Motorola Edge 20 – three mid-range smartphones in test

When it comes to the price-performance ratio, you could rely on Motorola in the past years. There are three variants to choose from in the new mid-range Edge 20 models.

Motorola does the price balancing act with the new Edge 20 series: Prices and features range from 350 Euros (Edge 20 Lite) over 500 Euros (Edge 20) up to 700 Euros (Edge 20 Pro). Apart from a few exceptions, there is top technology at a mid-range price. A practical test of the Edge 20 with and without Pro as well as the Edge 20 Lite.

Large display with up to 144 Hz

Those who like large displays will love all three models. The screen is huge at 6.7 inches and has a slim 20:9 format. The OLED screen convinces with strong contrasts and balanced colors in everyday use. However, the image’s sharpness is not outstanding with a pixel density of 385 ppi. With a refresh rate of 144 hertz, the top model Edge 20 Pro even outshines upper-class devices like the iPhone 12 – but with pretty high power consumption.

Motorola Edge in the test
The displays of the Motorola Edge 20 measure 6.7 inches diagonally. A maximum of 144 hertz refresh rate is possible in the top model. Photo: dpa picture alliance

If the display is still not big enough for you because you want to give a presentation or watch a movie, you can connect an external monitor. Motorola calls this “Ready for” and not only enables mirroring the display, but also a mode for games, movies, video chats or a mobile desktop for working.

Up to three cameras

All three models are equipped with a 108-megapixel main camera (aperture
f/1.9) is equipped. It delivers excellent photos with natural colors and balanced exposure. The camera sensor uses the so-called Ultra Pixel technology, where nine conventional pixels are combined into one large Ultra Pixel. Motorola promises improved light sensitivity as a result. In practice, this ensures detailed photos even in low light.

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A 108 megapixel image sensor is used as the main camera in all models of the Egde 20 family. Photo: dpa picture alliance

The Motorola Edge 20 Pro has the most lavish camera equipment with a telephoto lens, an ultra-wide-angle lens and a macro lens. The battery has a capacity of 4500 milliampere hours. This ensures that the device does not run down prematurely in the evening even during intensive use.

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Different chips depending on the price range

The Motorola Edge 20 Pro is equipped with a Snapdragon 870 system-on-a-chip (SoC). This is not the most powerful hardware available in the Android camp. However, Motorola can stay far below the 1000 euro threshold in return. This mid-range configuration is not noticed negatively in everyday use. The Edge 20 Pro is lavishly equipped with 12 gigabytes (GB) of working memory (LPDDR5) and 256 GB of flash storage (UFS 3.1).

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The telephoto camera of the Motorola Edge 20 Pro directs the light around the corner onto the sensor to get the necessary focal length for five times magnification. Photo: dpa picture alliance

The Edge 20 (without Pro) uses Qualcomm’s slightly slower Snapdragon 778G chip. The model comes with a simple telephoto camera with triple optical zoom. The battery is slightly smaller (4000 mAh), as is the 128 GB storage and the 8 GB working memory (RAM).

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The Motorola Edge 20 has a triple camera with telephoto, wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lens. Photo: dpa picture alliance

The camera of the Lite model does not have a telephoto lens at all. Motorola uses a Mediatek SoC (Dimensity 720) as the main chip. The working memory is 8 GB, the flash memory 128 GB. The battery with 5000 mAh lasts for almost two days.

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Motorola’s Edge 20 Lite has an ultra-wide-angle camera in addition to the main camera with 108 megapixels. The third lens is a depth-only camera. Photo: dpa picture alliance

On the positive side, Motorola includes USB-C chargers (30 watts) with the three devices. All three models support the fast 5G mobile network and the new Wi-Fi standard WiFi 6, which means they will still be up to date with wireless technology in a few years.

You have to make concessions in other areas. The three tested Motorolas cannot be charged wirelessly. Immersion baths are also taboo: There is only splash water protection according to IP52.

Motorola Edge 20 offers solid hardware at a fair price.

The Edge 20 Pro is especially interesting for photo enthusiasts with its periscope telephoto lens. If you do not need this feature as much, you can also use the cheaper Edge 20.

The new Motorola Edge in the test
The price range goes from 350 Euros for the Motorola Edge 20 Lite (left) to just under 500 Euros (Motorola Edge 20 in the middle) to the Edge 20 Pro (right) for around 700 Euros. Photo: dpa picture alliance

The Lite model is especially interesting for users who want the longest possible battery runtimes without having to have a high-performance computer in their pocket all the time. With 5G and WiFi 6, all three models are future-proof and feature a clean Android in the latest version 11.

With material from dpa