Motorola Edge S, The First Smartphone with Snapdragon 870

This will be considered the new flagship killer if it comes into the global market.

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A couple of days ago, Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon 870 SoC, which on specs-wise lies in between the new Snapdragon 888 SoC and last year’s Snapdragon 865+. And now in a couple of days, Motorola pushed their new Motorola Edge S today in China. It is the first smartphone to feature the new Snapdragon 870 SoC.

Speaking of the new Snapdragon 870 SoC, it is an octa core with one Cortex-A78 core running at 3.2 Ghz, which is the highest clock speed any mobile SoC achieved till now, not even the new flagship 888 SoC.

Motorola Edge S Design

Now, coming back to the new Motorola Edge S, it is a looking smartphone with flat display, unlike the curved displays in all previous-gen Edge series smartphones. Like the other mid-range smartphones, the Edge S also features the gradient design at the rear.

Regarding the material of the smartphone, it is made up of NCVM (Non-Conductive Vacuum Metallization) coating. At the rear, it has square camera housing, and literally looks like the household gas burner (😂 yeah I am serious). It is available in two different color options: Emerald Glaze and Emerald Light (and frankly I don’t like the both).

Motorola Edge S

Motorola Edge S Specifications

It features a 6.7-inch LCD IPS panel with a screen resolution of 2520×1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which makes the scrolling/using experience more fluid. The display comes with a pixel density of 409 PPI, and it also supports HDR10 & DCI-P3 color gamut.

The display also houses a dual hole-punch cutout for selfie cameras. And thanks to the LCD panel, Motorola couldn’t place an under-display fingerprint sensor, instead they put a fingerprint sensor on the power button.

Motorola Edge S
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Under the hood, the Motorola Edge S is powered by the Snapdragon 870 SoC, paired with up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of on-board storage, working on UFS-3.1, that makes it the fastest onboard storage. The Snapdragon 870 is an octa-core SoC with up to 3.2 Ghz clock speed, paired with Adreno™ 650 GPU for better graphical performance.

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In the camera department, the smartphone houses a quad camera setup at the rear and a dual punch-hole camera setup at the front. The quad-rear camera setup includes a primary 64-megapixel camera sensor with an aperture of f/1.7, a secondary 16-megapixel ultrawide angle sensor with an viewing angle of 121-degrees and phase-detect autofocus, and finally a 2MP fixed-focus depth sensor and a ToF sensor. The rear camera supports camera recording up to 6K with 30fps. In the front, it features a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 8-megapixel angle sensor with an viewing angle of 100-degrees.

Motorola Edge S

The smartphone is fueled by a 5,000mAh battery that can be charged using the 20-watt fast charger included in the box. The device is IP52 splash-proof. Unlike the other Edge-series smartphones, the Edge S comes with a custom MyUI, which is running on Android 11 out of the box. It comes with all the necessary connectivity options like WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, 3.5-mm headphone jack, USB Type-C ports, etc.

Motorola Edge S Pricing and Availability

The Motorola Edge S is currently available in three variants. The base 6 GB RAM & 128 GB Storage variant is priced at ¥1999 (~$310), the mid 8 GB RAM & 128 GB Storage variant comes with a price of ¥2399 (~$371), and finally the top 8 GB RAM & 256 GB Storage variant costs ¥2799 (~$433). The smartphone is available for pre-order in China from today onwards.

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Shekhar Vaidya
Shekhar Vaidya
Shekhar Vaidya is a Blogger, a Web Developer, a CSE UG and a learner who’s learning about CS and programming. Being an introvert, he loves to write tech content instead of discussing it with others in an open stage. If he isn't writing about tech or programming, then most probably you will find him sleeping.

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