The new 2nd-Generation Moto Edge is official and on paper at least, already looks to offer a much-improved list of specifications over its predecessor. The bump to the Snapdragon 778G chipset combined with 6/8GB of RAM, a huge 5,000mAh battery, and a mammoth 108MP main camera means that this ‘New Motorola Edge’ could be a worthy alternative to Google’s recently launched Pixel 5a 5G. This is especially relevant when you consider that you can grab the 2nd-Gen Moto Edge 8/256GB directly from Motorola for just $499 (unlocked) instead of the $699 RRP that other stores will stock it for from September 2nd.
The 6.8-inch LCD display has FHD+ resolution and a bump to 144Hz refresh rate, though as you’ve already read it isn’t an OLED panel like the one featured on its predecessor. Still, a high refresh rate, 576Hz touch sampling, and for those that hate curved displays, an entirely flat panel.
Besides the Snapdragon 788G chipset and a choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM, the 2nd-Gen Moto Edge can be had with 128GB or 256GB of built-in storage. The 5,000mAh battery keeps the lights on and when it does reach empty there is TurboPower 30 to ensure a speedy recharge.
That 108MP main camera features Ultra Pixel technology that lets in more light with 9x better low-light sensitivity, it’s complemented by an 8MP ultra-wide lens that pulls double duty as a macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor, with a 32MP selfie camera housed in centrally-located punch-hole.
Security is provided by a fingerprint sensor that is integrated into the power button on the side of the phone, which also acts as a gesture key. Something that has made headlines for all the wrong reasons lately is Motorola’s attitude towards software support but with the 2nd-Gen Moto Edge at least, this shouldn’t be an issue because the brand has committed to 2 major OS upgrades and bi-monthly security updates for a period of at least 2 years.
Speaking of software, Motorola’s Ready for Tech is the brand’s take on Samsung’s DeX and lets you cast to any Miracast-enabled TV with a whole desktop suite to aid productivity. You can even pair a wireless keyboard and mouse to it and use the 2nd-Gen Moto Edge as a mini-PC if you like.
The official RRP is $699, which is what the 2nd-Gen Moto Edge will go on sale for at Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon from September 2nd with Verizon and Spectrum Mobile the following suit at an unspecified date.
If this is the phone you want in your pocket then you really should head over to Motorola.com and take advantage of the $200 saving that means you can pick up the 2nd-Gen Moto Edge for just $499 for a limited time. A $200 saving is not to be sniffed at.