Some would argue that the last time Motorola released a handset of any significance was in November 2009 when the Motorola DROID made Android a household name. Others might point to the overly ambitious Motorola Atrix which was launched in 2011. Not only was the Atrix the first phone to sport a fingerprint reader, it was the first to use a dual-core chip and it could also connect to a special laptop accessory. to drive a PC-like experience.
The Atrix fingerprint scanner was downright awful, and the self-proclaimed most powerful smartphone in the world didn’t leave the legacy it might have had. The Droid X gets an honorable mention for being in the first class of handsets that offered what was then a large 4.3-inch screen. After moving away from the flagship level, Motorola succeeded with its budget line, especially the low-cost models that had certain features like a big battery or carried a stylus.
Motorola made a solid return to flagships with 2020’s Moto Edge Plus
Feeling its oats, Motorola returned to flagships two years ago with the Moto Edge Plus which featured a waterfall display, 6.7-inch 90Hz OLED display, 256GB of native storage and a 10-inch battery. 5000mAh capacity. And last month it was the first phone maker to presents a handset powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. Don’t let the name fool you, this is Qualcomm’s most powerful AP chipset for 2022, and the new naming scheme is meant to make it easier to understand if a Snapdragon component is up-tier, down-tier, or somewhere in the middle. .
Motorola exec posted photo of Moto Edge X30 Under-Screen Camera Edition retail box
The handset introduced in December is called the Moto Edge X30 and today an executive from the company took to Weibo to share a picture of the retail box of a special edition of the phone. According to GizmoChine, this variant of the Moto Edge X30 has an under-screen camera. Maybe Lenovo (the company that currently owns Motorola) needs a new marketing company, as this model would be known as the Moto Edge X30 Under-Screen Camera Edition, which is a bit wordy.
The executive who posted the image on Weibo was Chen Jin, general manager of Lenovo China Mobile Phone Business. The Moto Edge X30 Under-Screen Camera Edition is expected to have the same 60MP front camera sensor found in the standard version of the device. While it borrows the non-camera specs from the standard Edge X30 variant, it will sport a 6.7-inch OLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 1080+ resolution.
Motorola has clawed its way back to becoming one of the top phone makers in the US
Again, if the special Under-Screen Camera Edition mirrors the standard version of the device, it will have an in-screen fingerprint scanner with up to 12GB of memory and 256GB of storage. internal. The rear camera array could be led by a 50MP camera sensor with two other sensors on the back, and Android 12 should come pre-installed. If all goes according to plan, the Under-Screen Camera Edition of the Motorola Edge X30 will be the first handset with such a feature to include the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset under the hood.
You Moto fans in the US may need to take a deep breath as the Under-Screen Camera Edition seems to be heading to China only. The good news for Lenovo/Motorola fans in the world’s biggest smartphone market is that the appearance of the retail box indicates that this special edition Moto Edge X30 may be releasing soon.
Motorola took advantage of the U.S. ban on ZTE in 2018 to replace the Chinese maker as the fourth-largest smartphone maker in the United States. ZTE had failed to comply with US restrictions on shipments to Iran and North Korea and found itself on the list of entities unable to access its US suppliers more than a year before Huawei was placed on that list.
The big difference is that, unlike Huawei, ZTE was the fourth-largest smartphone maker by US shipments at the time. The most recent data generated by Statista shows that at the end of the third quarter of 2021, Motorola (including Lenovo) was the third largest smartphone shipper in the United States with 9% of the market. Apple (47%) and Samsung (34%) were the top two.