Motorola, now a division of Lenovo, has tried different approaches for the smartphone market and has recently opted for a somewhat shared strategy. The mainstream E-series and the G-series continue to serve as all-rounders for important price ranges, while the relatively new Motorola One family consists of several mobile phones, each with an important signature function. These models may address very narrow niches or represent someone looking for a device with a unique personality. The latest model in the Motorola One family is the Motorola One Zoom, which, as the name suggests, has an optical zoom camera.
Multiple cameras are now standard on smartphones, but optical zoom is not as common or easy to implement as other types of additional cameras. However, this is the type of feature that you don't need to explain. People can instantly see the value of being able to capture distant objects without losing focus or detail. In addition to the 3x optical zoom (and 10x hybrid zoom) of this camera, the Moto One Zoom has a wide-angle camera and a depth sensor, giving you a degree of flexibility when you want to take single shots.
This phone promises more freedom for creative photographers, and if the pricing is right, it could be an appealing choice. The primary rear view camera has a resolution of 48 megapixels and takes pixel images as standard to achieve better clarity, especially in poor lighting conditions. There is OIS for smooth 4K video. The Motorola One Zoom front camera has a 25 megapixel sensor and can also use pixel binning. There are also software features, including AI-assisted night vision, smile detection, image composition, and color optimization features.
In addition to the four rear cameras, you get a 6.4-inch full HD + OLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB memory as well as a 4000 mAh battery. 15W fast charging is supported, and Motorola promises two days of battery life, which is an ambitious claim.
The body is made of aluminum from the 6000 series and the back is made of frosted glass with a brushed structure. The Motorola One Zoom is available in the color variants Brushed Bronze, Electric Gray and Cosmic Purple. Motorola used Panada King glass on the front and Gorilla Glass 3 on the back for physical durability. The Motorola "Batwing" logo on the back lights up for the first time and acts as a notification LED.
In our brief experience with the Motorola One Zoom at IFA 2019 where it was presented, we found the performance quite snappy and had no complaints about the user experience. We will evaluate the screen quality, battery life, overall performance and of course camera quality in more detail if we have enough time to fully review this phone.
The Motorola One Zoom is well built and reassuringly solid, but it's not exactly the most exciting new model in terms of design. The 85 percent screen-to-body ratio and water drop notch on the front aren't bad things, but this phone will compete with several others that favor fancier designs and less intrusive front cameras.
Motorola has announced a price of 429 euros (around 34,000 rupees). When the Motorola One Zoom comes to the market in India, it can keep up with much more powerful models like the OnePlus 7 (test) and Asus 6Z (test), Redmi K20 Pro (review) and more. There is also the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom (Review), which outperforms the Motorola One Zoom in terms of its main selling point. The flexibility and style of the camera may not be enough to overcome all of these competitors as well as newer models that are coming to the market soon.