Motorola’s new Edge series accessory is priced at Rs. 30,000 market in India. The company has so far launched two smartphones, the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion priced at Rs. 21,499 and the Motorola Edge 20 is priced at Rs. 29,999. I have already reviewed the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion, and it was a good choice for someone looking for a capable device running Android near stock. The Edge 20 features a more powerful processor, higher update rate display, better cameras and 5G support. So Motorola Edge 20 is your first choice for Rs. 30,000? I tested it to find out.
Motorola Edge 20 Price in India
Motorola Edge 20 priced at Rs. 29,999 for a single configuration, which comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You will get two color choices of frozen pearl and frozen emerald. I had the latter for this review.
Motorola Edge 20 design
The Motorola Edge 20 feels like a candy bar in hand. It is rectangular, slim and tall. I also found it to be very light at 163g. The front of the Motorola Edge 20 is dominated by a 6.7-inch display with a camera aperture at the top. It has a thin bezel all around, giving it a premium look. The frame is made of aluminum alloy and is firm to the touch. Motorola has the power and volume buttons on the right, the latter slightly higher than the ideal. The Power Button also has an integrated fingerprint scanner and has a nice click feel when pressed.
On the other side of the frame is a dedicated button for Google Assistant. Like the sides, the top and bottom of the frame are flat. While there is only a secondary microphone at the top, below is a USB Type-C port, primary microphone, speaker and SIM tray. The back of the Motorola Edge 20 is made of plastic. My Frosted Emerald Motorola Edge 20 unit picked up smudges during use. Available in a transparent case box that you can use to avoid this.
The camera module on the Motorola Edge 20 is huge and has a three-step design. It stretches a little bit and the device shakes. The low weight of the Edge 20 is easy to use and comfortable, however you should stretch your thumb above for the larger display. The Edge 20 is rated IP52, which means it is splash-resistant. Motorola is sending a 30W Turbo Power Charger to the box with this smartphone.
Motorola Edge 20 specifications
The slim body of the Motorola Edge 20 was able to pack some interesting hardware. Starting from the top, the 6.7-inch AMOLED display has full HD + resolution and a 144 Hz refresh rate. Motorola also claims a 576 Hz Peach Touch sample rate for this panel. Corning Gorilla Class 3 is available to help keep the panel safe. The display is HDR10 + certified and supports DC dimming *.
The Motorola Edge 20 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC. It has 8GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. The Edge 20 is one of the few latest smartphones to be launched in India with this processor. It has support for many 5G bands. It also has Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6E, NFC and six satellite navigation systems. The Edge 20 packs in a 4,000 mAh battery. It supports fast charging and comes with a 30W turbo power charger in the box.
Motorola has shipped the Edge 20 with Android 11, with its MyUX interface at the top. My research unit runs the latest September Android Security Connection. The UI has very minor changes and is very similar to stock Android. Motorola lets you customize the icons, fonts and accent colors to your liking. Moto gestures allow you to perform certain actions quickly, for example double-cutting to activate the flashlight or swiping with three fingers to capture a screen shot. You can see that Facebook (uninstalling) and Google’s processors are already installed. I did not notice any spammy announcements during the review period.
On the Edge 20 you’ll get Motorola’s Ready for Feature feature, which allows you to connect to the external display wirelessly using Miracast. You can use all apps and games in outdoor view. You can connect Edge 20 to your Windows PC to receive notifications.
Motorola Edge 20 Performance
The Motorola Edge 20 gave good performance, and the Snapdragon 778G SoC gave me no reason to complain. I did not encounter long load times or face problems while doing multitasking. Motorola has set the display refresh rate to auto by default but you can lock it to 60 Hz or 144 Hz. At high refresh rates, the phone feels remarkably smooth while scrolling. The AMOLED display has good viewing angles and you can change the color output. I did not disappoint this because I liked the saturated profile that was out of the box. The single bottom-shooter speaker is loud, but I found it to be much thinner. Unlocking the device is quick using a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and facial recognition.
I was curious to see how the Snapdragon 778G compares with the SoC MediaTek Dimensionality 1200, which runs on multiple smartphones at the same price. On AnTuTu, it managed 524,175 points, which is less than the 583,748 points scored by OnePlus Nord 2 (review). The Motorola Edge 20 scored 769 and 2,768 on the Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core benchmarks, respectively. In GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase tests, the Edge 20 managed 109fps and 29fps, respectively. I ran the 3DMark slingshot on the Motorola Edge 20, which scored 6,449 points in this test.
I played Battlefields Mobile India (PGMI) on the Edge 20, which was the default for HD graphics and high frame rate. The game ran without any stumbling blocks. I played this game for 23 minutes and noticed a 6 percent reduction in battery life. The Edge 20 is not too hot.
Motorola’s GameTime feature allows you to mute incoming calls and notifications. You can add your favorite app shortcuts and put your phone in “high performance mode” while gaming. The option of incandescent lights illuminates areas on the edge of the screen to highlight the appearance of the sound. In games like PGMI, it helps to identify from which direction the sound originated, and to quickly detect enemies.
The 4,000 mAh battery in the Motorola Edge 20 seems to be a conscious choice to keep the smartphone light and slim. While I appreciate this, a larger battery would have been an acceptable reason to overcharge it. This smartphone lasted a day with my app and required a charge the next morning. In the HD video loop test, the phone went 13 hours and 19 minutes, which is lower than average. The 30W Turbo Power Charger got the phone 65 percent in 30 minutes and 94 percent in an hour.
Motorola Edge 20 cameras
Although the Edge 20 has a three-camera system, Motorola has a quad-camera function with optical image stabilization (OIS). Digital zoom goes up to 30X. For selfies, the Edge 20 features a 32-megapixel shooter that sits in the front camera slot. The camera application is familiar and has many shooting modes.
The 108 megapixel main camera will take 12 megapixel shots by default. I found myself quickly scaling the Edge 20 shots so it could detect what it was pointing to. During the day, the main camera managed the shots with good detail and was able to identify distant objects. These photos do not have the best dynamic range, occasionally resulting in excessive sky. HDR kicks aggressively when shooting bright scenes, but darker sections still lose detail. Photos taken with an ultra-wide-angle camera have a resolution of 12 megapixels. These shots had small distortions at the edges and were not as detailed as those taken by the primary sensor. However, the ultra-wide-angle camera managed HDR shots well.
The 3X telephoto camera was useful for shooting distant objects, and it managed good details. Since this camera has OIS, the shots were sharp and there was no blur due to shaking. I took some photos in the 30X digital zoom, but these had a watercolor effect.
The close-up shots had good detail in zooming in, and the Edge 20 managed the smooth depth effect well. The portraits had good margin detection, but the skin colors looked different with a slight deviation in color accuracy. You can set the amount of background blur before you take the shot. The macros were captured at full 16-megapixel resolution by the ultra-wide-angle camera, and they are very detailed. I can move closer to a subject during filming and allow you to zoom in and out if you need a higher resolution output.
Low light photos taken with the main camera do not have the best details and objects do not look sharp. In night mode, the phone improves the result, but also adds noise to the darker parts of the frame.
The selfies taken with the 32 megapixel camera had good details and I was able to take good shots both day and night. Portrait mode is also available, and manages good depth for phone background.
Video recording tops the main camera and selfie shooter in 4K. Allows you to switch between different sensors on the phone when shooting at 1080p. Footage taken in daylight was confirmed in 4K and 1080p. However, the low light shots recorded while walking had a noticeable glow.
Sub Rs. The 30,000 smartphone market is now packed with 5G smartphones from almost every major manufacturer. Motorola has jumped into this segment with the Edge 20 packing in a powerful Snapdragon 778G processor. This phone focuses primarily on aesthetics, and it is slim and light, but as a result its battery requires frequent charging. If you are looking for a slim smartphone or Android without plotware, the Motorola Edge 20 is worth considering.