Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
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Motorola Loves Mid-Range: We've Got a New Pop-Up Selfie Phone!

Powered by the Snapdragon 675, the Motorola One Hyper features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with FHD+ (1080×2340) resolution, and packs 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There is also a night mode available for the 32MP selfie and 64MP rear camera.

The Motorola One Hyper also has a Water-repellent coating, meaning it is splash resistance.

It all sounds promising, though the true measure of the Motorola One Hyper's Camera will be when we get it matched against the Pixel 3a, which is now our pick for the best budget option among the top camera phones.

Price and availability: The Motorola One Hyper costs $399.99 and is available right now on Motorola's online store. The new device from Motorola draws its power from a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor. Motorola doesn't usually sell its One-line phones in the United States at all, but the company says that past critiques have spurred it to sell the phone direct-to-consumer from its website.

Though the Hyper uses a case made out of plastic, as you'd expect from a sub-$400 phone, this doesn't look like something out of the bargin bin. Initially, the phone will debut in a Deep Sea Blue color, but I think the Dark Amber version coming later is much more eye catching. There is also a customizable light ring around the fingerprint sensor that will lit up when you receive a message or call.

In Latin America and in selected countries of Europe, motorola one hyper will be available from December 4th on.

The front-facing camera is a pop-up, a lot like the one on the OnePlus 7 Pro; twist your wrist in the traditional Motorola way, and it pops up. There's also a low-light Night Mode, with around 4x the light sensitivity, on both cameras: that automatically turns on when the conditions suit it, but you can override it if you prefer.

The pop-up camera is a 32MP sensor and it can shoot quad-pixel 8MP photos too. The setup includes a 64-megapixel main rear camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 118-degree field of view. There's a 4,000 mAh battery which Motorola says could last up to two days, and 45W USB-C PD Hyper Charging support. That processor is paired with 4GB of RAM, the only configuration being offered (at least in the United States, I couldn't confirm regarding other markets). In the United States, the device ships with an 18-watt charger. Motorola has been criticized in the past, Michau concedes, because it hasn't offered its One phones in the U.S., at least officially. (The Moto G7 Power is the longest-lasting phone we've tested, and the Moto Z4 lands in on that list as well.) When you do run out of power, the Hyper can support up to 45W fast-charging, though only an 18W charger comes in the box.

All things considered, I think the Hyper makes for a slightly cheaper but reasonable counterpoint to the Zoom, offering a true notchless design, a more advanced main rear camera, faster charging, and Android 10 out of the box (Moto confirmed the Hyper will get Android 11, but not Android 12).

Beyond the cameras, the Motorola One Hyper is basically a recipe for hitting an affordable price point.

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