Motorola edge 20 Pro test: the full potential of the range is there

The Motorola edge 20 Pro seems to have everything to please: a superb 144 HZ OLED screen, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor, a 108 MP photosensor, and a substantial battery to offer more than a day of autonomy, without concessions. Let’s see point by point if reality catches up with its promises.

Motorola edge 20 Pro

Motorola edge 20 Pro Specs

  • 144 Hz OLED screen quality
  • Very good performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fast charging
  • Good grip
  • Side buttons placed too high
  • 108 MP sensor a bit disappointing
  • No MicroSD slot

Motorola edge 20 Pro: the technical datasheet
In the box of the Motorola edge 20 Pro

The Motorola edge 20 Pro ships with it, in its box:

  • The phone
  • A USB-C to USB-C charging cable
  • A 30W fast charging block
  • Wired in-ear earphones to USB-C
  • A protective transparent silicone shell
  • SIM card ejector key
  • “Ready for USB-C to HDMI cable

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Good design for a good grip

At 16.3 centimeters high and 7.6 centimeters wide, and 8 millimeters thick, the Motorola edge 20 Pro is not particularly different from the classic model in the range. Even its rear camera module is very similar, except that it protrudes much less from the back of the smartphone. Nevertheless, it is wobbly, too, when laid flat. However, this detail does not hinder the grip, especially when holding the smartphone horizontally.

Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret
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On the other hand, you can immediately feel the difference with the Motorola edge 20: the Pro model has a rounded back and its weight is much higher. Indeed, it weighs 190 grams, which makes it heavier than the imposing Lite model! If it is not very original in the form, the quality and refinement are still there.

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Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret
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Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret
© Christelle Perret pour Clubic

Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret
© Christelle Perret pour Clubic

Thus, its 6.7-inch OLED panel is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 technology with an anti-track coating, while the rear is made of 3D glass of the most beautiful effect. Finally, the chassis is made of aluminum alloy with a resin coating to avoid any unfortunate slipping. And it works: the smartphone fits very well in the hand, it does not slip, and even if, obviously, we end up seeing some fingerprints, it is quite moderate.

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Unfortunately, it also inherits the design flaw we’ve already noted on the other two models in the range. The volume control and power/fingerprint reader buttons are positioned too high. You get used to it, but it’s still annoying since many of the gestures to navigate the Android interface are at the bottom of the screen. Even if it doesn’t slip in the hand, this layout can cause a fall.

144 Hz OLED display

No change for the Motorola edge 20 Pro, which is also equipped with the excellent OLED slab of 6.7 inches that we have already loved on the other two models of the range. As a reminder, it offers a Full HD+ definition with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and is HDR10+ compatible. The OLED technology offers of course very good readability, even in sunlight, thanks to the deep blacks and vivid colors it offers.

Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret
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And it doesn’t stop there, as the smartphone’s screen has a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz. So, in addition to being bright, rich in color and contrast, it offers extremely smooth navigation in response to its very high responsiveness. However, the smartphone is set by default on the adaptive mode that uses AI to display an optimal refresh rate of 120 Hz. It’s up to you to push it to 144 Hz or, on the contrary, to restrict it to 60 Hz if you want to preserve the maximum autonomy of the smartphone.

Motorola edge 20 parametres affichage

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Regarding the colors displayed, the model offers little choice through Android Stock. As for the other models in the range, we have only two possibilities: a rather natural rendering of colors, which is quite bland, and conversely is a more saturated rendering of colors, which offers a more vivid result. In a second step, it is possible to adjust the color temperature, between cold blue and warm red. At this level, the screen of the smartphone is, basically, well-calibrated.

Performance: an SoC you can count on!

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The Motorola edge 20 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G SoC, consisting of a Kryo 585 processor clocked at 3.2 GHz and an Adreno 650 graphics chip. The whole thing is coupled with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. And it works extremely well! In daily use of the smartphone, we found no latency, no slowdown, nothing that hinders the excellent fluidity in navigation between applications, even for the most demanding.

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In 3D games, there is no need to make concessions between smoothness and graphics rendering. The Motorola edge 20 Pro ranks extremely well against the competition in the various benchmarks. And it actually holds its own when pitted against the very greedy Genshin Impact, while games are not special. Sure, loading data and starting the game takes a bit of time, but once launched, miHoYo’s action RPG does not suffer from slowdowns.

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By default, the game is set to “Medium” graphics quality with a refresh rate of 30 FPS. The game is then fluid, rather pleasant to the eye, and the smartphone does not heat up too much. We were able to push the classic model with a gaming-oriented SoC to get a much better rendering, but it is more difficult for the Pro model. Thus, if we keep the same quality of graphics but push the game to 60 FPS, we notice some slowdowns and a rapid heating of the device.

Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret

The same is true, but worse, if you try to push the graphics to “High” while keeping the refresh rate at 30 FPS. The Motorola edge 20 Pro then starts to heat up very strongly, so much so that we did not continue the experiment, at the risk of damaging the model. In short, it’s better to stick to the recommended settings for this phone. Especially since they are enough to play your favorite games.

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By the way, and this is surprising, Genshin Impact did not consume a lot of battery of the smartphone. But we will come back to this in more detail in the section dedicated to its autonomy. To conclude on the performance, the smartphone is powerful enough to be interesting to extend its display on a TV. To do this, you just need to connect it with or without a cable (the Ready for cable is included in the box) to enjoy your favorite games or to work on G-Docs through a larger screen.
It’s gimmicky but potentially useful.

Audio: service minimum

On the audio side, it’s the same as for the Motorola edge 20 and the Lite model. The Motorola edge 20 Pro has only one mono speaker on its bottom edge, with Waves Maxx Audio Mobile tuning. Clearly, we are on a minimum service, sufficient when watching a YouTube video. But if you want to listen to music or enjoy content with music (movies, series, games, etc.), the limits are quickly reached. Not to mention that the positioning of the speaker is not optimal: the slot can easily be obstructed, especially when holding the smartphone horizontally.

Motorola edge 20 parametres audio

It’s better to use the USB-C wired headphones that come with the phone to enjoy a better sound quality. Or use a wireless device, thanks to Bluetooth 5.2 technology. To complete the picture, it is interesting to make some audio settings among the available Android options. Indeed, activating the “Audio Effects” setting allows you to obtain a better quality and calibrate the sound according to your preferences: highlighting the bass, treble, voice, or even opt for a balanced sound.

Camera: finally better!

The camera module on the back of the Motorola edge 20 Pro, like the sensor on the front, is very similar to the one we saw on the classic model of the range. In a little better, we must admit. So we find the same 32 MP front camera, camouflaged in a rather discreet punch. It has a ƒ/2.2 aperture and generates pixels from 0.7μm to 1.4μm with Quad Pixel technology. At the back, the photo module consists of three sensors, as follows:

  • 108 MP wide-angle; ƒ/1.9 aperture; 0.7μm to 2.1μm pixels (Ultra Pixel technology)
  • 119° ultra wide-angle/macro vision of 16 MP; ƒ/2.2 aperture; pixels of 1.0μm
  • 8 MP 5X telephoto lens; ƒ/3.4 aperture; 1.0μm pixels

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Wide-angle and 5X telephoto lens

The American manufacturer does not go by four paths when it evokes its wide-angle sensor. It is neither more nor less than its “most powerful camera to date”. We have already talked about it during the test of the Motorola edge 20, and the conclusion remains the same … overall, this sensor is disappointing. As a reminder, the pixels generated are nine times larger to benefit from a sensitivity to light nine times higher. For the luminosity, it is undeniable, and we will see it more in detail in the part devoted to the night photos. But this choice implies that the details lack finesse.

Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret
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Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret
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So yes, when you don’t ask him anything particular when you put him in front of a “simple” environment as for the pictures above, the wide-angle sensor offers very nice shots. It is not overexposed in terms of brightness, and the colors are natural, not saturated. But paying a little attention, we are still confronted with small blurred areas. We are not talking here about the “normal” blur due to the depth of the image, but about small areas visible in the foreground.

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Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret
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Whether you are close or you offer some distance to the camera, the result is the same: small elements such as blades of grass and leaves are sorely lacking in sharpness. If you give it a wide enough color palette, the rendering is quite natural. But in front of a rather monochrome environment, as in a park or an alley of bushes, the wide-angle sensor gets lost and over-saturated.

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Left: wide angle; Right: 5X zoom © Christelle Perret for Clubic

A flaw that is not found when you switch to the telephoto lens, with its 5X zoom. The details of the trunk, the leaves in the bush in the background, even the blades of grass come out better, with a much more natural rendering of colors. And what contrasts! Note that the telephoto lens offers to go “even further with the super 50x zoom”. Not really. It is a digital zoom, so the rendering is very pixelated and full of noise.

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Ultra wide-angle

Again, there is no material change from the Motorola edge 20 since it is exactly the same sensor. As a reminder, the ultra-wide-angle benefits from a 119° angle to capture a composition up to four times larger. The shots are globally balanced in terms of saturation, exposure and contrast. And we can salute the role of the Snapdragon 870 SoC in processing the image after capture. Indeed, thanks to its power, the AI can correct quite effectively the distortion at the corners of the photo. And the level of detail offered is quite convincing

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Contrary to what we could observe on the two other models of the range, we do not find ourselves confronted with the same problem concerning the zones of shade with the Motorola edge 20 Pro. They retain a very good level of detail with leaves and blades of grass visible despite the low light. Once again, the processor allows the sensor to offer the best of what it can offer.

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Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret
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Macro

Like the ultra-wide-angle whose sensor it shares, the Macro Vision mode is up to the task and allows you to get up to five times closer to the target object. The conclusion is the same: the shots are balanced, even in a rather monochrome environment. And it offers an effective background blur, when possible, to enhance the subject of the photo.

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Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret
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Night photos

As mentioned above, in the section on the wide-angle sensor, the pixels it generates are nine times larger, in order to capture nine times more light. If this reduces the sharpness of the photo, it is undeniable that the shots benefit from a superb luminosity. This is especially appreciated in low-light conditions, where the rendering is quite sharp and almost noise-free. The AI-powered Night Vision mode is also a nice surprise, once again thanks to the Snapdragon 870 SoC. The colors tend to yellow, but much less than on other models in the range. And once again, the image is not plagued by excessive noise, which is very appreciable.

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Left: wide-angle; Right: night vision © Christelle Perret for Clubic

“Portrait” mode

It is a constant in the range of Motorola edge 20: the Portrait mode is a success. It will satisfy those who like shots with a nice bokeh effect. The cropping of the subject, very quickly “understood” by the smartphone, is effective. The colors are natural, the brightness is good and the blur effect is well balanced. Nothing to complain about!

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Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret
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Excellent autonomy

As a reminder, the Motorola edge 20 Pro is equipped with a 4500 mAh battery, compatible with 30 Watt fast charging. On paper, the model has 34 hours of autonomy. Obviously, this is an average, and we had the chance to test the Motorola edge 20 Pro long enough to verify this in detail.

In weak use, that is to say simply sending a few messages and regularly looking at its notifications, it lost only 20% of autonomy in 24 hours. The second day, more intensive, will have had reason for the battery. Thus, watching two hours of videos will have consumed 50% of the battery and playing Genshin Impact for two hours will have taken the remaining 30% of battery.

Test Motorola edge 20 Pro © Christelle Perret

Note that, during this session, the “auto” refresh rate of 120 Hz was activated. Obviously, it would have lasted less time at 144 Hz. And the “adaptive battery” feature did not have time to improve the autonomy of the smartphone. Indeed, the latter requires a few charging cycles to integrate the user’s habits and adapt the battery consumption for the less used applications.

Price and availability

For its Pro model, Motorola made the choice to make it available one week after the edge 20 and its Lite version. The Motorola edge 20 Pro was released on September 10 at a recommended price of 699 euros. Three colors are available: Midnight Blue, Blue Vegan Leather, and Iridescent White. However, only one hardware configuration is offered for sale, namely 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space, not expandable since the smartphone does not have a MicroSD slot.

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Motorola edge 20 Pro: the opinion of Clubic

Undeniably the most successful of the whole range, the Motorola edge 20 Pro has a successful design, despite its poorly positioned side buttons, and a superb 144 Hz OLED screen. It will be able to satisfy the amateurs of mobile games, and the budding photographers who will however have to forgive him some weaknesses. As a bonus, it has very good autonomy, which allows it to last a full day even with intensive use.

 

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