Motorola’s new Edge series is looking to make a mark in the sub-Rs. 30,000 markets in India. The company has so far launched two smartphones Motorola Edge 20 Fusion, with prices starting at Rs. 21,499 and Motorola Edge 20 which costs Rs. 29,999. I’ve already reviewed the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion, and found it to be a good option for someone looking for a device capable of running Android near stock. The Edge 20 has a more powerful processor, higher refresh rate display, better cameras and 5G support. So should Motorola Edge 20 be your first choice under Rs. 30,000? I tested it to find out.
Motorola Edge 20 price in India
NS Motorola Edge 20 The price is Rs. 29,999 for the configuration alone, which is 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. You get two color options, Frosted Pearl and Frosted Emerald. I had the latter for this review.
Motorola Edge 20 Design
Motorola Edge 20 feels like a chocolate bar in hand. It is oblong, slender and long. I found it quite light even at 163g. The front of the Motorola Edge 20 houses a 6.7-inch display with a camera hole at the top. It has slim bezels all around which give it a premium look. The frame is made of an aluminum alloy and feels sturdy to the touch. motorola The power and volume buttons are placed on the right side, while the latter is placed slightly above ideal. There is also an integrated fingerprint scanner in the power button and there is a nice clicky feel when pressed.
There’s a dedicated button for the other side of the frame google assistant. Just like the sides, the top and bottom of the frame are flat. While the top only houses the secondary microphone, the bottom houses the 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. To avoid this, you get a transparent case in the box which you can use.
The camera module of the Motorola Edge 20 is huge and features a three-step design. It expands to a great extent due to shaking of the device. The Edge 20’s low weight makes it easy to use and comfortable, though the larger display will require you to reach your thumb up. The Edge 20 is also rated IP52, which means it is splash-resistant. Motorola ships a 30W TurboPower charger in the box with this smartphone.
Motorola Edge 20 Specifications
Motorola has managed to pack some interesting hardware into the Edge 20’s slim body. Let’s start from the top, a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with full-HD+ resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. Motorola also claims a 576Hz peak touch sampling rate for this panel. You get Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to help protect the panel. The display is HDR10+ certified and has DC Dimming* support.
Powering the Motorola Edge 20 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC. There is 8GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. The Edge 20 is one of the few recent smartphones in India to be launched with this processor. It has support for multiple 5G bands. There’s also Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6e, NFC, and six satellite navigation systems. The Edge 20 packs a 4,000mAh battery. It supports fast charging and comes with a 30W TurboPower charger in the box.
Motorola ships the Edge 20 with Android 11, with the MyUX interface on top. My review unit was running the September Android security patch which is recent. There are very minor changes in the UI and it is similar to stock Android. Motorola lets you customize the icons, fonts, and even the accent colors to your liking. Moto gestures let you perform certain actions quickly, for example you can double-cut to turn on the flashlight or swipe with three fingers to capture a screenshot. You’ll find Facebook (can be uninstalled) and Google apps preinstalled. I didn’t see any spammy notifications during the review period.
You also get Motorola’s Ready For feature on the Edge 20, which allows you to wirelessly connect it to an external display using Miracast. You can use all the apps and games on the external display. You can also connect the Edge 20 to your Windows PC to receive notifications.
motorola edge 20 performance
The Motorola Edge 20 delivered decent performance, and the Snapdragon 778G SoC didn’t give me any reason to complain. I did not face long load times or problems while multitasking. Motorola has set the display refresh rate to auto by default but you can lock it to 60Hz or 144Hz. The phone feels quite smooth while scrolling at the high refresh rate. The AMOLED display has good viewing angles and you can tweak the color output. I didn’t fiddle with it as I liked its saturated profile which was out of the box. The single bottom-firing speaker is loud, but I found it thin at high volumes. Unlocking the device was quick using the side-mounted fingerprint scanner as well as face recognition.
Now I was curious to see how the Snapdragon 778G SoC compares with the MediaTek Dimensity 1200, which powers several other smartphones at the same price. In AnTuTu, it manages 524,175 marks which is less than 583,748 marks. oneplus nord 2 (Review) The Motorola Edge 20 scored 769 and 2,768 respectively in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core benchmarks. In GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase tests, the Edge 20 managed 109fps and 29fps, respectively. I also ran 3DMark Slingshot on the Motorola Edge 20, and it scored 6,449 in this test.
I played Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) on the Edge 20, and it defaulted to HD graphics and high frame rates. The game went on without any lag or stutter. I played this game for rounds lasting 23 minutes and noticed a 6 percent drop in battery life. The Edge 20 also didn’t get too hot.
Motorola’s Gametime feature lets you silence incoming calls and notifications. You can add your favorite app shortcuts and even put the phone in “High Performance Mode” while gaming. The acoustic illumination option illuminates parts of the edge of the screen to highlight the origin of the sound. In games like BGMI, this helps identify the direction the sound originated, potentially helping you find opponents quicker.
The 4,000mAh battery of the Motorola Edge 20 seems like a conscious choice to keep the smartphone light and slim. While I appreciate it, a bigger battery would have been an acceptable reason to make it bulky. This smartphone lasted about a day with my usage, and needed to be charged the next morning. The phone lasted 13 hours and 19 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is below average. The 30W TurboPower charger got the phone up to 65 percent in 30 minutes and 94 percent in an hour.
motorola edge 20 cameras
Motorola claims quad-camera functionality despite the Edge 20’s triple camera setup. The phone packs a 108-megapixel primary camera sensor, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera for macro shots, and an 8-megapixel 3X telephoto camera. Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Digital zoom goes up to 30X. For selfies, the Edge 20 packs a 32-megapixel shooter that sits in the camera hole at the front. The camera app is familiar and has multiple shooting modes.
The 108-megapixel primary camera takes 12-megapixel shots by default. I found the Edge 20 to be quick to meter scenes and could detect where it was pointed. In daylight, the primary camera managed shots with good detail, and distant objects were recognizable. These photos didn’t have the best dynamic range, which sometimes resulted in overly open skies. HDR works aggressively when shooting bright scenes, but darker sections still lose detail. Photos shot with the ultra-wide-angle camera are also in a resolution of 12 megapixels. These shots had slight distortion at the edges and weren’t as detailed as those taken with 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 detail. Since this camera has OIS, shots were sharp and there was no blur due to shaking. I also took some pictures at 30X digital zoom, but these had a watercolor effect.
Close-up shots had decent detail when zoomed in, and the Edge 20 managed the soft depth effect quite well. Edge detection was good in portrait shots, but color accuracy was a bit off, making skin tones stand out. You can set the level of background blur before taking a shot. Macros were captured at full 16-megapixel resolution by the ultra-wide-angle camera, and they were quite detailed. I could move closer to a subject when shooting, and the higher resolution output would allow you to enlarge and crop the image if needed.
Photos taken in low light with the primary camera did not have the best detail and objects did not appear sharp. With Night Mode, the phone improves the result but also adds noise to the darker part of the frame.
Selfies taken with the 32-megapixel camera had decent detail and I was able to take good shots during the day as well as at night. Portrait mode is also available, and the phone manages a decent depth for the background.
Video recording tops out at 4K for the primary camera as well as the selfie shooter. When shooting at 1080p, the phone lets you switch between different sensors. Footage taken in daylight was stabilized at 4K as well as 1080p. However, there was a noticeable flicker in low-light footage recorded while walking.
Sub Rs. The 30,000 smartphone market is now crowded with 5G smartphones from almost every mainstream manufacturer. Motorola has jumped into this segment with the Edge 20 which packs in a powerful Snapdragon 778G processor. This phone is primarily focused on aesthetics, and it’s thin and light, but it does result in the need for frequent charging of its battery. If you’re looking for a slim smartphone, or one running bloatware-free Android, the Motorola Edge 20 is worth considering for the price.