Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

GSMArena Team, 16 April 2024.

144Hz curved-edge OLED

The Edge 50 Pro is equipped with a 6.7-inch display that leaves little to be desired - at least for the class, that is. The OLED panel has a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz, so it's once again a notch above the 120Hz crowd, as we've come to expect from Motorola - it's not LTPO though, so it won't be quite as adaptive in its refresh rate switching. The resolution is also higher than 'regular' at 1,220x2,712px, making for a nicely crisp 446ppi pixel density.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

The display features a combination of DC dimming and PWM at a reasonably high 720Hz and has a Flicker Prevention mode for those who are particularly sensitive to the phenomenon. It's a 10-bit panel with HDR10+ video support and a specified peak brightness of 2000nits.

In our brightness testing, the Edge 50 Pro was good for just under 1,300nits in adaptive mode when placed under bright light - a notable improvement over the previous generation models and one of the highest numbers in its class today. It's not quite as eager to let you crank up the nits manually, only allowing up to 516nits at the top end of the slider.

Max display brightness test

White test pattern, 75% fill (nits)

  • Manual mode
  • Auto mode
Pixel 8 Pixel 8
1001
6.2" LTPO OLED 1080 x 2400 px
OnePlus 12R OnePlus 12R
825
6.78" LTPO4 AMOLED 1264 x 2780 px
Galaxy S23 Galaxy S23
786
6.1" Dynamic AMOLED 2X 1080 x 2340 px
vivo V30 vivo V30
528
6.78" AMOLED 1260 x 2800 px
Motorola Edge 40 Neo Motorola Edge 40 Neo
523
6.55" P-OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Motorola Edge 40 Pro Motorola Edge 40 Pro
516
6.67" OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Motorola Edge 50 Pro Motorola Edge 50 Pro
514
6.7" P-OLED 1080 x 2412 px
Realme 12 Pro+ Realme 12 Pro+
497
6.7" AMOLED 1080 x 2412 px
Galaxy S23 FE Galaxy S23 FE
451
6.4" Dynamic AMOLED 2X 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy A55 Galaxy A55
446
6.6" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Pixel 8 Pixel 8
1446
6.2" LTPO OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Motorola Edge 50 Pro Motorola Edge 50 Pro
1295
6.7" P-OLED 1080 x 2412 px
vivo V30 vivo V30
1253
6.78" AMOLED 1260 x 2800 px
Galaxy S23 Galaxy S23
1198
6.1" Dynamic AMOLED 2X 1080 x 2340 px
OnePlus 12R OnePlus 12R
1181
6.78" LTPO4 AMOLED 1264 x 2780 px
Motorola Edge 40 Neo Motorola Edge 40 Neo
1073
6.55" P-OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Motorola Edge 40 Pro Motorola Edge 40 Pro
1050
6.67" OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Galaxy A55 Galaxy A55
1010
6.6" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy S23 FE Galaxy S23 FE
985
6.4" Dynamic AMOLED 2X 1080 x 2340 px
Realme 12 Pro+ Realme 12 Pro+
802
6.7" AMOLED 1080 x 2412 px

Motorola makes a big deal of how the Edge 50 Pro's display is both 'Pantone validated' and 'Pantone SkinTone validated', meaning it's been deemed accurate in its portrayal of colors and skin tones by the people who specialize in color accuracy. We're not quite sure how important that is, but it can't hurt, we reckon.

Refresh rate

The Edge 50 Pro offers several refresh rate modes with some adaptive behavior at play in all but the 60Hz one. The Auto mode will go as high as 120Hz and dial down to 60Hz when idling and so too will the 120Hz mode.

The 144Hz mode will enable the maximum supported refresh rate, but it too will switch to 60Hz when you don't touch the display.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

Games are apparently capped at 60Hz in Auto when they're set to the 'follow system' setting. You can set a higher refresh rate on a per-game basis, or pick one of the higher global settings from the display settings menu before gaming - the Auto mode isn't gaming-friendly.

Streaming and HDR

The Edge 50 Pro doesn't have a Dolby Vision certification - the 40 Pro did, but this year's lineup is differently segmented, so that doesn't quite mean it's a downgrade. The phone is still HDR10 and HDR10+ video-compliant and you'd be getting HDR streams from YouTube. The implementation is such that the display will only go into HDR mode when you switch the video to fullscreen playback and not enable it for in-app previews or picture-in-picture mode.

Netflix doesn't allow HDR playback on the Edge 50 Pro, just like it didn't on the 40 Neo when we reviewed it. The Widevine L1 certification does enable FullHD playback, so at least there's that.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro battery life

Our new Active Use Score is an estimate of how long the battery will last if you use the device with a mix of all four test activities. You can adjust the calculation based on your usage pattern using the sliders below. You can read about our current battery life testing procedure here. For a comprehensive list of all tested devices so far, head this way.

The Edge 50 Pro is powered by a 4,500mAh battery - a sensible capacity given the rest of the hardware. In our Active Use test, we clocked 10:10h on the web browsing script and 15:27h of video playback. The gaming result was 7 hours flat, while the call time worked out to 33:28h.

These aren't bad numbers, but they aren't particularly impressive either, though it's quite important what you'd be comparing against. Depending on your region and where the local market price places the Edge 50 Pro, you could be looking at a Galaxy S23 or a Pixel 8, and the Edge 50 Pro has a bit of an advantage against those. Then again, a similarly priced OnePlus 12R will get you better longevity. In other contexts, however, where the Edge 50 Pro would be facing more frugal midrange rivals, the comparison won't be in its favor.

Charging speed

Our Motorola Edge 50 Pro arrived with a 125W TurboPower adapter, which is the unit that should be able to get you from a flat battery to 100% in 18 minutes according to the promo materials. That was indeed the case in our testing, making it easily the best result in the class and a major selling point of the handset in our book.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

Mind you, the toggle for 'Charging boost' needs to be enabled to get you those numbers, and out-of-the-box that's set to off. Not that the 28 minutes required in that case is a bad result, but if you're of the 'faster is faster' disposition, make sure to find the toggle.

Charging speed

  • in 15 min
  • in 30 min
  • Time to full charge (from 0%)
Motorola Edge 50 Pro Motorola Edge 50 Pro
91%
4500 mAh 125W TurboPower
Motorola Edge 40 Pro Motorola Edge 40 Pro
83%
4600 mAh 125W TurboPower
OnePlus 12R OnePlus 12R
70%
5500 mAh 100W SuperVOOC
Motorola Edge 40 Neo Motorola Edge 40 Neo
50%
5000 mAh 68W TurboPower
Realme 12 Pro+ Realme 12 Pro+
49%
5000 mAh 67W charging
vivo V30 vivo V30
39%
5000 mAh 80W FlashCharge
Pixel 8 Pixel 8
30%
4575 mAh 30W PD
Galaxy S23 Galaxy S23
30%
3900 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Galaxy A55 Galaxy A55
29%
5000 mAh 25W PD
Galaxy S23 FE Galaxy S23 FE
29%
4500 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Motorola Edge 40 Pro Motorola Edge 40 Pro
100%
4600 mAh 125W TurboPower
Motorola Edge 50 Pro Motorola Edge 50 Pro
100%
4500 mAh 125W TurboPower
OnePlus 12R OnePlus 12R
100%
5500 mAh 100W SuperVOOC
Motorola Edge 40 Neo Motorola Edge 40 Neo
82%
5000 mAh 68W TurboPower
Realme 12 Pro+ Realme 12 Pro+
81%
5000 mAh 67W charging
vivo V30 vivo V30
74%
5000 mAh 80W FlashCharge
Galaxy S23 FE Galaxy S23 FE
58%
4500 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Galaxy S23 Galaxy S23
57%
3900 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Pixel 8 Pixel 8
56%
4575 mAh 30W PD
Galaxy A55 Galaxy A55
55%
5000 mAh 25W PD
Motorola Edge 50 Pro Motorola Edge 50 Pro
0:18h
4500 mAh 125W TurboPower
Motorola Edge 40 Pro Motorola Edge 40 Pro
0:23h
4600 mAh 125W TurboPower
OnePlus 12R OnePlus 12R
0:25h
5500 mAh 100W SuperVOOC
vivo V30 vivo V30
0:42h
5000 mAh 80W FlashCharge
Realme 12 Pro+ Realme 12 Pro+
0:43h
5000 mAh 67W charging
Motorola Edge 40 Neo Motorola Edge 40 Neo
0:51h
5000 mAh 68W TurboPower
Galaxy A55 Galaxy A55
1:03h
5000 mAh 25W PD
Galaxy S23 FE Galaxy S23 FE
1:10h
4500 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Pixel 8 Pixel 8
1:16h
4575 mAh 30W PD
Galaxy S23 Galaxy S23
1:16h
3900 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS

The good news doesn't end there either. The Edge 50 Pro supports wireless charging too and Motorola rates it at 50W with a proprietary charging stand. We don't have test results for that, but with the Pixel 8 being rated for 18W and the Galaxies maxing out at 15W, we can't imagine the Moto being beaten in that race. Not to mention the rest of its potential rivals that don't have wireless charging in the first place.

Speaker test

The Edge 50 Pro has a stereo speaker setup with a main unit on the bottom and another one on top that also doubles as an earpiece for voice calls. Each speaker only plays its own channel's track, and the phone assigns the channels dynamically depending on its orientation in space.

Bottom speaker - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Top speaker / Earpiece - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Dolby Atmos badge - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Bottom speaker • Top speaker / Earpiece • Dolby Atmos badge

In our speaker test, the Edge 50 Pro earned a 'Very Good' rating for loudness, a notch down from last year's Pro and on par with the 40 and 40 Neo, though names don't quite mean what they used to. The 50 Pro sounds notably better to our ears than any of the Edge 40s, bringing better low-end presence and more balanced response higher up the frequency range. It's also superior to the OnePlus 12R or the vivo V30, though the Pixel 8 and the Galaxy S23 do offer compelling alternatives for speaker sound quality.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Reader comments

  • Adarsh
  • 12 Jul 2024
  • CbI

Good Processing Camera Good but Getting Photos result Lagg Very Very Bad Battery Backup 0.5/10 Waste for money Battery Is full Problem....

  • Ezekiel
  • 08 Jul 2024
  • NiB

Can I get Motorola edge 50pro,?

Most of the Things are good except audio. It lacks fine tune. I am also using Realme gt neo 5, that's audio quality is much better than Moto edge 50 pro.