Lenovo-owned Motorola is looking to launch an inexpensive smartphone, the Motorola One Vision, for markets around the world. Most people know that the company presented the original One for sale in the United States during 4th quarter of last year after appearing in Latin America and Europe. Motorola’s One devices tend to focus on new features, flourishes and design choices in a way that make them very different from the brand’s more mainstream phones.
It is the main reason the One Vision is the only phone in Motorola’s line-up with a 6.3-inch, 21:9 Cinema Vision display. The screen is taller and narrower than most to better accommodate cinematic videos. It’s considered the only Motorola phone to ditch the now-traditional screen notch in favor of a hole-punch that lets a 25-megapixel front-facing camera peer through the display. The “Vision” in the phone’s name points in part to this unusual display, but it’s also Motorola’s way of drawing attention to the dual camera around back.
The star of the show here is a 48-megapixel Samsung sensor, which you’ll probably never use to shoot at full resolution. Motorola is using “QuadPixel” technology and it is marketing jargon for a process better known as pixel binning. It means the One Vision treats clusters of 4 pixels on the sensor as a single, bigger pixel for improved clarity and low-light performance. The resulting image is just 12-megapixels, but it should look a lot better than those 48-megapixel raw files. You will also find a secondary 5-megapixel camera around back. It is purely for capturing depth data for use in making bokeh-filled portraits.
The AI shot optimization feature looks at what’s in front of the camera and suggests that you use Portrait mode if it sees a face or the new Night Vision mode when it’s dark out. Once this feature is enabled, the phone can look at the photo you just took. All AI features and the typically clean build of Android One are powered by an octa-core Samsung Exynos 9609 chipset and 4GB of RAM. The One Vision seems to have more in common with mid-range Samsung phones than Motorola’s other devices. The One Vision is only available with 128GB of storage and packs a 3,500mAh battery into some handsome bronze and sapphire bodies.