Earlier this year, Motorola returned to the world of flagship phones with the Motorola Edge Plus, a 999 Edge Plus phone designed to fit at the fingertips of high-end phones such as the Galaxy S20 Ultra or OnePlus 8 Pro. And now it follows with the Motorola Edge, a cheaper, less powerful version that promises side features for less than $ 699.
I’ve talked a lot about the Edge Plus hardware in my revision of this device earlier this year, so I’ll refer there largely, I see that the Edge’s design is identical in all, but the color that comes (shimmering) is a rainbow finished with an aggressive color that aggressively takes fingerprints) and the number of cameras on the back. In short, it is a well-made aluminum and glass plate that is quite not negligible, and the “Infinite Edge Display”;, which is curved on the sides of the device, is more eye-catching than is really useful.
There are six areas where Edge hardware differs from Edge Plus, but all of them leave Edge a little worse compared to more expensive siblings:
- The processor has been downgraded from Snapdragon 865 to Snapdragon 765.
- The battery is 4,500 mAh compared to 5,000 mAh on the Edge Plus.
- The Edge has 6 GB of RAM, half of the 12 GB on the Edge Plus.
- The cameras are shifted to the Edge, including switching from a 108 megapixel sensor to a 64 megapixel main camera.
- Edge does not support wireless charging.
- Edge only supports sub-6GHz 5G and not the faster version of mmWave.
What leaves the only real question about the Edge: are those victims worth a drastically reduced price?
The Snapdragon 765 in Edge is Qualcomm’s second best processor, and everyday use was generally no worse than using a flagship chip. Applications launch quickly, web pages load quickly, and user interface navigation is annoying. More challenging games than fortna or Asphalt 9, run well.
I encountered occasional stuttering and delays – especially when launching the camera application or switching back to a previously opened game – which can be caused by 6 GB of RAM. Sure, it’s the lowest level I’d like to use for a high-end Android phone in 2020, but even those little waits weren’t enough to make it happen.
Similarly, the reduced battery size does not affect the experience. I easily managed to fulfill the promised two days, although it is true that using my phone is a little different than usual due to working from home. (Snapdragon 765 – which has an integrated modem and is more energy efficient, probably contributes to the difference in battery size.)
The 64-megapixel main sensor, which replaces the 108-megapixel camera on the Edge Plus, holds up well. Like its more expensive sibling, Motorola Edge uses a four-pixel pixel to create lower-resolution images with better color and less noise (so Edge takes 16 megapixel images by default). It can capture a full 64 megapixels, although, like the Edge Plus, these photos were usually worse. And while you lose the finer level of detail offered by the higher resolution camera, the Edge camera pleasantly surprised me. It doesn’t last up to the level of hardware and software from Apple or Google, but it doesn’t pull the device down (a problem Motorola has had in the past).
The telecommunications camera is worse on the Edge – it has only 3x optical zoom instead of 3x and lacks optical image stabilization. Given that the telephoto lens was already the worst part of the Edge Plus, this is not a loss. The other two cameras haven’t changed since the Edge Plus: a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle / macro camera (which captures pleasantly fun shots in both wide-angle and macro modes) and a front camera (which is … fine, except for an extremely rough portrait).
The last two changes are the most challenging because they directly address missing features that Edge doesn’t have (rather than scaled-down versions). The lack of wireless charging is a frustrating problem for any device in 2020 (as is the lack of real waterproofing, something it shares with Edge Plus). A sub-6GHz 5G is an certainly slower, especially compared to Verison. In my tests on T-Mobile’s 700MHz network, I saw speeds of around 70Mbps down and 35Mbps down – it’s not bad, but nothing close to 250mm-300Mbps Verizon’s mmWave offer. On the other hand, of course, you can use the Edge on T-Mobile (or AT&T) because it’s not locked in the US as an exclusive Verizon.
There are two other differences that are less related to hardware: The Edge costs retail $ 699, $ 300 less than the $ 999 price of the Edge Plus. And Motorola is offering a “limited time” promotional price of $ 499 on the Edge, making it half as expensive as the Edge Plus. The border is also usable for many more people because it is sold unlocked, instead of being limited to Verizon customers in the US.
In many ways, it’s the flagship that Motorola is likely to have from the start – one that offers an almost premium experience at a lower price than its competitors, in an unlocked form that works on any network, instead of trying to meet them. to the current market of $ 1,000.
Motorola makes many phones at different prices, to the point where the kits blur together. As a $ 700 phone, the Edge is definitely a better choice than a fully regarded sibling, offering almost comparable features and performance at a significantly reduced price. The current price of $ 499 is even better – a price that is starting to be taken seriously as one of the better midrange phones around.
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