Motorola Edge 40 vs Edge 40 Pro: A detailed comparison of features

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Motorola Edge 40 vs Edge 40 Pro: A detailed comparison of features (Image:
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Delhi : There is more to it than just one being a mid-ranger and the other a flagship; the smartphones have a lot in common and just a few significant differences, some of which you would not expect, like the cheaper Edge 40's superior primary camera. In order to help you choose which is ideal for your requirements, below are five significant differences between the Motorola Edge 40 and the Motorola Edge 40 Pro. 

Design-wise, the Motorola Edge 40 is superior

The design of the Motorola Edge 40 Pro is decent, albeit a little monotonous. It features the standard materials of glass and aluminium, like most of the competitors, and comes in the subdued colours of Interstellar Black and Lunar Blue. 

The Edge 40 Pro seems rather stale in compared to the standard Edge 40. That's because the standard Edge 40 does a lot to differentiate itself from the competition. For one, it's remarkably thin and lightweight, weighing in at just 167g and 7.6mm, respectively. Despite having a 6.55-inch display that is pretty large, it is just so pleasant and simple to use.

Not only is it lighter and thinner than its premium sibling, but it also comes in a vegan leather finish that completely encases the camera housing with tiny cutouts for the lenses, giving it a standout appearance in the broader smartphone market. This finish also adds extra grip and eliminates the fingerprint problem. Nebula Green, Lunar Blue, and Eclipse Black are just a few of the considerably more appealing colour options that are offered.  A quicker Snapdragon chipset is used in the Edge 40 Pro.

Being at the top of Motorola's 2023 lineup, the Edge 40 Pro's inclusion of Qualcomm's top-tier Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU, along with a robust 12GB of RAM and either 256GB or 512GB of quick UFS 4.0 storage, shouldn't come as much of a surprise. 

While we have not yet released benchmark data for the Edge 40 Pro, we are confident in its flagship-level performance based on a variety of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-equipped smartphones we have tested in 2023, including the OnePlus 11 and Xiaomi 13 Pro. 

On the other hand, the Motorola Edge 40 has chosen a processor from MediaTek, the top rival of Qualcomm. The MediaTek Dimensity 8020 processor, together with 8GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of significantly slower UFS 3.1 storage, are the particular components of the mid-ranger.  Although its slimline form made it susceptible to overheating when playing intensive 3D games, it is still a pretty good mid-range chipset that we found to be fairly speedy in regular use.  Therefore, the Edge 40 Pro has the advantage here if performance is crucial to you.

The primary camera of the Motorola Edge 40 is quicker and broader

The Motorola Edge 40 may not be the company's top-tier smartphone, but it does include a 50MP camera with one of the largest apertures in the industry, at an amazing f/1.4. For comparison, the flagship Edge 40 Pro has an f/1.8 aperture. We discovered that the larger aperture will provide a more realistic bokeh on images when Portrait mode isn't enabled, making for a competent primary lens. The bigger aperture not only gives a noticeable improvement in low-light shooting. In reality, it is more powerful than the Edge 40 Pro because it has the same 50MP resolution, 1/1.55in sensor, OIS, and multi-directional PDAF.

While the Edge 40 only has a 13MP ultrawide lens, the Edge 40 Pro variant has a higher-res 50MP ultrawide and a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x zoom. This is where the Edge 40 Pro really shines. You'll get a better main camera from the Edge 40, but the Pro model has greater shooting capabilities, so it's a bit of a toss-up. 

Charge the Edge 40 Pro quickly at 125W

The Motorola Edge 40 charges at a decent 68W, which we found to restore 49% of the battery in 15 minutes and a full charge in 44 minutes. However, this is only about half as fast as the Pro version of the device.

Because of its 125W rapid charging capabilities, the Motorola Edge 40 Pro is said to be able to charge 50% of its battery in just 6 minutes. Although the Pro model has not yet been benchmarked, we have utilised 125W charging on the Xiaomi 13 Pro, and given that it has a battery that is significantly smaller than Xiaomi's flagship (4600mAh), I would anticipate that it will charge slightly faster than the 5000mAh Xiaomi 13 Pro, which takes 24 minutes to fully charge. The good news is that the fast charger is included in the box regardless of whatever option you select.

The Edge 40 is significantly less expensive

To be fair to Motorola, the entry-level 256GB model of the Edge 40 Pro is reasonably priced given its specifications, coming in at £799/€899; however, the mid-range Motorola Edge 40, which starts at a rather alluring £529, is also true. This is a bit of a surprise given its 144Hz 6.55-inch OLED display, capable camera setup, and fast charging.

The Motorola Edge 40 Pro and Motorola Edge 40 are both currently available for purchase in the UK and Europe, however those in the US appear to be out of luck for the time being.