The smartphone season is on; we have already seen many amazing devices released recently, and there is no stopping anytime soon. Motorola recently launched two new interesting phones that caught our attention — Motorola Edge 20 and the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion. Prices start at Rs 29,999 and Rs 21,499, respectively and they are available for purchase through Flipkart and Amazon India. Read this article to know our first impressions of both these impressive smartphones.
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion
Design and Display
Let’s start with the more affordable of the Edge 20 phones the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion. It is a sleek looking phone measuring 8.4mm in thickness and weighs around 185 grams. The device is surprisingly light considering that it packs a large screen alongside a bigger 5000mAh battery. The device’s design includes a matte sort of frosted finish on the rear, and the camera module surely looks unique, which is in a good way. That implies Motorola has paid attention to the design for the Edge 20.
The one thing that we did miss a lot on the device is the widely accepted Motorola batwing logo on the rear, which simultaneously acts as a fingerprint sensor too. However, the latter is still present, this time in the power button, which feels like an ideal approach rather than opting for an in-display fingerprint sensor altogether.
The front greets you with a large 6.67-inches AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The emphasis here is certainly the 10-bit display with DCI-P3 colour gamut. The 10-bit panel supports over ten billion colours compared to an 8-bit panel featured in the OnePlus Nord CE 5G (which also falls in a similar price bracket). While the Edge 20’s display is certainly better than the new Nord CE, it is safer to say that the former can be considered one of the best or, in fact, one of the top 3 displays in the sub-Rs 25K price range.
Since we’ve compared the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion with the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, let’s also look at the software on both these phones. The Edge 20 here has a direct approach as it ships with vanilla stock Android out of the box. In comparison, the Nord CE comes with closer to stock Android approach with its OxygenOS. The stock Android undeniably has an advantage over the other close to stock Android operating systems, any day, as there wouldn’t be any bloatware that comes preinstalled on the Motorola devices.
On the Edge 20 Fusion, we can find ‘My UX,’ the custom app, which provides essential features across the UI in a single app. It is convenient as most of the prominent features across the interface can be found or toggled in a single app instead of fiddling around with multiple apps spread across. Alongside My UX, the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion also comes with ThinkSheild protection for security. Also, there is the ‘Ready for PC’ feature, which lets you find convenient ways to connect to your PC and perform tasks seamlessly across those devices.
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset. It brings in 5G connectivity to the device and supports 13 5G bands. If we compare with some of the competition, again, the Nord CE has support for only one 5G band; Samsung Galaxy M42, on the other hand, supports up to four 5G bands, which again makes the Edge 20 Fusion sit on an advantage. The SoC can handle mundane tasks on the device quite swiftly. And, for gaming, handling games such as COD or Asphalt 9 is not a problem with this chipset.
The 5000mAh battery capacity has performed well in our testing. It lasted around two days on a single charge, with around 20% battery left. Motorola also provides a 30W turbocharger included in the box that can juice up the battery from 0 to 75% in 75-minutes.
The unique-looking camera module sports a 108MP primary lens, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, which also acts as a macro sensor, and there’s an additional 2MP depth sensor too. On the front, the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion comes with a 32MP selfie shooter. We are putting out some of the camera samples which we shot during our testing. Since this is not a full review, we are not digging deep into how good/bad the photographs look. Meanwhile, to have an idea, we’ve compared some samples with the competition so that you can look at them for yourself and let us know.
Motorola Edge 20
Design and Display
If you already believe that the Edge 20 Fusion is a sleek 5G phone, then you’re in for a treat with the Edge 20 here. It is the thinnest and slimmest 5G phone that supports 11 5G bands. It only weighs 163 grams and measures 6.9mm in thickness.
The Edge 20 comes features a boxy design; a matte finish across the frame and a frost finish back. The camera module on the Edge 20 feels more good-looking than the Fusion. You should definitely consider buying the Emerald Green colour variant of the Edge 20 if you are into flashy phones.
The Motorola Edge 20 ships with a larger display measuring 6.7-inches and has a Full HD+ resolution. Like the Edge 20 Fusion, this device also sports a 10-bit AMOLED panel with support for one billion colours, has DCI-P3 coverage and supports HDR10+. The display, however, feels superior over the Fusion because the Edge 20 has a 144Hz refresh rate screen with a touch sampling rate of 576Hz. It even feels superior to the recently launched Realme GT Master edition phone that features a 120Hz refresh panel, which itself is good in the first place.
Under the hood
The Edge 20 equips Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 778G SoC, the same chipset witnessed in devices like Realme GT Master Edition and the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G. On the software front, it carries the same prowess as the Fusion model, such as stock Android, features like Ready for Wireless and PC, to have seamless connectivity across devices, My UX, to name a few.
On the Motorola Edge 20, we again have three lenses:
- A 108MP main camera.
- There’s a 16MP lens that does the job of clicking ultra-wide shots and macro shots.
- 8MP Telephoto sensor with 3X optical zoom with OIS.
On the front, the device hosts a 32MP selfie shooter. The SoC’s ISP helps the device’s camera perform well along with Motorola’s bundled software. Meanwhile, we’re attaching sample photos below for you guys to see how the cameras on the Motorola Edge 20 perform.
All in all, the Motorola Edge 20 can be considered as one of the few devices showcasing software innovation along with good hardware that usually doesn’t exist in the price segment that the phone’s being offered.
So, these were our initial impressions of the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion and Motorola Edge 20 smartphones. Which ones did you like? And what do you want to know more about in our full review? Do let us know and share your comments down below. Stay tuned for Mr Phone.