UPDATE: While we're still unsure about the Motorola Edge Lite moniker, the folks over at XDA Developers have their own reasons and inside information to indeed expect an affordable device related to the Edge and Edge+ in the near future.
This is purportedly headed to Verizon with 5G support in tow, as well as a familiar-sounding 6.7-inch display that may however lose the drastic curves of the "regular" Motorola Edge. Interestingly, the company is tipped to adopt a dual hole punch screen cutout for the "Edge Lite", housing not one but two front-facing cameras with 8 and 2MP sensors.
Meanwhile, the quad rear-facing shooter system will allegedly be revised to include a 48 instead of a 64MP primary camera, a 16MP sensor (possibly with ultra-wide-angle properties), an 8MP lens (presumably of the telephoto variation), and a 5MP depth sensor (probably).
The rest of the rumored features are certainly not bad either, including an under-display fingerprint scanner, at least 4 gigs of RAM and 64 gigs of internal storage space, 20W fast charging support, and a dedicated Google Assistant key (at least in international markets), so we remain skeptical of the $400 price tag, which XDA does not corroborate or refute in any way. Our original story follows below.
If you're sad to hear the second edition of the modernized Razr could be delayed a full quarter and land no earlier than January 2021, another upcoming Motorola handset making the rumor rounds today might make you feel... something.
The so-called Edge Lite sounds pretty confusing, reportedly packing either a Snapdragon 730G or Snapdragon 765G processor in combination with 6 gigs of memory and 128 gigs of internal storage space. But the latter chipset is also found under the hood of the "regular" Motorola Edge variant, so it's not immediately clear how this Lite model might differ from the upper mid-range 6.7-inch device expected to cost around $600 in the US.
In case you're wondering, the non-Lite and non-Plus Edge comes in both 4 and 6GB RAM configurations, each offering a decent 128GB local digital hoarding room allotment, while packing a hefty 4,500mAh battery... that the Motorola Edge Lite could actually upgrade to a capacity of around 4,700mAh.
Obviously, it's highly unusual for a Lite derivation of an already pretty great phone to retain the processor, memory, and storage of its brother while also improving the battery size. Then again, the FCC documents (via Nashville Chatter) confirming part of this information only reveal the XT2075 model number of the mysterious handset, with a European e-tailer (via @stufflistings) claiming to divulge a few other specs labeling the device as the "Motorola 5G Plus."
In other words, you may not want to take the Motorola Edge Lite name for granted yet, but all signs point to the company preparing a very interesting 5G-enabled smartphone with a reasonable price point. Said price point could circle the €400 mark on the old continent, which makes the aforementioned specs sound even more compelling.
If this product exists and were it to come to the US at around $400 with a Snapdragon 765G SoC in tow, as well as 5G support and a massive battery, Motorola could completely blow Apple's iPhone SE (2020) and Samsung's 4G LTE-only Galaxy A51 out of the water.
The only other handset we can think of that might be able to compete against this rumored Edge Lite 5G is the OnePlus Z, aka Nord by OnePlus. But let's not get carried away and wait for corroboration of all this droolworthy info. If it's too good to be true, something is often not true.