Motorola Edge 20 Pro Review: Should OnePlus be Worried?


Motorola Edge 20 Professional is the top-of-the-line smartphone in its sequence. The Edge 20 Professional packs in some spectacular {hardware} resembling a 144Hz show, Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, and clear near-stock Android. These options helped the Motorola Edge 20 Professional to provide an excellent first impression, however what is that this smartphone wish to reside with? Can it compete with the likes of the OnePlus 9R and Realme GT 5G? I put the Motorola Edge 20 Professional by means of its paces to seek out out.

Motorola Edge 20 Professional Worth in India

The Motorola Edge 20 Professional is priced at Rs. 36,999 in India and just one configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is on provide. You’ll be able to select between Midnight Sky and Iridescent Cloud color choices. I had a Midnight Sky unit for this overview.

Motorola Edge 20 Professional design

The Edge 20 Professional appears much like the Edge 20 (Evaluation) and is immediately recognisable as part of the Edge 20 sequence. The Motorola Edge 20 Professional is unquestionably a looker. Whereas it is not as smooth because the Edge 20, it feels extra premium. The Edge 20 Professional sports activities a giant 6.7-inch show with a digicam gap on the top-centre and skinny bezels throughout.

Motorola says that the body of the system is manufactured from aluminium, however there is a resin coating which robs it of that premium really feel. The Edge 20 Professional has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner which is perhaps a deliberate transfer to undercut competitors utilizing in-display fingerprint scanners. The buttons are on the best, and I discovered them to be barely too excessive, with the quantity buttons needing a stretch to achieve. The left solely has the devoted button to summon Google Assistant. The underside of the body has the USB Sort-C port, major microphone, loudspeaker, and SIM tray, whereas the highest solely has the secondary mic.

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Motorola Edge 20 Professional sports activities Corning Gorilla Glass on the entrance and the again

 

The digicam module is within the high left nook of the rear, and it would not protrude as a lot because the one on the Motorola Edge 20. That is due to the larger general physique thickness due to this cellphone’s larger 4,500mAh battery. Motorola has curved the again alongside the edges which makes it comfy to grip. The Edge 20 Professional is barely heavier and bulkier than the Edge 20, however has the identical IP52 score for mud and water resistance.

Motorola Edge 20 Professional specs

The Motorola Edge 20 Professional has a giant 6.7-inch AMOLED show with HDR10+ assist. The panel has a 144Hz refresh charge which is among the many highest at this value level. It additionally has a 576Hz peak contact sampling charge. Motorola has used Corning Gorilla Glass on the entrance and the again for defense.

Powering the Edge 20 Professional is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, which we now have additionally seen powering the OnePlus 9R (Evaluation), iQoo 7, and Mi 11X. Motorola presents this smartphone in a single configuration solely, with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. You do not have the choice to broaden storage. Nevertheless, you do get a RAM enhance function which assigns 2GB of storage for use as RAM. Motorola might have provided a higher-priced variant with 256GB of storage for individuals who are keen to pay extra.

The Motorola Edge 20 Professional has assist for Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, twin 5G, 4G VoLTE, and 6 satellite tv for pc navigation programs. It packs in a 4,500mAh battery and ships with a 30W charger within the field. The charger has a USB Sort-C output and also you get a Sort-C to Sort-C cable within the field.

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The opening homes a 32-megapixel selfie shooter

 

Software program on the Edge 20 Professional is clear and comparatively free from bloat. This cellphone runs Android 11 and my unit had the September safety patch. You additionally get a promise of two years of Android software program updates which ought to preserve the system from feeling outdated. Motorola’s MyUX customisations can be found so that you can customise the look of the smartphone. You’ll be able to change the color and fonts of various UI components. The Edge 20 Professional had Fb and some Google apps put in out-of-the-box, and you may uninstall Fb.

Motorola enables you to allow a number of customized gestures from inside the Moto app. For instance, you’ll be able to faucet and maintain with three fingers to take a screenshot, or flip the smartphone over to silence an incoming name. There are additionally conventional Moto gestures resembling a double-chop to toggle the flashlight, and double-crank to launch the digicam app. Motorola’s Prepared For function, which we examined with the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion, can also be current on the Edge 20 Professional.

Motorola Edge 20 Professional efficiency

For these in search of efficiency, the Edge 20 Professional is correct up your alley. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC is highly effective sufficient to run nearly something you throw at it with none hiccups. With 8GB of RAM, multitasking is not a difficulty, and I might run a number of apps concurrently whereas switching between them. The massive AMOLED show with its excessive refresh charge is sweet to eat content material on. Motorola has set the refresh charge to Auto by default, which lets the smartphone adapt it primarily based on what you’re doing. You may as well manually set it to 60Hz or 144Hz. The Edge 20 Professional’s show had good viewing angles and the speaker was loud however a tad tinny. I discovered the side-mounted fingerprint scanner to be fast to unlock the system.

The Edge 20 Professional dealt with benchmarks fairly nicely, scoring 701,580 in AnTuTu. It managed 968 and three,070 factors in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core checks respectively. 3DMark’s Slingshot and Slingshot Excessive checks have been maxed out. Compared, the OnePlus 9R scored 6,72,556 factors in AnTuTu and managed 965 and three,075 factors in Geekbench 5.

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The triple digicam setup on the Edge 20 Professional is kind of versatile

 

In case you are planning to play video games, the Edge 20 Professional has you lined. I performed Battlegrounds Cellular India (BGMI) which defaulted to the HD graphics and Excessive body charge settings. I might play the sport with none points. The smartphone didn’t present any indicators of slowing down and maintained a gentle body charge. After enjoying for quarter-hour, I seen a 3 p.c drop within the battery degree. The smartphone wasn’t heat to the contact after gaming.

By way of battery life, the Motorola Edge 20 Professional advantages from a barely larger battery in comparison with the Edge 20. I might use this smartphone for a few day and a half without having to search for the charger. In our HD video loop check, the Edge 20 Professional managed to run for 15 hours and a pair of minutes which is barely decrease than the 15 hour, 49 minute time posted by the OnePlus 9R. The Motorola Edge 20 Professional had its display refresh charge set to Auto. Charging is fast however not one of the best available on the market. The provided 30W charger was taking of getting the Edge 20 Professional from zero to 58 p.c in half-hour, and to 93 p.c after an hour.

Motorola Edge 20 Professional cameras

Motorola has used the identical major digicam sensor on the Edge 20 Fusion (Evaluation), Edge 20, and Edge 20 Professional. This 108-megapixel major digicam has an f/1.9 aperture and saves 12-megapixel pixel-binned photographs. The secondary digicam on this cellphone is a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam with a 119-degree discipline of view, which can also be able to capturing macro photographs. That is extra helpful than a 2-megapixel devoted macro digicam. The third is a 5X telephoto digicam with optical picture stabilisation. It’s also able to going as much as 50X digital zoom. For selfies, you’ve gotten a 32-megapixel digicam within the show’s gap. The digicam app on the Edge 20 Professional is simple to make use of and it remembers the final mode you’ve got shot with, making it faster to shoot a number of pictures in comparable circumstances.

The Motorola Edge 20 Professional was fast to detect scenes and even recommend completely different capturing modes primarily based on composition and topic. It didn’t have any bother locking focus rapidly and metering scenes appropriately. Photographs shot in daylight have been good, and had first rate element. Objects at a distance have been recognisable although this cellphone might have managed higher particulars within the shadows. The ultra-wide-angle digicam captures a a lot wider discipline of view however there’s a noticeable drop in picture high quality. Objects at a distance aren’t as crisp and detailed both.

Motorola Edge 20 Professional daylight digicam pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Motorola Edge 20 Professional ultra-wide-angle digicam pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Motorola’s 5X telephoto setup makes it straightforward to shoot faraway objects. Particulars are ample however it’s good to be regular whereas capturing or you’ll discover some blur within the output. You may see a tiny viewfinder to assist with framing whereas zoomed in, however this nonetheless is not straightforward as there’s a slight lag. Consequently, I wanted a number of makes an attempt to border an object whereas capturing at excessive zoom ranges. At as much as 50X digital zoom, even a slight motion will trigger a blurry shot and you’ll be higher off utilizing a tripod for such photographs.

Motorola Edge 20 Professional telephoto digicam samples (faucet to see resized picture)

 

Shut-up photographs turned out nicely. Objects had good element and the Edge 20 Professional managed a tender blur for the background. Portrait photographs have been crisp with good edge detection however the AI boosts color aggressively. I might additionally get shut sufficient to things to shoot clear macros. These had superb element and are captured at 16 megapixels which let you crop and enlarge them additional if required.

Motorola Edge 20 Professional close-up pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Motorola Edge 20 Professional portrait pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Motorola Edge 20 Professional macro pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Low-light digicam efficiency jogged my memory of the Motorola Edge 20. Photographs shot at night time utilizing the common photograph mode didn’t have one of the best particulars. Night time mode does assist to enhance high quality, however pictures have been nonetheless less than my expectations.

Motorola Edge 20 Professional low-light pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Motorola Edge 20 Professional Night time mode pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Selfies shot in daylight in addition to low gentle turned out nicely. These pictures are 8 megapixels in decision, pixel binned from the 32-megapixel shooter. Portraits had first rate edge detection and the cellphone did let me change the depth of the background blur earlier than I took the shot. Nevertheless the output had boosted distinction and appeared a bit synthetic.

Motorola Edge 20 Professional selfie portrait pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Video recording tops out at 8K for the first digicam and 4K for the selfie shooter. The Edge 20 Professional additionally has a twin seize mode which helps you to report movies from any two cameras on the system concurrently. You should utilize the selfie digicam together with the rear-facing major digicam, or use any two cameras on the again to report. Daylight movies shot at 1080p in addition to 4K have been nicely stabilised, nevertheless the EIS doesn’t do an excellent job in low gentle, resulting in a shimmer impact in footage.

Verdict

Motorola is concentrating on the Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 40,000 market phase with its Edge 20 sequence. Whereas the Edge 20 Fusion (Evaluation) and the Edge 20 (Evaluation) cater to the decrease half of this phase, the Edge 20 Professional is shouldering the duty of the upper finish. The Edge 20 Professional sports activities good {hardware}, and the software program is free from bloatware.

Whereas battery life is best on the Edge 20 Professional than the Edge 20, its digicam efficiency does really feel missing in comparison with a number of the competitors. With OxygenOS doubtlessly now not being an choice for purists, the Motorola Edge 20 Professional does place itself proper towards the OnePlus 9R (Evaluation).

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