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As an early Android pioneer and one of the most innovative companies in mobile, Motorola has a long and proud history in the smartphone sector.
The Moto G range has long ruled the budget market in the US, there have been some interesting modular experiments with the Moto Z line, and everyone immediately fell in love with the rebooted foldable Motorola Razr… at least until they got their hands on one. But for a long time now, Moto fans have been pining for a true Motorola flagship. A high spec beast, capable of going toe to toe with the finest from Samsung and Apple.
Enter the Motorola Edge Plus.
It’s a curvy, shiny beauty and just look at those specs. A 6.7-inch OLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. A Snapdragon 865 SoC with a mighty 12GB of RAM. A triple-lens camera boasting a 108-megapixel main lens. An enormous 5,000mAh battery. It even supports 5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave) and Wi-Fi 6.
With specs like these, you’d think Motorola’s comeback flagship would be future-proofed enough to last you at least two to three years and even beyond. However, while there are lots of big, impressive numbers in there, the number of Android upgrades Motorola is promising is just one. One.
This phone starts at $999, but it’s only guaranteed to get one major OS update, later this year, to Android 11. You won’t find any mention of this on Motorola’s website, but a Motorola spokesperson told Wired‘s Julian Chokkattu:
We will support with software updates as frequently and for as long as we feel it benefits our consumers. While we don’t have an absolute commitment to numbers of upgrades, Edge consumers can expect security updates every other month and an upgrade to Android 11 OS this year.
A poor track record
When Google bought Motorola in 2012, it was quick to ring changes and one of the things it implemented was swift and regular software updates. Phones like the Moto X only had weeks to wait for new Android versions. Lenovo acquired Motorola in 2014 and that commitment has been steadily eroding ever since.
The Motorola of today frequently skips security patches. It has been called out for this several times over the years, but it still lags behind other manufacturers. It also has a nasty habit of quietly dropping support for phones altogether. It has become common for devices like the Moto E5 not to receive major OS updates at all, while other devices, like the Moto G series get security patches intermittently, instead of monthly.
There are lots of big, impressive numbers in there, but the number of Android upgrades Motorola is promising is just one.
Sadly, Motorola is not the only manufacturer doing this with cheaper phones, but to limit a flagship to one update would be setting a new and most unwelcome precedent. It’s worth noting that the vague wording in Motorola’s promise doesn’t preclude more updates. With that in mind, there’s still hope Motorola will do the right thing and provide the phone and consumers who buy the Edge Plus the support they deserve.
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With a gorgeous display and dual-core power, the Droid X2 won’t disappoint gamers or multimedia addicts, but video capture is terrible and you don’t get 4G data speeds.
The hotly anticipated follow-up to last year’s Droid X, the Motorola Droid X2 ($200 with a two-year contract from Verizon) isn’t all that different from the original Droid X, with two big exceptions: a dual-core processor and a qHD display (explained below). Though this is the first dual-core phone from Verizon (it runs on an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor), it misses out on any extra boost from Verizon’s 4G LTE network, as the Droid X2 is only a 3G phone. The X2 excels when it comes to handling video, apps, and other productivity features, but the camera isn’t great, and I wish Motorola would just drop the Motoblur user interface.Design
The 4.3-inch display dominates the face of the X2 with the same four thin, rectangular buttons lying below it (the usual Menu, Home, Back, and Search) buttons. On the left spine, you’ll find both a micro-USB port and an HDMI port for connecting your phone to your HDTV. On the right spine is the volume rocker, which is nicely recessed into the side of the phone. At the top, you’ll find the 3.5-mm headphone jack and the power/lock switch.
The X2’s 4.3-inch display might be the same size as the original, but this one is a qHD display, which stands for Quarter High Definition. This means the display has a resolution of 960 by 540 pixels in a 16:9 aspect ratio. This resolution is one-quarter of a full HD 1080p frame (hence the name) and is three-quarters of a 720p frame. The result is crisper details, brighter colors, and better viewing angles.MotoBlur: Improved, but Not Perfect
Like the Droid X, the X2 runs Android 2.2 with Motoblur. Verizon says that the phone will be upgraded to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but the carrier didn’t specify when. The X2’s version of Motoblur is a slightly updated version of what comes on the Droid X and other Motorola Droid phones.
When Motoblur first launched on the Motorola Cliq, it was a mess of chaotic bubbles taking over your home screen with Facebook status updates from high-school friends you no longer speak to and alerts from random RSS feeds. Motoblur has been reduced to home-screen widgets, which you can sync with your social networks.
Some of the things I found annoying about Motoblur have been fixed (like the Gallery, which I’ll discuss below), but it still isn’t perfect. I don’t find that Motoblur really adds much to Android aesthetically or in productivity.Camera
Other than these improvements, I must again lament Motoblur. The camera interface isn’t as intuitive as it is on other Android phones, such as HTC’s, or the standard Android camera app for that matter. For example, if you want to change the exposure, you can’t access the setting from the touch menu when you’re in shooting mode. Instead, you have to hit the physical Menu
Overall, the 8-megapixel camera took good pictures. Of course, snapshots taken outdoors looked better than the ones I shot inside. Colors looked bright and natural, but details weren’t as sharp as I’ve seen on other cameras. Indoor photos had a bit of a dark cast to them, but looked pretty good when I had enough lighting. Photos taken in a dark restaurant looked decent, but not as sharp. I tried the LED flash to see if that would help, but it completely blew out the colors and the whites of my subject (a fake rose on a table; see image above).
Video capture was dismal. As you can see from the sample clip below, the X2’s camcorder had a hard time handling fast-moving action. It had lots of ghosting, blurring, and even some crazy distortion when a bunch of cars went by at once. The video clip below pretty much speaks for itself:
In fairness, I also shot some videos of slow-moving objects (a wind-up toy, my coworkers), but I still noticed ghosting and artifacting, albeit not as pronounced.
Unlike many of the high-end phones we’ve seen, the X2 has no front-facing camera for making video calls. I can’t say I’m exactly surprised, however. Video calls over 3G aren’t exactly ideal in terms of quality and consistency.Multimedia and Browsing
The Droid X2 is made for watching video and playing games. The dual-core processor helped games run smoothly, while the 4.3-inch display showcased colors, details, and actions brilliantly. I downloaded some games with 3D graphics–Speed Forge 3D, for example–and was impressed with how flawlessly the game ran.
The X2 has a new app called Mirror Mode, which lets you view and share your photos, videos, and downloaded movies on a HDTV via the HDMI output. An HDMI cable for this is unfortunately not included with the Droid X; you’ll have to buy it separately.
Besides your usual VCast suite of video and music apps, the Droid X2 comes loaded with other Verizon standbys (bonus apps or bloatware, depending on how you look at it) such as NFL Mobile, NFS Shift, Skype, Slacker QuickOffice, and more.
Web browsing on the X2 is fantastic. Pages loaded quickly over 3G, and even faster over Wi-Fi. Scrolling and zooming into text was silky smooth. Flash 10 videos played superbly as well. The browser has some nice little tweaks, such as the Bookmarks toolbar, which shows you thumbnail-size versions of your favorite pages. Page history is clustered into groups that can be opened and viewed in the same manner.Performance
Call quality over Verizon’s 3G network in San Francisco was very good. My callers sounded clear and natural with an ample amount of volume. Overall, my friends were very pleased with how my voice sounded over the network.
I haven’t had a chance to formally test the battery life of the X2, but I was impressed with how the battery held up after a full day and a half of testing. I needed to plug it in only at the very end of my testing.Bottom Line
If you’re holding out for the ultimate Verizon phone–one with a dual-core processor and LTE 4G speeds–you might want to go with the Motorola Droid Bionic, which has been hotly anticipated since CES in January. But if you don’t have 4G coverage in your area, or you don’t want to pay a premium to use 4G, you’ll be happy with the Droid X. Gamers, in particular, will appreciate the large, high-resolution display combined with the power of a dual-core processor. However, if you plan on shooting HD videos with your phone, go with an HTC or Samsung phone–heck, even the iPhone 4. The X2’s video capture is probably the worst we’ve seen from a high-end smartphone.
Super clean and classy softwareCons
Mediocre battery life
Average secondary cameras
Only IP52 ratedOur Verdict
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion looks and performs a lot like a flagship phone, but for £300 less. It’s not quite the complete £500 package, but there’s an awful lot to like here.Best Prices Today: Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
There was a time when £500 would secure you a flagship smartphone with all the bells and whistles.
These days it’s enough to bag you a mid-range phone like the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion, which squeezes second-tier and older premium components into a modern flagship-like design. It’s not a completely unique approach, with the Honor 70 and Realme GT 2 offering something broadly similar of late.
The Edge 30 Fusion might lack the headline-grabbing 200Mp main camera and cutting edge performance of the flagship Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, to which it serves as a step-down model. However, a few judicious cuts and compromises have produced a capable all-rounder with an extra dose of class.
We can dispel the question of whether the Edge 30 Fusion is a good phone straight out of the gate: it most certainly is. The real question is whether it’s good enough to warrant a 25% hike in outlay over a formidable class of £400 phones that include the Pixel 6a, the OnePlus Nord 2T, and the Nothing Phone (1).
Confusingly, there’s also an Edge 30 and an Edge 30 Neo.Design & Build
Flagship-esque glass and aluminium build
Light and skinny
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion looks and feels like a flagship phone. More specifically, the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, which will set you back another £250.
This is a pleasingly compact, skinny handset that measures just 158.48 x 71.99 x 7.45mm, and which weight a very reasonable 175g.
Motorola’s idea of a premium phone design falls in line with OnePlus, Vivo, and Honor, with a dual curved display and a correspondingly curved rear. You’ll find Gorilla Glass 5 to the front and rear sandwiching an aluminium frame, while the top and bottom edges are flat and wide, and the side frame narrows down to a thin strip.
Jon Mundy / Foundry
There’s a classy frosted finish to the rear cover, which calls to mind the OnePlus 10 Pro, especially in my model’s Cosmic Grey shade. You can also specify it in silky Aurora White or Neptune Blue, the latter of which coats the rear in vegan leather. Some territories also get a Solar Gold option, too.
All in all, the Edge 30 Fusion feels as premium as it looks, with the presence of a mere IP52 certification the only glaring indication that we’re not dealing with a true flagship. It’s worth pointing out that the Pixel 6a is IP67 but for £100 less.Screen & Speakers
6.55in curved P-OLED
144Hz refresh rate
Extremely colour accurate in Natural
There are no major complaints to be had with the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion’s display, though it falls short of true flagship status in all but one stand-out area.
It’s a nicely sized 6.55in P-OLED with full HDR10+ support and a solid Full HD+ (1080 x 2400) resolution, while it attains a decent 1100 nits peak brightness. In general use, with autobrightness switched off, it hits around 400 nits, which isn’t massively impressive.
The real stand-out feature here is one that’s almost unique to Motorola outside of the gaming phone class. The Edge 30 Fusion’s display can refresh at 144Hz, which is even smoother than the 120Hz that’s become the industry standard for flagship phones.
Jon Mundy / Foundry
In accuracy terms, I recorded a gamut coverage of 96% sRGB and a gamut volume of 97.3% sRGB in Natural mode, as well as an excellent average Delta E score of 0.89. The default Saturated mode is more tuned to DCI P3 colours for those who like their colours punchier.
Accompanying this solid display is a pair of stereo speakers, which isn’t a given at this price (looking at you, Honor 70). These lack low-end oomph, but are otherwise sufficiently loud and clear, and the phone wears its Dolby Atmos badge proudly on the top edge.Specs & Performance
Snapdragon 888+ 5G
128GB of storage
One of the smartest decisions Motorola has taken with the Edge 30 Fusion is to equip it with a Snapdragon 888+ 5G chip. This was the flagship Android chip of choice in late 2023, which means it’s extremely capable despite being twice removed from the cutting edge.
This is aided by a solid 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM as standard and there’s 128GB of storage in the UK, though other territories may get 256GB and even 512GB options on top of that.
In pure benchmarking terms, the Edge Fusion 30 performs predictably well. In Geekbench 5 CPU tests, it falls closer to modern flagship phones than to £400 champs like the OnePlus Nord 2T and the Pixel 6a, not to mention the similarly priced Honor 70. It’s a similar case with our usual suite of GFXBench GPU tests, where the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion makes another strong showing.
Unless you’re willing to go all in with a bulky gaming phone like the Red Magic 7, this is just about the fastest-performing mainstream phone you’re going to get for less than £500.Cameras
50Mp OmniVision OV50 main sensor
2Mp depth sensor
32Mp selfie camera
It might not have the headline-grabbing 200Mp main sensor of its range-topping big brother, the Edge 30 Ultra, but the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion still comes equipped for a decent fight.
Most notably, its 50Mp OmniVision OV50 main sensor is the same one that you’ll find in the Moto Razr 2023 and the Huawei P50 Pro – significantly more premium phones both. This is aided by OIS, which helps out in low light situations.
Jon Mundy / Foundry
The accompanying sensors aren’t so impressive, with a 13Mp ultrawide and a 2Mp depth sensor screaming ‘mid-range’ but that’s to be expected.
It’s all about that main sensor which, in combination with a 2023 flagship processor, is capable of capturing decent shots in reasonable lighting. It can be a little inconsistent, though.
I found that the camera doesn’t always cope with high dynamic range situations as well as I would have liked, occasionally overexposing brighter areas, or failing to bump up a shady subject. This could vary across successive shots, prompting me to take an extra shot just to be sure.
Night time shots aren’t top tier, but they are passable, preserving the natural look of the scene whilst bumping up the brightness. Low light shots generally looked crisp in my experience, though I did pick up a fair amount of noise in those dark skies.
That 13Mp ultra-wide isn’t anywhere near as good as the main sensor, of course, but it’s capable of grabbing decent shots when called upon. It’s also the source of the phone’s macro shots, which can turn out reasonably sharp, clear close-ups – though you have to be either precise with your distances or trigger-happy with the shutter button.
The 32Mp selfie cam produces decent detail, but can struggle a little with extreme brightness, and can tend to wash out skin tones.Battery Life & Charging
Relatively small 4400mAh battery
68W wired charging
No wireless charging
If I were to name one main weakness with the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion, it would be its stamina. It’s far from bad in this respect, but that skinny body has led to a relatively small 4400mAh battery.
This is the same size as the OnePlus Nord 2T, but significantly smaller than the Realme GT 2 and the Honor 70. None of those phones boast such a power-hungry 144Hz display either.
Sure enough, with the 144Hz mode forced on, it lasted a mere 8 hours 40 minutes in the PC Mark Work 3.0 battery life test. That falls several hours short of the Realme GT 2 (11:46), and 50 minutes short of the Honor 70. Leaving the display on its default Switching to Auto screen refresh mode will gain you about 2 hours in such a test, but that’s far from ideal.
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In practical terms, I found that the phone would drop to 40% after a short 12 hour day of moderate usage (around 4 hours screen on time). I would expect most mid to high-end phones to be able to retain 50% or more in this sort of scenario.
Charging speeds are decent, however, courtesy of a 68W charger that Motorola includes in the box. I found that 30 minutes of charging would get the Edge 30 Fusion from empty to 90%, which is a strong showing.
There’s no wireless charging support here, which is a bit of a shame, if far from unusual at this price.Software
Very few superfluous apps
Moto app useful and tasteful
A key strength of any Motorola phone, regardless of the price, is the brand’s low-intervention approach to software. That certainly proves the case here, with the Edge 30 Fusion running on an extremely lightweight take on Android 12.
Motorola doesn’t ladle on pointless duplicate apps, and the only third party app pre-install that’s forced on you is TikTok. The brand’s combined clock and weather widget is distinctively its own, but it’s both tasteful and easy enough to remove if you so wish.
Jon Mundy / Foundry
The main app contribution from Motorola itself is the ever-brilliant Moto app, which combines colourful feature tutorials with custom settings and controls for the brand’s helpful gesture-based shortcuts. Activating the camera with a double twist of the wrist continues to be surprisingly effective, as is the ‘double karate chop’ motion for activating the torch in a pinch.Price & Availability
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is available to buy from the Motorola UK website. In the UK there’s a single 128GB model, which costs £499. You can also buy it from Amazon and Lenovo, Motorola’s parent company.
This places the Moto Edge 30 Fusion in a £500-ish mid-range category alongside the Honor 70 and the Realme GT 2. It’s undercut by cheaper mid-rangers like the OnePlus Nord 2T, the Nothing Phone 1, and the Google Pixel 6a, all of which cost £399.
It’s not available in the US, so you’ll have to look elsewhere although the Moto Edge (2023) is $599.
For more options, take a look at our best mid-range phones chart.Verdict
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is a mid-range phone with an uncommon level of design polish and near-flagship performance. Its camera, while obviously short of the very best, can capture good shots in reasonable lighting.
As ever, Motorola’s software is a delight to use, with minimal bloat and thoughtful customisations. Recharging is appreciably swift, too, courtesy of a bundled-in 68W plug.
There are a couple of drawbacks, including underwhelming battery life, a lack of decent waterproofing, and a fairly average camera offering beyond the main sensor. What’s more, for most people, the OnePlus Nord 2T achieves broadly the same effect, to varying degrees, for £100 less.
Motorola needs to push the boat out a little further to produce a genuine stand-out mid-ranger, but the Edge 30 Fusion is easy to recommend to anyone looking for a classy phone on a slightly reduced budget.Specs
6.55in, Full HD+, OLED, 120Hz, curved display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ 5G
8GB LPDDR5 RAM
50Mp, f/1.8 main camera
13Mp ultra-wide camera
2Mp depth camera
Up to 8K @ 30fps rear video
32Mp front-facing camera
In-display fingerprint sensor
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e
158.48 x 71.99 x 7.45mm
Launch colours: Cosmic Grey
The best Moto G7 Play cases:
Editor’s note: We will continue to update this list of the best Moto G7 Play cases as better options become available.
1. Speck Presidio Lite
The Speck Presidio Lite is one of the best Moto G7 Play cases you can buy. The case offers excellent protection with its shock-absorbing design and reinforced corners. A raised bezel keeps the display and rear camera setup safe. The buttons are covered, and all the necessary cutouts are available for easy access to ports and features.
2. Poetic Revolution
Thanks to the hybrid design, the Poetic Revolution is one of the most durable options on the list. A thick TPU bumper protects your device from drops, while a heavy-duty polycarbonate back panel deflects scratches throughout the day. The case even features a built-in screen protector for full 360-degree coverage. You can pick up the Poetic Revolution in black, pink, or blue, and the back panel doubles as a kickstand.
3. Cruzerlite TPU case
The Cruzerlite case is made with a flexible TPU and comes with carbon fiber design elements and a brushed finish on the back that looks pretty good. A raised bezel keeps the display safe, and the buttons are also covered. The Cruzerlite TPU case is available in various colors, including black, blue, gray, and red.
4. Poetic Affinity
The Poetic Affinity offers excellent protection for the phone without adding too much thickness or bulk. It features a hard polycarbonate back and a thick TPU bumper with reinforced corners and comes with a MIL-STD 810G-516.6 certification for drop protection. The Affinity case is ideal for those looking for extra protection without the weight of a rugged cover.
5. Encased Slimline w/ kickstand and belt clip holster
The Encased Slimline case is made with a solid polycarbonate frame and comes with a rubberized finish that helps with drop protection and grip. A sturdy metal kickstand is built into the case, and you also get a belt clip holster that the phone comfortably slides into. If you’re looking for extras like a kickstand and holster, the Encased Slimline is a great way to go.
6. J&D wallet case
The J&D wallet case for the Moto G7 Play is made with premium-feeling faux leather. The phone is held in a TPU cover with precise cutouts for easy access to ports and features. It packs all of the space you need to replace your wallet with three card slots and a large cash pocket. You can also flip the front cover for hands-free streaming or lock it in place with a magnet.
7. Otterbox Commuter Lite
Otterbox is the go-to brand for those looking for complete protection for their phones. Despite the Lite in its name, this case certainly delivers. It isn’t as rugged as the Defender or the Commuter series, but the Commuter Lite case will keep the phone damage-free during accidental bumps and drops. The buttons are covered, and there are openings to easily access all ports and features.
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See also: Best Otterbox cases: Everything you need to know
8. Poetic Guardian
For complete, ultra-rugged protection for the Moto G7 Play, the Poetic Guardian is the way to go. It comes with a hard polycarbonate back, a thick, impact-resistant TPU bumper, and reinforced corners to ensure that the phone stays damage-free. A front casing also has a built-in screen protector to keep the display safe. The buttons are covered, and the charging port is protected with a flap. The Poetic Guardian is available in a slew of colors, including black, blue, green, and pink.
Here’s what reviewers are saying about the Motorola Xoom:
Look and Feel
The Xoom has a 10.1-inch, 1280-by-800 resolution display. Compared to an iPad, it’s taller and narrower thanks to the widescreen format and smaller bezel, but it weighs about the same. “The weight is manageable for periods of two-handed operation, but intolerable for extended one-handed operation,” PCWorld’s own Melissa Perenson wrote.
Over at Time magazine, Harry McCracken noted that wider isn’t always better: “The iPad’s less exaggerated dimensions are superior for reading e-books and other text-centric tasks. But in landscape orientation, the Xoom’s extra space makes for comfier typing on the on-screen keyboard. It’s also well-proportioned for HD movies.”
As for that thin bezel, GigaOM’s Kevin Tofel wondered whether it’s a little too narrow. “Even my small fingers only just fit and on a few occasions, I’ve unintentionally tapped the screen when I thought I was touching the bezel,” he wrote.
The Xoom is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and over at AnandTech, Anand Lai Shimpi found swiping between home screens to be “butter smooth.” Same goes for scrolling through the browser and using interactive widgets. But he noticed that performance seems more dependent than previous Android versions on how many background apps are running.
Android 3.0 makes its debut on the Xoom, and it’s a vastly different — some say better — experience than Android for smartphones.
“I’ve always felt that Android had a rough-around-the edges, geeky feel, with too many steps to do things and too much reliance on menus. But Honeycomb eliminates much of that,” wrote Walt Mossberg for All Things Digital. He appreciated tabbed Web browsing, a smart notification bar and live widgets on the home screen.
One of the Xoom’s main perks over the iPad (for now) is its 5-megapixel front-facing camera and 2-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky praised the quality of the photos and Honeycomb’s picture-taking interface, but felt that the device’s size is “completely impractical in most situations.”
On the other hand, Wired’s Michael Calore and Dylan Tweney noted that “being able to compose a photo while looking at something bigger than a 5×7 print is a real luxury, as it lets you see details you wouldn’t otherwise notice on a small phone screen or camera viewfinder.”
As for the front-facing camera, GigaOM’s Tofel said it’s not on par with Apple’s Facetime. “Video wasn’t as crisp, and there were occasional audio hiccups,” he wrote. “And when I rotated the device to portrait mode, my image didn’t appear correctly to my caller.”
The screen seems to be a low point among some critics, marred by excess glare. “I expected better: If the Barnes & Noble NookColor could nail the screen and glare issue on its $250 e-reader tablet, why couldn’t Motorola overcome glare on its $800 flagship device?” Perenson wrote for PCWorld.
At Time magazine, McCracken wasn’t impressed with the display quality either. “I found videos, photos and other graphics to be blockier, blurrier, and/or duller than on the iPad and the Galaxy Tab,” he wrote.
Engadget’s testing clocked the battery in at 8 hours and 20 minutes. That’s an hour and 13 minutes less than the iPad, but more than any other tablet on the market. “We could easily see maximizing this if you’re in airplane mode with a slightly lower brightness setting,” Topolsky wrote.
Motorola and Google come out of the gate with an impressive, but flawed product. In addition to the drawbacks noted by reviewers, and the steep $800 price tag, the Xoom is missing Flash support, 4G service and MicroSD storage — all of which will be added later. So it’s no surprise that there’s a wait-and-see attitude among reviewers.
“Honeycomb and the Xoom are spectacular — unfortunately they’re a spectacular work in progress,” Topolsky writes for Engadget.
“If you’re interested in a tablet, you’d be wise to wait a couple of months,” says the New York Times’ David Pogue.
June 01, 2023: Following the launch of the Moto Z4, questions have been asked of Motorola with respect to the Moto Z4 Force. And apparently, the company, through the official Motorola U.S. Twitter account, says there won’t be a Moto Z4 Force, or any other Moto Z devices for that matter, this year.
Hi Raffi. We will not be announcing additional moto z devices this year.
— motorolaus (@MotorolaUS) May 30, 2023
It’s usually hard to believe social media managers of these tech companies regarding such huge company plans, but for now, it’s all we got. The original post continues below.
Motorola isn’t doing quite well in the premium smartphone segment, perhaps the reason it never bothered to refresh the Moto Z2 Force from 2023 with a new Moto Z3 Force when it unveiled the Moto Z3 and Z3 Play last year. However, reports this year suggest that we have the Moto Z4 Force in the works, probably at the expense of the Moto Z4 Play.
It had consistently been rumored that the Moto Z4 Play will be the device to be unveiled alongside the standard Moto Z4, but recent reports claim a certain Moto Z4 Force is also in the works. It has also been claimed that this year, Motorola could skip the Play variant altogether.
At this point, it’s hard to tell what Moto’s plans are for the next-gen Moto Z series, but based on rumors, leaks, and speculations, here’s what we know so far about the alleged Moto Z4 Force.
Moto Z4 Force specifications [rumored]
6.4-inch QHD+ OLED display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
128GB expandable storage
Tri-lens main camera: 48MP (f/1.6) + 13MP (f/1.8) + Telephoto lens (f/2.0)
25MP front camera
Android 9 Pie
Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, In-display fingerprint scanner, TurboCharge rapid charging, etc.
Same design language as the standard model
Most of the leaks we’ve seen so far are for the standard Moto Z4 (or Moto Z4 Play for that matter). While we still have no idea how the Moto Z4 Force will look like, it has been claimed that the device could borrow the design language of the standard model, but not entirely.
For instance, the display screen size could be the same and so could be the placement of the fingerprint scanner, but Z4 Force may miss out on the 3.5mm audio jack. Also, the fact that the Z4 Force is expected to come with a smaller battery unit suggests it will be thinner than the standard Z4.
Apparently, the Moto Z4 Force will also get a tri-lens camera as opposed to the dual-lens shooter expected on the Z4, but for the most part, everything else about the design remains the same.
As usual, the version of Android 9 Pie to power the Z4 Force out of the box will be near stock, although Moto should include a few useful tweaks of its own, among them Moto Actions, Moto Display, and so on.
5G Moto Mod
Motorola is still keeping modularity alive with the Moto Z4 series and given that the Moto Z3 can support 5G with the help of the 5G Moto Mod, the Z4 Force should also follow suit.
Verizon begins its 5G journey in mid-May 2023 with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. The carrier is also the exclusive seller of the Moto Z3 in the U.S.
Moto Z4 Force price and availability
As pointed out, Motorola isn’t having a good time in the premium smartphone business. The company has in recent times been forced to focus more on the midrange and budget segments and it seems to be doing great to a point of wanting to push the standard Moto Z4 as a midrange device and not a premium phone.
Even better is that reports coming in point to an interesting price tag for the Moto Z4 Force believed to be around $650. This would make it one of the most affordable Snapdragon 855 smartphone and given Moto’s reputation, many would easily fall for this, especially if sold through multiple U.S. carriers.
Speaking of, we don’t have any specifics about the availability of the device, but given the previous Moto Z3 handset came out in August, it’s possible the Moto Z4 and Z4 Force will arrive in August 2023.
Thoughts on the Moto Z4 Force?
The Razr has a large “chin”, much like the original old-school Razr phone from 2004. The two sides of the Z Flip’s screen, meanwhile, fold completely flat on top of each other. This marks one noticeable improvement from the Galaxy Fold, which couldn’t fold flush, and left a large gap for dust and debris to enter the phone.Specs Comparison
We don’t know a lot of definitive facts about the Z Flip, but some leaks have given an indication of what to expect. All told, the Razr might not have the specs to match the Z Flip, but its design seems to be better thought-out. The larger front screen seems far more useful, plus the slightly shorter display should make it easier to hold.Display(s)
Leaks are suggesting that the Z Flip could have a 6.7-inch 22:9 Full HD+ display, made from an extremely thin pane of glass, rather than plastic. If true, the Z Flip would feel like a significantly more expensive device than the Motorola Razr, which uses a plastic screen.
What’s more, the Z Flip is supposed to have a 2636×1080 resolution display, while the Razr has a 2412×876 resolution display. However, the Razr appears to be a slightly handier device. The Z Flip’s 22:9 aspect ratio is extremely tall, which might make one-handed use difficult. The Razr, on the other hand, has a 21:9 ratio display and will probably be easier to use one-handed.
However, the Z Flip has a tiny front display. In the leaked video, it’s barely larger than the holder’s thumbnail, and will likely only be good for showing the time, date, and battery. The Razr’s 2.7-inch front screen, on the other hand, allows you to control music playback and even quick-reply to notifications.Processor and Ram
According to WinFuture, the Galaxy Z Flip should include Qualcomm’s fastest non-5G processor, the Snapdragon 855+, as well as a very health 8GB of RAM. The Z Flip should also come with 256GB internal storage, but it won’t have SD card support.
The Motorola, by contrast, will have a Snapdragon 710 and 6GB of RAM. That should be enough for everyday use but we wouldn’t want to use the Razr as a serious gaming phone.Batteries
The Razr has a surprisingly small battery — just 2,510 mAh. The Z Flip, by contrast, gets a 3,300 mAh.Cameras
The Razr has a 16Mp camera, as well as a time-of-flight sensor which can help with depth-sensing. As it’s store on the front of the clamshell, the 16Mp camera effectively functions as both the forward- and rear-facing camera. It also has a 5Mp camera housed above the display which works as a camera for video calling.
The Z Flip, meanwhile, has two 12Mp cameras on the outside of the clamshell while also having a 10Mp camera housed in the display. This likely means that the two cameras on the outside of the clamshell won’t function as the selfie cameras.How much will the Razr and Z Flip cost?
Well, that’s halfway easy to answer, as you can already buy the Moto Razr. Prices start from $1,499 in the US. However, you can only buy it from Verizon and, because it has an eSIM, it will only work on its network. Plus, you’ll need to go to a Verizon store to activate your eSIM.
The Z Flip, on the other hand, is expected to start from around €1,500 — that’s just over $1,600. Again, the Z Flip will be eSIM only, but there’s no word on which carriers will support it yet.
On balance, we think that the Razr might be the better-designed phone, while the Z Flip looks set to take the crown when it comes to specs. However, if Samsung’s ultra thin glass works in practice, it would be absolutely game-changing for foldable phones.
Top image credit: WinFuture
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