Motorola today officially announced the new models for the second half of the year in the Edge 30 range. The American brand is looking to incorporate models for all budgets into its premium device series, from the most expensive and best-performing Edge 30 Ultra, the first phone with a 200-megapixel camera, to upper mid-range models such as the Edge 30 Fusion and the attractively designed Edge 30 Neo mid-range.
Edge 30 Ultra: flagship with first 200-megapixel camera
We start with the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, the company’s new flagship, which benefits from a top-notch hardware configuration comparable to other flagships that have already been launched or will be launched in the coming months. We’re dealing with a premium aluminium and glass construction, the back in particular has a satin matte texture that’s very pleasant to the touch.
The phone uses a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 configuration and 12 GB RAM, with 256 GB internal storage. So there won’t be any issues on the performance side. The 6.67″ OLED display at 144 Hz is one of the fastest in the industry, and the 4,610 mAh battery is charged at 125W on a cable with the bundled charger. There’s also wireless charging at 50W and Dolby Atmos-compatible stereo sound. Those features would be enough to put it in the flagship zone, but the camera takes it even further.
This is the first commercially available phone with a 200 megapixel main camera. This camera is also optically stabilized, and through binning, image pixels are 2.56nm for high performance in low light. Alongside this high-resolution sensor, the Edge 30 Ultra also benefits from a 50-megapixel ultrawide camera with autofocus for macro, a 12-megapixel 2x f/1.6 zoom camera, as well as a 60-megapixel front camera.
The most impressive thing about the Edge 30 Ultra, however, is the price. While the competition is jumping over €1,000, this model will debut at just €899 in the specialty store offerings.
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: mid-range with powerful hardware
In the upper mid-range, Motorola announces the Edge 30 Fusion, a model that if announced or released last year, could easily pass as a flagship. We’re talking about a model with a slightly smaller 6.55″ pOLED display, but still with FullHD+ resolution at 144 Hz. The hardware configuration is built around a Snapdragon 888+ processor with 8 GB RAM and 128 or 256 GB internal storage. This model is specifically made to be thinner, but retains a large 4,400 mAh battery with fast charging at 68W.
On the camera front, however, we get lower resolutions across the board compared to the Ultra. 50 megapixels with stabilisation on the main camera, 13 megapixels ultrawide, a macro camera and a 32 megapixel selfie camera. This model is also made entirely of glass, but the blue version benefits from a cover made of vegan leather.
This model starts at €599.
Motorola Edge 30 Neo: colourful mid-range with wireless charging
Finally, we have the cheapest model, the Edge 30 Neo, a mid-range device built around a partnership with Pantone. As such, it benefits from housing in four Pantone colours, including Very Peri, the colour of the year 2022, that purple we see everywhere.
The hardware configuration of this model includes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It also comes with a more compact design, with a 6.28″ pOLED display at 120 Hz and a smaller 4,020 mAh battery, but still charging at 68W and wireless charging, which is rare for a mid-range phone.
There are only two cameras on the back, with a 64-megapixel main sensor with stabilization on the primary and a wide camera with macro and depth functions on the secondary. Interesting how Motorola chooses to add more features in one camera rather than cluttering it up with multiple cameras.
However, this model comes at a very attractive price for the features on offer: €369.
All phones ship with Android 12 with Motorola’s MyUX interface, one that’s very slightly customized from the original Google. All also benefit from Ready For, Motorola’s Android desktop interface and advanced customisation options. Motorola promises 2 years of OS updates and 3 years of security for the mid-range Edge 30 Neo and Fusion models, and three years of system updates and 4 years of security for the Ultra.