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Review of Motorola Edge+

It’s been a long time, wasn't it? That's because of the final Motorola flagship introduced. Was it a 2017 Moto Z2 Force? The Moto Z3 with its antiquated Snapdragon 835, far less the Moto Z4 with a Qualcomm midrange module, was surely not the one. Okay, so we have the Motorola Edge+ some three years later to mark the company's return to top shelf.

It's a brave return too-with a €1200 price tag, the Edge+ is not just expensive, it's expensive for the Galaxy S20 Ultra. On the other side of the Atlantic, just when gazing at what the new Moto has to deliver, a more fair $1000 makes the Verizon-exclusive Edge+ an still even more appealing proposition.

And that's quite a number. An Infinite Edge screen tops the list - many consider it a waterfall display, but the nature is that it spills over the handset's sides in a way, not even Samsung. An OLED panel, it supports HDR10+ and this one has a high refresh rate - 90Hz.

A flagship screen by its aesthetics, but the Edge bit remains the most luxurious feature with a 1080p resolution (as compared to 1440p) and a 90Hz refresh rate (with a lot of 120Hz rivals out there). But on the Moto Edge (non-plus) you can have the same display with an HDR10 (similarly non-plus) rating, at half the Edge+ size.

However, a lot of stuff that you can't get on the smaller phone. The Edge+ is provided with high-end Snapdragon 865 chip (765 G on the Edge), fast UFS 3.0 storage packs 256 GB (128 GB UFS 2.1 on the midranger) and 12 GB RAM packs 2 to 3 times more than the Edge packs (available in 4 GB and 6 GB trim levels). Okay, those differences do make a case for pricing the top dollar (top-euro?).

There is something of it though. A 108MP main cam on the Motorola Edge+ places it in a select group of mobile phones that includes just a few Xiaomis and that very Galaxy S20 Ultra. All right, exclusivity actually mandates a premium. The simple Bottom, meanwhile, let's do with a main 64MP sensor.

There are a few other key differentiators between the two Edges, such as the capability for 6 K video recording of the flagship and its support for two-way wireless charging. The Edge non-plus has a microSD slot, while the Edge+ doesn't, but 256 GB sounds a lot so it's not like all high-end models have the development option, so we're not going to mention that again.

There's a piece of the new Moto version that's mildly remarkable-the connector on the headset. Although this is hardly news for the mid-tier model, it is a true standout feature for a 2020 flagship. The €1200 worth it all?

Motorola Edge+ on a quick look

Body: 

161.1x71.4x9.6mm, 203g; Gorilla Glass 5 front.

 

Screen: 

6.7" OLED, 1080x2340px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 385ppi; 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support.

 

Chipset: 

Snapdragon 865 (7nm+): Octa-core CPU (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585); Adreno 650 GPU.

 

Memory: 

12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB built-in UFS 3.0 storage, no microSD slot.

OS/Software: Android 10.

 

Rear camera: 

Wide (main): 108MP, 1/1.33' camera, 0.8μm pixel depth, 26mm focal length, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS. Telephoto: 8MP, 1/4.4', 1.0μm, 81mm, f/2.4, PDAF, OIS. Super large angle: 16MP, 1/3.06', 1.4μm, 13mm, f/2.2, AF. 6K/30, 2160p/30fps.

 

Front camera: 

25MP, 1/2.9", 0.9µm, f/2.0, fixed focus. 1080p/30fps video recording.

Battery: 5,000mAh, 18W wired charging support, 15W fast wireless charging, 5W reverse wireless charging.

 

Misc: 

Optical under-display fingerprint reader; NFC; stereo loudspeakers; 3.5mm headphone jack.

 

Motorola Edge+ unboxing

The Motorola Edge+ comes in a black cardboard package which is fairly low-key. There is a bat emblem and the name of the phone embossed with a glittering effect to give a little glitz.

 

You will find the phone inside the box and underneath it is a sleeve full of paperwork. Below that is the adapter with TurboPower branding but at only 18W of maximum power output, it is not very turbo. In comparison to Type-C it still has a USB Type-A connection, and it is on the QC / PD compatible hand of QuickCharge. Motorola must, of course, have the right cable (USB-A-to-C).

 

You can find a silicone safety cover for the phone in another sleeve which you need to pry out of the lid of the pack. This has lips on top and bottom to separate the monitor from a table 's surface if you're one to stare down your mobile.

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