Motorola Edge 30 Ultra review: a “record” alternative

Emanuele Cisotti



Motorola Edge 30 Ultra review

Motorola continues on the wave of the success of its Edge 30 line with a new smartphone premium: Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, which we review on these pages today. A smartphone with a “first time” and many “records”.

  • Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (Triple Camera 200 MP, 5G, Display 6.7 '' 144Hz OLED FHD +, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, battery 4600 mAH 125W, 12/256 GB, Dual SIM, Android 12), Ash Gray

    Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (Triple Camera 200 MP, 5G, 6.7 “144Hz OLED FHD + Display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 4600 mAH 125W battery, 12/256 GB, Dual SIM, Android 12), Ash Gray

    € 899.90

    € 999.90
    -10%



Packaging

The packaging of this Motorola Edge 30 Ultra it is the richest we have seen among the top and premium smartphones, for a long time now. In fact, we find an excellent 125W power supply, a USB-C / USB-C cable, a silicone cover and even a pair of in-ear stereo headphones with rubber tips to adapt them to each need.



Construction and Ergonomics

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is a smartphone made with care, starting from the materials (aluminum and Gorilla Glass 5) and passing through the design, with the back in curved satin glass on the edges. It is also reasonably thin (8.4mm). In the hand it is very pleasant in everyday life, even if I think that the black color makes it a bit anonymous. Unfortunately, however, it is also the only color available in our country. The smartphone is also resistant to water and dust according to the IP52 standard. This results in splash resistance, but not “complete” when submerged. Maybe a little bit by today’s standards, but definitely better than nothing.

Motorola certainly didn’t hold back when putting together the components for this smartphone. We have in fact the processor premium Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 octa core at 4 nanometers, the Adreno 730 GPU, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 internal memory, therefore very fast, even if not expandable. The expansion slot is in fact dedicated only to dual SIM support. We have 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6E, Bleutooth 5.2 and of course NFC. There is also the video output via USB-C 3.1. Absent, as by now tradition, the 3.5 mm audio jack.



Camera

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra has at its disposal an absolutely enviable camera kit. It has a new for the first time even 200 megapixel sensor, a category record. This is a camera with opening ƒ / 1.9, optically stabilized and which automatically applies pixel binning by combining 16 pixels in 1. The wide angle is then a 50 megapixel ƒ / 2.2 with the possibility of auto focus, to be used as a macro. We then have a 12 megapixel ƒ / 1.6 2x zoom. The advantage of this lens is that it is brighter than many competitors, but we wonder if we could not have achieved a similar or better result with a crop of the main sensor. The front is also record-breaking: 60 megapixel ƒ / 2.2also equipped with autofocus.

The shots taken by this smartphone are very good, with a huge amount of detail and a good color balance. The images also demonstrate good lighting management, even if they often veer towards the dark. However, it is possible to recover a good number of shadows by editing the photos, without the need to shoot in raw (which is still possible). Good focus and shutter speed. The ultra-high resolution camera also ensures a good natural depth effect. The wide angle is also good and its macro shots have also convinced us. We have good words for the zoom sensor as well, but we remain of the idea that a higher zoom would have been more interesting, leaving the zoom levels “lower” to simply cropping the photo at full resolution. Speaking of full resolution we point out how shooting at 200 megapixels takes more than a second and that in many cases the result was disappointing in terms of detail. Much better to let the automatism work autonomously.

Discrete the video sector, which however struggled to amaze us. Can make video in 8K to 30fpsbut we report as in this mode as well as in 4K at 60fps (the standard we test the smartphone for) Motorola Edge 30 Ultra struggles a lot with focusing. There is certainly work to be done. The colors are also not as faithful as they could be and there is some small jerking present. Better to shoot video at 30fps, however, going to lose some of the potential of a smartphone in this category. Well the front videos, recordable at most in 4K at 30fps. Speaking of selfie camera this is certainly one of the best around, with good autofocus, a lot of detail and a fairly wide field.



Display

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra has a huge 6.67-inch diagonal display, in P-OLED technology and FullHD + resolution (1080 x 2400 pixels). The screen is slightly curved on the sides and fully supports HDR10 + and refresh rate up to 144 Hz. This “record” refresh rate only makes sense in a handful of games. For the rest, it is better to set the automatism that reaches a maximum of 120 Hz. It also has a touch sampling at 360 Hz and a maximum peak brightness of 1,250 nits.

Then there is always the Motorcycle Display which allows not only to check notifications on the locked screen but also to interact with them, for example by deleting them and replying to a message. Too bad, however, that it is not available in mode always-on display that is, always present, but reactivated by touch or movement.

A sour note: this smartphone suffers from involuntary touches caused by the curved screen and with few edges, more than the competitors. When taking pictures, for example, you have to hold it firmly on the edges to prevent inadvertent touches from preventing us from shooting.



Software

The smartphone premium Motorola comes to market with Android 12 updated with the patches of August 2022. Surely arriving with Android 13 would have been a business card for a smartphone stock like this one, but it didn’t. Motorola, however, is forgiven by promising 3 years of operating system updates (so up to Android 15) and 4 years of security patch. The software very similar to how Google thought it is however customized with some now celebrated Motorola features. For example, we are talking about themes (which are created independently and allow you to change some aesthetic characteristics of the system), the gestures, even with the smartphone locked and the Ready For to use the various functions on a monitor or TV. There is also a game mode to maximize performance and minimize distractions while playing. Everything flows very smoothly and without lag whatsoever.



Autonomy

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra has a 4,610 mAh, which guarantees the smartphone, probably also thanks to the excellent CPU, an autonomy that exceeds the full day of work without particular problems. In addition we have lightning-fast charging at 125W and wireless charging at 50W, two practically record-breaking values.



Price

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra it is sold in Italy at € 999, even if since its launch the price was then discounted to € 899 (also on Amazon) and we believe that it will hardly ever be brought to the price of the press release. It is a high price, but it is still lower and still brings technologies that are not always available on competitors. What is certain is that a lower price could help it to be more competitive compared to more famous brands.

  • Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (Triple Camera 200 MP, 5G, Display 6.7 '' 144Hz OLED FHD +, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, battery 4600 mAH 125W, 12/256 GB, Dual SIM, Android 12), Ash Gray

    Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (Triple Camera 200 MP, 5G, 6.7 “144Hz OLED FHD + Display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 4600 mAH 125W battery, 12/256 GB, Dual SIM, Android 12), Ash Gray

    € 899.90

    € 999.90
    -10%

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Final judgement

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is a smartphone premium to all intents and purposes and wants to stand out with “records” on some fronts, such as the photographic kit (which also includes for the first time a 200 megapixel sensor) and fast charging, even at 125W wired and 50W wireless. But there is also a nice 144 Hz display and the latest generation Snapdragon processor. There are still some corners to be rounded, but if you do not want to buy “the usual” here you take home a lot at a price, albeit high, lower than many competitors.

Summary

Packaging 8.5

Construction and Ergonomics 8

Hardware 8.5

Camera 8

Display 8.5

Software 8

Autonomy 8.5

Price 7

Final vote

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

Pro

  • Good photo kit
  • Lightning-fast recharge
  • Excellent performance
  • Clean and fast software

Versus

  • Video recording can be improved
  • Waterproof IP52 only
  • Non-expandable memory
  • Unintentional touches on the display

Emanuele Cisotti

Emanuele Cisotti He lives in the world of telephony from the Nokia 3210 and in the world of linux from Ubuntu 5.04. If he could he would also live in a world of Lego and one of electronic music.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra




  • Display
    6.67 “FHD + / 1080 x 2400 PX



  • Camera
    200 MPX ƒ / 1.9



  • Front
    60 MPX ƒ / 2.2



  • CPU
    octa 3.2 GHz



  • RAM
    12 GB



  • Internal Memory
    256 GB Expandable



  • Battery
    4610 mAh



  • Android
    12

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