Earlier this year, Motorola entered the world’s flagship phone with the Motorola Edge Plus, a $ 999 smartphone designed to get on its feet with top-of-the-line phones such as the Galaxy S20 Ultra or OnePlus 8 Pro. And now it follows the Motorola Edge, a less expensive, less powerful version that promises sub-flagship features at a sub-flagship price of $ 699.
I already talked a lot about the hardware on the Edge Plus in my review of this device earlier this year, so I’m sending you there in many ways, seeing how the Edge’s design is the same for everyone except the color it comes in (shimmering rainbow black, which aggressively collects fingerprints) and the number of cameras on the back. In short, it is a well-made plate of aluminum and glass, which is not very noticeable, and the “Endless Screen”;, which curves around the sides of the device, is more attractive than actually useful.
There are six areas where hardware on the Edge differs from the Edge Plus, however, they all leave the Edge a little worse than its more expensive sibling:
- The processor has been downgraded from Snapdragon 865 to Snapdragon 765.
- The battery is a 4500mAh battery, compared to 5000mAh on the Edge Plus.
- The Edge has 6GB of RAM, half of the 12GB on the Edge Plus.
- The cameras are reduced to Edge, including the transition from a 108-megapixel sensor to a 64-megapixel main camera.
- Edge does not support wireless charging.
- Edge only supports 6GHz 5G and no faster version of mmWave.
What leaves the only real question about the Land: is it worth sacrificing to reduce the price sharply?
Edge’s Snapdragon 765 is Qualcomm’s second best processor, and overall daily usage wasn’t significantly worse than using the flagship chip. Programs run fast, websites load quickly, and user interface navigation is fast. More demanding games like Fortnite or Asphalt 9, also run well.
I’ve encountered occasional stuttering and lag – especially when launching a camera app or switching to a previously open game – which could be due to 6GB of RAM. This is definitely the lowest level I’d like to get for a high-end Android class in 2020, but even those minor hiccups weren’t really enough to cause concern.
Similarly, the reduced battery size does not affect the experience. I easily managed to achieve the promised two days, although, however, the use of my phone is somewhat different from normal due to work at home. (Snapdragon 765 – which has an integrated modem and is more energy efficient, is probably a factor that contributes to the difference in battery size.)
The main 64-megapixel sensor, which replaces the 108-megapixel camera with an Edge Plus, holds up well. The Motorola Edge, like its more valuable sibling development, uses four-pixel developments to create lower-resolution images with better color and less image noise (so the Edge takes 16-megapixel shots by default). It can shoot at a full 64 megapixels, although, like the Edge Plus, these photos generally turned out worse. And while you’ll lose the finer level of detail that a higher-resolution camera offers, I was still pleasantly surprised by the Edge’s camera. It won’t keep up with Apple or Google’s leading hardware and software industry, but it doesn’t drag the device down (a problem Motorola has had in the past.)
The camera is also worse on the Edge – it has only 2x optical zoom, not 3x, and has no optical image stabilization. Given that the telephoto lens was already the worst part of the Edge Plus, it’s not a big loss. The other two cameras are the same as the Edge Plus: a 16-megapixel ultra-angle / macro camera (which takes nicely fun shots in both wide-angle and macro mode) and a front-facing camera (which … great, except for the extremely brutal portrait mode).
The last two changes are the most drastic, as they are directly missing from the missing features that Edge doesn’t have (instead of the smaller versions it has). The lack of wireless charging disappoints any device in 2020 (as does the lack of real waterproofing, which it shares with the Edge Plus). And the lower 6GHz 5G is definitely slower, especially compared to Verizon. During my tests on the 700 MHz T-Mobile network, I saw speeds of about 70 Mbps and 35 Mbps – not bad, but nothing that comes close to 250W-100 Mbps VerWith mmWave. The downside, of course, is that you can actually use the Edge on T-Mobile (or AT&T), as it is not blocked as the exclusive Verizon in the US.
There are two other differences that are less directly related to the equipment: the Edge costs $ 699 at retail, $ 300 less than the $ 999 price tag on the Edge Plus. And Motorola offers a promotional price for the Edge for a limited time of $ 499, which makes it half as expensive as the Edge Plus. The Edge can also be used for a much larger number of people, as it is sold unlocked and not limited to Verizon customers in the United States.
In many ways, this is the flagship that Motorola probably had to do from the beginning – one that offers an almost premium experience at a lower price than its competitors, in an unlocked form, running on any network rather than trying to meet them. in the current market of $ 1000.
Motorola makes many phones at very different prices, until the lines start to blur. As a $ 700 phone, the Edge is definitely a better deal than its counterparts, offering almost comparable features and performance at a much reduced price. The current price of $ 499 makes it even more profitable – one that is beginning to be taken seriously as one of the best mid-range phones.
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