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Motorola Edge vs Edge Plus (2022): What’s The Difference?

The Motorola Edge Plus (2022) is the flagship release that fans of the brand has been waiting for, at least in the Edge lineup. It features the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, so you can expect performance that rivals other brands’ top offerings. Expanding their Edge lineup, Motorola recently announced the Motorola Edge (2022), successor to the Edge (2021) at the mid-range price point. Unsurprisingly, it’s not as powerful as the Edge Plus, but if you are curious as to how they differ, here is our Motorola Edge and Motorola Edge Plus review and comparison that highlights their features and differences.

Motorola Edge vs Edge Plus Comparison Chart

ModelMotorola Edge SpecsMotorola Edge Plus Specs
 
PriceCheck Price Check Price
Size6.33 x 2.92 x 0.32 inches 
170g | 6 ounces
6.42 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches
196g | 6.91 ounces
IP RatingIP52IP52
Display6.6 inches OLED ,144Hz
1080 x 2400 pixels
6.7 inches OLED, 144Hz
1080 x 2400 pixels
Chipset & OSMediaTek Dimensity 1050
Android 12
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 
Android 12
Configuration256GB 8GB RAM 512GB 8GB RAM
CameraRear
50MP (f/1.8, 1.0µm)
13MP (f/1.5, 1.12µm)
2 MP (Depth information)
Front
32MP (f/2.45, 0.7µm)
Rear
50MP (f/1.8, 1.0µm)
50MP (f/2.2, 0.64µm)
2 MP (Depth information)
Front
60MP (f/2.2, 0.64µm)
Connectivity & PortsWiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
5G
NFC
USB-C 2.0
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
5G
NFC
USB-C 3.1
Battery5000mAh
30W TurboPower
15W wireless
5W reverse charging
4800mAh
30W TurboPower
15w wireless
5W reverse charging
68W charging capable (sold separately)
ColorsMineral GrayCosmos Blue, Stardust White

Design and Display

The Motorola Edge and Edge Plus feature the same design language, but the latter has a slightly bigger screen.

From the front, it’s hard to tell the difference between the Motorola Edge (left) and Edge Plus (right).

At a glance, there’s not much difference in their design, except for the size. The Motorola Edge Plus is slightly bigger and heavier than the Motorola Edge, but the difference is negligible. The Edge Plus measures 6.42 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches and it weighs 196 grams or 6.91 ounces. It features a 6.7-inch OLED panel with a refresh rate of 144Hz.

In comparison, the Motorola Edge has a 6.6-inch 144Hz OLED panel, and it measures 6.33 x 2.92 x 0.32 inches. It’s also lighter at 170 grams or 6 ounces. These phones are lightweight due to having plastic materials in their construction. As such, the Motorola Edge Plus does not feel as premium as its price, while the Motorola Edge feels like your standard budget to mid-range phone. They both have an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance.

As for their displays, the two have the same 144Hz OLED panel, but the one on the Motorola Edge Plus is slightly bigger at 6.7-inches. For the most part, these screens are the same. They have the same refresh rate and resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. Also, they have similar maximum brightness at a little under 700 nits, so when used under direct sunlight, you’ll have to squint a little to view them clearly.

You can get the Motorola Edge in grey, while the Motorola Edge Plus is available in blue and white.

Hardware and Performance

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset of the Motorola Edge Plus outclasses the MediaTek Dimensity 1050 of the Motorola Edge, which is expected.

The Motorola Edge (left) is slightly thinner than the Edge Plus (right).

One of the biggest differences between these two phones is in their internal hardware. The cheaper Motorola Edge features the MediaTek Dimensity 1050 chip while the pricier Motorola Edge Plus comes with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. The difference here is substantial with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 obviously having the superior performance. The Motorola Edge Plus’ performance is pretty much in line with other Android flagships that also use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.

As for the Motorola Edge, you can expect decent to very good performance. It can play the most recent games at acceptable settings and framerates, but don’t expect it to take full advantage of its 144Hz screen in gaming as it won’t be able to run demanding games at higher framerates. For basic everyday use, the MediaTek Dimensity 1050 offers more than good enough performance.

Both phones ship with Android 12, but Motorola promises that owners will get software and OS upgrades for at least three years. Eventually, they will get Android 13, and they might even get upgraded to Android 14, so these phones offer good longevity. The My UX is a clean take on Android, so these phones don’t come with many bloatware, unlike phones from other brands. For the most part, you’ll get a close to stock Android experience with these.

Camera

The Motorola Edge Plus offers better camera performance than the Motorola Edge.

Some of the subtle differences in their designs include the placement of the volume rockers and the slightly bigger camera island on the Edge Plus (right).

When it comes to camera, the Motorola Edge and Edge Plus have similar three-camera arrays, but there’s a difference in the hardware used. The Motorola Edge Plus features a 50MP main shooter at f/1.8. It also has a 50MP ultrawide sensor at f/2.2. There’s also a 2MP depth camera. Meanwhile, the Motorola Edge has a 50MP main camera at f/1.8, a 13MP ultrawide sensor at f/1.5 and a 2MP depth camera.

Daytime images and photos with natural lighting taken with the Motorola Edge Plus look very good. The color is not oversaturated and the focus is sharp. There’s minimal noise visible, but you’ll have to look for it to see it. In comparison, images taken with the Motorola Edge are slightly lower quality, but still quite good. You’ll need to look closely in order to find the differences.

As for nighttime images and photos taken indoors or in low-light situations, both phones are mediocre to average. Indoor photos with good lighting look good with accurate colors and decent sharpness, but you can see that exposure starts to suffer. In low-light situations and outdoors at night, these phones are mediocre. They both have dedicated night modes, but the resulting images are noisy and lacking in detail. The Motorola Edge Plus does produce better images than the Motorola Edge, but in all honesty, both are not very good in low light situations and at nighttime.

Battery

The Motorola Edge offers a slightly longer battery life than the Motorola Edge Plus.

The Motorola Edge (left) in grey and Motorola Edge Plus (right) in white.

These two phones offer excellent battery performance. The Motorola Edge features a 5,000mAh battery while the Motorola Edge Plus comes with a 4,800mAh capacity battery. The Motorola Edge Plus can last up to a day and a half while using the phone regularly, e.g. browsing, casual gaming, listening to music and more. You can expect an even longer runtime with the Motorola Edge as it has less demanding hardware and a bigger capacity battery.

Both phones support 30W TurboPower charging and it takes around an hour to fully charge them from an empty state. They also support 15W wireless charging with any Qi wireless charging pad or using the official Motorola wireless charging accessory. Also, they support 5W reverse charging. They both come with a 30W charging brick, which is a nice inclusion as most phone brands usually ditch the charging adapter to save on manufacturing costs.

Verdict

The Motorola Edge is a competitive mid-range phone, while the Motorola Edge Plus is outclassed by other phones in its price range.

Motorola Edge

Motorola Edge Plus

If you are looking to get a mid-range phone, the Motorola Edge comes with a few features that make it competitive and a worthy consideration. First, it has an excellent 6.6-inch 144Hz OLED panel that blows the competition away. Most phones in this price range usually top out at 120Hz and most also come with IPS panels. Secondly, it has an excellent battery life.

If you are looking to get a flagship level phone, the Motorola Edge Plus is not really the most cost-effective as it comes with a sub-par camera and a cheap build. It has great performance and good battery life, but other flagship level phones such as the Google Pixel 6 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 match its performance while offering better cameras and sturdier and more premium builds.

FAQs

📌 What’s the difference between the Motorola Edge and Edge Plus?

The Motorola Edge Plus features a faster chipset and upgraded cameras. The Motorola Edge comes with a higher battery capacity.

📌 What is the difference between Motorola Edge 2021 and 2022?

Aside from the difference in internal hardware, the Motorola Edge 2022 is smaller, lighter and features an OLED panel.

📌 Is Motorola Edge Plus waterproof?

It’s water resistant, but not completely waterproof.

📌 Does the Motorola Edge Plus have an SD card slot?

Unfortunately, it does not have an SD card slot, same for the Motorola Edge.

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Carlo Salvador

Senior Editor at Compare Before Buying. Writer and researcher passionate about fitness, gaming and music.