Motorola Edge launched with 5G and a super curvy screen

23 April 2020

Motorola Edge 5G

Motorola has become known for delivering great phones at affordable prices, and now it’s doing that for 5G phones, as it has announced the Motorola Edge – a handset which while not cheap, undercuts much of the 5G competition while packing in impressive specs and features.

The Motorola Edge will cost £579 SIM-free when it hits stores in May, making it over £300 cheaper than even the basic Samsung Galaxy S20. Yet, you’re not just getting 5G for your money, as it also has a sharply curved screen, hinted at in its name.

This 6.7-inch 1080 x 2340 AMOLED display looks great, wrapping almost 90 degrees around both sides, and it also supports HDR10 and has a 90Hz refresh rate, so interactions are smooth.

And the Motorola Edge also has two stereo speakers which the company claims produce the highest audio output ever, so this should be a real media machine, with a screen and speakers that stand out even amongst pricier alternatives.

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Four cameras, a big battery and a better sibling

Those are the headline features out the way, but there’s plenty more to like about the Motorola Edge too, such as its quad-lens camera, consisting of a 64MP main sensor, an 8MP telephoto one (with 2x optical zoom), a 16MP ultra-wide one, and a time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor.

There’s also a 25MP front-facing camera, a big 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, 128GB of storage, and – in a rare move for a modern smartphone – a 3.5mm headphone port.

This isn’t quite a flagship, as it packs an upper mid-range Snapdragon 765G chipset and 6GB of RAM, but that should still provide plenty of power, and is presumably how Motorola has kept the price so low.

If you do want a flagship there’s also the Motorola Edge Plus, but at the moment there are no announced plans to bring this to the UK. It’s a broadly similar phone, but with support for more 5G bands, plus a 108MP main camera, a top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset, 12GB of RAM, a 5,000mAh battery, and wireless charging.

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Sub-Editor at 5G.co.uk

James is sub-editor at both 5G.co.uk and TechRadar. Also works as a researcher/ technical writer for 5G.co.uk and several other websites including TechRadar, T3, Smart TV Radar, 3G.co.uk with work on the web, in print and on TV.

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