Motorola One Vision quick review: The cool Moto is back

first_imgIt has been a while since Motorola unveiled a phone that deserves the adjective uber cool’. Motorola’s bread-and-butter G series phones have been quite plain-jane since the last few years with nothing exciting to look forward to. To keep itself relevant in the lower price segments, Motorola unveiled its One series lineup last year and debuted it with the Motorola One Power. The phone earned positive reviews and consumers have been excited to look forward to its 2019 successors. Well, the rumours suggested early this year that we will see four Motorola One devices this year and the first one is now out in India.Launched in Brazil last month, Motorola has finally unveiled the Motorola One Vision in India and from what it seems, the company has truly spent efforts on this one. It costs Rs 19,999 in India and Motorola says it has designed the Vision to offer a unique smartphone experience in its segment. It offers a new 21:9 format display with a hole-punch camera and a design that departs from the traditional Motorola design language. Also, it is an Android One device, which means guaranteed Android updates for two years. On paper, it seems like Motorola is ready to take the fight to its Chinese rivals. All these make it seem like the cool Motorola phone we have been yearning for long.Before the launch, I was able to spend some brief moments with the phone and it seems that Motorola may have a winner on its hands.advertisementThe Motorola One Vision is an attention magnetAs I said earlier, Motorola’s current crop of smartphones lacks that zing which its phones from a few years ago flaunted. Thankfully, the One Vision is from a different species this one looks stunning. The One Vision is one of the few smartphones in its segment to offer a modern narrow-bezel display with a punch-hole camera. This gives it a unique presence when compared to those phones with a display notch. The hole-punch style design gives a sense of a bigger display with no interruptions. However, the punch-hole camera is bigger than what you see on a Samsung Galaxy S10 or Honor 20. The rear is reminiscent of most 2019 smartphones a vertically stacked dual camera setup on the top-left corner and a capacitive fingerprint sensor. However, Motorola has given it a classic Motorola twist. The Moto dimple houses the fingerprint sensor (this is outright cool) and the camera housing is slightly off-center. The curved edges are pronounced, which makes it easy to hold the phone single-handedly. The narrow 21:9 display also means the phone is narrower and taller than other phones with conventional 19:9 screens. The frame is made of plastic but gets a glossy finish. And yes, you get a USB-C port and a headphone jack.However, what impresses me the most are the colour choices. Motorola is offering Sapphire Blue and Bronze on the One Vision. Both these colours sport a gradient finish that’s subtle and they make the phone look hot. Personally, I adore the Bronze variant with its chocolate brown accents.A unique phone with unique specificationsThe Motorola One Vision is unique in every way. It’s the first smartphone in India to offer the 21:9 wide display that supports the cinema format. Motorola says most YouTube videos and films are shot n the 21:9 aspect ratio and the One Vision will deliver that same experience to its users. The display measures 6.3-inches and uses an IPS LCD screen. The screen surely looks good at first glance and watching videos on this is a new experience. The hole-punch cutout houses a 25-megapixel camera that uses Pixel Binning to ensure high-resolution selfies. For the first time, Motorola is relying on a Samsung-made chipset for its phone. Yes, the One Vision doesn’t use a Qualcomm or MediaTek chipset. Instead, it uses an Exynos 9609 chipset that’s almost identical to the Exynos chipset used in the Samsung Galaxy A50. In my short time with the phone, it seemed fast and smooth I didn’t encounter any lag or stutter. The smooth performance is also aided with a stock Android 9 Pie interface that only gets the useful Motorola additions. The cool Moto gestures are present and you will also find Dolby Audio for enhanced audio performance.Since it’s using a Samsung chipset, Motorola has stuck to the 48-megapixel sensor from Samsung for the primary rear camera (assisted by OIS) and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for mapping depth. The camera seems to perform well in most lighting conditions and the low-light mode delivers impressive results at first glance. Of course, I can only deliver a conclusion after fully testing out the camera. But at first glance, Motorola seems to have tuned the cameras quite well.advertisement The One Vision is focused on delivering a solid camera and display. Therefore, it doesn’t get the massive 5000mAh battery from the One Power. Instead, it has to make do with a 3500mAh battery. Motorola claims a day’s backup and to refill the battery quickly, it comes with Motorola’s proprietary 15W TurboPower charging.Motorola One Vision first impressions: The cool Motorola is backThe Motorola One Vision is a breath of fresh air in the saturating Indian smartphone market. It’s got all the elements that make it seem cool and funky in a sea of sophisticated looking smartphones. With its 21:9 wide display, the One Vision offers a different viewing experience and for those who love to watch movies or binge on YouTube while on the move, the One Vision should be a great device to do so. It’s also an attention magnet thanks to its beautiful and unique design. And at Rs 19,999, this seems like an unbeatable deal. Should you go ahead and buy it then? Well, our full review of the Motorola One Vision will come within the next few weeks and you should probably hold on till then to get a complete overview of what this phone is like to live with on a daily basis.last_img

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