Motorola Edge S Review: The First Phone To Pack Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 870 Chip

    Touted as the world’s first Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 smartphone, the Motorola Edge S made its official debut today.

    The recently unveiled Motorola Edge S smartphone is currently up for pre-order on Giztop for $499. Lenovo acquired Motorola’s mobile phone business seven years ago, and the brand has been doing quite well for the past few years.

    The company released a second-generation folding screen mobile phone with multi-angle hovering support dubbed, the Razr 5G Blade in Sept. last year, and announced the new Motorola Edge S just ahead of the Spring Festival. Let us check out more details about the smartphone.

    The biggest highlight of the Motorola Edge S is the phone’s hardware configuration – to be more precise – the Snapdragon 870 5G chip, which was launched last year. The overall performance gap between the 7 and 8 series flagships is considerably large, which is embarrassing for Qualcomm.

    “The brand new Snapdragon 870 is built on the basis of the success of the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865 Plus, and will further meet the needs of OEMs and the mobile industry,” according to the official description of the chip. It features 7nm production process, CPU is 1×Cortex-A77 super large core (3.19GHz) + 3×Cortex-A77 large core (2.42GHz) + 4×Cortex-A55 small core (1.8GHz).

    Aside from that, it packs an Adreno 650 GPU, integrated Snapdragon X55 5G baseband, Wi-Fi part is changed from FastConnect 6900 to FastConnect 6800. It is worth noting that the chip cannot support Wi-Fi 6E (support Wi-Fi 6) because it uses FastConnect 6800, but Wi-Fi 6 is capable of meeting normal use needs.

    Moreover, Motorola has used improved LPDDR5 memory, with enhanced UFS3.1 flash memory for the Motorola Edge S smartphone. It also supports a 1TB high-speed SD card. The benchmark tests were performed using Antutu, Master Lu, and Geekbench 5, and the phone scored 648799 points, Master Lu scored 822850 points, Geekbench 5 single-core 980 points, and multi-core 3027 points.

    In terms of running scores, the Snapdragon 870 performed slightly better than the Snapdragon 865 Plus, but the margin is small. For the game scene, Peace Elite was chosen as the test game. The average number of frames of the phone is 59.9 without any significant fluctuation during the game.

    The temperature change of the lower body during the test was relatively small 10 minutes ago, while the temperature of the upper part of the second half increased slightly, but still manageable. The Motorola Edge S has a built-in game center, which includes games such as Do Not Disturb and one-click screen recording.

    The phone is backed by a large 5000mAh battery, which uses the new power-saving technology, and the matching fast charging scheme is 20W (not just the charging head 20W). It can be charged from 1% to 8% in 5 minutes, 14% in 10 minutes, 25% in 20 minutes, and 25% in 30 minutes. It can be charged to 35%, 56% in 50 minutes, 66% in 60 minutes, and it takes about 1 hour and 55 minutes to charge a 5000mAh battery to 100%.

    The Motorola Edge S features a 6.7-inch 21:9 LCD screen with a resolution of 2520×1080 pixels, and a refresh rate of 90Hz, and supports DCI-P3 wide color gamut and HDR10 display. Moreover, it has the fingerprint/power two-in-one button on the side with stable recognition accuracy and unlocking speed.

    The left middle frame houses a special touch button, which helps to quickly open an application. It can be used for most third-party applications. You can customize the settings by long-pressing the button.

    The front cameras of the Motorola Edge S include a 16MP main camera and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens. It supports several features including AI beauty effect adjustment in both photo and video selfie modes.

    At the back, the phone houses a quad-camera setup featuring AI beauty effect adjustment in both photo and video selfie modes. The main camera is a 64MP f/2.2 aperture and supports four-in-one output for a photo with better sensitivity. The ultra-wide-angle macro lens is a field of view is 121 degrees and it also supports macro shooting, and the portrait depth of the field lens is 2MP.

    As far as photography in the bright light condition is concerned, the macro camera of the Motorola Edge S performed well in terms of focusing and filming. You can use the non-marking portrait function to capture good portrait photos, and it even supports dual-screen video recording.


    The Motorola Edge S doesn’t fall on other aspects that mobile phone users are paying attention to, such as multifunctional NFC, Wi-Fi 6, and 3.5mm headphone jacks that have largely remained absent on flagship phones for a long time. This phone doesn’t come with dual speakers.

    In terms of system, the new My UI launched Ready for AI cross-screen collaboration, which supports screen projection of mobile phone screens to monitors, TVs, projectors, and other devices via Type-C data cables. As the first Edge series handset introduced in the domestic market, the Motorola Edge S features a lot of flashes.

    It delivers decent performance with the help of Snapdragon 870+, enhanced LPDDR5+ enhanced UFS3.1. The robust 5000mAh battery also enables high refresh rate support. The phone comes in three storage combinations including, 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, and 8GB+256GB, and the prices are 1999 yuan, 2399 yuan, and 2799 yuan respectively.

    You can pre-order the 6GB+128GB model for $499, 8GB+256GB model for $599, and the 8GB+128GB variant for $549 from Giztop by following this link. The estimated delivery for the phone is the end of Feb..2021.


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