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Motorola is working on a budget flagship with a Snapdragon 865, 90Hz screen

Motorola Edge Plus Review
Motorola Edge Plus Review (Image credit: Daniel Bader / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • A new leak suggests Motorola is planning to release a 'value flagship' phone early next year.
  • The phone is tipped to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 processor.
  • It may also feature a 90Hz FHD+ display, dual selfie cameras, and a 64MP main camera.

Motorola re-entered the flagship smartphone segment in April this year with the Motorola Edge+. While it remains to be seen if the company will be launching a true successor to the Edge+ with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 875 chipset next year, a new leak has shed light on the specs sheet of an upcoming Motorola phone codenamed "Nio."

As per TechnikNews, the Motorola Nio will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, just like the Motorola Edge+. The chipset will be paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It is also rumored to sport a 90Hz display, featuring a pill-shaped hole-punch cutout for two selfie cameras.

Around the back of the phone will be a triple-camera setup with a 64MP main sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The phone is tipped to launch in the first quarter of 2021 with Android 11 out of the box. Quite clearly, Motorola isn't aiming to take on the best Android phones in the high-end segment with Nio. Instead, the phone will take on popular value flagships such as Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE and the Google Pixel 5.

Motorola Edge

Motorola Edge

The Motorola Edge is currently on sale for just $400, which makes it a great option if you're looking for a premium mid-ranger. It has a 6.67-inch OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G processor, a 64MP main camera, and a large 4,500mAh battery.

Babu Mohan
Babu Mohan
4 Comments
  • "Value flagship", eh. I guess the automotive equivalent would be a "value exotic", like a Mercedes AMG GT 63 S or Porsche 911 GT3 with a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder, cloth interior and plastic hubcaps.
  • I like Motorola, but their cameras are always the let down for me. If they nail that then I could be tempted.
  • After owning the 2013 moto x, original turbo, turbo2 & Zforce, I gave up? Why, the 📷 's of course. All these years & the 📷 's barely crack the top ten? Yep, no more Lenovorola for me!
  • They should work on doing a better job on OS and security updates.