Motorola One Imaginative and prescient overview: Difficult perceptions

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient is all about notion. In a literal sense, the One Imaginative and prescient’s headline options are all about sight — the headline 48MP digicam and tall 21:9 show — however on a philosophical stage, Motorola additionally desires the cellphone to problem the notion of what a finances cellphone may be.

Is seeing believing, or is the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient an eyesore? Discover out in Android Authority’s Motorola One Imaginative and prescient overview.

About this overview: We examined the Motorola Moto One Imaginative and prescient for slightly below two weeks on the EE cellular community in Bristol and London, U.Okay. It was working Android 9 Pie with the Might 2019 safety patch all through the overview. The overview unit — provided by Motorola — didn’t include the Night time Imaginative and prescient digicam mode, however this was added by way of an official APK.

This overview was up to date on July 11 with the most recent info obtainable.

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Motorola One Imaginative and prescient overview: The large image

Motorola One Vision in hand

Motorola has loved years of success within the finances tier with its ever-popular G-series, however competitors is heating up in what’s shortly changing into a golden age for reasonable smartphones.

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient is the third cellphone within the inexpensive “Motorola One” household, following the discharge of the Motorola One and Motorola One Energy in 2018. It’s anticipated to be joined by the Motorola One Motion and Motorola One Professional within the coming months. All of those telephones run Android One — a near-stock model of Android that comes with two years of assured OS updates and safety patches.

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The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient is that can be purchased in Europe for 299 euros and the U.Okay. for £269. It’s additionally on sale in Asia, Australia, Brazil, and the Center East, however the Lenovo-owned firm appears to haven’t any plans to launch in North America.

At this value level, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient shares shelf area with HMD World’s personal Android One-powered Nokia entourage, in addition to mid-range telephones from Chinese language OEMs like Xiaomi, Oppo, and Honor.

Can the eye-catching elongated show, clear software program, and guarantees of a flagship digicam assist the One Imaginative and prescient rise above the pack? Learn on to search out out.

What’s within the field

  • TurboPower 15W charger
  • 3.5mm earbuds
  • Plastic case

Don’t anticipate any surprises whenever you open the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s very purple field. Other than the see-through rubber case and a pair of serviceable, however low cost feeling, wired earphones, the one actual speaking level is the charger, which is kitted out with Motorola’s 15W TurboPower expertise. Annoyingly, the USB Sort-C cable is completely fitted to the charger, so that you’ll want one other cable if you wish to hook the cellphone as much as a PC.

Morotola One Vision box and accessories


  • 160.1 x 71.2 x 8.7mm, 180g
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • MicroSD expandable storage
  • USB-C

How do you stand tall on a retail retailer shelf subsequent to a bunch of vaguely similar-looking smartphones? The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s reply is simply that: stand a bit taller.

Motorola One Vision rear in hand

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient is the most recent in a really small pool of telephones with shows that embrace the 21:9 facet ratio. The knock-on when it comes to general design is that these handsets are a lot taller and thinner than your common smartphone.

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient isn’t fairly as lanky as a few of Sony’s 21:9 telephones, such because the Xperia 10, 10 Plus, or Xperia 1, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an odd sensation shifting from even an 18:9 cellphone to Motorola’s newest. Its slender construct makes it a lot simpler to carry in your palm, however except you’ve bought fingers like E.T. there’s no manner you’re reaching your notifications with only one hand.

Except you’ve bought fingers like E.T., one-handed use is a no-go.

In any other case, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s design is trendy, if slightly unassuming. The glass again has a 3D impact that curves right into a plastic body. Neither feels notably premium, however the sensible, easy aesthetics make sure the cellphone doesn’t look low cost. The Sapphire Gradient mannequin I examined has a blue shimmer, which is sort of pleasing. I’m unsure the identical might be stated of the Bronze Gradient mannequin, judging from Motorola’s promotional supplies.

On the rear, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient has a fingerprint sensor adorned with the Motorola emblem. The sensor itself is first rate and principally correct. Alternatively, the cellphone does assist face unlock. That is all performed by way of software program, that means it’s far much less safe than people who use 3D imaging expertise. Nonetheless, it’s a pleasant characteristic to see at this value level.

Motorola One Vision USB-C port

The one design gripes I’ve are the raised digicam module, which stands out fairly far and causes the cellphone to rock when positioned on a flat floor, and the extremely cheap-feeling quantity rocker. The latter isn’t fastened in place and rattles round if you happen to shake the cellphone or calmly nudge it.

Learn extra: Gorilla Glass vs Dragontrail Glass vs tempered glass and past

There’s additionally a slight difficulty with Motorola’s selection of glass. Whereas the rear is made out of Gorilla Glass, the show isn’t. A spokesperson for Motorola might solely affirm that the glass is 2.5D, although a put up& from a Motorola admin on Lenovo’s official boards suggests the show glass is toughened to some extent and is produced by Japan’s Nippon Electrical Glass (NEG).

Though Gorilla Glass isn’t the one toughened glass resolution on the market, scratches have already began exhibiting up on the show on our overview unit which is slightly regarding. In case you are choosing up a One Imaginative and prescient, my recommendation is to seize a display screen protector — simply be sure it’s one of many ones with a minimize out for the punch-hole.

Total although, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s design is a big step-up from the frustratingly drab Motorola One.


  • 6.3-inch IPS LCD
  • 2,520 x 1,080 pixels, 432ppi
  • 21:9 facet ratio
  • Punch-hole

You may’t discuss in regards to the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s show with out addressing the broader dialogue round 21:9 facet ratios.

On the plus facet, the stretched format is nice for scrolling by way of apps that ship content material vertically, particularly social apps like Twitter. Native 21:9 content material additionally appears to be like nice for supported motion pictures on Netflix.


Nevertheless, the tough actuality is that effectively over 90 % of the content material you’ll view in your cellphone received’t be optimized for 21:9 and can as a substitute go away thick black bars on both facet of the display screen — sarcastically one thing the format is designed to keep away from when watching motion pictures.

To maximise the display screen actual property, Motorola jumped aboard the punch-hole bandwagon. I’m personally not a fan of the punch-hole design normally and the one discovered right here could be the biggest and most off-putting up to now. At 7mm in diameter, the selfie digicam cutout at all times stands out like a sore thumb and makes the notification bar a lot chunkier. This eliminates an enormous portion of usable area from the longer 21:9 show. Even whenever you do discover a film that helps the broader facet ratio, the massive black circle remains to be an annoying distraction.

Motorola One Vision punch hole selfie camera

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s IPS LCD show is crisp and satisfying.

The show itself is an enormous enchancment over the disappointing Motorola One’s 720p panel. The newer cellphone’s general 432ppi is pretty excessive for the worth level. Whereas it doesn’t get as shiny or provide the depth of an OLED panel, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s show is crisp and satisfying.

The Android One software program offers you a number of choices to tweak the colour settings to your liking, although these are restricted to Pure, Boosted, and Saturated, with the latter activated as default. I discovered Boosted to be a pleasant center floor. There’s no ambient or always-on show choices, however you do get Adaptive Brightness to save lots of battery. Viewing angles are strong except in shiny daylight, however do pattern in direction of hotter colours at sharper angles.

Fortunately, contemplating its identify, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient has an excellent show relative to the competitors. If you happen to can be taught to reside with black bars and that chunky punch-hole, that’s.


  • Octa-core Exynos 9609
  • Mali-G72 MP3
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB storage (expandable)

In a shocking transfer, Motorola has ditched Qualcomm silicon for the One Imaginative and prescient. As a substitute, the cellphone is powered by a Samsung SoC, particularly the 10nm Exynos 9609. The octa-core chipset hasn’t really been seen on a Samsung cellphone, nevertheless it comes near the Galaxy A50 when it comes to anticipated efficiency.

Motorola One Vision benchmark tests

That is mirrored within the benchmark outcomes, which outmatch many low-end telephones with Snapdragon 630 sequence SoCs and line up properly in opposition to outcomes from Huawei telephones with Kirin 710 chipsets. The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient really creeps into the highest 50 on Antutu which is shocking contemplating there are not any number-boosting efficiency modes at play. The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient got here in at 3:10.685 on Velocity Take a look at G.

Learn extra: Motorola One Imaginative and prescient specs: Your typical mid-range cellphone in 2019?

In day-to-day efficiency phrases, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient is equally spectacular. Transitions are fluid and clean, there’s subsequent to no lag, and it could possibly even deal with 3D video games like PUBG Cellular with out changing into unbearably scorching or falling foul of extreme lag.

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s RAM administration is completely acceptable for a sub-$300 cellphone. The pretty sizeable 128GB of inside storage can be expanded by 512GB by way of the MicroSD card slot. That’s a whole lot of storage for a cellphone at this value level.


  • 3,500mAh
  • 15W TurboPower quick charging

For as spectacular the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s efficiency is, its battery life is distinctly common. I managed round 5 to six hours of screen-on time after a day of checking Twitter and Slack, messaging on WhatsApp, and simply over an hour of streaming throughout Twitch and Spotify. I had Adaptive Brightness on always.

I usually ended most days round or simply under the 20 % mark, which isn’t horrible, nevertheless it’s actually not nice both. If you happen to’re a heavy person or planning a visit out for the day, you need to carry alongside an honest transportable charger.

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s battery life is distinctly common.

Fortunately, you may refill the three,500mAh cell fairly shortly due to Motorola’s 15W TurboPower charger. In my testing, it took the cellphone from a 5 % to a 25 % cost in 15 minutes. This charge did decelerate dramatically because the battery was additional refilled. I additionally bought roughly the identical outcomes utilizing a Google energy supply and OnePlus Warp Cost charger.


  • Rear:
    • Commonplace: 48MP, f/1.7, OIS, PDAF
    • Depth: 5MP, f/2.2
  • Entrance Digicam:
    • 25MP, f/2.0

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient joins the Realme X and Xiaomi Redmi Notice 7 in bringing 48MP cameras to the finances tier. The sensor itself is a Samsung GM1 (not the Sony IMX586 as I’ve seen reported by many different publications).

Motorola One Vision camera

As with each different 48MP digicam, you’re not really getting 48MP photographs by default. In truth, there isn’t a choice to take full decision pictures in any respect. As a substitute, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient makes use of pixel binning, which Motorola is dubbing “Quad Pixel” expertise, to mix 4 pixels right into a single, bigger 1.6μm pixel, leading to 12MP pictures. This methodology ought to result in better element, colours, and improved efficiency in low mild.

Motorola One Vision camera sample

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient is able to producing nice pictures, particularly exterior throughout sunlight hours. Particulars turn into slightly delicate upon nearer examination, however dynamic vary is strong, colours are correct, and the HDR Auto mode provides slightly further pop, regardless that it could possibly often overexpose brighter objects.

Noise begins to creep in for evening or indoor pictures, although it’s removed from a horrible low-light performer. The cellphone’s Night time Imaginative and prescient mode is supposed to take issues a step additional, however the processing leaves photographs blown out, solely marginally brighter, and sometimes even noisier. Night time Sight, this isn’t.

Night VisionAuto Night time Imaginative and prescient


The second digicam is a 5MP depth sensor used for including that signature blur to portrait pictures. That is by far the least attention-grabbing possibility for a dual-lens digicam, however the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s portrait mode does handle to seize some good bokeh-style pictures and has myriad choices to extend blur, and artificially manipulate the background coloration and lighting.

In addition to an in-app button for Google Lens and the aforementioned Night time Imaginative and prescient, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s digicam suite comes with a number of elective toggles and modes. These embody Cinemagraph for capturing GIFs alongside stills, panorama, guide mode, and Spot Coloration, which may zap all however one coloration from a picture.


It additionally wouldn’t be a smartphone digicam in 2019 with out some form of AI implementation. Right here we get Good Composition, Auto Smile Seize, and Shot Optimization. The latter solely popped up as soon as throughout my photograph classes when taking a shot of some bakery items, and it instantly dialed up the distinction to unnatural ranges.

AI onAI off AI on

AI off

Good Composition, in the meantime, allegedly produces a second picture that implements the rule of thirds and adjusts the orientation of any photograph you’re taking. My photograph library, nonetheless, tells a special story as I couldn’t discover a single instance. Different photographs with results utilized have totally different file names, however this doesn’t appear to be the case for Good Composition.

Quad Pixel can be at play for the selfie digicam, which brings 25MP pictures right down to 6MP. If you happen to’re a selfie addict, then the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient could be the cellphone for you, as photographs taken from the entrance digicam are filled with element and there are many magnificence and portrait mode tweaks you may add for enjoyable.


If you’d like an inexpensive cellphone with the very best digicam, you’re nonetheless higher off paying the additional for the Google Pixel 3a. Nevertheless, in case your finances doesn’t stretch that far, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient is a powerful all-rounder that nails the digicam fundamentals with out forgetting to have slightly enjoyable. Simply ignore all of the AI stuff.

As for video, the One Imaginative and prescient can shoot in as much as 4K at 30fps, although with no stabilization I might suggest dialing it right down to 1080p (60fps) for OIS and elective EIS assist. You may also shoot slow-motion video in 1080p at 120fps or 720p at 240fps.

You may see full decision digicam samples right here.

Software program

  • Android 9.Zero Pie

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient runs Android 9.Zero Pie out of the field. Simply in case its identify and the modest emblem on the again didn’t tip you off, it’s additionally an Android One cellphone.

Motorola One Vision software screenshots

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I’ve heard loads of cheap arguments for why OEM skins are nice, however I’d take Android One or a Pixel any day of the week.

Not solely do I think the clear, bloat-free software program is partly answerable for the cellphone’s spectacular efficiency, it additionally ensures that the One Imaginative and prescient might be upgraded to Android Q and R, in addition to obtain safety updates for 2 years.

Simply navigating across the cellphone, you’d simply mistake the One Imaginative and prescient for a Google-made cellphone. The default structure, app dock, and notification window are all inventory Android One. You additionally get fast entry to Google Uncover — the one good content material feed — by swiping to the appropriate on the homescreen.

The entire default apps except for the digicam are Google apps (Gmail, Messages, Chrome, Pictures and so forth.), with solely a few further apps like Dolby Audio, FM Radio, Moto, and Moto Assist coming pre-installed.

Associated: Newbie’s information to Google Pictures

The one notable addition to the Android One expertise is an additional “Moto” class in Settings for Moto Actions and Moto Show. Moto Actions enables you to toggle elective gesture controls, together with a unusual karate chop movement for turning the torch on and off. Moto Show, in the meantime, has a helpful Peek Show characteristic for briefly exhibiting notifications on the lock display screen and Attentive Show, which retains your display screen on whereas the entrance digicam can detect your face.

Motorola One Vision Android One logo

A standard criticism of Android One is that it lacks character and that’s nonetheless true right here, there’s nothing notably thrilling to uncover when delving into the cellphone’s varied menus. Nevertheless, with system-wide darkish mode and improved gestures on the horizon with Android Q, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s software program will solely get higher with age.


  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dolby Audio

Motorola has talked up the One Imaginative and prescient’s audio chops by specializing in the Dolby Audio tuning. The app enables you to change between totally different presets for music, movie, and a sensible audio possibility that robotically adjusts the sound primarily based on what you’re listening to or watching.

What it doesn’t do is drastically enhance the audio high quality from the only, bottom-firing speaker. It’s serviceable and will get completely loud sufficient with out distorting, nevertheless it’s nothing to put in writing house about.

Motorola One Vision audio

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient has a 3.5mm headphone jack and comes with a flimsy set for wired earphones. The three.5mm jack affords a drastic enchancment over USB-C headphones, however you’ll undoubtedly wish to purchase a greater pair because the bundled set sound tinny and lack bass.

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient additionally has a built-in FM radio, simply in case you’re nonetheless caught at nighttime ages!


  Motorola One Imaginative and prescient
Show 6.3-inch IPS display screen 2,520 x 1,080 decision
SoC Samsung Exynos 9609
octa-core at 2.2Ghz
GPU Mali-G72 MP3
Storage 128GB UFS 2.1
Expandable (as much as 512GB)
Cameras Rear
Most important: 48MP (Samsung GM-1), f/1.7 aperture, 1.6 micron pixels, OIS
Secondary: 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor

Video: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30/60fps, 720p at 30fps

Entrance: 25MP f/2.0, 0.9 micron pixels

Audio 3.5mm audio port
Backside-firing speaker
Battery 3,500mAh
15W quick charging
IP ranking IP52 splash resistance
Sensors Accelerometer
Ambient Gentle
Fingerprint (rear)
Community 4G LTE (Cat6), UMTS / HSPA+, GSM / EDGE

2G: GSM band 2/3/5/8,

3G: WCDMA band 1/2/4/5/8

4G: LTE band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/28/66

Connectivity USB-C
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz + 5GHz, Wi-Fi hotspot
SIM Single nano SIM
Software program Android Pie
(Android One)
Dimensions and weight 160.1mm x 71.2mm x 8.7mm
Colours Bronze Gradient
Sapphire Gradient

Worth for the cash

  • Motorola One Imaginative and prescient, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage: $269

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient prices £269 within the U.Okay. and 299 euros in choose European markets. Motorola isn’t providing any configuration choices, however you may’t actually argue with 128GB expandable storage and 4GB RAM at this value level.

Everytime you begin dipping under the £500 mark there’ll inevitably be sacrifices made to maintain the cellphone’s value down. The obvious ones listed below are the LCD show, the dearth of waterproofing (although it’s IP52 rated in opposition to splashes), common battery life, and no wi-fi charging. The truth that this checklist is so brief speaks volumes in regards to the worth you’re getting with the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient.

Motorola One Vision display

If the gawky design places you off, then Motorola’s personal G7 Plus is a extra traditional-looking different with a lesser digicam, however comparable specs and Motorola’s pretty clear Android pores and skin. The identical can’t be stated for a lot of Chinese language telephones at this value, just like the Realme X, Pocophone F1, Redmi Notice 7 Professional, and Honor 20 Lite that every one commerce up in uncooked energy, however are stricken by bloated, messy software program and a few have restricted availability within the western hemisphere.

If you happen to can reside with the massive notch, the Nokia 8.1 is the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient’s closest rival throughout the board, with a barely extra spectacular specs sheet and comparable value within the gross sales, however far much less general appeal. In the meantime, in order for you a handset with a jazzier design and a sharper show, the Galaxy A50 is Samsung’s greatest mid-range cellphone in years, however once more has an inferior digicam.

As for the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus mid-rangers with 21:9 shows from Sony, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient wins out in virtually each class apart from audio.

Motorola One Imaginative and prescient overview: The decision

Motorola One Vision Motorola Logo

With HMD World’s Android One-toting Nokia entourage presently misplaced in a haze of decimals and pluses, the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient stands out as one of the vital completed and, despite its bold Imaginative and prescient-ary pitch, straight-talking Android One propositions presently available on the market. It additionally redeems the Motorola One line after the lackluster first try threatened to break Motorola’s standing as a number one mid-range cellphone maker.

The Motorola One Imaginative and prescient redeems the Motorola One model.

The tall show and egregiously giant punch-hole could also be off placing at first look, however the well-supported software program, surprisingly clean efficiency, extremely competent cameras, and sub-£300 price ticket make the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient an excellent possibility within the hotly-contested inexpensive cellphone battleground.

That’s all for our Motorola One Imaginative and prescient overview. Tell us your ideas on Motorola’s mid-ranger within the feedback.

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