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Motorola Edge 20 Review With Pros and Cons – Better than Nord 2 5G?

Motorola Edge 20 Review
Motorola Edge 20 Review

Motorola is back in line because they have launched killer smartphones under Rs 30,000 in India. Yes, we’re talking about the newly launched Motorola Edge 20.

The smartphone feature eleven 5G bands which are more than any other device at this price tag. Moto Edge 20 is powered by Snapdragon 778G SoC and it’s priced at Rs 29,999 for 8GB of Ram and 128GB storage.

Related – Motorola Edge 20 5G Review after 30 Days of Use

By the way, Motorola has only launched one variant, no other storage options are available for Moto Edge 20 in India.

Update: Motorola Edge 20 just launched in the UK at £429.99 for 8GB of Ram and 128GB storage. Yes, it’s expensive in the UK but still, looking at the competition in the UK, still, Moto Edge 20 is worth buying.

Today, let’s review the Motorola Edge 20 and find out its Pros and Cons along with, what Motorola has to offer at 30k.

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Motorola Edge 20 Review

Yes, Motorola Edge 20 is worth buying. It checks all the boxes and it also has something out of the box too. The device has a 144Hz 10Bit OLED display along with eleven 5G bands which are rare under the 30k price tag. The battery size is small because it only has a 7mm body. Overall, Moto Edge 20 is easy to recommend and it’s worth buying a smartphone.

Motorola Edge 20 Pros and Cons

PROS CONS
144Hz Refresh RatePlastic Back
10Bit OLED Display No 3.5mm Audio Jack
11 5G BandsNo Stereo Speakers
Powerful Snapdragon 778G SoCSmall Battery Size
Impressive Camera Setup
30W Fast Charging
Metal Frame
Beautiful and Slimmest Smartphone
Well-Priced
Clean Android Experience
Two Years of Major Android OS Update
576Hz Touch Sampling Rate
Ready For PC Implementation

That was the Pros and Cons of Moto Edge 20, now let’s go deep down and see, what Motorola has stored inside the phone.

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Motorola Edge 20 Display Quality

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The Moto Edge 20 comes with a 6.70-inches 144Hz 10bit OLED display with a 576Hz touch sampling rate. This is not a flagship smartphone, just read the specs again, I have never seen this kind of display under the Rs 30000 price tag.

The 144Hz screen works fine whether you want to play games or scroll through apps. Also, I haven’t noticed a frame drop while using the 144Hz option. It seems, that Snapdragon 778G SoC can handle the 144Hz refresh rate without any problem.

Related: Motorola Edge 20 Fusion Review

Coming to display protection, Motorola didn’t say anything about the front glass while there is plastic on the rear side I come to know, that the phone has Corning Gorilla Glass 3. A good thing is, that the device has a metal frame which is a plus point.

The backside does have plastic but it is good quality plastic and I don’t think you will face any problem and also, in the end, everyone will use a cover case.

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By the way, Moto Edge 20 does have Widevine L1 support which means, you will be able to stream FHD+ content on the OTT Platform. For some reason, I wasn’t able to watch movies or TV shows at FHD+ resolution on Prime Video.

The Moto Edge 20 is the slimmest smartphone available under the 30k price tag, I mean, it’s beauty. I think you will love the design, look and feel.

Now, the plus point of Moto Edge 20 is, of course, a 144Hz refresh rate along with a 576Hz touch sampling rate. Also, this is a 10bit HDR+ compatible screen.

Overall, I feel, this phone has the best display quality under the 30k price tag even if you go above 40k, there are no phones with this kind of feature.

Motorola Edge 20 Performance

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Motorola Edge 20 is the first phone to feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor in India. The chipset is built on 6nm and it has Adreno 642L GPU while there is an Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 670 Prime & 3×2.2 GHz Kryo 670 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 670 Silver) CPU inside.

It’s running on Android 11 with Moto Feature but it’s close to stock Android. Motorola has promised two years of Android OS updates and three years of security updates.

This means Motorola Edge 20 will get updates up to Android 13.

I have played BGMI, the game can be played at HRD with Ultra frame rate and smooth at extreme frame rate.

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All in all, there won’t be any kind of problem while playing games or using a smartphone. The Snapdragon 778G SoC will provide the best possible performance.

Now, the phone does have 5G and this true 5G phone because it features eleven 5G bands which include 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 38, 41, 66, 77, and 78.

This means, there won’t be any kind of problem when 5G launches in India, the phone will be able to use the 5G network.

For those who are wondering, Snapdragon 778G SoC is almost the same as Mediatek’s dimensity 1200 SoC.

In short, if you wanted a powerful smartphone under 30k then you can consider Moto Edge 20 because it has a powerful processor and clean Android experience.

Motorola Edge 20 Cameras

Moto Edge 20 comes with 108MP primary sensor, 16MP ultra-wide, and 3X 8MP telephoto lens while there is a 32MP selfie shooter. The rear cameras can shoot videos up to [email protected] while the front can shoot up to [email protected]

By the way, 8MP telephoto does have OIS support which good thing, and Motorola has enabled camera2Api which means, you will be able to use Gcam.

One good thing Motorola has done is adding an 8MP telephoto lens instant of 2MP+2MP depth and macro sensor.

If you shoot videos at [email protected] then the footage will be shaky, so I would recommend the [email protected] for video recording.

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Now that 108MP capture good images under good lighting condition as well as under low lights.

Now, if you’re that person who loves nature photography then you will love the Moto Edge 20 images because the sensor tries to provide as natural images as it can.

You can also change the brightness or use beauty mode if you’re not into natural colours.

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*Images uploaded above is optimized for the web, you can click here to see, original photos shot with Motorola Edge 20, which I have uploaded to the Gdrive.

Motorola has also added night mode into the camera app and it also works fine but not the best, Motorola needs to work on the night mode as well as camera apps. The stock camera app is outdated and needs a new interface.

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108MP Mode

Coming to 16MP ultra-wide, this sensor also takes a good image but don’t try to use the ultra-wide lens at night because at night, the images will turn out soften and this is where it will lose out on details. At night, always go with the primary sensor.

The phone also has an 8MP telephoto lens which is a plus point and it is fine most of the time. The sensor can do 3X optical zoom and 30X digital zoom.

Talking about the 32MP selfie shooter, here I feel, Motorola has a good job. The image does come out very well. The stock camera app also has some good filters that you can try for selfies.

Overall, considering the price tag, Moto Edge 20 has a good camera setup and you won’t be disappointed with the cameras.

Motorola Edge 20 Battery Life

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The phone has a 7mm body and that’s why it only has a 4,000 mAh battery with support for 30W wired fast charging support. Motorola has provided type-C to type-C cable for charging which is a plus point.

So if you’re a heavy user then you will need to charge Moto Edge 20 twice a day but if you’re a normal user then the phone will easily last for a day.

If you want good looking smartphone then you have to compromise in battery size too.

Motorola Edge 20 Audio Quality

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Here I feel, Motorola should have gone with Stereo speakers. The single bottom-firing speaker is loud enough but it’s not as good as Stereo speakers.

The Moto Edge 20 does have a secondary noise cancellation microphone and carrier aggregation support.

The Single speaker is not that bad, you will be able to hear the sound even if you’re public place, the audio will be listenable.

Fun fact, the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion has a 3.5mm audio jack while Moto Edge 20 doesn’t have an audio jack which means, you have to either use an audio dongle or go for TWS earbuds.

If Not Motorola Edge 20? Alternatives

For some reason, if you don’t want to buy Motorola Edge 20 then you can also take look at OnePlus Nord 2 5G, POCO F3 GT 5G, Mi 11X, IQOO 7, RealMe X7 Max 5G or even OPPO Reno 6 5G.

If I have to choose one phone for myself then I would go for Moto Edge 20 because of its clean UI and display quality.

OnePlus was a good smartphone brand but after the merger with OPPO, I can’t trust OnePlus, no one knows, what they will do next?

Also, I don’t like MIUI or even RealMe UI. So only one brand is left which is Motorola and now they have Motorola Edge Series.

For me, Moto Edge 20 is a good option and it ticks mark all the boxes, for you, it could different?

Motorola Edge 20 FAQs

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Q: Does Motorola Edge 20 has a 3.5mm Audio jack?

A: No

Q: Does Motorola Edge 20 has NFC Support?

A: Yes

Q: How many OS updates will Motorola Edge 20 will get?

A: Motorola Edge 20 will get two Android OS update which includes Android 12, and 13.

Q: What is the screen refresh rate of Motorola Edge 20?

A: It has a 144Hz refresh rate 10bit OLED display with a 576Hz touch sampling rate

Q: Does Motorola Edge 20 has stereo speakers?

A: No

Q: Does Motorola Edge 20 Widevine L1 support??

A: Yes

Q: Does Motorola Edge 20 has a camera2api enabled?

A: Yes

Q: How many 5G Bands does Motorola Edge 20 has?

A: It has 11 5G bands including 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 38, 41, 66, 77, 78.

Q: What is the Ready for PC on Motorola Edge 20?

A: Ready for PC will let you use the Motorola Edge 20 on Windows PC or even Smart TV. You will be able to accept calls, messages and everything directly on PC. You just have to download the Ready for PC software on your device and scan the code and you go to go.

Q: Does Motorola Edge 20 has fast charging support?

A: Yes, it has 30W wired fast charging support.

Verdict

 Motorola Edge 20

Motorola Edge 20 is a solid offering from Motorola. It offers a stock experience, no bloatware, 144Hz 10bit OLED display with 576Hz touch sampling rate, 30W fast charging support, powerful processor, good-looking design, two years of OS updates, and impressive camera implementation.

Overall, if your budget is Rs 30,000 and if you want the overall, best smartphone then you can consider Motorola Edge 20 over the OnePlus Nord 2 5G. Now, if you want only a gaming smartphone then there is no better phone than the POCO F3 GT 5G.

Advantages of Motorola Edge 20

Motorola Edge 20 comes with eleven 5G bands, 144Hz 10bit OLED display with 576Hz touch sampling rate, refresh the design, good camera setup, powerful chipset, clean Android Experience, and is well-priced.

Disadvantages of Motorola Edge 20

The Motorola Edge 20 has perfect specs but it does miss out on something. For example, it doesn’t have stereo speakers, a plastic back, no audio jack, and no SD-card slot.

Motorola Edge 20 Full Specifications

Launch Date 17 August 2021
First Sale26 August 2021, at noon via Flipkart
Display Size 6.70 inches FHD+ OLED
OLED 10-bit color
DCI-P3 color space
HDR10+ Screen
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution
Dimensions163 x 76 x 7 mm
Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass
Touch Sampling Rate576Hz touch latency
Screen Refresh Rate144Hz OLED
Build Glass front
Metal frame
Plastic back
OSAndroid 11
*Two Major Android Updates
(Up to Android 13)
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (6 nm)
GPUAdreno 642L
CPUOcta-core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 670 Prime &
3×2.2 GHz Kryo 670 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 670 Silver)
Storage 8GB Ram + 128GB Storage
Card SlotNo SD Card Slot
Rear Cameras108 MP Primary Sensor
16 MP Ultra-Wide
8 MP Telephoto
(Optical zoom up to 3X &
Digital Zoom up to 30X)
Video[email protected], [email protected]/60fps
Front Camera32 MP Selfie Shooter
Video[email protected]
3.5mm JackNo
Stereo Speakers No
NFCYes
Bluetooth Version 5.2
Wi-fiWI-FI 6E
5G SupportYes
5G Bands1/3/5/7/8/28/38/41/66/77/78
IR BlasterNo
Sensors Fingerprint Sensor,
Proximity Sensor,
Accelerometer,
Ambient Light Sensor
Fingerprint SensorSide-Mounted
Battery 4,000 mAh (non-removable)
Charging Speed30W wired fast Charging
Charging Time
Colors Frosted Grey, Frosted White, Frosted Emerald
Model NumberPAR00010IN
Weight 163 Gram
SAR ValueHead: 1.37 W/kg,
Body: 1.38 W/Kg for 5mm
Price8GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 29,999
In the boxMotorola edge 20

TurboPower 30W charger
USB Type-C cable
guides
SIM tool
protective case
Available at Flipkart

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Utkarsha

    August 20, 2021 at 12:34 am

    The specs say that the 8MP Telephoto has OIS… Isn’t it correct? How will this compare to Galaxy A52? How strong is the haptic motor on the phone?

  2. Abhilash

    August 21, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Does 108MP primary sensor has OIS ?

    • Rahul Makwana

      August 21, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      No, 108MP doesn’t have OIS but an 8MP telephoto lens has

  3. Jonathan Trump

    September 30, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Your review is very neat, detailed and answered so many questions that arise in our mind. I have few doubts yet. I will write here, please help.

    1) Is black colour not available for India?
    2) Does this phone has notification LED for messages/missed calls?
    3) Do you think over use of Type C port for both charging and for earphone usage will damage the port and makes me visit service centre quite early?

    Your help will be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Rahul Makwana

      October 1, 2021 at 12:32 am

      NO, black colour is not available in India. Also, there is no LED light on the device. Coming to the last question, if you plug and unplug very often let’s say, 10 or 20 times a day then it will damage the Type-C port in long term.

      • Jonathan Trump

        October 1, 2021 at 1:01 am

        Thank you so much.

  4. Jonathan Trump

    October 10, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Hello Rahul,

    In a durability test video, I have seen Moto Edge 20 having plastic frame. They use knife and its paint came off. Company website claims it as “aluminium alloy”. What do you think about it?

    Here is the link:

    https://youtu.be/nYbr_8yl29o

    • Rahul Makwana

      October 21, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      I have moto Edge 20 and I’m using this device for a while now but I haven’t used a knife on it. Also, it doesn’t feel like plastic from the outside, so I can’t confirm whether it’s plastic or aluminium. By the way, I’m using the retail unit.

      Sorry for the late reply…

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