Motorola is back in the mid-range smartphone market with a new and very compelling offer. The Motorola Edge 30 comes with updated specifications and a new look, but keeping what we loved about its predecessor, the Edge 20, which was released less than a year ago. Unfortunately, Edge 30 will also not be available in the US.
At just €449.99 and a new camera system, the Edge 30 has its sights set on the Galaxy A53, considering how close the two devices are in terms of specs. We praised the Edge 30’s predecessor for its interesting design language and incredible value last year. Is this still the case? Well, let’s take a look at what this new mid-range Motorola brings to the table. Also, while you wait for our full Edge 30 review, be sure to read our
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Design and display
Finally, after two years of mostly large mid-range phones, Motorola I decided to add more variety to the Edge lineup. The new Edge 30 is smaller than its predecessor, which is good news, considering that last year’s device was quite large and this year’s Edge 30 Pro is also big. The Motorola Edge 30 measures 159.38 x 74.236 x 6.79mm and weighs just 155 grams. Fans of more compact and lighter phones should be pleased, as this means that the Edge 30 is not only the thinnest 5G phone on the market today, but also one of the lightest. For comparison, the iPhone 13, which is similar in size, weighs 174 grams, and the Galaxy A53 is 189 grams.
In terms of design the phone is easy on the eyes. It features a flat, glossy back, just like its predecessor, with an updated camera system, and is now more rounded, just like other new Motorola devices.
Given how thin the Edge 30 is, its cameras seem to protrude a lot from the body, but that’s the price one has to pay to achieve such a slim figure. Also, unlike the more expensive Pro model, Edge 30 features a fingerprint scanner. Our guess is that Motorola couldn’t mount a scanner on the side of the phone, because it was probably too thin.
There are also some nice looking color options to choose from: Meteor Gray, Aurora Green, and Supermoon Siver. We especially like the last option, as it looks very interesting, bright and happy.
The Edge 30 in Aurora Green
The phone bars are made from what Motorola describes as high-quality plastic and a premium feel, which is probably the main reason behind the phone’s lightness. Stay tuned for our review of this phone if you want to know how this device feels in real life. With its shiny back and sides, the Edge 30 is probably a very slippery phone. That’s fine, as most markets will get the phone with a protective case as part of its package, and display-wise, the Motorola Edge 30 rocks a 6.5-inch 144Hz AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution. The bezels of the phone look very small, which is welcome. The phone automatically adjusts the panel refresh rate between 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz and 144Hz, thus saving battery by improving the user experience.
Camera and performance
As mentioned earlier, the new Motorola Edge 30 also has a new triple camera system. It consists of a main camera of 50 MP f / 1.8 with Quad Pixel technology. Quad Pixel combines four pixels into a larger one for better results in challenging photo conditions, while also saving in memory.
The second camera is a 50MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera with Macro Vision. The third camera is a 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor. On the other hand, the front camera with aperture is a 32MP f/2.4 camera, which also features Quad Pixel technology.
Video-wise, the Edge 30 is capable of recording at 4K 30fps and 1080p 30 or 60fps. There is also an HD 960fps slow-motion setting.
Motorola Edge 30 is powered by the new Snapdragon 778G. This processor is 5G enabled, paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of non-expandable storage. The phone also supports Wi-Fi 6E technology.
Software and battery
Motorola’s new mid-range offering runs Android 12 out of the box with the brand’s software features and touches, like dual chop to turn on the flashlight.
This phone also features the Motorola ReadyFor platform. This platform lets you turn any screen into a desktop-like computer using not only your phone, but it also lets you transfer files between your Windows 10 PC and phone more easily.
We bet you’re wondering about the Edge 30’s battery size, especially considering it’s smaller than its predecessor but quite slim. We’re happy to tell you that the battery size hasn’t been reduced. The battery is 4,020 mAh, which according to Motorola should last at least a day.
In terms of charging, the Edge 30 is also very good. It features 33W fast wired charging, and the charger comes in the box. With this battery size, the Edge 30 should charge from 0 to 100% in about an hour.
Price and availability
As mentioned at the beginning, the Motorola Edge 30 price in Europe starts at €449.99. The phone will also be available in Latin America, Asia, Australia, India, and the Middle East in the coming weeks.
Motorola may have a mid-range winner on its hands