Motorola's Edge+ launch was spoiled a day early

Will you pay $1,000 for a high-end Motorola phone?

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Jon Fingas
April 21, 2020 6:41 PM
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You won’t have to wait until Motorola’s April 22nd event to find out what the Edge+ can do. Droid Life reports that a premature blog post confirmed many of the flagship Android phone’s specifications for the US version exclusive to Verizon (Engadget’s parent company), including tidbits that weren’t immediately available before. The Edge+ will have a 6.7-inch 1080p OLED screen whose curved edges explain its name, a 90Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 865 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage. So far, it’s what you’d expect from a high-end Android phone in 2020.

It’s in the cameras where Motorola might do more to stand out. The rear camera array won’t be completely revolutionary with its 108MP, hardware-stabilized f/1.8 main sensor (pixel-binned to produce 27MP shots most of the time), but there should be a 16MP ultra-wide camera and an 8MP telephoto cam to produce zoomed-in shots without cropping. There’s a 25MP front-facing shooter as well. Curiously, the Edge+ can record up to 6K — better than the 4K that’s still commonplace, but not 8K like you see with the Galaxy S20 family.

There’s all sorts of added minutiae in the since-pulled report. It’s poised to have some of the fastest 5G out there, with peak speeds of 4Gbps if you can find a good connection. There’s a huge 5,000mAh battery, but you’ll be limited to either 18W wired charging or 15W wireless. It’ll run Android 10 (with promises of an upgrade to Android 11), too.

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There may be one leak people don’t enjoy: the price. The Edge+ is said to cost $1,000 outright, or just shy of $42 per month over two years. That puts it into direct competition with the Galaxy S20, iPhone 11 Pro and other phones that command a high premium. It might be a tougher sell as a result. While it can certainly compete in key areas, it may have trouble standing out when Apple and Samsung have virtually cornered the high-end smartphone world.

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Motorola's Edge+ launch was spoiled a day early