The Motorola Edge 30 is here, and it’s attractive with a tempting price

Motorola is back in the mid-range smartphone market with a very attractive new offering. The Motorola Edge 30 is here with updated specs and a new look, but keeping what we love about its predecessor, the Edge 20, which was released less than a year ago. Unfortunately, the Edge 30 won’t be available in the US either.

Priced at just €449.99 and featuring a new camera system, the Edge 30 has set its sights on the Galaxy A53, considering how close the two devices are in terms of specs. We praised the Edge 30’s predecessor for its interesting design language and incredible value last year. Is it still the case? Well, let’s see what this new mid-range Motorola brings. Also, while you wait for our full review of the Edge 30, be sure to read our

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Design and display

Finally, after a couple of years with mostly large mid-range phones, Motorola has decided to bring more diversity to its Edge lineup. The new Edge 30 is smaller than its predecessor, which is good news considering last year’s device was pretty big and this year’s Edge 30 Pro is too. The Motorola Edge 30 measures 159.38 x 74.236 x 6.79mm and weighs just 155g. Fans of more compact and lightweight phones should be delighted, as this means that the Edge 30 is not only the thinnest 5G phone on the market today, but also one of the lightest. For comparison, the similarly sized iPhone 13 weighs 174g, and the Galaxy A53 weighs 189g.

In terms of design, the phone is easy on the eyes. It has a flat, glossy back, just like its predecessor, with an updated camera system, which is now rounder, just like on other new Motorola devices.

Because of how slim the Edge 30 is, its cameras seem to stick out a lot from the body, but that’s the price to pay for this slim figure. Also, unlike the more expensive Pro model, the Edge 30 features an in-display fingerprint scanner. We’re guessing Motorola couldn’t mount a scanner on the side of the phone, as it was probably too thin.

There are also some very nice color options to choose from: Meteor Grey, Aurora Green and Supermoon Silver. We especially like the last option, as it looks very interesting and quite bright and cheerful.

The phone’s rails are made from what Motorola describes as premium plastic, which is probably the main reason the phone is so light. Stay tuned for our review of this phone if you want to know how this device feels in real life. With its shiny back and sides, the Edge 30 is probably going to be a pretty slippery phone. That’s fine though, as most markets will get the phone with a protective case as part of its package. The phone’s bezels seem very small, which is welcome. The phone automatically adjusts the panel refresh rate between 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz and 144Hz, thus saving battery power by optimizing the user experience.

The Motorola Edge 30 is IP52 waterproof. This means that it can withstand the occasional drop of water, but cannot be submerged. Unlike the Edge 20, this new model has stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos audio. That’s a pretty nice improvement.

Camera and acting

As we mentioned before, the new Motorola Edge 30 also has a new triple camera system. It consists of a 50MP f/1.8 main camera with Quad Pixel technology. Quad Pixel combines four pixels into one larger pixel for better results in difficult shooting conditions, while also saving memory.

The second camera is a 50MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera with Macro Vision. The third camera is a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. The front hole-punch camera, on the other hand, is a 32MP f/2.4 shooter, which also features Quad Pixel technology.

As for video, the Edge 30 is capable of recording in 4K 30fps and 1080p 30 or 60fps. There’s also an HD 960fps slow motion setting.

The Motorola Edge 30 is powered by the new Snapdragon 778G+. This processor is 5G-enabled and is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of non-expandable storage. The phone also supports Wi-Fi 6E.

software and battery

Motorola’s new mid-range offering runs Android 12 out of the box with branded software features and touches, like double-cut to turn on the flashlight.

This phone also features the Motorola ReadyFor platform. This platform allows you to turn any screen into a desktop with just your phone, but also allows you to transfer files between a Windows 10 PC and phone more easily.

We bet you’re wondering about the Edge 30’s battery size, especially considering it’s smaller than its predecessor but just as slim. We are pleased to inform you that the size of the battery has not decreased. The battery is 4,020 mAh, which according to Motorola should last you at least a day.

In terms of charging, the Edge 30 is pretty good too. It features 33W fast wired charging and the charger comes in the box. With this battery size, the Edge 30 should charge from 0 to 100% in about an hour.

Price and availability

As we mentioned at the beginning, the starting price of the Motorola Edge 30 in Europe is €449.99. The phone will also be available in Latin America, Asia, Australia, India and the Middle East in the coming weeks.

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