We go hands-on with the $700 Motorola Edge
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We go hands-on with the $700 Motorola Edge

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Speaker 1: I'm here at Yankee stadium and I have the new Motorola edge. It costs $700. If you're not familiar with the edge, it's one of three devices in Motorola's premium tier of phones. And just like our lives have changed quite a bit. In the past year. The edge, the new one has changed quite a bit too. Speaker 1: I'm back at my hotel where things are a little quieter. So let's talk and start with the name edge. It has nothing to do with the lead guitars of you two. And [00:00:30] despite the first edge phone, having a curved edge display it, actually doesn't refer to that either, which is good because this new edge has a flat display. Motorola says the name reflects the cutting edge technology. They put into the phone last year in the us, there were two versions, the edge and the slightly more premium edge. Plus this year, at least so far, there's just the edge. And it's gotten some pretty nifty upgrades in areas like its [00:01:00] high refresh rate display, and it's been scaled back in other areas. Motorola's goal was to respond to the different ways. All of us now use our phones versus a year and a half ago. So let's get into some details and start off with that 6.8 inch display. Speaker 1: As I mentioned, the curved edges are gone, but the display supports a a 144 Hertz high refresh rate, which puts it on par with gaming centric phones, like the Asus R OG phone [00:01:30] five and is higher than the 120 Hertz refresh rate on phones from one plus and Samsung. And we won't even talk about the iPhone and its uh, 60 Hertz refresh rates. Keep in mind the difference between 144 Hertz and 120 Hertz. Isn't huge. The idea is to stay ahead of things, especially if you plan on holding onto the phone for two or three years, and it's not just about gaming mundane, things like Android, animations and [00:02:00] scrolling with so much better with a high risk fresh rate. Now camera wise, there is a 108 megapixel main camera that uses pixel Benning to combine nine pixels into what Motorola calls an ultra pixel. This results in 12 megapixel photos. Speaker 1: Now you can toggle between the default 12 megapixel setting and a high resolution mode that uses all of those pixels. If you're so inclined, there's also an ultra wide [00:02:30] angle camera, which doubles as a macro camera for getting those up close and personal shots of food or tiny details. Rounding out the rear cameras is a two megapixel depth camera, which works with the main or four things like portrait mode photos. Now on the front is a brand new 32 megapixel selfie camera. Now this might be the highest resolution front facing camera ever found on a Motorola phone, but [00:03:00] one of the coolest features is a new automatic setting called lowlight AI selfie. So the way this works is when you're shooting in low light, it uses artificial intelligence to identify and improve parts of the photo, um, and improve things like brightness and reducing image noise and enhancing the color. Speaker 1: What's great about this. You don't have to turn it on. It just turns on automatically when the lighting you're in is below a certain Luxe level, but let's move on from the cameras to talk [00:03:30] about another interesting feature called ready for as in ready for you or ready for whatever you need. What ready for does is it lets you connect your phone wirelessly to a TV so you can game from it. You can do a video chat from it. You have more desktop productivity and all kinds of things. You can even connect a Bluetooth controller and play your mobile games via ready for, for video cats, you can use the [00:04:00] higher quality cameras on the edge and still have the big screen on a TV as your monitor for the call. All your mobile apps will show up in a resizable floating window, which is nice. Speaker 1: It gives it a kind of a desktop experience for your phone. Now there is already a ready for spinoff called ready for piece C. And what this does is it lets you access your phone apps and your PC files and PC apps on the same screen. There seems to be a lot of [00:04:30] potential for ready for, and I'm looking forward to trying it out more in depth. Now powering all of this is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 78 G system on in either six or eight gigabytes of Ram. The edge has a big old Hoen 5,000 milliamp hour battery, which Motorola says gives you a two day battery life and supports 30 wat fast charging and 5g, both sub six and millimeter wave networks. Now sadly there isn't wireless charging [00:05:00] for a $700 phone. The Motorola ed sounds pretty promising to tempt you even more. Motorola is running a deal where you can get the edge, uh, not the YouTube guy for $500. Speaker 1: That's $200 off. The Motorola edge is on presale starting August 23rd and we'll launch on September seven. So yeah, that's all I've got. Look, if you wanna know more about the Motorola edge, check out my article on CNET and if you're interested [00:05:30] in getting one or pre-ordering one check out the link in the description, but now I want to hear from you. What do you think about the new Motorola edge? Are you interested in getting one and how cool is it to see Motorola journey farther down the premium side of things? Once again, I think it's pretty cool. Throw your thoughts in the comments.

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