Motorola Goes In New Direction With A Smartphone That WILL Take on Apple & Samsung
Motorola is set to reveal new mid-range heavily specced 5G smartphones but at this stage it’s not known when the devices which has a battery that will last two days and a 108Mp camera will be released in Australia.
The new range will consist of the Motorola Edge and Motorola Edge+ with the top end model set to sell for around $1,499.
The Edge Plus isn’t just a rebranded Z-series device it’s a brand-new product developed in the Companies Chicago design studio’s that will also compete head on with both Apple and Samsung devices.
Out the door are the old iconic Moto features such as Moto Mods which is a major change in direction for Motorola.
The Edge Plus, has a 6.7-inch, FHD+ OLED display and incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, that supports 5G and mmWave radios, a 90Hz refresh rate, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, a 5,000mAh battery, and even a 3.5mm headphone jack for 24bit audio that is superior to a 16bit Sonos sound system.
There’s also a triple rear camera system, powered by a 108-megapixel sensor.
Alongside the Edge Plus is the regular Motorola Edge, which takes the same base design — including the “edge”-style 6.7-inch display — but with specs that are just generally a step down across the board.
The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, instead of the beefier Snapdragon 865 in the Edge Plus.
There’s only 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, instead of the 12GB / 256GB configuration that the Edge Plus offers. The battery is smaller at 4,500mAh, and there’s no wireless charging support. Lastly, the triple cameras on the back are slightly worse: the main sensor is only a 64-megapixel lens, while the 8-megapixel telephoto sensor can only shoot 2x optical zoom and lacks OIS. (The 16-megapixel ultrawide and time-of-flight sensor appear to be the same on both devices, though.)
According to Motorola Country Manager Danny Adamopoulos stock availability is still an issue for the new devices and no pricing has been announced for the US designed devices.
The Motorola Edge devices deliver an impressive list of specs that is going to cause problems for other Chinese brands Huawei, Oppo, Realme and Xiaomi.
The big difference for the device which is set to sell in Australia for around $1,399 is the 6.7-inch display which is the biggest Motorola has ever put on a phone.
The curved “edge display” design is also a big point of difference.
Motorola claims that the display curves at an almost 90-degree angle down the side of the phone, also unique is the way that the device lights up to deliver notifications.
The 108-megapixel sensor allows a user to shoot quad-pixel 27-megapixel stills by default, it’s also capable of shooting up to 6K video.
Also on board is an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with optical image stabilization (OIS) that promises a 3x optical zoom, a 16-megapixel ultrawide lens that has a macro feature for close-up detail shots, a time-of-flight sensor, and a 25-megapixel front-facing camera.