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Motorola Edge review

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Quick verdict: Motorola's first 5G-capable handset for Australia aims high with a funky curved design, but its limitations in other areas leave us wanting.

  • 5G-capable
  • Curved design is very attractive
  • Headphone jack
  • Good battery life
  • No water resistance
  • No wireless charging
  • Secondary cameras aren't great

6.7 inches

Display size

2340 × 1080px

256GB

Internal storage

64MP + 16MP + 8MP

Rear camera

4,500 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6.7 inches
Resolution
2340 × 1080px

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
64MP + 16MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
25MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
161.64mm x 71.1mm x 9.29mm
Weight
188g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 18

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765 octa-core
RAM
6GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
256GB
External storage support
Up to 1TB
Battery capacity
4,500mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Launch price (RRP)$0
Motorola Edge
Finder score: 3 How we score our reviews

Motorola has recently started branching out from its budget market position into the premium space with the Motorola RAZR and into the high mid-end with the Motorola Edge.

The primary selling point of the Motorola Edge is that it's a more affordable 5G option with a refined design compared to other Motorola handsets. It's a decent option in terms of processing power, but at its price point, it sits uncomfortably between the true premium flagships and the more affordable mid-range options, many of which outclass it in features like water resistance or wireless charging.


Design

Design

  • 6.7-inch display, but only Full HD
  • Still has a headphone jack
  • In-display fingerprint sensor isn't fast
  • No IP-rated water resistance
Motorola Edge

Camera

Camera

  • Triple lens camera, but not all lenses are equal
  • Macro lens struggles to find focus
Motorola Edge

Performance

Performance

  • Snapdragon 765G delivers solid results
  • Edge Touch actions still aren't that useful
Motorola Edge

Battery life

Battery life

  • 4500mAh battery lasts well
  • Lacks wireless charging
Motorola Edge

Should you buy the Motorola Edge?

  • Buy it if you like Motorola's light Android touch and want 5G.
  • Don't buy it if you want better cameras, water resistance or wireless charging.
Finder score: 3
How we score our reviews

The Motorola Edge is an interesting phone. It sees Motorola stretching out its capacities to meet a new market position because it's the company's first 5G handset in Australia and a serious shift away from its budget sensibilities where it's played for such a long time.

However, I can't help but feel that too much was sacrificed in the name of that curved display and the inclusion of 5G on this particular handset. The curved display looks enticing in photos, but it's of limited real practical use and sometimes gets in the way of what you want to do. The onboard cameras are only fair at a price range where it's not that hard to get considerably better photo results. There's no proper IP-rated water resistance, and there's no wireless charging.

Any phone is a balancing act of price, performance and features, and it's pretty clear that Motorola kept the best goodies for the Motorola Edge+, a phone that Australians can't actually officially buy Down Under. We're seeing a raft of Snapdragon 765G phones hit the market right now promising 5G for less, and while that's true of the Motorola Edge, it just feels too compromised to feel all that enticing.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP: $999

Where to buy


Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.7 inches
Resolution
2340 × 1080px

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
64MP + 16MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
25MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
161.64mm x 71.1mm x 9.29mm
Weight
188g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 18

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765 octa-core
RAM
6GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
256GB
External storage support
Up to 1TB
Battery capacity
4,500mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A

Images: Alex Kidman

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