Motorola One Action Review

Motorola One Action: A Wallet-friendly Phone with Spectacular Features

When it comes to budget-friendly smartphones, Motorola leads the chart with its smartphone such as Moto Z4 with innovative features without breaking the banks. The Motorola Moto G7, however, is an example of a cheap smartphone as well. Aside from that, Motorola has launched Motorola One Action UK that set users back only a little more compared to Moto G devices but it’s fine as far as its premium design and entirely baked features are concerned.

The phone comes with a dedicated video action camera and it’s oriented which means you can shoot videos vertically and play it horizontally. The key highlights of Motorola One Action are related to 12MP + 16MP + 5MP rear cameras, 6.3-inches IPS Display, Android 9.0 Pie OS, 4GB of RAM and Exynos 9609 Chipset. Below, we have mentioned everything we think about in our Motorola One Action Review.

Motorola One Action Phone

Motorola One Action Release Date and Price:

The August 16th, 2019 was an official Motorola Action One release date UK which obviously means it’s available on UK shelves as well as other European countries i.e. Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain.

The phone in the UK is one sale from a variety of stores such as Amazon UK, eBay, Argos, and John Lewis. As far as Motorola One Action US release date is concerned, it’s expected to arrive before October 2019 ends. The Australian audience, however, has to wait a little more.

As for Motorola One Action Price UK, it set users back £219 which after conversion comes to around $265 in the United States and AU$390 in Australia. The US and Australian pricing details aren’t final as we are yet to get the official details. It’s available in three sensational colours to choose from – Aqua Teal, Pearl White, and Denim Blue.

Motorola One Action Specifications:

Motorola One ActionModelsXT2013-1, XT2013-2
LAUNCH DATEAnnounced2019, August
StatusAvailable. Released 2019, August
BODYBuildFront glass, plastic body
Dimensions160.1 x 71.2 x 9.2 mm (6.30 x 2.80 x 0.36 in)
Weight176 g (6.21 oz)
SimSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DESIGN & DISPLAYResolution1080 x 2520 pixels, 21:9 ratio (~432 ppi density)
TypeLTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
Size6.3 inches, 94.0 cm2 (~82.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Multi TouchYes
Covered (Protective)Corning Gorilla Glass
PLATFORMOperating System (OS)Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One
ChipsetExynos 9609
Central Processing Unit (CPU)Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)Mali-G72 MP3
STORAGEInternal Memory128GB
Variants128GB 4GB RAM
Memory CardmicroSD, up to 512 GB (uses shared SIM slot)
CAMERARear ( Triple )12 MP + 16 MP + 5 MP
Rear Camera FeaturesDual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
Rear Camera Video[email protected], [email protected]/60fps (gyro-EIS)
Secondary (Selfie) ( Single )12 MP, 26mm (wide), f/2.0, 1.25µm
Secondary Camera FeaturesHDR
CONNECTIVITYWireless LANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, EDR
GPS ( Global Positioning System )Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
RadioFM radio Available
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
SOUNDAlert typeVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackYes
MicActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
(MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player)
(Photo/video editor)
(Document viewer)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery
ColoursDenim Blue, Pearl White, Aqua Teal
PRICEAround £219

Motorola One Action Design:

It’s not super slim at first glance, but it feels fairly light compared with many modern phones available on the market such as Xiaomi Mi A3 and Samsung Galaxy A50. But it is very difficult to overlook this blotch in the top left. For some reason, the selfie camera in the punch hole has a thick black ring which makes the camera more visible and intrusive. And the additional notch guarantees an additional thick status bar. The One Action, on the back, has a glass finish with a sophisticated crosshatch texture. And one can pick it up in a choice of three different colours – Aqua Teal, Pearl White, and Denim Blue. Finally, there is both a USB Type-C port and an audio jack.

Motorola One Action Mobile Phone

Motorola One Action Display:

Taking now a look at its display, Motorola One Action comes with a 21:9 aspect ratio display which isn’t as groundbreaking as in the images, frankly speaking. So many movies and 70% of Netflix originals are shot in the same aspect ratio and on Action One screen, they should be a pleasure to see. For most YouTube content and games, you still have to cope with thick black sidebars. The display has been sharp and the settings can be changed between saturated, standard and boost mode. In fact, the Moto One Action is a compact, simple-to-operate smartphone with its 6.3-inches screen size.

Motorola one action Smartphones

Motorola One Action Camera:

The camera of One Action is what makes it different from other devices. It has a 90-degree wide-angle camera that allows you to shoot large images while maintaining your phone in Portrait orientation and which Motorola ensures is a more natural way to hold your phone. This 16MP wide-angle action camera can’t be used for still photography.

Motorola One Action

This wide-angle camera has also a big pixel size for higher low-light and is endowed with “strong picture stability” as Lenovo calls it. In addition, a 12MP main sensor and a 5MP depth sensor are included in the phone’s triple camera configuration. And on the front, on the other hand, it’s backed by a 12MP camera that lets you capture memorable moments with your nearest and dearest.

What is Inside Motorola One Action?

The One Action is equipped with the same Exynos 9609 as the One Vision released earlier. The advantage of using the Exynos chip, however, is that the internet won’t be judged. But the Exynos 9609 is a cut down version of Exynos 9610 based on the 10 nm method, which we have seen on the Galaxy A50 and it is as efficient as Snapdragon 660 (by the benchmarks).

Motorola One Action

The chipset is supported by 4 GB of RAM and extensive 128GB of onboard memory and it sounds great as far as the price is concerned. That being said, Xiaomi, Realme, and Vivo offer more competent smartphones in the same budget and it’s not deniable.

Motorola One Action Battery and Others:

The Motorola One Action depends upon a battery of 3500mAh and is fitted with a conventional 10W charger. Besides, the software for Android One provides a benefit, which is no longer exclusive for Moto mobile phones. If your demands for software are not specific, Stock Android is usually considered to be a secure bet. The skin is light and well-designed and most important of all, it’s quite easy to navigate. At the same moment, the absence of basic features such as call recording can be very inhibiting. Motorola retains signatures such as gestures for Moto Action and Moto Display that allows you to view settings’ notifications. Moto One Action is also a nice contestant for Android 10 and further version upgrades.

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Review overview

Battery Life6
Value for Money8.5

The Pros

  • Spectacular Triple Cameras
  • 4K Selfie Video Capabilities
  • Cinematic Display to Enjoy Videos
  • Bloat-free Software

The Cons

  • Average Battery with Slow Charging
  • Front Camera Hole is a Little Big
  • Lacks Dust and Water Proof feature


7.9The Moto One Action has been able to deliver the death rap for Motorola Moto G7 despite the gimmick and the few difficulties or issues in recording video. The One Action is the most well-rounded phone of Motorola so far with full of niceties and costing the same price and has all the credentials to go hand in hand with smartphones that cost far, far more.

Victoria Parkle
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Victoria Parkle loves writing about the latest and greatest smartphones as well as all the latest news related to technology. She is enlightening the readers with more than 5 years of experience in writing. And when she doesn't write, she can be found listening to music and watching science fiction movies.
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