Motorola Edge series launched: flagship and mid-range duo

After a series of leaks and various rumours, the Motorola Edge series is finally official. We have a duo of smartphones, the flagship Motorola Edge+ and the mid-range Motorola Edge. Importantly, both bring 5G capabilities and a sleek, curved 90Hz display.

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It is the first time in years that Motorola have launched true flagship devices – their recent success has come from their range of Moto G mid-range and budget smartphones. Both phones have a triple camera setup and a sharp 25MP selfie camera, but there are important differences.

Motorola Edge+

This is the new flagship device in Motorola’s line-up. As you would expect, carrying that moniker, the company are throwing all the bells and whistles into this package. It packs a 6.7-inch FHD+ HDR10+ certified OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It looks very similar to displays we’ve seen from Samsung in the past couple of years, which is a good thing.

Unlike many manufacturers that are moving away from curved edges on their displays, Motorola is taking full advantage of them with software features. It shows incoming call and alarm alerts, shows the battery charging levels, and also allows users to easily switch apps with a swipe.

They have also engineered the top and bottom corners of the display to double as shoulder buttons when you are playing games in landscape mode.

Motorola has decided to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack (which we still want in all phones). It has the latest Snapdragon 865 chipset powering the device, and has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. You also have a large 5,000mAh battery that charges at 18W, with 15W wireless charging included.

The camera array on the Edge+ includes the main 108MP camera, at f/1.8 aperture. It has optical image stabilisation (OIS) and can shoot videos in 6K resolution (though we wouldn’t recommend it). It also has a wide-angle lens at 16MP and an 8MP telephoto camera with OIS.

Motorola Edge

The slightly less beefy brother is an upper mid-ranger, but it shares the exact same design. It has a 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, but it lacks the HDR10+ capability of its flagship sibling.

Internally you will find the Snapdragon 765, which will still offer stellar performance, and is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It has a smaller 4,500mAh battery with the same 18W wired charging support, although no wireless charging capability.

On the camera front you will have a 64MP main camera, which is atop a 16MP ultra wide-angle lens. You’ll also have an 8MP telephoto lens capable of 2X zoom.

Both these phones will be available from mid-May. We’re not sure what the Motorola Edge will set you back yet, but taking into account the Motorola Edge+ price tag of $999, it should probably be around $699.