Motorola hasn’t released a flagship phone for a couple of years, but recent rumours suggest that could change very soon. An anonymous XDA Developers source has provided our first look at what’s referred to as the Motorola One 2020, including a real-world image and key specs too. Here’s all you need to know about the Motorola One 2020, from release date rumours to features and specs.

When will the Motorola One 2020 be released?

Per the XDA Developers source, the new Motorola One 2020 is set to make a debut at MWC 2020 in a couple of weeks, despite the fact that Motorola doesn’t usually reveal flagship phones at the show. While not confirmed, we expect the smartphone to go on sale within a few weeks of the announcement, sometime around mid-March 2020.

How much will the new Motorola One cost?

The flagship-level internals and new waterfall display of the upcoming Motorola One 2020 hint at a premium price tag compared to most of the Motorola range, with the exception of the $1,499 Razr of course. Motorola hasn’t joined in on the flagship fun for a few years, so it’s hard to compare it to previous devices to give us an idea of cost but looking at the competition and rumoured specs, it’s not hard to imagine that it’ll cost somewhere between £700-900 in the UK and $700-$900 in the US.

However, the XDA Developers leak suggests there will be two variants of the new Motorola One; one with flagship-level specs and one with a distinctly mid-range flavour. The mid-range model allegedly keeps many of the high-end design features but lacks the internal grunt of the flagship model, which could make it a lot more budget-friendly – possibly around the £400-500/$400-500 mark – but it’s hard to say at this stage.

It’s likely we’ll find out more at MWC later this month.  

What will the Motorola One 2020 offer?

The majority of the information available right now comes from an XDA Developers source, providing not only key specs but a leaked image of the upcoming flagship smartphone.


Source: XDA Developers

As you can see in the above image – edited to keep the source anonymous – the key design feature appears to be a 6.67in OLED waterfall display like that found on the high-end Vivo Nex 3 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Curved displays aren’t new, of course, but this new wave of waterfall displays wrap almost entirely around the sides of the phone and look great.

It’s interesting to note that Mishaal Rahman of XDA Developers remarked that the curved edges “are slightly less dramatic than those on the Vivo or Huawei Phones” and goes on to claim that it has an “80 percent waterfall” with a volume rocker still present, compared to a full waterfall display on offer from Vivo and Huawei. Even at 80 percent, it’s still a lot curvier than any other Motorola phone on the market right now.

Waterfall design aside, the display allegedly sports a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and offers an improved 90Hz refresh rate – the first in the Motorola range to do so.

You’ll also notice a hole-punch camera in the upper-left of the display, though the resolution of the single front-facing camera is unknown at this stage. There’s apparently a 48Mp main sensor on the rear, but other details are sketchy.

What is known is the internals; the flagship Motorola One 2020 is rumoured to feature Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 alongside either 8- or 12GB of RAM, and it’ll pack a whopping 5169mAh battery too. If it’s anything like the Moto G8 Power’s 5000mAh battery, it should be long enough to last a couple of days on a single charge.

But as mentioned above, there is said to be a second, less powerful variant of the Motorola One 2020 that sports the same design features but with less powerful internals, including a Snapdragon 765 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 4660mAh battery.  

And although both the Snapdragon 765 and 865 offer 5G compatibility, only the flagship model is said to feature 5G connectivity.

Both phones are said to come with Android 10, a given at this point in the Android software cycle, and will feature new shortcuts including Moto Edge Assistant (to customise tap actions on the curved edges) along with Moto Gametime to improve game performance and Moto Audio to enhance audio playback, all unique to the new One 2020 series.  

For more on what’s due out in the near future, take a look at our roundup of the best new phones coming in 2020.