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Bullitt Launches Its Own Two-Way Satellite Messaging Service

Jan 5, 2023, 3:00 PM   by Rich Brome   updated Jan 5, 2023, 3:17 PM

Phone maker Bullitt has teamed up with a number of partners to create its own two-way satellite messaging service. An upcoming Motorola Defy-series phone (made by Bullitt) will support the new service and launch in the US soon. Bullitt is offering the service to other manufacturers as well. The Motorola Defy phone will use a MediaTek add-on modem chip that supports NTN (non-terrestrial network) communications. Bullitt is relying on Skylo to provide the satellite service, with is powered by "existing licensed GEO satellite constellations, such as Inmarsat and others." Bullit has created it own messaging app for the service. The app will try using cellular or Wi-Fi networks when available, but fall back to satellite. An emergency SOS service will be free for the first year, and is backed by critical event response specialists FocusPoint International. Subscription plans start at $5/ month for 30 non-emergency messages. SOS messages do not count against the bucket, and shorter messages (including location check-ins) count as fractional messages. When texting other people for non-emergency use, the other person receives a standard text message, but must download a free app to reply and have it relayed by satellite. The app will be available for both Android and iOS. Only the user of the satellite-capable phone is charged for satellite messaging. The service is launching first in the US and Europe, and only provides coverage in launched regions. It reaches far offshore, but not in the middle of the oceans nor polar regions. When in satellite-only coverage, messages via the service are received automatically, unlike some competing solutions. Users should usually not be required to aim the phone to connect to a satellite.


Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola Caters to Businesses

Jan 5, 2023, 11:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola's newest phone is the Lenovo ThinkPhone, a mobile phone designed to appeal to business customers and integrate seamlessly with Lenovo ThinkPad laptops. The ThinkPhone has high-end specs, a durable body, and extensive security features. A full array of connectivity features with ThinkPad laptops includes Instant Connect seamless discovery when nearby, Unified Clipboard, drag-and-drop file sharing, and Instant Hotspot with 5G. Android apps can be opened on the laptop, including launching with one click from Unified Notifications. Advanced Webcam lets you use the phone's 50-megapixel camera for higher-quality online meetings. Other phone specs include a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, 8–12 GB RAM, 128–512 GB storage, 6-inch FHD+ OLED display, Wi-Fi 6E, and USB 3.1. It has a 3,000 mAh battery, 68-watt fast charging (68W charger included), and wireless charging. It comes with Android 13 and four years of security updates. A secondary rear camera offers 13 megapixels of 120º wide-angle, while the front camera is 32 megapixel. An aircraft-grade aluminum frame, Kevlar-like "lightweight aramid fiber that's stronger than steel", and Gorilla Glass Victus give the phone durability as well as an IP68 rating for proper water resistance. In addition to ThinkShield and advanced enterprise mobile device management, the ThinkPhone comes with Moto KeySafe, "a separate processor ... that adds an additional layer of security to better protect the most sensitive data in the smartphone. It isolates PINs, passwords, and cryptographic keys, storing them in a tamper-resistant environment protecting the data from the inside out." The ThinkPhone will be available to US business customers and unlocked online "in the coming months". Pricing was not announced.


Hands On with the Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola

Jan 5, 2023, 11:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has a new phone specifically for "business" folks. It's a high-end phone with a design inspired by Lenovo's ThinkPad laptops. The Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola has the full range of enterprise software you'd expect, plus it's built to last with a durable body. Motorola has expanded the capability of its Ready For software to create seamless links between the ThinkPhone and a ThinkPad laptop. So what's it like in person? Read on for our first impressions.

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The New Moto G Play Offers 90 Hz Display for $170

Dec 8, 2022, 9:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola today announced the new moto g play (2023). This update to the 2021 model has 90 Hz display refresh and a 16 megapixel camera (compared to 13 megapixel on the model it replaces). Other features of this affordable 4G phone are similar, including a 5,000 mAh battery, 10-watt fast charging, fingerprint reader on the back, and a headset jack. It's powered by a MediaTek Helio G37 chipset paired with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage (expandable via memory card). Extra cameras include a 2 megapixel macro camera and depth camera. The front camera is 5 megapixel. The unlocked moto g play (2023) goes on sale December 12th for $170. Later, it will come to Metro, Dish, Xfinity, US Cellular, Consumer Cellular, Spectrum, and Optimum.


Motorola Brings High-End Edge 30 Fusion to US

Dec 2, 2022, 12:30 PM   by Rich Brome

Motorola's edge 30 fusion — a model that would normally only be sold in other parts of the world — will come to the US as an unlocked phone compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile. This special edition will come in Pantone's just-announced Color of the Year 2023, Pantone 18-1750 "Viva Magenta". The edge 30 fusion is a near-flagship-level phone, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ chipset, pOLED display with 144 Hz refresh, and 50 megapixel camera with OIS. Other specs include a 4,400 mAh battery, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB storage, 13 megapixel wide-angle camera, 32 megapixel front camera with auto-focus, and Wi-Fi 6E. Although it supports enough frequency bands to function on the AT&T or T-Mobile networks, it does not support all of the bands necessary for full coverage and best data speeds. (For example, it lacks 4G in bands 30 and 71, and lacks 5G in band 2.) Motorola will sell the phone starting December 12, unlocked on its web site for $800, in a bundle that includes the Moto Buds 600 ANC Bluetooth earbuds in the complementary color PANTONE 19-2118 "Winetasting". The phone will also be available on its own, in Lazuli Blue, for $700.


Bullitt to Launch Phone with 2-Way Satellite Messaging

Nov 29, 2022, 3:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Early next year, Bullitt will launch a phone in the US with 2-way messaging directly to satellites. Bullitt currently sells phones under the CAT brand, as well as a select Motorola-branded models. The new phone will be the first to use the MediaTek's new NTN (Non-Terrestrial Network) 5G satellite NB-IoT chip. The 3GPP NTN standard is designed to let phones connect directly to one of several satellite constellations. This phone will connect to a Geostationary Orbit (GEO) constellation. It will also use a MediaTek Dimensity 930 5G chipset. The satellite messaging service will be free for the first year. Further details about the phone, brand, and specific satellite network will be available closer to the device's release in the first quarter of next year.


Motorola Offers Deep Phone Discounts for Halloween

Oct 25, 2022, 2:00 PM   by Rich Brome   updated Oct 25, 2022, 2:03 PM

Motorola is offering deep discounts on its newest unlocked phones, with some models 40–50% off. The Moto g stylus 5G is now just $200, 1/2 off, and the flagship edge+ is down to $600, a $400 savings.


AT&T Offers New Moto Edge for $180

Aug 19, 2022, 3:31 PM   by Rich Brome

AT&T will offer the new Moto Edge (2022) — normally $500 — for just $180 for a limited time starting Sept. 2. The deal is open to new and existing customers, does not require a trade-in, but does require a qualifying unlimited plan and phone payment plan ($5/month for 36 months).


Motorola's new Edge Offers a Lot for $500

Aug 18, 2022, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has taken the wraps off its new Edge phone for 2022. This is the little sibling to the Edge+, the company's flagship phone. It keeps many of that phone's best features, including a 50 megapixel main camera, large FHD+ OLED display with 144 Hz refresh and HDR10+, 30W fast charging, two-way wireless charging, 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, and NFC. And yet it's half the price at $500. It also represents a big win for Motorola as the first time since 2017 that a Motorola phone this high-end will be offered by all three top-tier US carriers. To achieve the lower price point compared to the Edge+, the new Edge (2022) uses a MediaTek Dimensity 1050 chip, the wide-angle camera is 13 megapixel instead of 50, the selfie camera is 32 megapixel instead of 60, and it drops stylus support. Camera features include 960 fps super-slow-motion and 4K HDR video capture. Its 6.6-inch main display hides an optical fingerprint reader and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The rest of the body is plastic, but with a back that looks like matte glass. Motorola boasts that this is one of its thinner and lighter phones, despite having a large 5,000 mAh battery. It supports Ready For, Motorola's unique software for hooking the phone up to large displays and other accessories for big-screen-optimized video streaming, gaming, and productivity apps. It ships with Android 12, but Motorola has improved its software commitment to three full OS upgrades and four years of bi-monthly security updates. It will come in one color: Mineral Gray. T-Mobile will launch it first, "in the coming weeks", offering it with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage for $498. Verizon's version will have 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, and of course adds mmWave 5G. AT&T will offer its own unique variant with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. US Cellular, Spectrum Mobile, and Visible will also offer it. Motorola's unlocked version will have 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage; it will sell for $500 for a limited time, after which it will run $600. It will be available from Best Buy, Amazon, and Motorola.com.


Hands On with the Motorola edge (2022)

Aug 18, 2022, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has a new $500 phone and it's kind of a big deal. While Motorola has been successful with more affordable phones lately, not since 2017 have all of the big three US carriers offered a Motorola phone over $400. But in the 2022 edge, Motorola may have come up with the perfect balance of specs and features at the $500 price point. It's certainly competitive, and possibly a really great value in this oft-neglected price class. But what compromises did Motorola make? How does it feel in person? We check it out and give you our first impressions in this hands-on.

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Motorola Launches razr 2022 (in China)

Aug 11, 2022, 11:13 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has launched its third-generation moto razr (2022) foldable phone, but only in China for now. It's unclear if the phone will come to other regions, although the Chinese web site for the phone does tout its global network support with a whopping 19 5G bands and 27 4G bands. The phone has a simplified design that looks more like a traditional smartphone when open. A new 3rd-generation hinge mechanism consists of 122 parts. The flexible main display includes steel mesh as one if its six layers, and bends to a radius of 3.3mm when folded. The phone is made from 7-series aluminum and Gorilla Glass 3D. The 6.7-inch OLED inner display sports 144 Hz refresh and HDR10+. The outer display measures 2.7 inches. The 50 megapixel main camera has OIS, joined by a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera. The selfie camera is 32 megapixel. The phone is positioned as a flagship with its Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and up to 12 GB RAM. Memory options also include 8 GB of RAM, and 128, 256, or 512 GB storage.


Hands on with the moto g 5G

May 19, 2022, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has a new affordable 5G phone that they're calling simply "moto g 5G". It has a 50 megapixel camera with a wide array of Motorola's distinct camera software features. It also has some extras like 90 Hz display refresh and a fingerprint reader. But it's a pretty straightforward-seeming phone overall. But what is it like in person? We walk you through the details in this hands-on report.

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Dish Finally Launches its Own 5G Network

May 5, 2022, 1:26 PM   by Rich Brome

Dish has officially launched its own, from-scratch 5G network for paying customers in Las Vegas. Unlike its existing Boost-branded service, the new network currently operates under the Project Genesis brand. The company only offers the 2022 Motorola Edge Plus for now, which is personally delivered to new customers by a Project Genesis concierge. Service costs $30/month for unlimited service. The company is racing to meet an FCC deadline to offer service to 20 percent of the country by June.


Hands On with the Motorola moto g stylus 5G (2022)

Apr 28, 2022, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has a new edition of its mid-range, big-screen phone with a stylus. It has 120 Hz display refresh, an unprecedented feature in this price range. It also fixes two issues with its predecessor: a slow processor and lack of NFC. Otherwise, it seems pretty similar on paper. But what's it like in person? Read on for our hands-on first impressions and photos.

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Motorola Adds 5G to its 2022 Mid-Range Lineup

Apr 21, 2022, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has announced two new mid-range phones with 5G. Both are essentially 5G upgrades of existing 4G models already announced for 2022. Both will come to a wide range of US carriers, including AT&T, Cricket, Boost, US Cellular, and Xfinity Mobile. Both have a 50 megapixel main camera, 5,000 mAh battery, 10-watt fast charging, fast-refresh display, water resistance, fingerprint reader, expandable storage, and a headset jack.

  • The moto g stylus 5G (2022) has a three key upgrades compared to both last year's model and this year's 4G model: a 120 Hz display (a first for the g series in the US), a Snapdragon 695 chip, and NFC. The LCD display measures 6.8 inches with FHD+ resolution. The phone also has an 8 megapixel wide/macro camera and 16 megapixel front camera. Naturally, it has a built-in stylus. While the base version has 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, versions will also be available with 6 or 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. Verizon will also offer a version with mmWave 5G. Motorola will sell it unlocked for $500 starting April 28th. Carriers are expected to sell it for less, at dates to be announced. It will come in two colors: seafoam green and steel blue.
  • The moto g 5G is essentially a 5G version of the moto g power (2022). Like that model, it has a 6.5-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution and 90 Hz refresh. The selfie camera does get a bump up to 13 megapixel. Extra rear cameras are a depth camera and 2 megapixel macro camera. It's powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chip paired with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. An unlocked version will also be available with 6 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. Motorola will sell it unlocked for $400 starting May 19th. Carriers are expected to sell it for less, at dates to be announced.
Both phones come with Android 12 and Motorola promises one major OS upgrade (to Android 13). Motorola is also committing to three years of bi-monthly (every other month) security updates.


Cricket Launches Affordable New Motos

Apr 8, 2022, 12:00 PM   by Rich Brome

Cricket has started selling the 2022 editions of the Motorola moto g power and moto g stylus. The new moto g power was announced in November. Motorola sells it unlocked for $200, but Cricket is selling it for $140. (Metro sells it for $190 while Verizon sells it for $250.) The new moto g stylus was announced in February. Cricket is selling it for $190. Motorola sells it unlocked for $300, although that version has more storage and RAM. Motorola has, in past years, offered a 5G version of the g stylus, but both of these new models for Cricket only support 4G.


Hands On with the Motorola edge+ (2022)

Mar 24, 2022, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola's newest flagship phone ticks all the standard boxes for a high-end phone, but it also has one totally unique feature: a wide-angle camera with a full 50 megapixel resolution, the same as the main camera. The selfie camera has a similarly unheard-of resolution at 60 megapixel. This phone looks good on paper, but what's it like in person? We take you on a tour and give our first impressions in this hands-on.

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Motorola edge+ Launches Thursday

Mar 22, 2022, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

The 2022 edition of Motorola's edge+ flagship phone goes on sale March 24th. Verizon will sell the phone starting at $850 for 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage, while the unlocked model will have 512 GB storage and run $900 ($100 off) as "a limited time offer".


First Phones With Dish's Band 70 Approved by FCC

Mar 3, 2022, 1:26 PM   by Rich Brome   updated Mar 3, 2022, 1:31 PM

The FCC this week approved two new Motorola phones that support 5G NR in band 70, the unique band definition created specifically to combine the unique collection of frequency bands that Dish Network has won in FCC auctions over the past decade. These are the first phones approved by the FCC that support band 70. Such phones will be needed to utilize Dish's own nascent 5G SA (stand-alone) network. Band 70 is unusual in that it's an asymmetric paired band, with separate uplink and downlink frequencies, but more bandwidth set aside for downlink. The downlink spans 1,995 – 2,020 MHz (H block and AWS-4), while the uplink spans 1,695 – 1,710 MHz (AWS-3). Currently, phones operating under Dish's Boost brand rely on other networks, and Dish will continue to rely on other networks to fill in coverage gaps as it builds its own network. The FCC is requiring Dish to launch its own 5G network covering 20% of the population by the middle of this year, and 70% by the middle of next year. Dish says it's on track to meet the first deadline by launching its own 5G service in 25 major metro markets and 100 smaller cities by June. The company is already beta-testing its own 5G network in Las Vegas. This week's FCC documents reveal little about the two new Motorola phones, although one has NFC while the other does not, implying that that these are two distinct models and one is higher-end.


Motorola's new Edge+ has Dual 50 Megapixel Rear Cameras and 60 on the Front

Feb 24, 2022, 9:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has announced its new flagship phone for 2022: the Motorola edge+ (2022). Its most unique specs are the camera resolutions: 50 megapixel for both the main camera and wide-angle camera; the selfie camera also clocks in at an unprecedented 60 megapixel. The wide-angle camera doubles as a macro camera, delivering both auto-focus and 50 megapixel resolution for both wide and macro shots, which is a first. The new edge+ also has new and advanced support for an optional stylus. It also supports multiple scenarios connected to an external display, which Motorola calls "Ready For". This includes desktop-replacement and TV/entertainment modes, where the optional stylus can act as an "air mouse". But it also includes a new webcam mode where the phone's high-quality main camera can be used as a webcam for desktop video calls. This feature works both wired and wirelessly, and includes a subject tracking feature. As a flagship phone that will run $1,000 unlocked, it includes expected flagship specs such as a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, 6.7" FHD+ HDR10+ OLED display with 144 Hz refresh, 4,800 mAh battery, 30W fast charging, two-way wireless charging, Wi-Fi 6E, and Android 12. Motorola promises two years of OS upgrades and three years of security updates. It can capture 4K video in HDR10+ and still photos in 10-bit RAW. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip (Qualcomm's best) and comes in several (somewhat-unusual) memory configurations: The unlocked model (for $1,000, or $100 less for limited time) has 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB storage. The phone does not accept memory cards. Motorola has yet to announce the launch date for the unlocked version (or any version). Verizon, Boost, and Republic will also offer the phone "in the coming months". Verizon will offer the phone with either 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage or 12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage. Pricing for US carriers has yet to be announced, but in recent years Motorola phones have reached US carriers at far lower prices that what Motorola offers initially (unlocked). The Motorola edge+ will be available in "Cosmos Blue" or Stardust White".


Motorola Refreshes its 4G moto g stylus

Feb 3, 2022, 9:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has a new version of its affordable stylus-oriented phone. The new "moto g stylus (2022)" is similar to last year's 4G model, but with a larger battery (now 5,000 mAh) and an upgraded display with 90 Hz refresh. Its 50 megapixel main camera can save photos at full resolution, (unlike last year's edition,) and the 8 megapixel wide-angle camera now does double-duty as the macro camera, delivering higher resolution macro images. The new model is also powered by a MediaTek Helio G88 chip instead of the Snapdragon 678. Other specs are identical, including a large 6.8-inch display with Full-HD+resolution, 16 megapixel front camera, dedicated depth camera, fingerprint reader, expandable storage, fast charging, and headset jack. It will ship with either 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and 64 or 128 GB inbuilt storage. The model with extra RAM and storage is available for pre-order now for $300, with a ship date to be announced. The new moto g stylus will also be offered by Cricket and Consumer Cellular "in the coming months". Last year, Motorola offered a separate 5G version that was much more popular with major US carriers.


Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is Qualcomm's New Flagship Chip

Nov 30, 2021, 6:00 PM   by Rich Brome

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the company's flagship chipset to power 2022's top-end phones. The chip is the successor to the Snapdragon 888, but uses the new single-digit + generation naming scheme the company recently announced. The new chip uses a cutting-edge 4nm manufacturing process that offers 1.7x better power efficiency. Compared to the 888, it offers up to 4x better AI performance and 30% faster graphics rendering. A new Snapdragon Sight brand encompasses the improved triple ISP that powers camera functions. It can process 3.2 gigapixels per second at 18 bits, which means it can process 4,096x more camera data compared to the 888. It supports 18-bit RAW photos, 8K HDR video capture, and a new night mode that collects 5x as much image data. A new low-power ISP enables always-on camera features like touchless face unlock. The new chip also supports Bluetooth LE Audio, including new LE Audio functionality like broadcast audio, wireless stereo recording, and voice back-channel for gaming. The 5G modem supports 3GPP Release 16, including support for downlink speeds up to 10 Gbps, as well as uplink carrier aggregation for faster upload speeds. Qualcomm is also applying AI processing to new areas, from camera auto-focus to boosting the cellular signal. Qualcomm expects the first phones using the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 to launch before the end of this year. Motorola, OnePlus, and Sony are among the companies that have already committed to launching phones using the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Read on for additional details.

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Hands On with the moto g power (2022)

Nov 17, 2021, 9:00 AM   by Rich Brome   updated Nov 17, 2021, 10:46 AM

Less than a year after the last "moto g power", Motorola already has a replacement ready to go. This affordable phone gives people their #1 request: more battery life. That's why "power" refers to the huge 5,000 mAh battery, which is as good as it gets. Motorola claims up to three days of battery life. There are a couple of key upgrades compared to the previous model: 90 Hz screen refresh and a 50 megapixel main camera. But in this case, it's two steps forward and one step back. Read on to find out what we liked, what we didn't, and our first impressions handling it in person.

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Motorola's Affordable New moto g power has 90 Hz Screen

Nov 17, 2021, 9:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has announced a new moto g power, just ten months after announcing the last one. The new moto g power (2022) has two key upgrades over the old 2021 model: a display with 90 Hz refresh, and a 50 megapixel main camera. It specs are otherwise comparable to the 2021 model, including a huge 5,000 mAh battery, fast charging, 6.5-inch HD+ display, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB storage (expandable). The new model is powered by a MediaTek Helio G37 chip. The phone also has a rear fingerprint reader, headset jack, FM radio, dual-band Wi-Fi, and IPx2 water resistance. The phone launch soon with Metro by T-Mobile and Republic Wireless, followed by Verizon, Boost, Xfinity, AT&T, Cricket, US Cellular, and Google Fi. It will also be available unlocked for $200, or $250 for a version with 128 GB built-in storage.


Motorola Defy is the First Fruit of the Company's Partnership with Bullitt

Oct 25, 2021, 1:15 PM   by Rich Brome

Earlier this year, Motorola announced a partnership with Bullitt to make a new range of rugged phones. On the FCC web site, a new phone has become public that seems to be the first product of that relationship. The Motorola Defy has a unique design with a single sharp corner that serves as a lanyard attachment. FCC documents reveal several details of this unannounced phone. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chip and a 5,000 mAh non-removable battery. Its triple rear cameras include macro and depth cameras. It has Motorola's signature fingerprint reader integrated with the Motorola logo on the back. It also has NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, a memory card slot, and a headset jack on top. The right side features a programmable shortcut button, in addition to volume and lock buttons. The only two variants approved so far are not optimized for US networks, (they don't support LTE in band 12,) so Motorola and Bullitt may be targeting other markets around the world, at least initially. Motorola made different phone called the Defy back in 2010, and two years later, the Defy XT.


Verizon Prices Motorola Edge at $550

Oct 12, 2021, 10:02 AM   by Rich Brome

Verizon will sell the Motorola edge 5G UW starting this Thursday, Oct. 14th for $550. Motorola sells an unlocked version with more memory and storage (but no mmWave 5G) for $700.


Motorola's New Budget Phone is Already Very Popular

Oct 7, 2021, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola today announced the moto g pure, the company's latest entry-level phone. The phone will be sold by essentially every carrier in the US, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, Metro, Boost, US Cellular, and Xfinity. Verizon will be the first to offer it, for $150 starting October 14th. Other carriers will offer the phone "in the coming months". Motorola will sell the phone unlocked for $160, with pre-orders starting October 14th. The phone will come in two variants: one for AT&T, Cricket, and Verizon — with support for AT&T's unique bands 14 and 30 — and the other for all other carriers, supporting T-Mobile's network and overseas 4G networks. Both variants will be powered by a MediaTek Helio G25 chip. The phone's features include a fingerprint reader on the back, basic water resistance, headset jack, and dual-band Wi-Fi. The HD+ display measures 6.5 inches. The 13 megapixel main camera is joined by a depth camera for portrait shots and a 5 megapixel front camera. Motorola claims two days of battery life from the 4,000 mAh battery. It has 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of storage, which is expandable with a memory card. It comes with Android 11 and Motorola promises one major OS upgrade plus two years of security updates (at least quarterly).


Hands On with the Motorola edge (2021)

Aug 20, 2021, 11:17 AM   by Rich Brome   updated Oct 12, 2021, 9:57 AM

Motorola describes the new Edge as their one premium phone for the US for 2021, (besides whatever RAZR they may or may not introduce.) It's not a flagship, but it's well above the usual affordable fare that Motorola has primarily focused on in recent years. It has a fast-refresh display and a whopping 108 megapixel main camera. It will be available soon unlocked, and later on with Verizon. But it's a bit of an odd duck, with an unusual spec mix that's unlike any other mid-range phone. It looks nice enough in photos, but what's it like in person? Read on for our first impressions.

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Motorola's new Edge has a 108 Megapixel Camera

Aug 19, 2021, 2:30 PM   by Rich Brome

Motorola today announced a new premium-tier phone: the Motorola edge (2021). The headline features are a 108 megapixel main camera and a large 6.8-inch display with adaptive refresh up to 144 Hz. It also has a large 5,000 mAh battery, 30-watt fast charging, Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor, Wi-Fi 6E, and NFC. The 108-megapixel camera operates in 9-pixel pixel-binning mode by default, for excellent low-light performance with 12 megapixel output. It's accompanied by am 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a depth camera, and a 32 megapixel selfie camera. Verizon will offer a version supporting its mmWave 5G network, while the unlocked version has excellent support for the 4G and sub-6 5G networks of both T-Mobile and AT&T. The unlocked version will be available in blue for $700. It goes on sale September 2nd with a special price of $500 for a limited time. Pre-orders start August 23rd. Verizon and Spectrum Mobile will offer the Verizon version later this fall; pricing for that version is yet to be determined.


Motorola Brings moto g100 to US With Incomplete Network Support

Jul 22, 2021, 11:42 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has started selling its new moto g100 online in the US. This mid-range 5G phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chip with 8 GB of RAM. It also sports a display with 90 Hz refresh and HDR10, 64 megapixel main camera, 16 megapixel wide/macro camera, and dual front cameras. Although Motorola is marketing the g100 as compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T, its support for both networks is incomplete. It does not support band 71 for either 4G or 5G, limiting 4G and 5G coverage with T-Mobile. It does not support 5G at all with AT&T, and its 4G support does not include bands 14, 29, or 30, which limits potential 4G data speeds. Motorola is offering the moto g100 unlocked on its web site for $500, which is listed as "$100 off" the usual price of $600.


Moto g stylus 5G Comes to AT&T, Cricket, Boost with Heavy Discounts

Jul 9, 2021, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Boost Mobile started selling the new Motorola moto g stylus 5G this week. Cricket starts selling the phone today, and AT&T will start sales July 16th. All three brands are offering the phone for far less than the $400 that Motorola is asking for the unlocked version. Boost's web site lists the full price as $250 but is currently selling it for $200. Cricket's price is $100 for new customers or $150 for existing customers. AT&T is selling the phone for $180 on a 36-month installment plan ($5/month) with an unlimited plan (for both new and existing customers, for a limited time). The version offered by carriers has 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, while Motorola's pricier unlocked version has 6 GB RAM and 256 GB storage (though the phone has expandable storage.) T-Mobile and Metro are also slated to sell the phone soon.


Hands On with the moto g stylus 5G

Jun 9, 2021, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome   updated Jun 12, 2021, 10:51 AM

Motorola's moto g series has long had an option for people who want an affordable phone with a large screen and large battery. Recently, that's been the g stylus, which gives you something extra to use with that big screen. Motorola already has a moto g stylus for 2021, but now there's a version with 5G, and it brings with it an even larger battery. So what is this interesting mid-range phone actually like in person? Here's our hands-on report, with a plethora of photos for you.

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Motorola Adds 5G to the Moto G Stylus

Jun 9, 2021, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola today announced the moto g stylus 5G, a version of this year's moto g stylus with 5G and a larger battery, for $400. The new 5G model has excellent support for all 5G and 4G networks in the US, (except mmWave 5G.) The battery has been bumped up from 4,000 mAh to a whopping 5,000 mAh. The 5G model has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 chipset instead the Snapdragon 678 in the 4G model. Although the 480 is a 4-series chip, it's newer than the 678 and offers similar performance. The 48 megapixel main camera offers access to the full 48 megapixel resolution, and the fingerprint reader is located on the back instead of the side. Other specs and features are similar to the 4G model, including a huge 6.8-inch full-HD display, wide camera, macro camera, 16 megapixel selfie camera, fast charging, memory card slot, and headset jack. The software is Android 11 with a nearly stock Google interface. Added stylus-oriented software includes the Moto Note app, Coloring Book app, and a customizable shortcut bar that appears when the stylus is removed. The stylus itself has been redesigned to be easier to remove and replace, and has a new feature that can help you find the stylus if you lose it. New features in the camera app include Spot Color for video and Dual Capture, which combines video from the front and rear cameras. The moto g stylus 5G will come in Cosmic Emerald. AT&T, Cricket, T-Mobile, Metro, Boost, Xfinity, and Spectrum will offer a version with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage (launch timing and pricing TBA), while the unlocked version sold by Motorola (plus B&H, Best Buy, and Amazon) will up that to 6 GB RAM / 256 GB storage. The unlocked version goes on sale for $400 on June 14th.


Qualcomm's New 7-Series Snapdragon is Part Workaround for Global Chip Shortage

May 19, 2021, 10:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 778G 5G Mobile Platform, an upgraded replacement for last year's 768G, and close sibling to the 780G. Compared to the 768G, the 778G offers 2x AI performance, 40% better CPU, and 40% faster GPU (graphics) performance. It also includes Qualcomm's triple ISP technology that can process up to 2 gigapixels from multiple cameras simultaneously. Also included are Elite Gaming features such as Variable Rate Shading and enhanced touch response time. Motorola has confirmed it will use the new chip. As the model number implies, the 778G is quite similar to the Snapdragon 780G that was announced just two months ago. Although there are some minor differences — such as a better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth subsystem on the 780G — the two chips are extremely similar in specs and features. In a call with reporters, Qualcomm explained that this unusual product lineup strategy is related to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage. No single chip manufacturer currently has enough available capacity to meet the high demand that Qualcomm is seeing for its higher-end 7-series 5G chipsets. So the 778G is effectively an alternate version of the 780G, manufactured by a different chip foundry. The 780G is made using a cutting-edge 5nm process while the 778G is made using a 6nm process.


Motorola Brings New Video Chat Mode, Mobile Desktop, and Android 11 to edge+

Mar 17, 2021, 11:08 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola starting rolling out the Android 11 update to its edge+ flagship phone today. The update includes one surprise feature addition: wired video output including a full windowed mobile desktop experience. Connecting the phone to a TV or monitor automatically launches a new software experience that Motorola calls "Ready For". It focuses on four areas: In addition to Gaming and the Mobile Desktop (which supports a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse), there are also Video Chat and TV modes. The Video Chat mode lets you pick between the main camera or the 16 megapixel wide camera, and works with all major video chat services, including Zoom, Teams, and Meet. The TV mode shows a dashboard of all your favorite video streaming apps. Motorola also launched a new accessory called the Ready For dock, which makes it easy to position the phone at the best angle for video chats, and can be mounted to a tripod.


2021 Motorolas Start Hitting Carrier Stores

Feb 12, 2021, 11:21 AM   by Rich Brome

Metro by T-Mobile today announced the launch of the Motorola one 5G ace, a relatively affordable 5G phone at just $280, a significant discount from the $400 Motorola charges for the unlocked version. T-Mobile will also launch the one 5G ace soon. The more-affordable moto g play (2021) also just launched on both T-Mobile and Metro, for $150 and $160, respectively. Motorola charges $170 for the unlocked version. Separately, Cricket just launched the moto g power (2021) for $120 (plus $25 upgrade fee for existing customers). The g power sells for $250 unlocked. Metro is offering launch deals on the Motorola 5G ace for a limited time: New customers can get the phone for just $20, while existing customers adding a line can get the phone for $90. All three phones were announced in early January and went on sale unlocked January 14th.


Motorola Taps Bullitt for New Lineup of Rugged Phones

Feb 10, 2021, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Bullitt Group will soon launch a new range of rugged mobile phones bearing the Motorola brand. Bullitt specializes in rugged phones, and already makes rugged phones for the CAT and Land Rover brands. This long-term "strategic brand partnership" gives Bullitt the exclusive global license to develop and market rugged mobile phones bearing the Motorola brand. In this "unique strategic alliance", "Motorola and Bullitt will combine their expertise". Although Bullitt will lead the development and marketing, the phones "must meet Motorola's strict quality, safety, and reliability standards, and Motorola also maintains 100% control over merchandising, marketing and customer experience". Bullitt will reveal details of the first phones (plural) from this partnership later this quarter.


Motorola Sale Brings Verizon razr to just $500

Feb 8, 2021, 11:51 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola and Verizon are running a Valentine's Day sale offering a $500 discount on the flex-screen razr (2019) and the 5G edge+. Both are normally priced at $1000, so the discount cuts the price in half, to just $500. That is, by far, the lowest price for a foldable phone to date. This discount is available to both new and existing customers, and does not require a new line nor trade-in, but it does require a "select unlimited plan" and is only available online. The sale started February 4th and runs through February 14th. Further discounts can lower the price to zero with an eligible phone trade-in. The companies are also offering a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) deal on the edge+ "with new line activation and premium unlimited plan."


Samsung, Motorola Cut Foldable Prices

Feb 1, 2021, 4:12 PM   by Rich Brome

Samsung is permanently dropping the price of its Galaxy Z Flip 5G. Separately, Motorola is offering major discounts on its 2020 phones — including the 2020 razr with 5G — in the first half of February. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G is getting a $250 price cut, putting it at $1,200 unlocked or from AT&T. (T-Mobile is still offering the Z Flip 5G for $1,450.) Motorola is offering discounts on unlocked phones from today through February 14th in celebration of Valentine's Day. The razr (2020), edge, and one zoom are all on sale with $200 discounts. That brings the new razr down to the same $1,200 price as the competing Galaxy Z Flip 5G. Motorola is also taking $150 off the one fusion+ and one action. Finally, Motorola is offering $30–50 off last years' g-series models. All of Motorola's discounts are for its unlocked models and available through motorola.com, bestbuy.com, and amazon.com.


Qualcomm's Snapdragon 870 is a Slightly Faster 865

Jan 19, 2021, 9:30 AM   by Rich Brome   updated Jan 19, 2021, 11:06 AM

Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 870, a new high-end chip that sits between the company's flagship chips of last year and this year (the 865 and 888, respectively) in terms of performance. In terms of architecture and features, it's almost identical to least year's 865, including having a separate 5G modem chip. (Most other Snapdragon chips, including the 888, have modem integrated into the main chip.) The key difference between the 865 and 870 is a boost of up to 10% in CPU and GPU performance. Commercial devices based on Snapdragon 870 are expected to be announced this quarter. Motorola and OnePlus are among the companies that have committed to using the 870.


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