Motorola One Zoom review

GSMArena team, 22 Oct 2019.

Introduction

Motorola has been flushing out its "One" lineup pretty steadily over the last few months. Just like it's sibling, the One Zoom is pretty aptly named. It's spotlight feature being the 8MP, OIS-enabled telephoto camera. But that is far from the only alluring bit about the Zoom. It clearly stands-out amid the rest of the "One" family in terms of overall specs.

Beyond a versatile camera setup, the Zoom also offers a Super AMOLED screen instead of an LCD, complete with a trendy under-display fingerprint reader. A big 4,000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging is also part of the mix. So, as far as Motorola One devices go, the One Zoom is the cream of the crop.

Motorola One Zoom specs

  • Body:Front and back glass, aluminum side frame
  • Screen: 6.39" FHD+ (1080x2340px) OLED; 19:9 aspect ratio.
  • Camera: Primary: 48MP Quad Pixel Sensor, f/1.7, 1/2", 0.8Ám, OIS; Ultra wide-angle: 16MP f/2.2, 117-degree FOV; Telephoto: 8MP f/2.4, 3x optical zoom, OIS; Depth sensor: 5MP, CCT.
  • Selfie cam: 25MP Quad Pixel sensor f/2.0.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 (2x Kryo 460 cores @1.7 GHz and 6x Kryo 460 cores @2.0 GHz + Adreno 612 GPU).
  • Memory: 4GB of RAM; 128GB storage; microSD slot.
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie.
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh 18W TurboPower charging support.
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM; USB-C (USB3.1), Wi-Fi, Buetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC.
  • Misc: Under-display fingerprint reader; 3.5mm headphone jack; P2i splash-proof nano-coating.

Motorola ranks look a bit confusing at this moment. The Moto Z4 is supposed to be their flagship device, yet the One Zoom could even be considered better in a few departments. The One Zoom is arguably the best Motorola has to offer so far in 2019. While this might sound like criticism on the surface, it really isn't - we're just hoping to put the phone in the right context.

With expectations set accordingly and a better understanding of where the One Zoom fits into Motorola's current lineup, we can dive into the review. Starting, of course, with a quick tour of the retail package the phone ships with.

Unboxing

In typical Motorola fashion - this one doesn't have anything too fancy in terms of packaging. It's just a sturdy, two-piece cardboard box with excellent internal support and layout and a recognizable blue color on the outside.

Motorola One Zoom review

The actual accessory bundle of the One Zoom is surprisingly rich. You get a nice and thick, rubber transparent case right in the box. There is also a pair of headphones. The bundled charger is one of Motorola's Turbo Power units. It is perfectly capable of providing the full 15W the phone can accept even if it is a bit outdated now with its guts mostly based on Quick Charge 2.0. You can also use any other Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 (or newer) charger to top off the One Zoom at full speed. And as far as chargers go, these are probably the most abundantly available in general.

That also means that you don't need anything other than a standard USB Type-A to Type-C cable for the One Zoom. The one that Motorola bundles in the box is quite nice and sturdy. No complaints at all.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

you´re forguetting that mtorola still manages the software far better than xiaomis and realmes, being close to android stock.

I think that GSMArena don't like Motorola phones. Well, Motorola One has score 3,6 and Motorola One Zoom has the same score, but is way better than Motorola One, which is shit phone in every aspect. Motorola One Zoom definitely deserves better score.

  • Anonymous

Got this phone and what can I say. I expected more. But then again this phone is enough for everyday tasks. Only the existance of xiaomi phones keeps this phone down. And though Xiaomi creates great phones, it feels like they release like 5 phones ev...