Motorola Begins Launch of AI-Packed Edge Series in Europe

Motorola has three new flagship Edge phones that sport AI features to improve photographic performance and overall usability. The top-of-the-line Edge 50 Ultra, mid-level Edge 50 Pro, and economy Edge 50 Fusion are being released in Europe with the line “expanding” to North America later this year. Thanks to “moto ai,” these phones will “elevate every interaction by empowering users to intuitively create content, personalize their device, obtain the information they seek, and accomplish more,” the Lenovo subsidiary said, promising the world’s first “Pantone-validated” smartphone camera and display, with Motorola’s “most advanced solutions for capturing motion.”

Improved autofocus technology, sensors, and larger pixels for improved low-light performance and “a full arsenal of different lenses” to ensure optimal portraits, landscapes, close-ups and selfies are among the updates to this camera-centric smartphone lineup.

The new phones are powered by what a Motorola announcement calls a Photo Enhancement Engine that “uses AI to simultaneously apply settings from multiple shooting modes into one,” which will “fine tune the image for optimal detail, clarity, highlights, shadows, color and bokeh,” among other things.

The Edge Ultra offers what Motorola says is its “most impressive camera yet,” with a 50MP main lens, 64MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and 100x Super Zoom, 50MP ultrawide lens with macro vision, and 50MP selfie camera with autofocus.

Adaptive stabilization and auto focus tracking activate dynamically to optimize moving subjects in stills and video, while an action shot feature adjusts the shutter speed based on different lighting conditions to freeze action. There’s even a one-tap long-exposure mode to create light trails or artsy waterfalls.

“That top-of-the-line Motorola Edge 50 Ultra, which costs 999 euros, converts to roughly $1,060,” CNET writes, explaining it “uses a 6.67-inch OLED display that runs at a 1220p resolution,” powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8S Gen 3 processor” that, while newer, “is a slight step down from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 that we see on the Samsung Galaxy S24 series.”

“The phone features a 4,500mAh battery with 125W TurboPower charging plus 50W wireless charging capabilities, and is the first Motorola phone to support Ultra Wideband (UWB),” Android Police writes of the Edge 50 Ultra.

“All three devices come with Android 14 outside the box,” Android Police points out, providing specs on the mid-tier Edge 50 Pro, starting at €700 ($745) in Europe. The Edge 50 Fusion is priced at €350 ($372) in Europe and, “impressively for the price” is IP68-rated for dust and water immersion like the Pro and Ultra.

Android Police notes that Motorola’s “commitment to expanding the Edge family in North America this year” is vague, indicating it could release one, two or all three models here, and that judging by last year’s release pattern the Edge 50 Pro is “the version we’re most confident we’ll see hit North America.”

CNET says all three models will be released in Europe and parts of Latin America starting with the Edge Pro before hitting Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Motorola Announces the New Edge 50 Ultra with the Latest Qualcomm AI Chip, Android Central, 4/16/24
Motorola Is Bringing the Wooden Phone Back with Its New Edge Series, The Verge, 4/16/24
Moto Edge 50 Series Takes on Google Pixel Phones with Design Flair and Solid Specs, TechRadar, 4/16/24

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