Motorola unveils flagship device Edge Plus:
Motorola hasn't been a major player in the high-end smartphone world for quite some time, instead settling on mid-level devices and the occasional gimmick. Motorola has work to do to excite users who are more accustomed to shopping for Apple, Samsung, and Google devices, but the hardware in the Edge and Edge+ may be tempting for some buyers.
Display: 6.7" FHD+ OLED, "Endless Edge," 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ certified
Dimensions: 6.34" x 2.81" x 0.37" (161.1mm x 71.4mm x 9.6mm)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650 GPU
Memory: 12 GB RAM
Storage: 256 GB
Rear cameras: 108MP f/1.8 main camera with optical image stabilization, 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide and macro lens w/ 117 degree wide-angle view, 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and optical image stabilization
Front camera: 25MP f/2.0
Video: Up to 6K UHD at 30FPS
Connectivity: 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
Waterproofing: "water repellent design," no IP rating.
Charging: 18w wired, 15w wireless, 5w wireless power sharing
OS: Android 10
Other notes: 3.55mm headphone jack, USB-C, dual stereo speakers, three microphones
Should I buy the Motorola Edge or Edge+?
There's a certain niche the Motorola Edge and Edge+ seem to be designed to fill. Two use cases spring to mind: Creative professionals who want a high-performance camera, and those working in the field who are frequently away from a charger.
The Edge+ has a main camera able to capture 108MP and 6K UHD video that Motorola said "gets as close to professional DSLR photo and video quality as possible." Motorola also said that the sensor in the Edge+'s camera is "nearly three times larger" than previous generations of devices, and also has four times the light sensitivity of other camera sensors.
With that kind of photography hardware in the Edge+, coupled with a 5,000mAh battery that Motorola claims is capable of lasting "two full days of use," it could be the creative camera photographers and videographers have been waiting for.
For users who work in the field, the Edge and Edge+ have the potential to suit their needs--in particular, the Edge+ because of its advertised battery life. The Edge isn't a slouch on the battery front, either, with a 4,500mAh battery (only 500mAh less than the Edge+).
The one reason why Motorola's new phones--particularly the Edge+--may not be suited for life in the field is the devices' less than impressive IP ratings. The Edge is only rated IP54, and the Edge+ is, in Motorola's words, "water repellent," but doesn't even have an IP rating listed.
That doesn't spell good things for the hardiness of either device, particularly the Edge+: In an age in which IP68 ratings on mobile devices are commonplace, not mentioning a rating at all spells bad things for a device's longevity.
Motorola does say that the Edge+'s "water, splash and dust resistance were tested to IP68 standards under controlled laboratory conditions," but doesn't say what the outcomes were--leaving off the rating entirely means that workers heading out of the office and away from a charger shouldn't plan to take the Edge or Edge+ into an outdoor environment--stick to vehicle travel and airports only.