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Motorola Edge 20: The very slim mid-range phone is impressive, but not completely

The Motorola Edge 20 is a good, slim mid-range phone that does a few things differently and could be interesting for this very reason.
The Motorola Edge 20 is a good, slim mid-range phone that does a few things differently and could be interesting for this very reason.
The Motorola Edge stirred up the mid-range with its unusual design, but its successor wants to do things differently. Is the Edge 20 still worth recommending? Read on for an overview of our review findings.
Florian Schmitt (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

Users who want to stand out from the mass of mid-range smartphones don't have it easy. Motorola attempts a new approach with the Edge 20: After the very curved screen edges of the predecessor, which caused problems during use, a flatter screen is installed in a very slim case now.

The Edge 20 looks stylish and is also very light. In terms of materials, you get the standard mid-range fare with an older Gorilla Glass on the front and plastic on the back.

5G and fast Wi-Fi are naturally on board, but you'll have to do without a microSD reader. There's no longer a 3.5 mm audio jack like in the predecessor, the Motorola Edge, either; it was likely sacrificed in favor of the slim build.

Another disadvantage of the slim design is the limited space for the battery: It only has a capacity of 4,000 mAh. Motorola still manages to get somewhat suitable runtimes for everyday use out of the battery, and the charging times are quite short thanks to 30-watt charging, but other mid-range devices last much longer.

The fact that Motorola only installs a mono speaker is a slight step backwards compared to the predecessor, and sound quality doesn't really impress, either. In return, Bluetooth 5.2 with all modern aptX codecs is available for wireless headphones or speakers.

The 144 Hz display is one of the highlights of the Edge 20, and even 120 fps can be achieved in some games as our review shows. Performance and emissions are at class level, but there's also another considerable drawback in the display.

Read our detailed review of the Motorola mid-range phone to find out what that is and whether we can recommend the Motorola Edge 20 overall.

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 926 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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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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Florian Schmitt, 2021-11-15 (Update: 2021-11-15)