Motorola Edge 30 Ultra Reviewed by the Great Lobbyist

Here is our review of the latest flagship smartphone from Motorola, called the Moto Edge 30 Ultra, which features a vibrant pOLED panel, and a Snapdragon processor.

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Mon Jan 16, 2023 - 18:05

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra Review

Terrific Flagship Experience

When it comes to smartphones, the days of dominance by Motorola are long gone. But over the past year or so, the company has been regaining ground with a number of quietly great phones. These have typically only been found in mid-range or affordable phones, but the Edge 30 Ultra is a genuine Android flagship with performance, charging and camera specifications that can compete with the best flagships in the market.

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Design

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra makes an impression right away thanks to a simple yet elegant design that isn’t particularly startling. It is available in two monochromatic colours – Black and White. The black model’s textured rear glass has a satin shine and a hint of sparkle. This is one of the thinner and lighter Android flagships available thanks to its 8.4mm thickness and weight of just under 200g. Both the display and body are curved around the edges to keep the phone easy to grip.

Display

One of the Edge 30 Ultra’s standout features is its display, thanks to Motorola’s inclusion of a pOLED panel in its 6.67-inch FHD+ display with a blisteringly fast 144Hz refresh rate. This is a really special feature because up until now, the only devices with refresh rates higher than 120 Hz have been gaming phones, where the advantages to frame rates are perhaps the largest. A screen this quick is unusual for the more traditional flagship models. The display’s 300Hz touch-sampling rate allows it to react to touches very precisely. The 144Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch-sampling rate complement each other beautifully and make using the panel a delight. Up to 1,300 nits of brightness is also possible.

The content on the screen seemed as it would indoors, even in the bright sun. This is true even when the screen has a glossy, reflective surface. The display’s brightness level is greater than you could ever require, whether for indoor use or HDR video. The screen features a Full HD+ resolution, giving the display a pixel density of 395 PPI, similar to most other smartphones in its price category. If you use the phone at a typical distance from your eyes, the content appears as sharp as it can be seen by the naked eye.

Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is the newest and best processor currently available for Android smartphones, and it powers the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. Additionally, it has LPDDR5 and UFS 3, the quickest RAM and memory options for smartphones currently on the market. This phone responds quickly, fluidly, and with great accuracy. Even the most demanding smartphone users can play games on it with ease, and it has more than enough capability, thanks to the phone’s standard 12GB RAM and 256GB of storage.

In the past, phones with powerful chipsets have struggled to run well, and this has been attributed to the SoC’s subpar heat management. In this case, though, Motorola has excelled at heat control as well. Under constant demands, the phone keeps 81% of its CPU performance and 57.90% of its GPU performance. This is true even though the phone has a relatively thin body and 125W charging.

In terms of wireless connectivity, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC for contactless payments are all supported. A pretty quick fingerprint sensor is integrated into the display itself, and if you prefer, a less secure face unlock option is also available.

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Camera

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra’s usage of a 200MP camera sensor, the first in a smartphone, is its most interesting feature. The Samsung ISOCELL HP1 camera sensor, which was introduced over a year ago, is the one being used in this smartphone. This smartphone camera measures 1/1.22 inch and uses 16-in-1 pixel binning to produce a 12.5MP final image. The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra also appears to be an extremely good camera for video capture. It has a high-end camera sensor with the ability to record videos at [email protected] and [email protected] for smooth and detailed videos. Additionally, OIS makes the movies appear stable.

The front-facing selfie camera features a 60MP resolution, the highest of any smartphone to date. However, the sensor size is comparable to the front camera on the majority of other smartphones in the same price range, including the OnePlus 10 Pro.

Software Features

The Android 12 OS and stock Android theme are preinstalled on the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. It appears neat, well-organized, and stunning. Beyond what you get with stock Android, Motorola has added a variety of unique capabilities to the OS. The widgets, gestures, and further UI personalisation are in one of them. While playing a game, you receive a game bar that gives you access to a little widget that lets you manage all of your device’s gaming-related settings. Then there is Ready For, a function that lets you use your smartphone on a big screen and is comparable to Samsung DeX.

Is It Worth It?

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is priced at $970 and is available through Motorola’s official website and in all Motorola stores worldwide. The software of the Edge 30 Ultra rivals Google’s own when it comes to an easy and streamlined Android experience, and performance is among the very finest available. The battery life and charging also far exceed expectations. Even while it doesn’t quite match the performance of the cameras on flagship devices from Apple and Samsung, it still outperforms practically all other smartphones in its price range in terms of photography performance. All in all, the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is a superb Android flagship that outperforms its rivals in practically every spec while being more affordable than any other flagship models in the market.