Motorola One Zoom Specs, Camera, Price – We’ve seen quite a few phones from the Moto one family these days. And this is the Moto One Zoom. It brings some more excellent specs in his siblings as well as a 3X Telephoto cam. It’s a Motorola stop phone right now. So how does it hold up? Let’s find out in our full review.
Out of the moto one line up the Motorola One Zoom signature feature is his 3X telephoto camera. But it also brings an AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon chipset and a large battery with this metallic gradient finish. The phone may seem like it’s made from metal, but it’s actually frosted gorilla glass with a 6000 series aluminium frame. The rounded corners and edges come together with the finish to provide a sleek and premium look.
One thing that instantly draws your consideration is a rectangular camera bump. I like that the power button has ridges on it which feels pleasant to the touch. And overall, with this frosted glass and rounded edges, the phone is quite comfortable in hand. It is a bit slippery, though if you want to add some extra grip and protection. You can use the clear case, which actually comes in the box. The Moto One Zoom has a Super AMOLED display, rather than the LCD you see on moto one siblings. The screen is 6.4 inches with a 1080p resolution. And it has a small rounded notch cut out for the selfie cam.
This display is pretty beautiful, you get the great blacks of an AMOLED. And sharpness is good at 400 PPI. We like the brightness levels too, around 500 miss maximum with a slider and a boost of up to 700 nits and auto mode and bright conditions. Colours are vibrant and punchy but not too accurate. You can switch between different colour modes, but there aren’t any ways to fine-tune them.
The Motorola One Zoom has an under-display fingerprint scanner, and it works quite well. The animations look cool too. Besides the notification LED on the back, there are also settings to turn on the display. And interact with notifications or keep the screen on while you’re looking at it. Something unconventional about the Moto One Zoom is that a single speaker located up at the top. It sounds pretty good with loudness just shy of excellent on our charts. But there is some distortion at high volumes.
There is a 3.5-millimetre jack for headphones. And the quality here is good with low distortion and excellent stereo separation. However, loudness is below average. There are a hundred and twenty-eight gigs of storage onboard the Moto One Zoom. But if you start to run out, it is expandable through microSD. The Moto One Zoom interface is basically stock Android nine Pi with a few modal customisations sprinkled in. It isn’t part of the Android one program so updates may not be so speedy. But is still quite a clean and bloat-free UI.
The notification shade, the app drawer and the feed panel are pretty much what we’re used to from Google. There is a dark mode available, but it doesn’t work as I hoped it would. The notification shade turns dark, but the settings menu is still white. Most of motos customisations can be accessed through the Moto app. these include those options for waking up the display and a bunch of useful gesture shortcuts. You can travel by the on-screen keys or a swipe gesture setup, using a pill at the bottom. Swiping it up opens recent apps, swiping at left access back, swiping into right goes to the last app you had open and tapping the pillow goes home.
At the heart of the Moto, One Zoom is a Snapdragon 675 chipset. And everyday performance is excellent. However, in benchmarks, we were a bit disappointed. CPU scores were lower than other phones running the same chipset like Samsung’s Galaxy A70 or Vivo V17 Pro. Probably due to poor optimisation. Graphics performance is decent though outclassed by the new Snapdragon 700 series chips. Powering the Moto one Zoom have large four thousand milliamp-hour battery. And honestly, we were pleasantly surprised by his performance in our battery life tests.
The phone comes with a 15-watt turbo power charger in the box. and with it, we were able to charge from zero to 35% in half an hour, nothing too special. Now on to the cameras, there’s a 48-megapixel quad bear main cam, a 16-megapixel ultra webcam and the phone’s namesake the 8 megapixels 3 X telephoto cam which has OIS. Finally, there’s a 5-megapixel depth sensor for portraits.
One of the cool things about moto phones is their camera app, which brings tons of options and modes to play around with it. Does feel unresponsive a time sell even crashing on a few occasions. Photos from the primary camera come out in 12 megapixels by default. And quality is OK with plenty of detail and beautiful colours. However, the images are slightly soft overall. If you turn on HDR mode you get a sharper result but not throughout the whole frame, it’s just artificial sharpening.
You do have a new option to shoot an 8-megapixel photo. These do come out better with more balanced sharpening. But with the trade-off of a lower resolution. Three times zoomed photos from the telephoto camera it’s beautiful. The OIS works particularly well. There’s plenty of detail, excellent sharpness, well-controlled noise and true to life colours. Shots taken with the ultra-wide cam are on par with what you commonly find on mid-range these days. They’re entirely usable though the quality isn’t spectacular.
Pictures are taken by the primary camera, and there were a bunch of effects and blur options to choose from. Quality here is excellent with impressively accurate subject separation. In low-light photos that are taken with the main cam are okay, but they suffer from the same softness issue that we saw in daylight. Turning on night mode brightens up the exposure and tries to add sharpness. But the results aren’t good. These photos look highly over sharpened in some places, yet still soft in others.
If you opt to take 8-megapixel photos with the main cam, you do get a slight advantage in quality. The motor one zooms 25-megapixel front-facing camera takes selfies in 6 megapixels, and quality is quite impressive. There’s balance sharpness, plenty of detail and mature processing. Video can be captured in up to 4k at 30fps with the primary camera. But the telephoto and the ultra-wide can shoot only in 1080p. 4k video is decent with excellent detail and vibrant colours. Dynamic range is a bit narrow though, and it is aggressive over-sharpening. 1080p videos from the telephoto camera are quite lovely with natural colours, excellent detail and more toned down processing.
Ultra-wide videos, unfortunately, have soft corners and plenty of over sharpening. So that’s the Motorola One Zoom you get a solid and elegant glass build. A large AMOLED screen, great battery life, a clean Android UI, great selfies and beautiful zoom photos with a telephoto camera. Plus this moto LED is kind of cool. However, there are a couple of things I’m not a fan of here. First is the chipset which is a bit underpowered for this price range, and doesn’t seem well optimised.
The Motorola One Zoom isn’t a bad phone. In fact, it’s pretty decent, but for 400 euros you could find plenty of alternatives out there with faster performance and better camera experience. I’m just not sure if the 3X telephoto was enough to convince you to go for this phone.