Motorola Edge 30 Pro

the nice surprise of this beginning of the year

New flagship model from Motorola, the Edge 30 Pro arrives on the market with lots of promise and the hope of coming to play spoilsports. Here is our test of this ambitious smartphone.

A historic brand in mobile telephony, Motorola has had a turbulent decade. Since the end of the 2000s, the firm has been split in two and Motorola Mobility has fallen into the hands of Google, which has seized the opportunity to get its hands on a solid portfolio of patents. Three years later, the adventure ended and Lenovo bought the brand in 2014 with the hope of establishing itself in mobile. A project that will take a few years to take shape for the world’s leading PC manufacturer.

Far from Europe and France, Motorola was able to find colors without however coming to titillate the references of the market. With the emergence of 5G, the Lenovo brand is not lacking in ambition and wants to (re)become a brand that counts both in France and in Europe. The objectives are high and this return to the fore requires a presence in the entry and mid-range: but also by investing in the high-end segment. While the Edge 20 Pro laid a solid foundation, Motorola is back with the Edge 30 Pro and this new model offers serious arguments.

We were able to spend ten days with the Motorola Edge 30 Pro. Here is our verdict.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro 12/256 GB at the best price Base price: €799

Features of the Motorola Edge 30 Pro

Before getting to the heart of the matter, here is a reminder of the characteristics of the Motorola Edge 30 Pro. Little surprise about that, it’s based on the Edge X30 which the brand launched in China in December.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Screen – 6.7″ pOLED screen in 20:9 format
– Full HD+ definition (2400 x 1080 pixels)
– Density 393ppp
– Gorilla Glass 5
– HDR10+ certified
– 144Hz
– 500 nits brightness (max. 700 nits)
– Punch
SoCs and GPUs – Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
– Adreno 730
Memory – 12GB RAM
– 256GB UFS 3.1 storage
– No memory expansion
Colors – Blue oil
Pearly white
– IP52
Camera – Three cameras on the back:
– Main camera: 50 Megapixels, F1.8, OIS
– Ultra wide-angle camera: 50 Megapixels (114°), F2.2
– Depth sensor: 2 Megapixels, F2.4
-PDAF autofocus
– Optical stabilization (OIS) on the main sensor
– Macro Mode
– Night mode

– Video recording in 8K UHD at 24 fps, 4K UHD and Full HD 1080p 30fps or 60fps
– Slow motion mode in 1080p at 960fps
– Front camera with a 60 Megapixel sensor with an aperture of F2.2

Audio – Stereo speakers
Battery – 4800mAh
– TurboPower 68W (50% in 15 minutes)
– 15W wireless charging
– 5W reverse charging
Connectivities – Fingerprint reader on the side
-Bluetooth 5.2
– Wi-Fi 6E
– 5G
– 2x nano-SIM
– A-GPS+GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
-NFC
– USB 3.1, USB Type-C port
-DisplayPort 1.4
Software -Android 12
– MYUI 3.0
Height and weight – 163 x 75.9 x 8.79mm
– 196g
Starting price – 799 euro
Availability date – March 1, 2022

First (good surprise), the smartphone comes with a 68 W charger and a silicone case. It may seem logical, but more and more smartphones are skipping over accessories.

On the price side, this Motorola Edge 30 Pro is displayed at a price of 799 euros since the 1er mars in a single version with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space. The phone is offered in Petrol Blue and Pearl White.

Design

With ever-larger screens taking up almost the entire front panel, it’s hard to stand out. The front of the Edge 30 Pro does not surprise and the only visible element is the central punch that accommodates the front camera. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Class 3, which is rather classic.

The back, protected by Gorilla Glass, is more interesting and rather pleasing to the eye, with a smooth matte approach. The latter tends to reflect light, but picks up very little fingerprints. Like any self-respecting high-end smartphone in 2022, the photo block (oval) does not go unnoticed, but it is well integrated and only protrudes very little from the back. Thus, the phone remains rather stable when laid flat on a table.

Overall, this Motorola exudes quality and provides a nice grip, even if the brand does not opt ​​for the most premium materials. This option makes it possible to offer a device that is not too thick (8.79 mm) and to limit its weight to less than 200 grams (196 g); which is quite pleasant. These main competitors have become accustomed to crossing this bar and to use a model of almost 220 g on a daily basis, I felt this difference in use.

For the rest, the format of the device encourages two-handed use while and proves to be formidable in multimedia use. Due to the orientation of the smartphone, we could have appreciated slightly thinner borders. On the right side, Motorola offers a fingerprint reader and volume buttons positioned quite high. It is sometimes necessary to perform a little gymnastics to access these different buttons. The left edge is, for its part, perfectly smooth while the upper part only leaves room for a microphone.

At the bottom of the device, it is more loaded with the presence of the SIM tray, the microphone as well as a speaker and the USB-C port. Certified IP52, it is satisfied with protection against dust and drops of water.

Screen and Audio

When you discover the design of the Edge 30 Pro, its large screen will not have escaped you. The manufacturer is not only betting on size and offers a very pleasant 6.67-inch pOLED panel. It displays a Full HD+ definition (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) and a refresh rate of 144 Hz, one of the highest on the market. This feature ensures good fluidity and may interest mobile gamers (the sampling rate reaches 360 Hz). Note that the panel is HDR10 + compatible with a brightness of 500 nits, which is lower than the leaders on the market which cross the 1,000 nits mark. On a daily basis, there is no problem with brightness and readability remains sufficient, even outdoors.

A significant point for autonomy, the refresh rate is adaptive and the smartphone can switch to 60 Hz to limit consumption. To accompany the image, the audio part is correct and benefits from the support of Dolby Atmos. It will not be enough to liven up an evening, but it is enough for the uses that can be expected from the stereo speakers of a smartphone.

Android 12, Performance and Autonomy

In addition to its neat screen, the Edge 30 Pro pays particular attention to its hardware equipment. The smartphone is organized around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the results are unsurprising. Flanked by 12 GB of RAM, the founder’s most powerful chip meets expectations and is comfortable in all circumstances (+30% performance and 25% more efficient in energy consumption compared to a Snapdragon 888 ). The power of this premium SoC is also difficult to measure on a daily basis, because it far exceeds our needs. Qualcomm’s solution is also present in other smartphones such as the Oppo Find X5 Pro, the price of which is much higher.

Even with recent games like Wild Rifts, Dead Cells, Call of Duty Mobile or Rocket League Side Swipe, the smartphone is comfortable. We also launched some benchmarks to situate the performance level of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Regarding the operating system, the Edge 30 Pro runs on a version of Android 12 very close to the Stock version. A pleasant experience that avoids being polluted by a possible too heavy overlay, or ending up with duplicates or useless applications. In addition to Google services, Facebook is one of the few pre-installed applications and it is possible to remove it. This approach allows you to quickly find your bearings, but it may surprise those who are used to a busier interface.

Note that the manufacturer promises two years of Android updates, a switch to Android 13 and Android 14. The smartphone will also be entitled to three years of security updates. A significant point, Motorola adds a “Ready For” feature that allows you to connect the smartphone to a computer screen or a television. The function is reminiscent of Samsung DeX and its presence is always a plus to transform your device into a PC. Nothing to complain about in terms of connectivity with support for Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6 or even 5G.

This great power is associated with a 4,800 mAh battery, compatible with 68 W fast charging. We easily lasted a day and a half, unless we really used the device by playing demanding games. When it is heavily used, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is more greedy and tends to heat up.

The 68 W TurboPower technology allows the smartphone to be fully charged in about forty minutes (45 min to go from 0 to 100%). As when under heavy load, the device may tend to heat up during the first few minutes of charging. The Edge 30 Pro is also compatible with 15 W wireless charging.

Photo and Video

An essential point on high-end smartphones, photography is often considered the flagship category for deciding between smartphones. Motorola doesn’t arrive with the same reputation as some of its rivals, but that doesn’t stop it from moving forward with arguments.

On paper, the phone has three photo sensors, including two 50-megapixel modules. The main wide-angle sensor (f / 1.8) benefits from optical stabilization and is accompanied by an ultra wide-angle (f / 2.2). The latter is also dedicated to the macro while a third module of 2 megapixels (f / 2.4) will manage the depth of field.

In use, the smartphone is rather pleasant to use and provides satisfactory services. Even in low light, the use of Ultra Pixel technology offers interesting results. We also appreciate the fast focusing. This is particularly true for the main sensor; which is not always the case with the ultra wide-angle. The latter is comfortable when the light conditions are ideal, but it quickly shows its limits when the light runs out. For macro photography, the results are very satisfactory.

Concretely, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro is a pleasant smartphone for the photo, but it is not yet at the level of the top names in the discipline. The absence of a telephoto (zoom) lens does not help the device stand out in this segment. On the other hand, we appreciate certain functions such as double capture (front/rear) and the possibility of adding filters. Motorola is very clearly on the right track, which also confirms in video with the possibility of filming up to 8K.

The 60-megapixel front camera is an added bonus for selfies. The smartphone is doing quite well, even if we observe a few hiccups by activating the bokeh effect or when the brightness is lacking.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro 12/256 GB at the best price Base price: €799

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