Motorola reenters flagship race with edge and edge+


After several years of not releasing a flagship phone, parent company Lenovo thought it was about time. Yesterday it announced the Motorola edge and edge+. Small 5G phones with a waterfall screen and good cameras. But is it good enough?

In the meantime, it has been busy in the 'super smartphone' category. We have the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, OnePlus 8 Pro and the Huawei P40 Pro. However, Lenovo saw an opportunity for its own opponent in the form of the now announced Motorola edge and edge+.

Motorola edge family
The Motorola edge and edge+

Both phones have a 6.7-inch OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. Motorola chooses a relatively narrow screen with a display ratio of 19.5:9. Motorola calls it an Edge Fall screen because of the 90° slope near the side. Concerns about ghost touches should be eliminated by an additional setup menu. Both phones are also suitable for 5G and have a splashproof housing with, quite unique in this category, a headphone port. Differences are the processor, the rear camera, the battery and that only the Motorola edge+ can be charged wirelessly.

Specifications Motorola edge

The Motorola edge is powered by a Snapdragon 765G octa-core processor from Qualcomm. Built-in is a pleasantly large 4500 mAh that can only be fast charged wired up to 18 Watts. According to the specifications this should be sufficient for 2 days of battery life. On the rear we find a Quad camera setup consisting of a 64 megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 lens. There is a 16 megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a viewing angle of 117°. What is special about this is that you can also use it to take sharp photos from very close range (macro). There is also an 8 megapixel telephoto lens for 2x optical zoom. The fourth sensor is a so-called ToF-sensor for depth recognition. At the front is a 25 megapixel self-image camera behind a hole punch in the upper left corner of the screen.

Motorola edge in Midnight Magenta
The edge in Midnight Magenta

The edge runs Android 10 but not Android One. Motorola does not promise to install bloatware, it would be a pretty bare Android version but promises about updates were not made. Also special is the stereo speakers that can produce a lot of sound. Also the addition of a headphone jack is remarkable and unfortunately not that common anymore. The edge gets a recommended retail price of 599 euros and is for the time being only available in black. Expect it in the shops somewhere around May.

edge+

If you want to throw even more money against a new phone, take a look at the edge+. Although he won't be for sale everywhere. It can handle the fastest 5G speeds up to 4 Gbit/s.

Motorola edge+ in Thunder Gray
And the edge+ in Thunder Gray

The Motorola edge+ gets specifications to be jealous of like a Snapdragon 865 with 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage memory, a 5000 mAh battery with wireless charging and reverse charging + a 108 megapixel Quad camera system. The only thing we can think of that is slightly disappointing is the Full HD+ resolution. Other flagships often reach Quad HD+. The edge+ will be in stores in the US from May 14th for a suggested retail price of $ 999.99. The device is also coming to Europe but only a handful of countries.


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