The successor of Edge Plus (2022) and the Edge 30 Ultra (2022)new Motorola Edge Plus (2023) will be a serious competitor for Google Pixel 7 Proand the OnePlus 11 both launched a few months ago at $899 And $699, respectively.
Priced at $799 for the input model with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage (option for 512 GB), the Edge Plus (2023) offers Top Android Features such as a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoCsa big High quality 6.7 FHD+ 165Hz display with Dolby Vision certification, a good 50MP triple-lens main cameraA 60 MP high resolution selfie, fast charging and wireless chargingA 68W adapter supplied (!)And IP68 rating. On the connectivity side, the Edge Plus 2023 offers 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, And WiFi 7 support.
At this price and looking at the hardware specs of the camera in light of our CAMERA HW score, Motorola’s new flagship looks like a great Samsung Galaxy S23 alternative. The Samsung device launched at $999 in February with a smaller screen (6.1 inches), slower display refresh rate (120Hz), slower charging speed and no charger provided.
I had the opportunity to get my hands on the device at Motorola headquarters in Chicago and here are my first impressions.
During the presentation, the Motorola spokesperson touted the new Edge Plus “design of four curved glasses” made of Gorilla Glass Diet on the front and back panels, and built inside an aluminum frame. There is only one color option available on the interstellar black, shown in our photos.
THE Edge Plus 2023 could not claim the flagship title without a IP68 certificateThis protects against immersion in fresh water up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes and the fact dust and sand resistant.
Price and availability
New Motorola Edge Plus 2023 will be available for $799.99 (starting price) unlocked To best buy, Amazon.co.uk And motorola.com on May 25, pre-order begins May 19, 2023.
On the carrier side, Boost Infinite and Boost Mobile will offer the phone in the coming weeks, and then people can buy it from Spectrum Mobile and Consumer Cellular.
Great 6.7 inch POLE display with a 2400×1080 resolution has a Dolby Vision certification, supports HDR10+and offers an excellent 165Hz adaptive refresh ratethe ultimate screen smoothness for gaming.
Launch events aren’t the best places for sound testing, so I didn’t try it out there. That said, the specs look good on paper. THE two stereo speakerslocated on the top and bottom edges of the phone, supports Dolby Atmos sound.
Ubergizmo Camera Hardware Score: 172
(may be updated later)
Camera Feature Highlights*
Main rear camera
(included in our CAMERA HW score)
- Wide angle (main) 24 mm, 50 MP, f/1.8, OIS
- Ultra Wide/Macro 14mm, 50MP, f/2.2
- Telephoto/Portrait 46 mm, 12 MP, f/1.6, 2X optical zoom
(NOT in the score)
All in 35mm equivalent
*We provide these features for reference only, they may not be exact, please check the exact technical specifications on the official Motorola product page
The triple rear camera system is equipped with a 50 MP main wide angleA 50 MP ultra wide shooter with macro abilities, and a 12 MP telephoto lens with 2X optical zoom for portraits. Only the wide angle lens gets Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and apertures range from f/1.8 to f/2.2 and f/1.6, respectively.
By using our Benchmark CAMERA HW, We can rank the quality of this camera system solely on the basis of technical specifications, but we have proven that there is a direct relationship between hardware quality and image capture quality.
THE Motorola Edge Plus 2023 has a Ubergizmo CAMERA HW score of 172 which is slightly higher than the Galaxy S23 To 166 but lower than Google Pixel 7 Prowho deliver a 191 CAMERA HW score. THE OnePlus 11 is slightly higher than 178.
Its 48 MP telephoto lens with OIS and 5X optics gave an advantage At Pixel 7 pro on the Motorola Edge Plus 2023 for the final overall score. Many OEMs today tend to cut back on optical zoom features to cut costs, as consumers don’t use these lenses as much as wide-angle and ultra-wide shooters.
Video capabilities are quite goodyou can save up to 8K UHD at 30 fps4K UHD
(60/30 fps), FHD (60/30 fps), 4K UHD HDR10+ (30 fps) and FHD slow motion (960/240/120 fps). Motorola has developed new video modes, including Night Vision, Horizon Lock (stabilization even when rotating 360 degrees for extreme sports), autofocus tracking (keeps the subject in focus even when moving), and video portrait (bokeh effect in the background).
System and software performance
We expect the Motorola Edge Plus 2023 to deliver top-notch system performancethanks to its flagship Qualcomm SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The system is based on 8GB LPDDR5X RAM and either 256 GB Or 512 GB of internal storage.
We haven’t run the benchmarks, but expect the phone to rank among the best Android smartphones of 2023, measured on Geekbench (CPU) and GFX Bench (graphics performance).
The latest and most powerful Snapdragon chip allows the new Motorola smartphone to offer 40% better energy efficiency than the previous model.
The device ships with Android 13 and will get three years of Android upgrades, and is compatible with Lenovo ThinkReality A3 smart glasses.
The massive 5100mAh The battery should offer great battery life, as it’s larger than those we find in most of its flagship competitors (most high-end devices have 5000mAh). One of the features we like the most is the 68W TurboPower fast charging adapter included.
Motorola claims a day of battery life in just 9 minutes of charging. Since the OEM mentioned 2-day battery life, we’re guessing we could get around 50% charge in 9 minutes. We have yet to verify the claim in real life.
Finally, the Edge Plus 2023 is also capable of 15W wireless charging and 5W wireless power sharing.
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