Motorola Edge Plus review – A brand new 2020 flagship?

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Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola Edge Plus Review

Motorola, once the king of the smartphone industry has been unheard of lately. The company has been making mid-range phones for a while now but has not been in the flagship game lately. 4 years back, Motorola came out with an innovational Z series lineup. Here the flagship phone had about 3 attachable mods which the company named “Moto mods”. Although this idea had a lot of potential in the future, it never took off. The main reason was the idea of being similar to modular phones. Companies were scared that people would simply stop buying newer phones as they could simply spend more on mods and get a newer experience.

Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola then vs now

This time though, after 4 years Motorola has finally decided to enter the flagship league. The company has finally launched the long-awaited flagship Motorola Edge Plus. For years Motorola has been bringing us excellent phones that cost south of the $250, and now with the Motorola Edge, it’s trying to offer a higher-end experience. Undoubtedly they have created one of the best phones in the world, and for that, we have to say. With one eye-catching design and a high-end specs list, the Motorola Edge is an interesting prospect that will prove interesting to the brand as it shouldn’t affect the manufacture of budget phones. It feels like a true flagship and doesn’t really cost much to get such a low price. There’s also a step-back model, the Motorola Edge, which has the same design but cuts back on some of the hardware features for price reasons.

When the Moto X was launched in the US last year with a curved 5.5-inch OLED display, it attracted the flagship masses in all-metal design. Sadly, all that went down in price. This makes it even more expensive for a savvy Motorola to buy. Even with the same specs as its other flagship phones. With all that being said, let’s dig in deeper and take a detailed look at this new offering from Motorola.

Design of Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola Edge Plus

The phone has been designed in a way to flaunt the wrap-around display. Motorola calls it the “Endless Edge Display”. It sure does look great as it eliminates bezels and gives a clean overall look to the device. The wrap-around display makes the phone difficult to hold as you are gripping the phone by the curved display most of the time. This also means that the device is a fingerprint magnet. But quite frankly, the beautiful display of the phone dwarfs this problem. The display extends a lot further on the sides due to which, the buttons are too thin and sometimes hard to distinguish.

The 3 camera setup protrudes a bit too much due to which this device calls for a case on it. The bump is worse than that of the Galaxy S20 Ultra as it was relatively stable when placed on a flat surface than the Moto. This sucks as the back of the phone is just gorgeous. The Motorola logo is in the middle, and the back is made of cheap plastic. The rear camera is arranged similarly to the Moto X and Moto G, with the same black-and-white coloring. Although the back is made up of plastic, the Granite Blue finish back looks fantastic. The phone is also available in the Solar Black color which when compared to the Granite Blue is a bit boring.

Negatives aside, this device has a lot of positives. In terms of practicality, the phone has it all. The device comes with expandable storage as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It has a dual SIM tray and a USB – C port. USB-C is a must-have for this phone owing to the huge battery size of the phone. The phone lacks any IP rating but has a water-resistant coating.

Display of Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola Edge Plus

This is probably the best thing that this phone has to offer. The huge 6.7-inch display surely turns heads but takes time to get used to especially if you have small hands. The beautiful OLED display completely dominates the phone with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 and a pixel density of 385ppi. The device has a 90 Hz refresh rate with HDR 10 support. HDR content on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube look stunning on this device. Although it lacks a bit in ultra-dark scenes when compared to its competitors like the OnePlus 8 and iPhone 11 Pro. Also, the screen’s brightness is bottomed out and some noise is apparent when looking at dark scenes. The curved edges may be prone to accidental touches but have gestures as well to ease user experience.

There is a pill-shaped option present in the top left corner of the screen. You can tap it to turn the edges ON/OFF. Flick it down to see the notification panel, flick it up to see the background running applications. The device also comes with a gaming app called Moto Gametime which offers options to set virtual shoulder buttons on the edges of the screen.

The hardware of Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola Edge Plus

This is where it gets interesting. Motorola may have made questionable decisions in the design department but Edge Plus is no doubt a powerhouse. The device is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 865 chipset along with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. This is more than enough power for any task presently available for a phone to do. Combine this power with the stock Android 10 experience, and you have a blazing fast phone. This is better than the UI of its competitors like Samsung and LG. Along with all of the latest hardware, this device also has some fancy gestures. A sudden power cut? Karate chop in the air and the flashlight comes ON. Want to click a quick photo of a squirrel? Double twist the phone to launch the camera application.

Earlier this year, Motorola launched the Motorola Edge 5G smartphone, the company’s first smartphone with a 5.5-inch display and 5-megapixel camera. Powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 SOC, the smartphone is also available exclusively as Verizon Wireless and comes with a hefty price tag. It’s good to see a big update from Motorola for its flagship Smartphone in the Edge range, but it’s no big deal. The reason being that this phone is also a Verizon exclusive. This means that the clutter-free stock Android experience is ruined by the useless Verizon applications.

Software Of The Motorola Edge Plus

The software of the phone does become a bit disappointing due to the bloatware installed by Verizon. Not only this, but the updates are also a bit disappointing. Most devices in the Edge’s price range have received two major Android updates in their lives, and Google has promised three for its Pixel phones. So it’s crazy that Motorola doesn’t go to the plate and commit to two, which is disheartening and unfortunately common for a cheap Android phone on which Motorola typically works. Motorola has typically committed to a major update for each of its flagship phones, but not for Edge.

It’s disappointing when its software is so similar, at least outwardly, to stock Android. The hardware is very nice, and while we think most of you have already written about the phone, it’s unfortunate that Motorola has connected itself to Verizon and waited too long to commit to software updates.

The battery and speakers of Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola Edge Plus

In terms of battery life, Motorola has knocked it out of the park. The phone has a 2-day battery life, thanks to the power-efficient hardware along with a mammoth 5000 mAh battery. You can easily have a lot of game time without worrying about the juice left for productivity. The device comes with 15W fast charging which isn’t the fastest but you won’t need to charge this phone every day anyway. I would be tempted to buy this phone just because of the battery life alone.

The phone has a headphone jack which is a plus point but the stereo speakers are nothing to be proud of. Although Motorola took help from Waves Audio to tune the speakers, the speakers sound hollow. They are quite loud but it does not make any sense if your favorite song lacks the beats.

The camera of the Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola Edge Plus

Although Motorola has never been known for its cameras, the company started to get some recognition with its One series. The One series was not a cheap device, hence Motorola decided to invest in good lenses for the camera. The same thing can be seen in the Edge lineup. The front camera has a 25MP sensor and the rear camera setup consists of 4 lenses.

  • A 108-megapixel wide-angle camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and optical image stabilization (OIS). This is the primary camera of the phone that will be used by you most of the time. Motorola has set the resolution to be 27 megapixels by default to save space on storage.
  • A 16MP ultrawide camera that captures a 117-degree field of view with an aperture of f/2.2. It is not as impressive as the iPhone 11 Pro or the Galaxy S20 Ultra but it sure gets the job done. This lens also doubles up as a macro lens.
  • An 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, an f/2.4 aperture, and 3x optical zoom. This one is actually better than most phones as it uses optical zoom for better clarity unlike the One Plus 8 Pro.
  • The Fourth and the final lens is a┬átime-of-flight sensor for fast autofocus and better background separation in portrait mode.

Photo clarity

All in all the camera setup is pretty decent and churned out its share of good pictures. The large sensor of the primary camera captured more details than its competitors’ iPhone 11 Pro and One Plus 8 Pro. The large sensor also helps a lot at night in poor lighting conditions. The details aren’t exceptional but are still passable to post on social media platforms. The camera also has a night vision mode which helps to pop those colors in extremely low lighting conditions.

Although the camera fares better in most parts, it lacks the most important part that is image processing. The HDR processing is not that good and the colors are warm. Apple and Google take the medal in this department as they make older lens process images better than most flagships.

Motorola Edge Plus Price and Release Date

The phone has already been released back in May 2020 and costs about $1000 brand new.

Motorola Edge Plus vs One Plus 8 Pro

If you have to choose between the two, it’s better to go for the OnePlus 8 Pro any day. OnePlus 8 Pro is much better in every term. Also, it offers a cleaner stock UI experience with phenomenal hardware. The camera setup on the Edge Plus is better than the OnePlus 8 Pro but image processing is what kills it for Moto. One Plus 8 Pro also offers better features in the camera department such as more autofocus techniques. Edge plus has 4 more Gigs of RAM and 500 mAh larger battery but all that hardly matters. Both phones have optical in-display fingerprint scanners. One Plus 8 Pro is also IP 68 rated which Moto isn’t. What really kills it for Moto is the pricing. The OnePlus 8 Pro is available for $899 which is cheaper than the Edge Plus. So One Plus 8 Pro is the clear winner.

My Verdict –

The Motorola Edge’s full HD screen is great for binging and gaming and the hole-punch display is among the best we’ve ever seen. The latest Motorola phone is crammed with a lot of modern features, but it’s priced not quite at the level of its flagship rival. Unfortunately for Motorola, the expensive Edgelaunch in a market where smartphone sales are falling, and its limited availability makes it difficult to get worse in the US and elsewhere. The phone might be having some flagship-level features and capabilities but it isn’t quite one. The software is not up to the mark and basically bottlenecks the powerful chip present under the hood. The image processing makes the camera look dull and is not as good as expected. Surely Motorola has tried their best but they still have a long way to go.

 

 

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