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Motorola introduces the Edge 20 family of smartphones, starting at ~US$420

The Edge 20 series. (Source: Motorola)
The Edge 20 series. (Source: Motorola)
Motorola has unveiled the Edge 20 series' specs and design in full on its website. They are headed by the Snapdragon 870-powered Pro variant, which also features a 144Hz screen, 12GB of RAM and a 108MP main camera sensor. Then again, the 20 and 20 Lite also benefit from this sensor, albeit with varying levels of zoom and additional features.

Motorola has formally introduced the Edge 20, 20 Lite and 20 Pro smartphones via an international website. This reveal has largely served to confirm that the leaks surrounding these new Android devices prior to their launch were pretty much accurate.

The phones' new webpage confirms numerous points about the phones, from their SoCs to their design and the color choices thereof, although the OEM has filled in some blanks with additional juicy details. For example, the Pro variant might have been painted as more of a camera-centric mid-ranger; however, its single 12GB RAM/128GB internal storage SKU pushes it into nearly-premium territory instead.

Furthermore, it seems its single square rear camera lens is 8MP and supports "high-res" 5x optical zoom, not to mention 50x hybrid "Super Zoom", whereas the vanilla 20 gets the same lens, ableit with the same feature dialled down to 30x, and the Lite gets no zoom at all.

Then again, this entry-level model is set up with back-up lenses for 8MP ultra-wide/macro and 2MP depth-sensing functions, as well as the 32MP punch-hole selfie camera with which the entire series is graced.

The Edge 20 and 20 Pro, on the other hand, get 16MP ultra-wide and macro shooters, not to mention the well-touted 108MP main sensor, finally revealed as a Samsung ISOCELL HM2 in all 3 variants.

They are also graced with the same flat 6.7-inch 10-bit, HDR10+, and DCI-P3-covering AMOLED display, which starts at 90Hz in the Lite and does indeed go up to 144Hz, as opposed to the industry-standard 120Hz, in the 20 and 20 Pro.

Then again, the 20 Lite may have the edge in screen-on time, as it gets a 5,000mAh battery rather than 4,000mAh in the vanilla variant or 4,500mAh in the Pro model, all of which are compatible with 30-watt (W) power bricks. Motorola indicates that this will enable the Edge 20s to last "for days" on a single charge, and to juice back up "in minutes". Time and review might tell on that one.

Motorola has announced that the Edge 20 series will get 2 major Android upgrades, over the current 11-based My UX. This OS skin also includes the Ready for PC feature from the Edge S. It had also indicated at one point that this launch was to wait until August 5, 2021.

Therefore, it seems the coming event is either for the Chinese market, or is in fact the date on which these devices are to be released. The 8/128GB-only 20 Lite is now slated to do so at €349.99 (~US$416), whereas the Edge 20 is slated to go for €499.99 (~$593) with the same configuration.

The Edge 20 Pro, on the other hand, will cost €699.99 (~$830). Motorola currently projects the 3 new phones will be out across markets such as Europe and Asia in mid-August 2021. It did not mention plans for North America, although its markedly accurate leaks to date point to a vanilla 20 variant modified for Verizon in that market.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-07-30 (Update: 2021-07-30)