The 2021 Motorola Edge Ditches Its Signature “Edge” Display for More Useful Features

The 2021 Motorola Edge in blue.
Motorola

Motorola has announced the 2021 version of its $700 Edge flagship, and oddly enough, it ditches the signature waterfall “edge” display seen in previous models. But that may not be a bad thing—the 2021 Edge offers more compelling specs than its predecessor, including a 108MP main camera and (finally) a water-resistance certification.

In terms of raw specs, the Motorola Edge (2021) features a Snapdragon 778G processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage (or 8GB RAM/256GB storage if you pay extra). Those aren’t the best specs you’ll find at $700, but they’re quite good when you consider some of the other stuff you get with this phone.

The 2021 Motorola Edge in blue covered in water.
Motorola

The new Motorola Edge has a  6.8-inch 144Hz display with HDR10 support, a small step up from the 2020 model (unless you were a fan of its waterfall screen). Its 108MP camera is a carryover from the more expensive Edge Plus, though its 8MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP depth sensor, and 32MP selfie camera are pretty run of the mill. A 5000mAh battery should make up for the strain of 5G and a 144Hz refresh rate, while a new IP52 water-resistance rating defends the phone from splashes.

Frankly, it’s odd to see Motorola brag about an IP52 water-resistance rating, as it’s not that impressive and won’t protect the phone from a drop in the toilet. To put things into perspective, Google’s newly-announced Pixel 5a has an IP67 rating and costs just $450 (although water resistance is a defining feature of that phone).

Motorola will open pre-orders for the 2021 Edge on August 23rd. Those who pre-order the phone can get it for just $500, a great price for this set of features! Unfortunately, the phone will snap back to $700 when it starts shipping on September 2nd.

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