Edge 30 Ultra, the best Motorola you can buy in 2022 [TECH REVIEW]

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is the company’s best smartphone in recent years, a flagship model with an attractive design, excellent 200MP +60MP cameras, 125W fast charging, 144Hz specific gaming features and a balanced price.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra PHOTO by Adrian Pogîngeanu

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra PHOTO by Adrian Pogîngeanu

Other features present on the Edge 30 Ultra that are worth mentioning at the beginning are: stereo speakers, fast wireless charging (50W) and an on-screen fingerprint sensor.

The smartphone comes with a charger in the box, a transparent case, a SIM key, manuals and a warranty. The packaging recently adopted by Motorola, made from recycled cardboard, is completely plastic-free.

Construction

The tested model has dimensions of 161.8 x 73.5 x 8.4 mm and weighs 198.5 g. It’s a decent size and gave me a solid feel in use without being bulky.

The screen has a premium look thanks to the 3D curved glass protected by Gorilla Glass 5 glass. The back is also matte black glass and seems to help the phone hold better, but to avoid accidents I put a clear cover over it. And the back, like the front, is covered with Gorilla Glass 5.

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The camera module has a bold look, probably to emphasize that the Edge 30 Ultra has the most powerful sensor yet available on a Motorola smartphone. The frame or casing of the smartphone is metal, made of aluminum. The volume and power buttons are located on the right side of the phone.

display called “Endless Edge Display” is an OLED with a diagonal of 6.67 inches, a resolution of 1080x2400px, a density of 395ppi, a refresh rate of 144Hz. The panel has a billion colors, HDR10+ and a maximum brightness of 1250 nits.

The aspect ratio is 20:9, a classic smartphone format that ensures a good fixation of the device in the hand. The screen also has a protective film pre-applied.

The colors are vivid, the contrast is good, and the brightness is sufficient even in the sun.

Specifications

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Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is a Dual SIM smartphone (Nano SIM 5G + 5G), uses Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, Adreno 730 GPU, 256 GB UFS 3.1 memory, 12 GB RAM, Android 12 operating system.

For the first time, the smartphone brings 3 years of version updates (including Android 15) and 4 years of security updates. In terms of water and dust resistance, the Edge 30 Ultra comes with an IP52 rating.

The smartphone moves great, fast and smooth, but it’s best to see with your own eyes..

On the connectivity side it has:

– Wi-Fi in three-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot;

– Bluetooth 5.2 A2DP, LE;

– dual-band positioning A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO;

– NFC;

– USBC 3.1, USB On-The-Go;

– DisplayPort 1.4.

In addition, it has Ready For. That is, it can be connected to the monitor wired or wirelessly and can be used as a PC drive or as a game console. You can add a mouse and keyboard to it and work or play on it.

Photo-Video

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The dorsal camera module consists of:

– wide main camera (23mm) of 200 MP with f/1.9, PDAF and optical stabilization (OIS);

– 12 MP telephoto camera (50 mm) with f/1.6, PDAF and 2x optical zoom;

– 50MP ultra-wide camera (14mm-114˚) with f/2.2.

Unedited photos of the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra from a trip to Milan where the Edge 30 series was presented.

On the rear camera we have recording up to 8K/30fps, 4K/60fps and 1080/960fps with HDR10+ and gyro-EIS stabilization.

Slow motion clip

Daily recording, 2x zoom, 1080 / 30 fps, pay attention to the sound quality of the recording.

The selfie camera is wide 60 MP (OmniVision OV60A sensor) with f/2.2 and records up to 4K/30fps.

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At the September 8 launch, the 200MP camera was a world first, as was the 60MP selfie camera. In the meantime, they appeared on other models, as usual.

By default, the sensor combines 16 pixels into one Ultra Pixel, resulting in 12.5MP images that are of good quality.

Taking pictures with a 200 MP camera (Samsung HP1 sensor) at maximum size (Ultra-Res) is not convenient for at least two reasons:

– the focal length is fixed, only wide, you have no flexibility;

– the size of the resulting image is between about 30MB and 45MB depending on exposure and content.

Overall, I think it can be called a camcorder, with the caveat that the 2X zoom is a bit low, but still an important step up from previous series.

The sound

The Edge 30 Ultra comes with a classic stereo speaker setup where the top earpiece serves as an additional speaker. They are powered by Dolby Atmos technology. The volume is loud enough, the voices are pleasant, the treble is clear and the bass is fine.

Gaming

I played a lot on the Edge 30 Ultra with maximum settings. Unfortunately, some photos and all videos were lost due to a cracked external HDD. In any case, the gaming experience is very good, and the smartphone heats up within normal limits.

Synthetic tests: Antutu Benchmarks, 3DMark Wild Life Extreme and Geekbench 5.

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Battery – Autonomy

The Edge 30 Ultra has a 4,610mAh battery with 125W fast wired charging, 50W fast wireless charging and the option to wirelessly charge other devices at 10W. How long does wired charging last? I never kept it charged for more than 15-20 minutes and it was fully charged at the end.

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In PCMark testing, it got about 14 hours of screen-on time (SOT) with 20% battery left. And the refresh rate is set to 144Hz compared to the classic 60Hz, so the result is even more impressive. No doubt it lasts at least a day and a half of use, and if you drop to 60Hz or switch to Auto even more.

Edge 30 Ultra marks all the important features of a successful smartphone: design, performance, camera and autonomy at a price of 3999 lei for the tested version. On a direct experience level, I liked it and was pleasantly surprised by the previous generations of Edge.

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