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The Moto One Macro is a sensible purchase but the company needs to step up its game to stay relevant.

It seems a lifetime ago when the now Lenovo-owned Motorola was competitive in the Indian market. The unending supply of powerful, affordable phones from the likes of Xiaomi, Oppo, Realme and others. Motorola’s response to this flood is Moto One, a series of phones that each attempts to carve its own niche with one standout feature in each.

You have the Moto One Vision which focuses on a cinematic 21:9 display, the Moto One Action which offers an ultra-wide action cam, and then you have the Moto One Macro, which, as the name suggests, packs in a macro lens in a phone under 10k.

I can tell you right now that the macro lens is great, but not everything else is. Does it work as a package though? Let’s find out.

Clean and minimalistic design

The Moto One Macro has a stellar build quality and its unibody polycarbonate material makes it an extremely sturdy device. It’s polished back does attract fingerprints, but it’s thankfully not slippery. Its 186 g weight might seem like a problem, but in my. I never noticed the heft. As is standard for a lot of smartphones these days, the device happens to have a gradient finish on the back with a subtle blue and black finish which looks very nice.

Talking about ports, Motorola has always taken the unconventional route of putting the headphone jack on the top instead of the bottom, and we see that trend follow on the Moto One Macro as well. We do get a Type-C port at the bottom and the Moto logo at the back doubles as a fingerprint reader. Beside that sensor is the triple camera setup, and ToF sensor and flash units.

A decent display

The 6.2-inch display isn’t the best but it’s not too shabby either. It’s disappointing that Moto opted for an HD display when most others are offering an FHD unit, but it’s otherwise not that bad. If it’s any solace, the Rs 70,000 iPhone 11 also offers an HD display. That being said, the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) costs about the same and has a better, more saturated display that also happens to be more pleasing to the eye.

The Moto One Macro has a display which in general is decent but the auto-brightness feature is a hindrance.

Brightness levels need a mention here. In my first impressions, I mentioned that I had a problem reading text under bright sunlight, but I later found out that the phone’s adaptive brightness was a bit faulty as it never lets the phone reach its peak luminescence. Turning the feature off allowed me to use the max manually allowed brightness setting and text legibility was fine.

The phone has a waterdrop notch and an unusually large chin.

Macro mode is good, but not much else is

While Motorola calls the Moto One Macro a quad-camera device, the reality is that there are only three cameras and a laser autofocus (AF) unit. You get a 13 MP primary camera, a 2 MP depth sensor and the star of the show: a 2 MP macro system.

Moto One Macro has a triple-camera layout along with laser autofocus.

The macro camera really does work and gets you to within 2.5 cm of your subject. Its closest competitor is the Realme 5 Pro, but that only managed to get within 4 cm of the subject and was also not very good.

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The macro photos on the Moto One Macro.

There does need to be a tonne of light to pull off usable shots, but with enough light and once focussed properly, macro shots look great.

Daytime photos on the camera are quite good.

The rest of the camera is unimpressive. When you’re drowned in sunlight, any half-decent camera at any price will produce good images, and so does the Moto One Macro. Images are good and while the cameras do struggle with dynamic range at times, the issue isn’t a deal breaker.

It’s in lower light that the issues crop up and the One Macro has issues aplenty, as do most other cameras in this range. The lack of a night mode also doesn’t help.

No dedicated night mode makes for photos that are a blurry mess on the Moto One Macro.

There is an AI scene detection feature, but there doesn’t appear to be a mode for low light. Gimmicky feature like Cinemagraph (shoot 10-sec looped videos) and Spot Color (enhance a particular colour while muting others) exist, but they are just that, gimmicks.

The Portrait mode does, in fact, work quite well and manages good background separation. Overall, the camera quality is not bad but Redmi and Realme phones do offer useful features that are lacking in the Moto One Macro.

The camera UI is quite simple to understand on the Moto One Macro.

The front camera has an 8 MP sensor and is quite unremarkable. It does take sharp photos but the dynamic range is all over the place. It also comes with a feature called smile detection, which detects if you are smiling to take a selfie automatically. It’s not a bad feature to have but it’s also not very useful.

You can shoot slow-motion video, time-lapse and macro videos from the phone, but that’s about it.

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Performance is only average at best

Given that it’s powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 chipset my expectations from the Moto One Macro were low. Benchmarks bore that out with scores that were significantly lower than those from its competitors. The Redmi Note 7 Pro in particular appears to offer 1.5x the performance of the One Macro. Thankfully, you don’t notice the shortcomings in regular use.

Moto One Macro can run PUBG Mobile on medium settings.

Switching between apps was fast, but the 4 GB RAM meant that background apps would shut down at times. At this price though, this is expected.

PUBG Mobile and COD Mobile defaulted to the medium settings and there was no option to increase the frame rate. For a budget phone, the Moto One Macro ran the graphics-intensive games well for over an hour. Heating was, of course, a minor concern.

Call quality via the earpiece was up to the mark and the mic did a good job of picking up my voice.

The speakers are slightly tinny but overall, you can hear the sound clearly from the other end of a quiet room. Face unlock and the fingerprint reader were fast enough for my liking.

No Android One but software still up to the mark

Software experience on the Moto One Macro.

Moto’s policy of sticking to near stock Android is a good one, but the Moto One Macro isn’t part of the Android One program which in turn means that timely updates aren’t guaranteed. The Macro will get Android 10, however, and I expect it’ll see an Android 11 upgrade as well when the time comes.

Battery gets your day-to-day work done

Battery life is par for the course in this bracket. The 4,000 mAh battery supports 10 W fast charging and does take 2 hrs to charge, but once charged, it’ll easily last you a day. I have half a dozen apps constantly pinging me and when I’m not messaging, I’m either browsing the web, watching videos or playing PUBG Mobile. Despite this, I could get through a full day of use with a little juice to spare.

Is it worth buying?

Moto One Macro has a couple of things going for it including the macro camera and a clean stock Android UI. In my opinion, it is definitely worth taking a look at.

As a budget phone, the Moto One Macro does tick some of the right boxes. Near stock Android is nice, battery life is decent and the Macro camera is great. The rest of the cameras are also not too bad and performance shouldn’t be an issue for the average user, especially not one who’s considering the Macro for its macro lens.

The display could have been better and I’d have loved to see a dedicated night mode, but again, these issues aren’t deal-breakers.

The thing is, the Moto One Macro is indeed a sensible and interesting phone to buy, but its problem is that it still isn’t competitive when you look at phones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

Moto needs to up its game a bit.

Motorola launches Moto G8 Play, G8 Plus, E6 Play, and One Macro

Motorola’s smartphone lineup seems to get bigger and bigger with each passing day, and on October 24, the company unveiled four more handsets that are all available right now in various parts of the world.

Without further ado, here’s what’s launching.

Motorola One Macro

First on the list, we have the Motorola One Macro. This latest entry in the Motorola One series puts a big emphasis on macro photography, as hinted at by its name.

The One Macro is equipped with a special Macro Vision camera, and with this, you can take pictures of subjects that are just 2cm away. That’s five times closer than what you can do with most normal phone cameras. There’s also a 13MP main camera along with a 2MP depth sensor, tying the whole camera package together.

Another highlight for the phone is its 4,000 mAh battery. Motorola’s touting that this will allow you to get up to 2 days of battery life, meaning we could be dealing with one of the Android space’s new battery champs.

Other specs include the MediaTek Helio P70 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 6.2-inch HD display.

You can pick up the One Macro right now in Brazil, Mexico, Australia, India, and across Europe right now with a starting price of just 199 EUR. Over the coming months, it’ll expand to countries in Latin America and Asia.

Get up close and personal.The newest member of Motorola’s growing One lineup, the One Macro, wants to help you take better macro pictures. Along with being able to take photos of subjects that are just 2cm away, you also get a 13MP primary camera and 4,000 mAh battery.

Moto G8 Plus and G8 Play

Moving along to the G8 series, Motorola’s launching two variations with the Plus and Play.

The G8 Plus is the more technically impressive of the two, and it’s equipped with a 6.3-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 665 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

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On the camera side of things, the G8 Plus offers a 48MP triple camera system with a Night Vision feature that claims to offer four times better low-light sensitivity. There’s also a 117-degree ultra-wide camera along with a 25MP selfie camera.

Triple cameras in an affordable package.Continuing the G series’ purpose of offering quality phones at low prices, the new Moto G8 Plus brings a 48MP triple camera system, Snapdragon 665, 4,000 mAh, and more to the table at a reasonable price.

Taking a look at the G8 Play, we have a 6.2-inch HD screen, MediaTek Helio P70 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and another 4,000 mAh battery.

The lower-end G8 handset also comes equipped with three rear cameras, including a 13MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor with a 117-degree field-of-view, and a 2MP depth sensor.

In regards to availability, things are slightly different for both phones. The G8 Play and G8 Plus are both available now in Brazil and Mexico, but the G8 Play is also launching in Chile and Perú while the G8 Plus is making its way to India. Over the next few months, the Play will further roll out to Latin America, whereas the Plus will later launch in Europe, Australia, and Latin America.

The Moto G8 Plus will start at 269 EUR.

Similar experience for less money.With the G8 Play, you’re getting a similar experience to the G8 Plus while spending less. You still get a triple camera package, there’s an octa-core processor, and a mighty 4,000 mAh battery.

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Moto E6 Play

Last but not least, we have the Moto E6 Play. As we usually see with Motorola’s E series, the E6 Play aims to offer lower-end specs in favor of an ultra-low price tag.

Here, we have a 5.5-inch HD display, MediaTek MT6739 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage. There’s also a 3,000 mAh battery, along with a single 13MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie camera.

For those of you interested in picking up the E6 Play, it’s available now in Brazil and Mexico. Starting in mid-November, it’ll also be offered in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Pricing is set to begin at 109 EUR.

Essential features at a great price.At the lowest end of the spectrum, we have the Moto E6 Play. If all you want is a phone for running basic apps, watching some videos, and more while spending as little as possible, the E6 Play aims to please.

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Comparison of the technical features between smartphones, with the Motorola One Macro on one side and the Motorola Moto G50 on the other. The first has a processor with 8 cores, 8 threads, a maximale frequency of 2,1GHz. The second chips has a total of 8 cores, 8 threads, its turbo frequency is set to 2,0GHz. The following table also compares the lithography, the amount of RAM memory, the date of first broadcast, the values obtained in Geekbench.

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Specification comparison:

We can easily compare the technical characteristics between these two smartphones. Both phones have an equivalent number of cores, the maximum frequency of Motorola One Macro is greater. The Motorola Moto G50 was started more recently.

Autonomy: the autonomy given is the one for a versatile use with video playback, web browsing, various applications, games, photos, etc.

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Performance comparison with the benchmarks:

Performance comparison between the two smartphones, for this we consider the results generated on benchmark softwares such as Geekbench.

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AnTuTu is one of the most popular apps in the world to evaluate and compare the power of a mobile device with the competition. It tests above all the power of calculation, the display of Web pages, the modeling of decorations in 3D, the management of the memory, the transfer of data.

The difference in performance is 27%.

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PassMark is a benchmarking software that performs several performance tests including prime numbers, integers, floating point, compression, physics, extended instructions, encoding, sorting. The higher the score is, the higher is the device capacity.

In single core, the difference is 68%. In multi-core, the difference in terms of gap is 13%.

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Geekbench 4 is a complete benchmark platform with several types of tests, including data compression, images, AES encryption, SQL encoding, HTML, PDF file rendering, matrix computation, Fast Fourier Transform, 3D object simulation, photo editing, memory testing. This allows us to better visualize the respective power of these devices. For each result, we took an average of 250 values on the famous benchmark software.

In single core, the difference is 77%. In multi-core, the difference in terms of gap is 16%.

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Geekbench 5 is a software for measuring the performance of a computer system, for fixed devices, mobile devices, servers. This platform makes it possible to better compare the power of the CPU, the computing power and to compare it with similar or totally different systems. Geekbench 5 includes new workloads that represent work tasks and applications that we can find in reality.

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Motorola One Macro Review

It’s a solid phone at an appealing price, but unlike its siblings, with the Motorola One Macro you can really see where compromises have been made.


Key Specifications

Motorola’s growing family of One phones offer a pure Android experience combined with a single stand-out camera feature, all at an affordable price.

Following on from the Motorola One Vision, the Motorola One Action and the Motorola One Zoom, the Motorola One Macro is notable for two things. As per its name, the Macro packs a unique secondary camera that lets you take extreme close-up shots.

Perhaps more significantly, the Motorola One Macro is the cheapest phone in the range by some margin. Priced at just £179, it’s one of the most affordable handsets in the current Motorola lineup.

Naturally, there have been a few compromises in order to reach that price point, some of which are more consequential than others.

Motorola One Macro design – Wider and cheaper

There’s definitely a shared design language at play with the Motorola One range, but the accents differ slightly.

The Motorola One Macro’s shiny back and curved edges follow on from its siblings, as do the basic shape and alignment of its camera module and fingerprint sensor. But the front of the phone adopts a dewdrop notch, rather than the hole-punch design of the Vision and Action devices.

It’s a much wider and stockier device, because Motorola has reverted to a slightly more orthodox 19:9 display aspect ratio. That makes it trickier to wield in one hand; but by the same token it doesn’t have the same jarringly lanky proportions.

While the fingerprint sensor is well placed, not to mention speedy and reliable, the volume buttons are positioned too high on the right-hand edge. I could just about reach the textured power button with my thumb, but found that I had to shuffle the phone in my hand if I wanted to adjust the sound.

The Motorola One Macro’s shiny back and curved edges follow on from its siblings

There’s a certain heft to this phone, but 186g isn’t exactly heavy by modern standards. It does look a little cheaper than the Motorola One Action though, perhaps because of the shiny two-tone finish to its plastic rear. I’m not saying the effect is unpleasant exactly, but it definitely looks a little chintzier than its more sober and professional siblings.

Even if you’re enamoured by that flashy finish, it won’t stay pristine for long. This handset wears fingerprints like an autumn coat.

There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top, and despite the cheaper price tag you still get a USB-C port on the bottom; it sits alongside a mono speaker.

Motorola One Macro display – Don’t get too close

The Motorola One Macro’s 6.2in IPS LCD panel is big and, as we’ve just discussed, more uniformly proportioned than its siblings. 19:9 makes for a much more “normal” all-around viewing experience than the super-stretched 21:9 screens of the Action and Vision.

Sadly, it lacks sharpness. One of the ways in which Motorola appears to have achieved the Macro’s lower price point is by cutting the pixel count, which means a 1520 x 720 resolution. This is also known as HD, or a slightly longer form of the classic 720p standard.

This was one of the negatives of the original Motorola One, which launched in 2018. And while the Motorola One Macro is a cheaper phone, coming in well under £200, I still don’t think this is a compromise that should have been made.

It isn’t that the Motorola One Macro’s display is bad. It’s clear and balanced and plenty bright enough – in most conditions, at least. But hold it next to a similarly proportioned 1080p phone such as the Motorola One Action, as I did, and the difference is clear to see.

We would like a slightly higher-res screen

The One Action display is brighter and cooler, giving the One Macro a slightly sickly tint by comparison. It’s that small details simply look crisper and, well, more as they should be on the sharper device.

For example, image thumbnails in Google Photos look properly representative on a 1080p display like that of the One Action. They look horribly pixellated on the One Macro, like they’re being stored in the Cloud and have yet to properly load.

Without comparing the two, the Motorola One Vision display is perfectly fine and functional. You might not even notice the slight fuzzy nature that it lends certain UI elements.

But 1080p feels like table stakes for a phone edging north of £150 in 2019. And on that front, the Motorola One Macro comes up short.

There’s also a certain irony to having such a display in a phone that seems to encourage you to get closer and revel in the fine detail.

Motorola One Macro performance – Surprisingly speedy

Call me an ill-informed tech snob, but when I saw that the Motorola One Macro was powered by a MediaTek processor, I assumed that the phone would suffer in the performance stakes.

MediaTek generally produces cheaper chips for low-end phones, which helps manufacturers hit those challenging entry-level price points. But the results are often correspondingly modest.

Given that both the Motorola One Vision and the Motorola One Action packed the Samsung Exynos 9609, this seemed likely to be the case again.

However, I’m pleased to say that the MediaTek MT6771 Helio P70 in the One Macro comes up with the goods. I wouldn’t describe it as an out-and-out power house, but it produces a level of performance that makes pretty much any task feel comfortable. And that’s all you can really ask for at this price.

Ably assisted by 4GB of RAM, the Motorola One Macro felt fluid and stutter-free throughout my time with it. My Geekbench 4 benchmark tests confirmed this; indeed, an average multi-core score of 5732 easily trumped the Motorola One Vision’s 5123.

The Helio P70 packs the same Mali-G72 graphics chipset as the Samsung Exynos 9609, so you’ll get similar gaming performance. Most advanced games will default to Medium settings, but I was able to push Call of Duty Mobile’s and PUBG Mobile’s graphics settings to High and still get perfectly playable (if perfectly smooth) results.

That 720p display will doubtless have helped in this regard, of course. Together with a solid CPU and ample RAM, having fewer pixels to push around makes the Motorola One Macro a surprisingly competent gaming device.

You get 64GB of storage to play with, which no longer seems as generous as it once would have given that there are now affordable phones with 128GB out there. But you can expand this using the included microSD slot.

Motorola One Macro software – One for all and all for One

You’re getting Android 9.0 Pie with the Motorola One Macro, but not just any old sloppily reskinned version. This is Android One, which means tampering has been kept to a minimum.

In particular, the general navigation experience is as pure an Android affair as you’re going to get this side of a Pixel phone. Everything from the app icons to the menus to the implementation of the Google feed (just swipe right) is as Google intended it.

Perhaps best of all, the stock selection of apps is all Google. You get Gmail for emails, Google Calendar for organisation, and even Google Keep for taking notes – which is an app that’s very often left off by third-party manufacturers, for some inexplicable reason.

This all combines to make for a very clean, cohesive experience, with none of the confusing bloat of phones that apply heavy custom skins and unwanted apps.

You get given a couple of basic navigation options early doors. By default there’s the old-fashioned three-button method, with virtual keys for back, home, and app switching along the bottom of the homescreen. But you’ll soon be prompted to try the more modern, gesture-based approach.

This gives you a single elongated home button. Swipe left from this to go back and swipe right to switch to the previous app. Swiping up, meanwhile, brings up the full app switching menu.

I still don’t find Android’s gesture system as fluid or intuitive as that of iOS, but it’s a tidy enough way to get around the OS once you’re attuned to its quirks.

While it’s slight, Motorola has made its own imprint on the One Macro’s UI. The camera app is all its own for one thing, but Moto Actions also proves useful. These are a range of potentially useful customisable gestures, such as a double-twist to send you into the camera and a double-chop to activate the flashlight.

Motorola One Macro camera – The devil is in the detail

One of the big differentiating factors between all the Motorola One phones is their individual camera offerings. The Vision has a pixel-packed main camera, for example, while the Action offers enhanced video capabilities and the Zoom features a telephoto lens.

It’s quite a distinctive camera array

In the One Macro you get a dedicated Macro camera. This means you can get up to five times closer to your subject than might be possible ordinarily.

In practice, I was able to get within an inch or so of flowers and insects – the Motorola One Macro’s camera was still able to lock on and take detailed shots.

Or at least that’s how it appeared on the One Macro’s slightly fuzzy screen. When I opened up the captured macro shots on a large, sharp MacBook Pro display, the results were a little disappointing.

Yes, they’re generally in FOCUS, and I was able to get a uniquely clear perspective on things like a ladybird feasting on an aphid. But, sadly, the detail from this camera proved to be lacking, with a noisy, grainy look that perhaps speaks to its humble 2-megapixel specification.

There’s also the simple fact that macro photography is something of a niche proposition. Certainly in comparison to the singular strengths of the Motorola One Vision, One Action, and the new One Zoom, being able to get super-close to your subject isn’t going to improve your everyday shots.

Performance isn’t amazing away from the macro camera, either. General snaps are taken care of by a bog-standard combination of a 13-megapixel f/2.0 main camera and a 2-megapixel f/2.2 depth-sensing assistant. You also get a Laser AutoFocus time of flight (ToF) sensor.

The general shooting experience is a mixed bag. The Motorola Camera app is intuitive enough, but it’s a little wallowy and occasionally slow to FOCUS, resulting in the odd blurry shot. I also noticed a sizeable delay when taking portrait shots, although the results are pretty good for such a cheap phone, with a sharply defined subject and not too much in the way of weird edge artefacts.

I found the quality of normal shots to be lacking, however, with a generally flat and washed-out appearance. The One Macro also has a tendency to overexpose clouds and other bright areas, despite the auto HDR mode kicking in quite reliably.

Dark shots are more or less a no-no, with no dedicated Night mode and a relatively dim f/2.0 main lens. The results are grainy alright.

Not the worse result, but the Macro tends to flatten shots

HDR isn’t always effective at reigning in bright spots

I was able to get very close to this tiny flower, but check out the noisy background

The macro camera lets you shoot creatively, but there’s lots of noise

Macro shots give you close-up clarity, but with a lot of noise…

…while the same close-up with the main camera fails to FOCUS as well, but packs in more pixels

There’s no Night mode, and the results with Auto aren’t pretty

The camera occasionally fails to FOCUS properly in decent time

Motorola One Macro battery life – Fantastic stamina

The Motorola One Macro has a much bigger battery than the One Action and One Vision; it’s the same as the Motorola One Zoom. Its 4000mAh unit, like the Zoom, leads to some truly impressive stamina.

Indeed, with a less pixel-packed display, this might be the longest-lasting Motorola One phone of the lot.

I was able to get a full two days of moderate use out of the Macro in between charges, during which time I indulged in a bout of intensive photo-taking and a fair amount of web browsing.

Elsewhere, 15 minutes of Netflix streaming with the brightness at full sapped just 3% of the charge. To give you a point of reference here, something like the Nokia 7.2 (which has average stamina) lost 5% under the same circumstances.

You don’t get the 15W Turbo Charger of the Motorola One Zoom here, however. This being a cheaper phone, you only get a 10W unit in the box – although it’s still no slouch.

Should I buy the Motorola One Macro?

Motorola’s line of One phones offers clean design, elegant software, and competent performance across the board. The Motorola One Macro offers all of these things at the lowest price of them all.

It’s a solid pick for anyone with less than £200 to spend for these very reasons. In particular, the phone’s performance, clean Android One UI, and exemplary battery life prove considerable draws.

Getting right up close to the One Macro doesn’t flatter it, however. The core selling point of a dedicated macro camera turns out to be somewhat underwhelming, even gimmicky, with noisy results and limited practical benefit. The phone’s 720p display, meanwhile, is a notable downgrade from the rest of the range.

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Motorola One Macro, Moto G8 Plus Moto E6 Play launch globally

Motorola has just announced that the affordable Moto E6 Play, Moto G8 Plus and the Motorola One Macro are all launching globally today.

The Lenovo subsidiary has been working hard to turn its profits around in recent years and with numbers finally on the up, it’s now doubling down on its run of affordable Android smartphones, all of which pull in premium features. This latest batch of phones spans three tiers of the company’s current target audiences, with the Moto E6 Play falling in at under £99, the One Macro at £179 and the Moto G8 Plus also landing at an affordable £239.

Here’s what each of these three phones brings to the table.

Moto E6 Play

Joining the Moto E6 Plus, which arrived back September, the E6 Play sports similar makeup, wrapped up in a more compact package. The phone’s form is dictated by a 5.5in 18:9 HD ‘Max Vision’ display. It features a notched front camera, 32GB of internal storage with microSD expandability, optional dual SIM functionality and a, for the hardware at work, a sizeable 3000mAh battery.

Flip the phone over and you’ll find a fingerprint sensor and a 13MP primary camera that offers intelligent shooting modes like single-lens bokeh, when shooting portraits and HDR capture.

Moto G8 Plus

While the company is keeping schtum on the rest of the latest generation of its incredibly popular Moto G line for the time being, the most prominent member of the lineup, the Moto G8 Plus, is now out in the open.

Like Motorola’s One series devices, the highlight here is the G8 Plus’ Quad Pixel camera setup, which combines four sensors for an enhanced photography experience versus its predecessors.

The 48MP sensor that’s been utilised by all manner of Android smartphones over the past year, including the likes of Motorola’s own One Vision, and it fronts the setup on the G8 Plus too. It’s accompanied by a depth-sensing module and a laser autofocus module, as well as a separate 170-degree ultrawide-angle ‘action cam’ sensor – a trait pulled directly from the aptly named Motorola One Action.

Motorola’s also placed a FOCUS on the phone’s audio chops, with Dolby-tuned stereo speakers that the company claims are twice as loud and deliver double the bass of the phone’s predecessor, the G7 Plus.

To round out the experience, the phone possesses a new octa-core Snapdragon 665 chipset – the most powerful of Qualcomm’s mid-range 600 series processors, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with microSD up to a further 512GB.

A large 4000mAh battery also resides inside the G8 Plus, complete with 18W TurboPower charging, which on paper delivers eight hours use from just 15 minutes charge time.

Motorola One Macro

To round out this new trio, the Motorola One Macro, which previously enjoyed launch exclusivity in India earlier in October, is now available globally.

As the name implied, the FOCUS is the phone’s 2MP macro camera, which is capable of capturing up closeup subjects up to five times closer than the competition. This comes supported by a more conventional 13MP sensor, alongside laser autofocus and a depth sensor – as on the Moto G8 Plus.

The phone also boasts AI-automated composition suggestion and editing by way of its MediaTek Helio P70 chipset and 4GB of RAM. Storage again mirrors the G8, with an expandable 64GB, as well as a 4000mAh battery, however, fast-charging drops to 10W here.

Price availability

For a full rundown of the features and capabilities of Motorola’s three newest entries, stay tuned for our full reviews. In the meantime, if you’re already tempted by what’s on offer, the Moto E6 Play launches at £89/€109, the Moto G8 Plus at £239/€269 and the Motorola One Macro at £179/€199.

US pricing and availability is coming but hasn’t yet been formally announced, we’ll update this piece once the information is released by Motorola.



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