Motorola Edge Plus (2023) Hands-On

The successor of the Edge Plus (2022) and the Edge 30 Extremely (2022), the brand new Motorola Edge Plus (2023) might be a severe competitor for the Google Pixel 7 Professional, and the OnePlus 11 each launched just a few months again at $899 and $699, respectively.

Priced at $799 for the entry mannequin with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage (possibility for 512GB), the Edge Plus (2023) provides Android flagship options comparable to a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, a big 6.7 high-quality FHD+ 165 Hz show with Dolby Imaginative and prescient certification, a good triple-lens 50MP most important digital camera, a high-res 60 MP selfie, quick charging and wi-fi charging, a 68W adapter supplied (!), and IP68 score. On the connectivity facet, the Edge Plus 2023 provides 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, and Wi-Fi 7 help.

At that value
and searching on the digital camera {hardware} options in gentle of our CAMERA HW rating, the brand new Motorola flagship appears to be like like an awesome different to the Samsung Galaxy S23. The Samsung system launched at $999 in February with a smaller show (6.1-inch), a slower show refresh charge (120 Hz), a slower charging pace and no charger supplied.

I had the chance to get my fingers on the system on the Motorola HQ in Chicago and listed below are my first impressions.


In the course of the presentation, Motorola’s spokesperson touted the brand new Edge Plus’s “4 curved glass design” manufactured from Gorilla Glass Victus on each the entrance and the again panels, and constructed inside an aluminum body. There may be just one colour possibility accessible, the Interstellar Black, proven in our photos.

The Edge Plus 2023 couldn’t declare the flagship title with out an IP68 certification, that protects towards freshwater immersion up to1.5 meters for as much as half-hour and makes it mud and sand resistant.

Worth and Availability

The brand new Motorola Edge Plus 2023 might be accessible for $799.99 (beginning value) unlocked at Greatest Purchase, and on Could 25, pre-order begins on Could 19, 2023.

On the provider facet, Increase Infinite and Increase Cellular will supply the telephone within the coming weeks, then individuals will be capable of purchase it at Spectrum Cellular and Shopper Mobile.


The big 6.7-inch pOLED show with a 2400 x 1080 decision has a Dolby Imaginative and prescient certification, helps HDR10+, and delivers a top-notch adaptive 165 Hz refresh charge, the last word display screen fluidity for gaming.

Sound High quality

Launch occasions aren’t the perfect areas for sound exams, so I didn’t strive it on-site. That stated, the specs do look good on the paper. The two stereo audio system, situated on the prime and the underside edges of the telephone, help Dolby Atmos audio.

Digital camera

Ubergizmo Digital camera HW rating: 172

(perhaps up to date later)

Digital camera Characteristic Highlights*

Predominant rear digital camera
(included in our CAMERA HW rating)

  • Large angle (principal) 24 mm, 50 MP, f/1.8, OIS
  • Ultrawide/Macro 14 mm, 50 MP,, f/2.2
  • Telephoto/Portrait 46 mm, 12 MP, f/1.6, 2X optical zoom

Entrance digital camera
(NOT within the rating)

All in 35-mm equal

*We offer these options as pointers, they will not be correct, please double-check the precise technical specs on the Motorola official product web page

The triple rear digital camera system is provided with a 50 MP most important wide-angle, a 50 MP ultrawide shooter with macro capabilities, and a 12 MP telephoto with a 2X optical zoom for portrait pictures. Solely the wide-angle goal will get Optical Picture Stabilization (OIS) and apertures vary from f/1.8, to f/2.2, and f/1.6, respectively.

Utilizing our CAMERA HW benchmark, we are able to rank the standard of this digital camera system solely based mostly on the technical specs, nonetheless we have now confirmed that there’s a direct relation between the {hardware} high quality and the picture seize high quality.

The Motorola Edge Plus 2023 has an Ubergizmo CAMERA HW rating of 172 which is barely higer than the Samsung Galaxy S23 at 166 however decrease than the Google Pixel 7 Professional, that ship a 191 CAMERA HW rating. The OnePlus 11 is barely increased at 178.

Its 48 MP telephoto with OIS and a 5X optical gave a bonus to the Pixel 7 professional over the Motorola Edge Plus 2023 for the ultimate total rating. Right now, lots of OEMs have a tendency to chop again on optical zoom options to cut back prices, as customers don’t use such lenses as a lot because the wide-angle and ultrawide shooters.

The video capabilities are fairly good, you possibly can file as much as 8K UHD at 30fps, 4K UHD

(60/30fps), FHD (60/30fps), 4K UHD HDR10+ (30fps), and Gradual movement FHD (960/240/120fps). Motorola developed new video modes together with Evening Imaginative and prescient, Horizon Lock (stabilization even when rotating 360 levels for excessive sports activities), Auto-focus monitoring (retains topic sharp even in movement), and video portrait (bokeh impact within the background).

System Efficiency and Software program

We anticipate the Motorola Edge Plus 2023 to ship top-notch system efficiency, due to its Qualcomm flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The system depends on 8GB of LPDDR5X RAM and both 256GB or 512GB of inner storage.

We didn’t run the efficiency benchmarks, however we anticipate the telephone to rank among the many finest Android smartphones of 2023 as measured on Geekbench (CPU) and GFX Bench (graphics efficiency).

The newest and strongest Snapdragon chip permits the brand new Motorola smartphone to ship 40% higher energy effectivity, in comparison with the earlier mannequin.

The system comes with Android 13 and can get three years of Android upgrades, and is suitable with the Lenovo ThinkReality A3 sensible glasses.


The huge 5100 mAh battery is predicted to ship an awesome battery life, as it’s bigger than those we discover in most of its flagship competitors (most prime gadgets have 5000 mAh). One of many options we love probably the most is the 68W TurboPower fast-charging adapter supplied.

Motorola claims in the future of autonomy in solely 9 minutes of charging. Because the OEM talked about 2-day battery life, we assume that we may get about 50% cost in 9 minutes. We nonetheless must test the declare in actual life.

Final however not least, the Edge Plus 2023 can also be able to 15W wi-fi charging and 5W wi-fi energy sharing.

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