We spent some time with the device and here are our first impressions.
Motorola has today announced the launch of its latest mid-range smartphone, the Motorola One Action. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 17,999 and it will be available for purchase from Flipkart starting from August 30.
With this, the company is embracing the new 21:9 aspect ratio, which is yet to become a new trend in the smartphone industry. Motorola has also added an action camera to the One Action, which means that the smartphone will now also compete with other action cameras in this segment. So, does the new Motorola One Action has it all to be the driver of the next-big innovation? We spent some time with the device and here are our first impressions.
Design and Display
Starting with the design, the Motorola One Action is not like your standard smartphone, it is taller, not that wide. This is the second smartphone from the company to adopt the latest 21:9 aspect ratio after Motorola One Vision. Interestingly, both the smartphones feature a similar design language, with some noticeable changes.
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The back panel now comes with a triple-camera setup on the Motorola One Action along with a dual-LED flash. There is a physical fingerprint sensor at the top-centre position with Moto’s famous batwing logo engraved on it. The front features a punch-hole design at the top-left position, which looks a bit big as compared to other phones with the same design. The right side of the device houses volume controls and power on/off button, while the left features dual-SIM and a dedicated microSD card slot. The top features a 3.5mm audio jack, while at the base, you will find USB Type-C port along with a speaker grille.
That said, the Motorola One Action is quite comfortable to hold with just 176 grams and comfortably fits in your hand. The back panel is made of plastic, though the finish looks quite decent. It is available in Demin Blue colour option, while the Polar White will be available on a later date. The phone is surely a beautifully-designed smartphone from Motorola.
Coming to the display, it is equipped with a 6.4-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a screen resolution of 2520 x 1080 pixels along with 21:9 aspect ratio. The bezels are quite prominent in this smartphone. The side bezels are there, though the top and bottom bezels are quite thick as compared to other phones. That said, the new aspect ratio is perfect for those who love to scroll. The colours look good and the viewing angles are decent.
Hardware and Software
Coming to the hardware, the Motorola One Action is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 9609 processor along with Mali G72 MP3 GPU. The phone is backed by a 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The memory can be further expanded up to 512GB via microSD card slot. It is too early to comment on the performance of the Motorola One Action, but looking at the specs sheet, it will face a stiff competition with the likes of Realme X, Xiaomi Mi A3 and more. Moving on, the phone is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor and face unlock, which are quite fast to unlock the device.
On the software front, the Motorola One Action runs on Android 9.0 Pie and it comes under Android One programme. This means that users will get pure Android experience on this smartphone. The user interface is just like any other Android One smartphone with no bloatware. The company has also added its famous Moto Actions, which further enhances the user experience. We will talk more about this in our upcoming review.
The major highlight of the Motorola One Action is the new action camera. The phone is equipped with a triple-camera setup at the rear panel, which comes with a combination of 16-megapixel with 117-degree ultra-wide-angle lens along with a 12-megapixel primary sensor with LED flash, f/1.8 aperture and 2.0µm Quad Pixel technology and a 5-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. For the front, there is a 12-megapixel selfie shooter for videos and selfies.
The wide-angle lens works as an action camera and it allows to capture video in a vertical orientation. The company has turned the wide-angle lens at 90-degree, which makes it easier to shoot landscape videos in portrait mode. Users also get a 117-degree field of view while capturing video. Furthermore, it is loaded with video stabilization, which provides some stability while shooting videos on-the-go. That said, the daylight performance of the camera looks decent, though the company needs to work on the low light department. The selfie performance seems to be good as well.
Battery and Connectivity
On the battery front, the Motorola One Action is backed by a 3500mAh battery and the company has bundled a 10W fast charger with the device. The phone is loaded with Dolby Audio-supported speaker along with IPX2 certification, making it splash-proof. On the connectivity front, it supports Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack and FM radio.
The Motorola One Action is a slim, lightweight and good-looking smartphone from the company. The design looks modern and the display seems to be interesting. The Action camera-style video recording seems to be a new concept in the smartphone industry, though the actual implementation is yet to be tested out. The software is clean and bloat-free. As for the competition is concerned, it will face stiff competition from the likes of Realme X, Xiaomi Mi A3, Oppo K3 and more.