Motorola has a new version of its $ 700 Edge smartphone that brings better cameras, a more modern processor, and an updated design.
As with last year’s Edge, the new model doesn’t offer the very best Android hardware: a Snapdragon 778 5G processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, or 8GB of RAM / 256GB of storage, but these sacrifices might be worth the distinct mid-price tag.
Nevertheless, the new Edge has a 108 megapixel camera, which was one of the tent features of the Edge Plus, as well as a larger 5000 mAh battery and mmWave 5G, both of which were also offered on the Edge Plus, but were upgraded to a 4500 mAh battery and less than 6 GHz specifications at last year’s Edge.
The display is a 6.8-inch LCD with a refresh rate of 144 Hz, but calling the new phone Edge (without the numbering that distinguishes it from the 2020 model) is actually a bit misleading, given that the 2021 model abandons the “Endless Edge”. “waterfall screen that gave the original names Edge and Edge Plus names. Given that the curved display was largely a gimmick in last year’s models, it’s not a big loss.
The cameras are the aforementioned 108 megapixel main camera, as well as the 8 megapixel f / 2.2 ultra-wide that offers Motorola’s “Macro Vision” feature, and a 2 megapixel depth camera. A 32-megapixel front camera completes the process.
Specifications are still lacking for wireless charging, although the new Edge adds very simple IP52 water resistance (which, while better than nothing, is basically just enough to protect against odd rain).
It is not quite same hardware as A trio of Edge 20 models Motorola was released internationally earlier this summer (with, among other differences, smaller 6.7-inch screens), although it is similar in features to the mid-road Edge 20. However, the Edge 20 beats the North American model in a few areas of the Edge: it has a 16-megapixel ultra-wide and an 8-megapixel 3x telephoto camera, like two other rear cameras.
The latest version of Edge is also the definitive successor last year’s regular Edge model – no premium flagship Edge Plus hardware designed to challenge Samsung and OnePlus high-end phones. So far, Motorola has no word on whether it would try to compete again in the congested high-end Android market in the United States.
Pricing for the 2021 Edge is similar to last year: it will technically sell for $ 699.99, but Motorola will once again offer a “limited time” discount from the start and lower the price to a more wallet-friendly $ 499.99. The company doesn’t say how long this price will be offered at the moment, although if it’s something from last year, sales aren’t too hard to achieve. It will be available in the U.S. open from vendors such as Best Buy, Amazon and Motorola’s website, and carrier versions of Verizon and Spectrum mobile are planned for the “coming months”. A release in Canada is also planned for the future.