The budget Android One battle
The competition in the budget smartphone segment in India has been increasing for quite some time now. Xiaomi, with its Redmi and Redmi Note series, has virtually changed the way companies fight it out in this segment. But, Motorola, who started it with the original Moto G is not willing to give it up easily. Aiming to compete with Xiaomi’s Mi A2, Motorola launched the Moto One Power in India recently.
But does it succeed? The Moto One Power went on its first sale yesterday, and according to the company, it was sold out “instantly”, with up to 100 units being sold per second.
While prospective buyers wait for the next sale on October 11, here is Moto One Power compared to Xiaomi Mi A2.
The Mi A2 has adopted the design of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, one of the most popular devices from the company. Even though it is based on the Mi 6X, launched earlier this year, the Mi A2 is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro on many fronts. However, it comes with a refined design on the back, along with rounded corners. This makes the Mi A2 look a lot more elegant and easier to hold as compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro courtesy its 7.3mm edges.
Coming to the Moto One Power, Motorola has opted for a metal unibody design with curved sides and plastic safeguards on the top and the bottom.
Essentially, the designs of the Mi A2 and the Moto One Power are quite similar - so much so that the camera module is placed in a similar fashion on the Moto One Power. It also has a fingerprint sensor on the back with the Moto dimple and the standard “Android One” branding in the lower half.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with a 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display (2160 x 1080 pixels) with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. Like most smartphones in recent times, it has an aspect ratio of 18:9.
On the other hand, the Moto One Power has a 6.2-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display (2246 x 1080 pixels), but with a notch and an unspecified version of Corning Gorilla Glass on top.
You’ll notice that Notch displays are a rage these days. Introduced on the Essential Phone and the iPhone X, the notch trend has taken over the Android world with almost every company launching a phone with the notch across price segments. While not everyone might be a fan of phones with notches, if you are looking for one, the Moto One Power could be an option you’d want to consider.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, coupled with an Adreno 512 GPU. This chipset is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It is worth noting that this is the same chipset used in much more expensive phones like the Nokia 7 Plus, which is also an Android One smartphone.
On the other hand, the Moto One Power is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is the same chipset that powers the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.
In real-world usage, the Snapdragon 636 chipset handles most tasks with great ease and is also efficient when it comes to battery consumption. However, with Xiaomi offering a similar software experience with a more powerful chipset, the balance tilts drastically in favor of the Mi A2.
The Mi A2 makes big gains in terms of imaging in this comparison. It features a 12MP + 20MP dual camera setup, with a wide f/1.75 aperture. Xiaomi also announced that it is using Qualcomm's AI engine for its portrait mode, alongside Beautify 4.0. On the front, the Mi A2 comes with a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor with support for pixel binning, which should improve image quality to some extent.
Talking of the Moto One Power, it comes with a 16MP + 5MP camera setup on the back, with a f/1.8 and f/2.2 aperture respectively. The camera app does not come many additional features or modes, so you get a basic experience. On the front, the Moto One Power has a 12MP f/2.0 lens with an LED flash for low light conditions.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and it includes support for Quick Charge 4.0, along with a USB Type C port. It is worth noting that QC4.0 support is available in Indian units only. While the Snapdragon 660 chipset is power efficient, it is a little disappointing to see a 3,000mAh battery when similarly sized phones like the Redmi Note 5 Pro have a 4,000mAh battery.
The Moto One Power pulls a rabbit out of its hat when it comes to this segment with its huge 5,000mAh battery. Motorola has also included support for fast charging via its proprietary Turbo Charge tech. With the phone being powered by the efficient Snapdragon 636 chipset, it won’t be a stretch to suggest that the Moto One Power can last two days of usage in most cases.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 has been priced at ₹16,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant and is available in four colors- Black, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold. The phone can be bought on Amazon India as well as Mi.com.
The Moto One Power is priced at ₹15,999 for the lone 4GB + 64GB variant and comes in a single color option - Midnight Black. It can be purchased exclusively on Flipkart.