Motorola takes on the Pixel 6a with a 144Hz mid-range phone


Motorola takes on the Pixel 6a with a 144Hz mid-range phone


Motorola, in a way the 3rd smartphone maker in the United States after Apple and Samsung, is attacking the Pixel 6a. The company announced the Motorcycle Edge 2022 (not to be confused with the $1,000 Edge+), and at $500, the mid-range comes up against Google’s latest phone. The two companies definitely take different approaches to the price tag of around $500.

Motorola spends most of its budget on a stunning 144Hz, 6.6-inch, 2400×1080 display, which is a powerful spec item compared to the weak 60Hz display of the Pixel 6a. The SoC is the all-new MediaTek Demensity 1050, and the phone has 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, an in-screen fingerprint reader, a 5,000mAh battery, and charging. of 30W.

This MediaTek SoC is an interesting choice. It’s a 6nm chip with two ARM Cortex A78 processors and six Cortex A55 processors, so it’s not going to set the world on fire. It’s not out yet, but in preview Geekbench testing scored 2142, making it a bit slower than the Pixel 6a’s flagship Google Tensor-class SoC (about ~2850 points). Putting aside the question of whether you even want a 144Hz display in a budget phone, is this Mediatek SoC capable of running Android at a steady 144 FPS? Motorola is not a stranger to negate its fast displays with underpowered SoCs, so that should be a major concern if you consider 144Hz a selling point.

Another “do you really want this in a mid-range phone?” consideration is the inclusion of 5G mmWave support. mm wave was aggressively excited by carriers at the start of the 5G era in 2018, but it’s now been four years, and short-range and temperamental signal characteristics make mmWave deployment prohibitively expensive. Most carriers are at less than 1 percent mmWave coverage and said mmWave will never see a wide rollout. MmWave is not just a dead end technologyIt’s also expensive to pack into a smartphone, with the extra antennas (at least, from Qualcomm) bumping up the phone’s MSRP to between $50 and $100. And poor MediaTek: The Demensity 1050, announced in May, is the First time mmWave compatible chipset. I’m sure years ago when development started, it was supposed to be a triumphant achievement.

Luckily, the phone has NFC and you get Wi-Fi 6E support. There’s no significant water resistance, which is a bummer. The phone comes with three rear cameras: a 50MP main camera, a 13MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP “macro/depth” camera. It also comes with Android 12, and although Motorola promised three years of OS upgrades and four years of bi-monthly security updates, the company’s history suggests those updates will arrive very soon. slowly.

The phone will be turned off”soonin the US from T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. There will also be an unlocked version from Best Buy and Amazon, although Motorola says the $499 price will eventually be increased to $599.

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