Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A3 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Motorola One Action is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Xiaomi Mi A3 (6GB RAM, 128GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Motorola One Action  Xiaomi Mi A3 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
28.6
32.0
Value for Money Score
65.5
63.2
Price ₹ 13,999 onwards ₹ 17,490 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2019 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.01 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2520 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch) 720x1560 pixels (~ 286 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Punch Hole Camera 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9609Ranked #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #44 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 12MP + 5MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 48MP: Sony IMX586 Sensor; 1.6um Pixel Size; 6p lens; F/1.79 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; PDAF, 8MP: Ultra wide-angle camera; 118° Field-of-View; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor, AI Portrait mode, Steady Handheld Night Photography, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@240fps/120fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 12MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features 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 F/2.0 Aperture, 1.6um Pixel Size, HDR, Panorama selfie, 5p lens, Video: 1080p@30fps
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 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 9.2 mmThick 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 176 gmMedium 173 gmMedium
Width 71.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use 71.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (IPX2 Rated) Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 4030 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 Yes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 10.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Premium build & gorgeous design: Dual Gorilla Glass 5 build, with an attractive, striking gradient design
  • Modern front panel, with a small notch
  • Compact form-factor - fairly easy to use one-handed
  • Decent, reasonably accurate under-display fingerprint scanner (it's not the fastest though)
  • Large, high-contrast AMOLED display
  • Being part of the Android One series, you get a simple/stock Android experience, along with a promise of minimum 2 years of Android updates
  • With the powerful Snapdragon 665 at the core, you get smooth dependable performance all-round - it's great for gaming too
  • Very good triple camera setup on the rear (48MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth)
  • Images turn out with high level of detail and true-to-life colors - the contrast is also excellent, while the dynamic range is notably wide
  • 8MP images with the ultrawide-angle camera are decent too - its per-pixel quality is much lower than the main camera, but the colors are still nice, and noise is minimal
  • Portrait mode works well - shots are detailed, with excellent subject separation and convincing faux blur
  • Night mode works decently well too
  • Excellent selfies too, from the 32MP selfie camera - there is enough detail, the colors are nice, and the images are sharp enough
  • Good video recording performance too - both 4K and 1080p videos are sharp and detailed, contrast is excellent, color rendition is quite nice and true to life, and the dynamic range is decent - at 1080p 30fps, there is also EIS, which works well
  • Overall, the Mi A3 is easily one of the better camera phones in this price bracket, going head-to-head with excellent camera phones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Very good speaker - loud, with fairly rich and deep sound
  • Very good battery life with a large 4030mAH battery - you will comfortably get 1.5 days of use
  • Fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0) support, with up to 18W charger
  • Overall, the Mi A3 is an all-round good Android One phone, that does well on most counts, and additionally packs a stock Android experience (plus promised updates) - for a lot of users, who value a stock Android experience, and whose main consumption on the phone is images & video, it will be a good bet
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The 720p resolution is on the low side though for a PenTile AMOLED display of that size, and this is the only weak-ish point of the Mi A3 - the screen is not the most ideally suited for long reading or browsing
  • The phones ships with a lower 10W charger though, that gives still decent, but not the quickest charging speeds - it recharges from 0 to 28% in 30 mins, while a full charge takes about 150 mins
  • But if you tend to do a lot of long reading on your phone, then you might want to consider higher resolution phones in this price bracket (and there are many good ones out there)
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  16. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  17. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Gets many things right ...but the 720p screen makes the Mi A3 more of a niche device as it is best suited for gaming and videos instead of browsing and reading
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Two steps forward, one step back
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good Android One phone...but the display is a compromise
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Offers a lot of bang for the buck, but competition in this price segment is fierce to say the least....this one is for the purists
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Pretty good value smartphone...a safe bet for people looking for a cheap and cheerful smartphone that comes with all the right features, and none of the hassle
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good choice for an affordable phone
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worth buying if you want a stock Android phone in this price bracket...but there are compromises too
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The 720p display really complicates what is otherwise a very agreeable Android phone
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. An otherwise solid phone with one major drawback - a 720p display
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Xiaomi Mi A3 has everything that should be there in a mid-segment smartphone, however, the display resolution could be a dampener for some
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Good but not great
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. A very good device for Android One fans..but if you do not value stock Android, then consider alternatives
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A pretty solid offering that offers a lot for its price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Buy the Mi A3 if you want an all-rounder of an Android One smartphone that is priced just right
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Offers great value...a rival to the Google Pixel 3A in photography and performance, but at a significantly lower price
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  16. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  17. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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