
The Moto E5 and E5 Plus are available to purchase from Amazon India and are already on sale. The price for the Moto E5 Plus is Rs. 11,999 and it comes with 3 GB Ram and 32 GB storage. On the other hand, the Moto E5 costs Rs. 9,999 and offers 16 GB storage and 2 GB ram.
Launch Offer – On the purchase of Moto E5 Plus you can get Rs. 800 discount if you buy it using the SBI credit card.
Below are the original launch details for the Moto E5 series. Both the phones were first unveiled in the Brazil market back in April 2018.
Moto E Series 2018
After the launch of Moto G6 series (Moto G6 and G6 Play), company has now launched the more affordable Moto E series in India.
The new Moto E5 Plus and Moto E5 are battery life focused phones that also offer the modern 18:9 aspect ratio display. Similar to the Moto G6 series the E series also has got a revamped design, and now offers a more refined glass back look with reflective patterns.
Notably, these come with hidden antenna lines and have contoured edges that improve the grip and comfort.
There are some common features in the Moto E5 series such as all the devices run on the Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box with stock Android Experience.
Also, there is a selfie flash present on the front side, and the fingerprint scanner is present at the rear, embedded in the Moto Logo. Further, there is a water repellent coating (P2i) present on all the three devices, making these splash proof.
The connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Dual Sim, Bluetooth 4.2, Micro-USB, 3.5 mm Audio Jack.
Notably, there is no NFC support or USB-Type C port.
Moto E5 Plus
For starters, the Moto E5 plus comes with a massive 5000 mAH battery capacity that effortlessly offers 1.5 to 2 days of battery life. Also, there is fast charging support to ensure that you never run out of juice.
It comes with a 15 Watts Turbo Charger that offers 6 hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging. Apart from the long battery, the highlight of the device is its exquisite design which looks stunning. There is a reflective wave glass rear panel that looks stylish and modern.
Notably, the phone has a large 6.0 Inch Full Vision Display with 18:9 aspect ratio (sans the infamous notch). Additionally, the display has HD+ (1440*720 pixels) resolution and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass coating.
Powering the phone is the Octa-Core Snapdragon 430 processor and Adreno 505 GPU. The Snapdragon 430 is not the fastest or the latest processor but it gets the job done and considering the price it is not really too bad.
However, we would have liked an SD 450 or a Snapdragon 625 chipset. But Motorola this year is not offering good processors even in the G6 series that comes with the SD 450.
For imaging, there is a Single 12 Megapixel rear camera that comes with 1.25-micron pixel size and has F/2.0 aperture, PDAF / laser autofocus support. At the front, there is a 5 Megapixel front selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture and dedicated flash.
Another useful feature is the presence of both face unlocking as well as the fingerprint scanner. So you can choose the method you prefer to unlock your phone.
Furthermore, it comes with 32 GB internal storage (expandable up to 128 GB) and has 3 GB ram.
Lastly, it weighs a massive 200 grams (quite bulky) and has 9.4mm thickness.
The Moto E5 comes with a slightly smaller 5.7 Inch Display with 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ (1440*720 pixels) resolution. Also, it comes with 16 GB internal storage (expandable up to 128 GB) and 2 GB Ram which seems to be low considering the price.
Most manufacturers are offering 3 GB ram / 32 GB storage in the 10k price range.
Powering the device is the old Snapdragon 425 Quad-Core processor that comes with Adreno 308 GPU.
You can’t expect lighting fast performance out this phone as we have tested the SD 425 in several other phones and it is an average performer.
Also, there are changes to camera configuration, as the E5 sports a 13 Megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12-micron lens. For selfies, it has a 5-megapixel front shooter with f/2.2 aperture.
There is a 4000 mAH capacity battery that is sufficient to last all day.
The phone uses a 10 Watts charger for rapid charging. Lastly, it has a thickness of 8.95 mm and weighs 174 grams.
Note – *The Moto E5 Play is not launched in India.
The Moto E5 series has a lot in common with the Moto G6 series. The design language is similar and features such as turbocharging and addition of bezel-free display are identical.
One good thing about the Moto E5 plus is that it comes with SD 430 in India instead of SD 425 in the global variant of the phone.
And at the moment the prices for the E and G series are a bit higher in comparison to competition phones such as RealME 1, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Redmi Note 5.
Lastly, the E series has a lot of positives such as the presence of Android Oreo, Large battery, Stock Android Experience, and decent build quality.
Specs Comparison Moto E5 Plus Vs Moto E5
|Specifications||Moto E5 Plus||Moto E5|
|Processor||Snapdragon 430||Snapdragon 425|
|Cores||8 Cores||4 Cores|
|GPU||Adreno 505||Adreno 308|
|Ram||3 GB Ram||2 GB|
|Storage||32 GB||16 GB|
|Expandable Storage||Yes, up to 128 GB||Yes, up to 128 GB|
|OS||Android Oreo 8.0, stock||Android Oreo 8.0, stock|
|Rear Camera||12 MP f/2.0 aperture||13 MP f/2.0 aperture|
|Front Camera||5 MP camera||5 MP camera|
|Design||Glass Build||Glass Build|
|Display||6.0 Inch HD+ (1440*720), 18:9||5.7 Inch HD+ (1440*720), 18:9|
|Thickness||9.4 mm||8.95 mm|
|Weight||200 grams||174 grams|
|USB Type C||No||No|
|Battery||5000 mAH||4000 mAH|
|Connectivity||4G VolTE, Dual Sim||4G VolTE, Dual Sim|
|Expected Price||Rs. 11,999||Rs. 9,999|
Moto G6 Series – Specs, Price, Top Features
Update – 4/June/2018 – Notably, the Moto G6 is now available on Amazon India while the more affordable Moto G6 Play is available from Flipkart.
On the other hand, the Moto G6 play, available on Flipkart, costs Rs. 11,999.
Both the phones went on sale on 4th June mid-night.
Let’s have a quick glance at what is new in the G6 Series.
Key Features G6 Series
- Full Vision Bezel-less Display, 18:9 aspect ratio.
- Improved Performance – Better Processors.
- Improved Camera Quality & Features.
- Better Design and Looks
- Integrated Google Lens in Camera.
- Face unlocking Feature.
- Android Oreo Out of the Box.
- P2i Water Protection rating (Splash Resistant).
Price For Moto G6 Series India
- Moto G6 Plus – Price Rs. 22,499 (6 GB RAM and 64 GB Storage)
- The Moto G6 – Rs. 13,999 (3 GB RAM and 32 GB Storage)
- Moto G6 – Rs. 15,999 (4 GB Ram and 64 GB storage)
- Moto G6 Play – Rs. 11,999
A Better Design
The new Moto G6 series comes with a stunning new design which is similar to the more expensive Moto X4. To recall, the Moto G5s and the G5s Plus came with a metallic back cover, the new G6 series comes with a gorgeous looking glass back cover.
Motorola says that the glass back is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that makes it more durable. The edges are contoured to provide a better grip and the camera lines are concealed from view.
Also, the Dual rear camera comes with the iconic dial design seen previously on the Moto X4.
The front side has a full vision display that comes with the modern 18:9 aspect ratio (without a notch). Also, there is a front flash that makes selfies brighter in the low light conditions.
Aforementioned, all the three phones come with P2i rating making these splash resistant.
Some Differences Moto G6 Vs G6 Play
The Moto G6 Plus and G6 come with a home button (embedded with a fingerprint scanner) at the front, the G6 play has a rear fingerprint scanner embedded in the Moto Logo.
Also, both the higher end models have a dual rear camera, whereas the more affordable G6 Play gets a single rear camera setup.
Let’s Check out the Key Specs and Features for each of the three new G Series models by Motorola.
Price Rs. 13,999, 15,999, Available on Amazon
The key highlight of the Moto G6 is its Dual rear camera setup that comes with a 12 MP (f/1.8)+ 5 MP camera. The camera setup is similar to the Moto G6 Plus but the primary lens comes with f/1.8 aperture instead of the f/1.7 aperture on the Plus variant.
Additionally, it comes with a 16 Megapixel front selfie camera (international version comes with 8 MP selfie camera) to click detailed selfies. Motorola has changed the front selfie camera in India to make it more attractive for the selfie lovers and more importantly to compete with the RN5 Pro that comes with a 20 MP selfie shooter.
There are camera modes like the text scanner mode, Bokeh mode, selective focus or the spot color to enhance your images.
Also, it is smaller and comes with a 5.7 Inch Full HD+ display with 2160*1080 pixels resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio display.
Powering the phone is the mid-range Octa-Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Processor with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz. Additionally, there is Adreno 506 GPU and 3 GB /4 GB ram to take care of multi-tasking.
There is Android Oreo 8.0 OS and all three phones (Moto G6 and G6 Plus, G6 Play) will even get the Android P update.
Furthermore, it comes with 32 GB/64 GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 128 GB using the micro-sd card slot.
Also, it comes with connectivity options such as Dual Sim, 4G VOLTE, USB Type C port, Bluetooth 4.2 and 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Notably, there is no NFC support and it has Bluetooth version 4.2 instead of 5.0, unlike the top model.
Further, It weighs 163 grams and has a thickness of 8.3 mm.
Also, both Moto G6 and G6 Plus comes with 3 microphones and even has the Dolby Audio support.
Lastly, the battery capacity is 3000 mAH and it even comes with turbocharging support.
Moto G6 Play
Price Rs. 11,999, 3 GB Ram and 32 GB Storage, Available on Flipkart
Coming to the most affordable member of the Moto G6 series, the Moto G6 Play. It comes with a Bezel-less, 18:9 aspect ratio, 5.7 Inch display. However, it has a lower HD+ (1440*720 pixels) resolution.
Powering the device is the tried and tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 / Adreno 505, Octa-Core processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.4 GHz.
The phone offers either 2 GB / 3 GB ram and 16 GB / 32 GB internal storage with expandability option. In India, the company has launched it in 3 GB Ram and 32 GB storage option.
However, the key highlight of the Moto G6 Play is its long battery life. As it comes with a massive 4000 mAH capacity battery that offers rapid charging support using a 10W charger.
For photography, there is a single rear camera with 13 Megapixels resolution and even has a 5 Megapixel front selfie camera with a dedicated selfie flash. The rear camera has a f/2.0 aperture whereas, the selfie shooter offers f/2.2 aperture and 80-degree wide angle lens.
On the connectivity front, it comes with the traditional micro-USB port and has 4G VOLTE, Dual Sim, WIFI and Bluetooth 4.2 support.
Furthermore, it weighs 180 grams and has 9.0 mm thickness which seems higher but is attributed to the larger battery capacity.
Moto G6 Plus
Price Rs. 22,499 available on Amazon India, 6 GB Ram and 64 GB storage.
The Moto G6 Plus was launched recently in India on 10th September 2018 and is exclusive to Amazon India. The phone comes with an astronomical price of Rs. 22,499.
The Moto G6 Plus comes with a large 5.93 Inch Full HD+ Display with 2160*1080 pixels resolution. Aforementioned, the display has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and even comes with the 2.5D Curved Glass.
For imaging, it comes with a Dual Rear camera with 12 MP + 5 MP lens. The higher resolution lens comes with a f/1.7 aperture and the smaller lens has a f/2.2 aperture.
Notably, the front selfie camera comes with an 8-megapixel lens that has 80-degree wide-angle view and has a f/2.0 aperture. At the back there is a Dual tone, twin led flash, moreover, the front side has a selfie camera flash.
Powering the mobile is the Octa-Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor with a clock speed of 2.2 GHz and the Adreno 508 GPU. The processor is inferior in comparison to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660/636 or the Helio P60 used in most of the rival phones.
There is 4 GB Ram and 64 GB internal storage space, expandable up to 128 GB using the micro-sd card slot.
Additionally, it runs on the latest Android Oreo 8.0 with stock Android experience.
Connectivity – The new G6 Plus is loaded with modern connectivity options like USB Type C port, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 and also has the standard options like 3.5 mm Audio jack and 4G VOLTE.
Battery Capacity – Lastly, it comes with 3200 mAH capacity battery that supports the Motorola Turbo Charging technology (offers 7 hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging).
The phone weighs 165 grams and has a thickness of 7.99 mm.
Specs Comparison Moto G6 Plus Vs Moto G6 Vs Moto G6 Play
|Specifications||Moto G6 Plus||Moto G6||G6 Play|
|Processor||Snapdragon 630, 2.2 GHz||SD 450, 1.8 GHz||SD 430, 1.4 GHz|
|Cores||8 Cores||8 Cores||8 Cores|
|GPU||Adreno 508||Adreno 506||Adreno 505|
|Ram||4 GB||3 GB||3 GB|
|Storage||64 GB||32 GB||32 GB|
|Expandable Storage||Yes, up to 128 GB||Yes, up to 128 GB||Yes, up to 128 GB|
|OS||Android Oreo 8.0, stock||Android Oreo 8.0, stock||Android Oreo 8.0, stock|
|Rear Camera||12 MP (f/1.7)+ 5 MP Dual Camera||12 MP (f/1.8)+ 5 MP Dual Camera||13 MP with f/2.0|
|Front Camera||8 MP Camera||16 MP Camera||5 MP Camera|
|Design||Glass Build||Glass Build||Glass Build|
|Display||5.93 Inch FHD+ (2160*1080), 18:9||5.7 Inch FHD+ (2160*1080) 18:9||5.7 Inch HD+ (1440*720) 18:9|
|Thickness||7.99 mm||8.3 mm||9.0 mm|
|Weight||165 grams||163 grams||180 grams|
|USB Type C||Yes||Yes||No|
|Battery||3200 mAH||3000 mAH||4000 mAH|
|Connectivity||4G VolTE, Dual Sim||4G VolTE, Dual Sim||4G VolTE, Dual Sim|
|Expected Price||–||Rs. 13,999||Rs. 11,999|
The new G6 series looks exciting and Motorola is bound to get a lot of traction in the market. However, the key success factor in the hyper-competitive Indian market is the price. With recent aggressive launches by rival brands such as Asus, RealMe and Xiaomi the current price of Moto phones are on the higher side.
Also, recently Xiaomi has launched the new sub-brand POCO with the first phone as POCO F1 which is great value for money.
Besides, the ex-market leader Samsung seems to be sleeping and running the show with old models. Samsung is not able to compete with the latest offering from the Chinese manufacturers.
One thing is noteworthy here, both the Moto G6 and the G6 Play lack the muscle needed to compete with the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro or the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. All said and done Snapdragon 450 and 430 are no match for the Snapdragon 636 or even the Helio P60 used in the Oppo RealMe 1.
Enthusiasts, looking for a snappy device will not find the new Motorola phones very exciting despite some really good features and specs. Besides, Motorola can make some impact on the ever-expanding Xiaomi empire with a more focused online as well as retail strategy.
Notably, Motorola is expanding the retail presence with utmost seriousness. They recently opened 25 Moto Hubs in North East, 60 in Madhya Pradesh, and 50 in AP and many more in other parts of the country.