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Motorola Unveils Budget 5G Phone

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Well, budget for a 5G phone, anyway…

Being the new hotness and all, 5G phones currently cost an arm and a leg. Samsung’s newest hard-hitter 5G phone, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, costs $1,300, which you could get a mid-range desktop PC for. As important as a smartphone is in the modern world, I don’t think I’m alone in being reluctant to drop a grand-plus to get new features. Thankfully, Motorola, ever the providers of more budget-conscious phones, has a more reasonable alternative, relatively speaking.

Today, Motorola released some new details about the upcoming Motorola One 5G, a phone similar in construction to the Moto G 5G Plus that launched last month in Europe. Right off the bat, the most marketable aspect of this phone is its price. While Motorola hasn’t confirmed the precise price point as of yet, it has confirmed that the device will definitely cost less than $500, an absolute bargain as far as 5G phones are concerned. Granted, they haven’t said precisely how much less than $500, but even $500 even would still be pretty attractive.

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So what do you get for your less-than-$500? The guts aren’t anything to write home about; you’ve got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor running a fresh install of Android 10, plus 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. If that’s not enough space for you, the One 5G can support microSD cards of up to 1 TB. What’s a little more interesting are the display and battery. The display is a delightfully chonky 6.7-inch Full HD+ screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. That’s as much display muscle as Motorola’s top-line products. Powering that display is a 5,000mAh battery, which should give you a few days of steady power at least. You’ve also got 4 cameras on the back, one of which is packing a ring light flash.

No word on a release date just yet; it seems when you can actually get this phone will depend heavily on your carrier, with the Verizon model shooting for October and the AT&T model still up in the air. Still, if you’re hankering for a 5G phone but don’t want to spend 5G phone money, the One 5G could be the one for you.