Motorola Edge Plus review
Motorola Edge + has undoubtedly attracted a lot of attention on itself, especially because it is the first real top of the Motorola range after the 2018 Moto Z2 Force and the 2016 Lenovo Moto Z brand. An expected return that wants to be “big” with a device that draws all eyes on itself.
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Inside the package of this Motorola Edge + we find a protective cover, an 18W power supply, a USB / USB-C cable and a pair of discrete quality stereo headphones.
Construction and Ergonomics
Like its younger brother, Motorola Edge Plus also has a design that first of all wants to impress. The body in metal it is narrow and long and on the long edges it is very thin to leave room for the front screen that folds almost totally on the side of the smartphone creating a very spectacular scenic effect. On the back we have a glass with a matte but smooth finish, pleasing to the eye and retaining some fingerprints, however hidden precisely by the type of non-mirrored coloring. The camera module is protruding and therefore when the smartphone is placed on a plane it can happen that it can “dance” interacting with its display. In hand it is very comfortable to use thanks to its “narrow” proportions that facilitate the grip. However, it will take two hands to use it in its entirety. The smartphone is not waterproof but resists splashing.
Real top-of-the-range hardware couldn’t be missing here Motorola Edge +. We start from the Snapdragon 865 octa core 2.84 GHz with Adreno 650 graphics processor and the associated connectivity 5G. We then have well 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB of very fast internal memory (UFS 3.0). What is missing is unfortunately the possibility to expand the memory, since the removable trolley can only accommodate one nanoSIM. The use of a second SIM is therefore also excluded (even in eSIM format). Excellent connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, USB-C 3.1 and even the audio jack, a real rarity on a premium smartphone. The vibration system is very good and guarantees good feedback when the haptic motor is activated by pressing virtual buttons. Not our favorite in this 2020, but still top of the range. Inside the screen we also find a optical fingerprint reader which does a decent job of unlocking the smartphone with precision, although it is not the fastest on the market. From top of the range also stereo audio (lower speaker + upper capsule): the volume is higher than most of the competition, even if in terms of quality Xiaomi Mi 10 does even better.
CARD: Motorola Edge Plus
Motorola Edge Plus is equipped with a system of 3 cameras. The main one is a 108 megapixel ƒ / 1.8 optically stabilized and that shoots in automatic mode at 27 megapixels by combining 4 pixels in one. We also have a 16 megapixel ƒ / 2.2 wide angle sensor and an 8 megapixel ƒ / 2.4 equivalent 3x zoom. In support we also find a ToF sensor to assist in calculating depth of field and in trimming.
The main camera is of good quality and takes almost always well-balanced shots in terms of colors, depth of field and focus. Just pay attention to the often too sharp preview and that does not allow you to do well if an area is really in focus. With less light the camera remains interesting, while in the dark it defends itself with less conviction than other top of the 2020 range. The night mode improves the situation but in various cases the images always remain a little darker than expected. The wide-angle camera is good, while the zoom camera is a sonorous disappointment, which seems to apply a decidedly more powerful 3x magnification with an almost always poor definition and clearly the result of a software clipping. This is true with good light when you “activate” the zoom camera: exactly the type of context in which it would be useful. To make matters worse, the wide-angle and zoom shots are both made at 27 megapixels, therefore going to interpolate the shot into a larger image. Surely an update will give new light to this camera. Good selfie shots from the front camera from 25 megapixels ƒ / 2.0.
Discrete 4K videos, also electronically stabilized. They cannot be registered at 60fps and for that we will have to go down in resolution. It takes Full HD to 30 insteadfps to record videos with the wide angle. The choice of 4K still seems the best in terms of stabilization balance and definition. You can also record videos in 6K: may come in handy for i videomaker who want to extrapolate cut-out videos in lower resolution.
The screen of this Motorola Edge + is a 6.7 ″ in technology OLED and 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution. What is perhaps not apparent at first glance is that the screen is actually in 19.5: 9 format, therefore stretched but not what the appearance proves. This is because part of the screen is folded on the edges to ensure a remarkable scenic effect with “infinity” disappearance on the edges. The effect is undoubtedly successful and we must be clear: it is purely an aesthetic question. What is gained in handling is lost on the usable surface of the screen. Motorola has however thought of a software system that restores with a double touch on the edge of the black bands to contain what is shown on the display inside the flat part, so that nothing is “cut out”.
The screen then supports the technology HDR10 + and has a refresh rate of 90Hz to ensure maximum fluidity perceived during use. This is something that we have often seen on 2020 smartphones, but that has added value here. We will talk about the chapter on drums. The excellent Moto Display is present to interact with notifications even with the display locked. Although it was necessary to clarify the question of the “visibility” of a similar screen for us this was not a reason for real problems during use. Instead, some involuntary touches are more annoying in certain contexts.
Even in this Motorola Edge Plus the company has decided to focus on semi-stock software that integrates the most important functions that Motorola has brought with it from various generations of smartphones. Plus some news. We always have the gestures related to Moto Actions, in addition to the aforementioned Moto Display. In addition we always find Gametime motorcycle, this time enriched by the possibility of setting two triggers virtual on the long edge of the screen and associate actions on the screen, allowing for example to aim and shoot in FPS as you would with a physical controller. Through a new customization menu you can then slightly change the theme of the smartphone. Finally, there is a small sidebar that if dragged opens a quick menu and if moved up or down can also open recent notifications and apps. The software is obviously based on Android 10, with the April 2020 patches at the time of the test.
In this smartphone we find a battery from well 5,000 mAh, even more full-bodied than what was therefore in the non-Plus version. The results have been amazing, especially setting the screen for always operate at 90Hz. Compared to the competition, we had much more promising results, with consistent results that allowed us to get through the full working day, always with a good margin, which is almost impossible for other devices with refresh rate increased. Charging is quick and is on 18W: fast, but not like other 2020 flagships 15W wireless charging and the 5W reverse wireless one.
Motorola Edge Plus is sold in Italy to 1199 €, a very important price. If this could in theory be justified by the first-level hardware and the curved display, it is also true that the € 500 difference compared to the non-Plus version seems too much. Fortunately, Amazon comes to meet us and already offers it at € 999, a much more aligned price, although not certainly content.
Motorola Edge Plus
Motorola Edge Plus is a great return for the company in the field of top of the range. Excellent and spectacular display, clean but complete software, 90 Hz refresh rate, audio jack and everything with autonomy that beats almost all the competition. To be chosen only if you want the latest processor, otherwise the Motorola Edge option offers everything we said above at a lower price.
- Curved screen at 90Hz
- Excellent autonomy
- Well-made software
- 5G connectivity
- Only average cameras
- Zoom camera to review
- It is not waterproof
- There is no dual SIM support
Motorola Edge +