Motorola has carved out a stable share of the premium smartphone market within the US and past, but it surely’s had much less luck with its flagship and sub-flagship units. The brand new Motorola Edge 40 Professional, introduced right now, has all of the makings to be a contender within the flagship house.
Whether or not it might go head-to-head with the likes of the Google Pixel 7 Professional, OnePlus 11 5G, and Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely stays to be seen. Motorola did not formally announce North American availability for the cellphone, but it surely closely implied that the Edge 40 Professional will ultimately make its option to US shores.
Like every good flagship, the Motorola Edge 40 Professional has the highest cellular processor obtainable, which on this case means the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. There’s 12GB of LPDDR5x RAM inbuilt to assist with multitasking and you’ll select both 256 or 512GB of UFS 4.0 inside storage.
The display is among the standout options. It is a 6.67-inch pOLED show with a refresh charge of as much as 165Hz, which exceeds the 144Hz pace supplied by most flagships. It has Full HD+ decision at 2,400 by 1,080, which is not as excessive because the Quad HD shows on some telephones, but it surely helps HDR10+, Dolby Imaginative and prescient, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
Motorola has usually included solely splash safety for its telephones. It seems that the corporate has listened to suggestions, because it upgraded the Edge 40 Professional’s safety to an IP68 score for mud and water. It is a hue enchancment over earlier Motorola flagships.
Motorola packs some spectacular rear cameras into the cellphone. There is a 50MP major sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 and OIS, a 50MP ultrawide/macro digital camera at f/2.2, and a 12MP portrait lens at f/1/6 with a 2x zoom issue for blurred backgrounds. The selfie digital camera captures giant, 60MP photos at f/2.2. Video seize is feasible as much as 8K30, 4K60, 4K HDR10+, and gradual movement as much as 960fps.
The Edge 40 Professional battery is decently giant at 4,600mAh, but it surely fees powers up extra quickly than telephones from Google and Samsung with 125W TurboPower charging. It additionally comes with 15W wi-fi charging and 5W energy sharing. The battery is a contact smaller than the 5,000mAh cells present in a lot of right now’s flagships, however Motorola is thought for tuning its batteries nicely.
Connectivity contains stable mid-band 5G assist, Wi-Fi 6E (Wi-Fi 7-ready), Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, GPS, and twin SIM card slots.
The cellphone ships with Android 13, however the firm was mum on software program assist. Software program updates are one among Motorola’s weaknesses. So long as that is sorted, this cellphone has all of the on-paper makings of a severe participant within the flagship Android house.
The cellphone will launch in Europe in “the approaching days” for €899.99 (roughly $980), with Latin American releases to observe.
Concerning the US, Motorola says, “With the thrilling announcement of Motorola Edge 40 Professional in Europe and LATAM, Motorola is reinforcing its dedication to bringing premium smartphone experiences to the arms of extra shoppers. At the moment, Motorola can also be excited to share its dedication to develop the Edge household in North America this 12 months.”
Hopefully, meaning we’ll see the cellphone, or a variant thereof, earlier than too lengthy.