Review of the Motorola Edge 30: sacrificing independence for elegance

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro is the company’s attempt to compete with high-end smartphones without breaking the bank. What about its sibling, the Motorola Edge 30? Its price of 499 euros places it between the middle and high ranges. That’s an awkward position to be in.

Motorola Edge 30 Design

The Motorola Edge 30 is the “little brother of huge smartphones,” and unlike its siblings, it does not have a curvy design. The smartphone is still firmly square, but it follows the year’s key trends. To begin, there is the humpback dune in the rear that is home to three hefty picture sensors (the “three-sensor photo island”). But it’s not the same setup, and we’ll circle back to it later.

Motorola Edge 30 design

Additionally, the midnight blue tint that has faded somewhat towards a colour resembling dawn is still there to emphasize the connection. This device has a plastic back and curved edges, and its display is safeguarded by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Even if it’s not very resistant these days, the Motorola Edge 30 is certified to IP52 standards. A featherweight at only 155 grams, its lightness is what really sets it apart from the competition.

The power/lock button and volume controls are located on the right edge, while the SIM card tray, USB Type-C 2.0 port, and speaker grille are located on the bottom. The latter is bolstered by the screen’s listening speakers and its powerful placement.

Due in large part to its small weight, the Motorola Edge 30 is a pleasure to hold in one’s palm. However, it has a distinct… plastic quality. Way more affordable than the majority of similar products on the market. In this way, we have a smartphone that isn’t terrible but suffers greatly from any kind of comparison.

Motorola Edge 30 Display

The Motorola Edge 30 features a 6.5-inch AMOLED display that is capable of displaying a maximum resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels (20:9 aspect ratio) at a refresh rate of 144 hertz. It’s a 10-bit panel with HDR10+ and a fingerprint reader built right in.

Motorola Edge6 30 display

Through the use of our probe and DisplayCal, we were able to determine that the panel’s maximum brightness in SDR mode was 492 cd / m2, making it easily legible under bright outdoor conditions. With the brightness turned up, the panel is capable of reproducing 117.5% of the DCI P3 space, 114.2% of the Adobe RGB space, and 165.8% of the sRGB space. Its colour temperature is still quite cool, coming in at 7120 K, with an average Delta E00 of 1.66 in the spectrum as a whole and 2.46 at the white point. The calibration could be better, but other than that, it’s a well-made slab.

Keep in mind that the panel can be pushed into sRGB mode by selecting a Natural mode in the settings menu. Therefore, we recommend keeping your phone in its standard setting, which is vivid mode, as it provides the best overall experience.

Motorola Edge 30 Software

On the user interface front, Motorola still relies on a nearly stock version of Android. We’re taking advantage of Android 12 with some extra software that will let your phone talk to other gadgets and let you customize it to your taste.

Like the Edge 30 Pro, this device’s major flaw is that it won’t get a security update until April 1, 2022. This n is a bad omen for his next smartphone iteration.

Motorola Edge 30 Audio

The Motorola Edge 30’s audio arrangement prioritizes the bottom-firing speaker. The secondary loudspeaker, used for listening, makes a negligible contribution to the overall stereo image. Like with many other smartphones, this one has a setup that emphasizes treble clarity over bass depth. Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a gap between the mids. The Motorola Edge 30 may not have stellar sound quality, but it gets the job done with respectable loudness.

Motorola Edge 30 Camera

On paper, the Motorola Edge 30 has the same back camera configuration as the pro model. A total of three sensors are present here:

  • The primary sensor is 50 megapixels, and the lens aperture is f/1.8.
  • An ultra-wide angle f/1.5 lens with 50 megapixels and a field of view of 118 degrees.
  • Two megapixels of resolution and an f/2.4 aperture for the depth sensor.

As with the Edge 30 Pro, the end effect is comparable. The primary sensor can take great photos in bright sunshine, with rich colours and a nice boost. The smartphone, however, tends to increase the sharpness a little too much, which might cause some parts of the picture to stand out too much. The ultra-wide-angle is likewise good, although it lags behind the primary sensor in terms of keeping up with current colour trends.

Motorola Edge 30 camera

Motorola Edge 30 camera

This distinction becomes most noticeable while viewing it in dim light or at night. The primary sensor is still capable of producing usable images. In order to make its images seem less artificial than they would on other devices, Motorola has decided not to smooth them too much. Nevertheless, the volume is amplified in this setup.

No other phrase can adequately characterize the Motorola Edge 30’s difficulties while trying to capture images in low light. Be ready to sit motionless for many minutes before your picture is taken. It’s annoying to say the least.

Motorola Edge 30 Front Camera

In the front, a 32-megapixel sensor with an f/2.25 aperture is ours to enjoy. The latter provides top-notch functionality for clear, high-quality images with vivid tones. The nighttime issue is the same as with the rear setup, so you’ll need to be motionless. The quality of the default flash setting, which converts the whole screen into one gigantic flash, is outstanding.

Motorola Edge 30 Video

The Motorola Edge 30 can record video in 4K at 30 frames per second as well as full HD at 30 or 60 frames per second. However, if you use the ultra-wide lens, you’ll be stuck with Full HD at 30 frames per second.

Motorola Edge 30 Performance

In terms of hardware, the Motorola Edge 30 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G processor, 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Our synthetic tests reveal that the newest high-end chip from Qualcomm performs admirably.

Motorola Edge 30 Performance

A lot of the Edge 30’s success in practice can be attributed to Motorola’s slick user interface and quick refresh rate. The phone breezes through any routine task without getting too hot.

This is not necessarily true of its Adreno 642L graphics processing unit. Even though it’s a great resource, it can’t handle the most recent 3D games at their highest settings. Sticking to medium, however, will allow for smooth operation of everything.

Motorola Edge 30 Battery Life

Motorola Edge 30 Battery Life

The smartphone has a 4020 mAh battery, which can be quickly charged through “TurboPower” at 33 W. Luckily, the smartphone comes with its own charger.

When it comes to charging, the market now readily accepts 60 W, 90 W, and even 120 W chargers, so 33 W is no longer the quickest option. We found that the Motorola Edge 30 could restore 60% of its battery life in 30 minutes, from 14% to 74%.

Nonetheless… things are different when it comes to personal freedom.

Motorola Edge 30 has issues that make it hard to use on a daily basis. This is to be anticipated from such a lightweight and compact phone, but the layout leaves room for improvement. Unfortunately, this is not the case; in fact, its autonomy is far less than average. Our tailored ViSer testing technique confirmed these impressions, showing that the smartphone survived for 11 hours and 21 minutes under stress. A low score like this indicates that we have a weak link in our application linking system.

Motorola Edge 30 Network

There are no French 4G or 5G bands that the Motorola Edge 30 cannot access. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 are supported as well.

Motorola Edge 30 Price

In France, you can get the Motorola Edge 30 right now. To get 128 GB of storage, you could expect to pay 499 euros, while 256 GB will set you back 549 euros.

Motorola Edge 30 Specification

OS version : Android 12
Manufacturer interface : Android Stock
screen size : 6.5 inches
Definition : 2400 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density : 402 dpi
Technology : OLED
SoCs : Snapdragon 778G+
Graphics chip (GPU) : Qualcomm Adreno 642L
Memory (RAM) : 8 GB
Internal memory (flash) : 128 GB
Camera (back) :

  • Sensor 1: 50 MP
  • Sensor 2: 50 MP
  • Sensor 3: 2 MP

Camera (front) : 32 MP
Wireless WiFi : 6E
Bluetooth : 5.2
5G : Yes
NFC : Yes
Fingerprint sensor : Under the screen
Ports (inputs/outputs) : USB Type-C
Battery : 4020mAh
SAR : 0.92
Dimensions : 74.236 x 159.38 x 6.79mm
Weight : 155 grams

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