Motorola One Hyper Review

Moto Hyper: A budget smartphone with premium features.

You may have noticed that the Motorola One range of smartphones do focus a lot on the camera quality and specs. After Motorola One Zoom with its four rear cameras, we saw the Motorola One Action with its triple lenses. Now, the latest in the line is the Motorola One Hyper. The phone is marketed as a budget model. With regards to the camera, it only has two rear lenses. However, the main camera features 64-MP. As far as the 32-MP front camera is concerned, it only pops out when the user wants to click a selfie. With a unique design and some nice features, the phone is a good option to consider.

Motorola One Hyper Design And Display

The case that the Hyper uses is made of plastic, but looking at the price of the phone, it seems just right. The phone features a 3D curved design on the back of the phone and has a matte finish. Overall, the device looks pretty trendy and stylish. Despite the plastic case, the phone gives off an expensive look. While Motorola One didn’t come in any cheerful colours, you can expect more exciting colours in Hyper. One Hyper is expected to come in Deep Sea Blue, with the Dark Amber colour releasing later. In certain areas, including Europe and Latin America, users will be able to purchase the Fresh Orchid colour model.

Motorola One Hyper Display
Motorola One Hyper Display

The fingerprint sensor is located at the rear and comes with a light ring around it. This lets you know if you are low on battery, or if you have a call coming in, or any other notification. The light ring is completely customizable. You can choose to make it blink or stay on continuously and also be able to change its brightness. You will notice a headphone jack on the top while the USB-C port is located on the bottom. The phone is completely water repellent too. By this, Motorola means that although there is no IP rating for water resistance, it is sturdy enough to withstand a splash or two. Of course, there is no notch or a bezel since the front camera is a pop-out model. This also gives you more space on the screen. The pop-up camera allows the phone to have a free border around the display. This is being called as Total Vision by Motorola.


The Motorola One Hyper is powered by Snapdragon 675. This is the same one that is used in its flagship Moto Z4 and Motorola One Zoom. The device has 128GB of built-in storage which users would be able to expand up to 1TB with a microSD card. The phone comes with a 4,000 mAh battery, so you can be sure that the device is going to last you at least a day. It supports up to 45W fast charging. However, do note that only an 18W charger comes in the box. Talking about software, the One Hyper will be shipped with Android 10.

Motorola One Hyper Review
Motorola One Hyper Review

Camera Review

One of the main features to stand out in this phone is its front pop-out camera. While it is not the first one of its kind, it is Motorola’s first attempt with such a design. Asus ZenFone 6 and even OnePlus 7 Pro boast of a similar camera model. You can easily launch the camera by tapping on the front-facing camera icon within the Camera app. Since the phone also supports gestures, you can use it to open the camera as well. Making a twist-to-capture gesture with the phone will lead the pop-up camera to spring up for selfies.

Since the camera is designed to pop up in less than a second, you won’t have to wait too much. The camera popups with a mechanical noise, which many users seem to love. However, it is not actually due to any mechanics, it is simply audio set for it. If you are among those who find this disturbing, it can be switched off easily by visiting the settings menu. If you drop the phone, you will notice that the pop-up camera retracts automatically. The device’s accelerometer and gyroscope detect the fall and immediately retracts the camera to keep it safe.

Rear Camera

Regards the rear camera, the main camera is a 64-MP shooter which takes pictures of the utmost clarity and rich colours. With quad pixel-binning technology, the Motorola One Hyper cameras manage to combine four adjacent pixels into one, bringing better images. There is also a Night Vision mode for low light photography along with a laser autofocus feature for keeping images in focus. The phone also has shot optimization, allowing it to detect automatically when Night Vision should be applied. However, if you want, you would be able to enable it manually as well. According to Motorola, you will never to have to do anything manually since the camera has been specially designed to work automatically.

Motorola One Hyper Camera
Motorola One Hyper Camera

In addition to the main 64-MP camera, there is an 8-MP wide-angle lens with a 118-degree field of view. This lets for about four times more scene capture, according to the company. The wide-angle lens can be enabled with a single click. How the camera will compare with Pixel 3a is something that is yet to be seen. However, this is one of the best camera phones in this price range.


The company is selling the Hyper unlocked via its website. The phone will work on GSM-based cellular networks. This means AT&T and T-Mobile customers will have no trouble, but Verizon and Sprint customers are unlucky. On the brighter side, the display of the is quite large and it is very comfortable to use as well.

It is very difficult for devices like Motorola One Hyper to make the news when the company is working on more exciting models like foldable phones, such as Motorola Razr. However, on this budget, the Hyper is truly an excellent release. The camera is an excellent addition, and this looks as if it could be a worthy rival to Pixel 3a, considering its relatively lower price.

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With an experience of over 7 years in writing and translations, I combine my love of technology with writing. I love checking out new apps and smart electronics on the market, trying them out, and of course, writing about them!

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