The Motorola Edge 20 Pro is a cell phone that might not make a lot of sense at first, but as you think about it, the more it makes sense. And now that we’ve spent more than 1 month testing it, it’s given us a lot of time to think, so let’s get together and let’s talk about everything we think about it.
In design, Motorola didn’t skimp. The front is all glass, with small edges and curving inward in an inconspicuous way (unless you look closely). The front camera is in a very small, centered hole. The body is made of metal, the back is made of glass protected by Gorilla Glass technology and both are slightly curved, covered in a material that feels difficult to describe, something between glass, plastic and rubber. Thus, it is a nice device to hold, even though it is too wide and tall to use with one hand, even for those with big hands. The device isn’t light, but it’s also not the heaviest we’ve tested.
It is available in white or blue, being matte and elegant, but at the same time showing some shine depending on how the light hits. You can see the fingerprints well, but not as prominently as full-gloss glass. Regardless, the user will probably want to use the transparent case that Motorola included in the box or any other cover that you prefer, after all it is really glass and, in the case of curved glass, like the ones on the back, be careful not to.
Motorola Edge 20 ProSource: Motorola
The volume lever is on the right, just above the power button which is also the fingerprint reader. Its position is great to reach with ease, making unlocking fast and accurate. Underneath is the USB-C connector and a sound-to-media output, which is a shame as a stereo speaker would be very welcome. Not that his sound is bad or too weak, but in the high-end market this kind of factor “counts points”. Anyway, there’s no headphone jack on it and, on the left, there’s an extra button exclusive to Google Assistant. Considering that you can activate by voice commands and not remap that key to do other functions, we didn’t see much use in it. At least her position is elevated, which prevents her from being unintentionally triggered.
The screen is probably one of the Edge 20 Pro’s strongest points. The panel is a large, 6.7-inch OLED at 19.5:9 aspect ratio with Full HD resolution, 144 Hz refresh rate and standard support HDR10+. By default, the device comes in automatic configuration that varies the framerate between 60 Hz and 120 Hz most of the time depending on use, but in the settings the user can change this to set it at 60Hz and save battery or at 144Hz and enjoy the most of fluidity in the movements.
It’s a really great screen. Great colors, deep blacks, detailing, shine and everything else. Could it be Quad HD? It could, but if the user isn’t going to put the phone right in front of their eyes in one of those cardboard virtual reality goggles, it hardly matters.
Inside, the hardware is the same as the Moto G100. With Snapdragon 870, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, which, in the case of this device, you can’t expand because the tray only has space for 2 carrier chips, nothing for micro SD card.
Thus, the result of this set is rather that of a top-of-the-line smartphone, “without taking or putting anything”. On paper, it’s better than last year’s chip, but worse than 888+, but in practice this difference isn’t felt, even when you spend time playing very heavy games with everything maxed out.
On the cameras, the screen’s history repeats itself, and we have a better set than the Moto G100 in all aspects. The front is 32 MP, but by default it takes 8 megapixel photos to deliver better HDR. The user can use full resolution if they want, but I didn’t see the benefit of that. Daytime selfies do good, against or for the light, and portrait mode is also good in this case. In the dark, the result looks good in detail and natural colors using the flash, but still showing a lot of background noise; without flash, the image looks pretty bad. On this device, Night Vision mode delivers a compromise, but virtually fades out the details and leaves the colors unnatural.
At the back, the main sensor has 108MP with an aperture of f/1.9, the ultra-wide has 16MP and 119° angle to fit more items and also has a telescopic periscopic lens with optical stabilization and 5x zoom without loss of quality, being able to reach 50x digital zoom if the user wants, but then the quality is honestly not worth it.
Motorola Edge 20 ProSource: Motorola
In “standard” mode, the main one takes great quality photos at 12 MP, which greatly improves the HDR, but those who want the maximum resolution can use the “ultra-res” mode to capture details that the eyes cannot normally see.
At night, even in “common” mode, the main camera also takes good, sharp and low-noise pictures. It is still possible to activate Night Vision to further improve the result, but it is rarely necessary.
Ultra-wide and telephoto also make great images during the day, and at night the wide angle still gets usable results, no matter how dark they get. Only the zoom camera that is not really indicated in the dark.
In videos, the Edge 20 Pro finally delivers 8K at 24 frames per second or 4K at up to 60 frames per second on the rear cameras. Digital stabilization does a good job in general, but you can see the lack of an optical main lens stabilizer in recordings. Also, regardless of resolution, the device seems to have difficulty focusing on stray lights when shooting at 60 FPS, so it’s a good idea to reserve that frame rate for shooting with brighter light. Furthermore, the front camera also shoots in 4K at 30 FPS with a good result.
The Motorola Edge 20 Pro comes standard with Motorola’s Android 11, keeping that clean system experience we’re used to. The gestures to turn on the flashlight and open the camera are still here, and I still miss them when I’m with cell phones from other brands. It’s worth mentioning that, for this device, Motorola promised 2 Android updates, being better done than on cell phones below that level, but it’s still good if we compare with rivals such as Samsung, which have offered 3 updates even to us. intermediate cell phones.
A differential of this device are the improvements in the Ready For mode, which allows the use of the cell phone as if it were a desktop computer when connecting it to a TV, a monitor or a computer, in addition to allowing the cell phone to be used as a simple center for playback Stream movies and series from your mobile apps or games to your larger screen. You can also directly mirror the device’s screen and use the smartphone as a webcam in video calls.
Plataforma Ready ForSource: Motorola
Anyway, we’ve already given more details about Ready For in a video we made just for him, but what’s new in Edge 20 Pro is that it’s now possible to do all of this without needing the HDMI cable. It’s just that the devices are on the same Wi-Fi and your TV supports Miracast. On your PC, just install the Ready For Assistant program from the Motorola website to have all the functionalities with or without cable. Considering the extra features and different modes of use, we would say that Motorola’s Ready For has now surpassed Samsung’s Dex Mode.
Going now to the battery, the reserves of 4.5 thousand mAh showed a good result. Leaving the refresh rate locked at a maximum of 144 Hz, the device can go from 9 am to mid-afternoon even with intensive use, which involves more than 3 hours of online games, apart from social networks, messengers, videos and other activities . It’s possible to drain the battery when playing more demanding games, but it’s also pretty easy to get through the day without suffocation with a more moderate use. Fixing the screen at 60 Hz and using the device very little, it’s also not difficult to spend 2 days without needing to recharge. A good result overall.
With the 30W TurboPower charger that comes in the box, charging from zero to 100% takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes, but it goes above 50% in the first 30 minutes.
It is worth it?
The Motorola Edge 20 Pro is being sold on Motorola’s official website for R$ 5,000 for those who want to pay in installments or for R$ 4,500 in cash. And there it comes with the base and the HDMI cable for those who prefer to use Ready For like this. For online retailers, for now the lowest price is R$4,000, which, if we consider that we are talking about a top-of-the-line cell phone launched this year and with 256 GB of storage, it’s not a bad price. And this is where the key to solving the whole mess we explained at the beginning of the review is.
Why didn’t Motorola put the best possible processor on the Edge 20 Pro? Because that’s what she used in this device, and by cutting out aspects like wireless charging and water resistance certification, she managed to launch the device at a price that was already lower than the current values of rivals that were released earlier this year.
The market segment in which Motorola is strongest, especially in Brazil, is that of cost-effective handsets. The intermediaries themselves. And the company knows it, so it decided to “play it safe” in a field that it dominates a little better. If it invested in more expensive components, so the Edge 20 Pro would cost more at launch, top-of-the-line rivals at the same level would have the advantage of being released long enough to cost less, not to mention the fact that brands like Samsung and Apple have a much stronger branding than Motorola in the luxury segment, but that would be a more boring marketing conversation that doesn’t fit here.
Motorola Edge 20 ProSource: Motorola
And why then invest in some differentiators like gamer-level refresh rate on the screen and better sensors on the rear cameras? Because so the Edge 20 Pro is positioned with more features similar to more expensive rivals and can justify the higher price compared to the Moto G100 itself, which is only a little lower in these points.
As for keeping the Edge name, well, then the decision was only based on the fact that the public already identifies this line as being the most advanced of the brand. The number 20 is to indicate that it is the 2nd generation, but at this point even I got confused because, as we are already in 2021, it would have been better to just put the number “2” there. By this logic, next year’s generation, which is the 3rd, will be called Edge 300.
Anyway, the important question here is: is it worth buying the Motorola Edge 20 Pro? If you were thinking about spending a little more to buy one of the rivals, but don’t care too much about wireless charging and water resistance, then yes, the Edge 20 Pro is as good a choice as the others and more economical, however expensive it is for Brazilians’ living standards. If you prefer to save more and don’t mind having a screen a little inferior, but good, with less advanced cameras, but still of good quality, as well as not having a Wireless Ready For, then the Moto G100 will present a very similar result for less than R$3,000.
Is that you? What did you think of the Motorola Edge 20 Pro? Leave your opinion and any questions in the comments below.