Motorola Edge 30 Ultra: Heavyweight with serious competition 

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, with features such as a 200MP primary lens and a 144Hz refresh rate, is a good all-rounder but faces stiff competition from OnePlus and iQOO, which offer equally prominent features.

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, with features such as a 200MP primary lens and a 144Hz refresh rate, is a good all-rounder but faces stiff competition from OnePlus and iQOO, which offer equally prominent features.

Motorola is a decades-old electronics manufacturer and one of the pioneers of mobile phones. It recently unveiled two models in its Edge 30 series: Moto Edge 30 Fusion and Moto Edge 30 Ultra. The new Moto Edge 30 Ultra is the first phone to debut with a 200MP camera lens, an 8+ Gen1 processor and a 125W fast charger. The phone falls under the flagship range and will compete against the Pixel 7, OnePlus 10T and to some extent the iPhone 14.

In the box

Motorola has opted for a sustainable approach when designing the box and we liked that. In the box, of course, you get the phone, a 125W adapter, Type C-Type C cable, a plastic case, SIM tray eject pin, and documentation.

Design

On our first acquaintance with the phone, it looked more like one of Samsung’s phones, more like the S22 series. The new Moto Edge 30 Ultra looks very sleek and feels light and premium. The phone lives up to its name by including a true edge display with minimal bezels all around. The construction of the phone is sturdy as it comes with a sandwich glass body divided by an aluminum frame. The company has used Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back. Despite the glass housing, the back is not smooth and does not attract stains.

On the back is an island frame consisting of three camera lenses and a flash. On the front of the phone you can see the tall screen with a perforated selfie sensor that takes up very little space. Just above the screen is also the earpiece that doubles as a secondary speaker.

The right side of the phone houses the power button and volume buttons, while the left side is completely blank. The SIM tray, Type-C port and the main speaker are located on the bottom of the phone. The phone comes with an IP52 rating to protect the phone from water and dust which is rather unsatisfactory to see in a flagship phone as you can get IP52 certified phones even within the budget range.

Display

The new Moto Edge 30 Ultra comes with a 6.67 inch OLED display with a screen resolution of 1080×2400 pixels. The screen space is wide and the bezels so thin that they are not visible. The screen has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a density of 309ppi. The phone outperforms its competitors by including a 144Hz refresh rate which helps when playing games that require fast touch response.

It comes with a maximum brightness of 1250 nits, which means you can view all the content on the screen very clearly and easily, even in bright sunlight. The presence of HDR10+ support enhances the viewing experience by delivering content in HD quality. The colors displayed are very vibrant and punchy and all the colors on the screen were very detailed. The phone offers a choice of three refresh rates and in Auto mode it automatically adjusts the refresh rate based on the action performed on the screen.

OS

The new Moto Edge 30 Ultra runs on Android 12 and comes with several smart features. The Gesture feature available on the phone is quite nice as it can be used to launch the camera app and even the flashlight while the phone is locked. The new Moto Edge 30 Ultra also comes with the ‘Ready for’ feature that the company introduced in 2021, which allows the phone to be connected to a TV or monitor so you can display your content on the larger screen.

Performance

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra has the fastest and latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 (4nm) processor. We’ve used this before and just like those times, the processor also provides a seamless experience in performing any task. For the graphics, the company has used Adreno 730 GPU. The games ran very smoothly in their highest settings and the 144Hz refresh rate adds more fun to the gaming experience. With the “ready for” mode, you can also cast your games on a bigger screen and see details more clearly, which improves the gaming experience.

Cameras

One of the main highlights of the Motor Edge 30 Ultra is the presence of a 200MP Samsung HP1 main primary rear lens with an aperture of f/1.9, PDAF and OIS. The company has used a 12MP telephoto lens with an aperture of f/1.6 with 2x optical zoom. The third rear sensor is a 50MP ultra-wide lens with an aperture of f/2.2 and 114 degrees POV. For selfies, the company has put in a 60MP lens using an OmniVision OV60A sensor with an aperture of f/2.2.

While the rear camera’s main lens is 200MP, it captures images in 12.5MP by default. The photos taken in daylight were very sharp and clear. The color balance is on point with excellent texture. You can also switch to a 200MP lens, which we don’t use if you want to take quick shots as it takes a few seconds to capture and requires your hands to be kept still. The 200MP images are also large, which takes up extra space.

One of the main highlights of the Motor Edge 30 Ultra is the presence of a 200MP Samsung HP1 main primary rear lens with an aperture of f/1.9, PDAF and OIS | Photo credit: special arrangement

The telephoto lens does an excellent job of capturing the right colors at the right levels, without oversaturation or cloudiness. The ultra-wide angle lens works well too, but we can’t say the results are too impressive. For capturing images at night/in low light, the new Motorola edge 30 Ultra comes with automatic night vision that processes and enhances the images, resulting in detailed and clear images in low light. However, we recommend using the night mode to capture more stable and well-defined images at night. The rear lenses are very good at keeping noise and grain distortion at bay, as we didn’t encounter them while shooting photos both during the day and at night.

The selfies can be captured in 60 MP, 15 MP and 8 MP. We recommend using the recommended 15MP to capture selfies as it allows capturing more detailed selfies with great accuracy and vibrant colors. The subject detection is very good, which you can see in the portrait selfies.

Videos

The main camera on the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra can record videos in high resolution up to 8K30, the telephoto and ultra wide angle lenses can record videos in 1080p30. The 8K video is encoded with the less efficient h.265 codec by default, but you get the option to change this in the settings. All modes except 8K provide stabilization and audio is captured at 256 kbps in stereo.

Battery

The new Moto Edge 30 Ultra comes with a 4,610 mAh battery, which is less than what we saw in OnePlus’ flagship phone. The battery lasted quite comfortably for a day with normal use such as playing movies and gaming. The charging speed is quite fast as the 125W charger charges the battery power from 0-100% in almost 30-35 minutes.

Although the charging is fast, it is not as fast as the charging speed of the OnePlus 10T. Also, the phone seems to heat up a bit while charging, which we didn’t like as the other flagship phone we used in the same range maintained the heat pretty cleverly. The load distribution is slow due to the latest 8+ Gen1 processor. The phone also supports 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse charging.

Conclusion

The new Motorola Edge 30 Ultra can be considered an all-rounder and its features such as a 200MP primary lens and a 144Hz refresh rate help the phone bring something exciting and unique to users. But it will be difficult for the phone to take a lead in the flagship segment, despite that heavyweight like OnePlus and iQOO are already with equally striking features.

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