From the offset, the Motorola One Action doesn’t look too different from any other smartphone, or a Motorola phone for that matter. The tri-camera system on the rear doesn’t look like anything outside the norm. Except that it is. If its name doesn’t give it away, the Motorola One Action has a neat trick up its sleeve—it has a GoPro-like action camera made for filming action shots.
Sandwiched between the able 12MP f/1.8 main shooter and a 5MP depth camera is a 16MP f/2.2 sensor with a 117-degree ultra-wide lens. OK, so it isn’t the widest ultra-wide lens there is but its apparently positioned so that it will record landscape video even if the phone is held vertically. Hmm.
The rationale behind that is that it is believed to be a more natural way to capture wide-screen videos while you do your backflip or you’re jumping out of a plane. It will be interesting to see how this fares in real life.
The action camera features video stabilisation and Quad Pixel, Motorola’s pixel binning technology which combines four pixels into a super pixel (2.0-micron pixel) for better low light capture.
In other areas, the Motorola One Action sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ OLED CinemaVision display (1080×2520) with a 21:9 aspect ratio. It’s one of several Moto One devices to use Samsung’s Exynos 9609 octa-core processor.
Motorola has bundled a generous 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage into the One Action, with expandable microSD storage.
Keeping the device juiced is a fairly large 3,500mAh battery with 10W fast-charging via USB-C.
Analogue fans will be happy to know that there’s still a 3.5mm headphone jack.
There’s a rear mounted fingerprint sensor with a Motorola logo emblazoned on it, a signature Motorola trait.
The glass body offers splash resistance, but being an “action cam” I feel the lack of an aggressive IP-rating and tougher body rather surprising. Nothing a third-party waterproof case won’t solve of course.
The device runs Android One based on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.
The Motorola one Action is available now in select markets including Brazil and Mexico, as well as several European countries. It retails for MYR259 (~MYR1,120) and is offered in three colour ways: Denim Blue, Pearl White and Aqua Teal.
For more information, visit Motorola.