From tomorrow at the discounter – what is the 90-euro smartphone good for?

Motorola is known for cheap and good smartphones. A current model of the E-series is now available for purchase at Aldi – at a temptingly low price.

Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd will have Motorola’s Moto E20 on sale for 89.99 Euros starting Thursday, March 31. The smartphone is only available in the stores, not in the online store. Whether the purchase is worthwhile is revealed by atechbook.

The Motorola Moto E20 at Aldi in review

Das Moto E20 ist Mitte September 2021 erschienen und erweitert Motorolas E-Serie günstiger Smartphones. Es spricht die gleiche Design-Sprache wie die teureren Geräte des Herstellers, mit mittig angeordneter Wassertropfen-Notch für die Front camera und einem länglichen Rechteck für die Kameras auf der Rückseite. Das 6,5 Zoll große Display ist auf drei Seiten von dünnen Displayrändern umgeben. Lediglich das “Kinn” fällt etwas dicker aus. Die Auflösung ist für einen Bildschirm dieser Größe mit 720 x 1600 Pixeln (HD+) leider etwas niedrig. Individuelle Pixel sind dadurch womöglich erkennbar. Das Gehäuse besteht zum größten Teil aus Kunststoff, sowohl Rahmen als auch Rückseite sind aus dem Material gefertigt. Das fühlt sich zwar nicht so hochwertig an, übersteht dafür aber auch besser Stürze. Lediglich die Displayabdeckung ist aus Glas.

Dual camera

As is now common for smartphones, the Moto E20 also comes with more than one camera on the back. Besides the 13 MP main sensor, there is a 2 MP macro camera. However, it is more of a gimmick and hardly suitable for usable photos. On the other hand, an ultra-wide or telephoto camera is missing. The main sensor has a relatively small aperture of f/2.2 and thus cannot let in much light – no exception in this price segment. At least the camera supports phase detection autofocus (PDAF) for fast and accurate focusing. A 5 MP selfie camera sits in the waterdrop notch in the display.

Motorola Moto E20
The back of the Moto E20 has a striking structure with a honeycomb design. Photo: Motorola

Unusual chip inside

The Moto E20 is powered by a system-on-chip (SoC) from the Chinese manufacturer Unisoc. Unisoc is practically unknown in this country, but it is already a household name in China. The manufacturer ranks third there and thus even ahead of Huawei. The Moto E20 uses a Unisoc Tiger T606, which offers quite a lot of performance for the money. The chip is manufactured by TSMC in a 12 nm process and has two Cortex A75 performance cores and six Cortex A55 energy-efficient cores. All eight cores are clocked at 1.8 GHz. The GPU, a Mali G57 MC2, is also quite potent for this price range. Overall, the Moto E20 should also be suitable for light gaming with this hardware. The only limitation is the very limited working memory of 2 gigabytes.

The battery has a capacity of 4000 mAh . Unfortunately, there is no fast-charging function, the power is limited to 10 watts – thus, filling up the battery can take a while. At least charging is done via USB-C.

Motorola Moto E20
Display 6.5 inch IPS LCD
720 x 1600 pixels (270 PPI)
SoC CPU: Unisoc T606, Octa-Core (2 x 1.6 GHz Cortex A75, 6 x 1.6 GHz Cortex A55)
GPU: Mali-G57 MC2
Memory 2 GB RAM
32 GB internal memory, expandable via MicroSD
Main camera 13 MP (wide-angle, f/2.2, PDAF)
2 MP (macro), f/2.4
Front camera 5 MP, f/2.2
Battery 4000 mAh
Charging with 10 watts
Software Android 11 (Go Edition)
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
4G LTE
Bluetooth 5
GPS
USB-C (USB 2.0)
Dimensions 164.8 x 75.5 x 8.5 mm
184 grams

Current Android version

Motorola relies on the still quite up-to-date Android 11 in the Go edition for the operating system. This is a smart move, because the Go edition manages well with less working memory. Multitasking, for example, is limited to four recently opened apps and functions like picture-in-picture are disabled.

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Is the offer at Aldi worth it?

In itself, the Moto E20 offers a lot for little money. Of course, you have to make concessions in terms of display, casing and camera. However, the smartphone stands out with a good performance for this price range and an up-to-date Android version. Extras like a fingerprint sensor on the back, the 3.5 mm jack, and the slot for microSD cards also speak for the device. The E20 is almost unrivaled among smartphones under 100 Euros. Only devices like Nokia’s 1.4 and Xiaomi’s Redmi 9C can be mentioned here, but they are much worse equipped all around.

The offer at Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd is definitely worthwhile. After all, the Moto E20 costs around 10 Euros more at many other retailers. At the same time, buyers only get the Aldi Talk starter set for free at Aldi. Considering the purchase price of only 89.99 Euros, this is definitely a worthwhile extra.

Info about Aldi Talk

Aldi Talk is a prepaid provider that operates in the O2 network. The starter package comes with a credit of 10 Euros and allows booking various options on the SIM card. There is a choice of pure Internet flat rates, but also all-inclusive offers consisting of allnet and SMS flat rates starting at 7.99 euros per 28 days. Without a booked option, connections to other Aldi Talk customers cost 3 cents per minute and SMS and 11 cents to all other networks.