Motorola will release the new 2021 Motorola Edge this week, updating its high-end mobile phones as part of a live event held at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Edge (not to be confused with the U2 guys of course) sold for $700 in the US, which turned out to be approximately £515 or AU$975. For this money, Motorola is making impressive improvements to the screen and camera of its mobile phone, while simplifying its product line to Edge instead of last year’s Edge and Edge Plus. To attract you, even more, Motorola is closing a deal where you can buy Edge for $500. That is a discount of 200 dollars. Motorola Edge will begin pre-sale on August 23 and will be launched on September 2. The most obvious update of the Motorola Edge in 2021 will be its 144Hz high refresh rate display and a 108-megapixel main camera, which will be paired with Motorola’s multiple software updates to connect your phone to the TV wirelessly.
Used for games, video calls, and more. Unlike the previous Edge phone named after the curved screen, this year’s Edge phone uses an absolutely flat screen. On the contrary, the Edge name refers to the “cutting edge” technology in mobile phones. Motorola pointed out that the abolition of the curved surface is a response to the way people use mobile phones now, which is different from a year and a half ago. The 6.8-inch screen supports a 144Hz refresh rate, which is faster than the 120Hz frequency on OnePlus. And Samsung phones, and closer to the range of gaming phones such as ASUS ROG Phone 5. I won’t even talk about the iPhone and its 60Hz refresh rate. High-refresh monitors are not just about games.
The mundane things like Android animations and scroll feed look much better. Note that there is not much difference between 144Hz and 120Hz. The idea is to stay ahead of updates, especially if you plan to keep Edge for two, three, or more years. As for the camera, there is a 108-megapixel main camera that uses pixel binning to combine nine pixels into what Motorola calls “superpixels.” If you wish, you can switch between the default 12-megapixel capture settings and high-resolution mode. There is also an ultra-wide-angle camera that can double as a macro camera for personal and close-up photos of food or small details. The rear camera is a 2-megapixel depth camera that can be used with the main camera to take portrait mode photos. On the front is a 32-megapixel selfie camera, which may be the highest resolution front camera ever seen on Motorola phones. One of the coolest features is the new automatic setting called Selfie AI in low light. When shooting in low light, Edge uses artificial intelligence to identify and enhance areas in the photo, making things brighter, reducing image noise, and enhancing colors.
The best part is that you don’t have to open it. When the light you are in is below a certain lux level, it will automatically start. In addition, the low-light AI Selfie mode is different from the night vision mode in that it uses image stacking instead of AI. This new feature works in real-time, which means you can see it in the live preview in the camera viewfinder. Motorola also continues to develop Ready For software, which is the latest way to extend the functionality of mobile phones to other displays. Yours. TV and computer. Earlier this year, the software enabled their mobile phones to be used as computer webcams. At today’s event, Motorola emphasized that Ready For can be used to connect mobile phones to TVs for gaming, video conferencing, desktop productivity, and other functions.
Especially for games, the software will support the use of Bluetooth controllers, video calls can use the higher-quality cameras on Edge, and the large screen of a TV or computer monitor can still be used to view calls. All your mobile applications can be displayed in a resizable floating window for a very good desktop experience. There is already a Ready For derivative called Ready For PC, which allows you to access your phone applications and your PC files and applications on the same screen. Motorola has been manufacturing laptop docks for its phones since 2011, and this effort is nothing new for Atrix phones of that era. Other specifications of the Motorola Edge in 2021 include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G system on its chip and 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Edge has a large 5,000 mAh battery that supports 30-watt fast charging and 5G sub-6 and 5G millimeter-wave networks. But with all these specifications of Edge flying in the air, wireless charging has not entered the mobile phone.
Motorola has launched a new version of the Edge smartphone priced at $700, which brings better cameras, more modern processors, and updated designs. Like last year’s Edge, the new model does not provide the best hardware that Android must provide. Yes, equipped with Snapdragon 778 5G, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage space, or 8GB RAM/256GB storage space, but these sacrifices may be worthwhile for an absolute mid-range price. Features on the Edge Plus, as well as a larger 5,000 mAh battery and mmWave 5G, both of which are also available on the Edge Plus, but were downgraded to a 4,500 mAh battery and slightly below 6 GHz specifications on the Edge last year. A 6.8-inch LCD with a 144Hz refresh rate, but calling the new phone Edge (without a number to help distinguish it from the 2020 model) is actually a bit of a misnomer because the 2021 model abandons the “infinite edge.” The original Edge is shown to provide the name of the Edge Plus. That said, given that curved displays are usually the gimmick of last year’s models, this is not a huge loss.
These cameras are the 108-pixel main camera mentioned earlier, as well as the 8-pixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera and 2-pixel depth camera provided by Motorola “Macro Vision”. A 32-pixel front camera completes the whole process. What’s missing from the spec sheet is any form of wireless charging, although the new Edge adds extremely basic IP52 water resistance (although it is better than nothing, it is basically sufficient to withstand rain). It’s not exactly the same as the Trio of Edge 20 models Motorola released internationally earlier this summer (among other differences, there is a smaller 6.7-inch display), although it looks more like the Edge 20 in specs. However, Edge 20 is in some areas: equipped with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and an 8-megapixel 3x telephoto camera with the other two rear cameras.
Last year’s regular Edge model, rather than advanced flagship Edge Plus hardware designed to challenge Samsung and OnePlus high-end phones. At present, as to whether Motorola will try again to compete in the crowded high-end Android market in the United States, there is no news that the price of Edge 2021 will also match last year: it is technically priced at US$699.99, but Motorola once again offers “ “Limited time” discount, lowering the price to $499.99, which is more suitable for a wallet. The company did not disclose how long the price will be offered at this time, but if it is like last year, sales will not be too difficult. It will be unlocked in the United States by vendors such as Best Buy, Amazon, and Motorola.com, and the operators of Verizon and Spectrum Mobile plan to release it “in the coming months.” It is also planned to be released in Canada in the future.