Motorola One Vision release confirms Android R

Motorola One Vision release confirms Android R

The Motorola One Vision was launched this week with a set of specifications that appear - at surface level - to closely follow those of the headline smartphones this season.

Motorola just confirmed that their brand new smartphone Motorola One Vision will get an "up to date OS" and security updates for three years. One Vision uses Samsung's camera sensor unlike newer phones such as OnePlus 7 that use Sony's IMX586 sensor. While the original Motorola One is sold at retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, the Vision won't be coming to the USA anytime soon, if at all.

We've tried out the Motorola One Vision for a while, and below you'll find our first thoughts about the phone ahead of our full review. It is a 6.3-inch LCD screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Recently, we have seen a few leaks about the Motorola P40 smartphone. On the front, it has a 25-megapixel selfie camera.

The phone also isn't waterproof, as it has an IP rating of IP56, so it should be able to handle some sweat and rain but it isn't one you should take in the shower. Also, while it has up to 128GB of universal flash storage built in, you can add microSD cards up to 512GB for even more room. It is powered by a decent 3,500mAh battery and wrapped in bronze or sapphire colored enclosures.

Motorola is using what it calls "QuadPixel" technology here, which is marketing jargon for a process better known as pixel binning - for the unaware, that means the One Vision treats clusters of four pixels on the sensor as a single, bigger pixel for improved clarity and low-light performance. Motorola claims the One Vision will offer seven hours of battery with 15 minutes of charge.

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Perhaps the most impressive feature is called Night Vision, which is similar to the Night Mode we saw past year on the Google Pixel 3, where it can flood the sensor with light to ensure much better photography at night.

As for the software, the phone runs Android 9 Pie out of the box with stock Android. It also has a very minimal dot for the front-facing camera that doesn't get in the way so you can fully focus on what you're watching.

The device boasts a 48MP rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and Night Vision mode.

We're not totally sold on the idea of a 21:9 aspect ratio display, but Motorola's implementation of the idea here is interesting with the phone's punch-hole camera instead of a notch or bezel (the latter being found on the similarly stretched Xperia 1).