Motorola Edge: the ” big ” return in every sense. And what a battery! The review

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The Edge series is Motorola’s return ticket to the most prestigious smartphone market. The company has renounced becoming a flagship for the past three years offering only smartphones for the medium-low range with the Moto series until the Motorola Edge duo has arrived. Two smartphones that are immediately liked for design but also for characteristics. We had the opportunity to test the prototype first and then the final device: let’s talk about the new one Motorola Edge that we anticipate, we really liked it. A well balanced phone capable of earning a place in the renowned niche of medium-high end devices with the prerogative of being also 5G.

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As said the name derives from its display which has two very pronounced lateral curves and certainly also of effect thanks also to the OLED matrix with refresh rate at 90Hz. Small the hole for the front camera that is placed in the upper left which therefore makes it possible to make the screen with any content well usable. On board, however, there is innovation even if not from top of the range. We find the new Snapdragon 765G one of the latest mid-range Qualcomm chipsets that promises excellent performance for efficiency and effectiveness in addition to 5G connectivity.

The chipset is one of the main differences between Edge and Edge +: the most expensive Plus model is provided the Snapdragon 865. Also storage of a different type UFS 2.1 on Edge versus UFS 3.0 for Edge +. Finally, the quad-camera on the back worthy of a flagship even if there is no optical image stabilization but the compartment sees a 64 MP main sensor, a 16 MP ultra wide angle, an 8 MP telephoto lens for 2x zoom and a 3D ToF camera.

Moto Edge also comes with a 4,500 mAh good size battery which literally surprised us for the results of autonomy that you guarantee: absolutely among the first in the class and much superior to other much more expensive devices. It also offers a 3.5mm jack become a rarity nowadays, and it works on Android 10 with practically stock appearance if not for some proprietary apps and some customization that makes the smartphone even more interesting to the user.

What’s missing on Motorola Edge? Certification against water and dust. But we cannot have everything and we know that perfection is not yet of this world. The price even the slightly elevated one as we speak of 699 but in fact it is worth them all and we will see that there will be very few flaws that the device reserves.

Index

Differences between Motorola Edge and Edge +

OS (at launch) MY UX with Android 10

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
1 x Kryo 585 @ 2.84 GHz
3 x Kryo 585 @ 2.42 GHz

4 x Kryo 585 @ 1.80 GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765
1 x Kryo 475 @ 2.30 GHz
2 x Kryo 475 @ 2.20 GHz

6 x Kryo 385 @ 1.80 GHz

RAM 12 GB LPDDR5 6GB LPDDR4X
Display Endless Edge OLED 6.7 “Full HD +
Refresh Rate 90 Hz
Endless Edge OLED 6.7 “Full HD +
Refresh Rate 90 Hz
Storage 256 GB UFS 3.0 128 GB + microSD up to 1TB
Cameras Back:
Wide 108MP f / 1.8 0.8μm 1 / 1.33 OIS
Ultra Wide 16MP f / 2.2 1.0μm
Telephoto 8MP f / 2.4 1.0μm
3X zoom
ToF

Dual-LED flash
6K @ 30 fps video
Front:
25 MP f / 2.0 0.9μm

Back:
Wide 64MP f / 1.8 0.8μm 1 / 1.72
Ultra Wide 16MP f / 2.2 1.0μm
Telephoto 8MP f / 2.4 1.12μm
2X zoom
ToF
Dual-LED flash
4K @ 30 fps video
Front:
25 MP f / 2.0 0.9μm

Extra

5G Sub-6GHz
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
2.4GHz & 5GHz
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC
Dual SIM
Dual Stereo by Waves

Ports

USB 3.1 Type-C
3.5mm audio port

Battery

5,000 mAh
TurboPower quick charge

4,500 mAh
TurboPower quick charge
dimensions 161.1 x 71.4 x 9.6 mm 161.64 x 71.1 x 9.29 mm
Weight 203 g 188 g

Motorola Edge: price and launch promo

The differences of the two Motorola Edge not only concern the technical specifications but also and above all the prices, which we list below:

  • Motorola Edge

  • Motorola Edge +

    • Version 12GB + 256GB: 1,199.99 – Thunder Gray and Smoky Sangria color

UNBOXING: there is custody!

Motorola Edge it comes in an elegant black box that contains the 18W charger and the USB-C cable. Inside you can also find a couple of in-ear Moto headphones. Not only because inside, at the top, it is also possible to find a thin silicone case to be combined with a smartphone. The particular shape due to its curved screen and perhaps there will not be many manufacturers in the future who will try their hand at creating cases for this Edge so we appreciate this Motorola “ gift ” which is not always present.

DESIGN: beautiful, original and captivating

The design of the new Motorola Edge is one of the strong points of this smartphone. The arched screen with a double strong curvature along the long sides is actually a real pleasure to see especially for the presence of a matrix High contrast OLED with 90Hz refresh rate.

Steep slopes on the longer sides of the screen that reach more than half of the side frame and that fit inside the thin aluminum frame in a body that seems to be one. Aesthetically a beauty that we can also consider futuristic and that perhaps takes up the idea that HUAWEI had already had with its Mate 30 Pro.

We are not sure that other brands will follow this trend especially because not everyone likes to have such an exaggeratedly curved edge. In fact, Motorola has put its own and who knows that this particularity is not the novelty that can make the new Edge a real best-seller. Edge’s display actually edge-to-edge, with top and bottom frames rather negligible by today’s standards. The screen protected by a panel Gorilla Glass 5 Corning really robust despite the shape and at the top there is a very thin grid that allows you to hide the ear capsule which also acts as a speaker.

Under the OLED, invisible to the naked eye, there is an optical fingerprint scanner. It works fairly quickly and very precise plus it is possible to unlock the device even with the facial unlock that is precise and above all very fast.

The rear of the Motorola Edge curves but less than the front. Unlike the Plus version, here Motorola decides to place a polycarbonate panel and not a glass one which however makes it light and above all not so simple to understand that it is not glass. It is well made, of an iridescent dark blue and black color ready to merge together making it particular to the reflections of both natural and artificial light.

At the rear are the four cameras which are positioned in the upper left in a classic traffic light arrangement. They are really slightly protruding and this makes merit to a smartphone that once placed on the table or on a flat surface does not swing.

Speaking of the aluminum frame It is interesting to find out how the lower and upper part of the frame is completely flat with a curvature that tapers going to pick up the long sides. Very well balanced in the hand which is also good thanks to a width actually reduced compared to current smartphones. Motorola hand measurements Edge measures 161.6 x 71.1 x 9.3 mm with a relatively large weight of 188 grams absolutely in line with other devices of this size.

At the bottom of the Motorola Edge is the second speaker, the USB-C port and the 3.5mm jack. We are confident that audiophiles will appreciate this functionality made by Motorola. The SIM trolley is located at the top and has a dedicated microSD slot.

DISPLAY: what curves!

The Motorola Edge therefore has a 6.7 “OLED screen the particularity of having the long sides strongly curved. In the upper left part there is a small hole that allowed to position the front camera while the panel protected by a Gorilla Glass 5 layer.

The display technically has one Full HD resolution with very elongated form factor and with one resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels which achieves a density equal to 385ppi. It supports the refresh rate at 90 Hz and it is possible to choose between 60Hz, 90Hz and the Auto mode which basically allows the smartphone to choose the contents in the two refresh rate modes. A note that should not be underestimated the one for which Edge + and Edge have the same panels even if in this case Edge only has HDR10 certification unlike HDR10 + certification on Edge +. This is not a big difference even if the problem sees the transmission of Netflix and Amazon Prime content in SD resolution on Edge even if there is support for Widevine L1. Hopefully this will improve through an update later.

On brightness we approach the 600 nits and this makes it good in viewing contents even in extreme situations with sunlight or even artificial light directed on the device. Also excellent is the minimum brightness which practically always guarantees an excellent readability result.

At the interface level, the possibilities that the user can have regarding the “Color” of the screen are three: Natural, Improved or Intense. The obvious difference, although not excessive. In fact, with the first mode the screen tends to find a balance with colors closer to reality and therefore certainly less fired than the other two modes. The Enhanced colors allow you to have a middle ground with the Natural and the Intense where the latter shoot strongly and make the screen even more lively even in the contents.

In everyday use, the screen with pronounced curves does not tend to bother too much. It is clear that in any case the difference in use is with a slightly curved or completely flat panel, above all the idea is to fix the smartphone always and in any case in the front position, as it should be, knowing that turning to the side some changes to the panel’s color could become legit it’s normal.

HARDWARE: almost a top of the range that consumes little

Motorola Edge the first 5G smartphone from Motorola. This is thanks to the present inside of the interesting new Qualcomm chipset, lo Snapdragon 765G. one of the most powerful platforms for the mid-range and with the presence of the 5G module also makes it undoubtedly profitable for both users and producers.

On a technical level, the Snapdragon 765G the new Octa Core chipset with a 2.3GHz Kryo 475 main core on Cortex A-76, flanked by a 2.2GHz Kryo 475 core on Cortex-A76. The remaining six cores are dedicated to energy efficiency, based on Cortex-A55 operating at 1.8 GHz. As regards the graphics performance Snapdragon 765G uses an all new GPU, called Adreno 620. This guarantees superior performance and 20% better efficiency than the Adreno 618 of Snapdragon 730. In this case the particularity of the new processor is to contain the modem Qualcomm X52, capable of supporting all types of connections including 5G and LTE.

The Motorola Edge is sold in the version with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM, while the storage space results from 128GB UFS 2.1, expandable via microSD slot even up to 1TB.

At the benchmark levelMotorola Edge is keen to make a good impression and the numbers can only speak for themselves. The GeekBench test confirms that Motorola Edge has a mid-range processor but definitely the fastest to date. We suspect it Snapdragon 765G will have a lot to say also at GPU level with the Adreno 620 which, although of medium range, is the fastest at the moment.

Motorola Edge: the benchmarks

MOTOROLA Edge
Browser SunSpider 424.4 ms
JetStream 2.0 50,366 points
CPU GeekBench 5 COMPUTE 1,050
Single-core CPU: 575

Multi-core CPU: 1764

GPU GFXBench 5 Aztec Ruins: On 12 Fps/ Off 7.5 Fps

Car Chase: On 18 Fps/ Off 19 Fps

Manhattan 3.1: On 32 Fps/ Off 34 Fps

Storage Androbench Reading seq .: 964.26 MB / s

Writing seq .: 469.33 MB / s

Random seq reading: 133.03 MB / s

Random seq .: 137.78 MB / s

Generic 3D Mark 3,007 points
Generic AnTuTu 300,440 points

Motorola Edge has a 90Hz display, which theoretically means it should allow you to view 90fps in compatible games. The benchmarks do not prove it but with the T-Rex test the smartphone has reached 78 fps, which means that it has exceeded the usual limit of 60 fps and therefore allowing you to do an excellent graphic work. Also because at the moment there are few games that actually allow to reach 90 fps but in fact Edge albeit a medium range the potential has it and how.In short, Motorola Edge a mid-range of a higher level with a chip capable of being good but also bad in needs.

It is also interesting to talk about audio because Motorola Edge has a hybrid stereo speaker configuration, just like Edge +. In this case in the top or middle range it is quite common to find the ear capsule which also acts as a second speaker. Just this is not as powerful as the lower one and is missing above all in the minimums, but apart from that, it creates a convincing and involving stereo effect. Moreover, Motorola also offers its own improvements with Moto Audio that allow you to have a plus in real time on the audio quality through your speakers depending on the content: movies, music or games.

GRAPHIC INTERFACE: Android 10 ” almost ” stock

Motorola has opted for a mostly stock Android experience for its smartphones, even for those that are not part of the Android One program. This means that there is a large list of custom features grouped in the Moto app also in this new Motorola Edge.

We clearly speak of Moto Action i.e. an assortment of intelligent ways to interact with the smartphone between a quick movement of the device to turn the flashlight on or off, the rotation of the same to start the camera app, or a gesture with three fingers for the screenshot of the display and much even more.

Also present Motorcycle Display which allows you to interact with notifications or other information directly on the standby screen thanks to the system created by Motorola for some time in its smartphones. Here for more, thanks to the presence of the double curvature of the screen, there is also Edge Touch i.e. an action bar on the side that can be used in different ways: scrolling down you can have customizable shortcuts or access the notification area and quick toggles, scrolling upwards to have multitasking but also the app drawer. In this case, you can adjust the position of the bar along the edge of the smartphone and choose whether to position it on the right or left of the screen.

Edge Lights instead it will allow to illuminate the curved sides of the display for calls and notifications but also a nice graphic effect when charging the phone. It is also possible to set the lighting only when the screen is facing downwards for a greater ” graphic ” effect.

Finally also Moto Game what else if not the mode that allows you to set some sets of tools to improve the use of games during sessions. In this case, thanks to the display with strongly curved sides, it is possible to add virtual buttons that can be used during the video game. The immersive mode allows you to filter calls and notifications, the performance section allows you to disable adaptive brightness, disable parts of the display at the edges and activate audio improvements.

All this thanks to Android 10 which is implemented with very few things but well done as always by Motorola. Significant optimization which not only allows the user to have the best performance in terms of daily activities but also to guarantee autonomy, as we will see, never seen lately on a device of this type with a 90Hz refresh rate panel and a processor still powerful.

CAMERA: 3 quality sensors plus ToF

Motorola Edge

  • Main

    • 64MP sensor

    • Wide angle lens with f / 1.8 aperture

    • Quad Pixel 1 / 1.72 with 1.6 m

    • PDAF

  • Ultra – Wide angle

  • Telephoto

  • ToF (Time of Flight)

The Motorola Edge therefore owns a quad camera on the back with several lenses and a ToF sensor. The main one 64MP lens with Quad Pixel technology and aperture from f / 1.8. The second sensor instead a target Ultra Wide Angle with 16MP Macro Vision functionality too 117 viewing angle and f / 2.2 focal aperture. Finally a third classic 8MP telephoto sensor which will allow 2X zoom, aperture f / 2.4 ed a ToF time of flight sensor for the depth and the details. Before then a 25MP sensor with f / 2.0 will ensure the selfie shot.

The main camera uses a 64 MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor from Samsung with Quad-Bayer filter, 0.8m pixel and 26mm f / 1.8 lens. Phase detection autofocus available but no optical image stabilization. The ultrawide camera uses a 16MP 1 / 3.06 “OmniVision OV16A10 sensor with 1.0m pixels and a 13mm f / 2.2 focal aperture. Autofocus available and therefore also possible to take macro photos at a distance of about 4-8 cm. Motorola Edge also offers one 2x zoom camera for enlargements and portraits. And an 8 MP 1 / 4.0 “OV8856 sensor from OmniVision with 1.12 m pixels and comes with a 52 mm f / 2.4 lens. Phase detection AF is also available. This camera saves images at 16 MP for default setting and there is no 8 MP mode, so you will always get enlarged images. The native 8 MP resolution is only available for manual and vertical modes. The last one is a ToF or Time Of Flight camera which should help the portrait mode. and also assist autofocus when needed.

For selfies present a 25 MP Quad Pixel. The 1 / 2.8 “sensor of a Samsung S5K2X5 ISOCELL Slim with 0.9 m pixels and a lens with f / 2.0 aperture with fixed focus. Being a type of Quad Bayer module, the selfie camera takes 6.2 MP images. by default, but can be set to produce 25 MP shots if needed.

Motorola has modified the camera app with the classic interface that we have found on its smartphones for some time. simple and functional with a sliding swipe to switch between the shooting modes but also for videos and other features introduced by Motorola in fact. There is also the Manual mode accessible from another switch and allows you to compose the shots with the modification of the ISO (100 -3200), shutter speed (1 / 6000s-1 / 3s), exposure compensation (-2EV to + 2EV in 1 / 3EV and 0.5EV increments), as well as choosing a white balance according to the temperature of the light and manually adjust the focus.

How do the new Motorola Edge take pictures?

  • Daytime photos: in the daytime photos the shots are very good. They have a high contrast and dynamic range and colors that are truly faithful to the real ones, although perhaps sometimes a little colder. There are no visible noises even if the images taken are not the most detailed seen so far in a medium range but are still well done with a definitely positive impression. Convenient Auto HDR that switches on continuously during the day but allows you to positively increase the dynamic range by eliminating noise. A 64MP high resolution mode is available even if in this case the shots do not render like the others even if they have more details. As always happens in these cases it is always better to shoot with less resolution but with the help of the house software.


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  • Dark photos: shots in low light conditions are average. There are not many details and the dynamic range is not high with the presence of some noises in some shots. Night Vision the so-called night mode of Moto Edge and available only for the main camera. It won’t make the details better but the photos with this addition will certainly be less noisy and much brighter.


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  • Ultra-wide module: the ultra-wide angle module of the device offers a good performance. We like 16 MP photos which are quite detailed with excellent contrast and dynamic range in line with this enlarged field of view. Even the very low noise and the saturation of the same is quite pleasant even if a little warmer than reality.


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  • Zoom: the 8 MP sensor takes 16 MP images by default, just like on the Moto G8 Power. The reason is not clear. The details are not very high but the shot that comes out however also excellent for dynamic range. The presentation of colors is good although less than that of the main and ultrawide sensors. Reducing photos from 16 MP to 8 MP results in definitely better shots for quality. But it is clear that this extra post production cannot be performed by everyone. Shooting with the native 8MP zoom will actually be possible only with the Pro mode or the manual one.


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  • Macro: the sensor used for the macro is the same as the ultra wide angle thanks to the presence of automatic focus. The Super Macro shots do not enhance the true value of the smartphone but are still in line with the medium-high range of the smartphone with good details (not many) but certainly with a good color, dynamic range but also a good contrast.


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  • selfies: the selfie camera on Motorola Edge has a 25 MP Samsung Quad-Bayer sensor and saves images at 6.2 MP by default even though you can still set the save to 25 MP. 6.2 MP images are excellent in detail and contrast, with high dynamic range and accurate colors. The Auto HDR switched on activates almost every time even if the improvement is not so exaggerated with its activation. Good also the portraits that allow a separation not the best but still in line with the band of this Motorola Edge even if to advantage there are undoubtedly the optimal colors of the shot.


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  • Video: Motorola Edge records 4K video at 30fps and 1080p at 60 fps with the main lens, while 1080p at 30 fps mode possible with all three cameras. Electronic stabilization can be used on any camera and in any mode. 4K shooting of the main camera is excellent with lots of detail, nice contrast and accurate colors.

AUTONOMY: unbeatable!

Autonomy is the real strength of Motorola Edge. The battery has a value of 4,500 mAh and the phone supports fast charging (which then is not so fast) via the now known 18W Turbo Power that is placed in the package. This allows you to have a recharge from 0% to 37% in 30 minutes while the complete recharge is obtained in 2 hours and 32 minutes. Perhaps the only negative point of a device that makes something special for the battery.

Well Motorola Edge has done a job that is nothing short of extraordinary in all the scenarios tested: video, calls and Web browsing. And at the moment one of the most performing symptom devices that Motorola has done very well on the optimization front between the graphic interface and the processor. We can have a day without problems with a battery residual of 40% which therefore allowed us to continue the next day for almost half a day. Besides, it is Active screen splashes at 8 or 9 hours continuously that honestly with a panel with 90Hz refresh rate we would never have thought of doing.


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CONCLUSIONS

in conclusion Motorola returns to the high-end market with a new series which takes its name from its main feature which is the screen. We like Motorola Edge and a long awaited step forward which opens the way to a richer scenario for the company but also for the market. Edge is proposed with a display with strong curves on the two long sides that were not seen on smartphones of the winged house even if they had already seen elsewhere. Here for Motorola he decides to put his own by introducing a series of features capable of exploiting this exceptional screen curvature making the smartphone stimulating from this point of view.

Motorola Edge has the right screen and hardware for games and for record-breaking autonomy that did not make us think about limiting the use of the smartphone. Something that hasn’t happened in a really long time. Even the level camera with good results and a really interesting potential especially during the day with light.

Motorola Edge promises to be one of the deals of the season. It has performance, a record battery, a quality screen and a level camera. In short, a device to be appreciated day after day and with an important price s, that is of 699, but which in line with the competition and that we are sure will be able to convince users that it has long wanted a worse Motorola especially on medium-high end devices. The long road but also the right one. IS Motorola Edge is definitely a big step forward.

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