Once being the pioneer in the mobile phone industry Motorola suddenly disappears from the market due to its impractical approach to Android-based phones. But in the past few years, they are turning the wheel back by producing some really good products. The Motorola Edge 20 is one of those which offers real value to consumers.
Motorola was always known for its innovative design and unique interface but after a period of a successful run, its products become either heavily priced or low in quality compared to other makers. And most of the time they’re heavily criticized for giving less and taking more.
But with the launch of the Edge lineup, they gave tough competition to its competitors by providing great features in a much comparative price range.
The Motorola Edge 20 is breaking some barriers by providing a 144 Hz refresh rate like any gaming phone with a big 6.7-inch display. In this price segment, it’s probably the first phone that offers you a 10-bit display that consists of one billion colors and when you look at the screen and compare it with other displays you feel the difference.
Apart from the wonderful display, the internals is quite impressive too the Edge 20 is powered with Snapdragon 778G, 108 MP rear triple camera and 32 MP front cam, 4000 mAh battery, IP 52, and on top of that, you get a clean almost stock Android experience with some Motorola specific apps.
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The Design and Display:
The new design is more like a rectangular bar and at first, I thought this phone may be difficult to handle but here Motorola did a great job, the Edge 20 is not only light 163 grams but very easy to operate and after a long call, you don’t feel pain in your hands which is nice for a 6.7 inches phone.
The original moto edge was named for its curved display but the new moto edge 20 has a different design altogether it’s flat and thin but its razor-like appearance also fits the name quite well.
Although the back panel is made out of plastic we have an aluminum frame with flat squared-off edges offering some nice grip and the phone is overall super light and easy to handle.
The phone is 6.99 mm thick and on the back, we have a huge camera bump making space for three cameras and a dual-tone LED flash along with a microphone.
The rear panel of the smartphone has a matte finish that radiates when light falls on it. What I like the most about its rear design is that Motorola has used a matte frame instead of those glossy cheap-looking metal finishes.
On the right side, we have a power button that also works as a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and volume rocker. On the left, there is a dedicated button for Google Assistant but only used for this function we don’t configure it for other quick launchers.
At the bottom three is a USB type -C 2.0 port along with a single speaker and a sim tray that supports two nano sim cards. There are three microphones present in the device for better sound capturing.
The main attraction here is the big FHD+ max vision 6.7-inch display having a 20:9 screen aspect ratio. The Phone is a bit broader but it is very lightweight, you have to adjust your hands a bit to use it single-handedly.
The AMOLED screen supports 1 Billion colors and the screen can support HDR + so watching movies or videos are super fun here. But the colors are vibrant and look sometimes artificial so you have to modify some settings to get a natural-looking display.
You get a super-fast 144hz refresh rate that’s more like what you’d get on your average gaming phone and in addition to that the moto edge 20 claims a crazy fast 576-hertz touch sampling rate altogether get an incredibly smooth and responsive experience when interacting with this screen.
The bezels are very thin and covered by a 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 with an anti-fingerprint coating. The Edge 20 is IP52 rated as well, which means it is splash-resistant.
The higher refresh rate is super useful for High-end gaming and scrolling through the edges is super smooth and everything works flawlessly and the touch response is great.
108 Megapixel triple rear camera setup:
On the back, we have a huge camera module consisting of triple lenses. the moto edge 20’s camera setup is an upgrade over last year’s there’s now a 108-megapixel main camera together with the 8 megapixels three times telephoto cam and 16 megapixels ultrawide cam.
The main 108 MP Samsung sensor supports an f/1.9 aperture and 0.7 µm pixel size combines 9 pixels into 1 to shoot an effective 12mp with 2.1-micron pixel size.
The main camera in normal lighting performs well and all the pictures are came up with a great amount of detail and low noise. The colors are on the warmer side but we can’t say it’s bad and sometimes on a super vibrant screen pictures look oversaturated so it’s not the fault of the camera.
Night shots are only limited to the main camera and the images are less detailed most of the pictures are soft if you use the night mode then sometimes the colors are washed out but at times it produced better outputs. Overall the camera performs well.
Portraits from the main cam are nice with good detail and exposure subject separation is good if the background has proper lighting and is less crowded. Here are some camera samples…
The Ultrawide and telephoto lenses are different in this cam setup Motorola modified the 16MP ultrawide camera and downscaled it to 12MP and the 8MP 3x telephoto gets upscaled to 12MP and has Optical Image Stabilization.
I don’t know why they do that but the performance of these ultrawide and telephoto lenses is pretty average. The wide-angle shots are cropped then upscaled back so most of the pictures look ok on screen but details are less and the colors are soft.
The good thing is the wide-angle captures in 119 degrees field of view which is wider than other cams and the 8-megapixel telephoto camera produces images with good details and the distortion correction does a good job and there’s high contrast and dynamic range but the resolved detail is mediocre and the colors aren’t that accurate.
For selfies, the Edge 20 has a 32-megapixel shooter that sits in the camera hole at the front and the images are good in normal lighting conditions with a good amount of details and accuracy. Night mode and portrait mode both work fine.
The camera records 4K video at 30 FPS but the electronic image stabilization doesn’t work in 4K and is only limited to 1080p. The quality of videos from the main cam, telephoto cam, and ultrawide cam all are solid for the class with plenty of detail low noise great contrast, and praiseworthy dynamic range.
Performance and battery life:
On the performance section, the Motorola Edge 20 is powered by a Qualcomm snapdragon 778G processor. It’s an octa-core processor built on a 6nm process 4 cores are clocked at 2.4 Ghz and the remaining 4 are clocked at 1.9 Ghz.
The processor has Adreno 642L GPU and Qualcomm® Snapdragon Elite Gaming™ delivers immersive gaming experiences. The small size Qualcomm® Kryo™ 670 CPU enables 40% higher performance and incredible power efficiency.
The overall performance of this chip is good and with 8GB RAM, the device manages to run anything that you throw at it. The normal daily tasks are smooth and surfing, gaming, shooting, and watching are no problem in terms of gameplay, it performs extremely well.
In our CPU tests, the moto edge 20 posts some good numbers and the GPU performance is respectable too everyday tasks and games run smoothly and the thermal management is great with almost no thermal throttling.
Playing BGMI (Battlegrounds Mobile India) is real fun here and playing the game in HD graphics and high frame rate for about 20 minutes we don’t find any lag or frame drops and the most important thing here is the device doesn’t get warmer for longer gameplay.
There are some game-specific features like Gametime lets you silence incoming calls and notifications. You can add your favorite app shortcuts and even put the phone in “high-performance mode” while gaming. The Acoustic Lights option lights up parts of the edge of the screen to highlight the origin of a sound.
The Edge 20 comes with a 4000 mAh battery and we think for a 6.7-inch screen the capacity is less when you have a much higher refresh rate and touch sampling rate.
To maintain a slim and sleek design Motorola deliberately opts for a small battery but due to the efficient processor and some UI tweaks, the device lasts almost a day after an intensive operation.
We played a couple of games, calls for some hours, watched some HD content on Netflix, render a video, shared the phone hotspot all the time, and took lots of pictures and videos still the phone had 20% left which is pretty awesome for a 4000 mAh battery.
The phone also comes with a 30 Watt fast charger that charges the phone up to 50 percent in 30 minutes. To completely charge the phone, you will have to keep it plugged in at least for an hour.
A Clean Android Experience:
Motorola is always known for its clean almost stock Android software and the same thing continues for so many years because it’s one of the strong areas many people consider when they buy a smartphone.
With the recent fusing of oxygen and color os stock Android interfaces are becoming harder to find, the only option you have right now is Pixel but that’s totally from another league. So I feel this is one huge positive for the Edge 20 and additionally, there’s no bloatware or advertising stuff for you to opt out the entire experience feels very clean.
Only some Motorola-specific apps are there and I like those as they are super useful in some cases. It gives you all the options to personalize your Edge 20 by changing icons, fonts, and themes.
On top of that, there is some specific gesture support like double twists to launch the camera, swapping between the front and rear cameras, shaking to turn on the flashlights, swiping with three fingers to take a screenshot, etc all these are integrated into one Moto app.
The Edge 20 comes with Android 11 preinstalled and Motorola promises to give Android 12 and 13 updates for their Edge series phones which means you get the updated apps and security support.
Some Additional new Features:
- With the Edge 20, Motorola introduced a Chromecast-like feature where you wirelessly use your phone as a receiver or controller, you can cast your phone screen easily with the smart TV, use your phone’s camera for video calls directly from your PC.
- These features are super useful when you want to watch your gameplay on your big screen TV and use your phone as a touch controller, Watch any specific videos on the big screen, video calling from your PC, and use the phone camera for a rich experience, use any specific app in windows.
- Then you get the options for attentive display which will keep the screen on if you’re looking at it and you have the peak display which acts as an always-on display but only when you tap or move the phone.
- The phone comes with an official IP 52 rating means it can survive occasional splashes and you don’t have to worry about sudden rain outside.
- Edge 20 has both 400 Mhz mm-wave and 100 Mhz Sub-6 category support for 5G network and 3.7 Gbps of peak download speed and 2.9 Gbps of Upload speed.
- The call quality and cellular reception are very rich because of the 4G+volte career aggregation support and both sims are capable of running 5G.
- The device has all the sensors like accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, proximity, side-mounted fingerprint, and most importantly it has NFC support for payments.
- In terms of connectivity, the device supports Wi-Fi Cat 6e, Bluetooth 5.2 A2DP, GPS, Glonass, BDS, and GALILEO.
Price and Buying Options:
The Motorola Edge 20 is currently available in all the parts of Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. You get only one storage option 8GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage in Frosted Emerald, Pearl, Grey, and white colors. The phone is priced at roughly around $430 to $500 depending on the country you’re in.
At this price point, there are other options available that give Edge 20 real competition. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite NE 5G, Oppo Reno 6 5G, and Mi 11T 5G all are great value for money phones.
Similarly, for North America (US, Canada) Motorola had launched the Edge 2021 with some hardware changes. It has a slightly bigger screen of 6.8″, a bigger battery of 5000 mAh, a slightly thicker glass body with 200 grams weight, and different lens placements for the rear camera. The Nebula blue 8GB/256GB version is currently sold via motorola.com and Amazon and is priced at $599.
A final thought about the Motorola Edge 20 :
The Motorola Edge 20 is a unique phone which offers big features at a comparative price. There is a flagship-grade OLED display with a super-fast refresh rate and touch sampling rate, the design is edgy and unique, and the triple cameras are quite versatile to capture your wonderful memories.
If you love the stock Android and don’t want to face any bloatware and advertisements then the Edge 20 is the perfect device for you. You always get fast charging and good gaming and multimedia experience on this device.
The phone has an impressive display with great viewing angles while the chipset is not the flagship-grade but easily gets you through any situation.
The downsides here are that you don’t get stereo speakers or a 3.5mm headphone jack which the original moto edge did have and battery life is mediocre for the class by today’s standards. The camera app and UI has some integration issue that can be sorted out in future updates.
But as for now, this price range is a positive choice and no one offers you such screen and camera features. Let me know what you think guys about Motorola Edge 20 in the comments section below.