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Motorola One 5G Ace is a budget phone that doesn't look cheap

It melds a chic design with an affordable package.

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Motorola made a few smart compromises to get the base price to $400, which is $45 (AT&T model) or $155 (Verizon model) cheaper than 2020's One 5G.

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The Ace has a main wide-angle camera, an ultrawide-angle camera, a macro camera and a single selfie camera. 

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The main 48-megapixel camera uses pixel binning to combine multiple pixels into one. This helps reduce image noise and increase brightness.

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The ring flash around the lens of the macro camera on the 2020 One 5G is gone.

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The main camera on the Ace is pretty solid for a $400 phone.

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In the camera app, prompts appear to help you choose the best mode as you frame your shot.

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The screen is similar but doesn't have the 90Hz high refresh rate that the 2020 One 5G did.

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The Ace is a heavy phone.

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It weighs 212 grams. To give you some perspective the Galaxy S21 Ultra weighs 229 grams and the iPhone 12 Pro Max is 228 grams.

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I like the plastic back and finish. It looks attractive and contemporary.

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The Ace packs a giant 5,000-mAh battery.

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in my testing got through a day and a half no problem and often made it two days on a single charge. There are phones that cost two or three times as much as the Ace and don't last anywhere near as long.

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The fingerprint reader is on the back of the phone.

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Unlike the 2020 One 5G, the Ace is available unlocked and will work on any US carrier with sub-6 5G.

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The Ace runs Android 10.

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The Ace in all its chonky glory.

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On the bottom is a USB-C port for charging and a headphone jack.

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On the right side is a volume rocker and power button.

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Here's another angle.

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The Ace is part of Motorola's 2021 budget phone family.

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