It took three years, but the Motorola finally returned to the segment of super expensive cell phones with the Edge +, a smartphone with the most powerful Qualcomm processor, 12 GB of RAM and compatibility with 5G as one of the decoys. It is quite different from Motorola’s latest releases and promises the best cameras, screen and performance among the brand’s devices.
With a launch price of R $ 8 thousand, the Motorola Edge + comes with a Snapdragon 865 processor, a 6.7-inch OLED screen with curved sides and a 5,000 mAh battery with wireless charging. It starts to be sold in Brazil on July 14th, but I already have my test unit in hand and I have the first impressions to follow.
Motorola Edge + on video
A different kind of top of the line
The Motorola Edge + caught my attention for being a top of the line kind of different: it has the best hardware numbers, as expected, but it brings some important details more or less compared to other expensive models, like the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
On the positive side, the Edge + has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which is disappearing even on intermediate devices, as well as an OLED panel with a 90 Hz refresh rate enabled by default: Android 10 animations stay so fluid and smooth that, as I say, it looks like butter on the screen. It is also the first 5G cell phone to arrive in Brazil (operators will take a long time to launch 5G here, but this is just a detail).
However, it does not have any type of IP certification for water protection, a standard feature on cell phones in this price range. And cameras with huge numbers don’t shoot at 8K, leaving Samsung practically alone in that field. But the strangest thing is that Edge + also does not shoot in 4K at 60 fps (!), Only at 30 fps. We will discuss these points further in the full review, which will be published shortly.
Handsome and doesn’t even look like a Motorola cell phone
Also exposing the differences, the Edge + is a phone with a very peculiar design within Motorola; I don’t remember anything like that on the Moto line. It arrives in Brazil in a bluish gray color, which is discreet, but reflects the light in a very beautiful way. The rear is visibly plastic, not glass, but that is not a demerit.
Right away, the fluidity of the interface draws attention. This probably happens not only because of the Snapdragon 865 and 12 GB of RAM, but especially because of the 90 Hz screen. As the device comes in this factory mode, unlike what happens at Samsung, I am surprised that Motorola is promising two days of autonomy with the 5,000 mAh battery – we’re still going to test it out.
The screen is one of the main points of the Edge +, so much so that the side edges even influence the name of the product. The curvatures run at 90 degrees, like those of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, but as the Edge + is a relatively thick phone, almost 10 mm thick, the effect is even more visible.
In the rear camera, Motorola bet on a triple set (or quadruple, depending on your religion). The main sensor is 108 megapixels and comes with a 16 megapixel ultrawide camera, an 8 megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and a flight time sensor for measuring depth.
The main sensor of 108 megapixels is the same Isocell Bright HMX of the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. My first clicks were very promising, but we know that image processing can make a good difference in the final result. Motorola’s night vision mode still needed adjustments to past models; in the coming days we will see if the company has improved this point.
And the 5G?
Something that we will not be able to analyze so soon on Edge + is the 5G. Motorola was proud to be launching the first cell phone compatible with the next generation of mobile networks in Brazil, but the movement is similar to what happened at the time of 4G: the frequency auction has not yet happened, the new standard still does not work properly nor out there and the popularization of technology will take a few years.
Another asterisk regarding the 5G is that the Brazilian version of Edge + will only support sub-6 frequencies, different from the American model, exclusive to the operator Verizon, which connects to millimeter wave networks. It is true that the 5G mmWave, scheduled for the frequency of 26 GHz in Brazil, should take even longer to arrive and you may have already changed your phone by then – but mmWave is precisely the 5G technology that should bring the greatest advances in velocity.
Pricing and availability
The Motorola Edge + is in pre-order and will be launched in Brazil on July 14 for R $ 7,999, only in gray. The full review will be published on Tecnoblog coming soon. What do you want about him?
Motorola Edge + – technical sheet (Brazil):
- Screen: 6.7-inch OLED with Full HD + resolution, Endless Edge curvature, 90 Hz refresh rate and HDR10 +
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core with Adreno 650 GPU
- RAM: 12 GB LPDDR5
- Storage: 256 GB (UFS 3.0)
- Frontal camera: 25 megapixels (f / 2.0)
- Back camera:
- Main: 108 megapixel (f / 1.8) with Quad Pixel technology and optical image stabilization
- Ultrawide and macro: 16 megapixel (f / 2.2) with 117 degree field of view
- Telephoto: 8 megapixel (f / 2.4) with 3x optical zoom and optical image stabilization
- Depth: flight time sensor (ToF)
- Video capture at 6K 30 fps, 4K 30 fps and Full HD 60 fps
- Drums: 5,000 mAh with 18 watt TurboPower charging, 15 watt wireless and 5 watt reverse
- Connections: 5G sub-6, 4G, 3G, 2G, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), USB-C and P2
- Operational system: Android 10
- Dimensions: 161.1 × 71.4 × 9.6 mm
- Weight: 203 grams