Motorola seems keen to take on other higher end smartphones with their latest Edge Plus.
For a company more known for mid-range smartphones, Motorola‘s Edge Plus packs some of the highest specifications the brand had ever introduced in a mobile device to date.
The Edge Plus brings a sleek curved wraparound Gorilla Glass build that equals many major high-end smartphones out there like the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, or the Huawei P40 series.
The frame of the Edge Plus is made of aluminium, I personally love how the edge looks.
Moving to the bottom of the frame is a flat enough edge that enables it to stand on its on if placed on a desk. This is something many phones don’t bother doing because they try to ’round-up’every angle.
SCREEN AND BODY
The Edge Plus display is a 6.7″ OLED display with 1080p resolution and a refresh rate of 90Hz and a profile density of 385ppi. Being the first phone from Motorola to have 90Hz refresh rate, the Edge Plus performs really well and the screen performs well.
The screen enables you to have those deep OLED black and it also supports HDR+. Colours also appear to be almost accurate although the edge of the screen tends to be extra blue-ish.
Despite the Edge Plus getting high marks for its display, it’s not as great as other higher end flagships.
A small punch-hole on the top left gives space for the selfie camera.
Under the front display is an in-screen fingerprint scanner. It works fast enough to unlock the phone when needed.
There’s no IP rating for the Motorola Edge Plus although the brand claims that it is splash proof. The lack of IP rating is disappointing to be honest.
For external audio, the Edge Plus has a stereo sound set-up with bottom firing speakers with the hearing piece doubling as another speaker.
The speakers perform well, but there’s some loose notes at the high and low notes.
There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack at the top of the phone, a bonus if you ask me.
MOTOTOLA EDGE PLUS SOFTWARE
Motorola’s Android version for the Edge Plus is almost as clean as pure Android, but there’s some additional softwares and tweaks which may, or may not be useful.
The customized software brings Edge Touch which brings a bar to the side of the phone. This bar allows you to group favourite apps for ease of use.
There’s also this thing called Moto Action which allows you to control the phone through gestures and touch.
And then there’s Edge Lights which illuminates the edge of the screen when your phone gets a notification.
For those playing games on their phones, the feature called Moto Gametime has been improved to allow virtual triggers to your screen for better gaming experience.
Overall, the software performs smoothly enough.
PROCESSOR AND STORAGE
Under the hood is the flagship grade Snapdragon 865 chipset which is paired with a whopping 12GB RAM. This provides excellent experience when both gaming and using the phone.
The phone heats up slightly when gaming for long periods of time, but there’s nothing really to complain about.
A non-expandable 256GB storage space is the only storage available for the Motorola Edge Plus.
MOTOROLA EDGE PLUS BATTERY LIFE
A 5,000mAh battery powers the Edge Plus, but more importantly, the battery can last for up to 100 hours regardless of refresh rate used.
This automatically puts the Motorola Edge Plus as one of the best in its battery class.
Wireless charging, and reversible wireless charging is supported by the phone in case you need to juice up the battery. Charging for 30 minutes using the 18W charger fills up the 30% of the battery.
MOTOROLA EDGE PLUS CAMERA
Basically, the phone camera set-up is a triple camera system aided by an extra ToF pair. The set-up is a fairly standard arrangement for most smartphones: having a moderately wide primary cam, an ultra-wide one, and a short telephoto.
The main camera is a wide lens with 108MP with auto focus and image stabilization. The lens is similar to the one available in the Xioami Mi Note 10 Pro, while the telephoto camera is an 8MP camera. Like the main camera, it too comes with image stabilization and autofocus.
The third camera, the ultra wide angle, is a 16MP shooter with autofocus and can take macro shots.
In general, images from this camera during day-light are sharp and detailed, with noise practically non-existent. Shooting in low light however gives a different result as photos come out under-exposed despite the night mode helping boost the photo presentation.
The 25MP selfie camera does a good job taking front facing cameras despite not having any autofocus.
The Motorola Edge Plus can record video in both 4K and 6K at 30fps. The quality however isn’t far apart when using either and there’s electronic stabilization when shooting videos in resolutions below 6K.
VERDICT PRICING & AVAILABILITY
At $1,000 (EUR1,200), the Motorola Edge Plus is considered rather expensive.
Considering the fact that the phone doesn’t quite outshine it’s rivals in almost every category.
While it has excellent or equal battery life and processor, it is outshined by rivals in the camera and lack of IP rating. These two are the most important components in a flagship smartphone.
There’s no word when it will be sold in South East Asia. However, since Motorola isn’t officially in Malaysia anymore, chances are slim to get this phone via official channels.
However, you could always seek unofficial channels to get your hands on one.