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About Motorola Moto One Vision - Review, Specs + more

In recent times, Motorola have courted the budget-end of the market, where they've come on leaps and bounds since all the way back to the Moto G5. That said, it's been a long time since they aimed for the mid-market (or mass market) -- and the Moto One Vision, as the aspirational name suggests, is their first phone to foray into this sector for many years. But is it likely to be a success? Let's find out...

Summary of contents:
  1. Motorola One Vision: Specs, price and release date
  2. The new Mid-range
  3. Moto One Vision - Under the bonnet
  4. Battery Life
  5. Our Verdict

Motorola One Vision: Specs, price and release date

  • 6.3in FHD+ (2,520 x 1,080) LCD screen
  • Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9609 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage (microSD up to 512GB)
  • Dual SIM
  • 25MP f/2.0 front camera
  • Dual rear cameras: 48MP f/1.7 (wide); 5MP f/2.2 (ultrawide)
  • 3,500mAh battery
  • 180g
  • 160 x 71 x 8.7mm
  • Android 9 Pie
  • UK price: £269
  • UK release: 30 May 2019

The new Mid-range

The price at £269 is pretty poignant actually, because it's identical to the launch price of a plethora of other mid-range smartphones. Motorola is pulling no punches here - they've purposely launched it at that pricepoint. And in doing so have just made the buying decisions of thousands of Britons that little bit harder.

Perhaps the most considerable threat to the Moto, however, comes from the Chinese owned Xiaomi Pocophone F1. Dropping drastically in price since launch last year, Xiaomi’s flagship-killing phone is powered by a superior Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and costs just under £300. From Japan, Sony’s Xperia 10 also offers a similarly stretched-out screen for the same money if that's your thing.

So in this crowded world of smartphones where pretty much every single one looks the same, the Moto One Vision isn't really breaking new ground here. The main difference being that elongated screen - and speaking of which its specifications are far from industry-leading. After all, this is an IPS panel, meaning you won’t get the same sort of top-shelf viewing experience as its OLED-fitted competition, and its Full HD+ (2,520 x 1,080) resolution is not really worth screaming about, even if it is an improvement on last year’s 720p effort.

Moto One Vision - Under the bonnet

Moving on from the slightly strange elongated shape and form, we head inside under the bonnet of the Moto One Vision. Strangely enough, rather than sticking with the Qualcomm standard, the One Vision is powered by one of Samsung’s mid-tier processors. This certainly doesn’t happen very often in the smartphone world.

Battery Life

With a faster chipset and a bigger, sharper display, the Motorola One Vision really needed a bigger battery than the Motorola One’s 3,000mAh unit (not out in the UK). Thankfully, it got one. Sure enough, the 3,500mAh battery here is sufficient to get the One Vision through a full day of usage. We perhaps weren’t left with quite as much headroom as we were with its predecessor, but on particularly light days we were still left with as much as 50% come the end of the day.

Our Verdict

The Motorola Moto One Vision is a considerable improvement over 2018’s Motorola One, and does enoughe to justify its existence alongside the Moto G7 family.

Its display is big, sharp, and pleasant to use, though its unorthodox 21:9 aspect ratio causes the kind of usability and compatibility niggles that makes us question its ultimate worth. We found fault with its camera setup, but at the price it's retailing at in the UK, it's hard to grumble. There is the ever-present threat from the Pocophone at this price though, and most people will struggle to decide which to go for. Whichever you choose, they're both great phones.