Motorola debuts Edge 20 flagships globally with fast refresh screens and 108-megapixel cameras

Motorola debuts Edge 20 flagships globally with fast refresh screens and 108-megapixel cameras

With today’s global introduction of the Edge 20 Pro, Edge 20, and Edge 20 Lite, Motorola continues its comeback to flagship devices for the second year in a row. For the first time in a Motorola handset, the top-end 20 Pro boasts a periscope-style telephoto lens, as well as a Snapdragon 870 engine.

All three smartphones have 6.7-inch OLED panels with high refresh rates and support sub-6GHz 5G. They also include 108-megapixel rear-facing cameras. They’ll arrive in Europe, Latin America, and Asia in August. While Motorola did not provide specifics, it does state that a 5G Edge smartphone will be available in North America this fall.

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The Edge 20 Pro, which costs €699 (about $830), has a Gorilla Glass 5 front panel, a 144Hz screen refresh rate, and 12GB of RAM thanks to its powerful 800-series CPU. Its main rear camera is a 108-megapixel 1/1.52-inch sensor with an f/1.9 aperture, which matches the Edge Plus camera from last year. A new 8-megapixel 5x telephoto periscope-style camera with optical image stabilization has also been added. Along with a 32-megapixel selfie camera around the front, a 16-megapixel ultrawide camera doubles as a macro camera.

A couple of specs aren’t quite up to par with the top class, as we noted with the Edge Plus’s “excellent but not quite good enough” predecessor. For starters, Motorola is only promising two OS upgrades for the device, which comes with Android 11 out of the box – a strategy that trails behind the majority of the competition. The 4,500mAh battery can be charged quickly with 30W cable charging, but wireless charging is not supported. It also has an IP52 rating, which means it can withstand splashes of water but not full submersion like the Samsung Galaxy S21, which has an IP68 rating.

The Edge 20 costs €499 (about $590) and has the same 6.7-inch OLED with 144Hz refresh rate (but only Gorilla Glass 3 on the front), but it has a Snapdragon 778 processor. It has a stabilized 8-megapixel 3x telephoto camera instead of the periscope zoom, but its main and ultrawide cameras are identical to those of the 20 Pro.

The cheapest Edge 20 Lite, which costs €349 (about $415), has a MediaTek Dimensity 5G-B chipset, a 6.7-inch OLED display with a slower-but-still-fast 90Hz refresh rate, no telephoto camera, and a larger 5,000mAh battery. It still has the same IP52 rating as the previous two devices and supports 30W rapid charging.

We enjoyed last year’s Edge phones, especially the more reasonably priced midrange Edge, thanks to some impressive photographic features. It’s encouraging to see Motorola leveraging that strength with a new telephoto lens, albeit the top-tier handset still appears to be missing a few essential features to compete effectively in its class. This year, the midrange could be Motorola’s sweet spot once more.

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