Motorola’s latest Edge phone aims to be a $499 5G disruptor


Motorola today announced its latest smartphone for the US market. And while I wish it was the sleek new Razr 2022 – currently only available in China – we’re looking at another entry in the company’s Edge lineup instead. Edge phones are designed to offer several flagship features at an accessible price. (Motorola Edge Moremeanwhile, competes directly in the more expensive premium tier.)

With the 2022 edition of the Edge, Motorola is focusing on familiar strengths: a 144Hz OLED display, long battery life, full 5G support and device upgrades. camera.

Priced at $499 for a limited time – Motorola won’t say how long – before a possible jump to $599, the company describes this phone as one of its thinnest and most compact Edge devices to date. It features a 6.6-inch FHD Plus OLED display with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz. This display can boost to a maximum brightness of 1,300 nits in its “high brightness” mode, and it supports HDR10 Plus support.

The Edge 2022 is available in one color: grey.

Motorola switched to a MediaTek chip for the 2022 Edge. Specifically, it’s the MediaTek Dimensity 1050 SoC, which works with both Sub 6 and millimeter-wave 5G, including C-band spectrum. The Edge also has Wi-Fi 6E on board.

The phone will be available in two configurations: the base model has 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, with an upgraded version offering 256GB and 8GB respectively. All versions come with 100GB of Google One cloud storage for 12 months. The phone has a 5,000 mAh battery with 15 watts of wired charging and the ability to deliver 5 watts of juice to other gadgets via wireless power sharing. However, it’s only rated IP52 for water and dust resistance, so that’s one department where Motorola decided to cut costs.

The 10-bit HDR OLED display supports a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz.

As for the camera, the Edge’s main sensor is a 50-megapixel pixel camera (which produces 12-megapixel files) with optical image stabilization and “all-instant” phase-detection autofocus. from Motorola. There’s a 13MP ultrawide (which doubles as a macro camera) and a depth sensor; the latter always seems like wasted space to me, but it is. Motorola thinks the features of its camera software – automatic night vision, dual capture mode, super slow motion, etc. – can help spark the creativity of Edge owners. The front selfie camera uses a 32-megapixel sensor.

We always print the camera specs directly on the phone, I see.

A bottom view of the Motorola Edge 2022.

The new Edge will ship running Android 12 with the slight touch of Motorola’s My UX software tweaks. It’s still mostly stock, but the company continues to push its Samsung DeX-like Ready For Wireless and Ready For PC capabilities. You can get a PC-like experience by using the Edge with a larger screen or by mirroring Edge apps to your own computer while maintaining uninterrupted phone use. Motorola is promising three years of Android OS updates for the 2022 Edge, along with four years of bi-monthly security patches.

Motorola’s My UX is still clean inventory, mostly on Android.

You can get a desktop-like experience when using Edge with a large screen.

The latest Edge will arrive first on T-Mobile “in the coming weeks” before availability expands to Verizon, AT&T, Spectrum Mobile, US Cellular and Visible. An unlocked model will be sold by Amazon and Best Buy. It comes in a single “mineral gray” color, which has a bluish tint in some lighting, and the company ships it in plastic-free packaging.

Sometimes I miss the colorful plastic of old Motorola phones.

Motorola seems quite comfortable with its third place in the US smartphone market. For me (and maybe for you), the company modern phones all start to are not badly alike and are a far cry from the colorful Moto X and Moto G of yesteryear, but they seem to be selling well enough for the company, thanks to their smooth screens, competent cameras and good enough performance for the price.

For us gadget enthusiasts, Motorola says it’s still fully committed to the foldable category, although the company isn’t ready to confirm whether the latest Razr is coming to the US or not.

Photograph by Chris Welch/The Verge

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