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Motorola Edge 20 Pro flagship smartphone review verdict: Are the compromises too big?

The Edge 20 Pro is a Motorola flagship that also supports the Ready For platform.
The Edge 20 Pro is a Motorola flagship that also supports the Ready For platform.
The Motorola Edge 20 Pro is a relatively affordable flagship phone with a 144 Hz OLED panel and a Snapdragon SoC. Read our review verdict on the Edge 20 Pro to find out whether Motorola managed to find a good compromise between price and performance in its Edge smartphone.
Marcus Herbrich (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

In contrast to many competitors, Motorola doesn't position its flagship in the premium segment; instead, the device belongs to the higher-end category. On the one hand, this makes the Edge 20 Pro more affordable for a lot of users, but on the other hand, certain compromises in terms of the built-in hardware have to be put up with due to the lower price.

Our detailed review of the Motorola smartphone reveals a few weaknesses that slightly affect the overall package of the Edge 20 Pro. In particular, the lack of wireless charging, of an optically stabilized main camera, and of stereo speakers might be a disqualifying factor for some of those interested in a high-end phone. Especially since the Pro model of the Edge 20 series is only IP52-certified and therefore protected against splashing water. Furthermore, the choice of the Snapdragon 870 doesn't really fit into the overall picture of a 700-Euro (~$812) phone, although performance is absolutely sufficient in everyday use. In addition, the Snapdragon 888 competition also achieves much better rates in our brightness measurements in some cases - we would have wished for slightly more potential from the Edge 20 Pro for outdoor use here, since the Motorola flagship "only" manages a good brightness level of about 650 cd/m² in our review.

That said, the Edge 20 Pro also offers many advantages, such as the lightweight MyUX software including the Ready For functionality, the very good battery life with a refresh rate of 144 Hz, as well as a pleasing overall camera package. The support for USB 3.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 deserves a special mention as well.

If you're looking for a powerful smartphone with a high refresh rate, you should take a closer look at the Edge 20 Pro. Check out our review to get a detailed impression of the Motorola phone.


Review of the Motorola Edge 20 Pro

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Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Senior Tech Writer - 304 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I have always been very passionately interested in mobile technologies, especially smartphones. Being a tech enthusiast means the half-life of my devices isn’t exactly long, and being the latest hardware is not enough to suffice as the manufacturer and operating system play a minor role – the most important aspect for me is that the device is state-of-the-art. After posting for Mobi Test I joined Notebookcheck in 2016, where I have been pursuing my enthusiasm for technology by reviewing the latest smartphone, tablet, and accessory trends.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 516 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Marcus Herbrich, 2021-11- 2 (Update: 2021-11- 2)