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Motorola’s Edge 40 is slightly less Pro and much more affordable

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Exactly one month after announcing the Edge 40 Pro, Motorola is introducing a more affordable, non-Pro variant called the Motorola Edge 40. It’s available in Europe starting today for €599.99 (£529.99, about $664), €300 less than the €899.99 (about $995) Edge 40 Pro. Motorola’s press release doesn’t mention a US release for the Edge 40, but given that the Edge 40 Pro was announced for the US market just two days ago as the Motorola Edge Plus (2023), it feels like there’s a chance the non-Pro is brother or sister following a similar path.

As you’d expect, the Edge 40 has slightly lowered specs across the board compared to the Pro. The 1080p OLED display is slightly smaller at 6.55in versus 6.67in, and it also has a lower refresh rate of 144Hz compared to 165Hz, but you probably won’t notice that in practice. The Edge 40 is also powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 8020 processor rather than the Pro’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and a slightly smaller 4,400mAh battery.

Motorola seems to be quite proud of its IP68 rating.
Image: Motorola

Following the lead of most other smartphone brands, the non-Pro Edge 40 also drops the third telephoto camera from its pricier sibling, and what remains is a lower resolution too. The Edge 40 has a 50-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization, a 13-megapixel ultrawide with a macro mode and a 120-degree field of view, and a 32-megapixel selfie camera.

Elsewhere, the Edge 40 has retained some nice features. Sure, the fast charging is almost half that of the European Pro model, but it’s still a speedy 68W that offers up to 12 hours of battery life from a 10-minute charge. There’s also an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, up to 15W wireless charging, and dual stereo speakers. Available colors include acrylic blue and vegan leather green or black.

The Motorola Edge 40 can be ordered in Europe from today.

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