Lenovo-owned Motorola Mobility launched the Motorola One Action phone in India on Friday at a price of Rs 13,999. The Motorola One Action may look a lot like the Motorola One Vision from afar but it’s a whole new ballgame on the inside. It’s a much more toned-down phone actually, and yet, it packs something that no other smartphone does at its price point – or any price point, for that matter. The Motorola One Action wants to bring GoPro-like video recording smarts to the masses.
The main USP of the Motorola One Action is its dedicated 16MP ultra-wide action video camera with a 177-degree field-of-view. Not only does it use 4-in-1-pixel binning for enhanced light sensitivity, Motorola is also using software to reduce shakiness while you’re shooting, particularly in challenging conditions - Motorola calls it Enhanced Video Stabilization (there’s no Optical Image Stabilization like the Moto One Vision though). There’s also a clever workaround that allows the Motorola One Action to record in landscape when the phone is held vertically and vice versa. Motorola engineers have physically rotated the camera sensor to be able to do this.
Just so you know, the ultra-wide action video camera in the Motorola One Action can’t do still photography – only videos.
Rest of the phone is familiar if you’ve heard of a phone called the Motorola One Vision, which currently sells in India for Rs 19,999. The Motorola One Action has a 6.3-inch 1080p+ LCD display with an unusually tall aspect ratio of 21:9 and punch-hole cut-out. It is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9609 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage which is also expandable. There’s also a main 12MP camera and a 5MP depth camera, in addition to that action camera. On the front, it has a 12MP camera. The dual-SIM phone runs stock Android Pie software with Moto enhancements like Moto Display. The Motorola One Action further packs a 3,500mAh battery with USB Type-C charging – charging is maxed out at 10W though.
In terms of design, the Motorola One Action comes with a 4D glass-like back (it’s plastic unlike the Motorola One Vision) with a conventional fingerprint scanner on the back - the phone will be available in Denim Blue and Pearl White colour options. The phone comes with a mono speaker out at the bottom. There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack on-board the Motorola One Vision.
The Motorola One Action has been launched in India at a price of Rs 13,999 – this is for the variant with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Motorola One Action will be available for buying in India from August 30 from online retail website Flipkart.