For the past few years, Motorola has focused on making affordable smartphones in the Moto E, Moto G, and Motorola One lines with budget or mid-range specifications. Following its recent success, however, Motorola is once again looking to compete in the premium smartphone tier. The brand recently released the Motorola razr, its first foldable smartphone, and is now preparing to launch the Motorola Edge+, a flagship smartphone with a curved “waterfall” display. Renowned tech leaker OnLeaks recently gave us our first look at the flagship Edge+, but last month, we obtained images of its upper mid-range sibling. Now, we have obtained even more images of this device, which could be called the Motorola Edge. Thanks to our trusted source, we also have most of the key specifications to share.
Note: In order to protect the identity of our source, each image in this article has been edited to remove the background around the phone. In one image, we cropped out our source’s fingers, while in others, we blurred some parts of the screen.
Motorola’s First Phones with Curved Displays
In the images we published last month, the curvature of the display wasn’t that clear. That’s because we only had images angled from the front. This time, our source has shared photos of the Motorola Edge taken from multiple angles that clearly show that the device has what many call a “waterfall” display. As I previously noted, Motorola left room for a physical power button and volume rocker, which is a different design approach from Huawei and Vivo but similar to what OPPO has done with the Find X2 Pro. A company called Sentons recently announced a partnership with Foxconn to facilitate the creation of virtual buttons, but that doesn’t look to be in use here. Opinions are divided on “waterfall” displays, so we’ll see if this trend survives once more smartphones with “waterfall” displays arrive this year.
The Motorola Edge will have a 3.5mm headphone jack, as shown in the image above. Our source revealed that the device will support expandable storage via a microSD card slot, too. The audio jack and microSD card slot are two features that are increasingly disappearing on upper mid-range and flagship smartphones, so I’m sure that some will appreciate Motorola’s decision to retain both features in the Edge.
Rear Design + Cameras
Motorola has experimented with all kinds of camera configurations in the Motorola One series: The Motorola One Action features a wide-angle camera mounted perpendicularly, the Motorola One Macro features a 2MP dedicated macro camera, the Motorola One Hyper features a high-resolution 64MP main camera, and the Motorola One Zoom features a 48MP main, 16MP wide-angle, 8MP telephoto, and 5MP depth sensor quad-camera array. The Motorola Edge features a 64MP main camera, a 16MP wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. The 64MP image sensor outputs at 16MP with 4-in-1 pixel binning. Our source doesn’t know the exact specifications of the image sensors, unfortunately.
The three cameras are arranged vertically to the top left side on the rear. Next to the triple cameras, you’ll find the phone’s laser auto-focus and dual LED flash.
Motorola’s logo is emblazoned on the rear, though it’s flat unlike most budget Motorola phones because the Motorola Edge doesn’t have a rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner. Instead, the phone has an optical under-display fingerprint scanner. The color can be described as sanguineous, a deep red color. There will likely be other colors, however.
Motorola is joining the high refresh rate bandwagon this year with a 90Hz display on the Motorola Edge. Like other phones with high refresh rate displays, the Motorola Edge allows users to choose between the standard 60Hz refresh rate, a higher refresh rate (in this case 90Hz), and an “auto” refresh rate mode. The settings page states that the “auto” mode uses “AI to always show the optimal refresh rate.” It’s unclear exactly what this means.
The display will have a single hole-punch cutout for the 25MP front-facing camera. The cutout seems to be very small unlike the early hole-punch smartphones of late 2018 or early 2019. The size of the cutout seems to be close to the cutouts on the Galaxy S20 or OPPO Find X2 series, though I don’t have an exact measurement for the cutout size.
In the top bezel of the phone, we can see a speaker. There’s also a speaker on the bottom, meaning the Motorola Edge has dual speakers for stereo sound. The SIM card tray is also at the top, and according to our source, this tray accepts a microSD card and nanoSIM card or dual nanoSIM cards.
From other images that our source shared with us, we can confirm that the Motorola Edge is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 SoC, has 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 4,500mAh battery, and an under-display fingerprint scanner. Our source states the device does not support wireless charging, but they could not confirm the speed of the wired charging. Our source could not confirm if the phone supports 5G connectivity, though we should note that the SoC’s integrated Snapdragon X52 modem supports 5G.
|Display||6.67-inches curved “waterfall” display with left-sided single hole-punch
90Hz refresh rate
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765|
|Storage||128GB (expandable via microSD card slot)|
|Rear Camera(s)||64MP + 16MP + 8MP|
|Battery and Charging||4500mAh
No wireless charging
|Connectivity||NFC, at least one variant with dual SIM|
|Buttons and Ports||3.5mm headphone jack
|Security||Under-display fingerprint scanner|
The Motorola Edge branding has not been previously revealed, though the flagship Motorola Edge+ has been in the rumors since Evan Blass first revealed the name in late January. The Motorola Edge name makes perfect sense given that this device shares heavy design similarity with the Motorola Edge+. We heard murmurs that the Edge and Edge+ could be called the Motorola One 2020 series, but it seems that these names were only used internally and won’t be the real marketing names.
Motorola’s flagship Edge+ is expected to feature improvements over the Edge in the processor (Snapdragon 765 –> Snapdragon 865), RAM (6GB –> 8 or 12GB), camera (64MP main –> 108MP main), and battery (4500mAh –> 5000mAh). However, our source was unable to share more details or images of the Motorola Edge+ at this time. We know that Verizon will carry the Motorola Edge+, but we don’t know the market availability of the Edge. We also don’t know the pricing or all the different SKUs. We originally expected Motorola to unveil the Edge at MWC 2020, but since that event was canceled, we’re expecting the device to launch sometime later this year. I don’t think we’ll have to wait long to find out.