After the announcement of the China-exclusive Motorola Edge X30, the world’s first phone to use the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, many wondered what’s next for the Lenovo-owned smartphone brand. But recent leaks have told us exactly what to expect.
Codenamed “Frontier 22”, Motorola’s next flagship looks like a heavy hitter on paper, and the leaked render makes for an interesting looking phone. This massive leak comes courtesy of a German publication. winfuture, which has a reliable track record.
Before we dive in, here are the leaked specs.
Leaked specifications of the Motorola Frontier 22
|Monitor||6.67-inch OLED P (2400 x 1080)|
|RAM||8 GB, 12 GB|
|Storage||128 GB, 256 GB|
|rear cameras||200MP main, 50MP ultra wide, 12MP 2x telephoto|
|charging||125W wired, 50W wireless|
|connectivity||USB-C, DisplayPort 1.4, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS|
As you can see, there are two things to keep in mind. The first and most obvious is the 200MP main camera sensor. If leaked renders are anything to go by, then this top shooter is huge. In fact, it reminds us of those old concepts of the Galaxy S22 using a large Olympus sensor. However, the number of megapixels is not everything, so we will have to reserve judgment on this camera.
The other big thing to consider is the processor. WinFuture sources did not specify the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, instead saying a Qualcomm SM8475. For reference, the current generation Snapdragon has a model number of SM8450. So SM8475 could be an updated 8 Gen 1, maybe a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus with a weird name. Qualcomm has done this before, where it releases a slightly updated version of its Snapdragon 8 series later in the year.
Otherwise, this is a pretty standard high-end 2022 flagship smartphone. According to this leak, storage flavors come in 128GB or 256GB flavors with the UFS 3.1 standard – RAM is either 8GB or 12GB. The big 6.67-inch P-OLED (plastic OLED) looks very curvy. In fact, the entire device looks quite curvy.
Obviously, the biggest competitor to this phone will be the upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra. Whether Motorola can match the best of Samsung (rumored to bring back features from the Galaxy Note) remains to be seen, but this phone, which could be called the Edge 30 Pro, will have its work cut out for it.
There’s also the OnePlus 10 Pro to consider, and OnePlus has really upped its game with its cameras. (Historically, poor camera performance has been the main reason to avoid OnePlus phones, and Motorola hasn’t done well in this area, either.) Otherwise, the 125W wired charging is nothing to sneeze at. That kind of power should recharge that 4,500mAh battery pretty quickly. And 50W wireless charging matches what OnePlus achieved with last year’s OnePlus 9 Pro.
WinFuture believes that this phone will appear this July. That’s long after the launch of the Galaxy S22, and even the rumored launch of the OnePlus 10 Pro as well. But that would make for a more interesting summer, which is usually a pretty dull time for smartphones, so we’re not saying no to a little extra pizzazz in the hot months this year.