The name Motorola One Vision refers to the fact that it uses Android One. It is a pure Android system with any additions allowed only as apps. So, it can get regular security updates for three years, and Android OS updates for two years straight from Google. My advice – if you are going to buy a mass-market device, make sure it is ‘Android One’.

Yes, it is a glass slab, albeit a very tall one – no frills. Forgive my jaded soul, but in a world of smartphones, there is nothing that screams Motorola except the fingerprint reader. When you walk into JB Hi-Fi, you may be tempted by other phones with sexy, sizzling colours and it may be easy to overlook this.

A word of advice – don’t!

Screen

Size: 6.3-inch
Resolution: 25200 x 1080 x 55Hz
PPI: 432
Ratio: 21:9
Type: LTPS IPS LCD
S-T-B-R: 82.5%
Colour depth in bit/colours: 16m
Brightness: 450 nits (typical), 550 (average), 630 (max)
Contrast:  typical 1200:1 and maximum 1,500:1
HDR:  No
Colour gamut: not stated but apparently 90.6% sRGB*
Notch: 7mm O-hole on left
Screen protection: type: Toughened glass from NEG
Daylight readability: Average. Brightness is a little low
Off angle viewing: Good colours to about 80°

This screen has good brightness specifications. The uniformity was a little off – the centre, bottom centre and O-Hole were brighter and the edges lower. It was not bad, but it was noticeable.

Screen colour controls are natural, boosted and saturated. Hidden in Developer Options is sRGB mode – find it!

We do not expect good Delta E or good colour gamut on a mass-market device. It measured very close to 100% sRGB* coverage (amazing), but the Delta E was 6 (below 0-4 is best), so you have a cool-blue tint.

It was also flicker-free – again unusual for this class.

Gamers may be a little disappointed with nearly a 50ms G-T-G response time, but otherwise, the GPU is quite capable of moden games.

21:9 means tall and narrow. Most video content is not optimised for this, and some apps black out the top and bottom of the screen.

Performance

Processor 10nm Samsung Exynos 9609
4x A73 (2.2GHz) and 4 x A53 (1.6Ghz)
GPU ARM Mail-G72 MP3
Vulkan, DirectX 12 and OpenGL ES 3.2.
RAM RAM: 4GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 128GB UFS 105GB free
OTG Support: Yes
Micro-SD card expansion: 256GB (noter 512GB in some literature)

We are really impressed with the new Samsung Exynos range that, along with its camera sensors and memory/storage, it is starting to sell to competitors. The Motorola One Vision is the first to use an Exynos.

The 9609 has vision image processing (DSP), neural network engine and deep learning that is particularly suited to post-processing images and adding the AI features found on more expensive smartphones – particularly the [email protected] video. The slightly faster 9610 is in Samsung’s latest A50 smartphone.

At idle the four A53 cores were at 400Mhz, and the four A73 were at 936Mhz indicating power-efficient use.

GeekBench single/multi-core is 1611/5388 – impressive at this price and close to the original Google Pixel with a Qualcomm SD821 or a Galaxy S7-series. Overall compute index is 4958. To put that in perspective it is far faster than the mid-range Qualcomm SD6XX or Huawei Kirin 7XX series.

The Mali-G72 GPU uses a second-generation Bifrost architecture that supports the latest graphics APIs and diverse processing techniques such as MSAA (Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing) for great details and ASTC (Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression) and AFPC (Arm Frame Buffer Compression) for efficient graphics rendering by reducing memory bandwidth usage. It is suitable for most mobile games.

Throttling/Heat

We did notice some throttling over a 15-minute test starting at 141,779 GIPS and gradually reducing to 103,498 GIPS. This is 76% of its maximum performance.