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Motorola One Vision first impressions: a visionary smartphone from the brand

Motorola launched its latest Android One smartphone – Motorola One Vision, today in India. The nomenclature of the smartphone couldn’t be any better as the One Vision marks several first for the brand and actually represents the brand’s vision for future devices. We were present at the official launch event of the latest smartphone and here is how I feel after spending some time with it.

The first thing that I noticed about the Motorola One Vision is how tall the smartphone is. This is because the One Vision is the first in India, and also the first from the brand to feature a 21:9 aspect ratio display. I will get more into details of the display later on in this article. The smartphone flaunts a premium glass sandwich design with curved back panels, which makes it comfortable to operate with one hand. Motorola is offering the One Vision in two colourways i.e. Bronze and Sapphire. While the latter looks stunning, I found myself leaning towards the chocolate coloured bronze gradient variant as it looks svelte.

The rear panel is home to the dual camera module in the top left corner, which juts out considerable and makes the phone wobble when kept on a flat surface. There is a recessed batwing Motorola logo towards the centre, which also doubles up as the capacitive fingerprint scanner and is pretty fast. On the sides, you will find the physical buttons placed on the right edge, SIM slot on the left, 3.5mm interface on the top and speaker grille with USB Type-C port on the bottom. Motorola has also painted the sides of the smartphone in matching colours to maintain the uniformity.

As I have mentioned before, the Motorola One Vision is the first in India as well as from the brand to come with a tall 21:9 aspect ratio. The ultra-wide format of the display makes for cinematic viewing experience, however, a lot of content online is shot in either 18.5:9, 18:9 or 16:9. This means you are likely to see the black bars on the sides most of the time, which sort of nullifies the point of having the cinematic aspect ratio. On the flipside, because of the taller profile, the width of the phone is comfortable to hold. However, you will still have to do some finger gymnastics to reach the top corner of the display with your thumb. Speaking of the display, the panel measures 6.3-inches diagonally and is sufficiently bright as well as vivid. There is a punch hole in the top left corner for the selfie camera, which is probably the largest I have seen so far but still is not obstructive.

Speaking of the selfie camera, the Motorola One Vision flaunts a 25-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture inside the display hole. The dual camera module on the rear is home to a 48-megapixel primary rear camera and a 5MP depth sensing lens with a variable aperture of f/1.7 to f/2.2. This has allowed the brand to incorporate a new Night Vision mode in the camera app. I tried out the feature and the Night Vision mode can indeed capture a lot more details and light even in pitch black conditions. I was also particularly impressed by the portrait mode, which was able to detect edges accurately and produce an aesthetically appealing blur in the background. Other modes include cutout, spot colour, cinemagraph, live filter, live filter and slow motion, which all work as advertised. A welcome addition is the YouTube Live option, which lets you start a live video on YouTube from the camera app itself.

Let’s talk about the performance now, shall we? The Motorola One Vision is the first smartphone outside of Samsung’s own lineup to feature an Exynos chipset at its core. The latest offering comes powered by the 2.2GHz octa-core Exynos 9609 processor, which is further accompanied by 4GB RAM. The storage onboard is 128GB, of which 106GB is available to the user right out of the box. If that’s not enough, there is also support for microSD card up to 512GB. During the short stint with the handset, I didn’t encounter any lags, although I’ll reserve my judgement for the review. The performance can be attributed to the bare-bones stock Android 9 Pie interface. You get all the Google goodies like the Google Lens in camera app, Digital Wellbeing and Google Assistant in the smartphone. A massive 3,500mAh battery with 15W fast charging support powers the latest smartphone.

The Motorola One Vision definitely appears to be a visionary smartphone for the brand with a cinematic display, stock Android, a powerful set of cameras and aesthetic design. However, at its price of Rs 19,999, it might face some competition from the Samsung Galaxy M40, which also flaunts a punch-hole display and has a triple camera module on the back.

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