Verizon has revealed that it will be carrying Motorola’s upcoming 5G smartphone. The carrier announced last week that it achieved peak speeds of 4.2 Gbps on its live mmWave 5G network and that it managed to do that using the Motorola device.
The Big Red didn’t share many details about the phone, other than it is “powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System.”
The device in question is likely the Motorola Edge+, key specs of which surfaced online last week. It will feature a 6.67-inch fullHD+ (2340 x 1080) curved “waterfall” display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The display has a punch-hole for the front-facing camera in the top-left corner.Advertisement
Motorola may offer this device in multiple memory configurations, with up to 12GB of RAM, which, we hope, will be an LPDDR5 module. The handset will pack a battery over 5,000 mAh, with some reports suggesting a 5170mAh-rated battery.
These specs clearly suggest that the Motorola Edge+ will be a flagship smartphone and will mark the Lenovo-owned company’s return to the flagship market. The Moto Z3, which released in Q3 2018, was its last true flagship. The Motorola Edge+ is also the company’s first 5G smartphone.
Earlier rumors have suggested that the smartphone will be exclusive to Verizon at launch. It’s unclear how long that exclusivity will last, or if it will be Verizon-exclusive at all. However, it’s more or less confirmed that Verizon will be among the first US carriers to carry the Motorola Edge+.Advertisement
Verizon achieves 4.2 Gbps on the Motorola Edge+ on its 5G network
Coming back to Verizon’s press release, the carrier says it achieved peak speeds of 4.2 Gbps on its live mmWave 5G network using eight-channel carrier aggregation.
The technology combines multiple channels of spectrum (eight 5G channels in this case) to “provide greater efficiency for data sessions transmitting over the wireless network”. The company says it’s only beginning to “scratch the surface of what 5G can do.”
Verizon conducted the speed test at a commercial network cell site in Texas. It used Samsung Network’s 5G NR 28 GHz Access Unit, the smallest integrated mmWave radio available in the market currently. The radio has been commercially deployed by Verizon.Advertisement
Verizon says its eight-channel carrier aggregation using mmWave will be widely available on the 5G network this year.
It didn’t share any timeframe for the same, though, neither it has shared any information on when the Motorola Edge+ will arrive on the market. However, it should be safe to assume that it won’t be a too-long wait now.
HTC’s first 5G phone may debut in July, could be a flagship phone
A recent report had revealed that HTC is working on a mid-range phone called HTC Desire 20 Pro even though it has been encountering losses in its smartphone business. The Taiwanese company is reportedly gearing up to launch its first 5G smartphone in July. It could either be a high-end of a flagship smartphone. The HTC Exodus 1 and HTC U12+ that went official in 2018 were the last flagship phones from the company.
In a recent interview, HTC Taiwan Chen Boyou said that when 5G arrives in Taiwan, HTC will also launch 5G-ready smartphones. It is speculated that the first 5G phone from HTC will debut in July. There is no word on the name and specifications of HTC’s first 5G smartphone. Hopefully, more details on the device will appear in the near future.
On the other hand, HTC is also planning to launch a 4G smartphone in June. The name of the device is not known yet. However, there is a possibility that it could be the HTC Desire 20 Pro smartphone.
The Desire 20 Pro is speculated to be equipped with a Snapdragon 665 mobile platform and 6 GB of RAM. Its back panel may sport a triple camera system and a fingerprint reader. It could be the first punch-hole display phone from the company.
Here’s what Xiaomi’s first phone with an in-display selfie camera might look like
What you need to know
- A new patent may have revealed the design of Xiaomi’s first smartphone with an in-display selfie camera.
- Xiaomi and OPPO had shown off their in-display camera tech last year.
- Xiaomi doesn’t expect phones with in-display selfie cameras to become a reality this year.
In June last year, popular Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi showcased a Mi 9 prototype featuring an in-display selfie camera. While Xiaomi isn’t likely to launch its first phone with an in-display selfie camera anytime soon, a new patent discovered by Dutch tech site LetsGoDigital has revealed two designs that the company could be working on.
As can be seen in the image above, the two designs are nearly identical, with the only difference being the location of the in-display selfie camera. The design sketches reveal a phone with a flat display, instead of the curved screens seen in Xiaomi’s Mi 10 series phones. As described in the patent filing, the screen area above the selfie camera becomes transparent when it is in use. When it is not activated, the area is displayed normally like the other parts of the screen.
While it is certainly possible that Xiaomi’s first phone with an in-display camera could feature a very similar design to the sketch above, it isn’t guaranteed. Even though Xiaomi has been working on in-display cameras for a long time now, the company’s Vice President said in March this year that it might take a long time for the first phone with the technology to become available. Thanks to the high pixel density of displays on modern phones, in-display cameras do not receive enough light to deliver acceptable image quality.
Xiaomi isn’t the only smartphone maker currently working on in-display cameras. OPPO and Samsung are also working on the technology, although neither of them has confirmed any plans of commercializing it yet.
Motorola’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy S20 is coming April 22
Motorola is revealing its next flagship smartphone series to rival the Galaxy S20 lineup on April 22, according to a tweet shared by the Chicago-based company today.
The Motorola Flagship Launch E-vent will be next Wednesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. CT/12 p.m. ET. Motorola is expected to unveil two new ‘Edge’ devices at the online press conference, including the standout Moto Edge Plus.
The Edge series is positioned to replace the modular Moto Z family, which first launched back in 2016. In our Moto Z4 review, we found Motorola’s latest handset to provide a decent 5G-ready experience for a budget price, but it lagged against competitors like the Google Pixel 3a. If rumors about the Moto Edge’s processing boost prove true, it could being the company back into the premium flagship market.
Motorola’s new phone is also rumored to sport a 6.67-inch display with a faster 90Hz refresh rate, catching the Edge Plus up to the likes of the Google Pixel 4 and OnePlus 7T. We’re also expecting a 5,000-mAh battery, and a triple camera array led by a 108-megapixel main sensor and a 25MP camera up front.
We also expect to see a budget Edge device offered alongside the Edge Plus, which could pack less powerful hardware and smaller 64-megapixel main sensor.
Of course, this is all speculation. The Motorola Flagship Launch E-vent’s teaser video doesn’t confirm any of previous leaks or rumors, but we could learn more as the announcement date approaches.