Many strengths, small weaknesses – the Motorola Edge 30 Pro in test

Motorola is not at the top of the bestseller lists. The new Edge 30 Pro smartphone is supposed to win buyers in the 800 euro price range with top technology. However, it cannot shine everywhere.

Motorola actually launches the bulk of its smartphones in the mid-range. However, the company presented a new top model with the Motorola Edge 30 Pro at MWC 2022. Besides the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the support for 5G and Wifi 6E, the 144 Hz OLED screen, and the cameras are particularly noteworthy. But how does the smartphone perform in the test?

Motorola did not miss out on the new Edge 30 Pro for the 2022 model season. The top chip Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was ordered from the chip manufacturer Qualcomm. More is not possible in the Android family at the moment. With its eight CPU cores, the Motorola device plays in the top league of a Samsung Galaxy S22.

The usual standard apps can therefore not embarrass the Edge 30 Pro. And there are no bottlenecks when many of them are running at the same time because Motorola has made good provisions with 12 GB of working memory. Gamers will love the performance. Because even at the highest graphics settings in games, animations remain smooth. However, the device gets quite warm during longer gaming sessions.

Display delivers razor-sharp pictures

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro in the test
A lot of display in the front, three cameras in the back: Motorola’s Edge 30 Pro. Photo: Motorola/dpa-tmn

Motorola even outperforms the competition in terms of display, at least in terms of technical specifications. The 6.7-inch display of the Motorola Edge 30 Pro is capable of displaying up to 144 frames per second (144 Hz). Samsung’s Galaxy S22 and other top smartphones, on the other hand, “only” manage a refresh rate of 120 Hz. However, a noticeable difference in the display could not be found in the practical test despite the increase.

However, it is not only the maximum rates that matter for top smartphones. When there is not much going on in apps or on websites in the browser, very high refresh rates only burn up power unnecessarily. Motorola’s Edge 30 Pro can switch down to 60 Hz, but unfortunately not even lower.

Even though the peak value of 144 Hz is not really visible, it has to be said: The OLED display is great for watching videos, playing games, and is generally pleasing to the eye because it delivers razor-sharp images with vivid colors.

Top technology here, a bit of saving there

While Motorola uses comparatively expensive high-end technology for the main chip and the display, the main camera system still has some compromises. The predecessor Edge 20 Pro still had a main, ultra-wide-angle and periscope telephoto lens.

In the Edge 30 Pro, Motorola has replaced the optical telephoto lens with a depth sensor, which helps the system especially in portrait shots. The manufacturer points out that the super-strong Qualcomm chip can virtually replace the missing telephoto. That might be true in bright surroundings. However, a somewhat higher color noise was noticed in the telephoto pictures of the Edge 30 Pro in darker scenes.

Camera system makes concessions
The telephoto camera of the predecessor Edge 20 Pro had to give way for the Edge 30 Pro: Instead, there is “only” a camera for collecting depth information for portrait pictures. Photo: Motorola/dpa-tmn

Motorola Edge 30 Pro with a strong front-facing camera

The pictures from the main camera proved to be sharp, bright and with a good dynamic range. The camera is capable of detecting various textures and details, and the images look vibrant without the need for major editing.

The selfie camera was also convincing in the test: With a resolution of 60 megapixels, it not only shoots detailed photos, but also stands out with an extremely useful gimmick. In selfie mode, a white ring lights up around the camera on the display, which magically attracts the eye. As soon as the camera detects several people in the picture, instructions appear on the display on how to pan the camera so that everyone is visible in the picture afterwards. Motorola calls this “group selfie”.

The battery is no endurance runner, the power supply a sprinter.

Those who use the Motorola Edge 30 Pro for intensive image editing tasks or use it for longer gaming sessions should have a power adapter with them. Because the battery won’t last the whole day under heavy use. The 300 mAh larger battery compared to the predecessor does not help either.

However, the battery already lasts for a whole day with a slightly less ambitious use. While Apple, Samsung and others do without the power adapter in the box with reference to environmental protection, Motorola includes a high-quality fast charger adapter (68 watts). This recharges an empty Edge 30 Pro to its full capacity within 45 minutes.

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro supports the fast 5G mobile network and the new WLAN standard WiFi 6, which means it will still be up to date with wireless technology in a few years. As with the predecessor, you have to make concessions in other areas. Wireless charging and good water protection are not available. Motorola has waived the IP68 protection class and only got a certification for IP52. That means there is normal dust protection and protection against dripping water.

Conclusion: Many strengths, small weaknesses

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro offers excellent performance with the latest Snapdragon chip and has been equipped with a nice 144 hertz display. The cameras are good, but not outstanding. The comparatively short battery runtime under heavy use is compensated by the extremely short battery charging time in practice.

For 800 Euros you get a good smartphone with almost inappropriate Android. Those who mainly want to take pictures with the smartphone have strong alternatives in this price range with the OnePlus 9RT or Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.