Shortly after Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 870 — a slightly tweaked version of last year's flagship Snapdragon 865 — the first phone powered by it has been announced. The Motorola Edge S just made its debut in China, but we may see it arrive in other markets in the future.
Cheap phones cut corners. It's just unavoidable, that's why they cost less money. But each phone is its own seasoned mix of specific setbacks and disadvantages. Sometimes that's a precisely tuned combination with a clear goal in mind, but it can easily be a haphazard and hamfisted assembly loaded with gotchas. But the 2021 Moto G Play hits an almost perfect combination with good performance, unadulterated software, stellar battery life, and a big bright screen. It's a huge phone, and ounce for ounce, pretty tough to beat for $170.
Many companies have attempted to bridge the gap between desktop and mobile, and now it looks like Motorola is taking another shot at it. In a new video released for Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit event, Motorola president Sergio Bunac gave a teaser for what users can expect an upcoming desktop mode to look like — as well as a few more fun tricks Motorola has up its sleeves.
We don't expect an awful lot from a phone costing less than £100, but Motorola assures us that its latest budget handset will last around 36 hours on a single charge and take photos that aren't terrible with its 48MP main camera. It also boasts what Motorola is calling a water-repellent design — it can apparently withstand "moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes, or light rain — which is more than can be said for most cheap phones.
Big batteries are always in style, and Motorola seems to have taken that to heart with its newest phones. The Moto G 5G and Moto G9 Power both have large capacities, but the G9 Power includes the largest cell that the company has ever included in a device, with claims of lasting for up to 60 hours on a single charge.
It's only been about two months since Motorola announced the Moto G9 Play, but it looks like the successor to that budget device is already on the horizon. New leaks have surfaced that reveal key specs of the upcoming device, including a slightly downgraded battery size, a new hole punch selfie camera, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Like most Android OEMs, Motorola creates its own camera software to compliment its hardware. Camera performance is one of the main differentiators between devices these days, and that's why Moto decided to rebuild its camera app from the ground up with a focus on making it simpler for users to capture key moments on devices of all sizes.
Motorola may not be the same company it once was, but the phones it produces are still some of the best in the US when it comes to value. For Prime Day, Amazon is offering savings of up to $205 off a variety of Motorola's best phones, from the high-end Moto Edge to the basic Moto E, there are options for every budget.
Motorola brought back the iconic Razr nameplate for a foldable phone last year, but the phone didn't live up to the hype. However, if you're willing to give the second-gen phone a second shot, you can get $200 off the Razr 5G right now. There also seem to be some $400 off codes being emailed out.
Following the leaksearlier this week, it looks like Motorola has gone ahead and put two new phones up on its website in Brazil: the Moto G9 Plus and the Moto E7 Plus. Both devices come with rear fingerprint sensors, big batteries, 4GB of RAM, and multiple cameras on the back — but the G9 Plus has upgraded lenses and USB-C charging.