Motorola Edge 20 Pro First Look: Smart software features and hardware tweaks


The Motorola Edge 20 Pro brings with it design changes, hardware upgrades and useful software to enable seamless work and play.

Design language and display

Boasting a water-repellent design, the Motorola Edge 20 Pro has an all-glass build with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front. At 8mm thick and between 185-190g based on colour, it is quite a handy smartphone. Although, its camera bump makes the smartphone wobble more than usual on a flat surface. Moreover, its volume and power buttons on the right edge are placed a bit too high up which gets uncomfortable over time. Even on the left edge, we feel the dedicated Google Assistant button could be placed slightly lower, especially given the size of the smartphone.

At 6.7-inches, the Edge 20 Pro is not compact. It boasts a 1,080 x 2,400 resolution OLED display with HDR10+ and 1B colours. The most stand-out feature about the panel though is its refresh rate. Unlike typical 60Hz or 120Hz panels, the Edge 20 Pro comes with a 144Hz refresh rate display. This is faster than any flagship we have tested. Although in real world terms, the difference in performance is minute if at all.

Thus far, we have found the display to be quite good. Its sunlight legibility is great and so are its colours. Although in some situations, it tends to show a slight colour shift when viewed at an angle. Referencing back to last year, the panel is also a flat one without any curves which may or may not be a design choice you like depending on your preference. Regardless, during regular use, the panel has been fine. Although, we did notice the lack of stereo speakers which should not be the case at this price point.

Creator focused

The Motorola Edge 20 Pro packs a formidable camera package on paper, with it being the first phone from the company with a periscope lens. The triple camera setup houses a 108MP primary camera, an 8MP periscope telescope camera with 5x optical zoom and a 16MP ultrawide angle camera. Thus far, we have had the camera unit perform well especially when it comes to zoom and detail. But with optical image stabilisation (OIS) only on the periscope lens, it will be interesting to see how the main camera performs without it.

During our time with the smartphone, we also played around with video. Here, you get either 8K recording at 24fps or 4K recording at up to 60fps. Especially when filming scenery, the camera tends to do well. And during these times, we also noticed that the viewfinder’s preview seems a bit choppy. However, when you play back this footage once filmed, it is much smoother. Look out for our full review where we will be detailing performance even further.

Performance, software and battery life

Inside, the Motorola Edge 20 Pro comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G chip. This is backed by 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. For daily tasks, this hardware combination is apt. However, we have felt that for more strenuous tasks, the smartphone tends to struggle a bit. This is not something we have faced with the processor before however we think that this could be due to the chip trying to push the full 144Hz refresh rate.

Software wise, the smartphone runs Android 11. Motorola also claims that the smartphone will see both Android 12 and 13 updates. Most of the experience is stock like with absolutely no bloatware. There are a few touches from Motorola here too such as the fan-favourites we have come to love. Moreover, Motorola’s new ‘Ready For’ software helps you use the Edge 20 Pro as an add-on to your PC. For example, you can use it to interchange files between your systems, stream your favourite shows or use the smartphone as a web camera for video calls. We will be detailing our experience with this in our full review. Lastly, the battery on the Motorola Edge 20 Pro is a 4,500mAh one. This is good for a full days’ use, with us currently getting between 8-9 hours of usage. While there is no wireless charging support, you do get 30W wired charging via the included power brick and cable.

Pricing and availability

The Motorola Edge 20 Pro is now available to purchase for Dh1,999. The first 100 customers to register and purchase it will receive a free ‘Ready For’ adjustable dock worth Dh299.


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