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Motorola One Vision with quad-pixel cameras lands in the UK

by Mark Tyson on 27 June 2019, 12:11

Tags: Motorola (NYSE:MSI)

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Lenovo has released the Motorola One Vision smartphone in the UK. This is a mid-range device, the first Motorola phone to come packing a Samsung Exynos SoC, and is based around a 6.3-inch FHD+ punch-hole 21:9 IPS display. Of all its attractive qualities, Motorola is seeking to emphasise the camera system built-into this smartphone: a quad-pixel technology 48MP sensor with AI.

According to an email HEXUS received from Motorola the highlights of the One Vision smartphone are as follows:

  • Quad Pixel technology combines four pixels into one to capture clear photos, even in low light
  • Front camera also benefits from Quad Pixel technology
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • Auto Smile capture
  • Night Vision mode

Those are all photo-centric, but the Motorola One Vision can't be called a one-trick pony, as its specs, at the price, seem nicely rounded. For example the 10nm Samsung Exynos 9609 processor with 2.2GHz Octa-core CPU (Octa core cluster uses 4x Cortex A73 cores and 4x power efficient Cortex A53), and a Mali G72 MP3 GPU - probably has the edge on the Qualcomm SD 660.

Elsewhere, the Motorola One Vision has 4GB of RAM, 128GB storage (plus microSD card up to 256GB), 3500mAh battery with 15W Turbo Power fast charging, a 6.3-inch 2.5D IPS screen with 1080 x 2520 pixels (432ppi), fingerprint reader, IP52 water resistance, USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, Dolby Audio, twin mics, FM radio, dual-Nano SIM, Wi-Fi, BT5, GPS, NFC, Android 9 Pie (with the promise of regular Android One updates), with Moto gesture control, and Google Assistant.

Moving back to the focus on camera features, the rear camera has a 48MP sensor which combines data from four sensor pixels to output one image pixel (combined = 1.6μm). This 'quad-pixel technology' thus delivers 12MP shots that are said to be "incredibly sharp with improved brightness and reduced image noise". The rear camera has OIS with dual CCT LED, and as you can see is in a twin lens config - sitting alongside a 5MP f/1.7 camera used for depth sensing duties. Camera software implements popular features such as Burst shot, Auto HDR, Timer, ZSL, High-res zoom, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Cutout, 360 degree Panorama, Manual mode, Active photos, Spot colour, Best shot, Nigh Vision, Portrait lighting, and more.

On the front the One Vision sports a rather large punch hole with a 25MP camera inside. Again it uses quad-pixel jiggery-pokery here for an effective 0.9μm pixel size. The lens is f/2.0 and is good for various still and video modes.

As the Motorola One Vision was released in the USA over a week ago and India earlier this week there are already a number of reviews available, like this one at ZDNet. There are also YouTube video reviews to check over, like the short and snappy one from GSM Arena, embedded above.

You can buy the One Vision now from Amazon, John Lewis, Vodafone and others - including directly from Lenovo UK.



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Looks good - if I was in the market for an Android device this would be on the list. Not sure about the punch hole - front facing camera really should be in the centre if you are using it for video comma, but that might look odd. While this might appear to the “no notch” brigade, I think the notch might be a better solution.

But then style and design is very much a matter of personal preference.
peterb
Looks good - if I was in the market for an Android device this would be on the list. Not sure about the punch hole - front facing camera really should be in the centre if you are using it for video comma, but that might look odd. While this might appear to the “no notch” brigade, I think the notch might be a better solution.

But then style and design is very much a matter of personal preference.

I prefer either a notch with notifications / time either side (OLED screens can make this look like it's not even there if the screen is white on black) or, ideeally, just a thicker bezel (is that the right word? I'm too tired to check) at the top / bottom to put a proper sensor suite and microphone / speaker in. A hole in my full screen video is just too annoying. If you turn that bit of screen by the hole off so it's not displaying video / text with a hole in it, well you might as well have just had a notch or a “big” bezel thing to begin with.

I was quite happy with my S8 but oddly enough it had an update recently and since then, it has slowed down noticeably and started hanging when it didn't used to. Funny that. I'm sure Samsung didn't mean to.
Another phone with a Sony IMX586 sensor then….