Motorola launched another phone in its One series, the Motorola One Hyper. At $399.99, the Hyper sounds more like a mid-range, however, on the cameras side, it boasts super high-resolution sensors that enable “night vision”.
In 2019, Motorola is pushing the envelope to deliver affordable stylish smartphones with top camera features, such as Motorola One Zoom, the Hyper’s older sibling launched at IFA last September.
The primary camera is equipped with a Quad-Bayer style 64 Megapixel sensor (f1.9) and the pop-up front shooter has a 32 Megapixel sensor (f2.0). Super-high-resolution sensors allow using what Motorola calls Quad Pixel Technology, also known as Pixel binning, a feature that combines four pixels into one.
Motorola is using quad binning to deliver its Night Vision mode, by combining the luminosity of four pixels it gains 4x the amount of light but loses resolution. The resulting image has only a 16 MP resolution or an 8MP resolution for the selfie.
As we have shown with our Uber-G Camera IQ, Pixel binning can also help to improve the dynamic range of photos as Quad-Bayer sensors can simultaneously capture with two different exposures, each with half of the pixels, to mitigate ghosting effects. We do not know if Motorola is using it. The main module also features a 118° ultra-wide secondary camera with an 8MP sensor and f2.2 lens.
Motorola is not the first phone maker to come up with a pop-up selfie shooter, we have seen several phones with the feature, including the high-end OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro, the Oppo Reno and Reno 2 and the Xiaomi Mi 9.
Motorola one hyper integrates the Moto gestures, and to slide the front camera out, you just have to shake the phone sideways with a slight twist. When you just shake it, the flashlight turns on.
Thanks to the sliding selfie camera, the 6.5” full HD IPS display boasts a 90% display-to-body ratio, which helps to deliver a sleek and stylish design to the whole package.
Except for the 4000 mAh large battery with 45W Hyper Charging Technology, the rest of the specs feels more like mid-range, but at $400, the feature-packed camera system is a bargain. Unfortunately, the 45W charger is an optional purchase and the charger in the box isn’t as powerful.
On the hardware side, the Motorola one hyper gets a Snapdragon 675 with 4GB RAM and runs on Android 10.
The GSM unlocked Motorola one hyper will be available in Deep Sea Blue in the United States starting today, December 4 only on Motorola.com. The phone is compatible with carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile (MSRP: $399.99 USD). In Latin America and in selected countries of Europe.
Other colors will be available later, in the USA you will get a Dark Amber option and Fresh Orchid will be available in other markets.