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Operating system

OS Android: 9
Android One
UI: Pure Android
Google Assistant
Moto Actions

Android One is pure Android and should receive at least two OS upgrades and three years of patches and security updates.

Pie has loads of features, including AI, to learn about your use and adapt the phone to it. In the test week, we started to see minor improvements, especially in the over-aggressive adaptive brightness setting. What is more exciting it that a mass-market phone will get Android 10 and 11 – unheard of.

Moto Actions are useful and are more about gesture control – chop twice (for the flashlight), attentive display (stays on when you look at it), twist wrist twice (for the camera), three-finger screenshot etc.

Motorola One Vision

Build etc

Colours Bronze Gradient (Blue is not for Australia)
Build Toughened front glass
Gorilla Glass 4 back over a plastic frame.
Slippery – use the bumper case
Dimensions 160 x 71.2 x 8.7mm x 181g
IP Rating IP52

Excellent build quality. IP52 means ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment. The ‘2’ means vertically dripping water for up to 10 minutes shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle of 15° from its normal position, e.g. light rain.

What’s missing

Missing No notification LED

Motorola One Vision camera

Rear Camera 1
MP: 48MP (quad pixel binning means 12MP image) – no option for 48MP
Sensor brand/model: Samsung SK5GM1 ISOCELL Plus, Tetracell ½” sensor
Pixel Size: .8um (binned to the equivalent of 1.6um)
F-stop: f/1.7
Stabilisation: OIS
HDR: Auto
Focus type: PDAF
Zoom: Digital (not stated – appears to be up to 8X)
AI scene recognition
Flash type: dual
Saved images: RAW or JPEG
Video: [email protected]
Google Lens: Yes
Camera features STILL: Burst shot, Auto HDR, Timer, ZSL, High-res zoom, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, cut-out, 360-degree Panorama, Manual mode, Active photos, Spot colour, Best shot, Watermark Night Vision, Live filter, smart composition, portrait lighting, auto smile capture
VIDEO: Slow motion video, Time-lapse video, Hyper lapse video, YouTube Live Stream
Rear Camera 2 5MP (depth and rear bokeh only)
Selfie 1 25MP (binned to 6.2MP image)
.9um (binned to equivalent of 1.8um)
Fixed focus
[email protected]
Portrait mode, spot colour, cinemagraph, Group selfie, live filter
No stabilisation or fill flash

Why the detail?

I hate, repeat hate euphemism like ‘extrapolated’ or ‘interpolated’ (Alcatel we are looking at you) and now the 48MP saga (not just Motorola – at least it is honest about binning).

Motorola One Vision

Like Sony’s 48MP IMX586 sensor, the Samsung sensor 4-to1 pixel bins from 48MP to 12MP. Yes, that offers some ‘artificial’ post-processing advantages (if the SoC can handle it and the Exynos can), but it is no better than a straight 12MP sensor camera.

What One Vision offers however is Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Tetracell pixel binning and that also enables Night mode – things that are almost unheard of in this class.

Tetracell not only improves image quality in both bright and dark lighting conditions, but it also improves HDR performance in high-contrast environments.


Tests – all auto

Daylight, outdoors

Daylight shots are excellent; colours are natural and bright – a feature of pixel-binning as it tries to produce a brighter image. I could not fault it. Digital Zoom, like any brand, is a disaster, but OIS enables you to make the best of it.

1/5000sec, ISO 50 and almost perfect

Summary – 48/12MP and a 5MP depth camera produces great images.

Indoors Office Light (400 lumen)

Office lighting can be tricky as it can cast a yellow (fluorescent) or cool blue (LED). So, we test in natural light between 400-500 lumen.

1/125sed, ISO 50

This is a good shot picking up the detail in the toy dog’s fur. But the colours are ever so slightly washed out. The Sudoku book is a brighter red and the appliances in the background a little more vibrant.

Low light (room with less than 100 lumen)

It has a normal mode and night mode.

Normal mode gets maximum light from what is a darkened room and colours are acceptable. You can see where pixel binning comes in handy.