Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M21 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Motorola One Vision, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy M21 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Motorola One Vision  Samsung Galaxy M21 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Motorola One Vision Samsung Galaxy M21
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Excellence Score
37.6
46.6
Value for Money Score
73.7
83.6
Price ₹ 14,999 onwards ₹ 14,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Mar, 2020
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 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2520 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Punch Hole Camera Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9609Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 5MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.7 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60fps, Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video, Youtube Live Stream 48MP: f/2.0 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 12mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.2 aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30fps; EIS
Secondary Camera 25MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture; 0.9um Pixel Size, Portrait mode, Spot color, Cinemagraph, Group selfie, Live filter, Slow motion video, Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video, Youtube Live Stream f/2.0 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, HDR
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 (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.7 mmMedium 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 180 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 71.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP52 Rated
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 6000 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, 15W TurboPower (7 hrs of Charge in 15 mins) Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Classy, attractive, well-built design, with a glass back - it looks much more premium than its price would suggest
  • The glass back has a light-reflecting finish that can't match the likes of the Honor View 20 or Honor 20 Lite for 'wow' factor, but which is nonetheless eye-catching
  • The front of the phone is a unique 21:9 'tall & narrow' screen, with a punch hole front camera (a feature that's so far been restricted to flagship handsets like the Galaxy S10 series)
  • The narrow dimensions means the phone is fairly easy to use one-handed
  • The handset has been finished with a water repellent coating that gives it an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance - that's enough to survive splashes
  • Well located (and fast) fingerprint sensor on the back
  • Responsive face unlock
  • The FHD+ 6.3in display looks nice and the 21:9 aspect ratio is perfect for those that want to enjoy ultra-wide 'cinematic view' movies on Netflix
  • Being part of the Android One series, you get a clean stock Android experience, alongside regular updates
  • Motorola adds a few useful extras, as always: the usual Gestures are present, including shaking the handset to open the camera, doing a 'karate chop' to toggle the torch on and off, and tapping the screen with three fingers to take a screenshot
  • All-round speedy/snappy performance with a Samsung Exynos 9609 processor (similar to Snapdragon 710)
  • Good rear camera setup (48MP standard + 5MP depth) - it gives good all-round results, day and night, photo and video - the overall quality is similar the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Night Vision mode also delivers some good night shots
  • OIS too helps with low-light photos
  • Portrait shots are good too, with good separation
  • Good 25MP selfie camera too (though it's on the slow side when shooting at full 25MP resolution)
  • Decent speaker on the bottom edge - delivers decent volume
  • Decent (though not exceptional) battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will get the full day with moderate use - there are many competitors who are ahead in this area though
  • Fast charging support
  • Overall, if it's a pure Android experience that you are after, the One Vision is a good all-round mid-range option which ticks almost all boxes, and also stands out from the crowd, with a stylish design, a 'cinematic' display, and the punch hole front camera
  • Decent looks and build quality - very similar to the Samsung Galaxy M31, with a a unibody polycarbonate design, and glossy finish on the back panel - the only major difference is the camera module which houses a triple rear camera
  • The plastic body keeps the phone feeling relatively lightweight at 188 grams, which is mighty impressive for a phone packing a big 6000 mAh battery
  • It also feels great to hold with a seamless curved panel that meets the display up front
  • Modern, Infinity-U front - bezels around the screen are slim, except for a slightly thick chin - you still get around 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is great
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back is easy to reach and work very well
  • Gorgeous, 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with excellent viewing angles, and brightness levels - easily one of the best displays in the price bracket
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Night mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimised for large displays like this
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Dark mode (which turns the background completely black, and looks great on the M21's AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Decent performance with the Exynos 9611 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 665) - the device is fairly quick to load up apps - multitasking is a breeze
  • Decent triple rear camera setup - a 48MP primary snapper, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP depth sensor
  • In broad daylight, you'll get consistent, crispy shots with decent dynamic range and sharpness levels are respectable with the primary lens
  • The ultra-wide sensor, like on any budget phone, is a good addition - it takes social media-worthy images in great lighting conditions (in low-light, the quality dips and pictures look grainy and noisy, wide-angle shots also have barrel distortion at the edges)
  • Live Focus shots are quite good and the camera app does give you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot - edge detection is very good and the Galaxy M21 does a good job of separating the subject from the background
  • The 20MP selfie camera is quite good and takes detailed selfies (though, in low light, the quality goes down a notch and results are grainy)
  • Monster 6000 mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 15W fast charging
  • If you're someone who consumes a lot of content on their phone, the Galaxy M21 is a good phone for you, it has great AMOLED display, outstanding battery backup that will last you for days
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • With the tall dimensions, pocket-ability is not that great, so the phone will tend to protrude out of shallow pockets
  • The punch-hole is on the large side - which makes it both a bit of an eyesore, and on occasion an obstacle to the cinematic immersion
  • There is not a lot of cinema content available right now to take advantage of the 21:9 aspect ratio
  • There is some strong competition though that's worth looking at, including the Galaxy A50 (larger AMOLED with in-display fingerprint scanner, and better battery life, though camera is not as good), the Poco F1 (much more powerful performance, though design is not as modern), and the Redmi Note 7 Pro (cheaper, better battery life, though MIUI is not as clean/simple as stock Android)
  • The power button and volumes are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that tactile, clicky feel
  • Design feels a bit dated and underwhelming, there is no spark in Galaxy M21's design as we see in other brand's phones like Xiaomi and Realme
  • However, this is an old chipset and heavy gaming isn't best on this phone - the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 are much better options that will handle gaming better than the Galaxy M21
  • Photos taken in low-light are average - focusing gets worse in low light and the extreme noise-correction makes images look like water paintings
  • Overall, the cameras on the M21 are decent, but there are better cameras available in this price bracket, including the Galaxy M31, which is just a tad bit pricier
  • Samsung Galaxy M11 falls behind in fast charging as competitors are offering close to 30W fast charging, the 15W on M21 feels low
  • Having said that, the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 will still offer you more bang for your buck, overall and when it comes to intensive tasks like gaming, you’ll be better off choosing the Realme 6 or the Redmi Note 8 Pro that are probably the best phones for gaming in this segment
Expert Reviews
  1. Has what it takes to be a good mid-ranger and thanks to the cinematic screen and its punch-hole selfie shooter, the Vision can stand out in a crowd...but the battery life is average
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Excellent value for the money
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A worthy budget phone contender with a beautifully pure OS
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Has a unique personality that is hard to find elsewhere in its price bracket...should definitely be on your list if you are looking for a phone in this price segment
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Worthy contender
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Excellent mid-range smartphone that gets nearly all the basics right
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worthy enough to make it to the list of phones to buy in this price range
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Impressive, unique mid-range phone
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Nearly brilliant
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. Has a lot going for it, but may lose out to competition
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. An affordable 21:9-screen handset with good cameras
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Strictly for Moto fans
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The queen of the mid-range phones
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  14. Motorola has worked hard on the One Vision, and it shows....a good choice
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Forget specs, enjoy great user experience...an absolute recommendation
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. Certainly appealing...If you’re a media-driven, snap-happy kind of person on a budget, the Motorola One Vision may be the right choice for you
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  20. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. A Phone That Caters Best To Video Content Consumers
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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