The Motorola Edge is the latest competitor in the $700 Android market, so we pit it against the OnePlus 8.
2020 has been the year of making big strides for Motorola and OnePlus. Both companies launched a duo of smartphones that represent its brand values, while carrying specs worthy of competing with the old guards of Apple and Samsung. The two also established themselves as front-runners for the best affordable flagship with the Motorola Edge and OnePlus 8.
The strength of Google’s Pixel lineup comes from its camera, but a lot of that skill comes simply from software optimization. For a while, developers have been porting the Google Camera app and some of its smarts to other phones, including the OnePlus 8 series. Now, that port is getting a huge upgrade on that hardware.
OnePlus has three tiers of software releases — closed beta, open beta, and final release. Today, a couple of months after debuting the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, the company is opening up signups for the closed beta program on those latest releases.
Two phones that look a lot more similar than they actually are
OnePlus’ newest smartphones are packing many of the latest and greatest parts and features you can find in high-end phones right now, and the 8 Pro in particular has brought some long-demanded improvements. The 8 Pro, announced several weeks ago, has become the first phone from the company ever to support wireless charging and receive an IP rating — two of the longest-standing downsides to OnePlus smartphones. But as much as these features have satisfied the demand of fans, they’ve also created a much more noticeable difference between the basic OnePlus 8 and the 8 Pro. Read More