Motorola Edge 30 Extremely overview: First 200 MP digicam fails to make its mark


The Motorola Edge 30 Extremely is the primary smartphone in the marketplace armed with a 200-megapixel most important digicam. Thus, the Lenovo subsidiary as soon as once more comes below the limelight by taking on the mantle of probably the most megapixels on a smartphone from Xiaomi, who already misplaced out with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. Nevertheless, can the advertising drivel of a monster digicam present itself by making a robust exhibiting at most high quality? Our detailed check put it by way of the paces, and extra, so right here we’re with our overview of the Moto flagship for you.

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  • Convincing 144 Hz POLED show
  • Highly effective (CPU & battery)
  • Convincing total digicam bundle
  • Light-weight working system
  • Wealthy Dolby Atmos sound
  • 3 Android model and 4 years of safety updates


  • 200 MP decision just isn’t all the pieces
  • Doesn’t lay flat on its again
  • No reminiscence growth possibility

The Motorola Edge 30 Extremely in a nutshell

Motorola’s Edge 30 Extremely doesn’t solely need to impress with its 200-megapixel most important digicam, it does appear to need to achieve this rather more! The renamed Moto X30 Professional is greater than convincing in lots of departments, starting from the battery life to its appears, sound, and efficiency. And sure, this Moto handset is principally a great funding when it comes to the digicam, however you may learn why I’m hesitant about its most important promoting level—the digicam.

The optimistic points of this handset is countered by the corporate’s poor popularity of its replace coverage, which Motorola managed to deal with somewhat satisfactorily by offering three Android model and 4 years of Google safety updates when approached by the NextPit editorial crew. Nevertheless, spending near $900 shouldn’t be taken frivolously. In view of the opponents which have lengthy since cracked the $1,000 mark within the premium smartphone sector, the worth continues to be comparatively nice. I can do nothing else however advocate Motorola’s flagship.

Zu sehen ist das Motorola Edge 30 Ultra mit der ersten 200-Megapixel-Kamera.
The Motorola Edge 30 Extremely gives a complete complete bundle. / © NextPit

The Motorola Edge 30 Extremely is simply out there in a single configuration: 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash reminiscence. By way of colours, the previous Google subsidiary gives you Starlight White and Interstellar Black.

It’s already out there in Europe, the place those that determine to purchase the Edge 30 Extremely by November 15, 2022, will obtain the wi-fi 3-in-1 Bluetooth speaker ROKR 500 that’s value near $60 free of charge, a minimum of in chosen components of Europe (just one per IMEI and whereas shares final). 

Motorola Edge 30 Extremely design and construct high quality

Earlier than you hear it from another person, I am going to inform you instantly:
The Motorola Edge 30 Extremely has an Infinite Edge show. In different phrases, there are full curves on each the correct and left entrance.
Those that are accustomed to the Huawei Nova 10 Professional will already know that I like this, however solely when the lateral touches don’t set off undesirable actions or intervene with the consumer interface. Fortunately, this doesn’t occur on the Moto.

What I appreciated:

  • Unobtrusive design.
  • Matte and fingerprint-resistant again panel.
  • Strong construct high quality.

What I disliked:

  • Too sharp on the sides and subsequently doesn’t lie flat.
  • Buttons might be higher positioned.
  • Solely IP52 certification.

Zu sehen ist das Motorola Edge 30 Ultra mit der ersten 200-Megapixel-Kamera.
The keys might be positioned additional down for my delicate piano-playing fingers. / © NextPit

Our IP52 licensed overview unit measures 161.76 x 73.5 x 8.39 millimeters and ideas the scales at 199 grams in response to the final measurement, arrived within the matte Interstellar Black shade. This offers it the superpower of being proof against fingerprints. The Lenovo subsidiary supplied us the choice shade of Starlight White, however we turned it down.

I don’t just like the Edge 30 Professional’s haptics since it’s fairly pointed on the correct and left sides, and the texture of it’s merely disagreeable. Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter if you happen to place the smartphone in a case anyway. The buttons may be positioned extra centrally on the correct aspect. The index finger can simply attain the grooved energy and standby buttons within the left hand, however not the quantity button above it.

The again, however, is interesting with its rectangular digicam array on the higher left. The 200-megapixel most important digicam has as soon as once more been emphasised in measurement and depth with out being too dominant.

The Android smartphone is flat on each the highest and backside. A 3.5mm audio jack is lacking, in addition to the IR blaster that’s frequent for Xiaomi. In return, the 2 stereo audio system with Dolby Atmos assist ship a really balanced sound that’s greater than adequate even at most quantity.

Motorola Edge 30 Extremely show

Motorola put in a 6.67-inch pOLED edge show with a decision of 2400 x 1080 pixels (FHD+) at 394 ppi pixel decision within the Edge 30 Extremely.
The display-to-case ratio is 92.12 %. It gives a great distinction, wealthy colours, making it legible from all positions. This additionally applies to media consumption below direct daylight, though I’ve skilled higher. The utmost refresh fee stands at 144 hertz, which is at the moment nonetheless not the norm until it’s a gaming smartphone.

What I appreciated:

  • Curved show.
  • 144 hertz refresh fee.
  • Crisp colours, wealthy black.
  • Optimum for gaming.

What I disliked:

  • Most brightness is just too low.

Zu sehen ist das Motorola Edge 30 Ultra mit der ersten 200-Megapixel-Kamera.
I actually just like the sideways curved shows. / © NextPit

Personally, I’d additionally take into account the utmost refresh fee to be helpful just for this vary. Due to this fact, my advice is to depart the setting to “Auto” for the unreal intelligence to handle. When gaming, there’s a aspect sport menu, which was sadly not included in our screenshots.

Right here, the utmost variety of displayed pictures will be elevated to a most, which is smart. The utmost contact sampling fee additionally turns into a query that avid gamers would ask. This stands at 360 hertz in our case, the place Motorola specified a most brightness in peak below direct daylight of 1,250 nits. Our measurement system confirmed a most of 707 nits with out daylight.

There is no such thing as a typical All the time-on Show on the Motorola Edge 30 Extremely. Nevertheless, the Moto consumer interface gives a clock that showcases notifications on the lock display screen everytime you transfer or carry the smartphone. Though app icons will be positioned right here, the clock widget just isn’t replaceable. When incoming calls or notifications are acquired, the turned-off show glows softly on the aspect, successfully serving as a notification LED sidelight. The function will be adjusted when it comes to shade and time.

Zu sehen ist das Motorola Edge 30 Ultra mit der ersten 200-Megapixel-Kamera.
Motorola solely gives an “All the time-on Show” – there are not any design choices. / © NextPit

Motorola Edge 30 Extremely software program

The Motorola Edge 30 Extremely comes with Android 12.
The replace coverage just isn’t but at the place we wish it, however it’s fairly passable. In keeping with the Lenovo subsidiary, the Edge 30 Extremely may also obtain an replace to Android 15 within the distant future. Google’s safety patch is assured for 4 years. Our overview unit had the patch from August 1 on the time of the check (finish of September). Not record-breaking, however acceptable.

What I appreciated:

  • 3 main Android updates.
  • 4 years of safety updates.
  • No bloatware.
  • Materials You design.

What I disliked:

Motorola didn’t set up any bloatware on its flagship, a lot to everybody’s delight. In actual fact, it solely put in Google’s purposes and allows you to fill in the remainder of the blanks. On the whole, the in-house Moto My UX (consumer expertise) may be very harking back to Google’s new “Materials You” design. I personally prefer it loads.

Motorola offers us a number of ideas right here and there till the final secrets and techniques of the in-house consumer interface are revealed. A outstanding instance is “Prepared For”, which not solely shows the display screen content material on a big TV wirelessly, but in addition in your PC monitor if desired. A Bluetooth keyboard and mouse are related to your Motorola Edge 30 Extremely right away turns right into a full-fledged laptop with Android purposes.

The Edge 30 Extremely additionally has an extra menu that may be displayed on the aspect for particular person gaming settings. All kinds of helpful issues will be turned on, off, and on once more. The so-called “ThinkShield for Cellular” was utterly unknown to me till now. In keeping with Motorola, this can be a {hardware} and software program safety function that protects the consumer of the Motorola smartphone from malware, phishing, and different threats. I say: That is undoubtedly good to have!

Zu sehen ist das Motorola Edge 30 Ultra mit der ersten 200-Megapixel-Kamera.
The Moto Edge 30 Extremely is nice for gaming! / © NextPit

Motorola Edge 30 Extremely efficiency

The eight cores of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 actually has it coated within the Motorola Edge 30 Extremely.
That is thought of the very best of what the Californian chip producer Qualcomm has to supply. And whereas clients elsewhere are spoiled for alternative with both 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB of space for storing, they solely opted for the golden imply right here. 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB of inside UFS 3.1 program reminiscence ought to fulfill all wants. Motorola doesn’t present for an non-obligatory reminiscence growth.

What I appreciated:

  • Very high-performance handset.
  • Decrease warmth improvement than the predecessor.

What I disliked:

  • Thermal throttling kicks in too early.
  • No possibility for reminiscence growth.

In our customary benchmark, 3D Mark’s WildLife, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 was no match for the Asus Zenfone 9 within the check beforehand. In distinction, it managed a somewhat respectable rating of 8,108 factors in our overview unit this time round, making it the chief within the Android phase. There have been additionally no issues having such a high-performance degree in every day use – and that clearly contains gaming performance-hungry video games like Actual Racing 3 or Genshin Influence.

FLIR camera shows the thermal image of the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra
The Motorola Edge 30 Extremely will get heat, however not unbearably sizzling. / © NextPit

Throughout our compelled CPU stress check, the temperature measured utilizing a FLIR digicam recorded 40.2 levels which is fairly acceptable thus far. The successor to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 had already confirmed a number of occasions that the processor is a lot better tuned when it comes to dealing with heating points. Nonetheless, we had been shocked that the 4 efficiency cores had been throttled from 3.18 GHz to 2.13 GHz after slightly below a minute of load. After all, the query is whether or not such a high-end SoC (system on a chip) is completely crucial.

  Motorola Edge 30 Extremely Asus Zenfone 9 Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Huawei Mate XS 2
3D Mark Wild Life 8,108 Too highly effective 5,682 5,683 5,793
3D Mark Wild Life Stress Take a look at Greatest loop: 10,250
Worst Loop: 6,101
Greatest Loop: 10,524
Worst Loop: 5,617
Greatest Loop: 5,741
Worst loop: 3,351
Greatest loop: ,5579
Worst Loop: 3,435
Greatest Loop: 5,782
Worst Loop: 3,267
Geekbench 5 Single: 1,325
A number of: 4,310
Easy: 1,263
A number of: 3,899
Single: 1,155
A number of: 3,356
Single: 1,095
A number of: 3,239
Single: 840
A number of: 2,759

Digicam banger with 200 MP

The 200-megapixel triple most important digicam of the Motorola Edge 30 Extremely is a phenomenon in itself.
There’s quite a lot of causes for us saying so. First, there’s the sensation that this Lenovo subsidiary is the primary smartphone producer worldwide to ship such a digicam with such a excessive decision into mass manufacturing. However anybody who really needs to create nice photographs at 200-megapixels decision has to beat a number of hurdles alongside the best way.

What I appreciated:

  • 200-MP photographs are attainable.
  • All 4 cameras are able to creating high-quality photographs.
  • As much as 8K (30 fps) and 4K HDR10+ video seize.
  • Nice picture and video options.

What I disliked:

  • 200MP pictures take too lengthy.
  • Difficult menu structure.
  • Portrait AI in selfie mode just isn’t sensible sufficient.

Zu sehen ist das Motorola Edge 30 Ultra mit der ersten 200-Megapixel-Kamera.
The 60 MP entrance digicam takes good photographs. Solely the portrait mode needs to be left alone. / © NextPit

Let’s start with the chilly, onerous details first: In entrance, Motorola put in a 60-megapixel punch-hole digicam with quad-pixel expertise on the high, proper within the center. Pixel binning transforms a pixel measurement of 0.61 microns into 1.22 microns per pixel in a short time, which ends up in higher low-light pictures on the finish of the day. The aperture stands at f/2.2, with an extra portrait mode for a depth of discipline being not advisable because the AI can not clearly distinguish between topic and background (see check shot beneath).

The again exhibits the primary industrially manufactured 200-megapixel most important digicam organized right into a pyramid, which is realized by a 1/1.22 inch ISOCELL S5KHP1SP picture sensor from Samsung. Visually, it’s positioned proper on the high and staged with a big bezel. The so-called Extremely Pixel expertise is used right here with a most aperture of f/1.9. It turns an authentic pixel measurement of 0.64 right into a proud 2.56 micrometers (12.5 MP).

Fortunately, it additionally has optical picture stabilization, which it additionally sorely wants. Not solely is the mode fastidiously tucked away below layers of menus, however picture taking additionally takes a disproportionately very long time. Far longer than an evening shot, in truth. Which means that if you wish to take photos at 200-megapixels decision, it is best to carry a tripod with you.

A 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam is put in beneath on the half-right phase. It additionally serves as a macro digicam at a distance of three centimeters. Additionally it is outfitted with the similar pixel measurement and quad-pixel expertise because the entrance digicam. Its discipline of view stands at 114 levels and gives an aperture of f/2.2. We assume that it’s the 1/2.76 inch Samsung ISOCELL JN1 picture sensor right here, because the knowledge we ascertained comes closest to it. Motorola couldn’t present us with detailed data at this level.

Zu sehen ist das Motorola Edge 30 Ultra mit der ersten 200-Megapixel-Kamera.
The 200 MP triple digicam has its share of pitfalls. / © NextPit

The trio is rounded up by a 12-megapixel portrait digicam, positioned within the array on the backside left. With an aperture of f/1.6, the dimensions of the pixels stand at 1.22 micrometers. As soon as once more, we are able to solely make assumptions in the case of the picture sensor. In keeping with these specs, a 1/2.8 inch Omnivision OV12A10 would match the invoice completely.

It additionally has a considerably unusual function as a result of, regardless of depth calculation, the digicam has a telephoto lens with 2x magnification. That is shocking, since a 200-megapixel digicam is put in on the high. Even a 4x magnification would nonetheless produce photographs at 50 megapixels. The HP1 sensor can be rather more trendy and thus already supplies higher algorithms. Would not that make rather more sense, Motorola?

Permit me to say a number of phrases concerning the usability and the pictures of the primary digicam. The digicam app appears very tidy. Nevertheless, after having reviewed fairly a number of smartphones in my life, the corresponding menu navigation does confuse me a bit. I’ve already talked about the seek for the 200 MP mode was a protracted journey. Nevertheless, you solely discover the front-facing digicam within the typical digicam settings. It took me some time to give you the concept of merely swiping from high to backside within the digicam viewfinder. Et voilà! I then found the extra settings for the primary digicam are stashed there.

The photographs taken with out magnification and in good daylight are actually inspiring. With the 200-megapixel decision, much better outcomes are actually achieved if it weren’t for the lengthy “publicity occasions”. After the snapshot, the consumer is requested to carry the smartphone nonetheless. It doesn’t inform you how lengthy you have to maintain nonetheless although.

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra camera screenshot
The menu navigation just isn’t essentially intuitive. / © NextPit

The extremely wide-angle photographs are additionally pleasing. Regardless of sporting a special sensor, the outcomes supply similar shade dynamics and excessive element. I am additionally happy with the outcomes of close-up pictures, however the zoom pictures fail to attain an in any other case good ranking. These are usually not worthy in any respect to be used, even on the lowest setting. Artifacts and washed-out pixels rob the Motorola Edge 30 of valuable reminiscence.

In the long run, there are nonetheless the evening pictures, in addition to the extra filters/results to mess around with. I picked out the “Coloration Spot” for you for the pattern photographs. A few of chances are you’ll understand it from Robert Rodriguez’s blockbuster “Sin Metropolis”. It’s nothing particular, however nonetheless cool. The identical is principally true for the evening pictures. The evening mode, additionally discovered within the menu, already makes a substantial distinction. After all, there’s additionally a Professional mode, which supplies you all the liberty, as much as RAW pictures, to edit them individually on the PC later.

Motorola Edge 30 Extremely battery

Motorola put in a non-removable 4,610 mAh battery within the Edge 30 Professional.
That alone is spectacular, to say the least, however that is not all: Regardless of the “eco-friendly packaging”, a 125-watt energy provide is included. This catapults the utterly drained battery from 0 to one hundred pc in slightly below half-hour. Bam! And now over to you, Apple!

What I appreciated:

  • 4,600 mAh battery
  • 125-watt energy adapter is included free of charge
  • Wi-fi charging at 50 watts

What I disliked:

Zu sehen ist das Motorola Edge 30 Ultra mit der ersten 200-Megapixel-Kamera.
Apple may take a leaf out of their guide: the 125-watt energy adapter is included free of charge. / © NextPit

The present quick charging expertise is spectacular. Taking not more than 5 minutes and the Edge 30 Extremely has already charged to twenty % of the full battery capability. After 20 minutes of charging, there’s already 77 % of juice. Thus, even a power-hungry smartphone would principally not be an issue.

Nevertheless, regardless of the 144 hertz refresh fee and having the quickest processor at the moment, Motorola’s flagship just isn’t an Android smartphone with poor battery life. Attaining two days of use on common is not any downside. This was additionally confirmed by the battery benchmark PC Mark with a measured runtime of 12 hours and 59 minutes. Nice transfer Motorola, you’ve got earned one other star in NextPit’s ranking.

Motorola Edge 30 Extremely technical specs

  Technical knowledge
Picture Motorola Moto Edge 30 Ultra device
Display 6.67-inch POLED, decision 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (FHD+), 144 hertz refresh fee
Dimensions 161.76 x 73.5 x 8.39 mm (H x W x D)
Weight 199 g (incl. battery)
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1
(varies relying on area)
128, 256, 512 GB UFS 3.1 ROM
Software program Android 12 | Moto My UX
Expandable reminiscence None
Foremost digicam 200 MP | f1.9 aperture | 1/1.22 inch optical format | 0.64 µm pixel measurement | OIS
Extremely wide-angle digicam 50 MP | f/2.2 aperture | 114° viewing angle | Macro
Depth Digicam 12 MP | f/1.6 aperture | 1.22 µm pixel measurement | 2x telephoto zoom
Selfie 60 MP | f/2.2 | 1/2.8 Optical Format | 0.61 µm Pixel Measurement
Video 4K at 30/60 fps | 8K at 24 fps
Audio Stereo speaker | Dolby Atmos
Battery 4,610 mAh
Charging through cable Max. 125 W
Wi-fi charging (Qi) Max. 50 W / 10 W (wi-fi power-sharing)

Ultimate verdict

Do you need to know my closing verdict? I do not suppose I’ve ever discovered it so tough in my 11-year profession as an editor. It’s a actual dichotomy right here. The Motorola Edge 30 Extremely is, on the entire, a really high-quality Android smartphone that leaves little to no room for criticism. It’s powered by the newest and quickest Qualcomm processor.

Armed with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB of storage, there isn’t a motive to complain on this division, both. The curved show is a matter of style and I prefer it. There are not any two opinions in the case of decision, most brightness, and a 144 refresh fee.

The battery runtime and charging time, software program and replace coverage are additionally proper on par with the very best. So, the place else can I complain? Even with the worth of simply $900 thereabouts makes it utterly acceptable in view of the competitors.

Zu sehen ist das Motorola Edge 30 Ultra mit der ersten 200-Megapixel-Kamera.
Discreet however engaging! / © NextPit

Really, solely the triple digicam with its 200-megapixel digicam on the again stays. Principally, it takes superb photographs. It simply takes some time till the picture is saved in its reminiscence all the time. Thus, the usability just isn’t that good.

This might in all probability negate the killer function. Nevertheless, this doesn’t have an effect on the general ranking, since all 50-megapixel photographs look nice other than the zoomed in pictures. Thus, a whole star is deducted from my ranking ultimately due to this fake pas.

Nevertheless, I nonetheless give it an virtually unqualified buy advice.