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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.


Hands On with the 2021 Moto G series and One 5G ace

Jan 11, 2021, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome   updated Jan 11, 2021, 11:39 AM

Motorola has a full slate of new affordable phones for 2021, ranging from $170 to $400 for the 5G model. The company's G series has long been well-regarded for quality and value. The new entries are the moto g play (2021), moto g power (2021), and moto g stylus (2021). There's also the Motorola one 5G ace, which — while technically part of the "one" series — seems closely related to the other three. In fact all four phones are quite similar, clearly sharing certain components and design priorities. But what are these phones like in person? How do they feel and what should you know beyond the specs? We're here to show you in this hands-on report.

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Motorola Unveils Full Affordable Lineup for 2021

Jan 8, 2021, 9:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola today unveiled a full lineup of four new affordable phones, including three g-series models ranging from $169 – $299 and one 5G model for $399. All four feature large batteries (4,000 – 5,000 mAh) and large displays (6.5 – 6.8 inches). All four also include a fingerprint reader, multiple cameras, headset jack, memory card slot, USB-C connector, and a "water-repellant design" that protects against accidental spills, splashes, sweat, or light rain. They ship with Android 10 and Motorola promises one full OS version update plus two years of security updates. Moto's latest camera app supports AI scene detection and optimization, Google Lens, portrait mode, RAW format, Active Photos, Auto Smile Capture, Gesture Selfie, time-lapse, and slow-motion on all models. All four also support gestures such as Lift to unlock, Flip for DND (Do Not Disturb), Pick up to silence, and Fast flashlight, where a quick double-chop motion turns the flashlight on or off. All four phones will be available unlocked as well as from many US carriers.

  • moto g play (2021): The most affordable at $170, this phone has a 6.5-inch HD display with notch, huge 5,000 mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 chipset, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB built-in storage. Its primary 13 megapixel camera is assisted by a depth camera for portrait mode, and the front camera is 5 megapixel. It also has 10W fast charging. The new moto g play will be offered in the coming months by AT&T, Cricket, Boost Mobile, Consumer Cellular, Google Fi, Metro by T-Mobile, T-Mobile, Republic Wireless, Verizon, and Xfinity Mobile.
  • moto g power (2021): Upgrades compared to the g play include: Snapdragon 662 chipset, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, up to 15W fast charging, "48 megapixel" main camera that outputs 12-megapixel photos using pixel binning, 2-megapixel macro camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera. The upgraded main camera enables a Night Vision mode and better low-light performance in general. The camera app also gains Cinemagraph mode, Group Selfie, and Spot Color for video. The fingerprint reader moves to the side and the display is slightly larger at 6.6 inches, with a corner hole-punch design. This new moto g power will sell for $250, although Best Buy will sell a variant with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage for $200. It will also come to Boost Mobile, Cricket, Consumer Cellular, Google Fi, Republic Wireless, US Cellular, Verizon, and Xfinity Mobile in the coming months.
  • moto g stylus (2021): This model adds a stylus that stows in the bottom-right of the phone. It comes with two special apps: Moto Note and Coloring Book. The stylus also offers system-wide shortcuts and works with third-party apps. This is the only model of the four to come with a smaller 4,000 mAh battery, which Motorola says was necessary to make room for the stylus. It has several spec upgrades compared to the g power, including a larger 6.8-inch display with full-HD resolution, Snapdragon 678 chipset, 128 GB storage, 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, 16 megapixel selfie camera, and 4K video capture. It will sell for $300 unlocked. Boost Mobile, Cricket, Consumer Cellular, and Republic Wireless will also offer it in the coming months.
  • Motorola one 5G ace: Combines the best of the g power and g stylus specs (minus the stylus) while adding 5G (sub-6 GHz only) thanks to its Snapdragon 750G chipset. Other upgrades include 6 GB RAM, NFC, and an official IP rating for water resistance: IP54 for the T-Mobile version and IP52 for other versions. The display measures 6.7 inches with a centered hole-punch design, and the fingerprint reader is located on the back. It will run $400 unlocked. AT&T, Consumer Cellular, Google Fi, Metro by T-Mobile, T-Mobile, Republic Wireless, Verizon, and Xfinity Mobile will also offer it in the coming months.
Unlocked versions of all four phones are available for pre-order starting today, with full availability on January 14th. Unlocked models can be purchased from Best Buy, Walmart, B&H Photo, Amazon, and motorola.com.


Google Intros Free Look To Speak Accessibility App

Dec 8, 2020, 12:08 PM   by Rich Brome

Google has launched Look To Speak, a new, free accessibility app for people living with speech and motor impairments, particularly those who are non-verbal and require assistance to communicate. This Android app "lets people use their eyes to choose pre-written phrases for their phone to speak out loud". Users can customize available phrases and fine-tune the eye gaze sensitivity. All of the data is private and never leaves the phone.


Verizon Expands Affordable 5G Lineup with Motorola One 5G

Oct 15, 2020, 10:11 AM   by Rich Brome

Verizon today launched the Motorola One 5G for $550, matching the price of the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, Verizon's cheapest 5G phone before today. AT&T sells the One 5G for $445, but Verizon's version adds support for mmWave 5G, which Verizon calls Ultra Wideband.


2020 razr Launches Friday with $200 Discount

Sep 29, 2020, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola's newest razr foldable phone will launch Friday, Oct. 2nd with AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as unlocked from Motorola, Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H. For a limited time, the unlocked version is being offered with a $200 discount, bringing it to $1,199.


Motorola Updates razr with Better Specs, Refined Design

Sep 9, 2020, 2:00 PM   by Rich Brome   updated Sep 15, 2020, 12:03 PM

Motorola today revealed the 2020 edition of its razr foldable phone, with upgraded specs across the board and a tweaked design. The general design is largely similar to the 2019 original, including the same flexible inner display and folding mechanism. The hinge has been tweaked with slightly more enclosed gears and is rated for 200,000 flips. The design is sleeker thanks to a 3D curved Gorilla Glass 5 front, and a chin made thinner by moving the fingerprint reader to the back. The frame is now made from 7000 series aluminum instead of stainless steel. Spec bumps include the addition of 5G, a larger battery (2,800 mAh), much better cameras (48 megapixel main with laser auto-focus and OIS + 20 megapixel selfie), Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB storage. The new razr has the same 2.7-inch, high-resolution touchscreen on the outside, which can run scaled-down versions of select Android apps. The outer interface includes a new navigation bar at the bottom and a customizable app menu. The revamped camera app includes a customizable mode carousel. 5G support includes bands 2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, and 78. The new Motorola razr will be offered by both AT&T and T-Mobile, a change from last year's model that was exclusive to Verizon. It will also be available unlocked for $1,400 from motorola.com, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon. It will be available in Blush Gold, Polished Graphite, and Liquid Mercury (shown). Motorola would only cite "this fall" as the launch timeframe.


Motorola Bringing Affordable 5G to AT&T and Verizon

Aug 31, 2020, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola today announced the Motorola One 5G, a new sub-$500 phone with 5G and six cameras. It will launch with sub-6 GHz 5G "soon" on AT&T, while a version that also supports mmWave 5G will launch on Verizon in early October. Exact pricing and launch dates were not revealed. The One 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chip and huge 5,000 mAh battery. It also has a 6.7-inch, full-HD display with HDR10 and 90 Hz refresh, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, memory card slot, headset jack, and NFC. Its four rear cameras include a 48 megapixel main camera, 8 megapixel wide camera, and a 5 megapixel macro camera with a unique ring flash. Its dual hole-punch selfie cameras include a 16 megapixel standard camera and an 8 megapixel wide camera. Its side-mounted fingerprint reader can be double-tapped to summon a pop-up widget with customizable shortcuts to apps and app actions.


Motorola Brings Another One-Series Phone to the US Unlocked

Aug 5, 2020, 8:41 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola will offer its One Fusion+ phone unlocked in the US starting today. The mid-range phone is priced at $400. It's designed explicitly for other markets. It supports LTE in bands 2, 4, 5, and 66, as well as WCDMA in bands 2 and 5. Motorola says it's "compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile" but lack of support for LTE in band 12 could limit service and coverage in many areas. It's powered by a huge 5,000 mAh battery and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor. It has four rear cameras plus a 16 megapixel pop-up selfie camera. The main camera is 64 megapixel, while the wide camera clocks in at 8 megapixel. The phone also has 4 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, memory card slot, headset jack, 15W fast charging, and a fingerprint reader.


Motorola edge Launching This Month with $200 Discount

Jul 22, 2020, 10:09 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola is now taking pre-orders for its new edge high-end unlocked phone for the US, offering a limited-time $200 discount that brings the price to just $500. The edge ships July 31st and will be available from Best Buy, B&H Photo, Amazon, and Motorola.com.


Motorola edge Gets RAM Bump, US Pricing

Jun 30, 2020, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has dropped new details for its forthcoming edge high-end phone. While the top-end edge+ is already available from Verizon, the edge will be available unlocked in the US for $700 this summer. Motorola has also decided to bump up the memory from what was previously announced. Instead of the US version having less RAM than the global version, the US version will now have the same 6 GB of RAM, plus an upgraded 256 GB of storage. The edge has the same 6.7-inch "Endless Edge" display as the edge+. The edge is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor and supports 5G in all sub-6 GHz frequency bands used for US 5G networks. It has a 64 megapixel main camera, 16 megapixel wide/macro camera, 8 megapixel 2x telephoto camera, and a 25 megapixel front camera. It can record in 4K using either the main or wide-angle camera. It also has a 4,500 mAh battery and 18W fast charging.


Qualcomm Brings 5G and Higher Performance to Snapdragon 6 Series

Jun 16, 2020, 9:00 PM   by Rich Brome

Qualcomm's newest and best 6-series Snapdragon chip for phones is the Snapdragon 690, which has 5G as well as high-end performance previously found only on the company's pricier 7- and 8-series chips. The 690, intended for mid-range phones, supports sub-6 5G, but not mmWave 5G. It includes several firsts for the 6 series, including support for 4K HDR video capture, 120 Hz display refresh, dual Wi-Fi antennas, and Qualcomm's Hexagon Tensor Accelerator for on-device AI. Compared to the Snapdragon 875 — the previous top-end chip in the 6 series — the 690 has 20% better CPU performance, 60% faster graphics rendering, and 70% better AI performance. The Snapdragon 690 also supports up cameras up to 192 megapixel, Quick Charge 4+, and Wi-Fi 6. The 690 is made using an 8nm manufacturing process. Phones based on the Snapdragon 690 are expected to ship in 2020. Nokia, LG, Motorola, and TCL announced plans to use the chip in their phones.


New Moto e is a Big Upgrade Over Last Year's Model

Jun 5, 2020, 7:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola is refreshing its entry-level lineup with a new Moto e for 2020 and a new model at the low end of its (mid-range) g series. The Moto e (2020) and Moto g fast will both be available unlocked and with Boost, and the Moto e will be available with several other US carriers as well.

  • Moto e (2020): This year's Moto e delivers several major upgrades over last year's e6. It has a larger display (6.2-inch vs. 5.5-inch) thanks to a modern notch design. It also has a larger battery: 3,550 mAh vs. 3,000 mAh, and it steps up to a 600-series Snapdragon processor (the 632) compared to last year's 400-series chip. It also offers 32 GB of storage — double last year's amount — and adds both a depth camera and a fingerprint reader. Keeping things affordable, its front camera is 5 megapixel, it has 2 GB of RAM, and it uses a micro-USB charging connector. It does, however, have water-repellent coating, 3.5mm headset jack, and a memory card slot. It will be available unlocked for $150, and later sold by Verizon Prepaid, T-Mobile, Metro, US Cellular, and Xfinity Mobile. There are two variants with different network support: The version for Verizon supports fewer LTE bands, but, oddly, full support for AT&T's LTE network is only found on Verizon's version.
  • Moto g fast: The $200 Moto g fast is a more-affordable cousin to the recently-announced Moto g power (2020) and Moto g stylus. Like those models, it has a 6.4-inch display with a corner hole punch design, Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, water resistance, a fingerprint reader, and triple rear cameras (including wide and macro). Making it more affordable is the HD+ display resolution, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and an 8 megapixel selfie camera. It has the same 4,000 mAh battery as the Moto g stylus and the same 16 megapixel main camera as the Moto g power. Other features include USB-C, fast charging, 3.5mm audio jack, and a memory card slot. So far, Boost is the only US carrier that has announced plans to carry the Moto g fast.
Both phones will be available unlocked starting June 12th from Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart, Amazon.com, and Motorola.com. Pre-orders start today.


Motorola edge+ on Sale for $200 Off from Verizon

May 21, 2020, 2:05 PM   by Rich Brome

Verizon is offering a $200 discount on the brand-new Motorola edge+ flagship phone through June 3rd. Customers must purchase he phone online and will receive the discount in monthly credits over 24 months, but there are no other conditions.


Motorola Razr Gains New Outer Screen Functionality

May 12, 2020, 3:52 PM   by Rich Brome

Motorola is rolling out a major software update for its new Razr phone. The update brings Android 10, as well as new features for the unique large outer display. The outer display now lets you access favorite contacts, and reply to messages with a full on-screen keyboard or Smart Reply. The outer display now also displays music controls for popular music apps, and turn-by-turn navigation from Google Maps. They've also added new modes to the camera when the phone is closed, such as Group Selfie, Portrait Mode, Spot Color, and others.


Motorola Gets Back Into Flagship Game with edge+

Apr 22, 2020, 11:00 AM   by Rich Brome

The Motorola edge+ is the company's first truly top-end phone in several years. It will be exclusive to Verizon in the US and go on sale May 14th. It's being introduced alongside the slightly more affordable — but still very high-end — "edge" model, which will be available in the US unlocked this summer. Both phones have the same 6.7-inch OLED "Endless Edge" display that curves a full 90º around the sides. An Edge Gaming feature adds virtual shoulder buttons to the curved display edge for games. The full-HD display also supports 90 Hz refresh and HDR10+. Both phones also have 5G, a water-repellent design, 3.5mm headset jack, NFC, and stereo speakers with Waze tuning that Motorola claims are the loudest of any smartphone.

  • The edge+ for Verizon supports both mmWave and sub-6 GHz 5G, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, has 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and a 5,000 mAh battery. It also has 256 GB of UFS 3.0 storage, 18W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. It has a 108 megapixel main camera, a 16 megapixel combo wide and macro camera, an 8 megapixel 3x telephoto camera, and a 25 megapixel front camera. It can record 6K video, slow-motion (120 fps) video at full-HD resolution, and has a portrait mode in video . It will be available from Verizon in Smoky Sangria and Thunder Gray, starting May 14th, for $999.
  • The edge is powered by a Snapdragon 765 chip with integrated support for all US sub-6 GHz 5G networks. It has 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a memory card slot, 4,500 mAh battery, and 18W fast charging. It has a 64 megapixel main camera, a 16 megapixel combo wide and macro camera, an 8 megapixel 2x telephoto camera, and a 25 megapixel front camera. It can record in 4K using either the main or wide-angle camera. It will be available unlocked this summer in Midnight Magenta and Solar Black. Pricing to be announced.


New Moto g Series Lets You Choose: Stylus or Jumbo Battery

Feb 7, 2020, 9:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has unveiled two new g-series phones for 2020: the Moto g Stylus and Moto g Power. The two phones are very similar, except the g Stylus has a built-in stylus pen and higher-end main camera, while the g Power has a larger battery. Both phones have a 6.4-inch full-HD+ display with a "hole punch" in the corner for the 16-megapixel selfie camera. Both are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip paired with 4 GB of RAM and running Android 10. Both have a water-repellent design, stereo speakers, dual-band Wi-Fi, fingerprint reader, memory card slot, USB-C, 10W fast charging, 3.5mm headphone jack, and FM radio. Both have excellent support for all US 4G networks — including bands 13, 14, 25, 26, 29, 30, 41, 66, and 71 — with LTE Cat. 13 speeds. Motorola also has a new feature that limits interruptions while gaming. The few differences between the phones are:

  • Moto g Stylus: Has a built-in stylus pen designed to help you edit photos, jot down notes, sketch artwork, copy and paste text, and mark up screenshots. Removing the stylus while the phone is idle will automatically start the new Moto Note app, which lets you take quick notes without unlocking the phone. It has a 4,000 mAh battery and 128 GB of storage. The main camera has a 48-megapixel sensor and f/1.7 aperture, with laser auto-focus. It also has a 2-megapixel macro camera and 16-megapixel "action" camera that takes ultra-wide video in landscape orientation while holding the phone vertically. The Moto g Stylus will be available unlocked "this spring" for $300, and subsequently at Verizon, Metro, and Republic.
  • Moto g Power: Has an extra-large 5,000 mAh battery that Motorola claims can power the phone for three days. It also has three rear cameras, but the main camera is 16 megapixel (f/1.7) and the wide-angle camera is 8-megapixel with standard orientation. Like the g Stylus, it has a 2-megapixel macro camera that can focus on objects just 2cm from the lens. It has 64 GB of storage. The Moto g Power will be available unlocked "this spring" for $250, and subsequently at Verizon, Xfinity Mobile, US Cellular, Consumer Cellular, and Republic.


Motorola razr Ships February 6th

Jan 22, 2020, 12:13 PM   by Rich Brome

Verizon has pegged February 6th as the new launch date for the Motorola razr. Pre-orders open up at 12:01am ET on January 26th. The $1,500 phone is available exclusively from Verizon in the US. Verizon is offering special deals for new customers who switch to Verizon and pre-oder a razr: a $200 prepaid MasterCard, plus up to $500 when customers trade in an existing phone and sign up for a specific Unlimited plan. Existing Verizon customers upgrading to the razr can save up to $300 with a phone trade-in. Verizon is also offering the razr for $62.49 a month for 24 months. The razr was originally slated to ship January 9th, but was delayed. The 2020 razr resembles the original RAZR V3 launched in 2004, with its thin metal clamshell form factor. The new model features a 6.2" flexible, folding OLED main display and runs Android.


Hands On with the Motorola One Hyper

Dec 4, 2019, 8:00 AM   by Rich Brome

Motorola has a new One series phone it will be selling unlocked in the US. The Motorola One Hyper has an all-screen design with a pop-up selfie camera. Its main camera is 64 megapixel, while the selfie camera is 32 megapixel. It also has an 8-megapixel wide-angle (118º) camera on the back. The display is a 6.5-inch LCD with full HD resolution. The One Hyper is powered by a Snapdragon 675 chip and 4 GB of RAM. It has 128 GB of storage and supports memory cards up to 1 TB. The large 4,000 mAh battery charges quickly with the included 18W fast charger, and the phone supports 45W chargers. The fingerprint reader on the back is surrounded by a customizable circular notification light. It ships with Android 10. It has basic support for AT&T and T-Mobile networks in bands 2, 4, 5, 12, and 66. The One Hyper is available starting today from motorola.com for $400 in Deep Sea Blue. A Dark Amber color will available at a later date. Read on for more details, hands-on photos, and first impressions.

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Motorola Promises Phones Powered by New 5G Snapdragon Chips in Early 2020

Dec 3, 2019, 3:14 PM   by Rich Brome

Motorola President Sergio Buniac took the stage at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit today to announce that Motorola will deliver a phone in early 2020 powered by the Snapdragon 765 chip, as well as one powered by "Qualcomm's flagship platform", presumably the Snapdragon 865 chipset. Buniac also announced that one of the phones will support data speed in excess of 5 Gbps. Qualcomm revealed in a presentation today that the 765 will support data speeds up to 3.7 Gbps, so this seems to refer to the 865.


The Motorola RAZR is Back with a Folding Screen

Nov 13, 2019, 11:15 PM   by Rich Brome   updated Nov 14, 2019, 9:44 AM

Motorola today unveiled its new razr phone for 2020. In line with a long-running stream of teases and leaks, plus today's FCC approval, the phone matches the design of the original RAZR V3, but with an inner surface that is one continuous 6.2" HD touchscreen that bends at the hinge, like Samsung's Galaxy Fold. The new razr will be exclusive to Verizon in the US and cost $1500. Like the original RAZR V3, it has a "chin" that sticks out from the bottom half, and side keys located in the top half. The top half also contains a large outer display and a 16-megapixel camera. The 2.7" outer display is a touchscreen that lets users respond to notifications, take selfies, play music, use Google Assistant, and more. The flexible OLED main display has curved top and bottom edges, with a notch in the top. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 710 chip. It has 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, 2,510 mAh battery, NFC, and dual-band Wi-Fi. It has a 5-megapixel selfie camera, although the main camera can also be used to take selfies using the outer display. To keep the phone thin, the phone lacks a 3.5mm audio jack or memory card slot. It also relies on an eSIM instead of a physical SIM card. It does have a USB-C port centered on the bottom that supports fast charging. USB-C razr earbuds are included, which are "professionally tuned" by Denon. Verizon is accepting pre-orders starting December 26th, with full availability on January 9th, 2020.


Motorola Foldable RAZR Revealed in FCC Filing

Nov 13, 2019, 11:59 AM   by Rich Brome   updated Nov 13, 2019, 6:12 PM

The unannounced new Motorola RAZR with a foldable display has been revealed in public documents for its FCC approval. Photos in the documents match previous leaks, including a very tall, narrow screen that folds in half, inside a body very much like the original RAZR, including a "chin" at the bottom. The outside sports a camera and large outer display in the top half. The chin section houses an oval button and/or fingerprint reader on the front, and a USB-C connector on the bottom. The draft user manual submitted to the FCC mentions Verizon, that the phone has an eSIM instead of a physical SIM card, and a fingerprint security option. The back includes "razr" branding. Photos of the internal components confirm that the RAZR is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset. A battery rated 1185 mAh is also shown, although the phone may have two batteries, one in each half. The approval in question is not for the US version, as it supports neither LTE band 12 nor hearing-aid compatibility. But Motorola usually offers multiple versions of each model for different parts of the world, so a separate US version seems likely.

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