Motorola Frontier: What we know about the 200-megapixel camera phone

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(Pocket-lint) – Motorola, which is owned by Lenovo, recently announced in a post on Weibo that it will be launching one of the world’s first phones with a 200-megapixel camera. There could also be a third-gen foldable Razr.

But this guide is for Motorola’s next camera phone, currently codenamed Frontier. Whether it will have a different name at launch is not yet known. In fact, many details are still tenuous at this point, but Motorola has confirmed the device will arrive this summer, and several leaks over the past few months offer possible clues as to what the phone might look like and what its features might be like.

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Motorola Frontier: What we know

In May 2022, Motorola announced two upcoming smartphones on the Chinese social platform Weibo, including a device with a huge 200-megapixel camera. It is expected to debut in July. It was reportedly being developed under the codename Frontier and has been leaked several times over the past few months. In January 2022, WinFuture shared renders of the device along with its specs.

The main feature of the phone is its main camera, which reportedly uses Samsung’s 200-megapixel sensor announced last September.

Motorola Frontier Release Date

Motorola’s recent Weibo suggests that the company will announce a 200-megapixel camera phone in July 2022. No other specific information is known, including whether the phone will be called the Frontie when it arrives this summer.

There’s also no word at this time on if or when the phone might launch outside of China. But Motorola announced the Edge Plus in China in late 2021 as the “Edge X30” and then brought it to the US as the “Edge Plus” in 2022. If Motorola follows the same roadmap for the Frontier, the phone could launch in other countries before the end of 2022. But that’s pure speculation.

Motorola Frontier: Alleged design

There are a few images of the Frontier floating around the internet.

There is the January report from WinFuture which includes this rendering:

WINFutureMotorola Frontier: everything we know about the 200MP photo 3 camera phone

Leaker Evan Blass shared another similar render in February:

@evleaksMotorola Frontier: everything we know about the 200 MP camera phone Photo 1

And then this photo of the phone was reportedly posted to Weibo in March:


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Motorola Frontier: Claimed Specs

Thanks to reports like that of WinFuture, which includes a list of specifications, but also reports from technology news, @evleaksand SamMobile is unanimous that the Frontier will use Samsung’s ISOCELL HP1 sensor.

Not only can this sensor, announced last fall, support 8K video recording, but with so many pixels it will open the door to improved High Dynamic Range (HDR) and various pixel grouping possibilities (16 in 1 yields 12.5 megapixel results by default). The other two cameras on the back of the phone are said to be a 50-megapixel ultra-wide and a 12-megapixel telephoto. Photography will be the main focus of the Frontier, it seems. Previous rumors also suggested a 6.7-inch pOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate. It is also claimed that the phone will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus chipset.

Other interesting specs rumored so far include details of the 144Hz display, which is said to be a curved screen with punch holes. The screen might even feature an under-screen fingerprint sensor.

assumed properties

Screen

6.67″ curved POLED, FHD+, 20:9 HiD (punch in display), 144 Hz, DCI-P3, HDR10+.

software

Google Android 12

PROCESSOR

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus

warehouse

8GB and 128GB; 8GB and 256GB, 12GB and 256GB / LPDDR5 + UFS 3.1

camera

Triple camera (200 MP OIS; 50 MP wide angle; 12 MP 2X telephoto)

Front camera

60 MP selfie shooter

Audio

Stereo speakers, triple array microphones

connectivity

USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 support, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, Dual SIM (Nano SIM) support

biometrics

Fingerprint under the screen

battery

4500 mAh, with support for 125W wired fast charging or 50W wireless fast charging.

Availability

From July 2022

Motorola Frontier: What happened?

Here’s an updated timeline of all Frontier leaks:

May 24, 2022: Motorola announces the release of a 200-megapixel camcorder, likely the Frontier, in July.

Lenovo-owned Motorola unveiled its upcoming smartphones on Chinese social platform Weibo, including a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 foldable phone and another device with a huge 200-megapixel camera. The market launch of this second device is planned for this summer. Motorola’s 200-megapixel camera phone is codenamed Frontier. Intended as a flagship phone, it has been the subject of several leaks over the past few months, revealing specs and features. Today, Microsoft confirmed its existence via a post on Weibo. Although the teaser doesn’t mention the phone’s official name, it does reveal a launch date for July.

March 28, 2022: Samsung’s 200-megapixel camera spotted on a real phone

The photo you see above was shared on the Chinese social network Weibo and later on Twitter and is said to be of the Motorola Frontier.

February 18, 2022: The Motorola Frontier appears in the best photo ever leaked.

Excellent renders of the much-discussed Motorola Frontier have surfaced online thanks to Evan Blass, and if it’s real, a sizable main camera can be seen on the back. Previous leaks have shown the phone to come with Samsung’s 200-megapixel Isocell HP1 sensor, and the collection of images posted by online whistleblower Evan Blass has 194-megapixels listed under a huge lens unit.

January 25, 2022: Details and photos from Motorola emerge

Early reports indicate that Motorola is preparing a new flagship smartphone with a 144Hz display, a 200MP camera and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 “Plus” chip, codenamed Frontier.

Written by Maggie Tillman.


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