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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 processor is basically slightly cheaper, slightly less powerful version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The chip maker says it’s designed to offer a nearly the same level of performance as the company’s flagship mobile processor in more affordable devices.

And one of the first devices that will use the new chip? The Motorola Edge 50 Pro. Update: The Motorola Edge 50 Pro is official, but it turns out to have a Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 processor instead of a Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chip (unless there’s another model on the way). 

Motorola hasn’t officially launched the phone yet, but Indian retailer Flipkart has posted some key specs and a bunch of pictures. And Abishek Yadav has shared a promotional image that seems to confirm the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 processor.

The phone has a 6.7 inch pOLED display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, and up to 2000 nits peak brightness. There’s also an in-display fingerprint sensor and a hole punch camera cut-out.

Motorola is also highlighting the phone’s triple rear camera system, which includes a 50MP primary camera with AI-enhanced adaptive image stabilization, auto focus tracking, and “AI Photo Enhancement,” among other things.

The display and camera are both Pantone validated for color accuracy.

When Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 processor, the company said that some of the first companies to ship phones powered by the new chip would include Chinese brands like Honor, iQOO, Realme, and Xiaomi, but it was unclear if any companies with a more global business would jump on the 8s ship.

Technically Motorola is a Chinese brand too (it’s owned by Lenovo, which is headquartered in China), but it’s a company that has a bigger presence outside of China. So while it looks like the Motorola Edge 50 Pro is scheduled to go on sale in India soon, it’s possible we could see it in other countries soon as well.

And opting for a slightly cheaper processor to help keep costs down isn’t a new strategy for Motorola. The company’s razr (2023) smartphone is one of the most affordable foldables to date thanks, in part, to Motorola’s decision to opt for a Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip rather than a more powerful Snapdragon 8 series processor. And the Motorola Edge series has a history of straddling the line between mid-range and flagship by combining premium features with upper mid-range processors.

via NotebookCheck and @motorolaindia

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  1. Moto has a decent strategy of price undercutting the top-flagships-soon-to-be-eWaste. Do we really want to pay extra for a barely functional thermometer feature integrated into your stupor phone when that feature will likely be dirt cheap and actually work 3 years from now? Or maybe smart phones will soon be replaced entirely by some other worse tech, and why do we fund these stinky tech overlords by overpaying for stupor phone.

    1. “Vegan leather” hilariously named… but the friction it provides is highly useful and functional compared to the stupidly slick exterior of modern phones. Phone cases could easily be obsoleted. It is for the greater good to encourage iPhone users to buy gold-plated jewel encrusted titanium alloy phones.

    2. The tech replacement is the smartwatch. I use my phone a lot less and often don’t even take it with me. I’m much more interesting in advances in that technology than buying a new phone.