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 identified for its funds and midrange telephones, on Wednesday took an unlimited 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 because the Galaxy S20 Plus and the identical 5,000-mAh battery and 108-megapixel digital camera because the Galaxy S20 Extremely. (The Edge Plus will not be presently out there within the UK and Australia, however as a information, the Galaxy S20 begins at £799 and AU$1,349 in these international locations. The Edge will price £549 within the UK.)

The Edge is supposed as a barely pared-down and cheaper choice. Motorola hasn’t introduced the worth, however the extra inexpensive cellphone will launch someday this summer time. Motorola is taking an analogous strategy 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
Digicam 108-megapixel (customary), 8-megapixel (telephotos), 16-megapixel (macro/ultrawide-angle) 64-megapixel (customary), 8-megapixel (telephotos), 16-megapixel (macro/ultrawide-angle) 48-megapixel (customary), 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 digital camera 108-megapixel (wide-angle), 48-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), time-of-flight digital camera
Entrance-facing digital camera 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 fee show 5G enabled, 90Hz refresh fee show 5G enabled; Warp Cost; reverse wi-fi charging; water-proof (IP68); 120Hz refresh fee 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh fee; water-proof (IP68) 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh fee; 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 plenty 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 outcome 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 digital camera

There are three rear cameras on the Motorola Edge Plus. The primary digital camera has a 108-megapixel sensor which mixes teams of 4 pixels to supply a 27-megapixel picture. Motorola says that the sensor is nearly 3 times bigger than the 12-megapixel sensors utilized in different telephones, which might assist enhance brightness and cut back picture noise.

I am excited to check out the Edge Plus digital camera system in additional depth. However the few photographs I took regarded good on Edge Plus’ display.

The Edge Plus can document 6K movies with 20-megapixel picture 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 digital camera sensor.


There are three rear cameras: A fundamental wide-angle digital camera, a telephoto digital camera and an ultrawide-angle digital camera.

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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 Evening Imaginative and prescient which stacks eight photographs 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 digital camera. 

The Motorola Edge Plus has a 90Hz waterfall show

The identify Edge refers back to the 6.7-inch “infinite edge” show that wraps across the sides of the cellphone. Whereas it is not the primary cellphone to have a waterfall show, it’s completely gorgeous in-person. The sting can mild up totally different colours to indicate your battery charging, alarms and notifications. There’s additionally a neat widget you may entry for shortcuts. Motorola built-in grip and contact suppression to attenuate any unintended display touches.


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

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If the sides are an excessive amount of, you may go into Settings and choose which apps use the sides and which do not. When the sides are off, they flip black and the display seems to be like a standard 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 unsure how useful the Edge display can 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 has a 90Hz variable refresh fee which makes animations look smoother, textual content and pictures extra crisp and may make gaming (particularly high-frame-rate video games) extra immersive. You may also select to override the variable setting and lock it in to 60Hz or 90Hz.


The 90Hz show is spectacular and robotically adjusts its refresh fee relying on what content material is on display.

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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 sooner millimeter-wave taste of 5G. As a substitute of a Snapdragon 865 discovered within the Edge Plus, it has a Snapdragon 765 processor. As a substitute of a 5,000-mAh battery, it has a 4,500-mAh battery. As a substitute of an 108-megapixel fundamental digital camera, it has a 64-megapixel fundamental digital camera. 

The most important distinction is worth. We do not know precisely what that can be but, however we’ve got to surmise that if the Motorola Edge Plus is $999 then the Motorola Edge can be cheaper when it is launched someday this summer time.


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


Additionally I ought to be aware that within the US the Edge Plus is a Verizon unique, however the Edge can be offered unlocked. We sit up for testing out each telephones for a assessment.

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