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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
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
, Vivo and
. 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.)
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.
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.
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.