Motorola One Hyper Review

Alonzo Simpson
December 4, 2019

Both the rear and front cameras are capable of seeing in the dark thanks to Night Vision technology, although something tells us this functionality will not be as impressive as Google's Night Sight or iPhone's Night Mode.

The phone has NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner with a notification LED ring around it.

That being said, the Motorola One Hyper actually does one thing better and faster than most of today's ultra-high-end smartphones.

The Motorola One Hyper has been launched with the latest Android 10 OS.

For starters, you don't have to pay that much for the Motorola One Hyper, which debuts at $399.

I had a chance to check the Hyper out briefly in Maui at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit, and I think it's fair to say this is the strongest showing in the current Moto One portfolio, combining reasonably respectable performance credentials with serious battery, storage, and charging chops.

Storing the front-facing camera inside the phone means that you have unobstructed access to the 6.5-inch screen, without a black bar or punch-hole for the camera to live. The phone will work on GSM-based cellular networks like the ones operated by AT&T and T-Mobile. The phone uses a nano-SIM.

In Latin America and in selected countries of Europe, motorola one hyper will be available from December 4th on. The phone will initially come in dark blue in the U.S., will later come in dark red, and will come in "fresh orchid" in other countries.

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There's a headphone jack on the top of the phone - thankfully- and a USB-C port on the bottom.

"The 6.5" 19:9 display is an IPS LCD, and it looks fine to my eyes; nothing special, nothing bad. On the front, you've got a 32MP pop-up selfie camera that allows the display to lack any notch or cutout, similar to what you would find on the OnePlus 7 Pro. As mentioned earlier, the phone has a 32MP pop-up selfie camera, which uses 4-in-1 pixel binning to capture 8MP stills. 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 main camera is joined by a 8-MP wide-angle lens with a 118-degree field of view.

I spent a few minutes with the One Hyper, and like other phones in the One series, it's a well-made midrange phone with one special feature.

Motorola is only offering 128GB internal storage + 4GB RAM option with this device.

The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 675 chipset, which was used in other recent models including the Moto Z4 and Zoom. However, the phone ships with a 15W TurboPower charger, so you'll need to upgrade to a faster charger if you want to take full advantage. The phone runs Android 10 out of the box and sports the well-liked Moto Actions.

In a world where Motorola is churning out foldable phones like the brand-new Motorola Razr and reaffirming its commitment to high-end devices by pledging to come out with a Snapdragon 865-powered handset next year, the Motorola One Hyper may not necessarily excite.

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