The pattern of launching a top model, a Pro model and a Lite model as a trio we have seen many times before for many years. Just not from Motorola. The company stayed away from the top models for a couple of years until they came back to them with last year’s Motorola Edge. This autumn’s Motorola Edge 20 series is the first time you drive this classic trio.
However, it follows the path that companies like Huawei and Xiaomi have outlined before them where the real top model is the Motorola Edge 20 Pro while the Motorola Edge 20 is a bit cheaper while sharing many features with the big brother. And then we have the Motorola Edge 20 Lite, which just like for Xiaomi and Huawei is a touch of unrelated phone in cheaper materials for SEK 4,000.
Plastic that does not feel cheap
Both the back and edges are made of plastic, but made of a decent imitation of glass that makes the phone not immediately feel cheap. If you use the included transparent rubber shell to protect the phone, you will not even notice any difference.
It is a large phone, even with today’s Android standard, but not very heavy for its size. The size is also well utilized with a full-coverage screen with thin edges around. Unlike last year’s Edge mobiles, we have no curved edges this time. The screen is of the OLED type with full HD resolution and a refresh rate of 90 hertz. You notice the difference compared to a 60 Hz screen, even if it is not as big as for even faster screens. The color reproduction on the screen may feel a bit excessive, but you can adjust it yourself in the settings. In many ways, the screen and computing power are the basic features of a smartphone, and when it comes to the screen, the Motorola Edge 20 Lite is excellent.
The second basic function is provided by the Mediatek Dimensity 720 chipset. It is a middle-class chipset that does not stand out in the benchmark tests we run. Therefore, it is striking how little I notice of the limited performance in practical use. This is something of Motorola’s flagship branch, to make even phones powered by slow chips feel fast. It is in the graphics performance that you notice the weaknesses the most, but also, for example, drawing and scrolling in web pages is fast on the Motorola Edge 20 Lite.
Brilliant camera that does not deliver
The weakness of the phone is instead a bit unexpected cameras. Unexpected, because if you insert a main camera with 108 megapixels, you make a statement that this mobile has a camera that is something out of the ordinary.
It does not have it. That is, the camera is quite common, with good color reproduction and for the most part decent sharpness. In dark photography, it does not reach the best top models from Apple and Samsung, but still gets approved because it can take useful pictures, let alone a little noisy. It’s a perfectly okay main camera, but it does not stand out.
In standard mode, 9 pixels are combined into one and the 108-megapixel camera delivers, in other words, 12-megapixel images. You can also select a high-resolution mode where the full resolution of the sensor is used. In theory, in good light conditions, it should give you more details in the images that allow you to zoom in on them and cut out magnifications.
The problem is that the Dimensity 720 chipset does not support cameras larger than 64 megapixels. I do not know if Motorola has found a way to work past this limitation or if you simply inflate the 12-megapixel images digitally to 108 megapixels afterwards if you choose the high-resolution mode. However, I can state that the images I take in high resolution do not actually contain more detail or sharpness than those I take in 12-megapixel mode. In other words, some of the benefits of the large camera sensor seem to be wasted in this phone.
The wide-angle camera is 8 megapixels and without autofocus, and the third camera is a depth sensor that helps with artificial blur in the images. As usual, it is difficult to see that the images are obviously better because there is a depth camera on the mobile compared to mobiles that do not have one.
So it’s not a bad main camera in the Motorola Edge 20 Lite, but 108 megapixels gives expectations that the camera can not meet.
Good balance in the system
Motorola’s version of Android 11 is very close to Google’s own version, and it has very few pre-installed apps, none from third parties. The small additions you make in the user interface are not visible, but rather smart shortcuts such as you can turn on the camera or flashlight by tilting or slashing with your mobile and if you turn on the function you can get a menu of app shortcuts by double-clicking on / off button. In this way, Motorola adds value without disturbing the user interface itself or Google’s services.
More ambitious and dubious is the new Ready For feature, which basically involves mirroring the phone on a larger screen. By installing an app on a computer, you can get the mobile apps in a window on the computer. From there, you can, for example, drag and drop images between computer and mobile. For the most part, I think it just feels awkward to use, and there are few apps that benefit from me taking the detour via the computer compared to either running them on my mobile or a similar service directly on the computer.
Now that the camera does not stand out, it will instead be the large screen that defines the Motorola Edge 20 Lite. It’s good, but there are many mobiles in the price range with a good screen, and the Edge 20 Lite has a hard time standing out.
On the other hand
Erik Mörner: I agree that the camera does not live up to expectations. It does not if you consider that this should be part of the Edge 20 series, where the other two have really good cameras. And it does not either when we look at the technical specs and then compare with the pictures we actually get out.
Questions and answers
What do you like best about the Motorola Edge 20 Lite? The screen, which is bright, sharp, large and fairly fast.
How’s the speaker sound? The phone has a mono speaker with the right loud sound. Not only are there significantly cheaper mobiles with better speaker sound, Motorola has significantly cheaper mobiles with better speaker sound, such as the Moto G30.
Are there 3.5 mm sockets? Yes it is located at the bottom, next to the charging cord.
An alternative: Good middle price
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite also has a large screen and is also lighter and thinner in relation to the size and faster chipset. But the system version is messier.
The main camera in the Motorola Edge 20 Lite takes perfectly okay pictures in daylight, but in contrast-rich conditions, the pictures easily get a little dark.
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