Motorola launched a new smartphone in the last quarter of 2020. People have been giving mixed reviews about the same. Today, we have tried to compile the technical specs of the smartphone and also have tried to review the handset.
At $399, the Motorola One 5G Ace is the company’s least expensive 5G smartphone. It’s among the cheapest 5G options you’ll find right now, though several less expensive models will be available from various manufacturers later in 2021. From solid performance to incredible battery life, the Motorola One 5G Ace does get a lot of things right. It’s a phone we want to love. But its dated version of Android and lackluster cameras make it difficult to recommend when the Google Pixel 4a 5G costs only $100 more.
Specifications of Motorola One 5G Ace
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G|
|LAUNCH||Announced||2020, September 01|
|Status||Available. Released 2020, September 14|
|BODY||Dimensions||168 x 74 x 9 mm (6.61 x 2.91 x 0.35 in)|
|Weight||207 g (7.30 oz)|
|Build||Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame|
|DISPLAY||Type||LTPS IPS LCD, 90Hz, HDR10|
|Size||6.7 inches, 104.9 cm2 (~84.3% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2520 pixels, 21:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SM7250 Snapdragon 765 (7 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (1×2.3 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSDXC (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||128GB 4GB RAM|
|MAIN CAMERA||Quad||48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide), 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.2, (macro), AF
2 MP, f/2.2, (depth)
|Features||Dual-LED flash, ring flash (macro camera), panorama, HDR|
|Video||4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS|
|SELFIE CAMERA||Dual||16 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1.0µm
8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide), 1.12µm
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.1, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, LTEEP, SUPL|
|USB||USB Type-C 2.0|
|FEATURES||Sensors\||Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|BATTERY||Type||Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable|
|Charging||Fast charging 15W|
Motorola One 5G Ace Review – Hardware
The One 5G Ace features a generous 6.7-inch screen. It is equipped with 5000 mAh battery which is even better than the mid range smartphones.
No doubt the size of the phone is too large to keep it in your pocket. This is a size which can only be held in your hands. We kind of, take it as a disadvantage because it becomes a little bulky and not easy to carry around phone.
The screen is a 1080 x 2400 LCD panel with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. It’s bright and viewable even in direct sunlight, but it lacks the nice contrast of OLED. Viewing it from slightly off angles results in a loss of contrast and slight color shift.
4. Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset
It is quite smooth and easy to use and scroll for your daily internet surfing which includes instagram and Facebook etc.
The Ace is offered with either 4GB of RAM / 64GB of storage or 6GB of RAM / 128GB storage, both of which are expandable via microSD card which feels like an appropriate amount of processing power for a $400 phone.
Ace is equipped with three rear-facing cameras: a 48-megapixel standard wide that kicks out 12-megapixel images, an 8-megapixel ultrawide, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Around front, there’s a 16-megapixel selfie camera.
Motorola One 5G Ace Review – Software
The handset is loaded with Android 10, and an update to 11 has been promised. Motorola will also provide two years of security updates, up until January 2023. The company is, unfortunately, behind the curve by offering just one major update, even for a budget device.
After Android 11, Motorola will not commit to future OS upgrades, though it may offer them. By comparison, Google’s Pixel lineup and even Samsung’s lower-end Galaxy A lineup get three generations of OS upgrades. Hopefully, Motorola will rethink this and commit to at least one additional upgrade after Android 11.
AGREE TO CONTINUE: MOTOROLA ONE 5G ACE
Every smart device now requires you to agree to a series of terms and conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us to read and analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have to hit “agree” to use devices when we review them since these are agreements most people don’t read and definitely can’t negotiate.
To actually use the Motorola One 5G Ace, you must agree to:
- Google Terms of Service
- Install updates and apps: “You agree this device may also automatically download and install updates and apps from Google, your carrier, and your device’s manufacturer, possibly using cellular data. Some of these apps may offer in-app purchases.”
To add a Google account, you’ll also need to agree to two more things:
The following agreements are optional:
- Back up to Google Drive: “Your backup includes apps, app data, all history, contacts, device settings (including Wi-Fi passwords and permissions), and SMS.”
- Use location: “Google may collect location data periodically and use this data in any anonymous way to improve location accuracy and location-based services.”
- Allow scanning: “Allow apps and services to scan for Wi-Fi networks and nearby devices at any time, even when Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is off.”
- Send usage and diagnostic data: “Help improve your Android device experience by automatically sending diagnostic, device and app usage data to Google.”
- Carrier location access: “Your carrier occasionally requires location data to improve its services and analytics.”
Additionally, for Google Assistant, there’s an option to agree to use Voice Match: “Allows your Assistant to identify you and tell you apart from others. The Assistant takes clips of your voice to form a unique voice model, which is only stored on your device(s). Your voice model may be sent temporarily to Google to better identify your voice.”
Final tally: three mandatory agreements to use the phone at all, another two for Google account services, and six additional optional agreements.
No doubt the new handset from Motorola is all about budget and some decent specifications there, it still lags in some or the other features.
The quad camera is present but it is definitely not a phone for photography lovers. It takes the pictures quite aptly in the proper sunlight but it does disappoint you while taking a picture of a moving object. Simply, it lacks stability in the focus of the camera.
The battery life is beyond imagination. It lasts for about 2 days, which is exceptional.
It has a audio jack too which makes it old school handset.
We will give the phone a 7 out of 10 on the basis of our usage.
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