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Motorola One Hyper arrives with 64MP rear camera and pop-up selfie snapper

04 December 2019

After the Motorola One Zoom and its four rear cameras, and the Motorola One Action with its triple lenses and video optimization, we're getting the Motorola One Hyper. Powered by a Snapdragon 675 processor and 4GB RAM, this thing can definitely handle most routine tasks, but it's probably wise not to expect the same performance in heavy gaming scenarios as you'd get from a Snapdragon 855 flagship nowadays. As mentioned above, this is the first Motorola phone to offer Android 10. 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. The most striking thing about the Hyper is the notch: specifically, that there isn't one. The Motorola One Hyper is a stylish new phone with a 32-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, a 64-megapixel main camera and night mode - and it'll only cost you $400.

In addition to the USB-C port, the phone also features a regular 3.5mm headphone jack as well as Dolby Audio support. It's also a pretty substantial phone, given that it's packing a pretty substantial 4000mAh battery.

The Motorola One Hyper has a price tag of $399 unlocked. You can customize these light ring alerts. Motorola describes the phone as water repellant - it will stand up to an accidental splash - though there's no IP rating for water resistance.

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That's an intentional decision, according to Motorola's Doug Michau, executive director of North American product operations, and it comes mainly in response to customer feedback around previous One-series devices.

The front-facer is a 32MP (f/2.0, 0.8um) pop-up unit that generates 8MP (f/2.0, 1.6um) Quad Pixel images. 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.

Of course, this is far from the world's first handset to adopt a hidden selfie camera purportedly capable of popping up in "less than a second" when you need to use it, and devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro have proven exceptionally reliable. The setup includes a 64-megapixel main rear camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 118-degree field of view. Like the Motorola One Zoom, it uses the reasonably performant Snapdragon 675, the most powerful chip in Qualcomm's 600-series lineup.

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You get 128GB of built-in storage with the Motorola One Hyper, and you can boost that by up to 1TB if you used a microSD card. If you drop the phone, sensors also trigger the pop-up camera to go back in its hidey-hole. Its name is in fact meant to bring attention to an "industry-leading" 45W Hyper Charging technology allowing its sizable 4,000mAh battery to go from 0 to 75 percent capacity in just 30 minutes and provide an estimated 12 hours of juice after 10 minutes spent hugging a wall. 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. 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.

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Motorola One Hyper arrives with 64MP rear camera and pop-up selfie snapper