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Motorola unveiled the Edge X30 last December in China as the world’s first Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered smartphone, which debuted globally a couple of days ago as the Motorola Edge 30 Pro with slight differences and two color options – Stardust White and Cosmos Blue. And we’ve received one in blue shade for a full review.
The Motorola Edge 30 Pro’s retail package isn’t all that different from what we’ve seen with its predecessor – Edge 20 Pro. A compact, blue-ish box with the smartphone’s name on top. On the inside, we’ve got the phone itself along with some paperwork, a SIM ejector tool, a transparent case, a charging cable, and a 68W adapter.
Now let’s check out what the Motorola Edge 30 Pro has to offer. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered smartphone has two RAM (8GB/12GB) and three storage (128GB/256GB/512GB) options. Our unit comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage onboard.
The Edge 30 Pro boots Android 12-based MyUI 3.0, which is something fans of clean, clutter-free UI will find appealing. The smartphone comes with the usual Motorola software goodies and the promise of three years of security updates. Motorola has also guaranteed Android 13 and 14 for the flagship.
The Edge 30 Pro is built around a 6.7″ FullHD+ 144Hz 10bit OLED screen 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 from the Gorilla Glass 5 we had on the Edge 20 Pro. Besides, Motorola also moved from a metal frame on the Edge 20 Pro to a plastic frame on the Edge 30 Pro.
This frame could get smudged and scratched easily, and on its right side is the volume rocker and power key, with the latter doubling up as a fingerprint reader. These buttons have decent feedback, but they are placed a bit high for our liking. Especially the volume controls.
Moving on to the Motorola Edge 30 Pro’s rear, 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 unit it had on the Edge 20 Pro.
The edges of the panel are curvy enough to provide a comfortable grip. However, in our short time with the phone, the cover picked up fingerprints pretty quickly. The camera island’s plate, made of plastic, is also glossy and got smudged.
The rest of the Motorola Edge 30 Pro’s highlights include 5G connectivity, NFC, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support, IP52 water-repellent design, and a 4,800 mAh battery that draws power through the USB-C port at up to 68W. That’s a big leap from Edge 20 Pro’s 30W charging speed. The smartphone also supports 15W wireless and 5W reverse wireless charging – features the Edge 20 Pro had missing.
Our Motorola Edge 30 Pro review is underway, so stay tuned to find out if it’s a worthy buy.