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Motorola Frontier cool, could get Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus SoC

Motorola Edge 2021 camera close up

Eric Zeman / Android Authority

TL; DR

  • A new Motorola flagship has apparently been detailed online.
  • The phone could come with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus and a 200 MP main camera.

Motorola was technically the first manufacturer to launch the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, unveiling the Moto Edge X30 late last year. It looks like the company intends to screw up even more later this year thanks to a so-called Motorola Frontier smartphone.

The reliable Technology news outlet obtained documents showing that the Motorola Frontier is a "next generation" device powered by the Qualcomm SM8475 processor. Motorola's phone is also rumored to pack 8GB to 12GB of RAM and a 6.67-inch FHD + OLED panel at 144Hz.

The deal did not clarify whether the SM8475 was the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, but Qualcomm's year-round updates usually get the SM8x50 naming convention (eg SM8350 for Snapdragon 888 and SM8250 for Snapdragon 865). We've also heard rumors that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus will arrive later this year and will be built on a TSMC process.

There is no word on battery capacity, but it is claimed that Motorola Frontier will increase things with 125W wired charging and 50W wireless charging.

All megapixels for Motorola

The upcoming phone is also expected to arrive with remarkable camera specifications on paper. More specifically, Technology news reports that the device will have a 200 MP main camera (Samsung HP1), a 50 MP ultrawide camera (Samsung JN1) and a 12 MP telephoto lens. Frontier is also said to arrive with a 60MP selfie camera that uses Qualcomm's always-on-face recognition (ie not recognition) functionality.

There's more to great image quality than lots of megapixels (actually lots of megapixels can be harmful), so we hope Motorola focuses on improved image processing and hardware additions (eg OIS).

There are still some other unanswered questions about this smartphone, such as a launch timeline (speculation suggests that the chipset will arrive in Q3), whether it has an IP rating and the obligation for software updates. But it certainly looks like a flagship worth adding to your 2022 watch list.

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