Motorola Edge 20 review

GSMArena Team, 11 Sept 2021.

Large 144Hz OLED

The 6.7-inch OLED display is without a doubt the showstopper of the Motorola Edge 20. It's a premium panel with 10-bit color support, HDR10+ capabilities, 144Hz refresh rate and (reportedly) 576Hz touch sampling rate. The only mainstream feature on this screen is its extended 1080p resolution.

The panel has a small punch-hole around the top, and it's covered by a Gorilla Glass 3 sheet.

Motorola Edge 20 review

The 10-bit color support for the OLED screen means it can display up to 1 billion colors - that's still a rarity as most screens max out at 16 million. There is also HDR10 and HDR10+ support, as well as Widevine L1 DRM.

For now, only YouTube plays HDR10, Netflix does SDR 1080p, while Prime is limited to 480p. This seems to be down to a compatibility issue, and we hope Motorola and the streaming services sort this out quickly.

The Edge 20 display supports up to 144Hz refresh rate. This option is static, though there is a dynamic 120Hz setting in addition to the standard 60Hz option.

The touch panel is sensing with a 576Hz sampling rate, making for unbelievably low touch lag and excellent responsiveness when it comes to gaming.

Naturally, the screen has wide-gamut color support and fully covers DCI-P3 space.

And now, here come our findings of the Edge 20 display.

Our measurements show the screen maxes out at 466 nits when brightness is adjusted manually. If you enable Adaptive Brightness and the Edge 20 is exposed to bright light, its screen can go as high as 650 nits. These are some good numbers of an OLED, and you will have no problem seeing it even on the brightest of days.

The display should be capable of even higher peak brightness when showing HDR conten.

The minimum brightness we measured at point white is a mere 1.8 nit!

Display test 100% brightness
Black,cd/m2 White,cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Motorola Moto Edge 20 0 466
Motorola Moto Edge 20 (Max Auto) 0 650
Motorola Edge 0 416
Motorola Edge (Max Auto) 0 595
Motorola Moto G100 0.349 498 1427:1
Motorola Moto G100 (Max Auto) 0.434 613 1412:1
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G 0 378
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (Max Auto) 0 787
Samsung Galaxy A72 0 396
Samsung Galaxy A72 (Max Auto) 0 825
Realme GT 5G 0 443
Realme GT 5G (Max Auto) 0 650
Realme GT Explorer Master 0 504
Realme GT Explorer Master (Max Auto) 0 805
Poco F3 0 511
Poco F3 (Max Auto) 0 716
Poco X3 Pro 0.327 458 1401:1
Poco X3 Pro (Max Auto) 0.4 534 1335:1
nubia Red Magic 6R 0 439
nubia Red Magic 6R (Max Auto) 0 588

The screen is tuned to comply with the DCI-P3 (Saturated mode) or sRGB (Natural mode) color spaces. The accuracy is good for the Saturated profile - the colors are not too saturated, but the white and gray hues are a bit bluish. You can fix that by using the Warmer setting on the Color Temperature bar. The Natural profile has superb accuracy to sRGB with an average deltaE of 2.

Now, let's talk about the refresh rate. The display offers a choice of Auto, 60Hz, and 144Hz refresh rates. Only the Auto mode is adaptive - it can switch between 48Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz and 120 Hz.

Motorola Edge 20 review

Opting for either 60Hz or 144Hz will always display content at that setting except for the Peek Display - it is always shown at 48Hz no matter what. High refresh rate gaming is possible, just make sure you enable High Performance from the Game Sidebar and restart the app.

The Auto mode maxes out at 120Hz, and it dynamically switches between 48Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz. The Peek Display was the only thing we saw using 48Hz. Static images and video playback/streaming always revert to 60Hz, while various HRR-compatible games and apps can use 90Hz or 120Hz.

The HRR handling is not ideal, but we've seen far worse, so we'd take it. The Auto mode seems to be working as expected, we only wish for the 144Hz to have been included in it, too.

Battery life

The Motorola Edge 20 is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery. It has a slightly smaller battery and a larger screen than the Realme GT Master, which uses the same Snapdragon 778G chipset.

The Edge 20 scored an 86h endurance rating on our battery life test - an uninspiring number, crippled by mediocre standby and so-so web time. The Motorola Edge 20 can last over a day in 3G calls; you can browse for about 11 hours or watch videos for 18 hours.

Motorola Edge 20 review

The web test was done at the highest refresh rate option, as usual. Opting for Auto refresh rate (which used 60Hz for the most part) yields just 40 more minutes, up to 11 hours and 30 mins. That's quite an insignificant difference.

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating denotes how long the battery charge will last you if you use the device for an hour of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. More details can be found here.

Video test carried out in 60Hz refresh rate mode. Web browsing test done at the display's highest refresh rate whenever possible. Refer to the respective reviews for specifics. To adjust the endurance rating formula to match your own usage - check out our all-time battery test results chart.

Charging speed

The Motorola Edge 20 ships with a 30W adapter and a 3A-rated USB-C-to-C cable inside the box. The charger supports USB PD, so it can fast charge other compatible devices, too.

Motorola Edge 20 review

The phone goes from flat to 68% in half an hour when hooked on this 30W TurboPower charger. Another 10 minutes and 86% of the battery is full. That's plenty fast!

30min charging test (from 0%)

Higher is better

  • Realme GT Master
  • OnePlus Nord 2
  • Realme GT Explorer Master
  • Realme 8 Pro
  • Realme GT 5G (65W)
  • Poco X3 GT
  • Motorola Edge 20
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 (25W)
  • Poco X3 Pro
  • Motorola Edge
  • Motorola Moto G100
  • Samsung Galaxy A52
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

A full charge takes 1 hour, and we'd say that's pretty solid, too. The phone recharges slowly after 90%. It takes 42 mins to reach 90% and about 20 mins to get the last 10%.

Time to full charge (from 0%)

Lower is better

  • Realme GT Master
  • OnePlus Nord 2
  • Realme GT Explorer Master
  • Realme 8 Pro
  • Realme GT 5G (65W)
  • Poco X3 GT
  • Motorola Edge 20
  • Poco X3 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 (25W)
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
  • Motorola Moto G100
  • Samsung Galaxy A52
  • Motorola Edge

The Edge 20 does not support wireless charging. There is no reverse charging option either.


The Motorola Edge 20 has one bottom-firing speaker, unlike the original Motorola Edge, which had a stereo setup. It scored an average score in our loudness test, and it sure isn't among the loudest we've heard.

Motorola Edge 20 review

The audio quality is notably good, though. We can hear the bass and well-presented high-pitched tones. The mid-tones are a bit muted, and so they could have been better, but even as is - the Edge 20 sounds better than most of the phones we've picked for our tool below.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

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