this is the world’s first snapdragon 870 powered smartphone this is the first flagship killer of 2021 and may very well land up being the phone to beat this is the motorola edge s the snapdragon 870 might not have all the extra bulbs and whistles the 888 has but it’s a hell of a performer with a max clock speed of 3.19 gigahertz the highest we’ve ever seen in a phone to date think of this as a snapdragon 865 plus plus since it runs on the same seven nanometer plus architecture of yesteryear but with a higher single core clock speed new name and much cheaper price which the edge s showcases perfectly by starting at just 249 euros let’s go ahead and unwrap this guy i’ve never seen a case pre-installed on a phone in a box before
motorola have been the first to do it in my eyes we have this emerald glazed color variant here you also get an emerald light a silvery white finish but this looks absolutely spectacular it’s kind of like a blue smashing into a purple glaze of the phone we have a five thousand milliamp battery 20 watt wide charging no wireless charging ip52 certification and we do have 5g though
just sub 6 and of course wi-fi 6 and nfc we have gorilla glass 5 on the front
we have non-conductive vacuum metallization on the back which does pick up a hell of a lot of fingerprints and i think it’s a plastic frame i’m not too sure it feels pretty aluminum to me nevertheless let’s stick with plastic for now we do have that case in the box in case you are aware of those crazy fingerprints you’re gonna get smudged all over the back of your brand new motorola device we do have a physical fingerprint sensor on the right hand side as well as a non-split volume rocker there’s a special key over here we’ll get to a little bit later and we do have dual sim and we have one sim that can be replaced by micro sdxc slots all the way up to a terabyte that’s absolutely mental we have a headphone jack as well as usb type c and unfortunately no dual stereo setup here since it doesn’t utilize the top earpiece that camera bump is pretty minimal when comparing it to other flagship smartphones around you don’t really notice it much at all
compared to the other flagships around and when it is on a flat surface it doesn’t have much wobble on that surface so i guess that’s a bit of a bonus looking at the actual design of all these devices here you can clearly see the motorola is a bit on the cheaper side but i must say it’s not doing a bad job trying to keep up with these guys at such a low price points the back looks absolutely phenomenal but what about that display well we get introduced to a 21 by 9 aspect ratio 6.7 inch double hole punch display it is full hd plus with 409 ppi it is unfortunately ips lcd no early over here but we do have a pretty high brightness of 560 nits and we do have a wonderful 90 hertz refresh rates which is pretty great once again at this price point it might not look as striking as other amoled or led panels out there but it still looks pretty great it’s definitely a higher grade ips lcd panel it’s color accuracy it’s pretty on par thanks to dci p3 color gamut rating so it does kind of mesh in nicely with these other phones though when you jump into white balance you definitely notice it and there is some edge bleeding within each corner of the device as well as around those little camera holes at the top left but when you bring it closer up the bleed is not as heavy as you saw further away you can’t notice it too much other than the screen
protector being slightly off sensor there we don’t have wqhd plus like we see in flagships from xiaomi and samsung though we do have a higher refresh rate panel it’s not 120 hertz like you’ve seen in many other flagship phones releasing this year or last year though it doesn’t really feel any different to me if you ask me from a day-to-day basis just running through the phone doing regular things 90 hertz for me is the sweet spot i don’t think you need anything more than that but 120hz i guess is nice but in this case you will be paying for that so rather save some extra cash and get a more than fluid display we also have an auto mode which can switch between 60 and 90 for better battery life but you already have a massive 5000mah battery you can hide your notch or make it like a google pixel or make it like a xiaomi we have natural boosted and saturated colors that’s pretty much it and we do have dark mode though it’s not always very black this is an lcd panel so it’s not really going to save battery the way it would when you’re using dark mode on an amoled panel and talking about amoled panel we don’t have an always on display since it is an ips display but we do have something called peak display which is pretty much an ambient display you tap it and then you get to see the time and it gives you like a
little glowing feature you can swipe up from there and then it shows you this wonderful screen also not amoled so we can’t have a fingerprint reader underneath the display though the physical one very similar to the sony xperia 1 mark 2s is very very good and in terms of speed i actually think it’s a lot faster than these sonys it’s actually quicker than some of the optical readers underneath the display of some of these other flagship phones which cost more than twice the price a lot quicker than the xiaomi over there the samsung’s ultrasonic generation 2 of course is just blitz fast at the moment we’ll have to see what happens with that one going forward we also have unsecure first unlock using the main selfie cam over here the rest of the phones that you’re seeing here also have unsecured face unlock it doesn’t do a bad job it’s not the quickest that i’ve seen i’m not quite sure which camera it’s using it would actually make sense for it to use ultra wide so it can try to find your face in a wider angle in my opinion that’s what they should be doing but i think it’s still using the main one since my face really has to be in the frame in order for it to be recognized we also have something else that we can do with that selfie cam though we have a heart rate sensor comparing it to the heart rates on my galaxy watch active 2.
it is 100 accurate with 71 beats per minute absolutely phenomenal moving on to the actual selfie cams here we have a 16 megapixel main and an 8 megapixel ultra wide which is the same as the moto g plus and we do have pixel binning options for the selfie cam here is the main shot doesn’t look the best if you ask me i guess the lighting in this situation is a bit harsh here’s the bin shot over here and here is the ultra wide with a 100 degrees field of view now let’s move into some selfie video this is tech neck recording a 1080p 30fps video on the brand new motorola edge s let me know what you guys think of the audio and the video quality when using the selfie cams to record video on the moto hs we’ve also got ultra wide using another selfie cam which is absolutely phenomenal let me know what you guys think of this i think it looks really really good i wish this was on every phone honestly this is dual video ultra wide how epic is that the main camera is a 64 megapixel omni vision ov 64b the same sensor that we’ve seen in the oppo renault 5 pro we have a 16 megapixel ultra wide sensor here as well as a 2 megapixel depth and a 3d tough lens as written on the back of the camera module we do have a function called audio zoom which does pretty much as it’s named as you can see we have two options here we have 64 bin down to 16 or we have 44 bin down to 11.
Never seen that before the ultrawide looked pretty great 64 looks decent the 16 megapixel bend looks pretty fantastic here is the 11 megapixel i guess blind band but you can’t actually take 44 megapixel shots going into zoom two times five times they don’t look too bad okay okay i think they look pretty terrible let’s get this out the way this is not a camera phone but close up and personal in this portrait effect actually looks pretty flagship material like here’s another portrait shot of little harry potter over here and i think it does a pretty great job especially in terms of edge detection getting up close and personal we don’t have a macro sensor but we do utilize the ultra wide sensor it doesn’t do a terrible job especially when you get back to my little figurine here it does actually a better job than many other standalone macro sensors i’ve seen take a look at this camera interface it looks absolutely fantastic it is so simple i wish more smartphones looked this way we do have a 6k 30fps option which is great no 8k over here but i think it’s still pretty good for those enthusiasts that wants a high resolution video recording it’s not the most stable it’s a bit jittery it’s not too bad we have 4k 60fps which is a lot more fluid a lot more colorful a lot more bright because the snapdragon 870 can definitely power this resolution a lot easier than 6k 1080p the easiest to render for the chipsets it does a great job at 60fps nice and smooth everything looks pretty good i’m happy with that and we also have ultrawide of course ultrawide is unfortunately capped
at 1080p and 30 frames per second this is the max you can do for ultra wide which is kind of disappointing when many phones are hitting 60 fps and even all the way up to 4k he has 4k 60 fps with stabilization mode off and then when we throw it on it is quite a bit better in terms of stabilization but you’re losing a lot of quality in detail and in color we do have a portrait video mode but unfortunately capped at 1080p 30fps and when testing out focus does a much better job than other phones i’ve tested out on the channel of course in order to do all of this we need to power up our phone in terms of charging we do have optimized charging which is great it pretty much only finishes off your phone the last 20 percent of juice right before you wake up and we also have overcharged protection which caps your phone at 80 and in this case that will be 4 thousand milliamps so it will charge faster and preserve your battery over time we do have my ui skinned over android 11 over here it’s pretty much stock and with this new ai performance mode it feels so darn snappy i cannot get over how silky smooth this phone feels and of course we have google rooted into the settings motorola was previously owned by google for those of you who don’t know and it was sold to lenovo not too long ago lenovo is the parent company at the current moment they’re doing a great job in terms of hardware and software hopefully they’re off to a better start this year in 2021.
The software features are great like i said pretty much stock android with a bunch of extra features and they do a good job and they’re actually really useful such as this one where you can change your theme but in doing so you can then select your fonts as well as the shape of your icons so on and so forth colors and it’s just all in one spot for you to make use of straight away we also have this weather over here this kind of weather animation that shows on the clock when you unlock your phone it’s little things like that that just put a smile on your face unfortunately split screen is not the best though we do have shortcuts when you double tap the power key or the fingerprint sensor works pretty great here is the key on the left that i spoke about at the start of the video this is called my key what my key can do is can open up any app of your choice which is really awesome for those of you who just want to tap into something maybe show your health code because of covert or jump into whatsapp wechat facebook spotify and it opens just as quick or if not quicker than opening the app itself we have shortcuts within apps themselves and if the best haptics on a mid-range phone were to have a baby with the best haptics on a flagship phone they would probably call it a motorola hs now let’s go ahead and compare the audio of this single firing speaker to another phone with a single speaker and one with a dual speaker setup [Music] huh these monsters have been getting too close to the city recently hell yeah and talking about sound we have something called multi volume which is pretty much like windows volume mixer for any of you who know about that you can pretty much adjust the volume of each individual app that you’re running when you come back into it will be saved as that you also have moto game time and an in-game tool kit which pretty much lets you screen record at 1080p 60fps which is absolutely fantastic as well as bring in a shortcut menu so
that you can toggle between different things such as prp picture in picture mode as well as record yourself while you’re recording the screen which you only really see on gaming phones and we also have something called acoustic light which jumps lights around your screen in accordance to the audio now at the heart of the motorola edge s sits the snapdragon 870 chipset which is supposedly 11 faster than the snapdragon 865 now if we take the me10 ultra on the left hand side which has a vanilla 865 the note 20 ultra on the right hand side which has the 865 plus the motorola in the middle which has an 870 they all read snapdragon 865 on cpu-z but take note of their clock speeds since we have 2.84 gigahertz on the vanilla one on the xiaomi 3.09 gigahertz max core clock speed on the note 20 ultra and 3.19 gigahertz core clock speed on the motorola hs i mean if you look at it from single core power even the latest snapdragon 888 powered smartphones are sitting at 2.84 gigahertz making the 870 even quicker than that but what does that mean for gaming well let’s start with ganshin impact over here with all settings set to the absolute max frames per second counter is working this time around using gamebench pro and
we’re getting i guess you could say between 40 and 60 fps most the time with the max settings on gentian impact any device struggles anyone who plays the game will know that and i think the snapdragon 870 is doing a great job i must say the screen actually looks fantastic for an ips lcd screen at least what my camera is picking up and in reality i have to say the same it really does a great job it’s super fluid with a 180 hertz touch sampling rate and i mean if you’re any good at the game you shouldn’t be dying like i am right now the motorola hs got a 55 frames per second average when running ganshin impact for seven and a half minutes moving on to pubg mobile unfortunately we don’t have a fps option for this chipset yet hopefully that comes in the near future so for right now we’re going to be rocking hdr graphics and extreme fps that pretty much means that instead of pubg mobile being capped at 90 fps it’s going to be capped at 60 but even when you do have the 90 fps option it is only available when you’re playing with the absolute worst graphics settings as of right now it’s doing a great job solid 60 all the time across the board there so that’s great i’m happy with that ultra high graphics and max fps on dead trigger 2 very demanding game here we’re sitting at 90 fps that really makes me happy
since many snapdragon 888 powered smartphones haven’t been accepted in terms of these games the developers haven’t really jumped ship real racing 390 fps once more which is just fantastic this is honestly a monster in terms of gaming but what about benchmarks well we’re going to do something a bit different this time around very similar to my last review we’re going to check the battery drain as well as the temperature in degrees celsius we’re then going to jump through antutu version 8.5.4 geekbench version 5.3.2 and then 3d mark wildlife and at the end we’re going to check back on the battery consumption as well as the degrees in celsius which is right now and then get to the scores so the edge s drained by 20 milliamp hours per minute making it the most efficient device against the iq7 x60 pro plus mi 11 and s21 ultra or rocking snapdragon 888 chipsets and its temperature gain was 15.8 degrees in celsius putting it in between those four devices final score for rand 2 2 it sits well above the vanilla snapdragon 865 and even the 865 plus and the snapdragon 888 is slightly higher than it but it doesn’t really justify the price in terms of
performance that you’re getting when it comes to single core and multi-core in geekbench the motorola edge s got 982 points and 3057 points respectively once again higher than the 865 plus and 865 but only in single core in terms of 3d mark wildlife our score was just shy of 5 000 points which is only 600 shy of the snapdragon 888 with fps at 29.7 frames per second on average compared to the snapdragon 888 33.8 the motorola edge s might lack flagship features such as wireless charging stereo speakers an led display a premium camera sensor and a telephoto camera but it does have a headphone jack expandable storage up to one terabyte a 5 000 milliamp hour battery a snappy physical fingerprint sensor near stock android software with some more than desirable extra features a bright and colorful high grade lcd display with a silky smooth 90 hertz refresh rate which when paired with the powerful snapdragon 870 chipset 8 gigs of lpddr5 ram and ufs 3.1 storage crushes any game you throw at it this device is an obvious choice for consumers that still want incredible performance but don’t have to have the very best handsets around and would rather save some money making the motorola edge s the phone to beat in the flagship killer segment of 2021