Comparison: Galaxy S20 or Motorola Edge +, which is better? | Cell phone

THE Samsung Galaxy S20 (as well as his “brothers” S20 + and S20 Ultra) it’s the Motorola Edge + they are cell phones made for those who seek maximum performance in demanding tasks – and, above all, for those who can afford the price of all this advancement. Launched for from R $ 5,499 and R $ 7,999, respectively, smartphones have crucial differences in screen, battery and cameras that intend to justify the high cost. See the comparison below before deciding which is the best for your day to day.

Galaxy S20 and Motorola Edge + price and release date

Suggested price Sales start (Brazil)
Galaxy S20 (8GB + 128GB) R $ 5,499 March 2020
Galaxy S20 + (8 GB + 128 GB) R $ 5,999 March 2020
Galaxy S20 Ultra (12 GB + 128 GB) R $ 7,999 April 2020
Galaxy S20 Ultra (16 GB + 512 GB) R $ 8,499 April 2020
Motorola Edge + (12 GB + 256 GB) R $ 7,999 July 2020

Important: in terms of launch price and specifications, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the direct competitor of Motorola Edge + in the Brazilian market. However, our analysis also takes into account the conventional and “Plus” models from Samsung.

Screen: highlighting new update rates

This “Edge screen”, which was a fever among Samsung cell phones a few years ago, comes in increments with Motorola models: the function Lights at the edges shows a bright alert whenever a new notification arrives and your cell phone is facing down. In addition, it is possible to view the battery level on the sides, when connecting the charger.

It is worth noting that the immersion sensation promised by curved screens ends up being impaired when watching videos in 16: 9 format, or more squares, when the top and bottom parts may end up “leaking” on the screen.

Motorola Edge + Review

The Galaxy S20 line, in turn, is guaranteed in this regard by considerably reducing the edges around the front camera, making the notch more discreet and opening up more space for content. Those who prefer flatter screens will like this model.

Galaxy S20 Galaxy S20 + Galaxy S20 Ultra Motorola Edge +
Size 6.2 inches 6.7 inches 6.9 inches 6.7 inches
Resolution 3200 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD +) 3200 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD +) 3200 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD +) 2340 x 1080 pixels (Full HD +)
Technology Dynamic AMOLED Dynamic AMOLED Dynamic AMOLED OLED
Refresh rate 120 Hz 120 Hz 120 Hz 90 Hz

In screen size, Samsung offers more options: if you are looking for a more compact smartphone, the conventional S20 tends to be the most suitable model – and the “Ultra” can even give you the creeps, it is so big. Motorola was in the middle, with 6.7 inches (same screen size as the S20 +).

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra

Instead of the traditional 60 Hz refresh rate, the Galaxy S20 line offers the option of 120 Hz, for greater fluidity in games and in the operating system interface itself. Motorola has a 90 Hz screen, which is also above what is seen in traditional smartphones, and received praise in the practical tests of the Tecnoblog.

The difference between 90 and 120 Hz is hardly felt in practice, but the warning remains: on Samsung cell phones, this setting must be activated manually (it comes off to save battery). In the Motorola model, when you turn on the device for the first time, you can already enjoy the fluidity. As Paulo Higa would say, the animations run “smooth as butter”.

Motorola Edge + Hands on

Samsung smartphones reach Quad HD + maximum resolution, while Motorola only reaches Full HD +, which is already a great setup – even more so if we consider that to use the 120 Hz rate on Samsung phones, the maximum resolution also drops to Full HD +.

The models of the Galaxy S20 line use AMOLED Dynamic technology, which offers greater comfort to the eyes by reducing the emission of blue light, in addition to delivering excellent contrasts and flawless black. The Motorola Edge + also looks good by providing a high level of brightness, perfect black and great viewing angle.

Winner: Galaxy S20 line (for everyone except those who are passionate about curved screens)

Design and colors

While Motorola Edge + preserves the P2 (3.5 mm) jack for headphones, Samsung smartphones do not have this port (you can use Bluetooth headphones, the company’s own headphones with USB-C connection or buy an adapter).

On the other hand, the Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultram are IP68 certified, which gives resistance to water and dust – protection that does not exist in the Motorola phone.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra - Hands-on

In color, the Motorola Edge + is in the basics, with a slightly bluish gray – quite elegant and understated. The Galaxy S20 has different options according to each model:

Galaxy S20 Galaxy S20 + Galaxy S20 Ultra

The fingerprint sensor is inside the display in both cases – a solution that allows quick and safe unlocking, without interfering with the design of the devices.

Winner: Galaxy S20 line (for those who give up the P2 port for headphones in exchange for greater day-to-day protection)

Cameras up to 108 megapixels

The cameras are another highlight of the Galaxy S20 line and the Motorola Edge +. The Motorola phone has a main sensor of 108 megapixels at the rear, and also has an ultrawide lens; a telephoto, with 8 MP sensor, for up to 3x optical zoom; and a depth sensor to help blur portrait mode.

In the case of Samsung, it is important to differentiate the sets available in each model before proceeding:

Galaxy S20 Galaxy S20 + Galaxy S20 Ultra
Back camera Triple camera:

  • 12 MP (wide)
  • 64 MP (telephoto)
  • 12 MP (ultrawide)
Quadruple camera:

  • 12 MP (wide)
  • 12 MP (ultrawide)
  • 64 MP (telephoto)
  • 3D ToF (depth)
Quadruple camera:

  • 108 MP (wide)
  • 48 MP (periscopic / telephoto)
  • 12 MP (ultrawide)
  • 3D ToF (depth)
Frontal camera 10 MP 10 MP 40 MP
Video recording (rear)
  • 8K @ 24 fps
  • 4K @ 30/60 fps
  • 8K @ 24 fps
  • 4K @ 30/60 fps
  • 8K @ 24 fps
  • 4K @ 30/60 fps
Video recording (front)

In summary, what comes closest to the Motorola Edge + is the Galaxy S20 Ultra. However, there are some caveats: the cameras of the conventional Galaxy S20 should already meet the demands of your daily life, even if you are a demanding user. In the front camera, Samsung beats Motorola with sharper images and more accurate colors, especially in selfies.

The more robust model (“Ultra”) is indicated for those users who like to test new technologies, such as the zoom up to 100x. In this regard, the device of the South Korean manufacturer stands out in relation to that of Motorola, as well as in video recordings – the Edge + only reaches 6K @ 30 fps and 4K @ 30 fps (rear) and Full HD (1080p) @ 30 / 120 fps on the front.

Photos with Motorola Edge +

Photos with Galaxy S20 Ultra

Winner: Galaxy S20 Ultra

Performance: processor, storage and RAM

Here, it is worth comparing the Edge + directly with the Galaxy S20 Ultra, as both have the exaggerated 12 GB of RAM, which seem to be (and a lot) left in practical tests. As you can imagine, neither of them will be choking, and they play very demanding games in maximum configuration.

In Samsung’s cell phone, the processor is the Exynos 990, manufactured in a 7 nanometer process. It presents slightly lower benchmark results than the Snapdragon 865 (7 nm) present in the Motorola Edge +, but we are talking about two highly efficient chips, with impeccable performances.

Motorola Edge + Review

The main difference is the support for 5G networks, an asset of the Motorola Edge + thanks to Qualcomm’s processor. Even so, in practice, this does not mean much: Edge + is unable to use the DSS standard adopted as a kind of “pre-5G” here in Brazil – that is, no faster networks, at least for now.

For storage, Motorola brings 256 GB internal, against 128 GB for Samsung. However, the Galaxy S20 Ultra (as well as the conventional model and the S20 Plus) has space for a memory card of up to 1 TB. In Edge + there is no way to expand the memory.

Winner: tie (between Galaxy S20 Ultra and Edge +)

Operational system

Both lines leave the factory with Android 10. While Samsung brings the One UI 2.0 – which despite being quite “clean” compared to previous versions, has more modifications compared to the original OS -, Motorola bets on its traditional version of Android with very few modifications, providing an experience closer to “pure” Android.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra - Hands-on

It is worth mentioning that Samsung promises three years of updates for the Galaxy S20 line and its interface has apps organized in a way that facilitates use with just one hand. The Motorola Edge + is guaranteed to be upgraded to Android 12 (which should be announced in 2021).

Winner: tie

Battery and charging

The Motorola Edge + has a 5,000 mAh battery, which can reach two days away from the outlets. The Galaxy S20 Ultra, which has the same battery capacity, ends up having reduced autonomy due to the screen with a higher refresh rate – if you have a hectic routine and need to extend the time of use, the indication is to reduce the setting to 60 Hz.

As for the other models of the Galaxy S20 line, the conventional and the “Plus”, the capacities are 4,000 and 4,500 mAh, respectively, and should deliver approximate autonomy, considering the respective screen size.

Motorola Edge +

The S20 Ultra stands out with fast charging (wired) of 45 W, while the other models of the line are with 25 W. The Motorola Edge + offers charging of 18 W via cables. In wireless charging, all models work with 15W fast charging and support battery sharing (reverse charging).

Winner: Motorola Edge + for those who do not give up the screen with the highest refresh rate, S20 Ultra for those who do not care about the fluidity of 120 Hz.

Galaxy S20 vs Motorola Edge +: which phone has the best value for money?

Comparing the most robust model of the Galaxy S20 line with the Motorola Edge + we have practically a technical draw. Users who expect more from cameras, however, should have the best option on the S20 Ultra. Those who need more battery and enjoy the whole range of screens with curved edges, should opt for the Motorola Edge +, which delivers greater autonomy without giving up the fluidity of the 90 Hz screen.

However, if you want high performance, but are looking for a “cheaper” smartphone, the S20 and S20 Plus are the most recommended options in this comparison. You will also have a photographic set of excellent quality, with 8K recording support, 120 Hz screen and a guarantee of system updates for three years.

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