Motorola Moto G20 – is the cheap Android smartphone worth it?

Motorola offers an inexpensive entry-level smartphone in the form of the Moto G20. Aldi Nord currently offers the device at a special price of just 129 Euros. But is the purchase worthwhile or should customers rather invest a bit more and choose a different model?

Motorola’s Moto G20 attracts with a quad-camera, a 90 Hz display, a 5000 mAh battery and the latest Android 11. At first glance, it offers a well-rounded overall package at a low price. However, a closer look reveals one or two weak points, as our smartphone check shows.

Motorola Moto G20: Large and water-repellent

With its 6.5-inch display, the Motorola Moto G20 is not a small smartphone. Overall, however, it appears rather elongated than particularly wide. This is due to the 20:9 format that the manufacturer relies on. It is a pity that the IPS screen only has an HD resolution – 1600 x 720 pixels. Thus, the display is not quite as sharp as desired. However, it has a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which makes the display look particularly smooth. The color reproduction is natural, but the brightness of the display is not particularly high. Thus, it is difficult to read in strong sunlight.

Motorola Moto G20
Motorola Moto G20 Photo: Lenovo

The bezels around the display are narrow, but visible. The 13-megapixel front-facing camera is located in a drop-shaped notch. The smartphone’s casing is made of plastic and protected against dust and splash water according to IP52. Besides the fingerprint sensor, the quad camera is also located on the back. However, you should not expect too much from it. The main sensor takes pictures with up to 48 megapixels, whereby four megapixels are combined into one via pixel binning. This results in pictures with a maximum resolution of 12 megapixels. The wide-angle is joined by an ultra-wide-angle with 8 megapixels, as well as a macro lens and a depth sensor with 2 megapixels each. The camera is certainly suitable for one or two snapshots. Overall, however, pictures lack details and color depth, especially in more difficult lighting conditions.

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Android 11 with update guarantee

It is nice that the Motorola Moto G20 still has a jack for connecting conventional headphones. A memory card slot is also part of the equipment. Users can expand the 64 GB internal storage with it. The smartphone runs the latest Android 11 ex-factory – a plus point. An update to Android 12 will also be available. Thus, the Moto G20 is very well equipped on the system side.

The performance is not bad at all for a smartphone in this price range. It is powered by an octa-core processor called Unisoc Tiger T700, which has two Cortex A75 performance cores and six Cortex A55 energy-saving cores. The maximum clock rate is 1.8 GHz in each case, and the working memory has a capacity of 4 GB. All in all, the processor ranks in the lower mid-range in terms of performance. It masters everyday smartphone tasks quickly and reliably.

However, the smartphone does not offer 5G – which is not to be expected in this price range. Users can therefore only surf via LTE or WLAN, whereby the device supports dual-band WLAN in the 2.4 and 5 GHz range. Data can be transferred wirelessly either via NFC or Bluetooth 5.0.

A small highlight is the battery, which has a decent capacity of 5000 mAh. It is just a pity that it can only be charged with 10 watts, which means a full charge takes a good two hours. The battery runtime itself could also be better in view of the high capacity. Only unfortunately, Motorola’s Moto G20 has a comparatively high power consumption in standby mode, which is reflected in the runtime. Nevertheless, the smartphone lasts for about two days with one battery charge.

Conclusion: Good, but with drawbacks

Overall, Motorola’s Moto G20 offers a well-rounded package with minor weak points. The performance is good, the display is fast and the battery is reliable. However, fans of cell phone photography will be disappointed and the low display brightness is also limiting. However, you can overlook these points for 129 Euros. Other providers charge a bit more than Aldi Nord for the device. Here, the prices start at 132 Euros. By the way, they do not include the Aldi Talk starter package, which normally costs 12.99 Euros. A starting credit of 10 Euros is already added to the prepaid card.

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.

Those who want to spend less money also have to do without some points. For example, smartphones under 100 Euros usually have less memory and performance and often also a less high-resolution camera. The situation is different for smartphones up to 200 Euros. Here you can find really good models at a low price, which the Moto G20 often cannot quite keep up with. One of the editors’ tips is the Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro starting at 194 Euros, which not only offers a lot of performance but also 128 GB of storage.