When Motorola isn’t launching cutting-edge folding phones like the new Razr, it’s putting out affordable Android devices for the masses.
The latest release is the Motorola One Hyper, sporting a 64-megapixel camera paired up with a 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, plus a pop-up 32-megapixel snapper on the front that allows for a totally notch-free display.
The large 6.5-inch screen is an LCD type, with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels, giving a 396 pixel-per-inch screen density.
The water-resistant phone itself has three different colour options that are all extremely vivid and a reflection of the attention-to-detail that all manufacturers are putting into the rear designs, now that there’s not a lot to do on the front.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, with 4G of RAM and 128GB of further expandable storage, the Motorola One Hyper is a more affordable mid-ranger, but still comes with a 4,000mAh battery and a stunning 45W Hyper Charger, hence the name.
The Hyper Charging system will get the phone from 0% to 75% in just 30 minutes.
A rear-mounted fingerprint sensor also has a surrounding LED that illuminates to show you have new notifications.
Despite the mid-range chipset, the phone also includes dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and even retains the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Motorola One Hyper also ships with Android One, a bloat-free edition of Android 10 that means it comes with the bare minimum preinstalled out of the box, allowing you to choose what apps you want, and more importantly don’t want, taking up storage space.
The 64 and 32-megapixel cameras use pixel binning to produce a cleaner, brighter, 16 or 8-megapixel photo in standard mode, while the wide-angle camera allows for greater flexibility when taking photos of scenery, buildings etc.
A new Night Vision algorithm produces great low-light images from both the rear 64-megapixel camera and the front 32-megapixel selfie camera. Laser autofocus helps the rear cameras focus in total darkness.
The pop-up camera is ready to go in under a second, and it has drop-protection to put the camera away as soon as a drop is detected, or the phone is flipped upside down.
These new camera features aren’t exclusive to Motorola’s own camera application either, as Google’s CameraX API allows third-party apps like Instagram to take advantage of the camera features too, such as HDR, Night Vision and Portrait Mode.
Pricing and availability
The Motorola Hyper will be sold in the UK from mid-December for £269.99 via Motorola’s own website. UK customers will need to purchase a 45W Hyper Charger separately.