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Update, March 17, 2020 (3:40AM ET): We’ve updated the original article with new information about the design of the Motorola Edge Plus. Read on to see what the device looks like in leaked renders and images coming from trustworthy sources.


Original article, February 13, 2020 (9PM ET): Motorola hasn’t released a solid premium flagship competitor in several years. Motorola President Sergio Buniac announced in December that that would change in early 2020. We expect this will come in the form of the rumored Motorola Edge Plus.

Unfortunately, the company seems to have done a decent job of keeping leaks at bay, so there isn’t much we know about the device yet. For now, this is everything we expect from Motorola’s upcoming flagship.

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Motorola Edge Plus: Name and design

Motorola Edge Plus 3Price Baba

We got our first real glimpse at the Motorola Edge Plus thanks to renders leaked by @OnLeaks and PriceBaba. The first thing you’ll notice in the renders (see image above) is one of 2019’s most polarizing features: a waterfall display.

The renders also show a tiny display cutout for the selfie camera.

On the back of the phone, the renders suggest we’ll see a triple-lens camera array arranged in a vertically-aligned setup. Another set of images leaked by tipster Evan Blass show that there will be a 108MP primary sensor on the standard Motorola Edge smartphone. You can see the images shared by Blass below.

 

Aside from that, we can also expect Motorola to include some of the other staple premium flagship design features we’ve come to expect from recent devices.

The back of the device does not have a fingerprint sensor, leading us to believe there could be an in-display fingerprint sensor on the phone. There’s also a possibility that the fingerprint reader is integrated with one of the buttons on the side, but that doesn’t look to be the case.

Furthermore, the leaked renders of the Motorola Edge Plus show a headphone jack at the top and a USB-C port at the bottom of the phone.

It was previously thought that the device could come with the “Motorola One 2020” moniker, but it looks more likely that it’s the Motorola Edge Plus instead. In fact, a Bluetooth SIG listing for the phone on March 31 specifically calls it the Motorola Edge Plus too. The name and information in this listing comes from Motorola itself, so it’s safe to say that we’ve got an official name now.

Motorola Edge Plus: Specs and features

Motorola Moto One Hyper back and fingerprint reader

We expect the Motorola Edge Plus to come with a 6.67-inch, 2,340 x 1,080 waterfall display. This display should run to the edges of the device, and it will most likely support a 90Hz display refresh rate. It’s also expected to come with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, a 5,170mAh battery, a 108MP camera, and Android 10.

A Bluetooth SIG listing at the end of March didn’t reveal much in the way of specs, but it does confirm Bluetooth 5.1 support.

The device should also tout 5G support, and Motorola President Buniac said it would be the “fastest 5G phone on Qualcomm’s flagship platform” with “5G speeds greater than 5Gbps.” Other than that, we are unaware of the rest of the device’s hardware specs.

Motorola could take this opportunity to launch several new applications as well.

Software, on the other hand, is another story. Motorola could take this opportunity to launch several new applications with the phone, including Moto Edge Assistant, Moto Gametime, and Moto Audio.

Moto Edge Assistant will reportedly help users take full advantage of the new curved display. This app should allow them to tweak and customize tap actions on the edges of the screen.

Moto Gametime should introduce a customizable toolbar for users to easily access settings and other tools useful during gaming sessions. Some of these features could include notification blocking, brightness locking, and more. Users should be able to access this toolbar with a tap of a floating button or swipe in from one of the device edges.

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Moto Audio should allow the Motorola Edge Plus to tune audio profiles to match specific types of content automatically. It could boost voice clarity during calls or increase the bass while you play music. This would be possible thanks to the various audio profiles for gaming, movies, music, and more.

Motorola Edge Plus: Price and release date

Motorola Moto One Zoom notch and earpiece speaker

We expected Motorola to announce the Motorola Edge Plus on February 23, a day ahead of the official start of Mobile World Congress 2020. Unfortunately, this year’s MWC event was canceled due to concerns surrounding the current coronavirus outbreak.

Motorola could therefore unveil the Edge Plus at any time within the next couple of weeks. We don’t know where the device will be made available, but we hope to see a global rollout with this handset.

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In the US, the Motorola Edge Plus will most likely launch on Verizon’s mmWave 5G network. The carrier recently revealed in a press release that it was able to achieve multi-gigabit speeds on Motorola’s upcoming flagship smartphone. The only other information confirmed in the press release is that the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset and features the Snapdragon X55 5G modem.

We haven’t heard any rumors on pricing yet either, but we expect this device will fall within premium territory. However, we don’t expect it to come anywhere near the new Galaxy S20 series or even Motorola’s new Razr foldable. It’s more likely that the device will fall somewhere between the $700-$900 price range, though that’s just speculation at this point.


Those are all the details we have on the Motorola Edge Plus so far! Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often as we will update it with new information as we get our hands on it.

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