Motorola Edge 30 Pro review: almost ideal rival for the S22 and iPhone 13

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review: almost ideal rival for the S22 and iPhone 13

Motorola Edge 30 Pro. This is Motorola’s new high-end cell phone, which hits the Brazilian market about six months after the launch of the last generation. It features Qualcomm’s latest processor, high-resolution cameras, and a two-year warranty — which is precisely one year longer than competitors.

For R$ 6,500, it comes to fight with devices like the Galaxy S22 and iPhone 13, but bets more on hardware and “clean software” than on additional features. Want to know more about Motorola’s launch? So join us in this analysis.

Moto G Design

Motorola seems to have found a good balance in the look of its products. Its rounded corners, the oval-shaped camera module and the fingerprint reader on the right side, below the volume buttons, are very reminiscent of the Moto G71, G31, G41 and others. In this regard, the Moto G200 seems to have a more attractive and unique visual identity.

The device, like the previous one, does not have a headphone jack and does not accept expansion via microSD, but it supports two carrier chips and leaves out the Google Assistant activation button.

On the back of the phone, the frosted glass makes a nice effect when the light is reflected and that contrasts with the smoother field of the camera module. On the front, there is just a big screen with a hole for the camera. And that’s basically it. Without frills, it pleases those who are already consumers of the brand and offers a beautiful look for those looking for a top-of-the-line cell phone, but without advancing much in relation to the previous model.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro.

The fit of the cell phone in the hands pleases, especially if you also like to use it without a case – his, in this case, comes in the box. And while the “Moto G look” isn’t a bother, there are remnants of that line in the brand’s new high-end device.

Before mentioning them, let’s quickly contextualize: more expensive cell phones usually bring recent innovations and more resistant materials, such as the Galaxy S22 or the iPhone 13. The Edge 30 Pro, in turn, has Gorilla Glass 3 on the screen and 5 on the rear. Its sides, instead of using aluminum, are made of plastic.

Finally, the cell phone does not have a specific certification against water. This type of feature is present in practically all cell phones of the same category.

screen and audio

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro’s screen impresses a little more. The 6.8-inch OLED panel with Full HD+ resolution has a refresh rate of 144 Hz. It also features HDR10+, 10-bit playback, 360 Hz touch sampling rate, high resolution streaming support, and manual brightness and color adjustments.

It is a high-performance screen that offers great image quality. It brings vibrant colors, a high level of contrast and the refresh rate offers that extra touch with great fluidity. The brightness level is satisfactory, but leaves something to be desired when sunlight is reflected.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro screen has a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz.

Thus, it becomes a beautiful rival for the Galaxy S22 and iPhone 13, but it is worth mentioning that all three have high definition screens. One point where he gets it right, but lags behind the competitors, is in the audio. Now, the outputs are stereo and louder, but without the same balance of these other models.

But it’s also worth noting that, unlike its competitors, the Edge 30 Pro brings a headphone with a USB-C connector in the box.

Performance and software: the first big highlight

Despite slipping in some features, compared to other tops of the line, the Edge 30 Pro has one of the most robust performances today. It has the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, like the S22, and 12GB of RAM. Storage has a single option, 256GB, and all memories are high-speed.

Speedy performance is one of the biggest highlights of the Edge 30 Pro. Combined with the screen’s 144 Hz refresh rate, it is undeniable that this is one of the fastest cell phones on the market. Whether to open or change apps, use merciless multitasking and even in Ready For mode, which brings a PC interface and others, the device showed no choking.

With games, performance is also regular and some titles take advantage of raising the frame rate per second. The only problem is that it heats up and reached 42nd in most of the titles we tested, especially the ones that are online. Models like the Moto G100 or G200, for example, don’t heat up so much, so easily.

The Edge 30 Pro comes with Android 12 and should receive two updates, up to Android 14. Security updates are guaranteed for three years. Despite this, the period is shorter than that offered by Apple and Samsung for their high-end cell phones.

Motorola has made virtually no impactful changes to the interface, which makes navigation much easier, but leaves out extra functions existing in rivals. It has a series of navigation and usability gestures, as well as an area dedicated to games, which brings together titles and complements Gametime, which allows you to start a broadcast on Twitch, record or share the screen and manage other items.

Among others, the phone has high-performance Wi-Fi 6E and 5G, but does not support millimeter waves (mmWave).

Drums: the second big highlight

The battery is another highlight of the Motorola Edge 30 Pro. And it’s not even because of the capacity, which has 4,800 mAh. Its advantage, compared to competitors, is the 68W charger that comes in the box. This is more power than competing cell phones, and even surpasses some Apple notebooks.

This is reflected in greater agility to charge the cell phone, of course. Leaving 0%, we reached 33% load in just 15 minutes. After 30 minutes, the battery went to 77%. The full charge arrived around 50 minutes, which is an excellent result.

As for the download time, the Edge 30 Pro also proved to be very efficient. It gives you power for an intense day of use, without too many worries about getting to the end of the day and running out of battery. Only the hourly download with streaming and games that ranged from 9% to 13%, respectively, which is not a very satisfactory result.

But here are two other details about the device’s battery: it also heats up and goes over 40º while charging, just like in games; and it supports induction charging, which even lets you share the charge with other compatible devices.

Great cameras (but not at all)

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro cameras have an interesting configuration. There are two 50 MP sensors: one is the main one, with optical image stabilization and f/1.8 aperture, and the second is a hybrid between ultra-wide and macro. The third is the least exciting: it’s just for depth of field and has 2 MP of resolution.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro.

It would be much more advantageous to take advantage of the space for a telephoto sensor, for example, but that was not the manufacturer’s choice. On the front, we have a single 60 MP camera that records 4K videos.

The photos captured by the Motorola Edge 30 Pro please, but it will depend on the lighting conditions. We recorded images with a high level of detail, good dynamic range and less saturated but still balanced colors. And that goes for the main sensor, the wide-angle sensor and the selfie sensor.

The big takeaway is that it makes fewer post-process corrections and tweaks than rivals. So, despite making quick clicks, it doesn’t emphasize the coloring much. It is an aspect that also tends to make the images more realistic in tone, on the other hand.

Already during night captures, we observed that the cell phone tends to make fewer corrections than the S22, for example. If on Samsung’s cell phone lighting is more prominent, Motorola’s usually highlights specific points, such as shadows and colors. This makes the images not so smooth and show more noise than usual.

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Most intriguing of all is how the night photography mode works. More specifically in selfies, there is no way to manually enable it. And the results in more extreme conditions, or with low light around, can be disappointing.

Already in filming we found a better balance, but also with reservations. The stabilization of the main sensor helps a lot to make videos in motion, but it is not present in the others. In the ultra-wide camera, for example, it is possible to notice points where the light “pops” too much and the definition is also impaired.

What we really didn’t like was the layout of the recording tools. With the macro camera, which takes good photographs, footage reaches up to 4K, but the ultra-wide lens only shoots in Full HD at 30 fps. Slow motion is also only available on the main camera, while HDR10+ video recording is hidden in the settings.

It is worth it?

The Edge 30 Pro, launched for R$6,500, is one of Motorola’s coolest cell phones and bets on a niche with major competitors. It brings, as great highlights, the battery with good autonomy and a very fast performance for charging. The screen, which is not the brightest, has a high refresh rate and OLED technology, two other good points.

But we understand that it makes several cuts, which makes its price too high compared to the competitors iPhone 13 and Galaxy S22, which are also quite expensive. For example, there is plastic on the side frame and it lacks water protection.

In software, Motorola’s policy is still considered to be more shallow due to the short period of updates. The company “compensates” for this by offering a two-year warranty, while other brands only offer one.

If your concern is more robust cameras, a brighter screen and a more premium look, it is worth betting on other models. If you are already looking for regular performance, competent cameras and a very fast battery to charge, the Motorola model does well. But, again, its MSRP is pretty high, so once again, it’s worth the wait to buy.

Now, if you asked me about this strategy of launching a top of the line with several cuts, I would say that Motorola is being very modest. And this is the exact opposite of what rivals have been doing.

Motorola Edge 20 Lite

Lowest price 2,699.00 General Chipset Camera: MediaTek MT6853 Dimension 720 5G (7nm) Operational system: Android 11 Battery Capacity: 5000 mAh Screen Size: 6.7 inches RAM memory: 6 GB Internal Storage: 128 GB Back camera: 108 MP (f/1.9, 1/1.52″, 0.7 µm) + 8 MP (f/2.2, 118˚, 1/4.0″, 1.12 µm) + 2 MP f /2.4) Frontal camera: 32 MP (f/2.3, 0.7 µm) Video: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps

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