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Edge (2021)
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Updated January 10, 2024·

Considering the Motorola Edge (2021) is usually less expensive, if budget is a priority and you're satisfied with a plastic body and an LCD screen, it's a practical choice. It offers a decent battery life and good camera quality. However, if you're willing to invest more, the Motorola Edge+ (2023) provides a glass body, superior OLED display with higher brightness, longer battery life, and enhanced camera capabilities, with higher quality photos and videos. It also has a higher storage capacity and newer processor for better performance. Both run on Android and have similar screen sizes. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Motorola Edge (2021)
  • The Motorola Edge (2021) has no clear advantages over the Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023).
Advantages of the Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023)
  • The Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023) has no clear advantages over the Motorola Edge (2021).

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

5.2
Edge (2021)
Motorola Edge+ (2023)
6.3
The Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023) has only fair overall camera quality, while the Motorola Edge (2021) has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

5.3
Edge (2021)
Motorola Edge+ (2023)
6.2
The Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023) takes only fair photos, while the Motorola Edge (2021) takes poor photos.

Video Quality

4.7
Edge (2021)
Motorola Edge+ (2023)
5.8
The Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023) and Motorola Edge (2021) both have poor videos, though the Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023) takes somewhat better videos.

Battery

8.7 Hours
Edge (2021)
Motorola Edge+ (2023)
9.3 Hours
The Motorola Edge (2021) has 8.7 hours of battery life. The Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023) has 9.3 hours of battery life.
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Key similarities

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Screen Size

The Motorola Edge (2021) has a screen size of 6.8 inches and the Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023) is 6.67 inches.

Cost

$600
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$600
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The Motorola Edge (2021) has a price of $600 and the Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023) costs $600.

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How the Motorola Edge (2021) and the Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023) compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Motorola Edge (2021)Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023)
Motorola Edge (2021)Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023)

GENERAL

Price
$600
$600
Brand
MotorolaMotorola
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
September 2, 2021May 19, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.8"6.67"
Resolution
2460 x 10802400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesYes
Pixels Per Inch
395395
Display Type
LCDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD778GSD8G2
Internal Storage
128 GB512 GB
RAM
8 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
5.3/106.3/10
Photos Score
5.4/106.2/10
Videos Score
4.7/105.8/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
108 megapixels50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
8.7 Hours9.3 Hours
Battery Capacity
5000 mAh5100 mAh
Wireless Charging
NoYes
Wireless charging Speed
0 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.65" x 2.98"6.35" x 2.91"
Weight
7.05 oz7.16 oz
Back Material
PlasticGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
NoYes
Bluetooth Version
5.25.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e7
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 41, 41, 48, 66, 70, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: SideFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Nebula BlueInterstellar Black
Stock Android
YesYes
SD Card
NoNo

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Tom's Guide

Philip Michaels | October 2021
"If you've overlooked Motorola's higher-end phones in the past, the Motorola Edge 5G UW does a very good job at trying to regain your attention. Improvements to the main camera impress. I'm also impressed by how quickly the phone recharges. It's the affordability that ultimately wins the day for the Motorola Edge. this phone offers enough premium features to put it at the forefront of midrange options."

Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023)

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DigitalTrends

Joe Maring | May 2023
"Just about everything I want in a high-end Android phone is here. The Edge Plus looks and feels [sic] great, the display is outstanding, performance is rock-solid, the software is organized and helpful, battery life is phenomenal, and it doesn’t take too long to get the phone back to 100% when it does eventually die. The best part? You get all of that for hundreds of dollars less than similar phones from Google and Samsung."

Get a great deal on the Motorola Edge (2021) or the Motorola Motorola Edge+ (2023)

About Motorola

Motorola, a well-known name in the smartphone world, has a long-standing legacy in the industry, with a history dating back to the early days of mobile phones. The brand is mostly known for striking a balance between affordability and functionality, as well as providing a clean and straightforward interface with their software skin on top of Android. While they have traditionally been prominent in the budget and midrange categories, Motorola has also occasionally ventured into the high-end category for smartphones.

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