Motorola Edge 30 Review: A Minor Upgrade


Motorola claims the Edge 30 is the world’s thinnest 5G smartphone and India’s lightest 5G phone in its class. This obsession with design has resulted in a phone that is 6.79mm thick and weighs just 155g. The Motorola Edge 30 succeeds the Motorola Edge 20 (review) that was launched last year at a similar price. From the looks of it, it’s clear that Motorola prioritized the design of the Edge 30 as one of its main selling points, but they eliminated other areas in order to achieve this or does the Motorola Edge 30 offer a good balance of form and function? I put it to the test to find out.

Motorola Edge 30 price in India

Motorola Edge 30 starts at Rs. 27,999 for the base variant with 6GB of RAM, while the variant with 8GB of RAM is priced at Rs. 29999. Both options come with 128GB of storage. Motorola offers Edge 30 in Meteor Gray and Aurora Green colors and has got the former for this review.

Motorola Edge 30 تصميم design

The Motorola Edge 30 is all about design. Motorola has flattened the Edge 30 frame to keep up with the trend set by the iPhone 12 and it’s something we’ve seen many Android smartphones adopt lately. However, the corners and edges of the body are still slightly rounded which makes the Edge 30 easier to grip.

As I mentioned in my first impressions of this device, the Edge 30’s body is made of polycarbonate in order to keep the weight low. The back panel is made of acrylic which makes it more resistant to cracks when dropped, even though the surface looks like glass. It’s flat and has the Motorola logo in the center. This board picked up fingerprints fairly easily, but you can fix that with the bundled case.

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Motorola claims Edge 30 is the world’s thinnest 5G smartphone

The Motorola Edge 30 feels very good in the hand and isn’t heavy either, so using it for extended periods of time didn’t cause fatigue in my experience. The phone borrows some design elements from its older brother, the Edge 30 Pro (review). Its camera module looks identical and it also has the same camera hardware, which I will talk about later.

Motorola opted for a 6.5-inch screen over the Edge 30, which I felt was a comfortable size for one-handed use. It has a small hole in the top which I didn’t find distracting. The power and volume buttons are easy to reach and provide good feedback when pressed. There is a SIM card tray at the bottom, next to the USB Type-C port and speaker. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack. The earpiece also doubles as a speaker, so you get stereo sound. Overall, the Motorola Edge 30 feels durable and has an IP52 rating which makes it resistant to light splashes of water.

Motorola Edge 30 specifications and software

The Motorola Edge 30 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC, which is an upgrade to the Snapdragon 778G that powers the Motorola Edge 20 (review), its predecessor. The Edge 30 happens to be the first smartphone in India to use a SoC. Supports Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6E, NFC and 13 bands 5G. Unfortunately, the storage is not expandable in the Edge 30 and this may be a concern for some buyers. The stereo speakers on the Edge 30 feature Dolby Atmos and Snapdragon Sound improvements.

Motorola Edge 30 has a 6.5-inch pOLED display with Full HD + resolution. It also has a very high refresh rate of 144Hz and a touch sampling rate of 360Hz. According to Motorola, the advantage of using a pOLED panel is that it helps keep the edges narrow and reduce the thickness of the screen. The Edge 30 also has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the screen to protect against scratches.

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Motorola Edge 30 features a 6.5-inch pOLED display with slim bezels

The Motorola Edge 30 has a 4,020mAh battery which is a bit smaller compared to the average battery capacity we are used to seeing these days. This may be a conscious choice by Motorola in order to preserve the thickness and weight of the phone. There’s 33W fast charging support, and Motorola packs a compatible TurboPower fast charger in the box.

On the software front, the Motorola Edge 30 runs on Android 12 along with Motorola’s custom MyUX interface on top. Motorola committed two years of Android OS updates and three years of security updates to the Edge 30, which should help it stay relevant in the coming years. We’re starting to see long-term software support by Android manufacturers for their mid-range offerings as well and not just the flagships, which is a huge plus for consumers. The recently launched Samsung Galaxy M53 (Review) had a similar commitment.

The Motorola Edge 30 interface is clean and only has the Facebook app pre-installed. It also has a decent amount of Google apps, but you can uninstall most of them to reclaim some storage space. The user interface is customizable and you can customize it using the Moto app.

Motorola has also added features like Peek Display that wakes up the pOLED panel for incoming notifications. Wake display is another useful feature that prevents the screen from turning off as long as you are looking at it. There are also classic Moto actions that allow you to perform functions such as turning on the camera or flashlight using motion gestures. Motorola’s “Ready For” feature allows you to wirelessly mirror content on your smartphone to an external display or link it to your Windows PC.

Motorola Edge 30 performance

The Motorola Edge 30 delivered a smooth experience during my review period. The pOLED display was clear and had good viewing angles. The screen refresh rate is set to automatic by default and with this setting I’ve noticed that the UI refreshes at 90Hz on most occasions. It actually switched to 144Hz on the lock screen in all places, but most interactions with the interface, including scrolling through menus, were at 90Hz.

You’ll have to lock the refresh rate in the Settings app if you want the full 144Hz, which seems smoother but I didn’t find it much of a difference. I found it best to leave it at the default setting because the user experience was still good. Watching video content felt interactive, and the stereo speakers complement the show well. Those looking for a device primarily for media consumption will find the Motorola Edge 30 very interesting.

The Motorola Edge 30’s in-display fingerprint scanner is a step in the right direction, but it’s not the fastest scanner I’ve used. Sometimes it takes longer than necessary to authenticate my finger. Motorola has added cool fingerprint animations to distract you while the scanner is doing its job. Facial recognition was reasonably quick to unlock the phone.

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Motorola Edge 30 features a triple camera setup with similar devices like the Edge 30 Pro

I ran synthetic benchmarks to see where the Motorola Edge 30 stands compared to the competition. In AnTuTu, the Edge 30 managed 530,975 points which is still higher than the 524,175 scored by its predecessor Edge 20. However, competing smartphones like OnePlus Nord 2 (Review) and Mi 11X (Review) scored higher points. The Edge scored 30 points 6,672 on the 3DMark Slingshot test, which wasn’t bad.

Call of Duty: Mobile was fairly quick to load on the Motorola Edge 30 and the game ran at the graphics setting “Very High” with the frame rate set to “High”. The game was playable at these settings without any hint of stuttering. Stereo speakers made gaming more attractive. I played the game for about 20 minutes and that put the battery level down by 8%, which was on the higher side. The phone was also a little warm to the touch after a gaming session.

I was a bit concerned about battery life, considering the smaller-than-average battery, but the Motorola Edge 30 managed to last a full day with my usual use. On our HD video loop test, it didn’t perform well as it ran for just 11 hours and 50 minutes with the refresh rate set to automatic. If you lock the refresh rate at 144Hz, the battery performance should drop even more. The included 33W TurboPower charger was fast enough to charge the phone to about 60 percent in thirty minutes and charge it fully within an hour.

Motorola Edge 30 . cameras

The Motorola Edge 30 has the same camera hardware as the Edge 30 Pro. It has a 50MP primary camera with OIS, a 50MP wide-angle camera that is also capable of macro photography, and a 2MP depth camera. Compared to the Edge 20 which has a 3X telephoto camera, the Edge 30 loses its good zoom function. However, the camera interface is largely unchanged and easy to navigate. The Camera app offers a Pro mode that gives you complete manual control over exposure adjustment.

Motorola Edge 30 daylight samples from primary (top) and ultra-wide (bottom) cameras (click to see full size image)

The Motorola Edge 30 was quick to lock the focus but was a bit hesitant on a few occasions with HDR scenes. Pictures taken in daylight looked good but weren’t as detailed as I would have liked to zoom in. It also appeared as if the Camera app had sharpened the image while taking pixel-by-pixel photos from the main camera. Pictures taken at 50MP generally have better detail.

The ultra-wide-angle camera is also pixel-packed to 12.5 megapixels by default, but it was lower than the primary camera in terms of detail. This camera provided a wider field of view but there was noticeable barrel distortion along the edges of the image.

Motorola Edge 30 camera samples close-up (top), portrait (center), and macro camera samples (bottom) (click to see full size image)

Close-up images looked sharp with good detail and adequate background separation. The Camera app also suggested switching to the macro camera when you were close enough to a subject. Macro shots are detailed but with warmer tones. Portrait mode photos have good edge detection, and the Edge 30 allowed me to set the level of background blur before taking the photo.

Camera samples from Motorola Edge 30 auto mode (top) and night mode (bottom) (click to see full size image)

The camera performed well in low light but the phone was not able to capture the best details in the dark areas of the frame. The night mode made a huge difference, and the phone presented a brighter picture overall.

Motorola Edge 30 Daylight Selfie with Portrait Mode (Click to see full size image)

Selfies are grouped from the 32MP camera to 8MP by default. Daylight selfies looked natural with accurate colors and had good background blur in portrait shots. Low-light selfies with a suitable light source nearby turned out nicely.

Top video recording on the Motorola Edge 30 in 4K resolution for the primary camera and selfie camera. The phone stabilized very well and videos taken while walking around had no blurring in broad daylight. However, a slight shake was observed in the footage when shooting videos in low light.

Rule

Motorola clearly prioritized design over everything else in the Edge 30, and if that’s something that ranks high on your primary list, you’ll find this phone very attractive. Another area where the Motorola Edge 30 continues to deliver the goods is software. The user interface is clean, free of excessive bloatware and with the promise of long-term Android updates from Motorola, the Edge 30 should have a good life.

However, the Motorola Edge 30 isn’t a huge upgrade over its predecessor, the Motorola Edge 20 (review). If you’ve been expecting wonders from the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC, you’ll be disappointed to learn that it doesn’t really offer a huge improvement over the Snapdragon 778G. The cameras are good for the price but the output, especially videos recorded in low light, is still a little behind the Edge 30 Pro despite there being similar hardware.

Overall, Edge 30 is a good choice for those who appreciate design and prefer Android. If you are a power user and want better performance, the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review) or Xiaomi Mi 11X (Review) should suit you better. The newly launched iQoo Neo 6 (first look) is also shaping up to be a strong competitor to the Edge 30 and we should get this full review for you soon.


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