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Motorola Edge 30 Pro in review

Motorola unveiled the Edge X30 last December in China as the world’s first smartphone powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which made its global debut a few days ago when Motorola Edge 30 Pro with slight differences and two color options – Stardust White and Cosmos Blue. And we received one in blue color at our office for a full review.

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro retail package isn’t all that different from what we saw with its predecessor – Edge 20 Pro. A bluish compact box with the name of the smartphone on top. Inside we have the phone itself along with some paperwork, a SIM eject tool, a transparent case, a charging cable and a 68W adapter.

Now let’s see what the Motorola Edge 30 Pro has to offer. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powered smartphone has two RAM options (8GB/12GB) and three storage options (128GB/256GB/512GB). Our unit comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.

The Edge 30 Pro boots MyUI 3.0 based on Android 12, which is something fans of clean, clutter-free UI will find appealing. The smartphone comes with the usual Motorola software bonuses and the promise of three years of security updates. Motorola has also guaranteed Android 13 and 14 for the flagship.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro in review

The Edge 30 Pro is built around a 6.7-inch FullHD+ 144Hz 10-bit OLED display with HDR10+ certification. It has a punch hole in the center for the 60MP selfie camera and comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection – a downgrade to the Gorilla Glass 5 we had on the Edge 20 Pro. Additionally, Motorola has also switched from a metal frame on the Edge 20 Pro to a plastic frame on the Edge 30 Pro.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro in review

This bezel can easily be stained and scratched, and on its right side are the volume rocker and power key, the latter of which doubles as a fingerprint reader. These buttons have decent feedback, but they’re placed a bit high for our liking. Especially the volume controls.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro in review

Moving on to the back of the Motorola Edge 30 Pro, we have a panel protected by Gorilla Glass 5, and it sports a triple camera system comprising 50MP primary (with OIS), 50MP ultrawide and 2MP depth sensor units. Motorola ditched the 8MP periscope telephoto lens it had on the Edge 20 Pro.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro in review

The edges of the panel are curved enough to provide a comfortable grip. However, in our short time with the phone, the cover picked up fingerprints fairly quickly. The plastic camera island plate is also shiny and stained.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro in review

Other Motorola Edge 30 Pro highlights include 5G connectivity, NFC, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support, IP52 water-repellent design, and a 4,800mAh battery that draws power through the USB port- C up to 68W. That’s a big step up from the Edge 20 Pro’s 30W charging speed. The smartphone also supports 15W reverse wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging – features that the Edge 20 Pro lacked.

Our Motorola Edge 30 Pro review is live, so stay tuned to find out if it’s a worthwhile purchase.