Motorola’s budget and mid-range phones offer value rivals can’t match. The Pixel 6a could challenge Motorola. How does Motorola Edge 2022 compare to Pixel 6a?
Motorola Edge costs $500 at launch. After launch, the phone’s price will increase, although carriers will likely offer deals and discounts. Pixel 6a costs $450 and was recently on sale for $400.
Motorola Edge and Pixel 6a both have three years of OS updates. Each device will run Android 15, which is fantastic.
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The Motorola Edge (2022) looks like the Edge+ (2022), Moto G 5G, and other unreleased Motorola phones. It has a wide display with rounded sides, a top camera cutout, and a circular, rectangular camera hump.
It’s all plastic. It makes the Edge (2022) lightweight (170 grammes), but it also feels cheap. Galaxy A53 5G and Google Pixel 6a prove you can utilise plastic and yet have a decent in-hand feel, but the Edge (2022) doesn’t. The Edge (2022) felt cheap when I picked it up during my limited hands-on time. I expected more from Motorola’s “premium” gadget.
Display is excellent. Motorola Edge (2022) has 6.6-inch OLED display. It’s HDR10+, 144Hz, and Full HD. I thought the Edge (2022) looked terrific. Bright colours, sharp lettering, and a fast refresh rate keep everything running smoothly. I need more time with the Edge (2022) to make more solid conclusions, but its display sticks out.
Motorola Edge (2022) hardware is otherwise standard. USB-C port, dual speakers with Dolby Atmos compatibility, under-display fingerprint sensor, and NFC chip for contactless payments. IP52 water resistance is poor. It’s acceptable for splashes and mild spills, but it’s no IP67 or IP68.
Camera, processor, battery
Motorola Edge (2022)’s CPU is unique. The Edge (2022) uses the MediaTek Dimensity 1050 instead of Qualcomm Snapdragon. It’s the first phone in the U.S. with that processor, continuing Motorola’s history of choosing MediaTek over Qualcomm.
The Dimensity 1050 has two 2.5GHz Cortex A78 cores and six Cortex A55 cores on a 6nm device. Mali G610 MC3 GPU, Wi-Fi 6E, sub-6 and mmWave 5G. The Dimensity 1050 performed well during my time with the Edge (2022), but it would be fascinating to see how it holds up as my everyday driver vs a few minutes during a product briefing. System programmes launched swiftly and pages scrolled smoothly, but it’s unclear how well the Edge (2022) will handle multitasking and graphics-intensive games. You get 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage with the Dimensity 1050.
The Edge (2022)’s battery is a priority for Motorola phones. Motorola says the 5,000 mAh battery lasts two days. Edge (2022) supports 30W wired and 15W wireless charging. You may reverse-charge Qi-compatible gadgets with 4.5W.
The camera system follows. The Motorola Edge (2022) tries to (sort of) alter that. 50MP sensor, f/1.8 aperture, phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilisation. It’s the first basic Edge phone with OIS, improving lowlight and nighttime photography. The 13MP ultrawide camera is very nice, but the 2MP depth sensor is disappointing. Motorola Edge (2022) sports a 32MP selfie camera.
Motorola’s Edge (2022) also addresses software upgrades. Motorola is known for giving the poorest Android software support, frequently guaranteeing just one or two upgrades.
We’ve been telling Motorola this for years. All that grumbling seems to be working. The Motorola Edge (2022) will receive OS upgrades and bimonthly security patches for three years. It’s not as good as Samsung’s four OS updates, but it’s a big improvement.
Motorola Edge comes with Android 12 and Motorola’s My UX UI. Android 12 on the Edge (2022) looks like Android 12 on a Pixel, but it’s combined with Motorola software.
What’ll it cost? Motorola Edge launches “in the coming weeks” on T-Mobile for $489. From there, it’ll go to For&T, Verizon, Spectrum Mobile, US Cellular, and Visible at the same price.
Amazon, Best Buy, and Motorola’s website will sell the Motorolaa Edge (2022) unlocked. “Limited time” offer: $499. The Edge (2022) will cost $599 when the discount ends.
Initially, the Motorola-Edge seems unimpressive (2022). Design isn’t spectacular, secondary camera sensors are tepid, and IP52 protection is lacking. If you remove your cynicism, you can appreciate Motorola’s promise. $499 gets you a 144Hz display, Android 12 OS, three years of upgrades, and a 5,000 mAh battery.
Depending on the performance of the MediaTek chip and Motorola’s improved 50MP primary camera, this might be an excellent mid-tier phone. I would have preferred Motorola bring the X30 Pro or Razr 2022 to the U.S. instead of another discount flagship, but the Edge (2022) is one of their finest tries yet.