Motorola One Action is the follow up to the earlier launched One Vision smartphone, but with a dedicated Action camera and slightly different camera specifications.
For several years, the Moto G series kept setting the benchmark for how to make a solid smartphone and sell it at an affordable price. However, over time, Motorola lost its edge, and competitors such as Xiaomi and Realme took over the smartphone market.
Motorola is now looking to make a name in the more premium segment, in which competition is not so stiff. The Motorola One Vision was the first attempt in this direction, and now the company is upping the game with its latest launch — the Motorola One Action.
Overall Design & Specifications
As far as the looks are concerned, Motorola One does not offer anything new. It looks and feels the same as Motorola Vision which was released earlier this year. The device has a tall body design with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ CinemaVision display with 21:9 aspect ratio which makes it look taller & narrower than most phones so there is more vertical space for text & scrolling apps. The build looks and feels like plastic so does the frame.
The phone is powered by Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 9609 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This can be expanded by up to 512GB using a microSD card but at the cost of dual SIM functionality. Motorola is still the only company using Exynos 9609 in its phones. Not even Samsung has released a phone that utilises the Exynos 9609. Motorola offers the phone in a single configuration priced at Rs. 13,999.
The phone runs on Android 9 Pie with a promised upgrade to Android 10 and Android 11. Since its an Android One smartphone, one can expect regular and faster updates.
The Motorola One Action comes in denim blue version which shines in the light, Pearl White & also Aqua Teal colour option. The back of the phone is shiny with textured patterns beneath. The phone is not fully waterproof, but it can handle some few drops.
The display looks sharp at around 430PPI but the other aspects of the display don’t seem impressive. The colours are not accurate either regardless of which colour mode you chose. We’ve seen better contrast & colours in other LCD smartphones. There is no LED notification other than the display notification which is a bit disappointing.
The fingerprint scanner is in the rear end of the phone. Waking up & unlocking the phone is quite comfortable with the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It is pretty responsive & accurate. It also includes the face unlock feature which is accurate as well.
It packs a 12-megapixel (f/1.8) primary camera, along with a 5-megapixel depth sensor and a dedicated 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle (f/2.2) “Action Camera” with a 117-degree field of view.
The front cam has a 12-megapixel (f/2.0) camera that can shoot 4K videos at 30fps. The phone comes with a 3,5000mAh battery, and a 10W adapter is supplied in the box.
The Motorola One Action has a single loudspeaker at the bottom and the sound quality is decent at best. The phone has a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the top with an impressive sound and good sound clarity.
We did not come across any stutters while multitasking with 9 to 12 apps running in the background. The phone even handled graphics-intensive games such as PUBG Mobile and Mortal Kombat X without any lag or heating.
Battery Life & Camera Performance
The 3,500mAh battery barely lasts through a full day of ordinary usage. With continuous heavy usage like using social media apps, gaming, live music & video streaming the phone won’t even last that long. The phone supports 10W Turbocharging with USB Type-C port.
Coming to the camera, the camera quality from the main camera looks quite good. The detailing is decent & the noise is quite well controlled. However, there was some colour bleeding at the edges, and the focus lock proved to be a bit fussy at close range, which often resulted in hazy shots.
Portrait shots from the front cam look decent. There are decent subject separation and depth, but edge detection could have been a little more accurate.
As for low-light shots, the phone produced grainy photos with a lot of visible noise and suppressed colours. The Motorola One Action lacks a dedicated night mode, but the company tells us that it is currently exploring options to add it with an update in the future.
The front cam comes with 12mp and it takes really great shots in a good light. They have great detail & spot-on skin tones.
The Motorola One Action puts out raw performance, and camera output is decent as well, apart from the fact that you can’t take wide-angle still photos. But the battery performance is where we felt so disappointing, and slow charging is another downer.
But the phone still stands out because of its unique aesthetics and supports that with reliable performance, decent cameras, and clean software. Now it’s up to you to make an informed buying decision. The sale is set to begin from August 30 2019.
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