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Here's everything you need to know about Motorola's next 'hole punch' mid-ranger

Here's everything you need to know about Motorola's next 'hole punch' mid-ranger
The One Action is expected to borrow the cinematic display of the One Vision

Motorola has already released quite a few interesting smartphones this year, including four different mid-range Moto G7 variants and the (relatively) powerful Moto Z4 with Moto Mods support. But the Lenovo-owned company reportedly plans to roll out even more Android devices in the near future, although unfortunately for power users, a high-end Z4 Force is apparently not in the cards.

Meanwhile, bargain hunters will be happy to know low-end Moto E6 and E6 Plus models with no doubt incredibly affordable price points are in the pipeline, alongside a mid-end Motorola One Action that could also provide decent bang for your buck. As the name suggests, the "action" handset is seemingly related to the Motorola One Vision unveiled just last month with a hole punch display and 48MP primary rear-facing camera. Unfortunately, the "cinematic" Vision is not available in the US (at least not yet), and there's a good chance the One Action will follow suit.

Modern design, four cameras, silky smooth software

Rumored a couple of times without a lot of information attached to its name, the impending Motorola One Action is getting all the details today thanks to a 91mobiles tipster deemed "reliable." While said tipster has no imagery to share, we expect the upcoming 6.3-incher to look pretty much the same as the One Vision... with one very important distinction. Namely, the shiny glass back is likely to be replaced by a plastic build to help keep the price down.

Make that two distinctions, as the One Action is also tipped (somewhat surprisingly) to add a third shooter on top of the dual rear camera arrangement of the One Vision. Although we can obviously expect the versatility of the imaging experience to be improved that way, the quality of the snapshots captured by the main shooter might get a substantial downgrade as the impressive 48MP sensor could make room for a more conventional 12-megapixel lens.

At the end of the day, we'll have to wait and see what the Motorola One Action can do in real life, especially as we don't know anything about the other two cameras slapped on its back. The single front-facing shooter could be the same 12MP unit found on the One Vision, and the same essentially goes for all the other rumored specs and features. 

The Motorola One Vision and One Action are expected to share everything from a 6.3-inch LCD panel with 2520 x 1080 pixel resolution to a Samsung-made Exynos 9609 SoC, 3,500 mAh battery, and up to 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. There will however be both 32 and 64 gig storage configurations as well, the former of which is likely to offer 3 gigs of memory.

The trendy "hole punch" look is also here to stay for Motorola One-series handsets, helping keep screen bezels to a minimum with a camera-housing hole drilled into the display, while Android 9.0 Pie should run the One Action software show out the box in its clean Android One form.

Pricing and availability expectations

Even though today's report lacks any concrete details regarding these very important puzzle pieces, putting them together shouldn't be too hard by looking at the One Vision. There's a good chance the Motorola One Action will be released in the exact same markets, including Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, with a sub-$300 price tag.

But an official US launch shouldn't be completely ruled out either. After all, the original Motorola One is still sold stateside, and it might be time for the company to provide an upgrade... at a more reasonable price. Since the Motorola One Vision costs $300 or so, the One Action could set you back only 250 bucks or even less with a cheaper build and downgraded main camera.

If that happens, the popular Moto G7 family would get some very stiff competition from the inside, but for the time being, we're only dreaming here. 

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