Motorola Edge 20 Professional evaluate: On the sting of success

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Motorola has been going by means of a little bit of a second coming with a variety of well-received telephones throughout its comparatively new Edge sequence, each within the mid-range and premium segments. The corporate has been banking on cheap specs, near-stock Android, and an excellent general worth to grab a spot for itself amidst ample competitors. The Motorola Edge 20 Professional guarantees an inexpensive flagship expertise with high-end imaging capabilities and a clear software program construct, packed right into a basic design.

With the competitors bringing its A-game to the class, it’ll take extra than simply {hardware} to excel. Within the Android Authority Motorola Edge 20 Professional evaluate, we see if the cellphone can mix aggressive specs with wonderful software program optimization to ship outcomes worthy of its Professional moniker.

About this Motorola Edge 20 Professional evaluate: I examined the Motorola Edge 20 Professional (8GB/128GB) over a interval of seven days. It was operating Android 11 with construct quantity RRA31.Q3-19-50 on the September 1 safety patch. The unit was offered by Motorola India for this evaluate.

What you could know concerning the Motorola Edge 20 Professional

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  • Motorola Edge 20 Professional (8GB RAM/128GB): Rs. 36,999 (~$500)
  • Motorola Edge 20 Professional (12GB RAM/256GB): £649 / €699

The Motorola Edge 20 Professional is the corporate’s inexpensive flagship providing that’s banking on the sub-flagship grade Snapdragon 870 chipset to carry down the worth. The cellphone is accessible in a variety of configurations relying in the marketplace. In India, you get the selection of two colours, Iridescent White and Midnight Blue, each accessible in a single SKU with 128GB of storage.

Within the UK and the remainder of Europe, the cellphone is accessible in a blue vegan leather-based choice as nicely. The one SKU being fielded within the UK and the remainder of Europe sports activities 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. We examined out the Indian variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

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The cellphone sits on the prime of Motorola’s admittedly confusingly named line-up. The corporate’s telephones go beneath the Edge moniker within the US, whereas Europe and India get the Edge 20 sequence, during which the Motorola Edge 20 Professional sits on the high quality.

Pricing for the cellphone is all over with the Motorola Edge 20 Professional being a mid-range competitor in India, whereas tackling way more premium telephones in Europe and the UK. Among the extra apparent competitors for the cellphone contains the OnePlus 9R and Samsung Galaxy A52s in India. In different markets, it goes head-t0-head with the Google Pixel 6 and OnePlus 9, which is a troublesome ask. If you’re prepared to splurge a little bit bit extra, there’s additionally the Samsung Galaxy S21 and iPhone 13 to think about.

In India, the cellphone may be bought through Flipkart. In Europe, the Motorola Edge 20 Professional is accessible through the corporate’s official web site in addition to Amazon.

How’s the design of the Motorola Edge 20 Professional?

Moto Edge 20 Pro top down of display

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Regardless of the title, the Motorola Edge 20 Professional isn’t a very edgy cellphone with regards to design. Don’t mistake it for drab although. Behind the conservative facade is a cellphone that’s fairly nicely put collectively and whispers quiet magnificence. I prefer it.

The Gorilla Glass 5 again gently curves to nestle in opposition to the curve of your palm. You’ll discover the identical grade of glass over on the entrance for satisfactory sufficient safety. The colour of the cellphone really stood out to me, with a delicate sample — seen on earlier Motorola units as nicely — that’s seen when checked out beneath direct mild. My solely gripe is that the cellphone picks up smudges fairly simply and they are often moderately cussed to scrub.

The digicam lenses, nonetheless, aren’t evenly sized and the cellphone tends to wobble when positioned on a desk.

Moto Edge 20 Pro Google Assistant button

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Motorola’s made some peculiar decisions with the buttons on the Edge 20 Professional. Not solely is the facility button positioned a lot additional alongside the mid-point of the cellphone, however the quantity rocker is positioned larger nonetheless. On the opposite aspect of the cellphone lies a Google Assistant shortcut key that’s located ridiculously excessive, out of attain.

You may be shuffling your hand continually to succeed in the varied buttons on the cellphone.

Suffice it to say that the buttons are extraordinarily awkward to make use of with out continually shuffling your hand round. This shortly grew to become moderately bothersome as a result of the facility button doubles up as a fingerprint sensor, and also you’ll end up adjusting your hand to unlock the cellphone very often. That mentioned, you gained’t be spending an excessive amount of time hovering over the fingerprint sensor because it unlocks the cellphone practically instantaneously.

It doesn’t take lengthy to note that the cellphone is unquestionably on the bigger aspect. In reality, I discovered the mid-frame digging into my palm moderately uncomfortably. The sides aren’t fairly rounded sufficient and mixed with the big bodily dimensions of the cellphone, the Motorola Edge 20 Professional is clearly not designed with one-handed use in thoughts.

Talking of the show, the Motorola Edge 20 Professional sports activities a 6.7-inch OLED display screen with a 144Hz refresh price that helps elevate the on a regular basis person expertise. With the show set to 144Hz, even primary interactions like scrolling by means of the interface or simply switching tabs really feel noticeably smoother. Motorola’s option to go for a 144Hz panel over a extra standardized 120Hz show could be entrenched in advertising and marketing, however the panel undoubtedly helps add to the overall fluidity of the interface, even when not each app helps the excessive refresh charges.

I discovered the default coloration calibration to be a bit cool, however switching to the pure profile fixes this. Viewing angles and general brightness ranges are excellent right here, although not fairly the very best. On-paper specs apart, out of doors visibility is completely acceptable and most customers can be happy.

The Motorola Edge 20 Professional has a relaxed, composed design.

Regardless of the general excellence of the show, there are just a few quirks. For instance, regardless of being an HDR-capable panel, excessive dynamic vary content material isn’t supported on Netflix. It is a recurring difficulty with Netflix assist on Motorola units and seems to be a certification difficulty. We’ve reached out to Motorola for clarification and can replace this evaluate if we hear again. HDR assist was not a problem whereas viewing content material on YouTube, although.

The much-touted excessive refresh price assist can also be suspect. You get three choices: 144Hz, 60Hz, and an auto mode. Whereas the primary two modes are self-explanatory, the auto mode solely switches between 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz. This implies you gained’t get decrease, battery-friendly adaptive refresh charges like we’ve seen on the OnePlus 9 Professional and Samsung’s Galaxy S21 sequence. The automated mode additionally by no means went all the best way to 144Hz in my testing, which is moderately odd.

Learn extra: Every thing you could learn about IP and ATM rankings

Total, the cellphone provides you a way of calm, composed design moderately than one thing thrilling like, say, a Realme or Honor cellphone. Whereas the overall development is premium, the oddly positioned buttons and huge dimensions make the cellphone moderately cumbersome to make use of for some primary features. Elsewhere, the cellphone makes do with an IP52 ranking for primary splash resistance, however it might’ve been good to see a extra strong IP68 ranking in opposition to mud and water ingress — a function that’s more and more frequent within the class.

How highly effective is the Moto Edge 20 Professional?

The Motorola Edge 20 Professional is powered by a Snapdragon 870 processor, a less-than-pro choice for a cellphone that’s branded as one. That mentioned, the chipset, which nonetheless resides in Qualcomm’s flagship SoC household, has shortly grow to be a well-liked selection within the premium mid-range phase following its debut within the OnePlus 9R earlier this yr. The chipset is, for probably the most half, an overclocked Snapdragon 865 that provides it sufficient grunt for virtually any job you throw at it.

Learn extra: Snapdragon SoC information — All of Qualcomm smartphone processors defined

Efficiency is moderately good with the cellphone and is especially aided by Motorola’s ultra-light person interface. Curiously, benchmark outcomes are decrease than you’d anticipate from the chipset. It seems that Motorola is throttling down efficiency for longer battery life and higher thermals. Regardless of that, common efficiency is fairly good, and never as soon as did I face points whereas performing on a regular basis duties. My use case entails in depth use of social media apps, Slack, chat platforms, and dozens of tabs in Chrome. The Motorola Edge 20 Professional carried out simply positive with no slowdown or lag.

The gaming expertise is satisfactory too. I might crank up the settings in Name of Obligation: Cellular and acquired a few rounds in with the cellphone solely heating up marginally across the digicam. You gained’t be taking probably the most demanding video games like Genshin Influence to the best settings, however for probably the most half, it’s all good for cellular players.

The Motorola Edge 20 Professional delivers all-day battery life with ease.

A 4,500mAh battery is fairly normal for the class and the Motorola Edge 20 Professional delivers all-day battery life with ease. With the refresh price set to 144Hz, I went by means of a day of use and clocked about seven hours of screen-on time. It’s price noting that the cellphone has a reasonably excessive standby battery drain and I noticed that the cellphone dropped wherever from 4-5{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} cost each hour even whereas idling.

Charging speeds on the cellphone are completely center of the street with assist for 30W charging (primarily based on Qualcomm’s Fast Cost requirements) and an equal charger within the field. Going from zero to 100{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} battery took about 66 minutes. That’s spectacular in comparison with a few of the extra mainstream choices just like the Galaxy S21 sequence and Pixel 6, however fairly a bit slower than the fast 65W charging being championed by some options within the class.

There isn’t a wi-fi charging assist, however that’s nonetheless a function that’s much less frequent for this worth tier — a minimum of in India.

Does the Motorola Edge 20 Professional have good cameras?

Moto Edge 20 Pro rear camera close up

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Motorola is taking the kitchen sink strategy in direction of cameras. You get a primary 108MP main shooter, flanked by a 16MP ultra-wide shooter and an 8MP periscope zoom lens. That’s not dangerous for a premium mid-range smartphone, particularly once we’re so used to seeing manufacturers ditch devoted zoom cameras at this worth level.

See additionally: One of the best digicam telephones you may get

Earlier than we discuss concerning the picture high quality, it’s price noting that there’s a very perceptible shutter lag whereas taking photographs. Each whereas switching lenses and on tapping the shutter button, it takes virtually half a second for the picture seize to undergo, which might imply the distinction between capturing a second or lacking it.

Regardless of sporting a “Professional” moniker, picture high quality doesn’t stand out, particularly for the class the cellphone is competing in. The digicam seems to bump up sharpening to provide photographs the phantasm of being crisp, however zoom in shut and there’s simply not that a lot element.

Dynamic vary too might’ve been higher, with some areas beneath direct lighting showing a bit blown out. It’s not dangerous, nevertheless it doesn’t stand out both. With that mentioned, I really fairly favored Motorola’s coloration rendering that steers away from showing oversaturated. Photos look true to life in most conditions and it constantly takes pleasing photographs.

A 5x periscope zoom isn’t frequent within the class, and the Edge 20 Professional does nicely right here. Photos keep an excellent quantity of element so long as there’s ample mild. Extra importantly, coloration is stored constant throughout the board. Dynamic vary isn’t dangerous both, although you do find yourself dropping some element in shadow areas.

Past 5x, the digicam will permit you to go for as a lot as 50x attain, however the software program zoom is predictably missing intimately and is borderline unusable.

Huge-angle photographs too stood out for me for the way nicely the digicam handles distortion. Whereas my earlier gripes with dynamic vary proceed to be a priority right here and you find yourself dropping element in shadow areas, it’s an excellent ultra-wide digicam, all issues thought of, and may take dependable photographs in most lighting circumstances.

Indoor photographs from the Motorola Edge 20 Professional are a bit lackluster as a result of shutter lag that introduces a touch of shake.

Switching over to the evening mode helps on this case because it tries to mitigate shake alongside an extended publicity. The top result’s a vivid, in-focus shot that’s only a bit too oversharpened for my liking. Sadly, there isn’t a evening mode assist for the ultra-wide or periscope digicam and outcomes are moderately missing consequently.

Moto Edge 20 pro macro camera shot of a pink flower with a bee in it

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Just like the OnePlus 9 Professional or the iPhone 13 Professional, the Moto Edge 20 Professional makes use of the ultra-wide digicam to seize macro photographs. The outcomes are wonderful, if not a bit oversaturated, offered you’ll be able to maintain your hand steady sufficient. Moto is utilizing a 12MP crop from the 16MP sensor to seize these photographs, which is okay by itself. Nonetheless, the digicam then upscales the photographs again to 16MP which provides a little bit of softness to an in any other case nice picture.

Elsewhere, the 32MP selfie digicam oversamples photographs to 8MP by default. I wasn’t actually impressed by the photographs, with the digicam bumping up the distinction ranges and capturing moderately underexposed photographs by default. Pores and skin tones don’t look too good and there’s noticeable smearing of particulars. The portrait mode does an alright job at finest with first rate edge detection. Photos, nonetheless, find yourself with lifted shadows that give the shot a barely washed-out look. Pores and skin tones take a flip for the more severe in portrait mode.

Video recording goes all the best way to 8K, however I wouldn’t learn an excessive amount of into that. The cropped-in footage with out stabilization is brief on element and focusing speeds are too sluggish to get usable movies. Drop it right down to 4K at 60fps although, and issues enhance fairly a bit. The digital stabilization is superb and there’s hardly any shakiness to the footage, even whereas strolling round. Total, there’s ample element right here and colours are pretty true to life, although the cooler tones may not be to your liking — they definitely weren’t to mine.

Head on over to our Google Drive hyperlink for full decision Motorola Edge 20 Professional digicam samples.

Anything?

  • Software program: Motorola’s near-stock Android construct is moderately wonderful and comes with no extraneous pre-loaded apps. The additions are all considerate, together with Motorola’s signature gestures that add helpful shortcuts to activate the digicam app or flashlight. My favourite function, nonetheless, needs to be the Peek Show operate that goes past an always-on show. Notification shortcuts positioned alongside the underside edge permit you to work together with them with out having to unlock the cellphone. There’s additionally Motorola Kinds which works as a rudimentary theming engine for altering icons, wallpapers, and fonts.
  • Audio: The shortage of a twin speaker setup in a premium cellphone comparable to that is disappointing. The one bottom-firing speaker doesn’t get practically loud sufficient and lacks bass. It might probably additionally sound muffled when holding the cellphone in a horizontal orientation. Coupled with the dearth of a headphone jack, the audio capabilities go away a lot to be desired.
  • Connectivity: The Moto Edge 20 Professional ships with strong 5G assist throughout all main bands. You gained’t get mmWave assist right here, however that’s not likely a priority for the reason that cellphone isn’t being offered in North America.
  • Updates: Motorola is promising two years of Android updates, which is nice however not fairly adequate, with Google, Samsung, and even OnePlus pushing this to a few years of assist for premium units.

Motorola Edge 20 Professional specs

Motorola Edge 20 Professional
Show 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED
144Hz refresh price
19.5:9 facet ratio
HDR10+
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 870G CPU
Adreno 650 GPU
RAM/Storage India: 8GB/128GB
UK/EU: 12GB/256GB
Digicam Rear:
Huge: 108MP, f/1.9, 0.7µm pixels, 2.1µm extremely pixels
Extremely-wide: 16MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm pixels, 119-degree FoV
Telephoto: 8MP, f/3.4, 5x Zoom
Video: 8K @ 24fps, 4K @ 60/30FPS, slow-motion FHD @ 120/240/960fps

Entrance:
Selfie: 32MP, f/2.25, 0.7µm pixels, 1.4µm Quad Pixels
Video: 4K @30fps

Battery 4,500mAh
30W TurboCharge
No Wi-fi Charging
Connectivity Sub-6GHz 5G
LTE 4G
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
USB-C
Twin-SIM assist
Displaylink video out

No NFC

Dimensions/weight 163 x 76 x 7.99mm
190g
IP Score IP52
Colours Midnight Blue
Iridescent White
Blue vegan leather-based

Worth and competitors

Moto Edge 20 Pro back of the phone in hand outdoors

Motorola Edge 20 Professional

The Motorola Edge 20 Professional is the corporate’s premium phase play with a reliable spec sheet and a strong 108MP digicam.

The Motorola Edge 20 Professional goes for a well-rounded package deal over all-out efficiency and, for probably the most half, it succeeds. The cameras aren’t finest in school however handle to take constantly first rate photographs. In the meantime, efficiency is completely passable for many customers. From a design standpoint, Motorola succeeds in constructing an elegant, professional-looking cellphone however has sadly bungled the button placement, making them a bit too laborious to succeed in for these with smaller palms. The true plus level, nonetheless, is the software program that excels each with its lack of bloatware, but in addition genuinely helpful additions like gestures and Peek Show. It’s only a disgrace Motorola can’t match that high quality with a software program assist promise to rival the very best.

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A moderately apparent competitor for the Motorola Edge 20 Professional is the OnePlus 9R (Rs. 39,999). It’s acquired related specs however takes it up a notch with the premium design. Nonetheless, these in search of stellar cameras could be dissatisfied by the inconsistent output. Over in Europe, the OnePlus Nord 2 (£399) is a less expensive choice, although it’s competing extra intently with the OnePlus 9 (£629). That cellphone packs superior processing energy in addition to higher imaging capabilities. The OnePlus 9 Professional (£929) can be continuously discovered at a major low cost bringing it nearer to the Edge 20 Professional’s worth.

It’s also laborious to disregard the sheer worth provided by the Google Pixel 6 (£599/€649). The cellphone’s Tensor chipset is loaded with machine studying smarts, it is available in quirky colours, and the class-leading cameras are a league forward of Motorola’s digicam system, even for those who low cost the missing telephoto lens. It’s additionally set to obtain 5 years of safety updates and three Android model upgrades.

The Motorola Edge 20 Professional is an efficient deal in India, however suffers in Europe when put in opposition to stiff competitors.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 (€799/£769/Rs. 69,999) is one other machine to think about for European patrons. The Exynos 2100 chipset may not be the very best within the enterprise nevertheless it brings greater than satisfactory efficiency to the desk. Nonetheless, the mixture of stellar design, dependable cameras, and three years of software program updates and 4 years of safety patches make it an interesting selection at a aggressive worth. There’s additionally the Samsung Galaxy A52s (£409/Rs. 35,999) which has wonderful construct high quality in addition to top-tier main and selfie cameras. Battery life is phenomenal too, although the efficiency and bloatware could be a put-off for some customers.

If sheer efficiency is what you might be after, the Realme GT (£399/Rs.37,999) brings the products with a Snapdragon 888 chipset, quick charging, and strong digicam credentials. Likewise, Gaming fans may also need to try the Poco F3 GT (Rs. 26,999) that pairs a Dimensity 1200 chipset with magnetic triggers to take your smartphone gaming periods to the subsequent stage. In Europe, you may go for the equally inexpensive Poco F3 (£329) that drops the triggers, however provides the Snapdragon 870 chipset for efficiency wants.

Lastly, there’s the iPhone 13 (£779/€899) to think about. The A15 Bionic chipset brings blistering efficiency, the digicam system is constantly dependable and the software program ecosystem is strong. You gained’t get all of the {hardware} bells and whistles just like the high-refresh-rate show or telephoto lens, however what’s right here is nice for those who’re joyful to pay Apple’s premium.

Motorola Edge 20 Professional evaluate: The decision

Moto Edge 20 Pro with display switched on outdoors

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The Motorola Edge 20 Professional is by all measures a well-balanced cellphone. It doesn’t stand out in any particular manner, however that’s not essentially a unfavourable. The elegant design ought to have its takers and efficiency is strong sufficient for many customers. The digicam isn’t going to set benchmarks, however what’s right here is nice and extra importantly, constant for on a regular basis use.

The Moto Edge 20 Professional earns a advice for being a secure, constant guess — in India.

Not each cellphone must push the smartphone gamut ahead, and the Edge 20 Professional earns a advice for being a secure, constant guess for many on a regular basis customers. It’s acquired all of the necessities you could possibly want, nevertheless it’s the cautious and regarded software program additions that stand out and go away an enduring impression.

Nonetheless, that is solely actually the case for these in India. The equation adjustments fairly a bit when you think about the breadth of choices accessible in Europe and the Motorola Edge 20 Professional’s inflated worth. The Google Pixel 6, particularly, provides you all the advantages of a clear UI and provides to it with three years of software program updates, 5 years of safety patches, and cameras which are laborious to beat, not to mention match. Consider tried and examined options just like the Samsung Galaxy S21, and the worth proposition drops fairly a bit.

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