Motorola has officially announced the first smartphone with a 200 megapixel camera sensor. The Moto X30 Pro is dedicated to the Chinese market, but should arrive in Europe in the next few months as the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. At the moment we only have the specs and price of the Chinese variant, which competes with other flagships in the market with a top processor and extremely fast charging.
Motorola’s new X30 Pro is a high-performance flagship with a unique camera (for now) in the market
The Moto X30 Pro appears to be an evolution of the flagship Edge 30 Pro from a few months ago. It uses a similar display with a 6.73″ diagonal, Full HD+ resolution, 144 Hz refresh rate and curved edges on the sides. This is an odd choice, as most companies are moving away from this design.
The hardware configuration is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, the processor we’re now seeing more and more often in the latest smartphones, along with 8 or 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512 GB of internal storage on UFS 3.1 support. The 4,500 mAh battery is among the largest on the market, but not the largest, but charging at 125W is one of the fastest available today. This model even integrates wireless charging, which allows charging at 50W.
Of course, the display and setup were pretty good on the original X30/Edge 30 Pro too, but the camera gets the biggest improvements. This is the first smartphone on the market to use Samsung’s ISOCELL HP1 sensor, with 200-megapixel resolution and 1/1.22″ dimensions. It can take photos at both its full resolution and lower resolutions, with improved detail, reduced noise and better low-light performance through pixel binning, combining either two or four pixels.
This is also one of the few phones that can shoot in 8K at 30 frames per second, most previously released models offering only 24 frames per second. The other two cameras offer 50 megapixel resolution for the ultra-wide camera and 12 megapixel for the zoom camera. Thankfully, we don’t find a macro camera or a depth camera on this model. Even on the front, the Moto X30 Pro comes with a high-resolution camera: 60 megapixels.
The price is lower than we expected
For what it offers, Motorola seems to be asking a really low price, given the alternatives on the market. The Moto X30 Pro in the base version with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage costs 3,699 yuan, or 530 euros. The top model with 12 GB RAM and 512 GB storage costs 4,499 yuan, or €650. A European version could be significantly more expensive, however, due to duties on imports from China, but it should still be released at a price significantly lower than €1,000.