Motorola One Zoom is official: four cameras, 10x hybrid zoom, on sale today

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The Motorola One franchise, unlike the Moto G series, is non-generational. Each device is developed with a clean slate and isn’t necessarily meant to replace an existing model. So far this year, Motorola has introduced the One Vision and One Action but today the Chicago-based brand has introduced its most ambitious device yet – the Motorola One Zoom.

Cameras for every scenario, light-up Motorola logo!

Giving the phone its unique name is the impressive zoom system found on the rear. Motorola uses an 8-megapixel sensor paired with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a telephoto lens to achieve solid shots at 3x zoom. If this isn’t sufficient, the smartphone also offers a 10x hybrid zoom feature which combines 3x optical zoom with data from the remaining three cameras to achieve a higher quality photo at that zoom level.

Speaking of the other cameras, the Motorola One Zoom boasts a 48-megapixel primary snapper which supports OIS and an f/1.7 aperture. This uses 4-in-1 pixel binning technology to create superior 12-megapixel shots. Accompanying it is a 5-megapixel depth sensor and a 16-megapixel snapper coupled with an ultra-wide-angle lens that offers a 117º field of view. Completing the camera setup is Motorola’s Night Vision mode which improves low-light photography and a dedicated portrait mode. Additionally, there’s a 25-megapixel selfie camera which also uses pixel binning to deliver better light sensitivity in all scenarios. 

The Motorola One Zoom’s four rear cameras are arranged into a square that sits towards the top of an elongated module. This also houses Motorola’s famous batwing logo which now lights up and replaces the notification LED that’s usually present up front.

Notched display, Snapdragon processor, lots of storage

Turning the Motorola One Zoom over reveals a 6.4-inch OLED Max Vision (19:9) display. The panel offers an impressive 85% screen-to-body ratio made possible by the ‘u-notch’ above and a Full-HD+ (2340 x 1080p) resolution. It’s also coupled with an in-screen fingerprint scanner and some pretty decent internals.

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Like Motorola’s Moto Z4 which was released back in June, the One Zoom is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675. This is accompanied by a decent 4GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable internal storage in addition to a large 4,000mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging via the included power brick.

Lastly, the Motorola One Zoom will ship with the company's custom Android 9 Pie software straight out of the box complete with the Moto Action, Moto Display, and Google Assistant features. Motorola is promising an update to Android 10 but falls short of guaranteeing a second update to Android 11 once available. The company also failed to commit to a timeline for security patches.

Other features include a USB-C port, a speaker on top of the phone, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 4G LTE connectivity, and dual-SIM support.

Motorola One Zoom price, release date, availability

The Motorola One Zoom is available to purchase starting today in the US via the company’s website. It retails at $449.99 and is compatible with GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile.

Sales in Europe kick off tomorrow at a starting price of €429.99 although the Amazon exclusive version with built-in Alexa is available today in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, and France. International customers based in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and various other Latin American countries can also buy the phone today although exact pricing is yet to be confirmed.

In case you’re wondering, the Motorola One Zoom will be sold in three colors – Electric Gray, Cosmic Purple, and Brushed Bronze. Availability, however, may vary by region.

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