Motorola re-enters flagship smartphone space with Edge Plus

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It’s been a long time since Motorola made a proper flagship phone. But as of 22 April 2020, the iconic brand is back, this time with the much-rumoured and leaked Edge Plus.

In a nutshell, the Edge Plus is everything you’d expect from a 2020 flagship device—an OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate, top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 5G processor, 12GB of RAM, massive 5,000mAh battery, and a powerful triple-camera system to boot (headlined by a 108MP main sensor).

Pricing and availability

The Edge Plus retails for USD999 (~MYR4,358), securing itself in the flagship device pricing bracket. Still no match for the Moto Razr, though. Unfortunately, for most of us, we won’t be able to buy it even if we wanted to as it will be a Verizon-exclusive. Available from 14 May onwards.

If it’s any consolation, you may be able to buy the regular Edge, which features weaker internals. This won’t be able until summer though and no pricing or official release date has been announced.

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Motorola Edge Plus

The leaks have been accurate, to say the least. The Edge Plus is elegant and sleek, if familiar-looking. It looks like a mish-mash of some of the current flagship devices. The body is made of 6000 series aluminium, protected by Gorilla Glass 5. Sadly, there’s no IP-rating but the device does carry a “water repellent design.”

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The 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED display (2340×1080) is certainly a highlight, what more with its trick “edge display,” which has pronounced curved edges. Granted, curved displays aren’t new; Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, vivo have been doing them for some years now.

Motorola Edge Plus
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Still, it’s a beautiful display, and Motorola has integrated notifications and swipe gestures to take advantage of the edge display. There’s also an on-screen fingerprint reader.

Like a true flagship, the Edge Plus puts focus on the camera. And this time, Motorola didn’t hold back, plonking in the 108MP f/1.8 whopper of a sensor, seen also on the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the Xiaomi Mi 10. It shoots pixel-binned 27MP stills by default and can also shoot up to 6K video.

Complementing the main sensor are the 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with OIS (3x optical zoom) and a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens (with macro), as well as a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor. On the front is a substantial 25MP f/2.0 selfie shooter.

Under the hood is the Snapdragon 865 5G chipset coupled with 12GB of DDR5 memory and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage.

The device comes with 5G support (NR mmWave + Sub-6GHz), NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, as well as Wi-Fi 6.

Keeping it juiced is a massive 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W TurboPower rapid-charging, 15W wireless charging and 5W wireless reverse charging.

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In terms of audio, it features dual stereo speakers tuned by Waves, three mics, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Motorola Edge

The regular Edge takes on the same base design of the Edge Plus including the 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED display. Everything else is a step down including the Snapdragon 765, paltry 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a 4,500mAh battery with no wireless charging support.

The triple camera system, while not shabby, is a notch or two down from the flagship—a 64MP main sensor, 8MP telephoto camera (2x optical zoom), and the same 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens with a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor.

Unlike the Edge Plus, the Edge only supports 5G Sub-6GHz and not mmWave.

For more information, visit Motorola.


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