Motorola Edge 20 Pro Review: Should OnePlus be Worried?


Motorola Edge 20 Pro is the best smartphone of its series. The Edge 20 Pro packs in some impressive hardware like a 144Hz display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, and clean near-stock Android. These features helped give the Motorola Edge 20 Pro a good first impression, but what does this smartphone like to live with? Can it compete with OnePlus 9R and Realme GT 5G? I put the Motorola Edge 20 Pro through its speed to find out.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Price in India

NS Motorola Edge 20 Pro The price is Rs. 36,999 in India and only one configuration is on offer with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. You can choose between midnight sky and rainbow cloud color options. I had a Midnight Sky unit with me for this review.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Design

Looks like Edge 20 Pro Age 20 (Review) and is instantly recognizable as a part of the Edge 20 series. The Motorola Edge 20 Pro is definitely one to watch. While it’s not as sleek as the Edge 20, it feels more premium. The Edge 20 Pro flaunts a larger 6.7-inch display, with the camera hole in the top-center and thin bezels all around.

Motorola says that the frame of the device is made of aluminum, but it has a resin coating that robs it of that premium feel. The Edge 20 Pro features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner which could be a deliberate move to cut down on the competition by using an in-display fingerprint scanner. The buttons are on the right, and I found they’re a little too high, requiring a stretch to reach the volume buttons. On the left is a button dedicated only to summoning Google Assistant. The bottom of the frame houses the USB Type-C port, primary microphone, loudspeaker and SIM tray, while the top only houses the secondary mic.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro sports Corning Gorilla Glass front and back

The camera module is in the top left corner of the back, and it doesn’t protrude as much as the one on the Motorola Edge 20. This is due to the greater overall body thickness thanks to the larger 4,500mAh battery of this phone. Motorola has curved the back at the edges which makes it comfortable to hold. The Edge 20 Pro is slightly heavier and heavier than the Edge 20, but it has the same IP52 rating for dust and water resistance.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Specifications

Motorola Edge 20 Pro has a large 6.7-inch AMOLED display with HDR10+ support. The panel has a 144Hz refresh rate which is the highest at this price point. It also has a 576Hz peak touch sampling rate. Motorola has used Corning Gorilla Glass on the front and back for protection.

Powering the Edge 20 Pro is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, which we’ve also seen powering OnePlus 9R (Review), IQ 7, And Mi 11X. Motorola only offers this smartphone in a single configuration with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB UFS 3.1 storage. You do not have the option to increase the memory. However, you do get a RAM Boost feature that provides 2GB of storage to be used as RAM. Motorola could have offered a higher priced variant with 256GB of storage for those who are willing to pay more.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro has support for Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, dual 5G, 4G VoLTE and six satellite navigation systems. It packs in a 4,500mAh battery and comes with a 30W charger in the box. The charger has a USB Type-C output and you get a Type-C to Type-C cable in the box.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Hole Punch Gadgets360 Motorola Edge 20 Pro Review

There’s a 32-megapixel selfie shooter in the hole

The software on the Edge 20 Pro is clean and relatively free of bloat. This phone runs Android 11 and my unit had the September security patch. You also get the promise of two years of Android software updates which should keep the device from getting old. Motorola’s MyUX customizations are available for you to customize the look of the smartphone. You can change the color and font of various UI elements. The Edge 20 Pro had Facebook and more Google The apps are installed out-of-the-box, and you can uninstall Facebook.

motorola Lets you enable a number of custom gestures from within the Moto app. For example, you can tap and hold with three fingers to take a screenshot, or flip the smartphone to silence an incoming call. There are also traditional Moto gestures like double-chop to turn on the flashlight, and double-crank to launch the camera app. Motorola’s Ready for feature, which we tested with the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion, is also present on the Edge 20 Pro.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Performance

For those looking for performance, the Edge 20 Pro is right up your alley. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC is so powerful that you can run it on almost anything without any hesitation. With 8GB of RAM, multitasking isn’t a problem, and I could run multiple apps at once while switching between them. The big AMOLED display with its high refresh rate is good for consuming content. Motorola has set the refresh rate to auto by default, which lets the smartphone optimize it based on what you’re doing. You can also manually set it to 60Hz or 144Hz. The display of the Edge 20 Pro had good viewing angles and the speaker was loud but a bit thin. I found that the side-mounted fingerprint scanner unlocks the device quickly.

The Edge 20 Pro handled benchmarks quite well, scoring 701,580 in AnTuTu. It managed to score 968 and 3,070 points respectively in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests. 3DMark’s Slingshot and Slingshot Extreme tests were maxed out. In comparison, the OnePlus 9R scored 6,72,556 in AnTuTu and 965 and 3,075 in Geekbench 5.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Camera Module Gadgets360 Motorola Edge 20 Pro Review

The triple camera setup on the Edge 20 Pro is quite versatile

If you are planning to play games, the Edge 20 Pro has you covered. I played Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) which defaulted to HD graphics and high frame rate settings. I could play the game without any problem. The smartphone showed no signs of slowing down and maintained a steady frame rate. After playing for 15 minutes, I noticed a three percent drop in battery level. The smartphone was not hot to the touch after gaming.

In terms of battery life, the Motorola Edge 20 Pro benefits from a slightly larger battery than the Edge 20. I could use this smartphone for about a day and a half without looking for a charger. In our HD video loop test, the Edge 20 Pro managed to last 15 hours and 2 minutes, which is slightly less than the 15 hours, 49 minutes posted by the OnePlus 9R. Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s screen refresh rate was set to auto. Charging is fast but not the best in the market. The supplied 30W charger was taking the Edge 20 Pro from zero to 58 percent in 30 minutes and up to 93 percent after an hour.

motorola edge 20 pro cameras

Motorola has used the same primary camera sensor Edge 20 Fusion (Review), Edge 20 and Edge 20 Pro. This 108-megapixel primary camera has an f/1.9 aperture and delivers 12-megapixel pixel-binned shots. The secondary camera of this phone is a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with 119-degree field of view, which is also capable of shooting macro shots. This is more useful than the 2-megapixel dedicated macro camera. The third is a 5X telephoto camera with optical image stabilization. It is also capable of going up to 50X digital zoom. There is a 32-megapixel camera in the hole of the display for selfie. The camera app on the Edge 20 Pro is easy to use and remembers the last mode you shot, making it fast to shoot multiple photos under similar conditions.

The Motorola Edge 20 Pro was quick to detect scenes and even suggested different shooting modes depending on the composition and subject. There was no problem in locking the focus quickly and metering the scene properly. Photos taken in daylight were good, and had good detail. Distant objects could be recognized, although this phone could better manage details in shadows. The ultra-wide-angle camera captures a very wide field of view but there is a significant drop in image quality. Distant objects are not as crisp and detailed.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro daylight camera sample (tap to view full size)

Motorola Edge 20 Pro ultra-wide-angle camera sample (tap to view full size)

Motorola’s 5X telephoto setup makes it easy to shoot distant objects. The details are ample but you need to be steady while shooting otherwise you will see some blurriness in the output. You’ll see a small viewfinder to help with framing when zooming in, but it’s still not easy as there’s a bit of lag. As a result, I needed several attempts to frame an object when shooting at high zoom levels. At digital zooms up to 50X, even the slightest movement can result in blurry shots and it would be better for you to use a tripod for such shots.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Telephoto Camera Samples (Tap to see resized image)

Close-up shots turned out well. Objects had decent detail and the Edge 20 Pro managed soft blur to the background. Portrait shots were crisp with good edge detection but the AI ​​boosts color aggressively. I could get close enough to objects to shoot clear macros. These had great detail and are captured at 16 megapixels which allows you to crop and further enhance them if needed.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro close-up sample (tap to see full size)

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Portrait sample (tap to view full size)

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Macro Sample (Tap to view full size)

The low-light camera performance reminded me of the Motorola Edge 20. Photos taken at night using the regular photo mode didn’t have the best detail. Night mode helps improve quality, but photos still didn’t live up to my expectations.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro low-light sample (tap to see full size)

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Night Mode Sampler (Tap to see full size)

The selfie taken in daylight as well as in low light turned out to be good. These photos are in 8-megapixel resolution, pixel binned from a 32-megapixel shooter. Portraits had good edge detection and the phone let me change the intensity of the background blur before taking a shot. However the output did have a boost of contrast and looked a bit artificial.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Selfie Portrait Sample (Tap to view full size)

Video recording tops out at 8K for the primary camera and 4K for the selfie shooter. The Edge 20 Pro also has a Dual Capture mode that lets you record video simultaneously from any two cameras on the device. You can use the selfie camera with the rear-facing primary camera, or use any of the two rear cameras to record. Daylight videos shot at 1080p as well as 4K were well stabilized, though EIS doesn’t do a good job in low light, adding a shimmering effect to footage.

Decision

Motorola is targeting Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 40,000 market segment with Edge 20 series. whereas Edge 20 Fusion (Review) And this Age 20 (Review) To cater to the lower end of this segment, the Edge 20 Pro is taking on the responsibility of the higher end. The Edge 20 Pro sports good hardware, and the software is free from bloatware.

While battery life is better on the Edge 20 Pro than on the Edge 20, its camera performance feels lacking compared to some of the competition. With OxygenOS likely not an option for purists, the Motorola Edge 20 Pro positions itself right OnePlus 9R (Review)

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