Motorola Edge 20 review
Back in July, Motorola unveiled three Edge 20 smartphones with some key features in common – HRR OLED displays, 108MP primary shooting, 5G connectivity, and 30W fast charging.
Today, we’re going to explore the Motorola Edge 20. With a powerful Snapdragon 778 chipset and a 3x telephoto camera, the regular Edge 20 is the most balanced of the trio. There is a Pro model with the flagship Snapdragon 870 SoC and a 5x periscope camera, while the Lite model runs on the base Dimensity 720 platform and doesn’t have a zoom camera.
Before we continue, we want to warn you not to confuse this Motorola Edge 20 phone with the US-exclusive Motorola Edge (2021) which is a reworked Edge 20 version, or the India-exclusive Motorola Edge 20 Fusion, which is based on the international Edge 20 model. Lite.
So, the first thing that you will immediately notice about the new Motorola Edge 20 is that it is not a curved smartphone like the original Edge, quite the opposite. It features beautiful flat sides, screen and back panel and is ultra-thin at 7mm thick. As usual, Edge 20 is splash-proof thanks to its water-resistant construction.
The Motorola Edge’s most impressive feature is the 6.7-inch OLED display with 10-bit color and 144Hz refresh rate. It supports dynamic refresh rate as well, but we’ll talk more about this in our Display section. For now, let’s say she sure looks great on paper.
This Edge 20 model is based on the Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset, which provides a powerful processor and GPU. That should suffice for smooth HRR gaming, and there’s also 5G connectivity. The Edge 20 Pro is the flagship device with the Snapdragon 870 SoC, but it sure looks a bit overkill for the 1080p screen, don’t you think?
Anyway, the Edge 20’s rear camera is quite interesting. It has a 108MP primary camera with Samsung’s ISOCELL HM3 sensor, followed by an 8MP camera with 3x optical zoom and a 16MP ultrawide camera with autofocus for capturing great macro photos. Selfies are handled by a 32MP front camera. The Pro model offers 5x zoom instead of 3x, while the Lite model does not have a remote camera.
The Motorola Edge 20 also shines with 30W fast charging and a clean Android 11 system with some cool Moto tricks.
A quick overview of Motorola Edge 20 specifications:
- Body: 163.0 x 76.0 x 7.0 mm, 163 grams; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminum frame, plastic back; Waterproof design.
- Screen: 6.70 inches OLED, 1B colour, 144Hz, HDR10 +, resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, aspect ratio 19.5: 9, 385 ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 670 Prime, 3×2.2 GHz Kryo 670 Gold, 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 670 Silver); Adreno 642 liters.
- Memory: 128 GB RAM 8 GB, 256 GB RAM 8 GB; undefined.
- Operating System/Software: Android 11.
- Rear camera: Wide (main) : 108 MP, f/1.9, 1/1.52″, 0.7μm, PDAF, telephoto : 8 MP, f/2.4, 79mm, 1.0μm, 3x optical zoom, PDAF, OIS, Angle Ultra Wide : 16 MP, f / 2.2, 13 mm, 119 °, 1.0 μm.
- Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.3, (wide), 0.7 μm.
- Video capture: Rear camera : 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 720p@960fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera : 1080p @ 30fps.
- Battery: 4000 mAh. 30W fast charging.
- misc: fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC.
Looking at the Motorola Edge 20 specs, we can think of only two potential problems – the omission of stereo speakers and battery capacity. Other mid-range smartphones offer dual speakers with a capacity of 4,500 mAh or more, especially larger phones like the Edge 20.
Without further ado, here’s the Motorola Edge 20.
Motorola Edge 20 unlocked
The Motorola Edge 20 ships inside a thin blue box that contains a 30W power adapter with a USB-C port and a USB-C cable.
The phone also arrives with a transparent silicone case, and it’s already set for your convenience.