The Motorola Edge 20 Pro is the third smartphone to join the Edge series in India after the Edge 20 Fusion and Edge 20. As the nomenclature, the Edge 20 Pro is ranked high in the series, so it will take the competition as the OnePlus 9R. Motorola claims to have packed the best hardware and is confident that the Android stock experience we offer will help refresh consumers. I put my hands on this smartphone, here’s what I first found out about.
Price of Motorola Edge 20 Pro in India
Motorola Edge 20 Pro costs about Rs. 36,999 in India with single configuration, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You can choose between the color end of Midnight Sky and Iridescent Cloud.
The Motorola Edge 20 Pro is almost identical to its younger sibling, the Edge 20, in terms of design and some of its specifications. Let’s look at the design first. The new Edge 20 Pro looks like a premium and has a large 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 20: 9 factor ratio on the front. This smartphone is small and long, so while it’s easy to carry with one hand, access to the top of the display with your thumb is not possible without brushing the phone.
This AMOLED display has full HD + resolution and 144Hz fast refresh rate and 576Hz touch screen quality. If all of this sounds familiar, it’s because the Motorola Edge 20 is proud of the same display details. One difference with the Edge 20 Pro is the use of the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and rear.
Motorola claims that the Edge 20 Pro midframe is made of alloy with a resin coating. This gives it a shiny finish, but it doesn’t feel all that premium. The Motorola is equipped with a fingerprint mounted on the right side, as well as volume buttons. Competitors like the OnePlus 9R (Review) still boast internal fingerprint scanners. The Motorola Edge 20 Pro has a dedicated Google Assistant button, on the left. You won’t get a 3.5mm headphone jack on this device, but a USB C port, speaker, and SIM tray at the bottom while the second microphone is on.
At the back, you’ll find a triple-camera setup with a 108-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 5X zoom and image stabilization, and a 16-megapixel wide angle camera that can also take macros. For selfies, this phone has a 32-megapixel selfie camera in the front hole. This camera module is not as prominent as the one in Edge 20.
The Edge 20 Pro is bigger than the Edge 20, (though not as much) and one reason for this could be its massive 4,500mAh battery. Motorola has collected a 30W TurboPower charger from the box. I had a Midnight Sky Edge 20 Pro unit with a matte finish on the back panel. The Edge 20 Pro is rated with IP52 which should keep it safe from interference.
Connectivity options for the Motorola Edge 20 Pro include Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, dual 5G connectivity (with support for 11 5G bands), and 4G VoLTE. It also supports five satellite navigation programs.
The Motorola Edge 20 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, and has 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. While there is one suspension of the Edge 20 Pro sold in India, I feel like there is space on the market for 12GB RAM, 256GB different storage.
You get Android 11 with Motorola’s MyUX interface on top. Motorola promises to offer a two-year software upgrade to the Motorola Edge 20 Pro. My review unit was using the Android Android patch patch. The interface on the Edge 20 Pro feels like Android stocks with a few customizations. With the exception of Facebook and other Google apps, I haven’t found any other bloat pre-installed on this device. The UI is easy to use and will appeal to Android purists.
After spending some time with the Motorola Edge 20 Pro, I would say it packs with good Hardware at a price. Its clean software is easy to use, and overall, this smartphone could be a better option than the OnePlus 9R. Can the Motorola Edge 20 Pro convincingly beat the OnePlus 9R, in terms of actual usage, game performance, camera quality and battery life? If you want to know, stay tuned for the full review.