Motorola Edge 30 Ultra review

GSMArena Team, 15 September 2022.

Introduction

The name is familiar - Motorolas with Edge 30 in their names have been around since the start of the year. But the Edge 30 Ultra is part of the latest batch of three models announced for the world just last week, and it's the top-of-the-line one. Let's see what it's all about.

But first - some more nomenclature. As is normally the case, a smartphone already available in China under a different name is the Edge 30 Ultra's alter ego - the Moto X30 Pro. At this point, we don't think there are plans for availability in North America, but if past experience is any indication, there will likely be another name for essentially the same phone there (again, if the phone does make it to North American markets).

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra Motorola Moto X30 Pro
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra • Motorola Moto X30 Pro

Back to the Edge 30 Ultra. The phone boasts some big numbers in multiple areas, starting with the 200MP main camera - the first implementation of that sensor that makes it to our doorstep. And that's not all, of course - keeping it company is a 50MP ultrawide with autofocus, and a telephoto, albeit more modest with the specs (2x, 12MP). The selfie camera brings us back into the megapixel race with its 60MP resolution.

One-upping the competition in another numbers game, the Edge 30 Ultra's display can refresh at up to 144Hz - not a first for a Moto, but hardly common outside of gaming phones. Also impressive is the charging power rating - the handset supports 125W charging and comes bundled with an adapter that can match it.

As Motorola's flagship of sorts, the Edge 30 Ultra is powered by the latest top-level Snapdragon (8+ Gen 1), and it has plenty of oomph to facilitate the 'ready for' functionality - Motorola's take on a desktop experience driven by your phone. Mainstream niceties like stereo speakers, wireless charging, and an under-display fingerprint sensor are also present, but the IP52 rating leaves us wanting more - Motorola could have made the extra effort for proper water resistance on a phone that starts at €900.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra specs at a glance:

  • Body: 161.8x73.5x8.4mm, 199g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame.
  • Display: 6.67" OLED, 1B colors, 144Hz, HDR10+, 1250 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm): Octa-core (1x3.19 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3x2.75 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4x1.80 GHz Cortex-A510); Adreno 730.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS/Software: Android 12.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 200 MP, f/1.9, 1/1.22", 0.64µm, PDAF, OIS; Telephoto: 12 MP, f/1.6, 1.22µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 50 MP, f/2.2, 114˚, 1/2.76", 0.64µm.
  • Front camera: 60 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/2.8", 0.61µm.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/320/960fps, gyro-EIS, HDR10+; Front camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 4610mAh; Fast charging 125W, Fast wireless charging 50W, Reverse wireless charging 10W.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; stereo speakers.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra unboxing

The Edge 30 Ultra ships in Motorola's newly adopted packaging that's entirely plastic-free. The sturdy two-piece recycled cardboard box works just as well as a fancier enclosure but comes with a lower carbon footprint.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra review

The contents of our retail bundle include a 125W TurboPower adapter, a USB-C cable, and a clear protective case. The phone itself has a pre-applied screen protector too. Both are included in select countries, though, so don't be too surprised if your Edge 30 Ultra ships without one or both of them. Similarly, some countries will get a USB-C headset - missing in our box.

Reader comments

  • S Yu
  • 26 Sep 2022
  • vU9

...Hard to justify. Daylight is on the level of ~2y/o flagship(exc. corners which are worse due to bad optics), night does not seem flagship-grade.

  • Vanquish
  • 24 Sep 2022
  • RxE

For phones around this price point is this the best? What else would yall recommend that can beat this in terms of overall usage etc gaming, camera, charging

  • .
  • 23 Sep 2022
  • 3p7

Same here. My gf has moto G8, she was so happy with it - long battery life etc, then i gave to her Nord2 and later she said .. i wish i still had motorola :) Nord2 - cam is better ofc, but battery life much worst. No radio. Display stoped working aft...