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Affordable notchy phones battle it out: Nokia 7.1 Plus vs Motorola One

When the notch first appeared on phones last year, it was an exclusive component of premium flagship-level smartphones.

But as months went by and more and more Android OEMs jumped on board of the design trend, the notch started making it to middle-range models too.

Today, fans of the notch don’t have to pay premium to get a phone with a notchy display. Case in point in the US, customers have the option of picking up models like the Nokia 7.1 Plus or the Motorola One. But which one is the better options in terms of hardware and the rest?

We take a closer look in what follows.

Design and display

Mid-range mobile phones have experienced a renaissance over the last years with many now carrying quite advanced specs and boasting premium designs.

The Nokia 7.1 Plus doesn’t compromise on either. It’s made from an aluminum frame overlaid with sleek glass. Flip the phone around, and you can say hi to the notch, which compared to some we’ve seen (Pixel 3 XL, for example), it’s a lot smaller. However, the bottom bezel continues to be quite large, but, given the price, we shouldn’t complain too much.

The phone features a spacious 5.84-inch PureDisplay with 19:9 aspect ratio and fullHD+ resolution (2280 x 1080). It also offers HDR10 support and can convert SD content into HDR.

As for the Motorola One, it’s an equally sleek looking device, which has been described by some reviewers as an affordable iPhone X clone. The One is a glass sandwich, but given that this is a budget affair, wireless charging has not been included in the package.

The Motorola One features a display that’s a bit larger than Nokia’s model at 5.9-inch. It also boasts a 19:9 aspect ratio, but only offers HD+ resolution (720 x 1520 pixels).

The bezels enclosing the screen are quite minimal too, although the chin at the bottom was kept large enough for Motorola to squeeze in its logo in the space.

Both phones have a fingerprint scanner located on the rear panel. The One’s is hidden in the Motorola logo.

Power and performance

The Nokia 7.1 relies on a Snapdragon 636 processor working in combination with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Yes, there’s also a microSD card slot available for expansion up to 400GB.

While the Snapdragon 636 isn’t the fastest chipset around, it’s still a decent performer, so you shouldn’t encounter any issues when performing day-to-day tasks. The chipset also powers phones like the Moto Z3 Play.

The device is kept alive by a 3,060 mAh battery with support for fast charging.

Next, the Motorola One is based on an older Snapdragon 625 chipset and will ship with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. In this case, Motorola also offers a microSD card slot for memory expansion up to 256GB.

The Motorola phone is powered by a battery with a similar capacity of 3,000 mAh. While the juice box is certainly enough to get you through the day, if you want a larger battery on your phone you might have to look at the Motorola One Power which has a 5,000 mAh battery. The only problem is that this model is not available to buy in the US (yet).

Cameras

Photography is one of the major highlights of Nokia phones, as HMD Global has partnered up with Zeiss to bring you the best imaging experience.

Obviously, the Nokia 7.1 benefits of a dual-camera setup on the back comprised of a 12MP (f/1.8) + 5MP for background blur. On the front, there’s an 8MP selfie snapper (f/2.0). Google Lens also comes integrated into the native camera app and Nokia has also included its famous Bothie mode that lets you shoot with the front and the main camera at the same time.

As for the Motorola One, the device takes advantage of a 13MP (f/2.0) + 2MP camera on the rear. While on the front, users will be able to take advantage of an 8MP (f/2.2) selfie snapper.

Software

Both the Nokia 7.1 and Motorola One are part of the Android One program, which translates into frequent and faster updates.

While the Nokia 7.1 ships with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, we expect to see it get updated to Android 9 Pie soon enough. The same goes for the Motorola One. But given HDM’s superior track record with updates, the Nokia 7.1 will probably get Pie treatment first.

Price

The Nokia 7.1 is available to buy at Amazon for $349.99 in Steel or Blue. The phone is sold as unlocked and is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile or Cricket.

As for the Motorola One, this is a Best Buy exclusive. It’s sold for $399 in its unlocked form and also compatible with GSM carriers.

Conclusion

The two models offer comparable specs, although the Nokia 7.1 Plus has better resolution, a newer chip and a superior main camera, so it seems like the better deal. Although, the Motorola One is not far behind it.

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OnePlus and Verizon, Digital Wellbeing updates, NVIDIA updates, and more news you need to know

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Thursday, October 18th, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, Google brings Digital Wellbeing to Android One, Keep Notes is refreshed, the Misft Vapor 2 is leaked in its entirety, and more.

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Digital Wellbeing coming to Android One handsets

Digital Wellbeing Dashboard

With the release of Android Pie, Google introduced its new “Digital Wellbeing” initiative, along with an accompanying app. This has been only limited to Pixel devices, but Google is now bringing the app to Android One devices.

The latest update to the app on the Play Store, brings compatibility to Android One handsets. Those compatible devices must be enrolled in the beta program for Wellbeing, along with being updated to Android 9 Pie.

Google has been pretty quiet about whether this app will expand to more Android devices in the future. Until this changes, you’ll have to own a Pixel or Android One device to take advantage.

Google Keep receives Material Design 2 UI Overhaul

After being rebranded to Keep Notes on Android last month, a big UI redesign is now rolling out. Google has been slowly bringing its new Material Theme UI to various applications, and now Keep is joining in the fun.

When compared to the old version, the main background of the app is now white, and the card colors are a bit softer than before. There is also a new sidebar menu which gives you access to Notes, Reminders, Archive, Trash, and more.

The update is rolling out to users now and comes with a version number of 5.0.411.09. Users should be able to download the update in the coming days if it’s not already available.

Misfit Vapor 2 gets shown off ahead of official announcement

We are expecting to see a new fitness tracker from Misfit announced at any moment. It seems that the Vapor 2 has been leaked, revealing its overall design and a few key specs.

The listing reveals that the wearable will include a 5ATM rating, GPS, and heart rate monitor. There will also be two different screen sizes, but there will be a single band width of 20mm.

Pricing for these starts at around $265, but you can opt for a metal-link band for about $290. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like that these will include the new Snapdragon 3100 Wear chipset from Qualcomm.

The OnePlus 6T could work with Verizon

The OnePlus 6T is set to be unveiled in less than two weeks and we are continuing to learn more about the device. Previous rumors suggested the OnePlus was working with T-Mobile to provide the first official carrier partnership in the US.

However, the 6T may have another trick up its sleeve as PCMag is reporting that the device could work with Verizon. According to the report, the 6T includes LTE Band 13, which is “critical for good Verizon compatibility”.

Unfortunately, there’s no mention of whether Verizon is working on certifying the device. We’ll learn more in a couple of weeks when OnePlus unveils its more important device ever.

You can now control your Nvidia Shield TV with your Google Home

NVIDIA has announced a new update to the Shield TV which makes it possible to control your device with Google Home. This comes after a recent update which brought Google Assistant support to the Android TV device.

Once the update arrives, you can use your Google Home (or any other Assistant speaker) to perform various actions. These include turning the unit on or off, opening a specific app, adjusting the volume, and even more.

NVIDIA states that the update is starting to roll out today, and will be available on all Shield TV’s within the next month.

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Android Faithful Should Invest in Android One

Google has recently worked with new partners to create yet another version of Android. We already had the Android GO edition for super low-end hardware, but now we also have Android One. This new OS variant is compelling due to it being offered as a stripped down, stock Android experience with the promise of 2 years of OS updates.

Why did the Google Play Edition initiative fail?

Remember Google Play Edition phones from a few years back? Android One looks to be a continuation of that movement, and I think it’s exactly what many of us have been screaming to own. And I think we should let our wallets speak for us.

Honestly, that’s where Google Play editions failed. We simply didn’t buy them in high enough volumes for manufacturers to continue the project. It’s disappointing and sad to those that truly want the Samsung’s and LG’s of the world to stay the hell away from the software side of Android phones. Google makes a beautiful OS that works incredibly fast and stable without meddling after the fact by hardware companies.

How Android One will succeed

Don’t believe me? Then, I dare you to pick up a Moto or Essential phone. Hell, the new Moto E5 Play we just reviewed has a downright dinky spec sheet but rarely skips a beat on the clean OS builds that Motorola offers. Essential is in the same boat and has also proven that fast OS updates are not a myth.

The company consistently leverages the fact that they use the most stock image of Android I can think of to produce OS updates on the same day that Google releases for the Pixel devices. It’s really an impressive feat and the main reason I currently own the PH-1.

Essential Phone PH-1

Android One phones are becoming more and more available in the last few months. Moto released one of the first back late last year with the Moto X4 Android OneNokia followed at this year’s Mobile World Congress by announcing their entire portfolio moving forward would only be Android One devices. Then, just this month, LG announced the G7 One.

Save some money

And that brings me back to our wallets. Consumers have more power than we like to remember and the Android faithful needs a reminder. You see it all the time in comments for phones like the Note 9: “man, I wish this didn’t’ have Samsung’s bloat all over it” or “wish I could get a phone with Essential’s software and LG’s hardware.” Well, put your money where your mouth is.

If we’ve made statements like that in the past, then we should be filling checkout carts. We should voice to the OEMs that these are viable products they need to continue making. I get that they may not be perfect devices.

Maybe they don’t have a specific spec that the official version from LG has, but I’d argue that most of the time we get too hung up on that in the world of Android. Moto shoots that debate down with its results. It consistently delivers a great user experience without top-tier hardware.

But this is also where I’d implore the manufacturers to price it accordingly. If your company is not spending the crazy man hours to build a fully custom Android image, then don’t charge it back to the end user.

Same with choosing the previous generation chipset or slightly less RAM than the branded flagship. Pitting the price directly against the more beefed up version is not the way to convince us Android One is the way to go.

Conclusion

We’ve asked for “Pure Android” with better hardware for years now. Well, it looks like it may finally be here. Our response will be a deciding factor in whether they stick around. As will our wallets and the retail pricing of these smartphones.

Personally, I’ll be keeping a close eye on how the initial launch of the LG G7 One goes. I feel it will be the first real meter off how where this market is truly headed. What do you think? Are you interested in this new wave of Android One phones?

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Motorola One and One Power offer the notch on the cheap

After months of leaks and rumors, the Motorola One and One Power are finally official. The Lenovo-owned company introduced the two phones just in time for IFA 2018.

These are Motorola’s first smartphones featuring a notch, so if you’re a fan of this popular design trend you’re probably going to be quite excited about the two new models. The One and One Power are also part of the Android One family, so this means you’ll get near-stock Android experience and fast updates.

Motorola pushes out two new Android One devices

So what’s the difference between the two devices? Well for starters the Motorola One features a 5.9-inch display with 1080p resolution and a shiny glass body. In contrast, the One Power has a larger 6.2-inch FHD+ screen onboard and boasts a matte polycarbonate body.

When it comes to specs, the One Power is the more powerful affair. It relies on a Snapdragon 636 chipset, while the One has to make do with a Snapdragon 625. However, both include 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

Motorola One

The One Power also has the advantage of bundling a large 4,850 mAh battery, versus only the 3,000 mAh one inside its smaller sibling.

When it comes to photography both smartphone feature a dual-camera setup on the back, but the One Power’s is more impressive. It’s made up of two 16MP + 5MP sensors, while the One has two 13MP cameras living on the rear.

Motorola One Power

The One Power will be the better choice for those who are looking to take great selfies too, as it includes a 12MP front snapper. The One only has an 8MP one.

The company says the two One devices will be the first to get the Android P update.

Motorola was pretty vague about release dates. Still, we do know the One is coming to Europe, Asia and Latin America for €299/$348 in the coming months. While the One Power will be exclusive at launch to India.

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Would you be interested in a YouTube Phone made by Google?

Do you love watching YouTube videos all day long? Then you’d probably be interested if a phone built around the service showed up on the market, right? According to a report coming out of Android Authority, that’s exactly what Google is trying to figure out. Apparently, the tech giant has been distributing surveys through UK-based […]

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Refer people to Project Fi and win a Moto X and Chromecast

The holiday season is just around the corner, so Google wants to make the winter celebrations even sweeter. Remember Project Fi’s referral program which awarded subscribers who referred friends and family a $20 gift card? Well, things have gotten a lot better with the new “Fi it Forward” challenge. Now when a Project Fi subscriber […]

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Android One Motorola Moto X4 review

In the market for a stock Android smartphone that’s sexy, semi-formidable, and feature-rich but don’t want to drop Pixel money? Consider the Android One Moto X4.

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Google Duo integration now available in Phone, Contacts and Messages apps (for some phones)

Google is making it easier for users to make video calls using its own video calling app – Duo. Starting this week, owners of select Android smartphones will be able to make Duo calls right from their device’s Android Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps. From within the phone app, you’ll be able to initiate […]

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Which Android One smartphone is better? Moto X4 vs Xiaomi Mi A1

This year there have been some exciting developments in relation to the Android One initiative. For starters, Google has teamed up with some interesting new partners to produce affordable Android One handsets. Secondly, it has finally brought the program to the US. In what follows, we take a look at two smartphones from the new […]

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Project Fi gets its first Android One phone; Moto X4 available for $399

Google today confirmed that it will begin offering the Motorola Moto X4 as part of its Project Fi-ready smartphones. Moreover, it also formally introduces the Android One initiative to the United States. Available in Super Black and Sterling Blue color options, the Android One Moto X4 is available for $399. Interested parties can begin placing […]

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