Motorola Edge and Motorola Edge Plus launched with triple-rear camera and 90Hz display
Years after producing mid-range smartphones Lenovo-owned Motorola has thrown its hat into the flagship ring as it launched the Motorola Edge Plus on Wednesday. The smartphone has all of the specs and features that are characteristic of the contemporary flagship phones from the premium brands.
The Motorola Edge Plus comes with the Snapdragon 865 SoC, 108MP triple-rear camera, 90-degree curved waterfall display, and wireless charging equipped with a massive 5,000mAh battery.
Besides, the Motorola Edge Plus, the company has also announced a vanilla Motorola Edge, middle of the road smartphone with scaled-down specs compared to the Plus version. More on the Motorola Edge later.
Motorola Edge Plus
First up, let’s talk about the Motorola Edge Plus. The smartphone features a 6.7-inch full HD+ OLED display which is the largest ever in the Motorola lineup to date. The display slides to the edges with 90-degree curvature and distinctively flaunts 90Hz refresh rates, 21:9 aspect ratio, and HDR10+ certification.
Under the hood, the Motorola Edge Plus packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC mated to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 default storage minus the expansion support, however.
The triple rear-camera setup is led by a whopping 108MP f/1.8 primary sensor which is clubbed with a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor with a 117-degree field of view, an 8MP 3x optical zoom telephoto sensor with OIS support. A ToF camera is also thrown into the mix.
The back camera can shoot 6K videos at 30 fps. For the selfies and video chatting, the smartphone wields a 25MP f/2.0 top-left aligned punch-hole camera.
A 5,000mAh battery is stacked inside aided by 15W in-built charger, 15W wireless charging, and 5W reverse wireless charging technologies. To stretch the battery life to up to 2 days Motorola has deliberately kept the display resolution at FHD+ instead of QHD+ found on the other premium devices from different manufacturers.
While there is USB Type-C port to rapid charge the battery Motorola has also stuck to the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The fingerprint scanner is an optical one and is embedded in the display. The phone also comes with stereo speakers, the loudest ever on any phones as claimed by the company.
The Motorola Edge Plus boots stock flavored Android 10 and is easy to use thanks to gesture support on the edges of the phone.
Talking about the regular Motorola Edge, it is identical to the Motorola Edge Plus in looks and display-wise. Nevertheless, its specs are pared down compared to its Plus version.
The Motorola Edge is kitted with a less powerful Snapdragon 765 SoC mated to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. However, unlike the Plus version, the Motorola Edge has the storage expansion support of up to 1TB via microSD card.
In place of 108MP, the Motorola Edge makes use of a 64MP primary camera as part of the triple-rear camera setup with two other sensors of the same resolution as that of the Motorola Edge Plus. However, the 8MP telephoto lens on the Motorola Edge misses out on OIS and makes do with only 2x optical zoom instead of 3x optical zoom on the Motorola Edge Plus.
Also, the battery on Motorola Edge is smaller, rated at 4,500mAh with 18W Turbo Charge tech support. There is no wireless charging support.
Pricing and availability
In terms of pricing, the Motorola Edge Plus is priced at USD999 (Approx. INR75,990) in the US. The smartphone will go on sale starting May 14 in Smoky Sangria and Thunder Gray color options. The Motorola Edge will also hit the shelves in May, but the exact date of sale, as well as the pricing, is not revealed. The Motorola Edge will be available in Solar Black and Midnight Magenta paint jobs.
Regarding the phones making their way to the Indian market, Motorola is yet to spill the beans. Hopefully, there will be an announcement in this regard once the lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak is lifted in the country.