Our Opinion

The Motorola One Action is a slightly better phone than the Huawei Honor 20i, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Motorola One Action!

Huawei Honor 20i  Motorola One Action 
Huawei Honor 20i Motorola One Action
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Excellence Score
30.5
32.4
Value for Money Score
66.0
69.8
Price ₹ 14,999 onwards ₹ 13,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.21 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 415 pixels per inch) 1080x2520 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass Punch Hole Camera
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #42 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9609Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G51 MP4 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 24MP + 8MP + 2MP 16MP + 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 24MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture, 13mm Focal Length (ultrawide), 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (Wide); 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 14mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); Dedicated video camera, 5MP: Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, EIS, Portrait lighting, Shot Optimization, Auto smile capture, High-res zoom, Portrait mode, Cinemagraph, Cutout, Spot color, Active photos, Live filter, Slow-motion video, Google Lens integration, Landscape view recording, Slow-motion video (120fps), Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video
Secondary Camera 32MP 12MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 1.25µm Pixel Size, HDR, Portrait lighting, Shot Optimization, Auto smile capture, Group selfie, Portrait mode, Cinemagraph, Live filter, Slow-motion video, Timelapse
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8 mmMedium 9.2 mmThick
Weight 164 gmMedium 176 gmMedium
Width 73.6 mmOk for one-handed use 71.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (IPX2 Rated)
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 10W Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 10.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration NFC; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stunning, captivating gradient design on the rear panel, which reflects light in some very interesting ways
  • The slightly curved rear panel also helps with overall aesthetics and offers a much better fit in the palm
  • Weighing in at 164 grams, the device feels very light too
  • Modern front panel with a dewdrop notch design, and very minimal bezels
  • Overall, the Honor 20i is one of the best designed mid-budget phones that you will come across, at present
  • The side power and volume buttons offer satisfactory tactile feedback
  • Honor has also placed the fingerprint scanner at the right place as it is convenient to reach
  • Both the fingerprint scanner and face unlock are very fast to unlock the phone
  • Good, 6.21-inch, Full HD+ display
  • There is a ‘Smart Resolution’ mode, which automatically adjusts the screen resolution to save power
  • Honor's EMUI interface offers a lot of additional functionality and customization over stock Android (it is in fact one of the most heavily customized versions of Android)
  • Solid performance with the Kirin 710 (similar to Snapdragon 660) - it handles both day-to-day tasks and games without breaking into a sweat
  • Pretty good set of triple rear cameras (standard + ultra-wide + depth) - for this price bracket
  • Images in daylight come out pretty good, with good amount of details and sharpness
  • The camera is quick to focus
  • There is also decent separation between the subject and background in macro shots
  • The Night scene mode also works well - it takes multiple shots and blends them to deliver a clearer picture with less noise, better colors and contrast - but, you will have to be very patient as it takes time to produce the final output
  • The front 32-megapixel camera also takes good selfies with enough details, and support software based portrait mode
  • Good battery life with a 3400mAh battery inside - you will comfortably get a day with moderate to heavy use
  • Overall, the Honor 20i is a pretty polished mid-ranger - you get a sleek and eye-catching design, smooth performance, Android 9 Pie OS, lots of storage and decent battery life - it's a solid option to consider for this price bracket
  • Well put-together, handsome and premium looking (plastic) design
  • The narrow ergonomic profile helps as it fits snugly in the palm of one's hands - quite comfortable to use, even single-handed
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back works quickly and reliably
  • Responsive face unlock
  • Good overall display quality with good contrast, and outdoor visibility
  • The 6.3-inch, 21:9 IPS cinematic screen is also pretty good for enjoying 21:9 movie content available on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • Being part of the Android One series you get clean, simple stock Android + platform updates for 2 years
  • Of course there are a few useful Moto customizations like a gesture navigation system, Moto Actions (a karate chop action turns on and off the flashlight while the twist motion launches the camera app and both work even when the screen is off), Peek Display (It'll display notifications and let you interact with them right there on the lockscreen plus it'll wake up when you pick up your phone), and Attentive Display (will keep the screen on as long as you are looking at it)
  • The Exynos 9609 inside (similar to Snapdragon 710) delivers dependable performance across the board (day-to-day apps and games), on par with key rivals
  • Good triple camera setup at the rear - 12MP primary + 5MP depth sensor + 16MP ultra-wide, that's rotated 90 degrees, and can be used to capture ultra-wide landscape videos
  • Daylight photos come out pretty good - detail is good and noise is well controlled - dynamic range is good too
  • Portrait shots come out nice too
  • The front camera takes nice selfies with good detail and spot on skin tones - it features a decent, software based portrait mode too
  • Video recording is of course where the One Action gets its name - it's meant to replace your action cam - the phone's ultra wide angle shooter is mounted at a 90-degree angle so that it captures videos in landscape orientation (which is how video is meant to be recorded) when you're holding the phone in portrait (which is how phones are meant to be held)
  • EIS is available on both cams in 1080p resolution at both 30fps and 60fps (though the 4K footage of the main cam can't be stabilized) - and it works well
  • Overall video quality is good (though not exceptional) from both the main and the ultra-wide camera
  • The front camera does 4K video too, which is pretty neat to find on a phone in the One Action's market segment
  • Overall camera performance is good for the price bracket
  • Decent battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will get the full day with moderate use - there are competitors who are ahead in this area though
  • The One Action is a pretty well priced phone from the Motorola camp, and will get you some good value for money - it's a reasonable alternative to the likes of the Redmi Note 7 Pro (better performance, better camera, better battery, but no Android One advantage), Realme 3 Pro (again, better camera and battery, but no Android One advantage) - it's also especially worth considering, if you’re into producing video content or shooting a lot of action shots
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The glossy back of course attracts smudges and fingerprints, so you will want to use a case
  • While the software does offer a bunch of useful features, it also brings bloatware - this includes apps like HiCare, Ride mode, Honor Club, Party mode, Vigo Video and more
  • The ultra-wide camera is average - it produces quite distorted 8-megapixel images - the details, textures and sharpness are also average
  • Overall, while the camera setup is good, it's not the best available in this price bracket - that spot would go to the likes of Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme 3 Pro, and Vivo Z1 Pro
  • Charging using the supplied 10W charger, is not the fastest - it takes about 2 hours to go from 0 to 100%
  • The competition is pretty tough in this price bracket though, so the Honor 20i will have no easy breathing room - it will face the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (offers slightly better performance and cameras, big battery, glass design, and a USB Type-C port), the Realme 3 Pro (again slightly better performance and cameras, and bigger battery), the Samsung Galaxy M30 (AMOLED display, bigger battery), and the Vivo Z1 Pro (better design, better cameras, better performance, better battery)
  • The front has a pretty big punch-hole camera - it's hard to miss, and it's also not easy to ignore even after spending some time with the One Action - it's big and it's well inside the display which also forced the software engineers to stretch down the status bar to completely envelop the cutout, actually making it even more visible in a way - it also interferes with content in some apps
  • With the tall dimensions, pocket-ability is not that great, so the phone will tend to protrude out of shallow pockets
  • On the other hand, for videos shot in any other aspect ratio, you'll have to tolerate a huge black bar
  • The ultra-wide camera can unfortunately only be used for video recording, not for clicking pictures
  • Night photography is only ok, and there's no dedicated night mode
  • The included 10W 'fast' charger isn't the fastest - you will get about 30% charge in 30 min, and a full charge in 2 hours 30 minutes
Expert Reviews
  1. A capable phone...but not the best choice when more powerful alternatives are readily available
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A decent mid-range smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A well-rounded package..but in this range, there are some other great value for money devices too
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. With phones such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro setting the bar really high, Honor 20i just doesn’t make the cut
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Show a lot of promise, but fails to convince...as is falls in a very competitive price segment
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Perfectly capable
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A good mix of performance and design
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A complete package in the budget smartphone segment...Go for the Honor 20i if you are looking for a no-nonsense budget smartphone
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. economictimes.indiatimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. Reasonably priced....Don't take this as a straight-up recommendation, but we won't judge you if you get one of these
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. For the price, it definitely brings a lot of bang for one’s buck
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A strong and stylish Android One phone with exemplary poise and performance.... anyone on a budget, and looking to shoot lots of fluid video should take particular note
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Stands out...an interesting and capable choice
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A compelling smartphone, worth considering for its dedicated Action camera
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Motorola's experimental budget phone doesn’t entirely stick the landing, but if you want a cheap handset with smooth performance, clean software, and a quirky, GoPro-like video camera, the Motorola One Action is well worth a look
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Gets a lot of things right....definitely worth at this price point
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A value-for-money smartphone under Rs 15,000...aimed at those looking for a budget phone that takes great videos
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Motorola’s most well-rounded phone yet, possessing all the credentials to go toe-to-toe with smartphones that cost much more
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you’re looking to buy a phone under the Rs 15,000 price bracket that offers a good camera and a clean Android experience then the ‘Action’ is right here
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A well-rounded phone for sensible money
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. You're definitely getting plenty of bang for your buck with the Motorola One Action – as well as a cool video filming trick as well
    newatlas.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The near-perfect stock Android phone under Rs 15,000...possibly the best phone Motorola has launched in a while
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. There's a lot to like about the One Action, with Motorola once again offering a lot of phone for not much money
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  15. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
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  21. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
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