Motorola Edge 30 Pro Specs, Design, Camera and Price
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About Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Having settled into its niche of providing smartphone experiences that straddle the line between mid-range and premium, Motorola has again delivered on that approach with its latest flagship, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro.
It’s a phone that keeps up with the big players’ performance, even managing to outmatch Samsung’s premium Galaxy S22 series, which shares the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.
Throw in an ultra-smooth 144Hz FHD OLED display and near-stock implementation of Android 12, along with lightning-fast 68W charging capability and commendable battery life, and what you have is a surprise contender for our best phones of 2022 roundup – and all at a very reasonable price.
That said, the Edge 30 Pro’s aggressive price point does come with some significant trade-offs in other areas. Also Read, OnePlus 10T vs OnePlus 10 Pro which is better?
Its 50MP primary camera isn’t as great as it sounds on paper – particularly when tested in low light scenarios.
And, in terms of toughness, the Edge 30 Pro cuts costs by offering a plastic frame and older Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on its display, making it great against scratches but more susceptible to shattering if dropped.
It’s also worth noting that while the Edge 30 Pro has ditched the headphone jack this time around, it still only carries IP52 certification, meaning it will survive splashes of water but not full submersion.
And, if you’re looking for a device that will go the distance, you should know that Motorola only promises three years of security updates for the Edge 30 Pro and just two major Android updates.
Still, there’s plenty to love about Motorola’s latest flagship. Suppose you’re happy with a decent camera experience and don’t mind replacing your handset after a few years.
In that case, the Edge 30 Pro’s exceptionally snappy performance and brilliant display make it well worth the price.
Motorola Edge 30 Pro price and availability
Considering that it carries a premium-level Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, we’re impressed that Motorola was able to keep the Edge 30 Pro’s price point squarely in the upper mid-range territory.
The Motorola Edge 30 Pro is priced at AU$999 (around $690 / £584) for a model that sports 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage and is available in Australia.
Motorola has yet to confirm release dates for the US and UK, though we will update you as soon as we hear anything related to pricing and availability. The phone was launched in Australia in March 2022.
- Value score: 4.5/5
Motorola Edge 30 Pro design
While it probably won’t win any awards for originality, Motorola’s Edge 30 Pro is nevertheless an attractive phone, particularly in its Cosmos Blue colour option, which offers a stylish petrol green iridescent streak across its dark matte finish.
At first glance, you may think the Edge 30 Pro sports an aluminium frame; however, the old flick test quickly reveals it to be made of glossy black plastic, which is a bit disappointing from a quality standpoint.
Still, the frame looks the part, despite being a fingerprint magnet. The brushed Gorilla Glass 5 backing does a good job of resisting visible fingerprints and smudges.
Alternatively, there’s also a Stardust White version with a silver-looking plastic frame for those who want to trick their friends.
Meanwhile, on the Edge 30 Pro’s front, you’ll find a flat glass display with a slim-yet-noticeable bezel, along with a single hole-punch selfie camera resting right in the middle at the top of the display.
Along the Edge 30 Pro’s right edge, you’ll find a power button with an integrated fingerprint reader and a volume rocker right above it – both of which are positioned a little higher than we’d have preferred, meaning you have to either reposition your hand or stretch your thumb out to the max to reach them.
The phone’s top edge is completely smooth, save for a tiny microphone hole, while the bottom edge holds another mic hole, along with the phone’s USB-C port, speaker grille and SIM card slot.
In terms of water resistance, the Edge 30 Pro only carries IP52 certification, which means it’ll survive small splashes and rain but not full submersion in water. That’s a little disheartening for a device that feels premium in many other areas.
- Design score: 3.5/5
Motorola Edge 30 Pro display
The Edge 30 Pro boasts a flat 6.7-inch FHD OLED display with an astonishing 144Hz refresh rate.
That puts it well above current top-end flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro Max in terms of smoothness, if not resolution.
It’s impossible to overstate how luxuriously smooth the Edge 30 Pro’s refresh rate is; doing the sheer act of navigating around the device’s home screen is an absolute joy to behold.
Although the Edge 30 Pro’s 20:9 screen maxes out a resolution of 1080 x 2400, images are sharp and well defined, making its lack of QHD support kind of a non-issue on display this size.
Being an OLED screen, you can expect excellent contrast and inky blacks, while its HDR10+ support brings impressively vibrant colours.
By default, the screen’s colour temperature may seem a little on the cool side; however, it’s possible to tweak this to be warmer in the device’s settings.
Admittedly, the Edge 30 Pro’s display isn’t the brightest, with a maximum brightness of around 650 nits, making it a struggle to view outdoors on a sunny day. That said, its brightness level should be more than adequate in every other situation.
- Display score: 4.5/5
Motorola Edge 30 Pro cameras
Despite a lower megapixel count than last year’s Motorola Edge 20 Pro, which boasted a 108MP primary sensor, the new Edge 30 Pro delivers a more balanced overall camera array with dual 50MP wide and ultra-wide lenses, which are joined by a 2MP depth sensor.
The Edge 20 Pro is a 60MP wide-angle selfie camera on the front.
By default, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro employs “pixel binning” technology to produce compelling images at a quarter of the usual file size.
In this case, the phone uses a 9.4MP quad-pixel structure, allowing it to group four adjacent pixels into one.
This should be more than acceptable for images intended for viewing on social media or on a small phone display.
When those photos are viewed on a high-resolution monitor, you will notice a sharpness and overall quality drop.
Alternatively, the Edge 30 Pro’s camera app provides a 50MP ‘ultra-res’ setting that delivers beautifully sharp pictures with excellent detail.
You also have access to a Pro mode which lets you apply manual focus, tweak ISO and more.
Regardless of which mode is used, we found the Edge 30 Pro’s camera produced accurate photos in terms of colour and contrast, at least in normal daytime situations. More on that later.
While many premium phones offer ultra-wide sensors these days, they often seem like an afterthought – even Samsung’s S22 Ultra, arguably the best flagship phone in the world right now, only offers a measly 12MP ultra-wide lens.
So colour us surprised to find a 50MP ultra-wide lens on Motorola’s Edge 30 Pro.
In our tests, the Edge 30 Pro’s ultra-wide sensor delivered a similar level of image quality to its primary wide sensor – ultra-wide images looked great when viewed on the handset itself but exhibited a sharp drop when viewed on larger displays.
Next, we tested the camera app’s Portrait Mode to see how well the Edge 30 Pro’s depth sensor handled bokeh-style blurry background shots.
For the most part, we found it delivered some fairly convincing results, albeit with some minor instances of wonky edge detection.
We also appreciated how straightforward the mode was to use, with a simple slider for adjusting blur intensity and the ability to tap on the part of the image that you want to be in focus.
Unfortunately, the Edge 30 Pro fails to impress when it comes to the camera’s Night Vision setting – every photo we snapped in low light situations suffered from a significant amount of digital noise while also exhibiting a lack of fine detail and poor contrast.
While we weren’t expecting the Edge 30 Pro to deliver night photos on par with a premium flagship like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or the iPhone 13 Pro Max, it was outshined by far cheaper phones like Google’s Pixel 6a, leaving a lot to be desired.
Selfies, on the other hand, faired much better.
Apart from their overall clarity, we were pleased to find that Edge 30 Pro’s camera didn’t lean too heavily on beautification tricks, resulting in natural-looking photos for the most part.
Of course, the quality of your selfies will depend on your lighting conditions, with some minor motion blur cropping up in low-light scenarios.
To combat this, the Edge 30 Pro will extend your selfie’s exposure time, just like the rear camera’s Night Vision mode. You’ll want to keep your hands as steady as possible in these instances.
It’s also worth noting that while the phone offers several editing tools which allow you to apply post-processing effects like background blur and portrait lighting to your selfies, many of these features are frustratingly locked behind a Google One membership.
As for its video capabilities, the Edge 30 Pro is surprisingly ambitious, supporting a maximum resolution of 8K at 30fps.
Though the phone offers image stabilization, our 8K recordings sometimes appear slightly shaky. Of course, very few people will opt to record video at the highest resolution setting, which is fine because videos look great at FHD and 4K.
The Edge 30 Pro also provides a 240fps slow-mo movie mode, along with a super slow-mo movie mode, when capable of a whopping 960fps.
- Camera score: 3/5
Motorola Edge 30 Pro performance and specs
It may surprise you to read this, but very few Android handsets can rival Motorola’s Edge 30 Pro at the moment, which is powered by the mighty Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 –the fastest chipset available for the Android platform up until Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4.
Not only is the phone extremely fast and snappy to use, the 144Hz refresh rate on its display makes it feel even smoother.
It’s no surprise that the Motorola Edge 30 Pro ranks at the top of Geekbench’s results.
In our tests, we got a single core score of 1203, a multi-core score of 3498 and a single core score of 1195.
The phone also scored 8040 in 3DMark Wild Life, which puts it near the top of the list.
On top of that, we’ve found that the Edge 30 Pro’s real-world performance lives up to what its benchmark tests show.
The everyday user experience is fast and consistent – apps start quickly and switch fluidly.
If you play games on your mobile and are committed to always having top performance, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro is a great choice.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a faster Android phone in its price range.
- Performance score: 4.5/5
Motorola Edge 30 Pro Full Specifications
|Model||Edge 30 Pro|
|Price in India||₹42,999|
|Release date||24th February 2022|
|Launched in India||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||163.06 x 75.95 x 8.79|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4800|
|Colours||Cosmos Blue, Stardust White|
Display Motorola Edge 30 Pro
|Refresh Rate||144 Hz|
|Screen size (inches)||6.70|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass|
Hardware Motorola Edge 30 Pro
|Processor||1.8GHz octa-core (1x3GHz + 3×2.5GHz + 4×1.8GHz)|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1|
Motorola Edge 30 Pro Camera
|Rear camera||50-megapixel (f/1.8, 2.0-micron) + 50-megapixel (f/2.2, 0.64-micron) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4, 1.75-micron)|
|No. of Rear Cameras||3|
|Rear autofocus||Phase detection autofocus|
|Front camera||60-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.2-micron)|
|No. of Front Cameras||1|
|Operating system||Android 12|
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|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.20|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
Motorola Edge 30 Pro Sensors
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
Motorola Edge 30 Pro software
Like previous Motorola handsets, the Edge 30 Pro offers a near-stock Android experience (in this case, Android 12), meaning we didn’t find any bloatware or huge cosmetic tweaks.
We’re also pleased that Motorola has been keeping on top of its security updates, with the latest August 2022 patch already applied.
We were a little surprised and disappointed by the phone’s half-hearted implementation of Google’s Material You design, which debuted with Android 12.
While it’s possible to personalize the handset with colours that carry across to its menus, Google apps and specific widgets, the Material You styling stops there, with app icons sticking to their default colours.
- Motorola Edge 30 Pro Software score: 4/5
Motorola Edge 30 Pro battery life
Motorola’s Edge 30 Pro also impresses with good battery life. It easily lasts a full day even with intensive use such as playing games, listening to podcasts and extensive web browsing.
With more moderate usage, you can also push it to go for two straight days before needing to plug it in.
Thankfully there is a charger bundled in the box, which is appreciated at a time when companies like Apple and Samsung have stopped including them.
Motorola provides an exceptionally fast charging 68W brick, which can charge from 0 to 50 per cent in just 15 minutes.
You also wirelessly charge the Motorola Edge 30 Pro with 15 W wireless charging – again, not as impressive, but glad that it’s back since it has been a missing feature on Motorola flagship phones for the last couple of years.
- Motorola Edge 30 Pro Battery score: 4/5
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