The new Motorola Edge smartphone has improved cameras, a more modern processor, and a redesign. It is priced at $700.
With the Snapdragon 778 5G processor, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, or 8GB RAM / 256GB storage, the new Edge is not quite impressive in terms of hardware, but I don’t think that’s a deal breaker for a midrange price.
108-megapixel camera replaces edge display on Motorola Edge
The new Motorola Edge does come with the 108-megapixel camera that was part of the Edge Plus, along with a 5,000mAh battery and mmWave 5G. The Edge Plus also had both of these features, but the Edge was only offered with a 5,230mAh battery and sub-6GHz specs.
With a 6.8-inch LCD screen with 144Hz refresh rate, the new phone is called the Edge (without a number to differentiate it from the 2020 model), although it actually ditches the waterfall display that gave the original Edge and Edge Plus their names. However, when you consider the curved screen was by and large a gimmick on last year’s models, it’s not an entirely deploring loss.
The phone includes a 108-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera with Motorola’s “Macro Vision” feature, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. Additionally, the front camera has a resolution of 32 megapixels.
There is still no mention of wireless charging on the spec sheet, though the new Edge does feature some very basic IP52 water resistance (which is better than nothing, but will only protect you against the odd bit of rain).
The Motorola Edge 20 doesn’t quite have the same hardware as Motorola’s Edge models that were released internationally earlier this summer (which include, among other differences, smaller 6.7-inch displays), but it is closer to the Edge 20’s midrange specs.
However, the Edge 20 beats the Edge in a few key areas: it has a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera and an 8-megapixel 3x zoom camera, as well as a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera.
The Edge Plus hardware is also definitively a successor to last year’s regular Edge model, not to the high-end flagship model that was aimed at competing with Samsung and OnePlus high-end phones.
Motorola has not announced whether it will reenter the highly competitive high-end Android market in the US.
This year’s 2021 Motorola Edge will have a similar price to last year: it’ll be technically offered at $699.99, but Motorola will offer a “limited-time” discount right from the start to reduce it to $499.99.
Sales should be fairly easy to come by at this price, unlike last year. However, the company is not offering it long, unlike last year. Motorola’s website and Best Buy will begin selling it unlocked in the US later this year. Canadians will also be able to purchase the device in the future.