Motorola hasn’t released a flagship phone for a couple of years, but recent rumours suggest that could change very soon. As with most things on the internet these days, leakers have released key details about the upcoming Motorola Edge and Motorola Edge Plus, including real-world images and key specs too.
Here’s all you need to know about the Motorola Edge range, from release date rumours to features and specs.
When will the Motorola Edge range be released?
Per an XDA Developers source, the new Motorola Edge range was originally set to make a debut at MWC 2020 but, as we now know, the show was cancelled and the smartphone wasn't announced. The company could launch the range in the next couple of months, but with the Coronavirus situation worsening, it may decide to hold back a while longer.
How much will the new Motorola Edge and Edge Plus cost?
The flagship-level internals and new waterfall display of the upcoming Motorola Edge Plus hint at a premium price tag compared to most of the Motorola range, with the exception of the $1,499 Razr of course. Motorola hasn’t joined in on the flagship fun for a few years, so it’s hard to compare it to previous devices to give us an idea of cost but looking at the competition and rumoured specs, it’s not hard to imagine that it’ll cost somewhere between £750-1000 in the UK and $750-$1000 in the US.
However, the XDA Developers leak suggests there will be two variants of the new Edge; one with flagship-level specs - the Edge Plus - and one with a distinctly mid-range flavour - the Edge. The standard Edge allegedly keeps many of the high-end design features but lacks the internal grunt of the flagship Plus model, which could make it a lot more budget-friendly – possibly around the £400-500/$400-500 mark – but it’s hard to say at this stage.
What will the Motorola Edge and Edge Plus offer?
The majority of the information available right now comes from an XDA Developers source, providing not only key specs but leaked images of the upcoming smartphone range.
Source: XDA Developers
As you can see in the above image – edited to keep the source anonymous – the key design feature appears to be a 6.67in OLED waterfall display like that found on the high-end Vivo Nex 3 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Curved displays aren’t new, of course, but this new wave of waterfall displays wrap almost entirely around the sides of the phone and look great.
It’s interesting to note that Mishaal Rahman of XDA Developers remarked that the curved edges “are slightly less dramatic than those on the Vivo or Huawei Phones” and goes on to claim that it has an “80 percent waterfall” with a volume rocker still present, compared to a full waterfall display on offer from Vivo and Huawei. Even at 80 percent, it’s still a lot curvier than any other Motorola phone on the market right now.
Waterfall design aside, the display allegedly sports a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and offers an improved 90Hz refresh rate – the first in the Motorola range to do so.
What is known is the internals; the flagship Edge Plus is rumoured to feature Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 alongside either 8- or 12GB of RAM, and it’ll pack a whopping 5170mAh battery too. If it’s anything like the Moto G8 Power’s 5000mAh battery, it should be long enough to last a couple of days on a single charge.
But as mentioned above, the standard Motorola Edge is said to feature mid-range internals including a Snapdragon 765 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 4660mAh battery. And although both the Snapdragon 765 and 865 offer 5G compatibility, only the Plus model is said to feature 5G connectivity.
The leak was backed up by a second XDA developers source, who provided more details on the mid-range Edge - and a few pictures too. Per the source, the Motorola Edge will have a main 64Mp camera on the rear alongside 16Mp ultrawide and 8Mp telephoto units, and there's said to be a 25Mp holepunch camera on the front too.
Source: XDA Developers
The source also verified earlier details, including the 90Hz AMOLED display, the mid-range specs of the standard Edge model and the existence of the high-end Plus model too.
Source: XDA Developers
A separate Slashleaks leak seems to showcase a render of the flagship-level Motorola Edge Plus and, if true, confirms the existence of a main 108Mp camera on the rear.
Both phones are said to come with Android 10, a given at this point in the Android software cycle, and will feature new shortcuts including Moto Edge Assistant (to customise tap actions on the curved edges) along with Moto Gametime to improve game performance and Moto Audio to enhance audio playback, all unique to the new Edge series.
For more on what’s due out in the near future, take a look at our roundup of the best new phones coming in 2020.