Motorola, unlike other major smartphone brands with widespread name recognition, has yet to release a new flagship smartphone in over 6 months. Even its last flagship, the Moto Z3, can hardly be considered as such. Instead, the company has focused on the mid-range segment. The Moto G7 family is their latest mid-range smartphone lineup, but for those of you who want a more stock Android-like experience you’ll have to turn your attention to the Motorola One and One Power. For the past few months, I have tracked the development of a new Motorola smartphone code-named “Robusta2.” According to a reliable source, this smartphone will join the Motorola One lineup as the Motorola One Vision.
Unlike the Motorola One and Motorola One Power, the Motorola One Vision won’t be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform. Rather, it, along with one other unannounced Motorola smartphone, will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9610 mobile platform. The Moto One Vision, like its predecessors, will run a near-stock build of Android as it is part of the Android One program. It will, however, boast major camera improvements over the Motorola One and Motorola One Power. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Motorola One Vision.
Motorola One Vision Specifications and Features
CPU and GPU
Apart from Meizu, few brands use Samsung Exynos chipsets for their smartphones. For Motorola, the One Vision and a smartphone code-named “Troika” will be the company’s first smartphones with Exynos chips. Both devices will be powered by the Exynos 9610, a mobile platform manufactured on Samsung’s 10nm FinFET process. The Exynos 9610 has four ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.6GHz. The GPU is ARM’s Mali-G72.
CDMA patent disputes with Qualcomm are allegedly behind why non-Samsung smartphones rarely have Exynos chipsets, though Qualcomm denied this allegation back in 2017. It’s interesting that it’s taken this long for a company other than Meizu to use Exynos chipsets. We’ll have to see how the Motorola One Vision performs once it’s available, but the newly released Samsung Galaxy A50 should be a good indicator of its performance.
RAM, Storage, and Battery
The smartphone will be available in 3 or 4GB RAM models with 32, 64, or 128GB of storage depending on the market. We aren’t sure how the RAM and storage will be paired, however. The Motorola One Vision will have a 3,500mAh battery, which is larger than the battery of the Motorola One, Moto G7, Moto G7 Play, and Moto G7 Plus, but smaller than the 5,000mAh battery on the Motorola One Power and Moto G7 Power.
The primary rear-facing camera will default to a picture-taking resolution of 12MP, though the smartphone’s rear-camera will be marketed as 48MP. Like the Chinese Redmi Note 7, the Motorola One Vision has a QCFA (Quad Color Filter Array) for better noise reduction, dynamic range, and per-pixel detail. A spokesperson for Samsung Exynos confirmed to us that the Exynos 9610 is capable of multi-frame image processing without any post effects at up to 108MP at 8fps. That translates to about 48MP at 18fps, which is below the general 30fps rate necessary for Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL). Thus, we can assume that the Motorola One Vision won’t be capable of quickly capturing 48MP snapshots.
We expect the Motorola One Vision to be marketed as the Motorola P40 in China. The Moto One Vision’s code-name, “Robusta2,” suggests it’s the successor to “RobustaS” and “RobustaNote,” which are the Moto P30/Motorola One and Moto P30 Note/Motorola One Power respectively. The Motorola P40 leak shows a device with dual rear cameras with the primary one being a 48MP sensor, matching what we know about the Motorola One Vision. We don’t know the specification of the single rear camera of the Moto P40/Moto One Vision at this time.
Motorola is also working on two new camera features for the One Vision, though we don’t know if other Motorola smartphones will get these features in future Moto Camera updates. Although we know the names of these two features, we don’t have detailed descriptions for them. The two features are named “Video 3D HDR” and “Long Exposure.” Long Exposure is likely to help the user take better photos in low-light conditions, but we aren’t sure what “3D HDR” is supposed to do. If we learn more about these camera features, we will update this article with the details.
Our source was unable to provide us any detailed information on the Motorola One Vision’s display. They did give us a wallpaper from the smartphone, which is 2520×1080 in resolution. That would mean the device has a tall 21:9 display like the recent Sony Xperia 1, 10, and 10 Plus. I’m not too confident that the wallpaper matches the actual resolution of the device, so I’m not going to definitively say the Motorola One Vision will have such a tall display.
However, the earlier CAD renders of the Motorola P40 (the Chinese Motorola One Vision) suggest it’ll have a 6.2-inch display and overall dimensions of 160.1 x 71.2 x 8.7mm. If that’s the case, that makes the Motorola P40/Moto One Vision only 2mm shorter than the 5G Samsung Galaxy S10+ despite having a display that measures 0.5″ less in diameter.
The one other interesting aspect of the Motorola P40 is its hole punch display. It’ll have a single hole in its display like the Samsung Galaxy S10, but its hole is on the left side like on the Honor View 20. The Motorola One Vision’s hole punch covers up 174×167 pixels on the device’s FHD+ display. We don’t know if it’ll have an OLED or LCD panel, however.
The Motorola P40. Source: @OnLeaks/91Mobiles.
Since the Motorola One Vision will be part of the Android One program, Motorola will have to commit to delivering 3 years of monthly security patch updates and 2 years of Android platform updates. The Motorola One Vision will launch with Android 9 Pie, so that means it’ll receive updates to Android Q and Android R. Besides the Moto Camera, the device will also have the Dolby audio app, Motorola’s photo editor, Moto Actions, Moto Display, and Motorola’s face unlock app. The phone supports Google ARCore and Digital Wellbeing out-of-the-box.
Motorola One Vision Availability
The Motorola One Vision will be sold in Latin America, China, and other international markets, though apart from China we’re not entirely sure where the device will be sold. We’ll likely see this smartphone sold in countries like India and Brazil, given that the former is where Motorola fully detailed the Motorola One Power and the latter is where Motorola sells its mid-range smartphones in great volume. The three model names that we know of so far are XT1970-1, XT1970-2, and XT1970-3. We know of two colors—Blue and Gold—but there may be other colors sold at or after launch.
We don’t know when the Motorola One Vision will launch or at what price point it’ll be sold. We also sadly don’t have many details about the other Motorola smartphone with the Exynos 9610, the device code-named “Troika.” We know it’ll have the same RAM and storage variants and a primary picture-taking resolution of 12MP, though we don’t know if it’s a 48MP sensor like on the Moto One Vision. Unlike the Moto One Vision, “Troika” is expected to launch in Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and India as well as Latin America and China.
Our leak today corroborates an earlier report by 91Mobiles, though we have added information such as the marketing name, more camera details, and software features of the Motorola One Vision as well as details on “Troika.” This Geekbench test which showed up over the weekend was likely performed on a real Moto One Vision given that it matches what we know of the device. (We learned of this device before the Geekbench listing, of course.) As I’ve written about before, uncorroborated Geekbench listings should be taken with a grain of salt, but that doesn’t mean they’re all fake. The Motorola One Vision is real, and it’s definitely powered by the Exynos 9610 chipset. We’ve tracked the existence of this device since late December, and we’ll continue to update you as we learn more about Motorola’s 2019 smartphone lineup.
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