Motorola One Power: Does Snapdragon 636, 5,000mAh Battery Make It a Better Pick Over the Competitors?

The Motorola One Power manages to set itself apart from most of its rivals thanks to the combination of a powerful 14nm Snapdragon 636 processor and class-leading battery life.


Motorola debuted its latest Android One smartphones at IFA 2018 in Berlin this year – Motorola One and Motorola One Power. The Motorola One Power, which is said to have been designed exclusively for the Indian consumers, was launched in the country last month. It went on sale for the first time on Flipkart last week and was sold out within seconds, all thanks to the overwhelming response from Motorola fans in India. The smartphone runs on Qualcomm’s impressive Snapdragon 636 octa-core chipset and packs a massive 5000mAh capacity battery. Do these two features make it the best budget Android smartphone around?

Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, Huge 5000mAh Battery Make it a Great Buy

The combination of a powerful 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor and a massive 5000mAh capacity battery actually makes the Motorola One Power (review) one of the most attractive budget Android smartphones available currently. While there are a few other smartphones out there featuring a Snapdragon 636 chipset, they do not offer as impressive battery life. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro, which was the very first smartphone powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset, comes with a 4000mAh capacity battery. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is also powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset but comes with a 3060mAh capacity battery. ASUS’ ZenFone Max Pro M1, however, is quite similar to the Motorola One Power with a Snapdragon 636 chipset and a 5000mAh capacity battery. But there is one key difference. While the Motorola One Power comes with fast charging support out of the box, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 does not. The Realme 2, which was also launched in India last month, runs on an even more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset under the hood. Sadly, the smartphone isn’t quite as impressive in the battery life department. Realme has equipped the handset with a 3500mAh capacity battery, smaller than even the Realme 2.

Since no other budget Android smartphone manages to match the One Power both in terms of performance and battery life, we believe the Motorola handset is the best option for power users looking to buy a new phone in the sub-Rs.20,000 segment.

Other Reasons to Consider the Motorola One Power

The Snapdragon 636 chipset and a massive battery with fast charging support are not the only reasons why you should consider the Motorola One Power. Apart from its hardware specifications, the other major highlight of the smartphone is that it is a certified Android One smartphone. That means it is guaranteed to receive security updates for up to three years and at least two major OS upgrades. Since the Motorola One Power was launched with the Android Oreo operating system out of the box, it will be updated to Android Pie as well as Android Q next year. As for the Android Pie update, the smartphone is expected to receive it sometime before the end of the year. In addition to upgrading the OS to Android 9 Pie, the update is expected to add Dual 4G VoLTE functionality as well.