Motorola is a little shy of getting its pricing right to truly rampage around the Indian budget segment but that doesn’t mean you don’t get your money’s worth. It’s a worthy smartphone and at just ₹19,999 there’s a lot going on inside and outside the phone.
Grab on to your dear seats, this one’s got a cinematic 21:9 ratio display with a 48MP rear camera with a Samsung sensor, not Sony. And, there’s an Exynos 9609 under the hood running an Android One experience. Yup, something you never thought would be possible.
Motorola One Vision: Body and design
Right out of the box the Moto feels like a really long phone because of its narrow design. That’s pretty obvious too because of the 21:9 aspect ratio that’s stretched across a whopping 6.3in FullHD+ screen. Why 21:9 aspect ratio? Well, Moto thinks its a more cinematic experience when viewing content and we bet you can fit more of Instagram posts in a single scroll.
Netflix and YouTube are clearly the ideal apps to fully enjoy the immersive experience of this screen and Moto says it can play HDR videos off YouTube as well. We don’t know if the screen is HDR so this seems to be like a marketing faff. We shall uncover in the full review.
There are two colours to choose from and aside from the boring Blue Sapphire, Bronze is a fresh look amongst all blue and black smartphones.
Motorola One Vision: Performance and OS
There’s an Exynos 9609 in the heart of this smartphone and its running the tidy experience of Android One here. That’s something that is very rarely seen and so much of Samsung’s flavour is added into the Moto Vision. Even the 25MP front camera is a punch hole like the Samsungs of 2019.
From our initial experience, the 4GB RAM and 128GB storage variant was working impressively smooth and there’s only one variant right now. There’s an option to plonk in a MicroSD card if you feel 128GB is too less and the in-built 128GB is actually a UFS 2.0 storage which should, in theory, make for a smoother smartphone experience but that too we’ll see ufor ourselves in the full review.
The 3500mAh battery fast charges and comes with a 15W fast charger in the box.
Motorola One Vision: Camera
The 48MP camera on the Motorola One Vision does software trickery of combining four pixels into one which effectively reduces the file size of the photo and should give you a much denser and sharper image quality.
So far we tested the Night Vision for low-light photography which looks very promising. We compared it to the Pixel 3 during our demo session and the Moto One Vision exposes more darked areas than the Pixel but how well it manages to maintain the picture clarity will take some more testing to confirm.
The front 25MP camera also does the Quad Pixel trickery. It manages to capture good details and colours but overblows the highlights in the background. We’ll be sure to test it out properly later.
Motorola One Vision: Initial Verdict
The Motorola One Vision is filled with hopes and dreams of people looking for a cleaner Android experience in the budget segment. The Samsung Galaxy M40 is dropping at the same price so we’ll be sure to give these two a nice comparison in our full review as well.
As for the processing grunt, we have no doubt that it will perform as good as the Samsung and might even edge it as an overall better package, especially because of the added screen real-estate but time will tell.