We’ve been anticipated the Motorola Edge 2 for some time now – or the Edge 20, if some leaks are to be believed – as the follow-up to 2020’s Motorola Edge series. There could be as many as four new phones as part of this second generation of Edge devices, and leaks have started rolling in.
Named after the dramatically curved screen edges, the 2020 Motorola Edge phones showed that Motorola still knows how to make mid-range and premium devices, despite most of the company’s output being budget devices.
We gave both Motorola Edge phones good scores, but there are still things the Edge 2 phone (or phones – as we said, there could be four devices) could do better. We’ve listed them below, so you can see if you agree.
We’ve also started hearing solid leaks about the Edge 2 – well, the leaks refer to the Edge 20 series, so maybe that’s what it’ll be called. Apparently there are four devices with a ‘standard’, Lite, Pro, and a tweaked version of the vanilla device designed for a US market.
To be clear, this isn’t the Motorola Edge S, which was rumored near the beginning of the year. That ended up being the phone we know as the Moto G100 – in China, it got launched as the Edge S, for some reason. While that device could be considered an Edge Lite, it’s not quite the Edge 2 we’re looking forward to.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next generation of Moto Edge phone
- When will it be out? Perhaps late-July
- How much will it cost? Multiple devices at various price tags
Motorola Edge 2 price and availability
If the Motorola Edge 2 line has the same standard and Plus or Pro models of the original devices, there will probably be one mid-range and one premium device. We’ve also heard there’s a Lite device, which would be cheaper.
You can see the current price for the Motorola Edge and Edge Plus below, to see what we mean:
In terms of availability we’ll probably see both devices launched in the US, UK and Australia, but maybe not at once – for the first Edge generation, Motorola staggered the release, with the UK getting the standard Edge first and the US getting the Plus, before all devices were launched in all regions.
It’s possible we’ll see the same pattern repeated for the Edge 2 line, though it’s not guaranteed.
One leak suggests the Motorola Edge 2 launch date will be late July 2021, which would roughly line up with the original Edge’s launch just over a year prior.
Leaks and rumors
We thought we’d heard quite a few Motorola Edge 2 leaks – until we found out those were actually about the Edge S, or Moto G100, so we actually don’t know much.
There’s been one main Motorola Edge 2 specs leak which detailed all four anticipated new phones: the top-tier handset looks set to be powered by the Snapdragon 870 processor, and will come with a 6.67-inch screen, if the rumors are correct.
Up to 12GB of RAM will apparently be available on this phone, while there will be a triple-lens rear camera with a 108MP main sensor and 5x optical zoom. That’s not quite up there with the very best phones of 2021, but it’s definitely in the mid-to-flagship range, and more high-spec than Motorola phones usually get.
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It actually seems like all the Edge 2 phones will get 108MP main cameras, which is surprising to hear, and they all sound like big phones too.
What we want to see
Here’s what we want to see in the Motorola Edge 2, including changes from the originals and ideas inspired by other Motorola phones, or competitors.
Let us buy the phone – and just the phone
Why wouldn’t Motorola let us buy the Edge on its own? Well, we’re referring to the Moto G100 – that budget smartphone was automatically bundled with a dock and cable for its Ready For service, and you couldn’t buy it without them.
Ready For is a multi-tasking service so you can plug your phone into a computer monitor or TV for extra functions, and it’s useful for some, but the extras bundled with the G100 caused its price to get bumped a little too far north.
If the Motorola Edge 2 phones support Ready For (which they likely will, since the Edge Plus does), we’d like to see the required peripherals available as optional extras to the phone, not mandatory additions.
Improved camera performance
Motorola phones have never been amazing for photography, and the Edge and Edge Plus are no exception, but recently the company’s smartphones have been improving in the camera department.
If Motorola improved its photography software for the Edge 2, and perhaps bumped up the resolution on the telephoto cameras too, there would be a marked improvement in the overall smartphone experience.
Even more curved-edge functions
The Motorola Edge had a curved screen, but that’s not the only thing it did to live up to that ‘Edge’ name – there were loads of useful functions with the phone that made the most of this tapered display.
You could swipe down on the curved display edge to bring up a list of your notifications, which made the tall, thin phone easier to navigate; when playing a game, you could also tap on certain portions of the curve which acted like a trigger that you could map out.
These were great to use, but the overall list of extra curve functions was limited. Hopefully Motorola has had some time to think of new ones, so the Edge 2 can have even more ways to utilize its design.
A better fingerprint scanner
Easy-to-use in-screen fingerprint scanners are something a surprising number of smartphone manufacturers struggle with, and the Motorola Edge was an example of a sensor that was temperamental and hard to use.
We’d like to see the Motorola Edge 2 series come with better fingerprint scanners – perhaps ones that are larger, so easier to use ideally, or maybe ones that use different technology that’s more accurate to scan.
More affordable Plus model
We’d like to see the Motorola Edge Plus 2, or Edge 2 Plus (whatever it ends up being called), priced competitively.
While the Edge Plus had lots of advantages over its non-Plus sibling, it also had a much higher launch price, that made it hard to recommend to people given the standard Edge was much better value.