Motorola Edge – 5G for everyone
Name: Motorola Edge 5G
Price (RRP): $999
The Motorola Edge is the kind of smartphone that anyone wanting mid-range 5G should look to. It is also the kind of smartphone that Motorola needs to regain its crown – exciting versus the more sombre and solid g-series fleet phone range.
The Motorola Edge name relates to the 6.7″ OLED screen that wraps at 90° around the Edge of the phone. Add to that the smooth 90Hz refresh and wide HDR10/DCI-P3 colour range.
It has all the latest tech – Qualcomm SD765G, 5G sub-6Ghz modem, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, and a 4500mAH battery with 18W charging.
The Edge family
The Edge family is relatively new for Motorola.
There is also a flagship Edge+ (Qualcomm SD865) and a lower-cost Edge Lite, but we won’t see those here.
The Edge is a new breed of 5G mid-range smartphone (<$1000), which joins a rather large pool of contenders with over 100 brands/models so far.
This includes Motorola itself (Moto G 5G), the BBK family (OPPO, vivo, realme, One Plus, IQOO), Xiaomi, Google Pixel 4a/5, HTC, TCL 10 5G, ZTE Nubia, LG Velvet, Nokia 8.3, Redmi, Samsung and Sony. You will find ‘lite’ versions from about $600 and fuller versions for less than $1000. The main differentiators between models will be camera configuration, memory and storage.
Motorola, due mainly to its heritage, reputation and long service to Australia should be a natural choice for many. Let’s see how the Motorola Edge fares as one of the new breed of mid-range 5G handsets.
Australian Review: Motorola Edge 5G Model XT2063-3 Dual Sim 6/128GB
- Motorola’s US website here (we will change to AU when known)
- Price: $999 – Solar Black only
- Warranty: 12-months ACL, 6-months on battery and accessories
- Country of Manufacture: China
- Lenovo (Est 1984) is a multinational technology company with its main operational headquarters in Beijing and Morrisville, North Carolina. It is the world’s largest PC maker. It purchased Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014. Most of Lenovo’s smartphone business is now under the Motorola brand, and it has grand plans to become a ‘top five’ smartphone maker.
- Launch offer: Motorola VerveBuds 110 True Wireless Stereo (TWS) in-ear headphones.
Mandatory warning – dodgy online grey market – avoid at all costs
We have named and shamed the major grey market and parallel importers here. They brazenly advertise ‘Australian stock’ (not ‘certified for Australia’) and generally have non-ACL compliant ‘warranties’.
Do not buy from them as you will not get Motorola Australia warranty; Australian over-the-air OS and firmware updates; and you cannot make a 000 call without a SIM. As these generally do not support LTE Band 28 used by Telstra and Optus, so all you may get is 3G.
Specifically, do not buy if it has any other model number than ‘-3’ and the Software Channel (Under About Phone) is not ‘retapac’.
The authorised resellers include Motorola Mobility Australia (online), JB Hi-Fi, The GoodGuys and Officeworks. Not all models are at each retailer, and some sell only with a Telco plan.
First impression – EXCEED
Reviews use FAIL, PASS and EXCEED against over 70 test paradigms. These paradigms vary for the class of phone, price bracket etc. So, PASS means it meets what we expect of any phone at that price or level.
I am so used to seeing the tried and tested g-series that remain the staple of business fleet phones. It is interesting to see Motorola stretching to something different and innovative.
Enter the Motorola Edge. It is different as the glass folds 90° around the Edge. Not that this is entirely new – Samsung’s S7 Edge started a trend about five years ago, but this is the most extreme curve yet. It is a 19.5:9 design meaning tall and thin.