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Motorola Edge+: What to expect from this OnePlus 8 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20 rival?

The Motorola Edge+ is coming to our shores next week and here's what you can expect from Motorola's flagship after a long time.

twitter-logo Amritanshu Mukherjee   Noamundi     Last Updated: May 16, 2020  | 18:21 IST
Motorola Edge+

Highlights

  • The Motorola Edge+ is launching in India on May 19.
  • Motorola offers a 108-megapixel camera and Snapdragon 865 on the Edge+.
  • The star attraction of the Edge+ is its waterfall curved edge display.

Motorola is done being an affordable smartphone maker and this year, it's taken up its game to the Samsungs and Apples of the world. The Razr folding phone was a stunner and with the Edge+ coming up, it is only going to be better for the premium smartphone buyer. The Edge+ is Motorola's conventional flagship phone but based on its specification sheet, nothing seems to be conventional about it.

It's got all class-leading specifications and similar to the Razr, the Edge+ has a design that will leave many drooling over it. Motorola will announce the price on May 19 and we assume that the Edge+ will exchange fists with the likes of OnePlus 8 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20 and Xiaomi's Mi 10 5G. Unless we get the review unit in our hands, we can't say much about the phone. However, there's a lot to look forward to and we go through all of them.

Motorola Edge+: What to expect?

-One of the biggest draws of the Edge+ is its design. Many phones have curved edge displays these days but the Edge+ takes it to the next level. The display on the Edge+ curves all the way to the side, giving a waterfall kind of look. We have seen this display previously on the Vivo Nex 3 but Motorola has managed to retain the buttons. Motorola has bumped the refresh rate to 90Hz.

-The pronounced curves aren't just for show. Motorola says that the Edge+ lets the users use the curves as shortcuts to various functions on the phone. The software lets you customise the edge to your liking. If you wondered, cool animations while charging and notifications also follow.

-The Edge+ joins the exclusive list of phones with a 108-megapixel camera. Motorola claims the Edge+ can take good photos in all lighting conditions, a claim that we need to put to test. That said, besides the 108-megapixel camera, the Edge+ also has an ultra-wide-angle camera and a telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom.

Motorola Edge+

-Performance is taken care of by the 5G-equipped Snapdragon 865 that's paired to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. In 2020, this is more than enough, especially when the display is limited to 1080p.

-To backup the firepower, Motorola has given it a 5000mAh battery. Not many flagship phones have 5000mAh batteries this year. Motorola is bundling 18W fast wired charging, 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging.

-Another draw for the Edge+ is the clean iteration of Android. The Edge+ runs on a clean and near-stock Android 10, with Motorola promising two more Android upgrades. Motorola has built-in some custom features to let users tweak the UI elements. The customisations are similar to what you see on OnePlus phones with Oxygen OS.

Will the Motorola Edge+ edge out the other flagships?

For that, you will have to wait until we have the phone in our hands for review. Based on the information that's already public, the Edge+ does not have feature advantages over a OnePlus 8 Pro and a Samsung S20+. Both the OnePlus and Samsung phones have 120Hz Quad HD+ AMOLED displays to offer, much higher than the 90Hz Full HD+ display on the Edge+

Motorola could play with the pricing and push it lower than both these phones. However, Xiaomi's Mi 10 5G is currently the full-fledged Android flagship sitting at Rs 49,999 and chances of Motorola looking to undercut it are looking slim. Hence, it all boils down to what Motorola announces on the launch date.

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