Really slinging on the edge, aren’t they?
The Motorola Edge 40 is the international version of the X40 launched in China last December. When creating flagships, Motorola is known for their unique design and offerings, including super-fast refresh rates. You can say that again when the phone is having 165Hz refresh rates. Yes, the same refresh rate you would get on a gaming phone. If ever the Legion phone comes back, then we’d like Motorola to make them, under their own brand name.
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Speaking of refresh rates, let’s discuss them more in detail about the display. It is a curved 6.67″ FullHD+ (2400x1080px) 10-bit OLED screen with a whoppingly fast 165Hz refresh rate! Again, you will not find this anywhere, not even in flagship killers so that alone is pretty impressive. This display is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and the phone even has an IP68 rating so it survives even when dropped in large doses of water.
The Motorola Edge 40 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm’s flagship chipset for 2023. The chip is based on a 4 nm process and has an octa-core CPU with one Cortex-X3 core clocked at 3.2 GHz, two Cortex-A715 cores clocked at 2.8 GHz, two Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 2.8 GHz, and three Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. The chip also has an Adreno 740 GPU for graphics performance. The phone comes with either 256 GB or 512 GB of internal storage, both with 12 GB of RAM. The storage is based on UFS 4.0 technology for fast data transfer. Unfortunately, there is no microSD card slot for memory expansion.
There is a fully functional triple camera setup at the back. These consist of the 50MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture and multi-directional Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) so that the phone can quickly and almost instantaneously adjust to any focusing point at any given time and also has OIS integrated; alongside it are the 50MP ultrawide camera with 114° field of view and the 12MP telephoto camera also with OIS that can zoom up to 2x optically.
The rear cameras can record videos up to 8K resolution at 30 fps, or up to 4K resolution at 60 fps. The videos also support HDR10+, gyro-EIS, and dual-LED flash. The phone also has some camera modes like portrait mode, night mode, pro mode, macro mode, panorama mode, slow motion mode, timelapse mode, and spot color mode.
The selfie camera on the front has a whopping 60 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. The selfie camera can record videos up to 4K resolution at 60 fps, or up to 1080p resolution at 120 fps. The selfie camera also supports HDR and face unlock.
As for the battery, it has your usual 4600mAh battery but with an absurdly fast 125W charging rate, similar to some midrange Redmi phones out there. It also supports a similarly absurdly slow 15W wireless charging rate and an even slower 5W reverse charging.
According to Motorola, the phone can quickly be charged from empty to full in just 12 minutes. This is insane! Because now, even when you forget to charge the phone overnight, you would have no problems… provided you own the proprietary charger (which is one disadvantage to these super-fast rates).
Then there are your flagship-tier stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support for impressively immersive sound. Not only that but the phone has a dedicated sound chip so you could really feel like watching a theater on your hands as well as Hi-Res Audio. As mentioned earlier though, the phone lacks a 3.5mm jack which is a missed opportunity since they could add quad-DAC to it to truly become the audiophile’s choice.
The phone runs on Android 13 out of the box, with Motorola’s minimalistic skin on top. The software is mostly stock Android, with some added features like Moto Actions, Moto Display, Moto Gametime, and Moto Audio. The phone also gets regular security updates and at least two major OS updates.
The phone is available already in some countries in Europe and in the UK. It comes in Interstellar Black and Lunar Blue colourways. It is priced at EUR 899 (~Php 54.9K) and GBP 799 (~Php 55.3K) respectively. The price for the 512GB variant is yet to be announced.
- 6.67″ FullHD+ (2400x1080px) 10-bit OLED, 165Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
- Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection
- IP68 water/dust resistance
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4nm)
- 50MP (Fully functional Primary), f/1.8, PDAF, OIS, 8K@30fps
- 50MP (Fully functional Ultrawide), f/2.0, 2.5cm macro, 114° FOV
- 12MP (telephoto), f/1.6, 2x optical zoom, OIS
- FRONT: 60MP, f/2.0, 4K@60fps, 1080p@120fps
- MyUX, based on Android 13
- 4600mAh, 125W fast charging
- 15W wireless charging
- 5W reverse charging
- 0-50% in 6 minutes (advertised)
- USB-C, Stereo Speakers with Hi-Res Audio, Dolby Atmos enhancement
- 5G services, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, Wi-Fi 7
- Interstellar Black, Lunar Blue
- 12/256: EUR 899 (~Php 54.9K) or GBP 799 (~Php 55.3K)
- 12/512: TBA
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