Motorola Edge 40 Neo review: a sleek and impressive candidate.

The Motorola Edge 40 Neo’s strong specs, which closely resemble those of the more costly Motorola Edge 40 (review) smartphone, let it stand out in the sub-Rs 25,000 market. In that regard, it is one of the few in this segment to achieve an IP68 rating and a 144 Hz display. Furthermore, it has the brand-new MediaTek Dimensity 7030 SoC and runs an almost vanilla version of Android OS. Find out from our Motorola Edge 40 Neo review if these amazing specifications in the paper can translate to similarly great performance when it comes to reality.

Design and display of Motorola Edge 40 Neo

It displays a slender profile, with only 7.9 mm of thickness and less than 172 grams. And that’s exactly why it’s so easily carried, even when you don’t exercise your wrist. Even if its rear panel is not as polished as that of the pricier Edge 40, it nevertheless manages to draw attention with a contrast metal camera platform and an elegant Motorola logo at the centre.

At the bottom of the device is a USB TypeC port for charging and transmitting data, as well as an audio grille and SIM ejector tray. On the left side of the spine are volume and power buttons, which can be a little difficult to access if finger gymnastics aren’t used. The device’s fascia is a curved 6.5 inch 144Hz pOLED display with FHD+ resolution, DCI HDR10+P3, DC dimming support, and 1300 nit peak brightness.

The experience of seeing remains comparable to that of a more costly smartphone, the Motorola Edge 40 Neo. In addition to the deep blacks that enhance the quality of the content, it offers rich, vivid and crisp colours. Additionally, the phone provides an impressive peak brightness level that ensures great comfort when used outdoors. Smooth touch responsiveness and fluid animations can be ensured by the 144Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate of the screen. You have the possibility of changing your rotation rate to 120 Hz or 60 Hz if you are concerned about the battery.

Cameras of Motorola Edge 40 Neo

In the camera department, the Motorola Edge 40 Neo has a similar resemblance to the Edge 40. The phone has a dual back camera system with a primary 50MP sensor with OIS and a 13MP ultra-wide lens with a 112-degree field of view (FoV). In favourable lighting, it is an excellent camera setup to be proud of. Fast autofocus and shutter speed, as well as high details in the images that you’re getting, are offered by both Primary and Ultra Wide cameras.

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However, the images appear well suited to being used on Social Media and have sufficient dynamic range for them to be visually attractive. In addition, in extremely wide pictures the edges of the frame appear to warp very little. The phone’s wide sensor also acts like a macro camera, and in comparison to the dedicated 2MP snapper, it takes better shots at close range.

The Edge 40 Neo is equipped with a 32MP snapping camera in the punchhole for photo and video calls. Well, again, it makes me like what the sensor’s doing in a well-lighted environment.

Performance and software

MediaTek’s Dimensity 7030 SoC is found in the core of the Motorola Edge 40 Neo. The new 6 nm mid-range SoC has two Cortex A78 cores, six efficient Cortex A55 cores and is 5G capable. The chipset is designed to guarantee respectable performance for smartphones in the world of Real World and Synthetic Benchmarks.

In the single and multiple-core Geekbench tests, the Moto Edge 40 Neo is achieving 1,048 and 2,538 points respectively. Its AnTuTu score is merely 4,40,956 points and that may be due to the App not being able to measure a phone’s GPU score. As far as the CPU Throttle test is concerned while running 50 threads for half an hour, the phone reported a decrease of 30 per cent in peak performance.

The phone did not display any struggle or slowdown during normal use as far as real-world performance is concerned. It quickly launched applications, facilitated smooth transitions between screens, and managed multitasking with ease. In addition, running BGMI with HDR graphics and high frame rates has given Edge 40 Neo an enjoyable gaming experience. While this may be a problem for heavy users, the device’s performance is far superior to that of regular users.

In software, the Motorola Edge 40 Neo is equipped with a MyUUX skin right out of the box on top of Android 13. It’s confirmed that the phone will receive at most two important software updates. Whatever the case, the current UIU, which features a clean and minimalist design with minimal bloatware, is very much in line with the stock aesthetic of Android. But you still have a couple of choices for configuring your phone according to your preferences.

Battery and charging speeds

The Motorola Edge 40 Neo has a 5000mAh battery that provides enough power to run for at least one day between charges. I was consistently able to achieve about six hours of screen time on this device over a relatively limited period of use, which is pretty good. The phone was rated at 8 hours 13 minutes in the PC Mark battery test, which is low for its specifications. In terms of charging, with its 68W fast charger, the phone can charge from 0 to 100 % in under an hour.

Pros And Cons of Motorola Edge 40 Neo

Pros

ProsCons
Sharp design, IP68 rating
excellent screen quality
good battery life
Clean software
Overheating & performance throttling
Captures images with boosted colours

Final verdict of Motorola Edge 40 Neo

The sleekness of its design, the IP68 rating and a high-quality display make the Motorola Edge 40 Neo an excellent choice. Its performance is also satisfactory for everyday tasks and casual gaming, and the camera setup impresses with good results in favourable lighting conditions, although there is some overprocessing of colours. But in the same segment, it is nowhere near being a powerful performer, as opposed to iQoo Z7 Pro or Infinix GT 10 Pro, which may leave large users longing for more.

Otherwise, the handsets offer a good variety of experiences. It boasts near-stock of Android software, a robust battery, and fast charging capabilities, beyond its attractive design and impressive display. All of these have contributed to providing the user with a solid and comprehensive experience, in particular, due to its competitive price point. The phone can be purchased in India for a price of INR 23,999.

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