Motorola has been experimenting with the One series of mobile phones over the past few years, blurring the line between mid and high end smartphones. The latest attempt is the Motorola One Hyper, which is essentially a low-cost version of a OnePlus 7 Pro.
As with the 7 Pro, Motorola uses a pop-up selfie camera to fully outfit the front of the device with no screen (though there's still a bit of bezel chin on the bottom). The net result is a 6.5-inch screen (2340 x 1080) with a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent that does not look good in Motorola's published renderings.
There's also the headliner specification that gives the phone its name: 45W USB-C Hyper Charge, one of the fastest supported charging speeds we've ever seen on a smartphone. (One Hyper's budget even outweighs that of OnePlus 7 Pro with 30 watts.)
Unfortunately, the rest of the specifications for a mid-sized Android phone is normal: 128 GB Memory, 4 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 675 processor. The bright spot is the 4,000 mAh battery, which in combination with the weaker processor should lead to a longer than average battery life. Motorola promises 38 hours of continuous operation without charging. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is always nice to look at. On the software side, the Motorola One Hyper ships with Android 10, which is particularly welcome for a mid-range device like this one.
The cameras are also standard on a medium range phone. The One Hyper features two reversing cameras: a 64-megapixel main lens that captures 16-megapixel and four-pixel stills, and an ultra-wide 118-degree 8-megapixel lens. The One Hyper also supports Motorola's standard camera software packages, including AI night mode and recording optimization features. The pop-up selfie camera is a 32-megapixel lens (which effectively captures 8-megapixel four-pixel stills).
Compared to the 7 Pro price tag of $ 699, the One Hyper looks different from a bad phone for the price of $ 399. But Motorola launches One Hyper in the middle of the Christmas sales season when the high-end 7 Pro is up for sale for $ 549 (just $ 150 more than the One Hyper) – not to mention the various sales Other great Android phones such as the Galaxy S10 – the One Hyper for 399 US dollars is sold even harder.
The One Hyper is the third Motorola One-branded phone the company has released in recent months, along with the Motorola One Zoom (with a four-camera system) and the Motorola One Action (which tried to build ) a GoPro-like action camera in a phone). The One Hyper looks good, but follows the trend of having a unique gimmick, and I wonder what kind of device Motorola could manufacture if it would focus all of its innovations on a single great phone rather than turning it into a trio of only good to share.
The Motorola One Hyper will be available in the US from 4 December. It is sold exclusively on Motorola.com as a GSM unlocked device.