Our Opinion

The Motorola One Vision is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy M40 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Motorola One Vision might be a slightly better choice.

Motorola One Vision  Samsung Galaxy M40 
Motorola One Vision Samsung Galaxy M40
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Excellence Score
34.6
32.0
Value for Money Score
61.1
64.1
Price ₹ 19,999 onwards ₹ 17,123 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Jun, 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 version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2520 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Punch Hole Camera Punch hole Camera
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9609Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #25 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 612
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 32MP + 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 32MP: F/1.7 Aperture; 0.8um; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (ultrawide); 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera 25MP 16MP
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, 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.7 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 180 gmMedium 168 gmMedium
Width 71.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use 73.9 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP52 Rated
Battery Capacity 3500 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, 15W TurboPower (7 hrs of Charge in 15 mins) Yes
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; Dolby Atmos
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
  • The M40 is the first mid-range phone from Samsung with an Infinity O display (till now it was only available with the Galaxy S10 series) - the front camera is under the display in the hole punch on the top left of the screen which helps achieve a near bezel-less display - the phone is definitely a head-turner
  • The body is polycarbonate (though it feels glass-like) has a very premium look and a slight gradient effect
  • Polycarbonate body also means that the phone is pretty light-weight
  • The middle camera sensor at the back has a silver ring around it, which stands out very subtly
  • Large, bright display - you get good viewing angles and sharpness
  • Samsung's new One UI is one of the most clean, and refined implementations of Android at present, and is quite smooth in day-to-day use - so on the software front, Samsung scores a big point
  • Solid performance with the powerful Snapdragon 675 processor (same as Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro) - everything from day-to-day performance, to games, is smooth
  • Decent set of triple rear cameras (standard + ultra-wide + depth)
  • Image quality is reasonably good in well-lit environments
  • Portrait shots came out really well with the subject well defined and the background blurred
  • The 16MP front camera also does a decent job of taking pictures in daylight - the photos look sharp with enough details and colours are close to natural
  • Overall, the camera performance isn’t the strongest in its price range, but fairly good overall
  • A stand out feature is the On Screen sound technology where the display doubles up as a speaker (it works well)
  • Good battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you can expect it to comfortably last the day - though of course it's not quite as brilliant as the 5000mAH batteries on the Galaxy M30 and M20
  • Samsung continues it's smart comeback into the mid-range with another good addition to the M-series - the M40 is a good alternative to consider in this price bracket, for people who want to prioritise a stylish cutting-edge design, and a 'notch-less' screen
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)
  • Both fingerprint unlock (the fingerprint sensor is on the back), and the face unlock, while decent, aren't the fastest
  • It's not AMOLED though, so purely quality wise, the display is not quite as vibrant and punchy as the Galaxy M30
  • Tends to warm up a little bit, during heavy gaming
  • Low light performance from both the rear and front cameras is pretty average though
  • There is no 3.5-mm headset jack, which could be an issue for some users (USB-C headphones are bundled though)
  • There is some pretty good competition though, make no mistake - there is Samsung's own Galaxy M30 (cheaper, better display, better battery, headphone jack, although it has a slightly inferior processor, and not the cutting edge 'punch-hole' design), the Poco F1 (flagship Snapdragon 845, headphone jack, though it doesn't have a very modern design), and the Redmi Note 7 Pro (cheaper, better battery, headphone jack, though MIUI is not as simple/refined as the One UI) - all of which are excellent value themselves, so what you chose will depend on what you value
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. We find it hard to recommend the Galaxy A60/M40 in the presence of phones such as the Realme X, and the Redmi K20 in the same price range
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A well balanced phone...but it's own sibling M30 undercuts the M40 to offer a better overall value
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Solid overall performer, and the most polished M-series offering by Samsung till date...but falls a bit short of being the undisputed leader that it could have been
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. One of the finest smartphone in its price range
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Gets a lot of things right..If you are looking to buy a mid-range smartphone that offers a large display for watching videos, has a respectable camera and looks stylish, I think you should probably consider the Galaxy M40
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Power-packed device with a fresh look and good performance...set to further challenge rivals like Xiaomi
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Ticks all the boxes for a premium mid-range phone
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A great phone for its price
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Brings in a higher brand value than most of the other Chinese competition...If that prestige matters more than the marginally better user experience found on the others, then the Samsung M40 is your best option
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. While the Galaxy M40 offers some neat features, it is ultimately undone by Samsung's own Galaxy A50, and M30, in the value-for-money stakes
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. Overall, we did like the Samsung Galaxy M40
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
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