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Edge 30 Ultra unveiled: Motorola wants to play in the top smartphones

Jan Johannsen
Jan Johannsen
09.09.2022

200 megapixels, 125 watts and 144 hertz: the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra's data sheet has big numbers that make it clear that the manufacturer wants to play among the top smartphones.

The Edge 30 Ultra is not entirely new. Motorola has already been selling it in China since August as the X30 Pro. But the naming of the smartphone is a minor matter. More important is its equipment, which stands out with big numbers.

16 pixels become one ultrapixel

With the 200-megapixel sensor of the Edge 30 Ultra, Motorola reaches completely new orders of magnitude in so-called "pixel binning". Where previously only four pixels were combined into one, even with a 108-megapixel sensor, Motorola combines 16 pixels into a 2.56 µm "ultrapixel". Among other things, the manufacturer expects this to increase light sensitivity. You can record videos with up to 8K resolution.

The other cameras on the back are a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a viewing angle of 114 degrees and a portrait camera with twelve megapixels and 2x zoom. The front camera has an impressive 60 megapixels for selfies, reminiscent of the Huawei Nova 10 Pro, which was also recently unveiled.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

The 4610 mAh battery is said to hold enough power for "a day" in seven minutes via the 125-watt power adapter. In the footnotes, Motorola defines a day as a usage time of twelve hours. Wireless charging is possible with up to 50 watts. The battery powers a 6.67-inch pOLED display on the Edge 30 Ultra. The screen has a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels and a maximum refresh rate of 144 hertz. . The back of the smartphone is made of matte glass and the frame is made of sandblasted aluminium. The entire housing is water-repellent according to IP52. Inside, a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 does its job. It is supported by a choice of eight or twelve gigabytes of RAM. The internal memory is 128, 256 or 512 gigabytes in size.

The Edge 30 Ultra comes with Android 12 ex works. Motorola did not provide any information on the update schedule to Android 13.

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra comes with Android 12 from the factory.

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra will be available in Germany in September for a recommended retail price of 899.99 euros. No details are available yet for Switzerland.

Edge 30 Fusion and Edge 30 Neo, the affordable siblings

Along with the Ultra, Motorola has introduced two cheaper smartphones. The Edge 30 Fusion and Edge 30 Neo are said to cost €599.99 and €399.99 respectively. The biggest trade-offs are in the nominal camera resolution and the built-in chipsets.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

The Edge 30 Fusion packs a Snapdragon 888+ and the main camera has 50 megapixels. However, the 6.55-inch pOLED display also has a refresh rate of 144 hertz. This is lower on the Edge 30 Neo's 6.28-inch OLED display at 120 hertz, but it is still very good. Its main camera even has 64 megapixels, but it only has the Snapdragon 695.

Motorola Edge 30 Neo
Motorola Edge 30 Neo

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When I was but a young student, I'd sit in my friend's living room with all my classmates and play on his SuperNES. Since then I've had the opportunity to test out all the newest technology for you. I've done reviews at Curved, Computer Bild and Netzwelt, and have now arrived at Galaxus.de. 


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