Now with a price tag of Rs. 49,999 in India, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro is currently only available in one variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The smartphone comes in two colour options - Cosmos Blue and Stardust White. I got the Cosmos Blue unit for the testing and here's my full review of Motorola Edge 30 Pro India variant.
Design and Display:
To start with the design, the Edge 30 Pro looks roughly the same as the previous generation Edge 20 Pro. There is a large 6.7-inch display upfront. It also gets a tiny punch-hole camera at the center-top. At the back, there is curved glass with matte finish and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Overall, the phone feels alright to hold.
While there are some good points about the design, there are some drawbacks as well. The company has used a plastic frame instead of metal and despite that, the weight is 196 grams. To me, a plastic frame is never a problem but Motorola could have easily reduced the weight and offered more colour options.
Coming to the display, the smartphone offers a 6.7-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate. There is no doubt that the panel is good and you'll not have any problem with it. The sunlight legibility is also fine and scrolling appears smooth because of the 144Hz refresh rate. Over and above, the panel is HDR10+ certified and Motorola also offers a DC dimming option, however, a small drawback is that the front is only Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protected.
Also, a lot of consumers expect an in-display fingerprint sensor as standard for a flagship-level smartphone but Motorola decided to do it otherwise with the Edge 30 Pro. The fingerprint scanner is embedded in the power button, and it takes some effort to reach. I feel the company decided to undercut the price here and with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 5 because it wanted to the keep overall price low for consumers.
Performance and Software experience:
As mentioned above, the biggest USP of the Motorola Edge 30 Pro is its flagship specs. The main element of the phone is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC which is super quick and top-of-the-line. What compliments, even more, is its 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Currently, it is the only option available for consumers in India.
Now, without getting all technical about the performance, let me tell you one thing, the phone has sufficient power to handle all kind of daily tasks. However, one of the concerns I had during my review time was that it did get hot sometimes, especially during long sessions of gaming. But overall, I had no complaints about its performance.
Now, talking about the software experience, the Edge 30 Pro ships with Android 12 and has Motorola's lightweight My UX skin. There is almost no bloatware and pure Android experience without the ads is a delight on all Motorola phones. You also get Moto gestures like double-chop to switch on and off the flashlight which is probably the most convenient way. You can find all these actions and gestures in the Moto app. There is also an option to customise icon shape, colour, font style and more. But for even more tweaks you might want to use some third-party apps if you are accustomed to the Chinese UIs.
Motorola Edge 30 Pro: Camera review
The Edge 30 Pro has a triple camera setup on the rear. It includes three high-resolution sensors. The primary camera is of 50-megapixel resolution which offers optical stabilization (OIS) as well. There is another 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle secondary camera with a 114-degree field of view. Lastly, there is a 2-megapixel depth camera. Even for selfies, Motorola is offering a 60-megapixel front-facing camera.
A lot of people always ask me how the 108-megapixel is better than the rest but in my opinion, the megapixel count is just to impress the consumers and has less to do with the image quality. In Edge 30 Pro you get a 50-megapixel which is brilliant for daylight photos. It captures great details and manages good overall sharpness. The contrast levels are also great along with very little colour saturation. I have always liked the HDR shots on Motorola phones, and this one also handles it pretty well.
Even with the wide-angle camera, I didn't find anything majorly disappointing but yes the images lost a little bit of detail as compared to primary camera shots. That said, even the images in natural light in indoor conditions were a little on the softer side. I could see perfect center sharpness, but with softer edges and missing finer details. Coming to the low-light shots, I found these to be somewhat impressive but then there was visible noise in almost all images. Motorola claims to have improved the 'Night Vision' mode but I didn't find anything different to be honest. You can checkout the camera samples below:
Battery and 68W fast charging:
In terms of battery, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro is at par with flagship-level battery specs that the other brands offer. It packs a 4,800mAh battery which also supports 68W fast charging. It is something consumers were asking from Motorola since long and the company has finally provided. During my review time, I found the battery to be sufficient for a day's long usage. Typically, I was happy with the 30 minutes of charging and didn't feel the need to charge my phone completely.
The 68W fast charging unit comes in the box as well unlike many who have stopped giving chargers in the name of environmental benefits. Additionally, the smartphone also supports 15W of wireless charging which in my opinion is not sufficient and the company should definitely work on it. Lastly, there is a 5W wireless power share capability for charging other Qi-compatible devices and accessories.
Verdict: Should you buy Motorola Edge 30 Pro?
Yes, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro is definitely worth considering for its price. The biggest USP of this device is its flagship specs at price point of Rs. 49,999. The phone can handle heavy multitasking without a sweat and the Android 12 experience is a delight.
For the cameras, I feel there is a scope for improvement but these are still much better than the competition in the same price range. But that said, you still get a great display and good battery life with 68W fast charging. Overall, I feel the Motorola Edge 30 Pro offers a flagship experience with a few minor compromises that can be overlooked because of its great value for money.
Motorola Edge 30
|performance||Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G|
|display||6.55 inches (16.64 cm)|
|camera||50 MP + 50 MP + 16 MP + 2 MP|
|price in_india||27999 INR|