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Motorola Edge 20 Pro review: Budget flagship smartphone with a 144 Hz display and 12 GB of RAM

The somewhat different flagship. The Edge 20 Pro is the flagship from Motorola that supports the Ready For platform. Thanks to the latter's desktop mode, the Moto phone also wants to act as a PC replacement. However, the relatively low flagship price also comes with compromises. Read on to find out what those are and whether it's worth buying.
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Motorola Edge 20 Pro review

Motorola is focusing on the camera and display quality in particular for its 2021 flagship series. It's therefore hardly surprising that the Edge 20 Pro is the manufacturer's first smartphone with a periscope telephoto lens and a panel with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. The 6.7-inch OLED display also features 10-bit color reproduction and HDR10+ support. A Snapdragon 870 along with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage power the Motorola phone running Android 11.

However, the Edge 20 Pro, which is equipped with 5G and Wi-Fi 6, has to deal with some compromises compared with the high-end competition for an MSRP of just under 700 Euros (~$812). Read more about these in our comprehensive review.

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Edge Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G 8 x 2.4 - 3.2 GHz, Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Graphics adapter
Memory
12288 MB 
, 6GB / 8GB / 12GB
Display
6.70 inch 19.5:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 393 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, OLED, glossy: yes, HDR, 144 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 223 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, OTG, Miracast
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B17/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B32/​B34/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B42/​B43/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n28/​n38/​n41/​n66/​n77/​n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 163 x 76 ( = 0.31 x 6.42 x 2.99 in)
Battery
4500 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 108 MPix 108 MP (f/1.9, 0.7µm); 16 MP (f/2.2, 13mm, 1.0µm); 8 MP (5x optical zoom, f/3.4, 126mm, 1.0µm)
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix 32 MP (f/2.3)
Additional features
Speakers: mono, Keyboard: virtual, 30-watt charger, USB cable, Ready For cable, MyUX, 24 Months Warranty, Widevine L1, IP52, SAR: Head: 0.93 W/kg. Body: 1.25 W/kg., fanless
Weight
185 g ( = 6.53 oz / 0.41 pounds), Power Supply: 93 g ( = 3.28 oz / 0.21 pounds)
Price
699 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86.7 %
10/2021
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
SD 870, Adreno 650
185 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2400x1080
86.4 %
08/2021
Xiaomi Mi 11i
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
196 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
87.1 %
04/2021
OnePlus 9
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
192 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.55"2400x1080
83.2 %
10/2021
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
220 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"2400x1080
89.4 %
02/2021
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14
200 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2400x1080

Case - Edge 20 Pro with Gorilla Glass 5

Edge 20 Pro in Blue Vegan Leather
Edge 20 Pro in Blue Vegan Leather
Edge 20 Pro in Iridescent White
Edge 20 Pro in Iridescent White

The splash-proof and IP52-certified glass case of the Edge 20 Pro is available in three different colors. Despite the plastic frame, the Motorola phone leaves a high-quality impression, and the build quality is very good as well. It looks less bulky compared to other smartphones in this price range, especially due to its relatively low weight of well under 200 grams.

The flat OLED panel is surrounded by quite wide bezels on all four sides considering that it's a high-end phone. As a result, the screen-to-body ratio of the Edge 20 Pro is only 89% - in comparison, the Xiaomi Mi 11i achieves a value of over 91%. The 6.7-inch display is "only" protected by 5th generation Gorilla Glass. For just under 700 Euros (~$700), though, it could have featured the latest protection standard, "Victus".

The pronounced camera hump on the back clearly protrudes from the case, so that it wobbles a lot when you use the device on a table. Unlike last year's Edge generation, the back of the Motorola Edge 20 Pro doesn't look hollow, and its stability is satisfactory. The card slot in the frame can be equipped with one nano SIM card on each side, and it's flush with the frame.

Similar to the manufacturer's Moto series, you can use a dedicated button on the left side of the Edge 20 Pro to launch Google Assistant for voice control.

Edge 20 Pro in Midnight Blue
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Size comparison

169.86 mm / 6.69 inch 77.19 mm / 3.04 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 220 g0.485 lbs163.7 mm / 6.44 inch 76.4 mm / 3.01 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 196 g0.4321 lbs163 mm / 6.42 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 185 g0.4079 lbs161.5 mm / 6.36 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs160 mm / 6.3 inch 74.2 mm / 2.92 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 192 g0.4233 lbs
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Connectivity - Motorola phone with UFS 3.1

The Motorola phone's connectivity features include USB OTG for connecting external accessories quickly as well as for wireless image transmission of the screen content. The 4,500 mAh battery is also charged via the USB-C port at the bottom of the case using 30-watt TurboPower technology. In addition, the port supports the USB 3.1 Gen 1 standard as well as DisplayPort 1.4 for wired data transfers. Fortunately, the manufacturer includes the corresponding DisplayPort-capable USB-C-to-HDMI cable with its flagship smartphone.

The UFS 3.1 storage has a capacity of 256 GB, but only 223 GB is available to the user out of the box. The internal storage of the Edge 20 Pro is not expandable. Besides the SD card slot, users will also have to do without an IR blaster, a radio receiver, and an audio jack. Furthermore, there's neither a notification LED nor a proper always-on display feature - Motorola remains true to its preview display feature in the Edge series as well.

Right side (buttons)
Right side (buttons)
Bottom (speaker, microphone, USB port, card slot)
Bottom (speaker, microphone, USB port, card slot)
Left side (special button)
Left side (special button)
Top (microphone)
Top (microphone)

Software - Motorola smartphone with Android 11

Motorola has preinstalled a minimalist manufacturer interface based on Android 11 on its flagship smartphone, with security patches at the level of September 2021 at the time of testing. Motorola promises at least two Android operating system updates and two years of bi-monthly security updates for its Edge 20 lineup.

As before, the MyUX user interface features the familiar Moto Experiences, including gestures to activate the flashlight or individual design customizations. With the exception of Facebook, third-party apps are not present - we only find Google apps and in-house apps after booting the system. The Camera2 API is available with Level 3, and thanks to DRM Widevine L1, it's possible to stream content in HD quality.

Besides the minimalistic user interface, Motorola equips its Edge 20 Pro with hardware and software security features called ThinkShield for Mobile. This is a platform based on Lenovo's ThinkShield brand, meaning that there's supposed to be special protection against malware, phishing, and network attacks.

The "Ready For" functions can now also be used wirelessly on an external TV or computer screen. This makes it easy to use this special desktop mode from the comfort of your couch. In addition, the Edge 20 Pro can serve as a remote control or camera for video calls.

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Communication and GNSS - Edge 20 Pro with Wi-Fi 6

In terms of communication, the Motorola phone offers Bluetooth 5.1, dual-SIM functionality, and 5G but without mmWave support, as well as an NFC chip for near-field communication. In addition to the 5G standard, the premium smartphone has access to a total of 25 LTE bands - all relevant LTE frequencies for German-speaking countries, including band 28, are covered. The Edge 20 Pro is also ideally equipped for traveling, such as to the USA, for example.

Within the home Wi-Fi network, the Edge 20 Pro supports the fast ax standard with Wi-Fi 6, which results in high transfer rates in our measurements. However, the Xiaomi Mi 11i is much faster when sending data. In combination with our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router, the Motorola phone could also be a bit more consistent when receiving data.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1165 (735min - 1229max) MBit/s ∼100% +78%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1129 (1030min - 1155max) MBit/s ∼97% +72%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
747 (650min - 862max) MBit/s ∼64% +14%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
600 (305min - 657max) MBit/s ∼52% -8%
OnePlus 9
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
685 (654min - 709max) MBit/s ∼59% +5%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
655 (597min - 675max) MBit/s ∼56%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1599, n=285, last 2 years)
476 MBit/s ∼41% -27%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
953 (717min - 1469max) MBit/s ∼100% +30%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
855 (827min - 886max) MBit/s ∼90% +17%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
854 (804min - 879max) MBit/s ∼90% +17%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
792 (676min - 856max) MBit/s ∼83% +8%
OnePlus 9
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
777 (623min - 829max) MBit/s ∼82% +6%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
731 (565min - 819max) MBit/s ∼77%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 1414, n=285, last 2 years)
468 MBit/s ∼49% -36%
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Motorola Edge 20 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø730 (565-819)
Xiaomi Mi 11i Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø791 (676-856)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø655 (597-675)
Xiaomi Mi 11i Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1165 (735-1229)
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors

In order to be able to assess the tracking accuracy in practice, we take the Edge 20 Pro on a short trip and simultaneously log the route with a Garmin Edge 520 for comparison purposes. Only 90 meters lie between the smartphone's GPS module and the navigation device at the end of the nearly four-kilometer long test course.

The Motorola phone's positioning capabilities aren't always perfect, but the deviations in the detailed view of the GPS log are small, so that there are hardly any noteworthy inaccuracies in the Edge 20 Pro's route. To determine the position, the GPS module uses the GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS, QZSS, and Galileo main satellite systems, as well as the SBAS satellite-based supplementary system.

Garmin Edge 520 positioning
Garmin Edge 520 positioning
Garmin Edge 520 positioning
Garmin Edge 520 positioning
Garmin Edge 520 positioning
Garmin Edge 520 positioning
Motorola Edge 20 Pro positioning
Motorola Edge 20 Pro positioning
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Telephone and call quality - Moto smartphone with VoLTE

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro review

The Edge 20 Pro can manage up to two SIM profiles simultaneously. Motorola doesn't offer an eSIM option, but VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling are on board in return. Call quality is good, and even loud ambient noise is suppressed well. However, the maximum volume of the earpiece is relatively low. Video calls using the Skype app and the speaker work smoothly and pleasantly on the premium phone thanks to the three built-in microphones. 

Cameras - Edge 20 Pro with 108 MP

Portrait mode on the Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Portrait mode on the Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Portrait mode on the Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Portrait mode on the Motorola Edge 20 Pro

The 108 MP main camera of the Edge 20 Pro provides a good overall image quality in our sample photos, where nine pixels are combined into one large Ultra Pixel by default. With an optical format of 1/1.52", it's the largest camera sensor that Motorola has installed in a smartphone so far. Pictures taken with the Samsung ISOCELL HM2 remain relatively natural and soft. Motorola almost doesn't oversharpen subjects in postprocessing, unlike some rivals that perform a heavy amount of artificial sharpening in postprocessing - like the Apple iPhone 13 in our photo comparison, for example. Nonetheless, the Edge 20 Pro's overall sharpness level could be a bit better, although the OnePlus 9 Pro produces much blurrier results at the edges in particular.

Motorola should, however, improve color accuracy via software. We use the ColorChecker Passport to analyze color reproduction under controlled lighting conditions in comparison to the actual reference colors. Measurements are taken once under full studio lighting and once at a light intensity of 1 lux.

The analysis performed with the ColorChecker Passport reveals high deviations compared to the actual reference colors, especially considering that the Pro model is the flagship device of the Edge series. Blue and greenish shades are significantly brightened and displayed too garishly using the 108 MP camera. The white balance has also been calibrated a bit too warm.

The Edge 20 Pro does a good job in low light despite the lack of OIS - at least in steady hands. The increased light sensitivity of the Ultra Pixel results in decently illuminated pictures even in low-light conditions. The sharpness and dynamic range are satisfactory for the price range. The same is true for the ultra wide-angle photos with a resolution of 16 MP, but the detail and sharpness level is not quite on par with the OnePlus 9.

The zoom capabilities of the Edge 20 Pro are very good. The optically stabilized 8 MP periscope camera, which redirects the light captured at a 90-degree angle, results in a decent sharpness at 5x. Even the 50x super zoom works out details quite nicely.

The photos taken with the front-facing camera are also impressive. Motorola finds an appealing balance between oversharpening and softening here. The details and image dynamics are at a good level in daylight. Switching to portrait mode, though, leads to blown-out and overexposed picture areas in bright backgrounds.

In terms of videos, the Motorola Edge 20 Pro is capable of recording at 8K; it also offers an audio zoom to better capture the sound coming from a subject while filtering out ambient noise and voices. Switching lenses during video recordings is only possible in the Full HD setting - when shooting in UHD quality (24, 30, 60 fps), users are limited to the 108 MP camera. Selfie enthusiasts also get a 4K option with the 32 MP lens on the front.

Ultra-wide angle
Ultra-wide angle
Main camera
50x zoom (max)
Macro mode
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Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cameraMain cameraLow lightUltra-wide angle
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ColorChecker
25.7 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
23.5 ∆E
24.9 ∆E
20.6 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
18 ∆E
28.6 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
18.6 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
26.8 ∆E
19.5 ∆E
21.1 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
20.4 ∆E
23.2 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
2 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Edge 20 Pro: 17.19 ∆E min: 2.02 - max: 28.56 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.1 ∆E
51.6 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
42.3 ∆E
60.2 ∆E
51 ∆E
32.6 ∆E
38.7 ∆E
25.4 ∆E
61.7 ∆E
61.9 ∆E
29.3 ∆E
46.3 ∆E
33.8 ∆E
70.6 ∆E
39.7 ∆E
43.3 ∆E
74.9 ∆E
67.8 ∆E
50 ∆E
35.7 ∆E
23.1 ∆E
13 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Edge 20 Pro: 43.99 ∆E min: 12.97 - max: 74.93 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - Edge 20 Pro with 30-watt charger

Edge 20 Pro with 30-watt charger
Edge 20 Pro with 30-watt charger

The package contains a modular power adapter with a rated output of 30 watts, a USB charging cable, and a Ready-For HDMI cable. Our test device doesn't come with a protective film out of the box, and the protective case advertised by the manufacturer wasn't included with our sample, either.

Every Motorola Edge smartphone comes with a two-year standard limited warranty. An optional extended coverage can insure the Edge 20 Pro against mechanical failures for another 12 months. The optional Accidental Damage Protection Contract (94.99 Euros (~$111) for two years) provides additional coverage for physical damage or damage caused by liquids.

Input devices and handling - Edge 20 Pro with FaceUnlock

The capacitive touchscreen detects inputs very reliably, and the gliding properties of the Corning Gorilla Glass are outstanding. Using the device also benefits from the display's high refresh rate of 144 Hz, which makes image transitions and scrolling buttery-smooth. In addition, the capacitive touchscreen has a very low touch latency. The Edge 20 Pro scans for possible user input up to 576 times per second in certain applications (such as games).

A fingerprint scanner has been integrated into the power button for biometric security, and it impresses with a high recognition rate. However, its placement takes a lot of getting used to. The sensor is placed much too high, even for users with large hands, so that the fingers always need to be repositioned.

The Motorola phone can also be unlocked via facial data using face recognition, but this is performed using the 2D method, which isn't very secure.

Edge 20 Pro
Edge 20 Pro
Edge 20 Pro

Display - Moto phone with OLED panel

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
PWM in DC-dimming mode
PWM in DC-dimming mode

The Motorola Edge 20 Pro's 6.7-inch Max Vision OLED display offers 10-bit colors while meeting HDR10+ standards. The 20:9 panel has a 1080p resolution and features an adaptive refresh rate control. The flagship smartphone can automatically match this rate to the content displayed and adjust it between 48 and 144 Hz. Other smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, for example, have a minor advantage in terms of power consumption here, as the display's refresh rate can be reduced to as low as 10 Hz.

In our measurements, the OLED panel achieves a high luminance of 666 cd/m² using a homogeneous illumination. The Xiaomi Mi 11i, however, is much brighter. We also test the brightness with an evenly distributed ratio of dark to bright areas (APL50). In this case, we also measure a good brightness level of 686 cd/m², but this is significantly surpassed by the Mi 11i with 1,201 cd/m². Although the APL10 (theoretically) leaves some headroom, the Edge 20 Pro's brightness still isn't optimal for HDR content.

The Motorola smartphone uses pulse width modulation (PWM) at a high frequency of 472 Hz for brightness control. We measured a much lower frequency of 120 Hz in DC-dimming mode, but the fluctuations in amplitude are also significantly lower here.

623
cd/m²
637
cd/m²
659
cd/m²
643
cd/m²
666
cd/m²
650
cd/m²
621
cd/m²
640
cd/m²
653
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
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Maximum: 666 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 643.6 cd/m² Minimum: 4.86 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 666 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.4 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 1.9 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
150.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.209
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.70
Xiaomi Mi 11i
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
OnePlus 9
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.80
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2400x1080, 6.70
Screen
-19%
32%
-131%
-0%
Brightness middle
666
875
31%
731
10%
714
7%
814
22%
Brightness
644
879
36%
739
15%
705
9%
814
26%
Brightness Distribution
93
96
3%
96
3%
96
3%
97
4%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.4
1.8
-29%
0.59
58%
5.9
-321%
2
-43%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.65
4.7
-77%
1.3
51%
8.7
-228%
3.6
-36%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.9
3.4
-79%
0.9
53%
6.8
-258%
1.4
26%
Gamma
2.209 100%
2.19 100%
2.243 98%
2.25 98%
2.12 104%
CCT
6646 98%
6220 105%
6573 99%
7774 84%
6568 99%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 471.7 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 471.7 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 471.7 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 20894 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

We check the display quality with a spectrophotometer and the CalMAN analysis software. The average DeltaE deviations from the sRGB color space are slightly higher in the default profile "Natural" than in the profile "Saturated". The larger DCI-P3 as well as the sRGB color space are nearly fully covered in the latter. With DeltaE values lower than 2, the Edge 20 Pro is within the ideal range, which includes deviation values below 3.

Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB, profile: Saturated)
Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB, profile: Saturated)
Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB, profile: Natural)
Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB, profile: Natural)
Color space (target color space: AdobeRGB, profile: Saturated)
Color space (target color space: AdobeRGB, profile: Saturated)
Color space (target color space: P3, profile: Saturated)
Color space (target color space: P3, profile: Saturated)
Color space (target color space: sRGB, profile: Saturated)
Color space (target color space: sRGB, profile: Saturated)
Grayscales (target color space: sRGB, profile: Saturated)
Grayscales (target color space: sRGB, profile: Saturated)
Grayscales (target color space: sRGB, profile: Natural)
Grayscales (target color space: sRGB, profile: Natural)
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB, profile: Saturated)
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB, profile: Saturated)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (23.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37.5 ms).

The Motorola phone leaves a good impression outdoors. Thanks to the OLED panel's strong contrasts, the Edge 20 Pro remains legible even in direct sunlight, but its display brightness isn't always fully satisfactory when there are reflections.

The viewing-angle stability is very good due to the OLED technology used. There are barely any image shifts at flat viewing angles, but there is a decrease in brightness.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro review
Motorola Edge 20 Pro review
Viewing angles of the Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Viewing angles of the Motorola Edge 20 Pro

Performance - Moto Edge 20 Pro with Snapdragon SoC

With the Snapdragon 870, Motorola has installed a powerful 7 nm SoC that integrates a fast "Prime Core" running at up to 3.2 GHz and three additional performance cores based on the Cortex-A77 architecture with a clock rate of up to 2.42 GHz. To save power, four additional ARM Cortex-A55 cores have also been integrated (1.8 GHz). A powerful Adreno 650 graphics unit is also built into the Qualcomm SoC.

In everyday use, last year's high-end processor architecture in combination with the built-in 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM provides a very good system performance. Animations and application loading times are pleasingly fast thanks to the very fast 144 Hz display and the UFS 3.1 storage, respectively.

As expected, the CPU benchmarks of the Snapdragon 870 in the Edge 20 Pro are weaker than those of the Snapdragon 888, which is typically found in this price range. Nevertheless, the Motorola phone is very competitive due to its lower heat development and the absence of SoC throttling, especially in longer GPU tests like GFXBench.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
974 Points ∼83%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1134 Points ∼97% +16%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1124 Points ∼96% +15%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1170 Points ∼100% +20%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
1100 Points ∼94% +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (967 - 1046, n=9)
997 Points ∼85% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=268, last 2 years)
610 Points ∼52% -37%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
2986 Points ∼81%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
3687 Points ∼100% +23%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3653 Points ∼99% +22%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3644 Points ∼99% +22%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
3364 Points ∼91% +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (2870 - 4455, n=9)
3309 Points ∼90% +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=268, last 2 years)
2068 Points ∼56% -31%
Vulkan Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
3159 Points ∼50%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
4273 Points ∼68% +35%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3894 Points ∼62% +23%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3646 Points ∼58% +15%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
6259 Points ∼100% +98%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (3159 - 4324, n=8)
3583 Points ∼57% +13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72 - 7701, n=174, last 2 years)
2221 Points ∼35% -30%
OpenCL Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
3482 Points ∼46%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
4403 Points ∼59% +26%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4566 Points ∼61% +31%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4158 Points ∼55% +19%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
7514 Points ∼100% +116%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (3482 - 3724, n=9)
3601 Points ∼48% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (255 - 7514, n=174, last 2 years)
2269 Points ∼30% -35%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
11986 Points ∼80%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
15024 Points ∼100% +25%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
13127 Points ∼87% +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (10829 - 16054, n=8)
12896 Points ∼86% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 17085, n=96, last 2 years)
9927 Points ∼66% -17%
3DMark
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
4274 Points ∼73%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5692 Points ∼97% +33%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5786 Points ∼98% +35%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5895 Points ∼100% +38%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
5668 Points ∼96% +33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (4166 - 4351, n=9)
4250 Points ∼72% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 9927, n=139, last 2 years)
2974 Points ∼50% -30%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
4233 Points ∼70%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5712 Points ∼95% +35%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5751 Points ∼96% +36%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5875 Points ∼98% +39%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
6010 Points ∼100% +42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (4152 - 4352, n=9)
4238 Points ∼71% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=136, last 2 years)
3079 Points ∼51% -27%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
1243 Points ∼81%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1503 Points ∼97% +21%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1543 Points ∼100% +24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (1203 - 1243, n=8)
1229 Points ∼80% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102 - 3080, n=87, last 2 years)
917 Points ∼59% -26%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
1223 Points ∼76%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1427 Points ∼89% +17%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1509 Points ∼94% +23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (1195 - 4236, n=8)
1600 Points ∼100% +31%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 4236, n=86, last 2 years)
927 Points ∼58% -24%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
142 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
121 fps ∼85% -15%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
61 fps ∼43% -57%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
91 fps ∼64% -36%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
119 fps ∼84% -16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (60 - 142, n=8)
105 fps ∼74% -26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (8.2 - 143, n=211, last 2 years)
64.4 fps ∼45% -55%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
223 fps ∼81%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
266 fps ∼97% +19%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
275 fps ∼100% +23%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
194 fps ∼71% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
242 fps ∼88% +9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (200 - 231, n=8)
223 fps ∼81% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.3 - 425, n=211, last 2 years)
122 fps ∼44% -45%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
116 fps ∼97%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
120 fps ∼100% +3%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
60 fps ∼50% -48%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
89 fps ∼74% -23%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
119 fps ∼99% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (60 - 116, n=8)
92.3 fps ∼77% -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 121, n=210, last 2 years)
51.8 fps ∼43% -55%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
132 fps ∼82%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
151 fps ∼94% +14%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
101 fps ∼63% -23%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
129 fps ∼80% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
161 fps ∼100% +22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (119 - 140, n=8)
132 fps ∼82% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 251, n=211, last 2 years)
70.7 fps ∼44% -46%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
80 fps ∼78%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
96 fps ∼93% +20%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
57 fps ∼55% -29%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
75 fps ∼73% -6%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
103 fps ∼100% +29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (50 - 95, n=8)
73.1 fps ∼71% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.1 - 106, n=208, last 2 years)
40.3 fps ∼39% -50%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
91 fps ∼83%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
110 fps ∼100% +21%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
96 fps ∼87% +5%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
88 fps ∼80% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
107 fps ∼97% +18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (81 - 99, n=8)
90.8 fps ∼83% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 169, n=209, last 2 years)
48.7 fps ∼44% -46%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
50 fps ∼83%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
60 fps ∼100% +20%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
48 fps ∼80% -4%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
42 fps ∼70% -16%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
56 fps ∼93% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (31 - 51, n=8)
45 fps ∼75% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.3 - 61, n=208, last 2 years)
25 fps ∼42% -50%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
58 fps ∼91%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
64 fps ∼100% +10%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
42 fps ∼66% -28%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
51 fps ∼80% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
62 fps ∼97% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (48 - 59, n=8)
56.5 fps ∼88% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.8 - 96.6, n=208, last 2 years)
29.2 fps ∼46% -50%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
49 fps ∼77%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
60 fps ∼94% +22%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
58 fps ∼91% +18%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
51 fps ∼80% +4%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
64 fps ∼100% +31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (33 - 54, n=9)
48 fps ∼75% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=269, last 2 years)
25.8 fps ∼40% -47%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
57 fps ∼84%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
68 fps ∼100% +19%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
57 fps ∼84% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
61 fps ∼90% +7%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
64 fps ∼94% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (57 - 62, n=9)
59.2 fps ∼87% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 257, n=269, last 2 years)
30.3 fps ∼45% -47%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
31 fps ∼70%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
42 fps ∼95% +35%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
41 fps ∼93% +32%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
31 fps ∼70% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
44 fps ∼100% +42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (21 - 34, n=9)
30.3 fps ∼69% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 60, n=270, last 2 years)
17.3 fps ∼39% -44%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
22 fps ∼79%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
27 fps ∼96% +23%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
28 fps ∼100% +27%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
22 fps ∼79% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
27 fps ∼96% +23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (22 - 23, n=9)
22.3 fps ∼80% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 101, n=270, last 2 years)
11.7 fps ∼42% -47%
Antutu v9 - Total Score (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
692521 Points ∼87%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
791672 Points ∼100% +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (676505 - 716502, n=7)
690112 Points ∼87% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (117053 - 962824, n=74, last 2 years)
505616 Points ∼64% -27%
BaseMark OS II
Overall (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
6031 Points ∼85%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
6852 Points ∼96% +14%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
6537 Points ∼92% +8%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
7123 Points ∼100% +18%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
6144 Points ∼86% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (5916 - 6369, n=7)
6174 Points ∼87% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (615 - 8124, n=195, last 2 years)
3938 Points ∼55% -35%
System (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
8976 Points ∼77%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
10610 Points ∼91% +18%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
11627 Points ∼100% +30%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
11096 Points ∼95% +24%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
10492 Points ∼90% +17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (8852 - 10489, n=7)
9807 Points ∼84% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1160 - 19657, n=195, last 2 years)
7132 Points ∼61% -21%
Memory (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
7457 Points ∼94%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
7677 Points ∼97% +3%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
7526 Points ∼95% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
7941 Points ∼100% +6%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
6246 Points ∼79% -16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (6757 - 8167, n=7)
7585 Points ∼96% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (522 - 9044, n=195, last 2 years)
4620 Points ∼58% -38%
Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
12245 Points ∼79%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
14427 Points ∼93% +18%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
12938 Points ∼83% +6%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
15524 Points ∼100% +27%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
14636 Points ∼94% +20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (11431 - 12801, n=7)
12151 Points ∼78% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (349 - 25642, n=195, last 2 years)
6294 Points ∼41% -49%
Web (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
1654 Points ∼88%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1876 Points ∼100% +13%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1627 Points ∼86% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1882 Points ∼100% +14%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, Mali-G78 MP14, 8192
1486 Points ∼79% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (1411 - 1791, n=7)
1619 Points ∼86% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2392, n=195, last 2 years)
1332 Points ∼71% -19%
UL Procyon AI Inference - Overall Score (sort by value)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
17835 Points ∼64%
OnePlus 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
9372 Points ∼34% -47%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
27949 Points ∼100% +57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (12855 - 17835, n=4)
15283 Points ∼55% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1555 - 63613, n=45, last 2 years)
11836 Points ∼42% -34%
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mi 11i (Chrome 92.0.4515.115)
115.735 Points ∼100% +23%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Chrome 94)
93.729 Points ∼81%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro (Chrome 92)
91.979 Points ∼79% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (60.7 - 94, n=6)
82.4 Points ∼71% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
66.27 Points ∼57% -29%
OnePlus 9 (MS Edge)
61.34 Points ∼53% -35%
Average of class Smartphone (12.4 - 182, n=187, last 2 years)
55.2 Points ∼48% -41%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mi 11i (Chrome 92.0.4515.115)
209.12 Points ∼100% +23%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Chrome 94)
170.632 Points ∼82%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro (Chrome 92)
152.78 Points ∼73% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (105 - 171, n=7)
141 Points ∼67% -17%
OnePlus 9 (MS Edge)
119.23 Points ∼57% -30%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
117.78 Points ∼56% -31%
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 414, n=196, last 2 years)
100 Points ∼48% -41%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Xiaomi Mi 11i (Chrome 92.0.4515.115)
113.1 runs/min ∼100% +57%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
85.8 runs/min ∼76% +19%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro (Chrome 92)
80.6 runs/min ∼71% +12%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Chrome 94)
71.88 runs/min ∼64%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (51.4 - 74.8, n=6)
69.1 runs/min ∼61% -4%
OnePlus 9 (MS Edge)
54.65 runs/min ∼48% -24%
Average of class Smartphone (9 - 244, n=172, last 2 years)
54.1 runs/min ∼48% -25%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Xiaomi Mi 11i (Chrome 92.0.4515.115)
166 Points ∼100% +31%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Chrome 94)
127 Points ∼77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (99 - 147, n=7)
124 Points ∼75% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro (Chrome 92)
120 Points ∼72% -6%
OnePlus 9 (MS Edge)
119 Points ∼72% -6%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
102 Points ∼61% -20%
Average of class Smartphone (20 - 252, n=201, last 2 years)
83.6 Points ∼50% -34%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mi 11i (Chrome 92.0.4515.115)
45398 Points ∼100% +14%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Chrome 94)
39985 Points ∼88%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro (Chrome 92)
37762 Points ∼83% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (20543 - 39985, n=7)
30538 Points ∼67% -24%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
28247 Points ∼62% -29%
OnePlus 9 (Chrome89)
23843 Points ∼53% -40%
Average of class Smartphone (1986 - 64222, n=207, last 2 years)
19812 Points ∼44% -50%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 29635, n=209, last 2 years)
3578 ms * ∼100% -204%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Chrome 88.0.4324.152)
1743.6 ms * ∼49% -48%
OnePlus 9 (Chrome89)
1692.34 ms * ∼47% -44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (1158 - 1744, n=7)
1476 ms * ∼41% -25%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro (Chrome 92)
1443.2 ms * ∼40% -23%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Chrome 94)
1176.4 ms * ∼33%
Xiaomi Mi 11i (Chrome 92.0.4515.115)
923.6 ms * ∼26% +21%

* ... smaller is better

Motorola Edge 20 ProXiaomi Mi 11iOnePlus 9Nubia RedMagic 6S ProSamsung Galaxy S21+Average 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-10%
7%
15%
31%
18%
-39%
Sequential Read 256KB
1698.5
1627.84
-4%
1872.3
10%
1606.78
-5%
1623.02
-4%
1763 ?(1330 - 2037, n=27)
4%
846 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=273, last 2 years)
-50%
Sequential Write 256KB
723.09
552.4
-24%
739.39
2%
765.26
6%
1037.14
43%
847 ?(552 - 1559, n=27)
17%
390 ?(11.9 - 1465, n=273, last 2 years)
-46%
Random Read 4KB
245.72
181.01
-26%
225.38
-8%
285.79
16%
309.61
26%
255 ?(181 - 325, n=27)
4%
149 ?(13.5 - 325, n=273, last 2 years)
-39%
Random Write 4KB
179.64
205.89
15%
221.45
23%
254.94
42%
283.31
58%
263 ?(180 - 449, n=27)
46%
140 ?(5.5 - 449, n=273, last 2 years)
-22%

Games - Moto smartphone only with 60 fps

Its technical specifications make the Motorola flagship ideal for gaming: A fast SoC, a large 144 Hz OLED display with a sampling rate of 576 Hz, and good cooling. Nonetheless, we aren't completely satisfied with the gaming performance, which we checked with GameBench.

Although the Armajet arena shooter is rendered consistently, the Edge 20 Pro stops at 60 fps, even though the game supports 144 fps. We would have liked to see at least 120 fps here. A constant 60 fps is also possible in PUBG Mobile with the HD setting, and even at the highest detail level (UHD), there's no stuttering on the Motorola phone.

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; Armajet: Ø58.3 (28-61)
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø59.8 (58-61)
; PUBG Mobile; Balanced: Ø59.8 (58-61)
; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø59.6 (54-61)
; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD: Ø39.9 (37-41)

Emissions - Moto phone with moderate heat development

Temperature

GFXBench battery test (OpenGL ES 3.1)
GFXBench battery test (OpenGL ES 3.1)

Even under load, the surfaces of the Edge 20 Pro only reach harmless temperatures of a maximum of 40 °C (~104 °F). We weren't able to detect any performance throttling as a result of the low temperatures. The GFXBench battery test (OpenGL ES 3.1), as well as the newer 3DMark stress tests (Vulkan 1.0), don't show any performance losses.

Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Max. Load
 38.9 °C
102 F
38.4 °C
101 F
36.1 °C
97 F
 
 40 °C
104 F
38.6 °C
101 F
36.5 °C
98 F
 
 40.4 °C
105 F
38.8 °C
102 F
36.3 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 40.4 °C = 105 F
Average: 38.2 °C = 101 F
35.5 °C
96 F
38.8 °C
102 F
36.8 °C
98 F
36.3 °C
97 F
39.7 °C
103 F
38.1 °C
101 F
35.5 °C
96 F
39.7 °C
103 F
38.8 °C
102 F
Maximum: 39.7 °C = 103 F
Average: 37.7 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.6 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 21.4 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.2 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.4 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.7 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.3 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.4 (25.7min) % ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
86.8 (30.3min) % ∼87% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S21+
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65.8 (3805min) % ∼66% -34%
OnePlus 9
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56.2 (3203min) % ∼57% -43%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.8 (7.49min) % ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
88.4 (8.24min) % ∼89% -11%
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Motorola Edge 20 Pro Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø7.5 (7.49-7.5)
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test: Ø8.74 (8.24-9.31)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø25.8 (25.7-25.9)
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø32.2 (30.3-34.9)
Edge 20 Pro
Edge 20 Pro

Speaker

Although the Edge 20 Pro is a high-end device, it only features a mono speaker. We measured a maximum volume of 82 dB, which is sufficient for everyday use, but not particularly loud. The bottom speaker has a linear frequency response for mids and highs. Bass is not present in the sound pattern.

Wired headphones can be connected to the smartphone via the USB-C port. Alternatively, this can also be done wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.1. Besides the SBC, AAC, and LDAC audio codecs, aptX, aptX HD, and aptX Adaptive are available as well.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2029.5362533.138.43127.4294031.331.65030.3306329.625.88024.121.510020.718.712517.629.516014.843.520012.348.925012.850.331510.455.1400958.450011.361.963014.465.180017.171.310001474.1125010.472.616009.471.4200010.663.4250011.466.2315013.668.4400013.766.7500015.371.1630015.473.4800016.675.81000017.669.11250017.368.91600017.661.1SPL26.382.8N0.755.1median 14median 66.2Delta2.810.14346.236.838.436.82830.630.23435.52931.725.523.129.322.423.927.114.237.411.344.511.752.29.755.49.357.511.860.413.760.717.364.716.271.411.172.410.373.210.470.611.672.812.674.713.973.515.265.115.663.716.369.716.571.116.460.717.15368.865.971.426.48322.219.226.50.853.5median 13.9median 63.72.410.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMotorola Edge 20 ProOnePlus 9
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 14% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 78% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

OnePlus 9 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.8% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 34% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 59% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life - Edge 20 Pro with low power consumption

Energy consumption

The Edge 20 Pro exhibits a consistently lower power consumption than the Snapdragon 888 competition, especially in load scenarios. This can be seen very clearly in the GFXBench measurements with an adjusted display brightness (150 cd/m²).

The battery has a capacity of 4,500 mAh and supports fast wired charging at up to 30 watts. Wireless charging is not supported. The Edge 20 Pro is fully recharged in about 75 minutes with a 30-watt charger.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.7 / 0.9 / 1.2 Watt
Load midlight 4.6 / 5.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
4500 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 11i
4520 mAh
OnePlus 9
4500 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
5050 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S21+
4800 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-46%
-72%
-39%
-34%
-77%
-46%
Idle Minimum *
0.7
0.98
-40%
0.9
-29%
1.05
-50%
0.74
-6%
1.211 ?(0.7 - 3, n=7)
-73%
0.935 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=222, last 2 years)
-34%
Idle Average *
0.9
1.4
-56%
1.7
-89%
1.75
-94%
1.27
-41%
2.02 ?(0.9 - 4.3, n=7)
-124%
1.772 ?(0.65 - 3.94, n=222, last 2 years)
-97%
Idle Maximum *
1.2
1.46
-22%
2.7
-125%
1.78
-48%
1.33
-11%
2.28 ?(1.2 - 4.31, n=7)
-90%
2.01 ?(0.69 - 4.01, n=222, last 2 years)
-68%
Load Average *
4.6
6.21
-35%
5.4
-17%
3.31
28%
6.32
-37%
6.19 ?(4.6 - 9.9, n=7)
-35%
4.49 ?(2.1 - 8.4, n=222, last 2 years)
2%
Load Maximum *
5.5
9.62
-75%
11.1
-102%
7.18
-31%
9.61
-75%
9.1 ?(5.5 - 13.8, n=7)
-65%
7.38 ?(3.56 - 12.3, n=222, last 2 years)
-34%

* ... smaller is better

Energy consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G: Ø4.07 (0.792-7.39)
Xiaomi Mi 11i Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G: Ø5.49 (1.196-9.84)

Energy consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø5.55 (5.15-5.88)
Xiaomi Mi 11i Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø7.69 (6.13-7.93)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G; Idle 1min: Ø0.875 (0.743-1.098)
Xiaomi Mi 11i Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G; Idle 1min: Ø1.065 (0.969-1.912)

Battery life

The battery runtimes of the Motorola flagship were determined with a fixed 144 Hz refresh rate enabled. In our real-world Wi-Fi test, the Edge 20 Pro achieves very good rates with 13 hours and 21:30 hours of continuous video playback. The only surprise is the relatively poor endurance under full load considering the low power consumption.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
28h 9min
WiFi Websurfing
12h 54min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
21h 29min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 15min
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
4500 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 11i
4520 mAh
OnePlus 9
4500 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
5050 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S21+
4800 mAh
Battery Runtime
4%
-9%
7%
6%
Reader / Idle
1689
1658
-2%
1623
-4%
1780
5%
H.264
1289
1017
-21%
928
-28%
1174
-9%
WiFi v1.3
774
690
-11%
854
10%
829
7%
651
-16%
Load
195
290
49%
168
-14%
282
45%

Pros

+ beautiful 144 Hz OLED
+ Wi-Fi 6
+ low power consumption
+ USB 3.1/DisplayPort 1.4
+ nice periscope lens

Cons

- no wireless charging
- mono sound only
- no OIS (main camera)
- plastic frame

Verdict on the Motorola Edge 20 Pro