May 23, 2024
Motorola Edge 40 Neo

The robust specifications of the Motorola Edge 40 Neo, which closely resemble those of the more expensive Motorola Edge 40 (review) smartphone, make it a strong contender in the sub-Rs 25,000 segment. Being one of the few phones in the market with an IP68 rating and a 144Hz refresh rate display, this one sticks out. Moreover, it has the brand-new MediaTek Dimensity 7030 SoC and runs an almost stock version of Android OS. Check out our Motorola Edge 40 Neo review to see if these remarkable paper specs correspond to similarly impressive in-person performance.

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Verdict

Considering its price, the Motorola Edge 40 Neo is a smartphone that warrants careful thought. Its design is superb, its display is impressive, and its battery life is outstanding. Even though the performance and camera departments could use some work, the device as a whole offers an impressive package.

Design and display

  • The Moto Edge 40 Neo and its elder sibling, the Edge 40, share the same design language. The device has a smooth frame and softly curved edges that go well with its opulent vegan leather back. It’s important to note that the frame is made of plastic despite how it looks. However, the durability of the handset is unaffected by this material selection. The device’s IP68 certification for water and dust resistance is an amazing feature that sets it apart in its category.
  • The phone has a thin design, weighing only 172 grams and having a thickness of only 7.9 mm. This makes carrying it incredibly simple and doesn’t strain your wrist. The rear panel’s striking metal camera platform and tastefully positioned Motorola logo in the center captivate even though it lacks the sophistication of its more expensive sibling, the Edge 40.
  • Three color options are available for the handset: Black Beauty, Soothing Sea, and Caneel Bay. Unlike the other color options, the final one lacks a vegan leather finish at the back. For review, I was sent the somewhat flashy-looking Caneel Bay variant. The Soothing Sea version is worth looking into if you’d rather a more understated appearance.
  • The phone’s speaker grille, SIM-ejector tray, and USB Type-C port for data transfer and charging are located at the bottom edge. The power and volume buttons are located on the right spine and may be a little challenging to reach without doing finger gymnastics. A curved 6.5-inch 144Hz pOLED display with FHD+ resolution, DCI-P3, DC dimming, HDR10+ compatibility, and a peak brightness of 1300 nits is featured on the device’s fascia.

Cameras

  • In terms of the camera, the Motorola Edge 40 Neo and Edge 40 are similar as well. With a 13MP ultra-wide lens and a 50MP main sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS), the phone has two rear cameras with a combined field of view of 112 degrees. In ideal lighting, this camera setup is something to be proud of. Fast auto-focus and shutter speed are features of both primary and ultra-wide cameras, and the resulting images are detailed and full of life. However, the colors might seem a little overdone, deviating from the real landscape.
  • Nevertheless, the photos appear ready for social media and have enough dynamic range to be visually appealing. In ultra-wide shots, there’s also not much warping around the edges of the frame. In comparison to the dedicated 2MP camera, the phone’s ultra-wide sensor performs better at taking close-up photos when used as a macro sensor.
  • I find that the main sensor is especially noticeable in low light. For the price, the sensor produces some visually appealing images. The level of detail and sharpness are just right. In addition, you can use the night mode to lower noise levels.
  • The 32MP punch-hole camera on the Edge 40 Neo is used for selfies and video calling. Once more, I’m pleased with the sensor’s performance in well-lit areas. The selfies appear quite promising aside from a noticeable tendency toward oversharpening the facial detailing. In terms of edge detection, portraits, which employ computational methods to distinguish foreground from background, could have performed better.

Performance and software

  • The MediaTek Dimensity 7030 SoC is central to the Motorola Edge 40 Neo’s functionality. Featuring six efficient Cortex-A55 cores and two Cortex-A78 cores, this new mid-range SoC built on a 6nm process is capable of 5G. The chipset makes sure the smartphone performs well in both artificial and real-world benchmark tests.
    Benchmarking the Motorola Edge 40 Neo
  • The Moto Edge 40 Neo receives 2,538 points in the multi-core Geekbench test and 1,048 points in the single-core test. In terms of the CPU Throttle test, the device indicated that after running 50 threads for 30 minutes, its performance had dropped by 30%.
  • During normal use, the phone performed flawlessly in the real world with no throttling or difficulties. It handled multitasking with ease, facilitated smooth screen transitions, and launched apps quickly. In addition, the Edge 40 Neo’s high frame rates and HDR graphics made for a pleasurable gaming experience on BGMI. However, the phone may eventually overheat and experience performance throttling. Although heavy users might find this concerning, regular users will still find the device’s performance to be more than adequate.
  • This speed test was conducted in Gurugram, Haryana, using the Airtel 5G Plus network.

Battery and charging speeds

  • With a 5,000mAh battery, the Motorola Edge 40 Neo has enough power to go at   least a day between charges. I regularly got just over six hours of screen time on this device with moderate usage, which is respectable. The phone received a low score of 8 hours 13 minutes in the PCMark battery test compared to its usual.
  • With regard to charging, the device’s 68W fast charger allows it to charge fully from 0% to 100% in less than an hour.

Final verdict

Impressive features of the Motorola Edge 40 Neo include its stylish design, IP68 rating, and excellent display. Its performance holds up well for routine tasks and light gaming, and despite some color over-processing, the camera setup is impressive, producing good results in favorable lighting conditions. But when compared to competitors in the same market, such as the iQOO Z7 Pro and Infinix GT 10 Pro, it lacks the performance powerhouse that might satisfy demanding users.

Other than that, the phone provides a comprehensive experience. In addition to its striking appearance and large screen, it has strong battery life, nearly stock Android software, and quick charging. Given its affordable price, all of these elements work together to give customers a reliable, comprehensive experience. In India, the phone can be purchased for a starting price of Rs 23,999.

Motives for purchasing

  • The phone has a sleek design.
  • For the price, the display is really impressive.
  • The battery life is sufficient for a full day of moderate use.
  • The app maintains the stock Android style.

Reasons not to purchase

  • Occasionally, the device may overheat and experience performance throttling.
  • The colors are oversaturated by the cameras.

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