With the launch Motorola Edge, the company that was once known for its budget handsets reintroduced itself as a competitor to the company at other price points as well. What does this mean for brands that issue middle-class and premium smartphones?
Two smartphones that might feel the presence of Motorola Edge in the market more than most Samsung Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11, the latest flagships from the top two dogs that make smartphones today, Samsung and Apple.
The Samsung Galaxy S20, launched in February 2020, is one of the best Android smartphones available, with 5G connectivity, a top Samsung screen and a sophisticated chipset.
Before that we saw the iPhone 11 in September 2019, which proved to be very popular with its stylish design, great camera and a more affordable price compared to some of the other iPhones.
To help you decide which cellphone is the best value, and which is the best for you, this comparison will place them head-to-head in all areas that really matter in the handset.
Price and availability of Motorola Edge vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 vs. iPhone 11
Motorola Edge cuts Samsung and Apple phones at a price of £ 579 / € 599 (around $ 650, AU $ 1,020). If you are looking for the most affordable cellphone, then this is the right one for you.
The most valuable of these phones is the Samsung Galaxy S20, which will make you return $ 999 / £ 899 / AU $ 1,499. That’s for the 5G model, but if you want a 4G device there is only one in certain regions for £ 799 / AU $ 1,349 (around $ 1,000).
Among those who sit iPhone 11, although the real one has several different prices depending on the storage version you choose. This will make you return $ 699 / £ 729 / AU $ 1,199 for 64GB storage, then $ 749 / £ 779 / AU $ 1,279 for 128GB storage and $ 849 / £ 879 / AU $ 1,449 for 256GB. Whatever option you choose, the price is more affordable than the S20 but more expensive than Edge.
It is worth mentioning that while the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 are available in most regions today, Motorola Edge will only reach the UK in May and the US sometime after that.
Design and appearance
The Motorola Edge is the largest of the three phones – 161.6 x 71.1 x 9.3mm dimensions make it longer and thicker than 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm Samsung Galaxy S20 or 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm iPhone 11, although the latter is apparently a little wider .
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is actually the lightest even at 163g, while the Motorola Edge comes in at 188g and the iPhone 11 is 194g.
The fact that the Motorola Edge is in the middle is odd given that while Samsung and Apple phones have a glass front and back and a metal frame, the back of the Edge is actually made of plastic, which is usually lighter.
The iPhone 11 has a Lightning port for charging and data transfer, but you get USB-C on the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Motorola Edge. The latter cellphone is the only one that has a 3.5mm headphone jack, so fans of wired headphones might prefer it.
It should also be noted that the Samsung Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 are rated IP68 for water resistance – a rating not owned by Motorola Edge.
Now for the screen – the iPhone 11 has the smallest one, at 6.1 inches diagonally, and it’s also the lowest res at 828 x 1792 pixels. The biggest screen is on the Motorola Edge, 6.7 inches, but with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 it’s not the most high resolution. The award fell to the Samsung Galaxy S20 with a 6.2 inch screen and 1440 x 3200 resolution.
The screens aren’t all the same aspect ratio – the iPhone 11 and Motorola Edge both have an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 is longer at 20: 9. The last two phones have a display that is damaged by punch-out holes, S20 above -middle, and Edge on the top-left, while the iPhone 11 has a rather large position.
The iPhone 11 has a flat screen with a fairly large bezel, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Motorola Edge both have curved screens. While the S20’s display is slightly tapered at the edges, the Motorola Edge has a screen that drops almost 90 degrees on the edge, so it really fits that name.
Finally, if you are a fan of high screen refresh speeds, you will prefer the Samsung Galaxy S20 with a 120Hz screen. It was followed by Motorola Edge at 90Hz and then iPhone 11 at ‘standard’ 60Hz.
The iPhone 11 has two rear cameras, specifically 12MP main and 12MP ultra wide. At the front there is also a 12MP snapper that is used to take selfies.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 has more cameras – there is a 12MP main, 64MP telephoto (for 3x optical zoom) and a 12MP ultra wide snapper, with a 10MP selfie-cam on the front.
There are even more shooters on the Motorola Edge – it has a 64MP main, 8MP telephoto (2x optical zoom), 16MP ultra-wide and Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera on the back, with a 25MP front camera.
So Motorola Edge has a high resolution main camera, but the Samsung Galaxy S20 has better zoom potential. But resolution isn’t the only main feature of a camera, and both Samsung and Apple use large sensors on their cameras that can be useful for taking good pictures.
In addition, post-processing software is important for optimizing captured images, and while Apple and Samsung have proven the software, we only see Motorola smartphones taking okay pictures in the past, because the latest mobile phones of other brands are all in the middle range or lowering . We need to thoroughly test Edge to see how it competes.
Specifications and features
The iPhone 11 has the Apple Bionic A13 chipset, which is generally considered the most powerful smartphone chipset available at the time of writing, and is the same as you will find at iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a Snapdragon 865 chipset if you are in North America or certain other parts of the world, but the Exynos 990 processor is slightly lower in Europe and Asia. Snapdragon and Exynos chipsets are the best available from Qualcomm and Samsung, so even though they didn’t quite reach the Apple A13, they will come very close.
Finally, the Motorola Edge has a Snapdragon 765G chipset, which is a decent mid-range processor, specifically optimized for gaming (therefore called ‘G’ in its name), even though it is the weakest among the collection here.
Motorola Edge also has 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The storage is the same as on Samsung handsets but there is 8GB of RAM. Apple devices have the biggest variation in storage with 64GB, 128GB or even 256GB of space, but only 4GB of RAM.
Motorola and Samsung phones both run Android 10, and while the latter has the Samsung UI One placed on top, the first has an Android version that is almost in stock, with the only difference being ‘MyUX’ which allows you to adjust the user’s design. the interface. The iPhone 11, meanwhile, has iOS 13, which you will only find on Apple phones.
The iPhone 11 is the only cellphone of the three that cannot take a microSD card for extended storage.
Regarding battery capacity, the Motorola Edge wins with a 4,500mAh power package, although a larger screen might see that power is drained faster. Then the Samsung Galaxy S20 has a 4,000 mAh battery and the iPhone 11 comes last with a 3,110 mAh package.
Motorola Edge doesn’t have wireless charging, so it’s limited to fast 18W charging. The iPhone 11 has wireless charging, and the Samsung Galaxy S20 has fast 25W charging, 15W wireless charging, and 9W reverse wireless charging, so you can use it as a power pack to add other devices.
An important accessibility feature that might be noticed is that the iPhone 11 uses Face ID for security, but the Motorola Edge and Samsung Galaxy S20 both rely primarily on the fingerprint sensor on the screen. They also have face recognition, but are less secure than Apple’s implementation.
Some might prefer to use their face to unlock their phone, others prefer fingerprints, and that’s mainly because of preference.
Take it home
Motorola Edge certainly reduces its competitors here, at prices far below the iPhone 11 or Samsung Galaxy S20, but as a result this phone is less powerful. Saying that, the large screen might make it attractive to some people.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is a premium Android smartphone with a top-end chipset, Samsung’s proven display technology, and a great and versatile camera. If you don’t work with a limited budget, this might be a better phone for you.
However, if you are an Apple fan, you will likely prefer the iPhone 11 with the iOS operating system and Apple software tricks, and it is also not the most valuable device in this line, which is something you can rarely say about the comparison guide with the Product Apple in it.
Overall, the best cellphone of all three really depends on your budget, and which features you like on the new smartphone.
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