Motorola Edge+ Will Cost $1,000 at Verizon

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  1. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    posted 22Apr2020
    Motorola will announce the Edge+ tomorrow, their first flagship phone in a couple of years that will try and compete directly with the big players, like Samsung. The phone will apparently spare no expense with top tier specs and a $1,000 price tag, at least according to a blog post that went up a day early that has since been pulled.

    The new Motorola Edge+ will sport a 6.7″ OLED display with a FHD (1080p) resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. It has a substantial edge to it, hence the name, so hopefully you like curved displays, something I feel like people have started to sour on in recent years. Motorola has added software features to the edge to hopefully make it more usable, though. You will be able to tap on it to bring up app shortcuts and show off some sort of virtual buttons in supported games. Motorola is even going to let you disable the edges of the display if you want to use only the flat top part.

    You’ll also find 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage inside, 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 5000mAh battery with sort-of-fast wired (18W) and wireless (15W) charging, Snapdragon 865 processor, stereo speakers, Bluetooth 5.1, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a triple rear camera.

    As for that camera, we’re looking at a 108MP main camera (f/1.8, OIS) that will use pixel binning to produce “smaller” 27MP images. That main sensor is accompanied by 16MP ultra-wide (117-degree FOV) and 8MP telephoto lenses. The front camera produces 25MP images. The Motorola Edge+ can record up to 6K video too.

    On a software front, the Edge+ runs Android 10 and is only guaranteed to see one major update to Android 11. Good grief.

    According to that poorly timed post that I’m assuming was under embargo for tomorrow, Verizon has landed an exclusive on the Motorola Edge+. That’s not surprising, since Motorola foolishly does this so often with Verizon (ahem, Razr). As noted above, the price is $1,000 if you buy it without a contract or $41.67/mo over 24 months. There are no plans for an unlocked model – it’s Verizon or bust.

    Since this is on Verizon and we’re in 2020, the Edge+ will support 5G and Big Red’s 5G mmW. Both companies will tell us tomorrow that it will be the fastest 5G phone on the market with speeds up to 4Gbps. That’s cool and all, but you would need to find a 5G mmW city and block in order for that to happen. The chances there are, well, slim.

    $1,000, folks! You buying?

    Link below, article includes tabular list of specs:
    https://www.droid-life.com/2020/04/21/motorola-edge-will-cost-1000-at-verizon-here-are-the-specs/
     
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  2. Hook

    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    This just makes no sense. The G line is great, giving surprisingly good specs for a value price. But no one is going to pay flagship prices to Moto, they'll go to Sammy, One Plus or iPhone. What was Moto thinking?
     
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    With just a FHD screen, no thanks. IMO a "Flagship phone" should have a QHD+ screen (1440 x anything over 2880). The inclusion of a 3.5mm jack doesn't make up for the screen resolution. If specs are accurate, it does sound like a misfire.
     
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    I never used one regularly, but as I've noted before, I'm not a fan of the idea of an edge-screen that's active.
     
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  6. raspabalsa

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    Yeah, it's confusing. FHD is 1920x1080. That's a 16:9 ratio. Increasing ratio to 18.5:9 gives FHD+ which is 2220x1080. There are longer screens with higher ratios, but if they're still something x 1080 they will still be called FHD+.

    QHD is 2560x1440, which is also 16:9 ratio. Again, increasing length gives higher ratios and the "+" is added as a suffix, but manufacturers like to brag, and often also add a "W" for "wide" or "UW" for "ultrawide" as a prefix. The Galaxy S10+ has a 3040x1440 screen with a 19:9 ratio and Samsung calls it WQHD+ :vbconfused: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Some Sony models have even longer screens, with ratios of 21:9 and go higher than 1440 pixels width. The Xperia 1 has an insane 3840x1644 resolution. Fortunately, this is just called "4K" (see below why) instead of UWXHD++ or some other silly acronym :vbgrin:

    I find it easier to just focus on the height of the screen if phone is placed on landscape for movie watching. This matches the usual convention used to describe TVs and movies, defined with the vertical resolution, where standard resolution is called 480p, HD is called 720p, FHD is called 1080p, etc. The "p" stands for "progressive", as opposed to "interlaced" which describes the scan method used in old CRT TVs.

    From there onward it gets confusing again, because higher resolutions are defined by horizontal resolution, with 2K standing for "around" 2000 pixels, and 4K for "around 4000 pixels". Again, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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    Thanks for that explanation. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
     
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    100% agreed. Moto's sweet spot is in off-contract phones that sit in the $300-$600 range IMO. That's where they shine, because it's cheap enough that someone's willing to buy outright (or buy with a phone trade-in to offset the cost) but they offer enough features that you don't feel like you're getting a crap phone out of it. It's also where they don't have the same level of competition: Samsung and LG aren't putting out near-flagship devices for under $1,000, so Moto's biggest competition there is basically Nokia, One Plus, and Pixel, and brand recognition for Moto is probably a lot higher for that market too.
     
  9. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    you've described the Moto G Stylus…but that's a different thread :vbgrin:
     
  10. Mi An

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    I still haven't gotten over how $650 is too much for a phone. I'm gonna be one of those old guys telling everyone who will pretend to listen how much everything used to cost in the good ole days.

     

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