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Motorola Edge End Year Review 2022



Motorola Edge End Year Review 2022
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Overview

The Motorola 2022 Edge is a thinner, upper-midrange device (if we talk about anything that is between $500 to $750) than most Motorola phones. The Edge’s 6.6” display is, OK, big. It has a very decent 1080p OLED panel with a refresh rate of 144Hz, top! But the auto rate selection mode, to me, seems it does not hit 144Hz every so often, but in general, it bounces between 60Hz - 120Hz, if it is locked to 144Hz. Overall, 120Hz makes for an exceptionally smooth scrolling experience. It offers many good-to-have characteristics, which cannot always be found in the upper echelon of midrange devices. These include wireless charging, a 144Hz screen display, and a big Li-Po 5000 mAh battery (non-removable). Outside, in daylight, the screen hits into high illumination mode making it comfortable to use even in an extremely vivid condition. The 2022 Edge is a premium phone that outshines in extracurriculars but tends to limp off in its core classes. But some good news here: its in-display fingerprint scanner is fast and precise, which is more than the Pixel 6’s.

The Cost

Tough, it is only IP52-rated (Protected from limited dust ingress), and the plastic frame does not motivate me a ton of confidence for long-term durability. However, for $500 mid-price, it favors the 2022 Edge. In particular, if you would like the extremely biggest and most excellent screen for that kind of big bucks. And though the MediaTek Dimensity 1050 chipset stands it all well, a few go-slows in the camera apps expose the processor to be not on par with the best in its class. The phone’s 6.6” display panel with a fast 144Hz refresh rate is indeed its top advantage. Paired with reliable all-day battery life, plus wireless charging, and its capability of three OS version upgrades and four years of security updates, it is top-notch.

However, paying $600 for the 2022 Edge, I think, is simply too much, even with its perceived 256GB of storage included. A T-Mobile version with 128GB of storage will cost $498, while the unlocked Motorola version with 256GB of storage costs $599 if you can grab it at the $499 preorder price.

Furthermore, it does a fair amount of handholding, introducing you to unique characteristics, but never it feels intrusive. For one, the camera app will politely suggest that I turn on the leveling point to take straighter photos. That is just thoughtful.

The Design

Motorola Edge End Year Review 2022
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The 2022 Edge is slimmer than most Motorola phones, measuring just 8 mm thick while other Motorola phones measures above 9 mm thick. The Edge’s display is smooth-flat secured by a glass panel, and the fused plastic back cover curves slightly towards the edges. The external frame too is plastic, which may break if it falls. The phone is rated IP52, very different from the IP68 rating that the Pixel 6 carries, which allows it to be submerged in water for a short time.

A huge 5,000mAh battery powered the phone. Motorola claims you can get two days on a single charge. But surely not much if you enable those battery-consuming features, akin to the speediest screen refresh rate and also a lot of watching videos. Thus, if you are wise enough on your settings, you could see going through two days. Moreover, the 2022 Edge supports 30W wired charging (charger not included per usual these days). Additionally, fast 15W wireless charging is provided. It is great to have one because at this price range, not every phone has wireless charging at any speed. Likewise, there is also wireless power sharing to charge up other Qi-compatible accessories and phones on the fly.

The Performance

Motorola Edge End Year Review 2022
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There is more on the surface about the 2022 Edge which you may like. To keep up your daily routines, the MediaTek Dimensity 1050 processor is capable enough – even for a taxing assignment. But, as always, and it has always been said that a good processor and a great one often emerges in the camera app. That is where the MTD 1050 is a little lacking. For instance, shooting off portrait mode photos in rapid succession, you start noticing some significant lag in image previewing. It is obvious enough that it makes it tougher to keep pace with a subject that is a bit moving in the frame where you wanted it to be. Compare it to the Pixel 6 where you can capture quick-fire portrait mode photos without a conspicuous dip in frame rate.

Furthermore, the Dimensity 1050 has both sub-6GHz 5G plus the ever super-fast, hard-to-find mmWave class. Though, only the 2022 Edge model exclusively sold by Verizon will support mmWave – all others are sub-6 only, which may well be a blessing in disguise. A mmWave 5G is incredibly range-limited, as a result, it can be difficult to get a signal even in an area where it exists. Anyway, a Sub-6GHz 5G is expanding more swiftly now, especially in the US because it comprises the all-important C-band spectrum. Additionally, according to Motorola spokesperson Stephanie Stiltz, an unlocked 2022 Edge will support Verizon and T-Mobile 5G when the phone goes on sale. Similarly, AT&T 5G will be getting on board later on “in the next few months.”

According to Motorola, the 2022 Edge will get three OS version updates and four years of security updates – a telling improvement on Moto’s policy with previous devices. This comes much closer to the Pixel 6’s five years of security updates.

Our Conclusion

This device is more impressive than Motorola’s high-priced Edge Plus. The Plus just cannot hook up with the costlier high-end Android flagships, while the 2022 Edge positions more comfortably into the sparingly crowded upper-midrange class. Given you can get the right tag price to match up, it is worth owning it.

Specifications

NETWORK

Technology:                         GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G

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BODY

Dimensions:                         160.9 x 74.2 x 8 mm (6.33 x 2.92 x 0.31 in)

Weight:                                  170 g (6.00 oz)

Build:                                      Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back

SIM:                                        Nano SIM, eSIM | Water-repellent design

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MEMORY

Card slot:                               No

Internal:                                 256GB 8GB RAM

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PLATFORM

OS:                                         Android 12, planned upgrade to Android 13

Chipset:                                 MediaTek Dimensity 1050 (6 nm)

CPU:                                      Octa-core (2x2.5 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)

GPU:                                      Arm Mali-G610 MC3

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SCREEN DISPLAY

Type:                                      OLED, 1B colors, 144Hz, HDR10+

Size:                                       6.6 inches, 105.2 cm2 (~88.1% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution:                           1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~399 ppi density)

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MAIN CAMERA

Triple:                                     50 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/1.55", 1.0µm, multi-directional PDAF,                                                  OIS | 13 MP, f/1.5, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1.12µm | 2 MP, f/2.4,                                                       (depth)

Features:                               LED flash, HDR, panorama

Video:                                     4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS

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SELFIE CAMERA

Single :                                   32 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 0.7µm

Features:                               HDR

Video:                                     1080p@30fps

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SOUND

Loudspeaker:                        Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack:                           No

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COMMUNICATIONS

WLAN:                                   Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, tri-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth:                              5.2, A2DP, LE

GPS:                                       Yes, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

NFC:                                       Yes

Radio:                                    No

USB:                                       USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go

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FEATURES 

Sensors:                                Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro,                                                         proximity, compass, barometer

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BATTERY   

Type:                                      Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable

Charging:                              Fast charging 30W | Fast wireless charging 15W

                                                Reverse charging 5W


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