Android One is a programme designed to simplify the fragmentation within the Android ecosystem and provide a way for OEM’s with limited resources to access and distribute the latest version of Android to its devices. It was first introduced at Google I/O in 2014 and was initially aimed at smartphones in emerging markets. Essentially, Andriod One was a device that ran stock Android built by a third-party OEM.
Having such branding meant that the device came with a guarantee that the version of Android was stable and optimized for the device without the added bloatware or third-party apps. Importantly, what it also meant alongside a consistent experience was the device would also be subject to the same software and security updates as a Pixel. This is a huge deal for Android given the number of devices that currently run on an outdated and insecure version of the operating system because manufacturers can’t, or just plain don’t, update the handsets.
Motorola has recognized the value and importance of the Android One programme and is planning to launch a new device. The device we’ve learned is called the Motorola One Power and it just so happens the specs for it have leaked out giving a glimpse into what we can expect.
Motorola One Power: Leaked Specifications
The Motorola One Power will feature a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display powered by a Snapdragon 636 CPU with 4GB of RAM. It’ll feature 64GB of internal storage, but there’s no mention of if there will be the facility for expandable storage. The device will see a dual camera arrangement on the back of the device with a 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel camera working together to offer presumably a portrait mode with a f/1.8 and f/2.0 lens, respectively. On the front of the Motorola One Power, you’ll see an 8-megapixel camera with a f/2.2 lens. The spec sheet somewhat contradicts previous suggestions that the device would feature 6GB of RAM, but that could just indicate that there are multiple versions of the device. Typically, a 6GB version of a device is offered with a larger base internal storage at a higher price point so that Motorola could be doing the same thing with the One Power.
Powering this arrangement will be a 3780mAh battery and is reportedly going to support a form of quick charge to make sure you’re not waiting around for a long time to get some charge into your device. Recently the phone has been certified on the 3C certification portal, codenamed XT1942, where the listing reveals that the device will support charging speeds – 5V/3A, 9V/2A, and 12V/1.5A.
There’s also no missing the clear notch that is present on the forehead of the Motorola One Power. It is somewhat larger than some of the devices we’ve seen and a stark contrast to the minimal notch expected on the Pixel 3 XL. With that being said, Motorola is trying to bring as much screen as possible to the One Power and could have some hidden functionality embedded under the notch that is yet to be disclosed. Naturally, running Android One, the device will launch with the latest public version of the OS, Android Oreo 8.1.
Despite the specs leaking out for the Motorola One Power, there is no indication of price or release date just yet. Given the leak appears to be a poster or informative sheet that is provided to carriers educating the sales staff about the device, it could mean the device is nearing launch, but with no confirmed date we’ll have to stay reserved about when we can expect to see the device hit the shelves.