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 4GB LPRRD4 and 64GB eMMC (44GB free) with a hybrid (shared slot with Sim 2) to 512GB complete this.

The Mali-GF72 MP3 GPU is not a gamer’s dream, but it will play most 720p cloud-based mobile games on medium settings.

Battery – PASS – excellent life

4000mAh but supplied with a standard 5V/2A (10W) which is fine as it does not support rapid charge despite what Motorola calls it on the website (we tried it). It has a linear charge from 0-100% in under five hours.

Under 100% load and everything on it exhausts in about 10 hours – excellent. Discharge speed is 150mA (idle) to about 400mAh (under load)

We expect this a 36-48hour device

Sound – PASSable

  • 3.5mm jack, mono earpiece and mono down-firing speaker
  • Dual ANC mic
  • FM radio
  • Ringer: 80db, music 74dB, voice 70dB
  • Sound: Mono, no bass or treble – mid-centric for clear voice

Comms – PASS but others are beginning to offer Wi-Fi AC

Wi-Fi N 2.4Ghz -31dBm (excellent) and 72Mbps at 1 metre from NETGEAR AX12 router.

BT 4.2 SBC performs as any other standard BT does

LTE – PASS with strong reception strength

  • Dual sim (hybrid with micro-SD)
  • Bands 1/2/3/45/7/8/19/20/38/40/41
  • -83dBm and find next tower at -85dBm (excellent)

Build – PASS with solid, quality build

  • Plastic polycarbonate frame, gradient paint, and plastic back
  • IPX2 rated (don’t drip on it).
  • Comes with a clear plastic bumper case
  • Space Blue or Ultraviolet.
  • 157.6 x 75.41 x 8.99mn x 186g

Other – PASS – what you expect

  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • GPS (no e-Compass)
  • Notification LED

Missing – no deal breakers


Android – PASS and its pure Android

Pure Android 9 with some Motorola apps

 Motorola’s apps are limited to gestures including a twist to start the camera, two chops to turn on the flashlight, flip for DND, and a slightly different navigation bar

Rear Camera – Pass for quality daylight shots

  • 13MP, f/2.0, 1.12um, 67.2° – Samsung S5k3L6
  • 2MP f/2.2, 1.75um, OV2a10 depth
  • Laser autofocus and single LED flash

Features: Digital zoom (up to 8x), Burst shot, Auto HDR, Timer, High res zoom, Live filter, Shot optimization, Smart composition, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Cut-out, Panorama, Manual mode, RAW photo output, Active photos, Spot colour, Best shot, Slow motion video, Time-lapse video, Hyper lapse video, Electronic video stabilization, YouTube Live, Google Lens. [email protected]

Daylight- PASS – good detail, reasonably accurate colours,

Motorola One Macro outdoors
Note the finger in the top left. I hate the camera placement – like an iPhone
Motorola One Macrozoom
8X Zoom is blurry and lacks detail – stick to 2 to 5X

Office Light: PASS but bokeh is not to my liking

Lower light: PASS – a little too much noise, softness (focus issues)

Motorola One Macro dark
PASSable – good amount of light but way too much noise

Macro Vision – PASSable

2MP f/2.2, 1.75um macro, OV2a10 macro sensor

2.5cm – way too noisy unless you have very bright light. 2MP means not a lot of detail. Lack of EIS or OIS means too often blurry and propensity to overshadow the image (literally – see flowers below)

Selfie – PASS but narrow FOV and no flash

8MP, f/2.2, 1,12um [email protected], Sensor Samsung S5k4h7yx

Features: Auto HDR, Timer, Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Group selfie, Spot colour, Slow motion video, Timelapse