Motorola Edge 20 release date, price, news, leaks and everything we know so far

We’ve been anticipated the Motorola Edge 20 for some time now – or the Edge 2, as there’s an outside chance it will be called. This is the follow-up to 2020’s Motorola Edge series, and there could be as many as four new phones as part of this second generation of Edge devices.

Named after their dramatically curved screen edges, the 2020 Motorola Edge phones showed that Motorola still knows how to make mid-range and premium devices, despite most of the company’s output being budget devices.

We gave both Motorola Edge phones good scores, but there are still things the Edge 20 range could do better. We’ve listed them below, so you can see if you agree.

We’ve also started hearing lots of leaks about the Edge 2 or Edge 20 range. Apparently there are four devices, with a ‘standard’, Lite, Pro, and a tweaked version of the vanilla device designed for a US market.

To be clear, this isn’t the Motorola Edge S, which was rumored near the beginning of the year. That ended up being the phone we know as the Moto G100 – in China, it got launched as the Edge S, for some reason. While that device could be considered an Edge Lite, it’s not quite the Edge 20 we’re looking forward to.

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A massive leak has revealed the possible specs of the Motorola Edge 20 range in full, along with prices and renders.

Cut to the chase

What is it? The next generation of Motorola Edge phoneWhen will it be out? Perhaps the end of July 2021How much will it cost? Multiple devices at various price tags

Motorola Edge 20 price and availability

If the Motorola Edge 2 line has the same standard and Plus or Pro models of the original devices, there will probably be one mid-range and one premium device. We’ve also heard there’s a Lite device, which would be cheaper.

You can see the current price for the Motorola Edge and Edge Plus below, to see what we mean:

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So far though there’s only one actual price leak, which suggests the Motorola Edge 20 will cost 499 euros (roughly $590 / £425 / AU$800), while the Motorola Edge 20 Pro will retail for 699 euros (around $825 / £595 / AU$1,125).

In terms of availability we’ll probably see both devices launched in the US, UK and Australia, but maybe not at once – for the first Edge generation, Motorola staggered the release, with the UK getting the standard Edge first and the US getting the Plus, before all devices were launched in all regions.

It’s possible we’ll see the same pattern repeated for the Edge 2 line, though it’s not guaranteed.

One leak suggests the Motorola Edge 2 launch date will be late July 2021, which would roughly line up with the original Edge’s launch just over a year prior. That said, we’re near the end of the July at the time of writing with no sign of the phones, so take this with a pinch of salt.

Design and display

We thought we’d heard quite a few Motorola Edge 2 (or Edge 20) leaks – until we found out those were actually about the Edge S, or Moto G100. In terms of actual Motorola Edge 20 leaks, we’ve recently seen unofficial renders of the upcoming phone from a reliable source.

The renders show a slim and unfussy design, with a triple-lens rear camera on the back and a punch hole selfie camera the only interruption to the display on the front. It would appear the curved screen won’t be carried over to the second generation of the phone, as you can see below.

Motorola Edge 20 leak

(Image @OnLeaks / Pricebaba)

The source of this image added that it apparently has a 6.7-inch 1080 x 2400 screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and dimensions of 169.1 mm x 75.5 mm x 8.9 mm (or 11.6mm with the camera bump).

Other even more recently leaked renders have shown off three models in the range – the Edge 20, the Motorola Edge 20 Lite, and the Motorola Edge 20 Pro, as you can see below.

The standard Motorola Edge 20 looks much the same as in the image above, while the Motorola Edge 20 Pro also looks similar, and the Motorola Edge 20 Lite has a different shaped camera block and larger bezels.

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Leaked renders showing the Motorola Edge 20 Pro from front and back

The Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Image TechnikNews / Adam Conway)

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Leaked renders showing the Motorola Edge 20 from front and back

The Motorola Edge 20 (Image TechnikNews / Adam Conway)

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Leaked renders showing the Motorola Edge 20 Lite from front and back

The Motorola Edge 20 Lite (Image TechnikNews / Adam Conway)

This leak also includes other details, stating that the Motorola Edge 20 Pro apparently has a 6.7-inch Full HD+ screen with a 144Hz refresh rate, and that it will come in Midnight Blue and Blue Vegan Leather shades.

The standard Motorola Edge 20 meanwhile apparently has the same screen specs (which is slightly at odds with the leak above, pointing to ‘just’ a 120Hz refresh rate), with a choice of Frosted Grey or Frosted White shades, and the Motorola Edge 20 Lite is said to have a 6.7-inch Full HD+ screen with a 90Hz refresh rate.

There’s also been one other big Motorola Edge 2 specs leak which detailed all four anticipated new phones, with the top model apparently having a a 6.67-inch, 1080 x 2400 pixel 120Hz display, and the standard Motorola Edge 20 apparently having the same – except in the US, where it’s said to have a 6.78-inch, 1080 x 2460 pixel 120Hz screen.

The Motorola Edge 20 Lite meanwhile is said to have a 2400 x 1080 x 2400 90Hz display, with no size listed here.

So there’s some disagreement on the refresh rate of the standard and Pro models, but otherwise the screen specs and design leaks seem to be largely lining up.

Camera and battery

On the camera front, one leak suggests that the Motorola Edge 20 has a triple-lens camera with a 108MP main sensor, along with 16MP and 8MP ones, taking on ultra-wide and 3x optical zoom roles. It doesn’t specify which lens is which, but we’d guess the 16MP is ultra-wide and the 8MP is telephoto.

However, the US model of this phone instead apparently has a 108MP, 8MP and 2MP setup, with one of those apparently being an ultra-wide camera (probably the 8MP one).

The Motorola Edge 20 Pro meanwhile is said to have a 108MP+16MP+8MP setup, with ultra-wide and 5x optical zoom capabilities, and the Edge 20 Lite apparently has a 108MP+8MP+2MP configuration, including an ultra-wide lens.

We’ve heard similar but not identical camera specs from another source, which claims that the standard Motorola Edge 20 and the Edge 20 Pro both have a 108MP main sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide one, and a 2MP depth sensor, while the Edge 20 Lite has the same setup except with an 8MP ultra-wide camera. This phone is also said to have a 32MP selfie snapper.

On the battery front, this source claims that all three phones support 30W charging, but that you get a 4,000mAh battery in the Edge 20, a 4,500mAh one in the Edge 20 Pro, and a 5,000mAh one in the Edge 20 Lite, which seems like an odd split.

We’ve heard similar capacities elsewhere, though apparently the US version of the standard Motorola Edge 20 also has a 5,000mAh battery.

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Specs and features

Two different sources have leaked the core specs of the Motorola Edge 20 range and they’re in agreement on the key points, with both saying to expect a high-end Snapdragon 870 chipset in the Motorola Edge 20 Pro, a mid-range Snapdragon 778G in the Edge 20, and a slightly lower end MediaTek Dimensity 720 5G in the Edge 20 Lite.

As for storage and RAM, one source says to expect just one configuration of the Edge 20 Pro, which apparently includes 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but another source says there will be a choice of 6GB, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage.

The standard Motorola Edge 20 on the other hand could come with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage, while the Lite model might have 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.

What we want to see

Here’s what we want to see in the Motorola Edge 20, including changes from the originals and ideas inspired by other Motorola phones, or competitors.

Let us buy the phone – and just the phone

Why wouldn’t Motorola let us buy the Edge on its own? Well, we’re referring to the Moto G100 – that budget smartphone was automatically bundled with a dock and cable for its Ready For service, and you couldn’t buy it without them.

Ready For is a multi-tasking service so you can plug your phone into a computer monitor or TV for extra functions, and it’s useful for some, but the extras bundled with the G100 caused its price to get bumped a little too far north.

If the Motorola Edge 2 phones support Ready For (which they likely will, since the Edge Plus does), we’d like to see the required peripherals available as optional extras to the phone, not mandatory additions.

Improved camera performance

Motorola phones have never been amazing for photography, and the Edge and Edge Plus are no exception, but recently the company’s smartphones have been improving in the camera department.

If Motorola improved its photography software for the Edge 2, and perhaps bumped up the resolution on the telephoto cameras too, there would be a marked improvement in the overall smartphone experience.

Motorola Edge

(Image Future)

Even more curved-edge functions

The Motorola Edge had a curved screen, but that’s not the only thing it did to live up to that ‘Edge’ name – there were loads of useful functions with the phone that made the most of this tapered display.

You could swipe down on the curved display edge to bring up a list of your notifications, which made the tall, thin phone easier to navigate; when playing a game, you could also tap on certain portions of the curve which acted like a trigger that you could map out.

These were great to use, but the overall list of extra curve functions was limited. Hopefully Motorola has had some time to think of new ones, so the Edge 2 can have even more ways to utilize its design.

A better fingerprint scanner

Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola Edge Plus (Image Future)

Easy-to-use in-screen fingerprint scanners are something a surprising number of smartphone manufacturers struggle with, and the Motorola Edge was an example of a sensor that was temperamental and hard to use.

We’d like to see the Motorola Edge 2 series come with better fingerprint scanners – perhaps ones that are larger, so easier to use ideally, or maybe ones that use different technology that’s more accurate to scan.

More affordable Plus model

We’d like to see the Motorola Edge Plus 2, or Edge 2 Plus (whatever it ends up being called), priced competitively.

While the Edge Plus had lots of advantages over its non-Plus sibling, it also had a much higher launch price, that made it hard to recommend to people given the standard Edge was much better value.

Perhaps if the Edge Plus’ successor had a more competitive price, possibly in line with the Samsung Galaxy S21 or Xiaomi Mi 11, it’d be a great rival to those flagship phones.

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