Several years have passed since the acquisition of Motorola by Lenovo, and in recent years the company has released middle-class smartphone products, such as the G series and the latest Moto One series. Last fall the RAZR series took Motorola’s innovation to a higher level, but only in the last few weeks the first real flagship series finally arrived. We tried the first of the two models made, Motorola Edge. Find everything in this Motorola Edge review.
We have tested the middle-high version, which is what we think makes the most sense to buy. As long as you are a fan of the curved screen.
First the Razr with a folding screen, now the two curved models, Edge and Edge +. Motorola’s intention is clear: to re-position the brand at the top of the market, with products that are following Motorola’s history, which is now controlled by Lenovo China.
- Great 90Hz display
- Nice design and display
- 5G ready
- Long battery life
- No wireless charging
- Unimpressive night shots
The sales package includes a smartphone with a user manual, 18 Watt charger, USB-C cable, stereo earphone with a 3.5mm jack connection, soft silicone cover, and SIM injector.
The Specification of Motorola Edge
Made with a metal structure, the Motorola Edge has a plastic body (not glass as in Edge + models) on the back and a Gorilla Glass 5 cover on the front. Dimensions are 161.1 × 71.4 × 9.6mm and weigh 188 grams. The 6.7″ FHD+ OLED screen displays with curved edges and selfie-cam holes. A screen-to-body ratio of more than 95%. The screen supports a refresh rate of 90Hz and HDR10+. Present fingerprint sensor under the display, face-unlock support, and nano-coating for splash protection (IP52).
On the back including a quad-camera and dual-LED flash, while on the side we found a microphone and a hybrid slot for dual nano-SIM and microSD on it. Power and volume buttons on the right; USB-C port, speaker, microphone, and 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom.
The processor selected by Motorola is Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, octa-core up to 2.4GHz with 7nm architecture, 5G X52 modem, and Adreno 620, combined with 6GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 expandable memory up to 1TB with microSD.
The Camera specs
The rear quad-camera consists of a 64MP main sensor with f / 1.8 aperture, 0.8μm pixel, a focal length equivalent to 26mm, electronic stabilization and PDAF. The 16MP ultra-wide-angle sensor is also suitable for macro, with an f / 2.2 aperture, 1μm pixel and 13mm focal length for 107 ° viewing angles. The 8MP telephoto lens with f / 2.4 aperture, 1.12μm pixels, 52mm focal length, 2x optical zoom, and PDAF; 3D ToF sensor for depth. Video recording reaches up to 4K @ 30fps, and slow-motion video up to HD @ 240fps or FHD @ 120fps.
The 25MP front camera has an f/2.0 aperture, 0.9µm pixels, and 1080p @ 30fps video support. Stereo audio, combining the speakers at the bottom with the ear capsules at the top, but we did not find support for surround technology.
Connectivity includes dual-band WiFi 5 (ac), Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS; data connections including 5G sub-6 NSA and 4G LTE Cat.16 (download up to 150Mbps). Then there are all sensors – brightness, proximity, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer – and FM radio.
The 4500mAh lithium polymer battery supports 18W Quick Charge, while the operating system is Android 10.
Motorola Edge – Price
The Motorola Edge is available in Solar Black and Midnight Magenta at a suggested retail price of € 699.
Motorola Edge Review
The new Edge series marks the return of Motorola to the middle-high class smartphone with Edge+. In general, we can say that we are satisfied with the work done by the company, even though a little something can still be improved.
The Screen and design
As I said at the beginning of this Motorola Edge review, the most important part that ensures the wow effect is the design. Not only for screen quality using Full HD+ OLED panels but also for the presence of a refresh rate of 90Hz. Watching videos and multimedia content on the Motorola Edge certainly pleases the eye. The screen also can be used even in direct sunlight.
The curved screen makes it special. It has very nice edges, the edge has a very strong angle of around 90 degrees. The overall result is an elegant modern smartphone, which has a strong and comfortable grip.
Not only that, but the edge also has functions such as to show you whether the phone is being charged and to display notifications. When the screen is turned off, when you leave the phone on the table facing up, you will see the edges light up when a message or email arrives.
Unfortunately, when you touch the back of the device, it leaves quite a lot of fingerprints. You feel the difference compared to products with a glass cover, although the use of polycarbonate contributes to the weight loss of the device.
Motorola edge has a very good display combined with stereo audio. Create immersive experiences for watching movies and videos. The ratio is 19.5: 9, but does not include the edges.
On the performance side, we are quite satisfied with the outstanding performance of the Qualcomm SD765G processor. This processor combines high performance and optimized energy consumption. Even in multitasking and with games that are full of animation, the performance is pretty good.
Heavy applications that might require a lot of graphic resources don’t have problems, running smoothly on this smartphone. I only see a few delays in the notification display, swiping from the drop-down menu, and sometimes switching from the camera app to the gallery to see the photo we just took. Future updates may fix this problem.
With intensive use, this battery can last into the night. The power of the 4500 mAh Li-Po battery is really visible here.
Unfortunately the charging technology used is not new. We can find 18W fast charging technology a few years ago. Now many smartphone manufacturers use fast charging standards above 18W.
The triple camera has a 64 MP main sensor. In good lighting conditions, the main sensor can produce nice photos with very rich details and good colors. I like the camera interface that I recommend especially for those who are approaching the world of photography.
If you get closer to the subject to be framed, you will see the message “Switch to macro mode” and click on the alert, the camera mode will switch to macro mode. The same thing applies to photos at night. When Edge knows that you are shooting in low light conditions, it will advise you to “switch to night mode”.
At night, some details are lost and noise increases slightly, but the quality is quite satisfying to be seen on a smartphone or share on social media.
Finally, Motorola Edge can record video with 4K Ultra HD resolution. I see the video is stable and high quality. The camera also supports slow motion and an interval of up to 32x. What is also interesting is the shooting mode typical of Motorola software that can be found on previous models, such as Cinematography. This feature allows you to record moving images that are nice and creative.
Software Review | Motorola Edge
Motorola edge runs on stock Android 10 which makes it lightweight and responsive. The graphics and functions are very similar to Pixels. However, it should be noted that this is not a raw stock. In fact, Motorola has developed My UX. Also, the company has embedded a number of features in Moto action.
Moto Action allows you to quickly access several functions, such as turning on the flashlight just by shaking your wrist. In addition, by swiping left on the right edge of the Motorola Edge, we can use the action menu which presents several shortcuts to frequently used applications or to practical utilities such as measuring instruments. Among the most interesting functions, we found movements to activate the flashlight or camera.
In our opinion, this is the real competitive advantage of the Motorola Edge compared to competing smartphones from the middle-high range.
Conclusion | Motorola Edge Review
Edge and Edge + focus on design and the latest 5G connections, a strategy that has been tried by various Chinese manufacturers these days with satisfying results. On one hand there is an ultra-premium model, namely Edge+, with a price of € 1199. The specifications are equivalent to a flagship phone. On the other hand, the Edge model, which is positioned in the meddle-high range, is more affordable at a price of around € 699. We tried it for a week and we found a good, fast, and practical device that can compete with most Android products from the same range.
In conclusion, we can only congratulate Motorola for the step forward made with this Edge series. They already have a solid device and perform well. Starting from the Endless Edge display which of course is the first touchpoint when you try your experience with Motorola Edge and who might be in love in a few moments. But soon you will understand that Edge is a complete smartphone with a convincing interface, optimal performance, a good camera, and excellent audio with two stereo speakers. All this with a launch price of 699 Euros.