Motorola One Action was launched earlier this week in India, and at its price the smartphone competes with other popular budget offerings in India, such as the Mi A3, Realme 5 Pro, and the Vivo Z1 Pro. The biggest highlight of the Motorola One Action is its ultra wide-angle camera in its triple rear camera setup, enabling users to shoot landscape video even when holding the smartphone vertically – perhaps ideal for the Instagram generation. Here, we compare the Motorola One Action, Mi A3, Realme 5 Pro, against each other, in terms of price and specifications, to give you a better idea about which of the quartet is the best option for you.
The Motorola One Action price in India is set at Rs. 13,999 – it is available in a single variant in the country, with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage. To recall, the Android One smartphone was launched earlier this week, and will go on sale in the country via Flipkart starting August 30. Motorola Mobility has also detailed launch offers for the Motorola One Action, which include Jio cashback up to Rs. 2,200, as well as 125GB of additional 4G data from the telecom operator.
The Mi A3 was also launched in India this week, and has already gone on sale in the country for the first time on Friday. The Android One smartphone has been launched in two variants in the country – 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage at Rs. 12,999 and 6GB/ 128GB storage priced at Rs. 15,999. Available via a flash sale method online, the Mi A3 is listed by Amazon and Mi.com, and is also available via Mi Home stores in the country. Xiaomi says it will go on sale via other offline stores soon. Launch offers include discounts for HDFC Bank customers, as well as bundled offers for Airtel subscribers.
The Realme 5 Pro was also launched in India this week, the first quad camera smartphone from the company (sharing that honour with the Realme 5 (Review) that was launched alongside). It is priced at Rs. 13,999 for its 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, Rs. 14,999 for its 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, and Rs. 16,999 for its 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant. The smartphone will go on sale via Flipkart and the Realme website from September 4, with pre-orders now open. Launch offers include a discount on Flipkart's Complete Mobile Protection package, Jio benefits up to Rs. 7,000, a Paytm First membership, and cashback on Paytm UPI transactions.
Finally, the Vivo Z1 Pro (Review) was launched last month in India, and is being marketed as a gamer-friendly smartphone with a hole-punch display. Available in three variants – 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage, 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage – the Vivo Z1 Pro price in India is set at Rs. 14,990, 16,990, and Rs. 17,990 respectively. It is on open sale via Flipkart and the Vivo E-Store. Sale offers include cashback on Axis Bank, Flipkart Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, and Axis Bank Buzz credit cards. There are also cashback and bundled data benefits available from Airtel, Jio, and Vodafone-Idea operators.
All four smartphones are dual-SIM (Nano) offerings that run Android 9 Pie - with the Motorola One Action and Mi A3 shipping with stock Android, while the other two run a skin atop. Three smartphones feature full-HD+ displays, while the Mi A3 is the only one to offer an HD+ display. The Vivo Z1 Pro and Motorola One action both have hole-punch displays, but the Mi A3 and Realme 5 Pro feature waterdrop-shape display notches.
The Motorola One Action and the Realme 5 Pro have the same display sizes – 6.3 inches – but the Motorola offering has a taller 21:9 aspect ratio IPS display compared to the Realme phone's 19.5:9 ratio LCD (panel type unspecified) display. The Vivo Z1 Pro has a 6.53-inch 19.5:9 IPS display and the Mi A3 has a 6.08-inch 19.5:9 Super AMOLED display.
All four of the smartphones are powered by octa-core processors. The Vivo Z1 Pro and Realme 5 Pro both run on the Snapdragon 712 SoC, while the Motorola One Action is powered the Samsung Exynos 9609 and the Mi A3 is based on the Snapdragon 665 SoC. All four feature base variants with 4GB of RAM, with the Mi A3, Realme 5 Pro, Vivo Z1 Pro offering 6GB RAM variants, and the Realme 5 Pro offering an 8GB RAM variant.
The Motorola One Action comes in a single inbuilt storage variant with a 128GB capacity (expandable via microSD card up to 512GB), while the other three offer base storage variants of 64GB (expandable via microSD card up to 256GB).
The Motorola One Action, Mi A3, and Vivo Z1 Pro all sport triple rear camera setups, with the Realme 5 Pro the only standout with a quad rear camera setup. The Motorola One Action has a 16-megapixel action camera sensor with 2-micron pixel size, f/2.2 lens, and 117-degree ultra wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.2 lens.
The Mi A3 has a triple rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor (f/1.79 aperture), 8-megapixel secondary sensor (118-degree wide-angle lens with f/1.79 aperture), and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Realme 5 Pro bears a quad rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor (f/1.8 aperture), 8-megapixel sensor (f/2.25 aperture and 119-degree wide-angle lens), 2-megapixel macro lens (f/2.4 aperture + 4cm focus distance), and a 2-megapixel portrait lens (f/2.4 aperture).
The Vivo Z1 Pro has a 16-megapixel primary sensor (f/1.78 aperture), an 8-megapixel secondary sensor (120-degree super wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture), and a 2-megapixel tertiary sensor (f/2.4 aperture). The Motorola One Action has a 12-megapixel selfie camera sensor (1.25-micron pixel size and f/2.0 aperture), the Realme 5 Pro bears a 16-megapixel selfie camera (f/2.0 aperture), while both the Mi A3 and Vivo Z1 Pro bear 32-megapixel selfie cameras (f/2.0 aperture).
The Motorola bears a 3,500mAh battery with 10W charging support. The Mi A3 sports a 4,030mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. The Realme 5 Pro runs off a 4,035mAh with VOOC 3.0 fast charging tech. Finally, the Vivo Z1 Pro packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging tech.
The Motorola One Action measures 160.1x71.2x9.15mm and weighs 160 grams. The Mi A3 measures 153.48x71.85x8.5mm and weighs 173.8 grams. The Realme 5 Pro measures 157x74.2x8.9mm and weighs 184 grams. Finally, the Vivo Z1 Pro measures 162.39x77.33x8.85mm and weighs 201 grams. All four smartphones have similar connectivity options and sensors on board, though the Mi A3 distinguishes itself with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly claimed the Vivo Z1 Pro had an in-display fingerprint sensor. The error is regretted.
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|Model||5 Pro||Z1 Pro||One Action||Mi A3|
|Release date||20th August 2019||3rd July 2019||16th August 2019||17th July 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes||Yes||Yes||-|
|Dimensions (mm)||157.00 x 74.20 x 8.90||162.39 x 77.33 x 8.85||160.10 x 71.20 x 9.15||153.48 x 71.85 x 8.50|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4035||5000||3500||4030|
|Fast charging||VOOC||Proprietary||-||Quick Charge 3.0|
|Colours||Crystal Green, Crystal Blue||Mirror Black, Sonic Black, Sonic Blue||Aqua Teal, Denim Blue||Not Just Blue, More Than White, Kind of Gray|
|Screen size (inches)||6.30||6.53||6.30||6.08|
|Resolution||1080x2340 pixels||1080x2340 pixels||1080x2520 pixels||720x1560 pixels|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass||-||-||Gorilla Glass|
|Processor||2.3GHz octa-core||1.7GHz octa-core (2x2.3GHz + 6x1.7GHz)||2.2GHz octa-core||2GHz octa-core|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 712||Qualcomm Snapdragon 712||Samsung Exynos 9609||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665|
|Expandable storage type||microSD||microSD||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||256||-||512||256|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes||Yes||-||-|
|Rear camera||48-megapixel (f/1.8) + 8-megapixel (f/2.25) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.24)||16-megapixel (f/1.78) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)||12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.25-micron) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2, 2.0-micron) + 5-megapixel||48-megapixel (f/1.79, 1.6-micron) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel|
|Rear autofocus||Phase detection autofocus||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Front camera||16-megapixel (f/2.0)||32-megapixel (f/2.0)||12-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.25-micron)||32-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.6-micron)|
|Operating system||Android 9 Pie||Android Pie||Android 9 Pie||Android 9.0|
|Skin||ColorOS 6.0||Funtouch OS 9||-||-|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||-||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2||2||2||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes||Yes||-||-|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|