Motorola One Action's camera takes a twisted view on video

Motorola has a new phone on the horizon, and this time, the rear cameras are the main focus. Dubbed the Motorola One Action, this is home to an ultra-wide angle action camera that has some pretty neat tricks up its sleeve. As with many of Motorola's recent phones, its price severely uncuts flagships as well, potentially making it a good choice for those who are on a budget.

The camera array around the back in comprised of three lenses. The main lens is a 12 MP camera that boasts phase detection auto focus and an f/1.8 aperture. It's grouped with a 5 MP depth lens while the third lens is a 16MP "ultra-wide action camera" that boasts an impressive 117-degree field-of-view. It's little surprise that the wide-angle lens is the main focus of Motorola's announcement today.

With that action camera, you can record horizontal videos while holding the phone vertically, a feature that Motorola says is accomplished through "a unique combination of hardware and software innovation." With that kind of feature in the One Action's toolkit, there's really no reason to ever record a vertical video while using this phone as your daily driver.

As for the specifications of the rest of the phone, you'll find a 6.4-inch 21:9 full HD+ (1080 x 2520) display on the front. Though Motorola didn't share any details about the phone's CPU or front-facing camera, it did say that the One Action has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage that can be expanded on further by way of the phone's microSD slot. It also has a 3,500mAh battery powering the show, which Motorola says is good for a full day of use on a single charge.

The phone is out today in Brazil, Mexico, and "various European countries" starting at €259. Motorola plans to launch the One Action in other countries within Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific in "the coming month," with a launch in US and Canada slated for early October. However, it's only in Latin America and Europe – excluding Russia – that the phone will launch with Android One. Everywhere else, it seems to be launching with Android Pie. Pricing for other regions wasn't revealed, so we'll keep an eye out for more on the One Action.