Motorola Edge Plus hands-on: A $1000 5G cellphone with premium specs

Motorola Edge Plus hands-on: A $1000 5G cellphone with premium specs

Motorola, an organization finest recognized for its finances and midrange telephones, on Wednesday took an infinite step ahead into the premium cellphone market and launched the Motorola Edge and Edge Plus. Each telephones be part of the Motorola Razr as high-end choices from the Chicago-based firm. Whereas the Razr was criticized for its middle-of-the-road tech, the Edge and Edge Plus are brimming with cutting-edge specs that rival Samsung, OnePlus and Apple. It’s as if Motorola went to the specs grocery retailer and emptied the cabinets.

The $1,000 Motorola Edge Plus has the identical worth because the Samsung Galaxy S20, the identical dimension display screen because the Galaxy S20 Plus and the identical 5,000-mAh battery and 108-megapixel digicam because the Galaxy S20 Extremely. (The Edge Plus shouldn’t be presently obtainable within the UK and Australia, however as a information, the Galaxy S20 begins at £799 and AU$1,349 in these nations. The Edge will price £549 within the UK.)

The Edge is supposed as a barely pared-down and cheaper possibility. Motorola hasn’t introduced the value, however the extra inexpensive cellphone will launch someday this summer season. Motorola is taking an identical method to each telephones as OnePlus did with its Eight and Eight Professional ($999 at OnePlus), though each Edge telephones use the identical dimension show.

Motorola Edge Plus specs vs. Motorola Edge, OnePlus Eight Professional, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely

Motorola Edge Plus Motorola Edge OnePlus Eight Professional Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Samsung Galaxy S20 Extremely
Show dimension, decision 6.7-inch FHD OLED 6.7-inch FHD OLED 6.78-inch AMOLED; 1,440×3,168 pixels 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Pixel density NA NA 513ppi 525ppi 511ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.34×2.81×0.38 in 6.36×2.8×0.37 in 6.51×2.93×0.35 in 2.9×6.37×0.30 in 2.99×6.57×0.35 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 161.1×71.4×9.6 mm 161.6×71.1×9.29 mm 165×74.4×8.5 mm 73.7×161.9×7.8mm 76.0×166.9×8.8mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 7.16 oz; 203g 6.63 oz; 188g 7.02 oz; 199g 6.56 oz; 186g 7.76 oz; 220g
Cell software program Android 10 Android 10 Android 10 Android 10 Android 10
Digital camera 108-megapixel (normal), 8-megapixel (telephotos), 16-megapixel (macro/ultrawide-angle) 64-megapixel (normal), 8-megapixel (telephotos), 16-megapixel (macro/ultrawide-angle) 48-megapixel (normal), 48-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 5-megapixel (‘coloration filter’) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), time-of-flight digicam 108-megapixel (wide-angle), 48-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), time-of-flight digicam
Entrance-facing digicam 25-megapixel 25-megapixel 16-megapixel 10-megapixel 40-megapixel
Video seize 6K 4K 4K 8K 8K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.Zero GHz) 64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.Zero GHz)
Storage 256GB 128GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 512GB 128GB, 512GB
RAM 12GB 10GB 8GB, 12GB 12GB 12GB, 16GB
Expandable storage As much as 256GB (UFS 3.0) As much as 1TB No As much as 1TB As much as 1TB
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,500 mAh 4,510 mAh 4,500 mAh 5,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screen In-screen In-screen In-screen In-screen
Headphone jack Sure Sure No No No
Particular options 5G enabled, 90Hz refresh price show 5G enabled, 90Hz refresh price show 5G enabled; Warp Cost; reverse wi-fi charging; water-proof (IP68); 120Hz refresh price 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh price; water-proof (IP68) 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh price; 100X zoom; water-proof (IP68)
Worth off-contract (USD) $999 – Verizon unique TBD $899 (8GB RAM/128GB), $999 (12GB RAM/256GB) $1,199, $1,349 $1,399 (128GB), $1,599 (512GB)

The Motorola Edge Plus has 5G

We have seen a number of telephones with 5G launched this yr, and the Edge was designed from the begin to run on 5G. The Motorola Edge Plus helps each sub-6 and millimeter wave as much as 5 gigabits per second. Motorola claims its optimizations will end result within the “quickest ever” 5G. We’ll have to check these claims.


The Motorola Edge Plus was constructed from the bottom as much as be a 5G cellphone.

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The Edge Plus has a 108-megapixel rear digicam

There are three rear cameras on the Motorola Edge Plus. The principle digicam has a 108-megapixel sensor which mixes teams of 4 pixels to supply a 27-megapixel picture. Motorola says that the sensor is sort of thrice bigger than the 12-megapixel sensors utilized in different telephones, which may assist enhance brightness and scale back picture noise.

I am excited to check out the Edge Plus digicam system in additional depth. However the few pictures I took seemed good on Edge Plus’ display screen.

The Edge Plus can file 6K movies with 20-megapixel photograph grabs throughout recording. Regardless of the Edge Plus having a Snapdragon 865 processor, which is able to 8K recording, Motorola thought 6K higher paired to the principle digicam sensor.


There are three rear cameras: A predominant wide-angle digicam, a telephoto digicam and an ultrawide-angle digicam.

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There’s additionally a video portrait mode, a particular lengthy publicity mode with a shutter pace of as much as 32-seconds and Night time Imaginative and prescient which stacks eight pictures and combines them right into a single shot that is brighter, sharper and has extra element.

After which on the entrance, housed within the hole-punch show, is a 25-megapixel selfie digicam. 

The Motorola Edge Plus has a 90Hz waterfall show

The title Edge refers back to the 6.7-inch “limitless edge” show that wraps across the sides of the cellphone. Whereas it isn’t the primary cellphone to have a waterfall show, it’s completely beautiful in-person. The sting can gentle up totally different colours to indicate your battery charging, alarms and notifications. There’s additionally a neat widget you’ll be able to entry for shortcuts. Motorola built-in grip and contact suppression to attenuate any unintentional display screen touches.


The show wraps across the edges and has a tiny gap for the 25-megapixel front-facing digicam to poke by.

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If the perimeters are an excessive amount of, you’ll be able to go into Settings and choose which apps use the perimeters and which do not. When the perimeters are off, they flip black and the display screen appears like a traditional common show. Throughout my time with the cellphone, I did not see an “all or nothing” change for turning the sting on and off.

The sides get well-used within the new Moto Gametime mode. You’ll be able to set them up as shoulder buttons or reposition your on-screen buttons so that they’re in a greater place for gameplay.

I am undecided how useful the Edge display screen will probably be in each day use. It is clearly harking back to Samsung Galaxy telephones and their edge shows. However the gaming performance pushes it towards gaming telephones such because the Asus ROG Cellphone 2 and Black Shark 2 Professional however with out the glowing emblem.

Talking of gaming telephones, the Edge’s 21:9 ratio display screen has a 90Hz variable refresh price which makes animations look smoother, textual content and pictures extra crisp and might make gaming (particularly high-frame-rate video games) extra immersive. You too can select to override the variable setting and lock it in to 60Hz or 90Hz.


The 90Hz show is spectacular and mechanically adjusts its refresh price relying on what content material is on display screen.

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Motorola Edge Plus vs. Motorola Edge

In some ways the Motorola Edge is basically the identical cellphone with the identical show because the Edge Plus, however made with a extra svelte physique. It has Sub-6 5G assist however not the quicker millimeter-wave taste of 5G. As an alternative of a Snapdragon 865 discovered within the Edge Plus, it has a Snapdragon 765 processor. As an alternative of a 5,000-mAh battery, it has a 4,500-mAh battery. As an alternative of an 108-megapixel predominant digicam, it has a 64-megapixel predominant digicam. 

The most important distinction is worth. We do not know precisely what that will probably be but, however now we have to surmise that if the Motorola Edge Plus is $999 then the Motorola Edge will probably be cheaper when it is launched someday this summer season.


The Motorola Edge is a barely scaled again and extra inexpensive model of the Edge Plus.


Additionally I ought to notice that within the US the Edge Plus is a Verizon unique, however the Edge will probably be bought unlocked. We stay up for testing out each telephones for a evaluate.

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