Motorola One Hyper review shows an impressive camera, a thoughtful design, and the capable performance this phone has. It’s a phone worth considering.
Motorola One Hyper smartphone was released in January 2020. This one is one of the most interesting products we’ve ever reviewed. A flagship phone with some unique features rarely found in the market.
One of the most striking features of Motorola One Hyper is the pop-up selfie camera. It’s a rather different approach toward saving a bit more space for the screen. Not to mention, the 32MP resolution this camera has.
Motorola One Hyper is powered by a mid-range Snapdragon 675 CPU, 4GB RAM, and a 4,000mAh battery. It has a dual camera with Quad Pixel technology and a Full HD screen. Furthermore, the phone also packs large internal storage at 128GB.
An impressive spec at the first glance, we will take a look into them more later on. Enjoy our Motorola One Hyper review below.
Motorola One Hyper specifications:
- Weight: 200g
- Dimensions: 161.8 x 76.6 x 8.9mm
- OS: Android 10
- Screen size: 6.5-inch
- Resolution: 2340 x 1080
- CPU: 2GHz Octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Battery: 4,000mAh, Non-removable
- Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP
- Front camera: 32MP
The first time holding the phone, you’d find how Motorola One Hyper is slightly heavy. Its weight is 200g, which is indeed heavier than most phones. The phone is large as well, measuring 161.8mm, 76.6mm, and 8.9mm in height, width, and thickness respectively.
Motorola One Hyper uses plastic as its casing material. Don’t be concerned about it looking cheap. In fact, the phone looks luxurious with its deep-sea navy back cover. The shiny finish reflects the light in a way that it creates beautiful gradient effects. The back cover is where the camera and the fingerprint are located.
On the same back cover, there’s a subtle band that runs vertically from the top to the bottom of the phone. On the top part lies the camera housing. Meanwhile, at the bottom, you can see the Motorola logo which is almost invisible. The fingerprint sensor is circled with an LED ring, which turns on when you get a notification.
It’s a little detail that makes the phone look even more gorgeous. Nothing about it screams plain or boring. The body of the phone is also water-repellent, which makes it very dependable during bad weather. The phone is not really durable against scratch, though. This is one of the disadvantages of having plastic as a material.
Read also: Motorola One Hyper User Manual
The 6.5-inch screen Motorola One Hyper has is expansive not just because of the size. Since there’s no notch or punch hole camera, the front part is reserved fully for the display. There’s a line of bezels around it, but it’s pretty thin. When you watch a movie, there will be no distraction at all.
If you think the screen is too big, you can use the one-hand mode to minimize it. Activating only takes one swipe. As for the quality, you’d get a Full HD screen with it. The 2340 x 1080 resolution allows for crisp media viewing and an overall pleasant scrolling experience.
The Full HD quality is bright, yet it still reflects some light when used outdoors. The result is the dimmer screen. On the other hand, the screen poses no problems when used indoors. It is as pleasant as it can be in displaying the smartphone’s user interface. The display lets colors pop and despite the size, there’s no drop in resolution.
The touchscreen is responsive. The display also has sensors that regulate brightness according to the light situation around you. There’s a protective coating for the display, but it’s best to still install tempered glass. Its massive size is not exactly immune to drops.
With Motorola One Hyper, you get a 64MP primary camera coupled with an 8MP 180-degree wide-angle camera. You can take advantage of the full resolution to get the best and most detailed photos. On the other hand, if you don’t want to quickly fill up the storage with a large file size, you can pick the 16MP option.
The front-camera placement is what’s catching our attention. You get a pop-up selfie camera that automatically ejects when you activate it. The resolution is high too at 32MP, giving you the most detailed selfies anyone can ask. The pop-up design means you’ll wait several seconds before the camera fully comes out.
Going back to the rear camera, you can expect finer details on every picture you take. Even if you choose the lower megapixels setting, there are no more noises than when you choose a full-fledge 64MP megapixels. Thanks to the Quad Pixel technology, you can take a perfect shot effortlessly.
Naturally, the best pictures come out when the object is well-lit. In the case of Motorola One Hyper, this phone actually has 4x light sensitivity. It helps enhance brightness and clarity in low-light settings, all while also reducing noises.
Lastly, Motorola One Hyper is also a versatile video camcorder. It can record Full HD videos with EIS stabilization. There are plenty of features to get creative with, such as time-lapse, Hyperlapse, and slow-motion.
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Motorola One Hyper provides 128GB of space in the internal storage. This is a massive capacity, allowing you to store offline streaming data as much as you want. It also means hundreds of apps can be installed on the phone.
If you use the phone’s storage sparingly, you won’t even need to add an additional external storage. This phone is capable to hold up to 1TB SD card capacity. It’s your go-to option when that 128GB is not enough. An SD card is recommended for users who like to use the 4K video recording feature Motorola One Hyper offers.
The powerhouse of this phone centered around the 2GHz Octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 with 4GB RAM. This couple results in impressive performance whether it’s for everyday tasks or some more demanding ones. Motorola One Hyper delivers effortless performance throughout, whatever the task you are doing with it.
Lags are very rare as the phone jumps seamlessly from one task to another, or from one screen to another. For 3D games, Motorola One Hyper gives respectable frame rates with few hiccups on medium to high settings. Streaming comes with loud and clear audio from the mono speaker in front of the phone.
Motorola One Hyper comes with Android 10 as its operating system. Typical of Motorola, you’d get the unmodified version of the OS, without any custom skin and UI. The vanilla UI already looks functional and easy to use. There’s the dark mode to switch your phone’s overall theme so it is friendlier to your eyes.
You’d still find Motorola specific apps like Moto Action or Moto Play, but that’s just about it. This phone packs minimal clutter on its system. We also found the Moto apps are more helpful than bothersome.
This device has a fingerprint sensor on the back, that also comes with an LED ring to signal incoming notifications. There’s no question about the sensor capability as it works fast registering users’ fingerprints. What this phone lacks is Face Unlock, which is available even on the cheaper phones produced by Motorola.
Perhaps, the pop-up front-facing camera makes it difficult to implement the biometrics feature on this phone. It’s hard to instantly unlock the phone because the camera is hidden by default.
Other sensors found here include Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Compass. Hearing aid compatibility is also available on Motorola One Hyper. Along with other visual and cognitive accessibility features, such as Screen reader, Predictive text, and Voice assistant.
Motorola One Hyper runs on a 4G LTE network band. Supporting fast internet, the phone can reach a download speed of up to 400Mbps. As an alternative, Motorola One Hyper also provides Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, and Hotspot.
The connection between devices is handled through Bluetooth 5.0. This is how you pair accessories like wireless headphones. For wired accessories, you’ll be glad Motorola One Hyper still supports a headphone jack. This 3.5mm jack is conveniently located at the top instead of at the bottom of the phone.
Furthermore, Motorola One Hyper supports GPS and NFC for mobile payment. Lastly, its USB port is of a Type-C one, which is reversible.
Motorola One Hyper comes with an equally massive battery with 4,000mAh in capacity. This will be enough to get you to a couple of days of usage under normal conditions. If you are really pushing the phone to its limit with continuous streaming and gaming, Motorola One Hyper would still hold well until the end of the day.
This phone also provides a fast charging feature called Motorola TurboPower. The 45W hyper-charger is included in the box. That way you don’t have to buy an additional charger again. Charging is ultra-fast with this feature because you can instantly jumpstart a drained phone in a matter of minutes.
Is the Motorola One Hyper a good phone?
Motorola One Hyper lives up to its name, giving hyper features from design to the battery. We only had some minor complaints in this Motorola One Hyper review. Among them is the lack of Face Unlock and the plastic material.
Either way, the price might come out too expensive for some. A unit of Motorola One Hyper is selling at $650, which surely puts a dent in one’s pocket. There’s a cheaper payment option where customers can pay only $23.96/mo for 24 months. You can take advantage of this deal to bring this impressive phone home.
Motorola One Hyper Pros
- Gorgeous design
- Pop-up front camera
- Impressive camera
- Large battery with fast charging
Motorola One Hyper Cons
- No Face Unlock
- Plastic material
- Expensive price