Is it worth the premium?

Is it worth the premium?

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro is the latest flagship phone by Motorola in India. The Edge 30 Pro is also currently the most affordable Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powered smartphone you can buy, priced at just under Rs 50,000. The Moto Edge 30 Pro follows the Edge 20 Proreview) which launched in October last year for Rs 36,999 and offered great performance without putting a dent in your wallet. With the Edge 30 Pro, Motorola Aiming for a share of the sub-Rs 50K budget segment, it relies on high-end features like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, two 50MP and a 60MP selfie camera, along with support for fast wired and wireless charging. But is that enough to keep incumbents like the? OnePlus 9RTSamsung Galaxy S21 FE and more? Let’s figure it out.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review: in the box

In the box of the Motorola Edge 30 Pro you will find a TurboPower 68W fast charging adapter with a Type-C port. There is a USB Type-C cable to go with you. Apart from this, there are user guides and guides, TPU protective case and SIM tool.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review: key specs at a glance

Price: Rs 49,999 – 8GB/128GB

Display: 6.7-inch OLED screen with FHD+ (2400×1080 pixels) resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, 10-bit panel, HDR10+ certified

Thickness: 8.79mm

Weight: 196g

Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset

RAM: 8GB LPDDR5

Built-in storage: 128GB UFS 3.1

Expandable Storage: No

5G Support: n1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/66/77/78

USB-C: Yes

3.5mm jack: No

OS: stock Android 12 with MyUX customizations

Rear camera: 50 MP (f/1.8, OIS) + 50 MP ultra-wide angle (114 degrees FOV) with macro vision support + 2 MP depth sensor

Rear Camera Video: 8K (24fps), 4K (up to 60fps)

Front camera: 60MP (f/2.2)

Speakers: Stereo speakers (Dolby Atmos and Snapdragon Sound)

Battery and Charging: 4,800 mAh with 68W fast wired and 15W fast wireless charging

Motorola Edge 30 Pro Performance Review

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro is the first phone I use to be powered by the 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. It is Qualcomm’s latest flagship SoC, which is faster and more power efficient than the Snapdragon 888 chipset and is one of the standout features of the Edge 30 Pro. The new chip features an octa-core CPU consisting of a Cortex X2 prime core running at 3GHz, three Cortex-A710 performance cores clocked at 2.50GHz, and four Cortex-A510 power efficient cores along with Adreno 730 GPU. A single storage variant is offered and there is no microSD card support for expansion, which is a shame for power users.

We ran the Moto Edge 30 Pro through our standard test run to see how it performs against its counterparts and to understand how much of a jump it is over the previous generation.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

In the AnTuTu benchmark, the Edge 30 Pro failed to hit the expected 1 million mark, but neither did the iQOO 9 Pro, the only other Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phone we’ve got our hands on so far. Compared to a Snapdragon 888 phone, the Edge 30 Pro shows a performance increase of 17-20% and an increase of about 12% over the Snapdragon 888 Plus.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

Similarly in the Geekbench benchmark, the Edge 30 Pro achieved good scores in single-core and multi-core tests, in line with the performance of this new chipset.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

In the PCMark test, which handles a workload of intensive tasks like video editing, photo editing and more, the Edge 30 Pro managed to beat the competition, proving that it can handle high-pressure tasks with ease.

The CPU throttling test checks to see if the CPU is decreasing performance to control thermals during intensive tasks. Here, the Moto Edge 30 Pro has been throttled to 79% of its maximum performance, meaning there are certain optimizations to cut the core performance to keep the phone cool.

The Edge 30 Pro’s core CPU temperature easily reached over 40 degrees during these tests, and the phone felt warm to the touch. While this is something that is only experienced in certain cases, such as when playing games, using cameras, or recording video, the battery does take a hit.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

Now, these numbers are not indicative of real-world performance which was excellent in my use. Whether multitasking or playing games like Call of Duty Mobile, Battlegrounds Mobile India, Genshin Impact and more, the Edge 30 Pro performed these tasks without any noticeable issues. The Edge 30 Pro is a powerful phone capable of doing your daily tasks with ease and the stock Android 12 with My UX customizations gives it a unique flavor without taking away the essentials. To top it all off, all your favorite action shortcuts like karate chop for flashlight and twist for camera app are here.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

Motorola Edge 30 Pro Battery Life

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro gets a 300 mAh battery boost over the Edge 20 Pro and I easily got a day of use with normal use. This included lightly browsing the web and social media, sending messages via Whatsapp, taking some photos and watching some videos on YouTube. If you’re recording things like gaming and other intensive tasks like video editing, the battery takes a bigger hit.

As for charging, the Edge 30 Pro took about 45 minutes to fully charge from 1-100% using the 68W fast charging adapter.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro Camera Review

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

Motorola has cut corners in the camera department when you compare it to the Edge 20 Pro. While the latter comes with a primary, ultra-wide, and periscope telephoto lens, the Edge 30 Pro gets a depth sensor instead of the telephoto camera, which is more of a drawback than an upgrade.

The photos from the main camera turned out to be sharp, clear and with good dynamic range. The camera can identify the different textures and details and the images look vibrant without major edits. The stabilization is also good and the camera app is tuned to take a picture without shutter lag, which is great.

The ultra-wide camera produces some decent wide FOV photos, but nothing to validate its premiumness. These photos often end up with less detail towards the corners and positioning the phone correctly can help negate the barrel distortion. The photos from this camera tend towards warmer color tones and do not match the color profile of the main camera. The ultra-wide camera also doubles up for macro photography and produces some well-detailed photos, provided the subject in the frame is stable.

Portrait mode is good at identifying edges in a frame and can give photos an artificial bokeh effect. However, sometimes depending on the light, the camera may not be able to properly optimize the blur effect around the edges.

Using Night mode in low light will increase the camera’s brightness and highlights, but the images will eventually be filled with noise that is noticeable when you zoom in on it. Although the app takes 3 seconds to capture a frame at night, the result is nothing special.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

The front camera is excellent at taking selfies and most of the photos are clear, detailed and have good dynamic range. You can also record 4K UHD videos with the front camera.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro

Motorola Edge 30 Pro Build and Design

Motorola sent us the Cosmos Blue color of the Edge 30 Pro, and a Stardust White color is also available. The Edge 30 Pro is a tall and wide phone that gives you a big screen and may feel a bit gigantic for small hands. The frame is plastic while the back panel is covered in Gorilla Glass 5. The plastic frame feels a bit out of place as it targets the premium segment and reduces value. While it looks and feels premium in the hand, it’s slightly thicker and heavier than the Edge 20 Pro, which had an aluminum chassis, by the way.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

When you look at a premium phone, you expect a certain sense of sophistication that is sadly lacking in the Edge 30 Pro. The volume and power buttons are on the right side but slightly on the top, making ergonomics a toss-up. You have to use both hands or slide your hand up slightly to unlock the phone via a fingerprint reader on the power key, which is a hassle.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

The back panel is home to an oval camera module with smooth, chamfered edges that keep it from wobbling too much when stored on a flat surface. The back panel also has a matte finish that doesn’t attract any noticeable fingerprints or smudges.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro screen

Motorola Edge 30 Pro review

The OLED screen on the Edge 30 Pro is great for watching videos, playing games and generally pleasing to the eye as it produces clear images with vibrant colors. Being a 10-bit panel you get much better colors and support for a 144Hz refresh rate means everything looks and feels super smooth in normal use.

In our Calman tests, the Edge 30 Pro’s screen registered 472.8 nits of brightness with an average deltaE of 2.7 and a maximum deltaE of 3.8. We also noticed the screen’s tendency towards red and blue colors, but it’s not substantial and doesn’t spoil the viewing experience. The HDR tests put the color gamut coverage at 99.91% in the vivid/saturated color space.

As these numbers show, the Moto Edge 30 Pro has an excellent display for everyday use with decent brightness levels. While the Edge 20 Pro’s screen offered better brightness, the color accuracy and details on the Edge 30 Pro are better and won’t let you down if you’re watching videos on your phone for hours on end.

Bottom Line

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro is a great follow-up to the Edge 20 Pro and is one of the most affordable Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones you can buy right now. While it’s associated with an upgrade and feels like an upgrade most of the time, there are also some downsides to the Edge 30 Pro.

The main camera does a great job and the ultra-wide camera is decent too, but the presence of a depth sensor rather than a very capable telephoto lens limits the versatility that would otherwise have improved its camera game.

While the Edge 30 Pro’s design is in line with the previous model, it’s not an eye-catcher as it doesn’t feel as refined as you’d expect from premium phones. Since Motorola has a legacy of well-designed and unique phones, the Edge 30 Pro will stand out from the crowd with its plastic glass construction.

As for the performance, you can expect blazing fast speeds both in everyday use and when playing games. While the phone is not designed to withstand high thermals, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 gets hot and struggles with heat dissipation. I really like the stock Android 12 experience that Motorola offers and the My UX features work well.

If you’re looking for a phone to play games, you’ll be better off with something like the ROG Phone 5s, and if great cameras are your priority, you’ll be better off with the OnePlus 9RT or Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.

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