At the end of July 2021, Motorola presented the Motorola Edge 20, 20 Lite and 20 Pro, three premium smartphones sold between € 369 and € 699. On September 3, 2021, the first two will go on sale, followed a week later by the Pro model. While waiting to find them on the stalls, we took the opportunity to take charge of the siblings.
On July 27, we relayed in our columns the official launch of the Motorola Edge 20 series. Three smartphones that each have distinct qualities and a positioning that is certainly classic, but well expressed. By this we mean that Motorola seems to have finally become aware of the reality of the market : on the one hand, Chinese players who are very ambitious and very aggressive commercially; on the other hand, consumers who, even if they still have affection for the American brand, are also keen on doing good business.
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Building on the very good Motorola Edge of 2020, the series therefore consists of three models, the Edge 20, the Edge 20 Lite and the Edge 20 Pro. No need to procrastinate: the second is the cheapest and the last the best equipped. With a launch scheduled for September 3 and 10, they will be sold respectively 499 euros, 369 euros and 699 euros. In the (temporary?) Absence of a foldable Razr, Motorola’s top-of-the-range will therefore not exceed 700 euros this year. A strategy reminiscent of those of Realme and Nokia, for example.
Edge 20 Pro: Motorola has its flagship killer there
A few days before the launch of the first two models, Motorola invited us to discover the range in flesh and blood (or more precisely in aluminum and glass) and to appreciate, phone in hand, some of the qualities of mobiles. The Edge 20 Pro is obviously the one that caught our attention the most. Not because it is the most expensive, but mainly because we believe it is the most able to compete with brands like Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo and Realme.
This is indeed a smartphone with a configuration similar to that of the Find X3 Neo and the Vivo X60 Pro, two models that we tested previously. The particularity of these mobiles is to favor a certain balance between price, performance and equipment, rather than falling into a certain exuberance typical of the segment above 1000 euros. We therefore find here a configuration focused on fluidity: Snapdragon 870, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, 4500 mAh battery.
Once in hand, the smartphone is ergonomically classic. Large 6.7-inch panel, Full HD + definition, AMOLED backlighting, HDR + compatible and 144 Hz refresh rate, center punch for the selfie sensor. Mineral glass on both sides. Protruding photo module. And the Batwings, the brand’s logo, clearly visible (where the fingerprint reader is not). But in use, fluidity is evident and comfort is present.
Complete photo equipment
In the photo module, we find three photo lenses: a wide-angle, an ultra-wide-angle and a periscopic telephoto lens, easy to recognize by its square design. The zoom ratio is 5x optical and 50x digital. But that’s too much for the sensor 8 megapixels with which it is associated. By staying below the 20x bar, the noise seems to be sufficiently controlled. The main sensor is a 108 megapixel model which captures 12 megapixels by default. The photos taken seem to us, at first glance, of good quality. We will obviously need to perform precise tests to confirm (or not) this good impression. The third sensor is a 16 megapixel model. He is the only one not to be stabilized.
The smartphone comes with several accessories. First a USB type-C cable and a 30 watt fast charger. C Then a transparent shell to protect the mobile right out of the box. This is a great idea (takeover of Chinese brands). Then a pair of USB Type-C compatible wired headphones. Finally, a USB type-C to HDMI cable to connect the phone to a television or computer monitor and enjoy “mode” Ready For ”(Alternative to Samsung DeX).
A coherent range that will look for OnePlus and Redmi
This first grip confirms our impression that the Motorola Edge 20 Pro is an excellent candidate for the title of “flagship killer” at the end of the year. The other two models do not fail either. The Edge 20 surprises with its extreme lightness (besides being very thin, 6.99mm thick). It benefits from a screen identical to that of the Edge 20 Pro and a balancing SoC: the Snapdragon 778, a 5G compatible component that is energy efficient, but which can be powerful when it wants. It is available in France in two colors. You can discover them on the pictures below.
We also took charge of the Edge 20 Lite, which has a much lighter configuration, but the most generous battery of the siblings: 5000 mAh. It is a smartphone that is also 5G. It is becoming less and less rare below the 400 euros mark. With its 6.7-inch Full HD 90Hz AMOLED display, it will directly compete with the OnePlus Nord 2, which we consider to be one of the best in its class. It is not unpleasant to take in hand. And, during classic use, the experience offered by the Edge 20 Lite does not have too much to be ashamed of phones sold more expensive.
Here are the three smartphones that Motorola will market from September 2021. A range that we find, once again, consistent. Like many nostalgic for the brand, we hope that the Edge 20 range will bring the Batwings back to center stage. And you, what is your impression? Go to the comments to continue the discussion, while waiting for a next test.