Motorola has been a pioneer in the mobile phone industry, shaping several trends such as the advents of handheld phones, sleek clamshell and candy bar phones, and even affordable yet powerful smartphones. Over the last decade, however, its popularity declined due to the competition from Chinese brands like Xiaomi, OPPO, or Vivo, especially in the Asian markets. While it is still one of the most reliable brands in the LATAM region and parts of Europe, Motorola only owns a small share of the smartphone market in India. After some years of struggling with the competition, withdrawing from the flagship segment, and strictly focussing on mid-rangers in pretty much every region, Motorola made a comeback to the flagship category with the Motorola Edge and the Edge+. Out of the two, the superior variant i.e. the Motorola Edge+ is now coming to India.
The Motorola Edge+ is a hardcore flagship that is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. It features an attention-grabbing 6.7-inch OLED “waterfall” display with a hole-punch camera and a 90º curve, which also gives the smartphone its name. The display also has a refresh rate of 90Hz resulting in smooth animations while the HDR10+ rating ensures crisp visuals while watching OTT content. The display also supports virtual triggers along the curve of the display and these can act as shoulder buttons in games or as a launcher shortcut otherwise.
Along with the Snapdragon 865 on Motorola Edge+, there’s 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. The X55 modem on the Snapdragon 865 also adds support for mm-wave and sub-6GHz 5G connectivity.
Besides its performance capabilities, another highlight of the Motorola Edge+ is its rear camera setup, which comprises a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX as the primary sensor. The 108MP camera is complemented by a 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera which doubles as a macro camera. In addition to these two, the Motorola Edge+ comes with an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. Taking a more practical approach as compared to other OEMs selling devices with Snapdragon 865, Motorola is offering 6K video recording on the Egde+ instead of the traditional 8K. The camera on the front uses a 25MP sensor along with an f/2.0 lens setup.
The Motorola Edge+ comes with a chunky 5,000mAh battery along with 18W fast wired and 15W wireless charging. The smartphone will also support reverse wireless charging at 5W. Unlike other champions in the game, the Motorola Edge+ retains a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio.
In terms of software, Motorola Edge+ is running Android 10 with an almost-stock Android UI. The company has also added an app called Moto UX, which is a variation of the Pixel Themes app. This allows users to change elements like accent colors, icon shapes, fonts, etc. The phone will be available in two colors – Smoky Sangria and Thunder Grey.
Pricing & Availability
The Motorola Edge+ will be available in India starting at ₹74,999 (~$990 ). It will be available for pre-booking via Flipkart starting today i.e. May 19th and will be available for sale starting May 26th. For users with ICICI cards, there will be an instant cashback of ₹7,500 (10% of the price).
While the COVID-19 related restrictions mean that our team in India is yet to recieve a review unit of the device, here’s a video review of the Motorola Edge+ by our friends at Pocketnow.
Motorola Edge+ Specifications
|Storage||256GB UFS 3.0|
|Front Cameras||25MP, f/2.0|
|Battery & Charging||
|Connectivity||NFC, Bluetooth 5.1|
|Audio||Dual Stereo speakers|
|Ports||3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C|
|Security||Under-display fingerprint scanner|
|OS||Android 10 with Moto UX|
|Colors||Smoky Sangria, Thunder Grey|
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