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Motorola returns to Flagship with Motorola Edge Plus

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Motorola is back in the Flagship game with the all-new Motorola Edge series. The company recently launched Motorola Edge Plus is the company’s new smartphone with flagship specifications. The name “Edge Plus” suggests that it is going to be a curved display with some added functionalities on the edges.

Motorola Edge Plus is all set to compete with the big dogs in the smartphone industry like Samsung, Apple, and OnePlus. It also marks the presence of Motorola in the flagship smartphone space after almost 4 years.

The year 2020 also marked the return of Motorola’s iconic Moto Razr to the market with a foldable form factor. The Edge series is new and will have two smartphones the Edge and the Edge Plus. We will be focussing on Edge Plus today. Let’s jump into the details now.

Motorola Edge Plus: Design

Motorola has always been very particular about their designs. The company has patented its modular design seen on the Z series with Moto Mod. I will not be surprised to see another Moto Z series phone coming out this year. Enough said, let’s dive into it:

  • Dimensions: 161.07 x 71.38 x 9.6mm
  • Weight: 203g
  • Ports: USB Type-C (USB 3.1 compatible) & 3.5mm audio jack
  • Body: 6000 series aluminum and “Endless Edge” protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Motorola has taken a lot of cues from many leading flagship devices in the market. Motorola’s “Endless Edge” looks a lot like the “Waterfall” curves on the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Note 10. 

The curved edges on a 6.7-inch display do make it easier to handle the phone. Edge Plus is slightly on the thicker note at 9.6mm while most of the flagship devices hover around the 8mm mark. The top and bottom edges on the device are flat making the thickness visible. You can almost make it stand on the bottom edge.

There is a Power button on the right edge along with the volume rockers sitting right on top of it. I think it is an awkward position for the volume rockers but, that is it.

There is a USB Type-C charging and data syncing port at the bottom along with the speaker grill and a micro SD / SIM slot. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack on top.

At the back, there is a triple camera setup with a huge camera bump. To be honest, I don’t like the camera bump. The device is available in two color variants: Smoky Sangria and Thunder Grey.

Motorola Edge Plus: Display

  • Display Size: 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED Display
  • Aspect Ratio: 21:9
  • Screen-to-Body Ratio: 93%

This is the sweet spot, it is a 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Endless Edge Display with a resolution of 2340x1080p. It comes with a Screen-to-body ratio of 93% and an aspect ratio of 21:9. You might find it difficult for one-handed usage. I almost forgot to mention an On-screen fingerprint sensor, as is with all the flagship devices these days.

Features of the Edge

There is more to edges than just a beautiful screen. It lights up to notify an alert, can be used as virtual “shoulder buttons” while gaming and you can even turn the edges off. Motorola Edge Plus features a 90Hz refresh rate and its HDR10+ support makes media consumption amazing on the device. The edges can be configured for some extra support via Moto Actions.

Motorola Edge Plus: Camera

  • Rear Camera: 108-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and a 16-megapixel ultrawide lens
  • Front Camera: 25-megapixel punch-hole camera
  • Video: 6K with stabilization

Motorola is boasting the Edge Plus for its camera capabilities with a triple camera setup at the back. The highlight of the show is the 108-megapixel sensor which uses pixel binning to produce a 27-megapixel shot by default. You can also opt for a 108-megapixel but it will mean no pixel binning and more distortion. It is suitable to be used in daylight conditions to capture landscapes.

The main sensor comes with an f/1.8 aperture with Quad Pixel Technology (pixel binning) and supports Optical Image Stabilization. There is a 16-megapixel f/2.2 aperture ultrawide lens with a 117-degree field of view. It also doubles as a Time of Flight sensor (TOF) which enables bokeh and portrait shots. The third is an 8-megapixel f/2.4 aperture telephoto lens with a 3x optical zoom. The front camera is a 25-megapixel punch-hole f/2.0 aperture lens for selfies which also uses the Quad Pixel Technology.

In terms of video, Edge Plus is capable of shooting 6K UHD video and supports Optical Image Stabilization at 30fps. Other features include Macro mode, Portrait mode, Slow-motion, and Timelapse video.

To sum it up the spec sheet looks quite impressive but we have to wait for the full camera testing.

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Motorola Edge Plus: Performance

  • Processor: Snapdragon 865 Octa-Core processor with Adreno 650 GPU
  • Software: Android 10 out of the box
  • Memory: 12GB LPDDR5
  • Internal Storage: 256GB

Flagship device means flagship specs. Edge Plus is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC which supports the X55 modem for 5G connectivity. The Adreno 650 GPU is a welcome addition to provide an amazing graphic experience on the device.

To top it up, the Edge Plus comes with a whopping 12GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 1TB via micro SD card. Isn’t that crazy?

What about the software?

It’s the flagship guys. The latest version of Android 10 out of the box with Dark mode built-in. Motorola is known to keep the near-stock experience to their software with a few inputs from Motorola. Yes, you guessed it right, the Moto Actions is back. So, you can chop twice to turn on the flashlight. You can twist to turn on the camera, Peek display (Always On-Display), and more.

You can also tweak the theme a little bit by choosing the icon shapes, gridlines, and colors.

Battery

Motorola has once again impressed by including a 5000mAh battery in the device. It is the highest in any flagship device yet. But it is disappointing to know that it only supports 18W fast charging and 15W wireless charging. But Motorola says that you won’t need to charge the device that often as it can easily get you through the day.

However, most of the devices these days feature fast-charging up to 30W like the OnePlus 8 series and Huawei. We might also see a faster 18W charging in the Indian variant.

Price and Availability

The Motorola Edge Plus was initially set to launch at the MWC 2020. But the show was called off due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Motorola finally launched the device via an Online event on 22nd April. The device will be a Verizon exclusive in the US and is priced at $999 and will be available starting 14th May.

There is no word from the company on the availability of the device in other markets or when it will be available.

My Verdict

A $900 flagship device in the time of the global recession?

It does not look much promising to me. But finally a flagship from Motorola.

Overall the device looks great but lack of an IP rating is a miss for the device in this price range. All the other flagships have it. The fast-charging tech could have been better on the device.

Well, that’s all from me on Motorola Edge Plus. An ambitious move by the company.

Tell us what do you think about the new flagship by Motorola?

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