- The Motorola Edge series could be positioned as Motorola’s flagship series.
- The Motorola Edge is said to be using the Snapdragon 765G chip.
- Both models in the Edge series are said to come with 90Hz refresh rate screens.
April is when premium flagship phones start raining on us. Although COVID-19 has halted our lives, phone makers aren't stopping launching new phones. The OnePlus 8 Series is coming out as you read this and Motorola follows with a launch scheduled for April 22. While Motorola is yet to announce the name of the product, the video teaser suggests that it will be coming up with long-rumoured Edge series flagship phones.
The Motorola Edge series was originally supposed to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year but as the event got cancelled, Motorola delayed the launch. Nonetheless, the phones are coming out now and they will be first revealed in the US. The Edge marks Motorola's return to the premium segment after a long gap but it remains to be seen whether it will make it to markets like India, where OnePlus and Samsung rule the segment.
While India availability is still unknown, it doesn't harm to learn more about these phones. If you are getting a OnePlus 8, should you bother about these new Edge series phones?
Motorola Edge: Flagship experience on a budget?
Motorola's return to the premium smartphone space comes in the form of the Edge -- the lesser equipped model of the two phones. The Edge is expected to adhere to all the 2020 trends but at a price that could make it more accessible to everyone.
-With the Edge, Motorola may offer a 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display that will have 3D curved edges (hence the name Edge). The display will have a punch-hole cutout for the front camera and it will have a refresh rate of 90Hz.
-The regular Edge model is said to use the Snapdragon 765G, which is the next best chip to the Snapdragon 865. The 765G will have 5G support baked-in and is going to be paired with 6GB RAM as well as 128GB of storage. As is the case with all Motorola phones, it will have a near-stock version of Android 10 as its operating system.
-Cameras are of prime importance to all these days and the Edge seems to tick the right boxes here. In the triple rear camera setup, the main camera will use a 64-megapixel sensor which will be accompanied by a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. The selfie camera will use a 25-megapixel sensor.
-Leaks suggest a 4500mAh battery on the Edge but there's no mention of a fast-charging system. Wireless charging is also not an option on this one.
-Pricing is what matters and Motorola may look to take on the OnePlus 8, which itself is said to be quite pricey this year. If the Edge goes against the OnePlus 8, it may have a tough time convincing power users due to its weaker Snapdragon 765G chip. That said, those looking for a premium phone with a stock Android experience could find this a favourable option.
Motorola Edge Plus: OnePlus 8 Pro rival?
If you didn't like the specifications list on the Edge, the Edge Plus may suffice. Motorola is expected to go all-out with the Edge Plus. It could end up being extremely pricey but the Edge Plus may appeal in its own ways.
-The Edge Plus is said to rely on the same 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 3D curved edges and a refresh rate of 90Hz. The display still has a punch-hole cutout for the camera but from the renders, it seems that the bezels are slim. This display is also supposed to have an in-display fingerprint sensor.
-The Snapdragon 865 makes the biggest difference over the standard model. For performance seekers, the Edge Plus will be more than enough. Add to that the presence of a stock Android experience that Motorola is famous for and you can expect a smooth user experience.
-The Edge Plus leaks suggest it is going to use a 108-megapixel sensor as its main camera, which could be the same one found on the Samsung S20 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi 10. This could be paired with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera as well as another unspecified telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom. The front camera is still unspecified.
-When it comes to price, the Motorola Edge Plus may be jostling for presence with the OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 models. Comparing to what the rivals have to offer, the Edge Plus may be at a disadvantage but Motorola could nail the stock Android experience, which could be a refreshing change in the premium flagship category.