Motorola One Hyper, hands on: A competitive mid-range phone with good screen, cameras and battery life Review

Nancy J. Delong

Motorola’s household of Just one smartphones features the Macro, Vision, Action, Zoom and Hyper styles, just about every developed with (moderately) self-explanatory use cases in head. For the £269.99 (inc. VAT) Motorola Just one Hyper, the standout capabilities are the optimum resolution camera, the most significant screen and the accolade of getting the only Just one handset with a pop-out front camera.

The Just one Hyper is a chunky six.five-inch telephone, measuring seventy six.6mm wide by 161.eight deep by eight.9mm thick and weighing 200g, that’s a little bit unwieldy to hold. The resolution is 2,340 by 1,080 pixels (395ppi, 19:nine factor ratio), and the IPS TFT Liquid crystal display panel is dazzling, sharp and obvious. There is no camera notch or minimize-out simply because, as observed, the Just one Hyper has a pop-up selfie camera. This arrangement will not be to all tastes: selfies can be a pain as you wait around for the camera to show up, but against that is the benefit of an uninterrupted screen.

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The Just one Hyper has the most significant screen (six.five inches) of Motorola’s Just one sequence, and it is really the only member of the household with a pop-out front camera. It arrives in Deepsea Blue and New Orchid colour strategies.


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The handset is very well created, with some unique styling on the back again. There is a fingerprint sensor in the center of the best fifty percent, and the camera lozenge is raised in two ways so that the protrusion housing the pop-up selfie camera system and the rear lenses seems minimally serious. The Deepsea Blue colour of my evaluate unit was fairly nice you can find also a purple/pink New Orchid selection.

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The Android 10-based Just one Hyper operates on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of inner storage.


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The best edge of the telephone has a three.5mm headset jack, and Motorola provides earbuds in the box. You will find just a person speaker, with a grille on the bottom appropriate edge. It really is much too simple to cover this with your palm when you happen to be making use of the telephone in landscape mode — this isn’t an difficulty special to the Just one Hyper, but it is really still annoying.

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The Just one Hyper is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675 chipset with 4GB of RAM. This is a flawlessly able smartphone platform, but obviously no match for flagship-class handsets. For £269.99 you are not able to be expecting best-flight technical specs, but the Just one Hyper performs when operating each day workloads. There is 128GB of inner storage, of which fourteen.5GB was applied out of the box on my evaluate unit, leaving 113.5GB free. The handset supports two SIMs, but if you put in a second SIM you are not able to have a MicroSD card for extra storage.

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Battery lifetime is outstanding. I ran the Computer system Mark battery rundown examination and got precisely 18 hrs, with seventeen% of charge remaining. In simple conditions this has translated to nearly two times of usage for me. In the US the handset supports 45W speedy charging that can provide 10 hrs of electric power in 10 minutes. Regrettably that’s not probable in the British isles and Europe, which has to make do with 27W speedy charging.

The Just one Hyper operates Android 10 and Motorola is extremely very good at preserving additions to Android to a least There are some tweaks, nevertheless, such as a Darkish Manner. This isn’t supported by all applications, but where it is supported it is really much easier on the eye and conserves battery electric power too. 

Motorola places a selection of tweaks into a bundle that you can entry through an app icon. These include things like Peek Display screen, which allows you see notifications when the screen is off, and some bodily actions such as double-twisting the handset to speedy-start the camera and accomplishing a double ‘karate chop’ motion to fireplace up the torch. These are staples of Motorola’s handsets.

The cameras are rather very good for a handset at this value. If you happen to be well prepared to wait around for the selfie camera to make an appearance it makes sharp 8MP visuals from a 32MP sensor, while the dual cameras on the back again — a 64MP sensor with an f/1.nine wide-angle lens and an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle (118°) camera — are rather first rate too.

Motorola may well be accomplishing by itself a disservice by possessing quite so quite a few Just one-sequence handsets, but the Just one Hyper is a first rate energy with a substantial screen, a higher-resolution principal camera, very good battery lifetime and a aggressive value.

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