Motorola Edge 40 hands-on: Wanting good in leather-based

Sitting underneath the Motorola Edge 40 Pro – referred to as the Moto Edge+ (2023) within the US – is the Moto Edge 40. It is what’s generally known as a sub-flagship handset, providing a spread of compelling specs, however not fairly within the high tier. It is the type of telephone that is designed to supply a premium expertise with out the premium value – and it seems to replace the Moto Edge 30 Fusion, slightly than the low-spec 2022 Moto Edge 30. Precisely what this telephone is likely to be referred to as when it launches within the US we do not know.

The Moto Edge 40 has revealed some charms nevertheless, even after a short while spent with it.


Motorola Edge 40

First impressions

There’s loads of enchantment to the Moto Edge 40 with a top quality construct and the choice for vegan leather-based finishes in two colors. This telephone sits just below the flagship 2023 mannequin, providing energy, nice clear software program and a great deal of potential.

Design and construct

  • Leather-based finishes in two colors
  • 158.43 x 71.99 x 7.58mm, 172g (vegan leather-based)
  • IP68 safety ranking

We have seen leather-based on the rear of some telephones previously, together with the Motorola Moto X means again in 2014, however not usually out of the flagship class. The choice for vegan leather-based instantly makes the Moto Edge 40 stand out in a sea of glass-backed gadgets. It retains fingerprints away and elevates the general aesthetic of the system, giving it one thing of a particular really feel.


The digicam bump is lovingly lined on this leather-based too, carrying two big lenses that are extra pronounced than Motorola’s flagship, the Edge 40 Professional (or Edge+ 2023 when you’re within the US). There are curves to the sides of the rear, assembly the curves of the display screen on the edges for a high-quality end. It is all protected with an IP68 rating, so it will not get broken by water or mud.

The design is intently associated to that of the Moto Edge 30 Fusion with the design and construct a lot the identical, nevertheless it boosts the waterproofing over the older telephone which was solely IP52.

The vegan leather-based end is obtainable on the Eclipse Black mannequin (as pictured right here), however we suspect the Nebula Inexperienced in leather-based goes to be widespread too, whereas there is a extra typical Lunar Blue that has an acrylic again. The leather-based fashions are a few grammes heavier and some tenths of a millimetre thicker, however we predict that is a commerce price making.

There are stereo audio system on the Moto Edge 40, with one on the bottom and one set into the highest of the display screen, providing Dolby Atmos audio and making an attempt to widen the soundstage. We have not had an opportunity to completely check their efficiency, however taking part in a number of music tracks reveals considerable high quality and quantity.

First impressions are of an amazing handset construct, with loads of high quality.

Show and {hardware}

  • 6.55in, 2400 x 1080, HDR10+, 144Hz
  • MediaTek Dimensity 8020, 8GB, 256GB
  • 4400mAh, 68W wired, 15W wi-fi

There is a 6.55-inch show on the entrance of the Moto Edge 40, which curves off to the left and proper edges and has a punch gap for the entrance digicam within the centre high. It is a plastic OLED sort show, with a refresh fee of 144Hz. The refresh rate may be adjusted, with an auto setting, in addition to 60 or 120Hz. If you’d like 144Hz, you’d have to pick out that particularly, as it is not lined by the vary that auto refresh would cowl.


At first look it is a good vibrant show with wealthy colors, very very like the bigger sibling the Moto Edge 40 Professional. It is not the identical show, nevertheless, because the flagship helps Dolby Imaginative and prescient and this show would not look like Imaginative and prescient licensed, solely HDR10+. Nonetheless, it provides you with that HDR enhance when watching content material.

There is a peak brightness of 1200 nits which is spectacular, and will see this telephone reducing by reflections while you step out into vibrant sunshine. We have not examined the handset extensively sufficient to confirm its efficiency, however first impressions are good.

Powering the telephone is the MediaTek Dimensity 8020. This is among the causes this can be a sub-flagship system, and sometimes producers will flip to MediaTek when they need a extra inexpensive telephone. The Moto Edge 30 Fusion provided Snapdragon 888+ {hardware} and the Dimensity 8020 is across the similar type of stage, nevertheless it’s newer. This {hardware} is, nevertheless, nonetheless excessive performing and though we have not had the prospect to completely check it, we would anticipate near flagship efficiency. It is backed up by 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.


There is a 4400mAh battery with 68W wired charging and 15W wi-fi charging. There’s 68W TurboPower charger included within the field, so it will likely be quick to recharge your telephone while you’re dashing out of the home. We’ll have to completely check this telephone to find out what kind of stamina it presents with that show and {hardware} – however we’ll replace as quickly as we are able to.


  • Essential: 50MP, 1/1.5in, f/1.4, OIS
  • Ultrawide: 13MP, 1.12µm, f/2.2
  • Entrance: 32MP, f/2.4

The cameras on the Moto Edge 40 take a step down from the Moto Edge 40+, firstly shedding the telephoto possibility, but in addition swap to decrease decision sensors for the ultrawide and selfie cameras. Whereas there’s nonetheless a 50-megapixel major, we’re not anticipating to get such spectacular outcomes out of this telephone.


Nevertheless, the primary digicam is providing a very large aperture, wider than common at f/1.4, so there’s potential that it may let in additional mild for night time pictures. It may also lead to a slightly shallow depth of subject, nevertheless, so we’ll have to completely check its efficiency and share the outcomes sooner or later.

The ultrawide digicam may also double as a macro digicam, so you can get extremely shut in addition to extremely large, however the lack of an optical telephoto means you may have to make use of digital zoom if you wish to get nearer to the topic – with as much as 8x digital zoom provided.

There are a selection of intelligent features packed into this digicam, together with the horizon lock for video that does and superior job of stabilising issues and is right for motion sports activities for instance. Video can also be boosted with a video bokeh operate, whereas there’s additionally a VLOG mode to seize a scene and your response on the similar time.

Software program

  • Android 13
  • 2 OS updates, 3 years safety

The Motorola Edge 40 launches on Android 13 and is predicted to have two OS updates and three years of safety updates. That is not essentially the most spectacular help, which means that this telephone will not get up to date so long as the flagship. The factor we like about Motorola’s method to software program is that it retains it fairly clear, near the type of expertise you would possibly get from the Pixel 7: certainly, this telephone is likely to be seen as one thing for a rival of that Google system.


That implies that Google apps and providers are entrance and centre, there isn’t any duplication of those apps, however there are some preinstalled apps, like Fb, Mistplay and Phrase Journey, whereas Motorola bundles in a few apps for Dolby Atmos, Household House, Moto Safe and Motorola Notifications. There’s additionally a major Moto app, however this seems to solely exist to level you in the direction of different components of the telephone.

We have not had the prospect to completely discover the efficiency of the software program, however having use the Moto Edge 40 Professional for a while, we’ve got excessive hopes for this telephone.

First impressions

The Motorola Edge 40 appears to step up in positioning over the Motorola Edge 30, as an alternative wanting extra like an replace of the Edge 30 Fusion. This makes it nearer to the flagship Edge 40 Professional, which is maybe mirrored within the asking value. At this value, it is designed to undercut flagship telephones with out too many compromises in efficiency.

The largest downside is more likely to be the dearth of an optical telephoto digicam. Elsewhere this can be a compelling package deal, with what seems like a robust show, nice construct, that beautiful vegan leather-based end and waterproofing. The efficiency of the Dimensity 8020 continues to be one thing of an unknown and we’ll be absolutely testing it to offer you a definitive verdict as quickly as we are able to.

The Motorola Edge 40 is obtainable now within the UK for £529 and in Europe. A US launch of an equal system is predicted within the close to future.

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