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Motorola One Hyper has a 32-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, big battery for $400

Motorola may be all about introducing premium phones for 2020, but this super-affordable Android 10 device has "bargain" written all over it.

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The Motorola One Hyper is a sleek, attractive phone selling for an affordable price.

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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. The Motorola One Hyper is a stylish new phone with a 32-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, a 64-megapixel main camera and night mode -- and it'll only cost you $400.

The One Hyper is on sale Wednesday from Motorola.com, and in select countries in Europe and Latin America. Motorola doesn't usually sell its One-line phones in the US at all, but the company says that past critiques have spurred it to sell the phone direct-to-consumer from its website.

The One Hyper brings us the first pop-up camera for Motorola, a feature we've seen from Chinese brands like OnePlus, Vivo and Oppo. The camera pops up when you take a selfie, and retracts on its own. If you drop the phone, sensors also trigger the pop-up camera to go back in its hidey-hole. (It's also Motorola's first phone with Android 10.)

Pop, goes the camera.

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Storing the front-facing camera inside the phone means that you have unobstructed access to the 6.5-inch screen, without a black bar or punch-hole for the camera to live.

A ring of light around the fingerprint reader on the phone's back can light up when you receive a message or alert, which is handy if you turn your phone on its face when you're not using it. You can customize these light ring alerts.

The Motorola One Hyper is part of a line of midrange-affordable phones that the brand is fast becoming known for. A stylish design meets a suite of specs that are designed to get you through the day without a lot of extra fuss, excluding that pop-up camera of course. Motorola says that the One line gives the brand the freedom to experiment with features and design, since it's not part of its essential portfolio of phones that'll be upgraded as part of a yearly cycle.

I've got to hand it to Motorola for its One line. These devices look and feel different, and they typically succeed in bringing strong features, color and sleek design to an inexpensive phone.

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A large screen, big battery and neat customizable fingerprint reader seek to lure you in.

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Motorola One Hyper specs

  • 6.5-inch LCD IPS screen, 85% screen ratio, full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio.
  • 64-megapixel main rear camera, with night vision mode.
  • 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with 118-degree field of view.
  • 32-megapixel front-facing pop-up camera. Twist to capture defaults to selfie mode. Night vision mode.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor.
  • 128GB internal storage. 4GB RAM, support for up to 1TB microSD card slot.
  • 4,00mAh battery rated for 38 hours battery.
  • Compatible with after-market 45-watt Hyper Charger. In US comes with 18-watt charger in the box.
  • Fingerprint sensor on the back.
  • Customizable light ring can alert for calls and messages.
  • Android 10 operating system with Motorola skin.
  • Water-repellent coating for splash resistance, but no IP rating.
  • US: GSM unlocked, so T-Mo and AT&T support.
  • Four colors: Deep sea blue in the US, with dark amber out later this month. Europe and Latin America get fresh orchid as well.