Thursday, 12 December, 2019

Motorola Goes 'Hyper' With 64MP Camera-Focused Smartphone

Cecil Davis | 04 December, 2019, 19:38

The Motorola One Hyper features a 6.5-inch FHD+ display, which, thanks to the 32MP pop-up selfie camera, boasts an impressive 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.

The phone has NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner with a notification LED ring around it.

The Motorola One Hyper also has a Water-repellent coating, meaning it is splash resistance.

Motorola announced a new mid-range phone today and it's called the Motorola One Hyper.

For starters, you don't have to pay that much for the Motorola One Hyper, which debuts at $399.

Inside, there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage plus a MicroSD card slot. With LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/6/8/12/17/28/66, it lacks Sprint and Verizon support, and won't get AT&T's maximum speeds or T-Mobile's best coverage.

Though the Hyper uses a case made out of plastic, as you'd expect from a sub-$400 phone, this doesn't look like something out of the bargin bin.

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As for that box, you'll have to go to Motorola's own online store to actually acquire it. Initially, the phone will debut in a Deep Sea Blue color, but I think the Dark Amber version coming later is much more eye catching. It is available for purchase starting Wednesday in select countries in Europe and Latin America.

There's a headphone jack on the top of the phone - thankfully- and a USB-C port on the bottom. Because that pop-up selfie cam eliminates the need for a bezel or notch, you get a lot of uninterrupted screen in this LCD panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio. 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.

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. That battery supports 45W USB-PD charging, which Moto says can give take you from 0 to 42% in just 10 minutes. That allows for 4 times more scene capture, according to Motorola, and you activate the wide-angle lens with the press of a button. That processor is paired with 4GB of RAM, the only configuration being offered (at least in the USA, I couldn't confirm regarding other markets).

Motorola is nearly ready to make a high-end smartphone market comeback with a Snapdragon 865-powered flagship supporting 5G speeds without having to pair to a Moto Mod, but before that thing arrives at some point next year, the company continues to pump out interesting mid-rangers.

Motorola may be charging back into the premium phone game with 5G connectivity and foldable phones in 2020, but here at the end of 2019, it's got one more midrange deal waiting in the wings.

Beyond the cameras, the Motorola One Hyper is basically a recipe for hitting an affordable price point.

"We're going for that consumer that typically, they shop on Amazon for something that is great looking with great specs, and this will be the device for them", said Motorola head of product operations Doug Michau.