Motorola Edge S Review: Snapdragon 870, Mid-Range Killer?


Motorola is a very familiar brand for most users. However, if you take a look at the Motorola phones in your impressions, perhaps many people’s memories are still ten years ago or even earlier. In the era of smartphones, Motorola gradually faded out of the sight of Chinese users. However, looking at the global market, Motorola is still the top smartphone brand, with many new phones released every year, but it has not been introduced into the Chinese market before. By 2021, Motorola has also regrouped, set its target on the domestic market, and brought the current flagship series of Motorola new products, the Motorola Edge S for this review.

Design & Appearance

Motorola edge S is Motorola’s first edge series mobile phone launched in China. This series also continues Motorola’s business genes, aiming to provide better choices for the cutting-edge business people who pursue a balance between work and entertainment. For the smart office in multiple scenarios, bring more possibilities.

From the perspective of positioning, Motorola edgeS is actually a business model, so the design will also consider the needs of business scenarios. On the whole, Motorola edge s is not a thin and light mobile phone, with a body thickness of 9.59mm and a weight of 210g.

Abandoning the thin and light body, in exchange for longer battery life. Motorola edge s has a built-in 5000 mAh battery, a relatively large battery capacity in the current industry. Motorola edge s uses a 6.7-inch 21:9 ratio display, supports DCI-P3 wide colour gamut, HDR10, whether it is rich in colour or excessive brightness of the picture, the details are exquisite.

For users who like to play games, Motorola edge s supports a 90Hz screen refresh rate, ensuring a smooth game screen. Motorola edge s is equipped with two front lenses, a 16-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, bringing better selfie effects in the daily shooting. To have a better grip, the back of the Motorola edge s adopts a 3D curved body design, and the left and right sides adopt an arc design to bring a better grip.

In terms of colour matching, Motorola edge s has two very Chinese-inspired colours, namely “Emerald Glazed Light” and “Xue Ji Chu Qing”. The colour of the model tested this time is “Snow Ji Chu Qing”. The body has light blue, still very beautiful. There is also the classic Motorola LOGO on the back of the fuselage, which is very clear under the light.

Motorola edge s has four lenses on the back, and the four lenses are arranged in a rectangular shape. They are a 64-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel portrait lens, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle macro lens, and a TOF stereoscopic depth lens.

Motorola edge s combines fingerprint recognition and power-on button into one, accurate and convenient for daily use. On the frame on the left side of the phone, a shortcut key has also been added to support the “one-key reach” function, starting the application with one key.

For example, nowadays, we often need to check the health treasure; we can directly set the shortcut key to start the health treasure through the one-click access function, which will be very convenient. Motorola edge s performed fairly well in terms of charging, and the mobile phone supports 20W fast charging.

Hardware & Performance

Motorola edge s launched the Snapdragon 870 5G mobile platform for the first time. It uses a 7nm process, the CPU uses the Kryo 585 octa-core architecture, and the main frequency is increased to 3.2GHz, which is 12% higher than the previous generation; GPU uses Adreno 650, which is 10% higher than the previous generation; Supports Wi-Fi6 and Bluetooth 5.1 audio technology; adopts the fifth-generation AI engine, supports 15 TOPS computing power and brings lower power consumption.

After the actual measurement, the AnTuTu score of Motorola edge s is 659937 points. Geekbench 5 has a single-core score of 975 points and a multi-core score of 2933 points. This result is better than the previous Snapdragon 865, and the performance of the Snapdragon 870 is still relatively good.

Motorola edge s uses an enhanced version of UFS 3.1 high-speed flash memory, which is faster. The phone supports memory card expansion up to 1TB, providing users with expandable storage space.

With the guarantee of performance, the performance of Motorola edge s in gaming is even more worth looking forward to. We used Motorola edge s to try out three games, “Original God”, “King of Glory” and “Peace Elite”.

Among them, the frame rate of 30 frames is relatively stable under the default settings of “The Original God”. If you want to experience a 60-frame picture, you can only reduce the picture quality to a minimum to achieve smooth operation.

“King of Glory” is not stressful for Motorola edge s, it can stabilize at an average frame rate of 60 frames, and the screen ratio of 21:9 is also more beneficial to the line of sight. “Peace Elite” can also run at a frame rate of 60 frames on Motorola edge s, and the game process is very smooth.

During the game, you can use the game tools to notify incoming calls and blocking, and you can be more focused during the game. Simultaneously, the automatic brightness adjustment can also be turned off during the game, so that we can maintain the consistency of the game screen.


The four lenses on the back of Motorola edge s are a 64-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel portrait lens, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle macro a TOF stereoscopic deep-sensing lens. Motorola edge s supports ToF+PDAF multiple fast focus, six-axis EIS anti-shake, whether it is a complex shooting scene or harsh light conditions; it can shoot high-quality images with transparent texture.

The main camera of motorola edge s is equipped with a large f/1.7 aperture, which brings better imaging performance. At the same time, it supports a variety of interesting photography modes such as night scene, spot colour mode, and micro-motion photography. The l2 million-person image depth-of-field lens, super-large aperture supplemented by AI intelligent beauty algorithm, can shoot large-scale and transparent portraits in minutes.

The 16MP ultra-wide-angle macro lenses and 121° ultra-wide-angle bring a four times wider field of view. Simultaneously, the 70px super macro lens and the macro light ring, five times the “microscope level” magnification will take you to discover the clear and shadowless micro world.

For users who like to take photos with their mobile phones, Motorola edgeS is a mobile phone that can meet your daily shooting needs.


Motorola edgeS is equipped with My UI based on Android 11, which brings new visual effects on the UI interface and greatly improves the innovation of application functions and performance optimization. My UI is similar to native Android in the interface, giving users a more native experience. Simultaneously, localized elements have also been added, which is more in line with Chinese users’ habits.

Motorola edge s supports three-finger screenshots, which can be completed by sliding the screen, which is more convenient. If you need to split the screen, slide your finger back and forth on the screen. The 21:9 screen ratio is also excellent when split-screen.

As a mobile phone with business attributes, motorola edge s is also optimized for office use. It is equipped with Moto AI Nicam technology. With the support of three-microphone multi-dimensional radio technology, it can get a high-quality voice experience. At the same time, Motorola edge s also supports data cable projection expansion.

Motorola edge s also supports the Ready For AI smart office function. You only need a type-c to HDMI data cable to connect your phone to a TV, display or projection. Motorola has adopted the desktop system for Ready For AI smart office, allowing users to get a desktop operating experience.

When the mobile phone is connected to the display device, we can open multiple programs on the screen. The user can use the large screen for file processing, mail sending and receiving, picture/video editing, etc., and the operation between the mobile phone and the screen does not interfere with each other, realizing the equipment The expansion of the large screen further improves the user’s office efficiency.

To ensure data security, Motorola edgeS has built-in ThinkShield security protection scheme, which realizes the end-to-end connection between the mobile phone and the display, without the need for a network, and makes the data more secure. Ready For AI smart office will continue to be upgraded in the future, gradually upgrading from data cable connection to wireless connection, which is more worth looking forward to conveniently.

Read Also: Motorola Edge S Officially Released at 1,999 yuan, $312


As a brand new model recently launched by Motorola for the Chinese market, the combination of Motorola EdgeS Snapdragon 870+LPDDR5+UFS3.1 can ensure the smooth operation of the mobile phone.

The large 5000mAh battery provides users with longer battery life. The 64 million front and rear dual super wide-angle six cameras can meet users’ daily shooting needs.

The MY UI optimized for business office by Motorola edges also performed well in terms of experience. It can make business users more convenient in daily office work. Coupled with its price starting from 1999 yuan, the mobile phone has an outstanding price advantage. Consumers have brought new choices.

Motorola edge s has launched three versions. The 6+128GB version is priced at 1999 yuan; the 8+128GB version is priced at 2399 yuan; the 8+256GB version is priced at 2799 yuan. For a mobile phone equipped with the Snapdragon 870 mobile platform, Said that such a price is still very competitive.


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