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Motorola One Macro debuts with macro camera, Helio P70

Mobile News: The Motorola One Macro is the latest in Moto’s camera-themed lineup and as you can tell by its name, its unique skill is macro photography. While most of the Moto One family is made up of mid-rangers, this is an entry-level phone.

Back to the macro camera – it can focus from as close as 2cm (under 1”) and uses a 2MP sensor with 1.75µm pixels. When framing a macro shot, keep in mind that when you are standing so close to the subbject you get a natural bokeh (no image processing needed).

For regular shots, the phone packs a 13MP main camera (f/2.0 lens, 1.12µm pixels), which can record 1080p videos at 60fps (and 120fps for slow-mo). There’s a Laser AF system to help with the focus.

Additionally, a 2MP depth sensor jumps in for portrait shots. While there’s no telephoto lens on this model, the Hi-Res Zoom mode stacks multiple frames to improve the quality of digital zoom.

The Motorola One Macro features a 6.2” LCD with 720 x 1,520px resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It houses the 8MP selfie camera (f/2.2 lens, 1.12µm pixels) inside a waterdrop notch.

The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio P70 chipset, which should come close to the performance of the Snapdragon 675 (used in the One Zoom and One Action), thanks to its four Cortex-A73 cores (and four A53) along with Mali-G73 MP3 GPU.

The One Macro is configured with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, which you can expand via the hybrid card slot – it’s a choice between two nano-SIMs or nano-SIM + microSD.

Also, despite the “One” in the name, this isn’t an Android One phone. It runs a tweaked version of Android 9 Pie. In terms of software support, an update to Android 10 is promised for this year and 2 years of security patches.

The battery has 4,000mAh capacity and is charged over USB-C at up to 10W (and there’s a 10W charger included in the box). Motorola claims the battery is good for 2 days of casual use. The other wider port is a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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