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Motorola Edge 20 Lite

16.11.2021
The Edge 20 series in the most economical option

I must admit that I definitely like Motorola Edge 20. Now I got another smartphone from the new Edge 20 series, model Edge 20 Lite. How did he perform on a daily basis? And is its price actually competitive?

Motorola Edge 20 Lite is the cheapest smartphone in the new Edge 20 series. For relatively little money, the manufacturer offers a really successful, mid-range smartphone from 6, 7-inch OLED screen, equipped with a side fingerprint reader, 5000 mAh battery, Dimensity 720 processor and a triple rear photo module. It is available on the market for EUR 369.


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Packaging and accessories

In the set with the smartphone, the manufacturer added a 30 W charger, a cable with a double USB-C connector, some papers and a pin to open the tray for SIM / microSD cards. There was also a very practical element, which is a transparent, silicone case.


Structure and screen

Motorola Edge 20 Lite is an attractive smartphone, with a design based on a combination of a glass front and a plastic housing. The whole thing is 8.25 mm thick and weighs 185 g. It is not a one-handed smartphone, but it fits perfectly in the hand. It's a shame it can't boast some more solid water resistance - IP52 isn't an impressive standard, and provides overall splash protection, not actual water resistance.

The Motorola Edge 20 Lite screen does not disappoint. This is a 6.7-inch flat OLED panel with a resolution of 2400x1080 pixels (385 ppi), which supports a higher refresh rate of 90 Hz and supports HDR10 +. It takes up about 89% of the front panel, which is a good result in the mid-price range. It has great viewing angles and brilliant colours (with a choice of natural or saturated colour mode and a slider to change the colour temperature), although the brightness is average - in direct sunlight it was not easy to see what was happening on the screen.

The screen is surrounded by a moderate thickness of frames - they cannot be ignored. In the upper part there is a slot masking the speaker for calls, which unfortunately is not part of the stereo system - it is only used for conversations. There is no stereo system in Edge 20 Lite. There is also a hole with a selector camera at the top of the screen. It is worth adding that the device can be easily used while wearing glasses with polarization. There is no factory-applied foil on the screen, unlike Edge 20 and Edge 20 Pro the cheapest model in the series can not boast of Gorilla Glass.

The casing is a good quality plastic with a matte finish - to some extent you can see fingerprints on its surface, but the set with the phone comes with a transparent case that will prevent them. The rear panel has a blue-green colour (Lagoon Green) which, depending on how the light is falling, gives nice reflections. The rear panel features the Motorola logo and a square-shaped photographic module with rounded corners protruding above the surface, housing three cameras and a LED flash.

The frame, like the housing, is made of plastic, this time with a glossy finish. On the side - right - edge there is a fingerprint scanner integrated with the on/off screen and volume control. While the scanner is exactly where the thumb rests, the volume control is a little harder to reach. Moreover, the buttons are small and shallow, and are sometimes difficult to feel.

The biometric security feature works very well - it quickly and correctly recognizes your finger and unlocks the screen. An additional method of blocking access by unauthorized persons is the facial recognition feature, although it is rather slow, less secure and does not do well in poor lighting.

On the left side there is a small button that launches the Google Assistant (You can disable this function, but you cannot assign another activity or application) and a tray for SIM and micro SD cards, which can accommodate either two SIM cards, or one SIM card and a memory device. On the lower edge there is an external speaker, microphone opening, USB-C port and a universal headphone jack, and on the opposite end - a microphone opening for noise reduction.

System and Applications

The device has a My UX interface based on Android 11 and ships with security patches from September 1, 2021. It's worth adding that Edge 20 Lite is expected to get at least two system updates.


The overlay is very light and perfectly optimized - it ensures smooth and responsive work. In addition, there are no unnecessary applications here - pure soft is always one of the biggest advantages of Motorola smartphones. There were options related to personalization, support for gestures and the possibility of a virtual increase of RAM memory.


The manufacturer has added the Moto application as standard - and in it we can find popular gestures, Moto display or styles - and its own camera application. It is thanks to her that almost pure Android gains character, and what Motorola provides are actually useful and practical functions that I often miss in competitors' smartphones.


Sound

In terms of sound, the smartphone does not have much to be proud of. The presence of a universal headphone jack is an undeniable advantage. But there is only a single speaker on the bottom edge. It produces a moderately loud sound and the correct sound, but at higher volume levels it can be unpleasant to the ear. On the plus side, I will add one more element here - the presence of an FM radio with the possibility of recording broadcasts to AAC files.


Photos and videos

Motorola Edge 20 Lite has three cameras, but the best results are achieved with a 108MP unit with f/1.9 aperture. Interestingly, the processor used in the phone (according to the manufacturer's specification) supports cameras up to 64 MP - so does the Motorola Edge 20 Lite use the full potential of this camera?

The main camera supports a fairly average 8 MP camera with an f/2.2 ultra wide-angle lens with a field of view of 118 degrees. It is a pity to write about the third camera, because in practice it is not responsible for photos - it is a 2 MP depth camera. Its operation is strictly auxiliary - it is used, for example, when taking photos using the portrait mode - it is supposed to blur the background behind the photographed person or object in the foreground.

The main camera produces good shooting results, especially in good lighting conditions. The photos are sharp, the colours are faithful to reality, it's just a pity that you can see the HDR effect quite poorly - despite setting it in automatic mode, it was not always used when it was actually needed. Plus, it's deeply entrenched in the settings. As the lighting conditions worsen, photos lose contrast, colour saturation and detail.


In night mode it all depends on the amount of light available, but don't expect miracles. Even with the night mode, which slightly improves the colours and contrast, the smartphone does not match what the competition can sometimes do.


Photos from a camera with an ultra-wide-angle lens look weaker - they have worse detail and a slightly different tone than photos from the main camera. You can see distortions at the edges, and the camera cannot cope with high-contrast lighting and at night.


The smartphone does not have OIS, but has electronic image stabilization that works when recording in Full HD. Edge 20 Lite can also record in 4K, but then you have to do without stabilization. The main camera gives 12MP photos by default, combining 9 pixels into one - although you can of course force the full resolution to get photos with a resolution of 9000x12000 pixels (and a size in excess of 20MB). The manufacturer probably does not assume that it will be used often - it is quite deeply buried in the settings.

The application gives you the choice of using the main and ultra-wide-angle cameras, you can also see the macro mode icon - an 8MP camera is used for close-ups. This is definitely a better solution than a separate macro camera, which usually has a pathetic resolution - with the right light you can achieve satisfactory shooting results. What else can be added? The application is sometimes slow and I don't quite like the arrangement of elements - but that's a matter of habit.


A 32MP camera with an OmniVision sensor is responsible for selfies. In good light, it gives photos that can be used on social media. Even at night, the camera allows you to get cool photos - what's more, you can use the night mode here. Unfortunately, sometimes you can see that image processing is greatly exaggerated - especially when it comes to overly saturated colours.

Communication

From the connectivity options, the smartphone offers an NFC module, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 5, and from the physical connectors there is USB-C (USB 2.0) and a mini-jack 3.5 mm. There was also efficient and fast navigation and support for Ready For - a proprietary platform that allows you to connect your smartphone to a TV or monitor in desktop mode and play on the big screen by connecting a pad, mouse or keyboard via Bluetooth. From the physical connectors we have USB-C and a 3.5 mm mini-jack.

I have no complaints about voice calls to Edge 20 Lite. The quality is correct for each side of the conversation, there is also the possibility of installing two SIM cards (one has a slot shared with the memory card).


Memory and performance

With 128 GB of UFS 2.1 memory, 107 GB remains for the user when first started. It is also possible to expand the memory with a microSD card - carriers up to 512 GB are accepted.

The smartphone has an inexpensive and powerful mid-range processor - MediaTek Dimensity 720. Supports 5G networks and the HRD10+ standard - in the case of Edge 20 Lite the specification is completed 8 GB of RAM. It is worth adding that this processor can be found in models cheaper than Edge 20 Lite, e.g. Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, Poco M3 Pro, Realme 8 5G, Realme narzo 30 5G or Redmi Note 10 5G. Mediatek 770 won't make Edge 20 Lite perfectly fast. It will also not be very efficient - it is generally at the level of the Snapdragon 750G. But it is also not free. Sometimes you can see that it takes a bit longer to load the screen and the widgets on it, you have to wait a few seconds for loading or switching between running applications. Nevertheless, it is not bothersome on a daily basis. In the case of more demanding games, the user will have to be content with lowering the graphics requirements, but it must be added that the processor does not slow down and does not heat up excessively, even at maximum load.


Battery

The smartphone is equipped with a 5000 mAh cell, which provides great working times - it is also due to energy-saving components. I had no problem achieving two days away from the charger using Edge 20 Lite as my main phone, screen set to 90 Hz and working mainly for communication (phones, e-mails and Messenger) and for surfing the net and watching TV series.

  • lifetime with the screen on (YouTube, 1 SIM card, active Wi-Fi module, 50% screen brightness, minimum sound level) - 15 hours and 6 minutes;
  • PC Mark battery test result - 16 hours and 42 minutes (90 Hz), 17 hours and 56 minutes (60 Hz);
  • Geekbench score (full discharge, dim screen) - 10150 points, 16 hours and 55 minutes;
  • an hour of video streaming (Chrome, 1 SIM card, active Wi-Fi module, 50% screen brightness) - 7% battery less;
  • an hour of playing videos from the phone's memory (airplane mode, system player, 50% screen brightness) - 6% battery less;
  • half an hour of using online navigation - 6-7%, battery less;
  • half an hour of playing Real Racing 3 - 9% battery less;
  • 8 hours in standby mode - 2% less battery.


The smartphone supports 30 W quick charging, which will allow you to fill the battery in about 1.5 hours. This result, of course, does not match what some Chinese brands (such as Oppo or Realme) offer, charging the battery even in half an hour. In the case of the model under review, after this time the state of charge will be approx. 50%. After an hour, the smartphone gains 85%, and the last percentages appear the slowest, you have to wait about 30 minutes for it to reach 100%.

Summary

Creating a successful mid-range smartphone has never been an easy task. On the one hand, the current budget smartphones have more and more ambitions, on the other hand, the mid-price segment is one of the most competitive. If you were to compare the smartphones that belong to it, based solely on the specs, then the Motorola Edge 20 Lite would be easily outclassed by its rivals. There will always be more efficient models, with better cameras, with a better screen or more interesting equipment (e.g. realme GT Master, One Plus Nord 2, Poco F3 et al.). However, given the full package, Edge 20 Lite is a successful smartphone that has a lot to offer - as long as photographic opportunities aren't your priority. It has a great screen, strong battery, 5G support, good performance and useful software devoid of unnecessary applications.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • great 90Hz OLED display
  • almost pure Android 11
  • great working times
  • headphone jack
  • powerful main camera
  • 5G, NFC and microSD card support
  • attractive design
  • good everyday performance
  • quick charger and pouch set

Cons:

  • moderately efficient processor (for Edge 20 Lite)
  • shooting results are not best in class
  • no stereo speakers
  • quite dark display
  • no wireless charging
  • no decent protection in terms of dust and water resistance

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By:
Monika Krasicka-Kulińska

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Jolanta Szczepaniak



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