Motorola Edge 30 Pro review


Motorola’s high-end phones are always special in their own way and never fail to impress. The Edge 30 Pro is their latest flagship, and it comes with an extra-smooth display, a trio of high-resolution cameras, desktop PC functionality, and this time a top-of-the-line chipset.

One phone, three alter egos. The Motorola Edge 30 Pro we have here is also sold in the US as the Edge+ with the 2022 attached to set it apart from a 2020 phone of the same name, and it comes with a different charger and supported network bands. The two are a spin-off of the China-only X30 announced late last year, which differs only in that it’s available with an under-display selfie camera, although there’s a regular version too.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Motorola Edge X30

Motorola Edge 30 Pro • Motorola Edge X30

With that sorted out, let’s start unpacking. Motorola has been outperforming the competition for a while by offering 144Hz displays on premium models, and the Edge 30 Pro continues down that path – 120Hz is so 2020. It’s not a super high-resolution panel, but it’s good at 1080p enough and It is also an OLED.

However, there are plenty of high-resolution bits on this Edge. Take the 60-megapixel front camera, for example – barring a few funky Zenfones, that’s the highest pixel count of a selfie camera we’ve seen.

No such records on the rear, but you get two of them – both the main camera and the ultrawide have 50MP sensors, fairly large ones too for each of their uses. The Ultrawide also has AF capability to serve as a macro shooter. One notable omission is a telephoto camera – the third lens you see is a “depth” sensor and we need to pay close attention to how the main camera handles zooming.

Unlike last year’s Edge 20 Pro, which used a notch smaller Snapdragon, the 30 Pro features Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon for 2022, the 8th Gen 1. There are loads of storage options too, ranging from 8GB to 128GB all the way up to 12GB/512GB.

You might not need all of this, but it couldn’t hurt, and we can see it being particularly useful in “ready” use cases – Motorola’s approach to turning a phone into the heart of a desktop PC. And that’s not all of the unconventional features on offer – the phone also supports pen input, although you’ll have to buy that separately or look out for the right bundle.

However, a charger is always included in the box and as we all know this is not guaranteed lately. It’s also quite powerful at 68W and you’ll likely need to use it often if you opt for the always-144Hz display mode, although the battery’s 4,800mAh capacity doesn’t sound inadequate.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

Here is a quick overview of the specifications of this international version of the Edge 30 Pro, which we will look at in the following pages.

The technical data of the Motorola Edge 30 Pro at a glance:

  • Body: 163.1 x 76.0 x 8.8mm, 196g; glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame; Water-resistant design.
  • Advertisement: 6.70 inch OLED, 1B color, 144 Hz, HDR10+, resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, aspect ratio 20:9, 393 ppi; Always-on display.
  • chipset: Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm): Octa-Core (1 x 3.00 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3 x 2.50 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4 x 1.80 GHz Cortex-A510); Adreno 730.
  • Reminder: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • Operating system/software: Android 12
  • Backup camera: wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 1/1.55″, 1.0 µm, multi-directional PDAF, OIS; ultra wide angle: 50MP, f/2.2, 114˚, 1/2.76″, 0.64µm, AF; depth: 2MP, f/2.4 aperture.
  • Front camera: 60 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.61 µm.
  • Video recording: backup camera: 8K@30fps, 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240/960fps, 10-bit HDR10+, Gyro EIS; Front camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/120fps.
  • Battery: 4800mAh; Fast charging 68W, 100% in 35 min (announced), fast wireless charging 15W, reverse wireless charging 5W.
  • Various: fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC; Ready for support.

Unpack Motorola Edge 30 Pro

The Edge 30 Pro comes in a navy two-piece box with minimal but unmistakable gloss branding on the top – bat logo must be shown. The “Ready for” support and 5G capability also get some advertising space.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

In the box we get one of the most compact 68W USB Power Delivery chargers we’ve seen and a USB-C cable to match. A soft silicone case is also included. For those of you in the US, the Moto Edge+ (2022) bundle includes a 30W charger instead. Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

Tom Vazquez

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