The Motorola Edge+ Is The Company’s First Flagship Smartphone in 4 Years
April 25, 2020 Andrew Cheng

Motorola is making its foray back into the high-end smartphone market after four long years – its last flagship was the 2016 Moto Z – with the Motorola Edge+. On paper, the new flagship device offers a number of impressive features, including a dual curved 90Hz screen and a triple camera system with a 108MP sensor. There’s also the more affordable, regular Motorola Edge for folks that want a mid-range smartphone instead.

As mentioned, the Motorola Edge+ has a dual curved display, but it’s not like the curved screens of, say, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ or OnePlus 7 Pro. Rather, it’s more akin to the “Waterfall” display of the Vivo Nex 3. According to Motorola, the Endless Edge display of its new phone wraps around the sides at a nearly 90-degree angle.

Looking at renderings of the Edge+, the steep curvature of the screen does give the phone a rather unique, sleek-looking design. However, it’ll be interesting to see if it would suffer from any major ergonomic issue, especially when it comes to proper palm rejection.

Anyway, the panel itself is a 6.7-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s not quite as fast as the displays found on its main competition, but it’s still much better than a conventional 60Hz screen. Plus, the 90Hz refresh rate won’t be as power-hungry, which should improve battery life.

Right, the Edge+ features a huge 5,000mAh battery, so you can expect to get very respectable battery life. However, it only supports 18W wired charging; that’s not particularly fast. It also comes with wireless charging, but it’s only limited to 15W.

And then there’s the triple camera system of the Motorola Edge+. The primary sensor is a 108MP f/1.8 unit with optical image stabilisation, which is complemented by a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle shooter and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens (also optically stabilised) that can do 3x optical zoom. There is also a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor to capture depth information.

Rounding out the specifications of the Edge+ include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset with 5G connectivity, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, a 25MP f/2.0 selfie camera, an in-screen fingerprint sensor, and even a 3.5mm headphone jack.

If the Edge+ is too rich for your blood, there’s also the standard Edge. This more affordable model has the same design as the Edge+, but its list of hardware are not quite as potent. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 765 chipset – so it still gets 5G connectivity – and it has a smaller 4,500mAh battery with no wireless charging support.

Of course, the Edge’s triple camera system isn’t quite as sophisticated either. It sports a 64MP f/1.8 main sensor, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle shooter, and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens that can do 2x optical zoom instead of 3x. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is the same 25MP f/2.0 unit found in the Edge+.

Other specifications of the Edge are 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (you don’t get this with the Edge+ for some reason), and just like its higher-end sibling, a “pure version of Android,” as Motorola puts it.

The Motorola Edge+ will be available in selected markets from May 2020 onwards. In the US, it is exclusive to Verizon, and it retails at $1,000 – that’s about RM4,360. As for the regular Motorola Edge, it is set to be rolled out in the coming months to certain markets in Asia Pacific; Italy will get the device in May for €699 (around RM3,295). It’s not known yet if the Edge or Edge+ will be landing here in Malaysia.