Motorola One Hyper goes official with 32MP pop-up camera, 45W fast charging

Yolanda Curtis
December 4, 2019

This way, it can keep the One Hyper's price down, but also offer it with a full 12-month warranty.

This latest phone slots right between the $349 Action and $449 Zoom, and it makes do with just two rear lenses. In order to pull that off, the One Hyper naturally comes with a pop-up front-facing shooter in tow, which isn't always the best choice for durability.

HAWAII-We don't see a lot of super-high-megapixel camera phones here in the United States, but the Motorola One Hyper is bringing a 64MP main camera to Americans for a mere $399. The Motorola One Hyper is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile's 4G LTE networks in the U.S., but it won't be sold through either carrier, only unlocked from the phone-maker itself. 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.

Motorola is selling the Hyper unlocked through its own website. Motorola doesn't usually sell its One-line phones in the USA at all, but the company says that past critiques have spurred it to sell the phone direct-to-consumer from its website. Verizon and Sprint customers are out of luck. The phone uses a nano-SIM. It's also a pretty substantial phone, given that it's packing a pretty substantial 4000mAh battery. From across the room, I thought I was looking at a much higher-end handset. The phone will initially come in dark blue in the United States, will later come in dark red, and will come in "fresh orchid" in other countries. Outside the US - the Motorola One Hyper is also coming to Latin America and parts of Europe - there will be a Fresh Orchid color. You can customize how that light behaves - whether it blinks or stays solid along with how bright it gets. It also has an audio jack, Dolby Audio, and a USB Type-C port. It does not support wireless charging and it's not technically water-resistant, although it's splash-repellent.

The Hyper is 6.4 x 3 x 0.35 inches - a little on the thick side for a phone these days, but tall and wide enough to house a 6.5-inch FHD+ display.

"The 6.5" 19:9 display is an IPS LCD, and it looks fine to my eyes; nothing special, nothing awful.

Let's tackle that pop-up display first, since it's an unusual, though by no means unique feature. 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. The 32MP sensor (0.8µm pixels, 1.6µm with pixel binning) also makes this the highest resolution selfie cam on a Moto phone. If you're bothered by the noise, you can apparently switch it off in settings.

The uniqueness of this phone probably lies within its camera story.

Because the Motorola One Hyper features shot optimization, it will auto-detect when to apply Night Vision, though you do have the option of manually turning on that mode. However, its "Hyper" name is actually gotten from its 45W "Hyper Charging" feature. The setup includes a 64-megapixel main rear camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 118-degree field of view.

The One Hyper is the latest in Motorola's midrange One line, a series of phones that each have some special camera capability, like an extreme macro mode or a rotated action camera. Its paired with a modest 4GB of RAM and 128GB built-in storage (114GB of which are user available). Motorola has been criticized in the past, Michau concedes, because it hasn't offered its One phones in the United States, at least officially.

The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 675 chipset, which was used in other recent models including the Moto Z4 and Zoom. So that's another area where it can match the Pixel 3a, which just saw an upgrade to the new version of Android.

Beyond the cameras, the Motorola One Hyper is basically a recipe for hitting an affordable price point. The cameras seem promising and could prove to be a worth alternative to the Pixel 3a, while matching that phone's low price tag.

This is the first device with “Hyper Charging” - Motorolas take on 45W wired charging (the fastest by the company yet by a large margin).

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