While Motorola’s New Edge is more reasonably priced than its predecessor, the company may still have challenges in differentiating itself in the competitive US market. The redesigned Edge, which began at $700 in 2021 and is now available for approximately $500, was announced on Thursday.
The screen size has also decreased from 6.8 inches to 6.6 inches, while it still sports a fingerprint reader and a refresh rate of 144 hertz like its predecessor. The primary rear camera has also seen a decrease in megapixels, moving from 108 megapixels on the 2021 Edge to a 50-megapixel sensor on this year’s model.
According to Motorola, the autofocus, optical image stabilization, and “Omni-directional” phase detection autofocus found in this year’s camera system should be vastly superior to those found in last year’s. The ultrawide lens, which can also be used as a macro camera, has had its resolution increased from 8 to 13 megapixels. Both 2018 and 2019 models retain last year’s 32-megapixel front-facing and 2-megapixel depth cameras.
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The switch from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon to MediaTek‘s (manufactured in Taiwan) CPUs may be the most significant. Since Snapdragon is the de facto standard for Android phones in the United States, MediaTek’s Edge is a significant step in expanding its dominance in the market. Instead of MediaTek’s most powerful processor, the Dimensity 9000, the Edge uses the less powerful Dimensity 1050.
However, its short- and long-term efficacy is yet to be determined. However, forward-thinkers will be pleased to know that Motorola is increasing its dedication to long-term OS support, at least in terms of software. Motorola promises three years of major OS upgrades for the Edge (it will launch with Android 12) and four years of security updates (the latter will be released “bi-monthly”) for the device.
Motorola’s Edge, which shares the same 5,000 mAh battery as its predecessor, can be charged quickly via a 30-watt wired charger or wirelessly at 15 watts. The phone has a 5-watt reverse wireless charging function that may be used to recharge another item, like a friend’s phone or wireless headphones, without using the phone’s own battery. The redesigned Edge is water and dust resistant up to an IP52 rating, making it resistant to light rain and spills but not submersion.
With that in mind, Motorola’s new phone joins an already crowded $500 smartphone market. Wireless carriers have continued to provide competitive trade-in and upgrade rates, with devices like the Samsung Galaxy A53, Google Pixel 6A, and Apple iPhone SE, for customers who are ready to sign 24- or 36-month contracts.
If you’re happy with your existing service provider and don’t mind spending hundreds less on a more powerful phone than the Edge thanks to these promotions, you might want to consider upgrading from the Edge. T-Mobile will begin selling the updated Edge in the “coming weeks” for $498, while AT&T will sell it online beginning on September 2 for $500. Verizon will also sell the device, but we don’t yet know when or how much it will cost.