Motorola claims that the Edge 30 is the world’s slimmest 5G smartphone and India’s lightest 5G cellphone in its phase. This obsession with design has resulted in a cellphone that measures simply 6.79mm in thickness and weighs simply 155g. The Motorola Edge 30 succeeds the Motorola Edge 20 (Overview) which launched final yr at an identical worth. From the seems of it, Motorola has clearly prioritised the design of the Edge 30 as considered one of its most important promoting factors, however has it skimped on different areas with a purpose to obtain it or does the Motorola Edge 30 ship a very good stability of type and performance? I put it to the take a look at to search out out.

Motorola Edge 30 worth in India

The Motorola Edge 30 begins at Rs. 27,999 for the bottom variant with 6GB of RAM, whereas the variant with 8GB of RAM is priced at Rs. 29,999. Each variants include 128GB of storage. Motorola is providing the Edge 30 in Meteor Gray and Aurora Inexperienced colors and I had the previous for this evaluation.

Motorola Edge 30 design

The Motorola Edge 30 is all about design. Motorola has flattened the body of the Edge 30 to maintain up with the pattern set by the iPhone 12 and is one thing we have seen many Android smartphones undertake lately. Nevertheless, the corners and edges of the physique are nonetheless a bit rounded which makes it straightforward to grip the Edge 30.

As I discussed in my first impressions of this machine, the physique of the Edge 30 is made out of polycarbonate with a purpose to hold the burden down. The again panel is acrylic which ought to make it extra resilient to cracks when dropped, regardless that the floor seems like glass. It’s flat and has the Motorola brand within the centre. This panel did choose up fingerprints fairly simply, however you may repair this by utilizing the bundled case.

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Motorola claims that the Edge 30 is the slimmest 5G smartphone on the planet

 

The Motorola Edge 30 has an excellent in-hand really feel and it is not heavy both, so utilizing it for lengthy durations didn’t trigger fatigue in my expertise. The cellphone borrows some design components from its elder sibling, the Edge 30 Professional (Overview). Its digital camera module seems an identical and it additionally sports activities the identical digital camera {hardware}, which I will speak about a bit later.

Motorola has opted for a 6.5-inch show on the Edge 30, which I felt, is a comfy measurement for single-handed utilization. It has a tiny hole-punch on the prime which I did not discover distracting. The facility and quantity buttons are straightforward to achieve and supply good suggestions when pressed. The SIM tray is on the underside, subsequent to the USB Sort-C port and the speaker. There isn’t a 3.5mm headphone jack. The earpiece additionally doubles up as a speaker, so that you get stereo sound. General, the Motorola Edge 30 feels sturdy and options an IP52 score which makes it proof against mild splashes of water.

Motorola Edge 30 specs and software program

The Motorola Edge 30 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC, which is an improve to the Snapdragon 778G powering the Motorola Edge 20 (Overview), its predecessor. The Edge 30 additionally occurs to be the primary smartphone in India to make use of this SoC. It has help for Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6E, NFC, and 13 5G bands. Sadly, storage is non-expandable on the Edge 30 and this may very well be a priority for some consumers. The stereo audio system on the Edge 30 function Dolby Atmos and Snapdragon Sound enhancements.

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The Motorola Edge 30 has a 6.5-inch pOLED show with a full-HD+ decision. It additionally has a reasonably excessive refresh fee of 144Hz and a 360Hz contact sampling fee. Based on Motorola, the benefit of utilizing a pOLED panel is that it helps hold the bezels slender and lowers the thickness of the show. The Edge 30 additionally sports activities Corning Gorilla Glass 3 over the display for scratch safety.

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The Motorola Edge 30 sports activities a 6.5-inch pOLED show with skinny bezels

 

The Motorola Edge 30 packs a 4,020mAh battery which is barely smaller in comparison with the typical battery capability we’re used to seeing lately. This will likely have been a acutely aware alternative by Motorola with a purpose to hold the thickness and weight of the cellphone down. There’s help for 33W quick charging and Motorola bundles a suitable TurboPower quick charger within the field.

On the software program entrance, the Motorola Edge 30 runs Android 12 alongside with Motorola’s customized MyUX interface on prime. Motorola has dedicated to 2 years of Android OS updates and three years of safety updates for the Edge 30, which ought to assist it keep related within the years to return. We’re beginning to see long-term software program help by Android producers for his or her mid-range choices too and never simply flagships, which is a giant win for customers. The lately launched Samsung Galaxy M53 (Overview) additionally had an identical dedication. 

The interface of the Motorola Edge 30 is clear and it solely has the Fb app preinstalled. It does have a good quantity of Google apps too, however you may uninstall most of those to reclaim some space for storing. The UI is customisable and you’ll personalise it utilizing the Moto app.

Motorola has additionally added options reminiscent of Peek Show which wakes up the pOLED panel for incoming notifications. Attentive Show is one other helpful function that retains the display from turning off so long as you’re looking at it. The basic Moto Actions which lets you carry out capabilities reminiscent of activate the digital camera or flashlight by utilizing movement gestures, are additionally current. Motorola’s ‘Prepared For’ function allows you to mirror the content material on the smartphone wirelessly onto an exterior show or hyperlink it to a Home windows PC.

Motorola Edge 30 efficiency

The Motorola Edge 30 delivered a clean expertise throughout my evaluation interval. Its pOLED show was crisp and had good viewing angles. The refresh fee of the show was set to Auto by default and with this setting, I seen that the UI was refreshed at 90Hz on most events. It did change to 144Hz on the lock display of all locations, however most interactions with the interface, together with scrolling by way of menus, was at 90Hz.

You will must lock the refresh fee within the Settings app if you would like the total 144Hz, which does really feel a bit smoother however I did not discover it to be an enormous distinction. I discovered it finest to go away it on the Auto setting because the consumer expertise was nonetheless good. Watching video content material felt partaking and the stereo audio system did complement the show fairly nicely. These in search of a tool primarily for media consumption would discover the Motorola Edge 30 very attention-grabbing.

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The in-display fingerprint scanner within the Motorola Edge 30 is a step in the correct course, but it surely is not the quickest scanner I’ve used. It often took longer than essential to authenticate my finger. Motorola has added a cool fingerprint animation to form of distract you whereas the scanner does its job. Face recognition was fairly fast to unlock the cellphone.

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The Motorola Edge 30 sports activities a triple digital camera setup with comparable {hardware} because the Edge 30 Professional

 

I ran artificial benchmarks to see the place the Motorola Edge 30 stands in comparison with the competitors. In AnTuTu, the Edge 30 managed 530,975 factors which is a shade increased than the 524,175 scored by its predecessor, the Edge 20. Nevertheless, competing smartphones such because the OnePlus Nord 2 (Overview) and the Mi 11X (Overview) scored increased. The Edge 30 scored 6,672 factors within the 3DMark Slingshot take a look at, which was not dangerous.

Name of Responsibility: Cellular was pretty fast to load on the Motorola Edge 30 and the sport ran on the ‘Very Excessive’ graphics setting with the body fee set to ‘Excessive’. The sport was playable at these settings with none trace of stutter. The stereo audio system made gameplay extra partaking. I performed the sport for about 20 minutes and it resulted in an eight % drop in battery stage, which was on the upper facet. The cellphone was additionally barely heat to the contact after my gaming session.

I used to be a bit involved about battery life, contemplating the smaller than common battery, however the Motorola Edge 30 managed to final for one full day with my typical utilization. In our HD video loop take a look at, it did not fare too nicely because it ran for simply 11 hours, 50 minutes with the refresh fee set to Auto. In the event you lock the refresh fee at 144Hz, the battery efficiency ought to drop even additional. The bundled 33W TurboPower charger was fast sufficient to prime up the cellphone to about 60 % in thirty minutes and totally charged it in an hour.

Motorola Edge 30 cameras

The Motorola Edge 30 sports activities the identical digital camera {hardware} because the Edge 30 Professional. It has a 50-megapixel major digital camera with OIS, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera which is additionally able to macro images, and a 2-megapixel depth digital camera. Compared to the Edge 20 which had a 3X telephoto digital camera, the Edge 30 misses out on good zoom performance. That mentioned, the digital camera interface is just about unchanged and is simple to navigate. The digital camera app provides a Professional mode which supplies you full guide management for setting the publicity. 

Motorola Edge 30 daylight samples from the major (prime) and ultra-wide (backside) cameras (faucet to see full-size picture)

 

The Motorola Edge 30 was fast to lock focus however was a bit hesitant on a couple of events with HDR scenes. Photographs shot in daylight regarded good however weren’t as detailed as I’d have preferred upon zooming in. It additionally appeared as if the digital camera app bumped up the sharpness whereas pixel-binning pictures from the principle digital camera. Photographs shot on the full 50-megapixel decision usually had higher particulars.

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The ultra-wide-angle digital camera additionally pixel-binned pictures to 12.5-megapixels by default, however was a notch beneath the first digital camera when it comes to particulars. This digital camera did provide a wider discipline of view however there was noticeable barrel distortion alongside the perimeters of the photograph.

Motorola Edge 30 close-up (prime), Portrait mode (center), and macro (backside) digital camera samples (faucet to see full-size picture)

 

Photographs of close-up objects regarded sharp with good particulars and satisfactory background separation. The digital camera app additionally prompt switching to the macro digital camera once I was shut sufficient to a topic. Macro pictures had been detailed however had a hotter color tone. Portrait mode pictures had good edge detection and the Edge 30 did enable me to set the extent of background blur earlier than taking the shot.

Motorola Edge 30 auto mode (prime) and Evening mode (backside) digital camera samples (faucet to see full-size picture)

 

Low-light digital camera efficiency was first rate however the cellphone did not handle to seize the very best particulars within the darker areas of the body. Evening mode made a major distinction, and the cellphone delivered a brighter picture general.

Motorola Edge 30 daylight selfie with Portrait mode (faucet to see full-size picture) 

 

Selfies from the 32-megapixel digital camera had been binned to 8-megapixels by default. Daylight selfies regarded pure with correct colors and had good background blur in pictures taken with Portrait mode. Low-light selfies with an satisfactory mild supply close by turned out fairly nicely.

Video recording on the Motorola Edge 30 topped out at 4K for the first in addition to the selfie digital camera. The cellphone stabilised footage very nicely and movies shot whereas strolling round had no jitter in daylight. Nevertheless, slight jitter within the footage was noticeable when taking pictures movies in low mild.

Verdict

Motorola has clearly prioritised design over the whole lot else on the Edge 30, and if that is one thing that ranks excessive in your must-have listing, you will discover this cellphone very interesting. One other space the place the Motorola Edge 30 continues to ship the products is in software program. The UI is clear and free from extreme bloatware apps and with a promise of long-term Android updates from Motorola, the Edge 30 ought to age fairly nicely.

Nevertheless, the Motorola Edge 30 is not a serious improve over its predecessor, the Motorola Edge 20 (Overview). In the event you had been anticipating wonders from the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC then you definitely’ll be disillusioned to know that it does not actually provide an enormous enchancment over the Snapdragon 778G. The cameras are good for the value however the output, particularly recorded movies in low mild, continues to be a bit behind the Edge 30 Professional regardless of having comparable {hardware}.

General, the Edge 30 is an effective alternative for individuals who worth design and like inventory Android. In case you are an influence consumer who needs higher efficiency, the OnePlus Nord 2 (Overview) or the Xiaomi Mi 11X (Overview) ought to swimsuit you higher. The newly launched iQoo Neo 6 (First look) can be shaping as much as be a robust competitor to the Edge 30 and we must always have that full evaluation for you quickly.