Albeit the $699 Motorola Edge looks a ton like its archetype, the new midrange flagship gets a total upgrade, with a 144Hz display, faster chipset, and further developed cameras.
On the facade of the phone, you’ll track down a 6.8-inch LCD panel. And keeping in mind that the new Motorola Edge has a similar resolution and HDR10 support as last year’s version, its refresh gets a lift from 90Hz to 144Hz. The 25MP selfie camera on the original Edge has additionally been supplanted with a new, 32MP sensor with quad binning.
Motorola additionally totally modified the back camera module on the 2021 Edge. A 108MP sensor with a 1/1.52″ optical format and 3×3 pixel binning replaces the 64MP sensor found on last year’s phone. A 8MP ultra-wide sensor with a 119-degree field of view and a 2MP depth sensor rounds out the stack.
Like its archetype, the unlocked Motorola Edge has band support for global LTE and sub-6GHz 5G connectivity. It should deal with each US carrier’s LTE and mid-band 5G networks and has C-band support also. There’s likewise support for Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC.
In case you’re willing to stand by a few more months, a Verizon version of the Edge will be accessible that chips away at the carrier’s ultra-fast mmWave network yet loses a great deal of its global band support.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G mobile platform powers the updated Motorola Edge. The base model ships with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Motorola will likewise sell a 256GB/8GB version of the Edge however didn’t offer any pricing details.
The Motorola Edge has a stout 5,000mAh battery and supports 30W fast charging. Lamentably, wireless charging is missing.
The Moto Edge ships with Android 11 and My UX. Motorola’s custom skin is light-handed and offers a near-stock experience with a handful of customization features and useful gestures. Hope to see a upgrade to Android 12 in the coming months and regular security patches.
Pre-orders for the unlocked Edge start on Aug. 23 and the phone will be accessible on the Motorola website and through select retailers on Sept. 2. Verizon and Spectrum Mobile will sell an exclusive version of the Edge with millimeter-wave connectivity in the coming months.