The $999 motorola edge officially launches in Australia this week

The 5G-ready motorola edge has now launched in Australia, promising a flagship-standard experience with one of the largest batteries in its class. Although surprisingly, Motorola has only bought the standard edge to Australia, meaning that the country – as it stands – misses out on the higher-specced ‘+’ variant.

Australians who want to get their hands on one will have to make do with a pre-paid though, because it’ll only be available for retail from JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Officeworks (online only), Mobileciti and Motorola’s own online store, for an RRP of A$999.

Motorola is claiming the most powerful stereo speakers in the smartphone ever, as well as precision audio processing for pro-quality sonic performance and a deeper, fuller sound. Seeing as a good pair of stereo speakers is still few and far between with flagship phones, this is a promising feature that sits alongside other higher-end specs like a quad-camera system on the rear led by a 64MP (f/1.8, 0.8µm) primary, 8MP (f/2.4, 1.12µm) telephoto (with 2x optical zoom) and a 16MP (f/2.2, 1.0µm) ultra wide, as well as a ToF lens.

Other features include a 25MP hole-punch selfie camera, 6.7-inch Full HD OLED curved display with new side-touch gestures, new AI features including a Night Mode, and a juicy 4,500mAh battery (the ‘+’ has 5,000mAh) with 15W TurboPower charging (not wireless). Handling the power is a Snapdragon 765G processor paired with 128GB onboard, expandable storage (up to 1TB) and 6GB RAM, working with a “just-near” stock Android 10.

A 3.5mm headphone jack means a low IPX2 rating, so don’t expect any sufficient waterproofing.

Considering it’s the same price as recently launched Oppo’s Find X2 Neo (which we’ll have a review up for in the coming week), the motorola edge has already arrived to some healthy competition. Will the impressive spec sheet be enough to compete?

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Chris Singh

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