Motorola Edge S launch teaser via Revu Philippines

Motorola Edge S: What we know ahead of its Jan 26 launch

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Lenovo-owned Motorola will unveil the Motorola Edge S in China on January 26, according to the company’s official teaser image posted on Weibo. The teaser has also confirmed the phone’s back design. Though a global release has yet to be announced, the Motorola Edge successor should pick up a lot of interest outside of the Chinese market, as it will be the first smartphone to debut Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 870 5G chipset.

(Update, January 26: The Motorola Edge S, the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G phone, is official — and it’s priced from just around $300!)

Additionally, the Edge S has been confirmed to have Turbo LPDDR5, as well as Turbo UFS 3.1 storage. Motorola says Turbo LPDDR5 will provide a significant boost to virtual memory, improving performance by up to 72%, while the faster storage is said to increase write speeds by as much as 700MB/s.

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The Snapdragon 870 5G, which is essentially a higher-clocked follow-up to the Snapdragon 865 Plus and Snapdragon 865, is currently the chip with the highest clock speed in the mobile space, with a prime core running at 3.2GHz. For comparison, the Snapdragon 865 Plus and Snapdragon 865 have prime cores running at 3.1GHz and 2.94GHz, respectively. The 5G modem (Snapdragon X55) is the same; the GPU is almost identical, except you get a higher clock rate on the Snapdragon 870; and the new SoC uses a 7nm process, too.

Motorola Edge S Antutu benchmark score teaser via Revu Philippines

Lenovo China Mobile general manager Chen Jin reveals the Motorola Edge S 5G phone’s Antutu benchmark score

Recently, Lenovo China Mobile general manager Chen Jin shared the Motorola Edge S 5G phone’s benchmark score of 679,860 points on the Antutu platform. That’s a pretty impressive score, considering it’s based on hardware that’s already a generation old (two, if you consider the Snapdragon 865 Plus and Snapdragon 865 to be different from one another).

Besides launching with a Snapdragon 870 SoC under the hood, the Motorola Edge S is tipped to offer a 6.7-inch FHD+ screen with a 105Hz refresh rate. It is also expected to sport a 64-megapixel main camera in quad-lens setup, as well as a 5,000mAh battery. Alleged live photos have showcased the device’s front panel, matching earlier rumors of a flat display with a dual punch-hole design.

Pictures of an alleged Motorola Edge S actual unit plus what’s supposedly an official image render

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.