As a bonus to its Pro model, Motorola gives us its Edge 30. A more classic, more sober smartphone, which unfortunately does not have such broad shoulders. Here is our full test.
The Motorola Edge 30 Pro is the brand’s smartphone that wants to rub shoulders with premium models, while remaining relatively affordable. But what about its sibling, the Motorola Edge 30? At 499 euros, it is placed in a slice on the border between the middle and the high end. A position… uncomfortable.
Motorola Edge 30Technical sheet
|Model||Motorola Edge 30|
2400 x 1080 pixels
|Graphics chip (GPU)||
Qualcomm Adreno 642L
|Internal memory (flash)||
Sensor 1: 50 MP
Under the screen
74.236 x 159.38 x 6.79mm
This test was carried out with a model lent by Motorola.
Motorola Edge 30Design
Like many ” little brothers of big smartphones “, the Motorola Edge 30 stands out in the family by being the model that does not appeal to curves. The smartphone is resolutely rectangular, but keeps the main guidelines of the year. Starting with that three-sensor photo island, that little bumpy dune on the back that hosts three massive sensors. It is however not the same configuration, but we will come back to it.
At the same time, the midnight blue color slightly degraded towards a color reminiscent of dawn is still there to emphasize belonging. The back and contours here are made of plastic, while the front is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Motorola Edge 30 is also IP52 certified, which is not particularly resistant these days. It stands out above all for its weight of only 155 grams, which places it among the featherweights on the market.
The right edge accommodates the volume and lock keys, while the bottom incorporates the SIM hatch, the USB-C 2.0 port and a speaker grille. The latter is then supported by the listening loudspeaker placed above the screen and its punch.
The Motorola Edge 30 is pleasant in the hand, particularly thanks to its relative lightness. But, at the same time, it also seems very… plastic. Much more than most devices sold in the same category as it, even less expensive. So comes out a smartphone that is not bad, but which suffers enormously from the slightest comparison.
Motorola Edge 30Screen
The Motorola Edge 30 has a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel supporting a maximum Full HD+ definition of 2400 x 1080 pixels (20:9 ratio), and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. It is a 10-bit panel which supports HDR10+ and incorporates a fingerprint sensor.
Under our probe, using the DisplayCal software, we can see that the maximum brightness of the panel is 492 cd / m² in SDR mode, which is perfectly readable in direct sunlight. In vivid mode, the panel covers 165.8% of the sRGB space, 114.2% of the Adobe RGB and 117.5% of the DCI P3 space. Its color temperature remains very cold at 7120 K, for an average Delta E00 measured at 1.66 in general and 2.46 at the white point. It’s not the best calibrated slab in the world, but it’s still very well made.
Note that you can also choose a Natural mode in the options, which will push the panel to adopt the sRGB mode. The latter is less qualitative than the vivid mode, so we advise you to leave the phone on its default option.
Motorola Edge 30Software
No worries on the interface side: Motorola continues to rely on an Android mostly left untouched. We are taking advantage of Android 12 here, with some software added to help interconnect with other devices or simply adjust your smartphone to your liking.
The biggest problem with the device, as was the case with the Edge 30 Pro, is that its security patch is not until April 1, 2022. For a smartphone of this kind, this n is not a good sign for his follow-up.
Motorola Edge 30Audio
The audio configuration of the Motorola Edge 30 mainly highlights the main speaker at the bottom. The listening loudspeaker, in support, contributes very little to the stereo sound. As on many other smartphones, we are here on a configuration that naturally lacks bass and relies instead on well-defined treble. Alas, the mids are not particularly distinct. Good volume doesn’t equal good audio quality, but the Motorola Edge 30 gets the job done.
Motorola Edge 30Photo
The Motorola Edge 30 shares the same rear camera setup as the pro model, at least on paper. Here we have three sensors:
- A main sensor of 50 megapixels with lens opening at f / 1.8.
- A 50-megapixel 118° ultra-wide-angle lens with an aperture of f/1.5.
- A 2 megapixel depth sensor with lens opening at f / 2.4.
The result is essentially the same as for the Edge 30 Pro. In direct sunlight, the main sensor is capable of taking superb shots, with deep colors and a pleasant spike. However, the smartphone tends to push the sharpness a little higher, which can make elements of the image stand out a bit too much. The ultra wide-angle is also satisfactory, but does not quite follow the same color trends as the main sensor, which creates a certain lag.
It is in low light and at night that this difference is accentuated. The main sensor still manages to offer respectable shots. Motorola has chosen not to smooth its shots too much, which allows them to have a slightly less robotic rendering than on many other devices. Naturally, the noise is nevertheless more felt in this way.
However, the Motorola Edge 30 struggles to take night shots, there are no other words to describe it. Be prepared to hold yourself perfectly still for long seconds before your photograph is actually taken. It’s a bit frustrating.
At the front, we are entitled to a 32 megapixel sensor with lens opening at f / 2.25. The latter offers excellent performance for shots with excellent sharpness and very beautiful colors. At night, however, it has the same problem as the rear configuration: you will have to stay still to get a good shot. The default flash mode, which turns the whole screen into a giant flash, is pretty good at retaining quality.
The Motorola Edge 30 is capable of filming in 4K at 30 FPS and in full HD at 30 or 60 FPS. By using the ultra wide-angle, however, you will be limited to Full HD at 30 FPS.
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Motorola Edge 30Performance
The Motorola Edge 30 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, paired with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. In our synthetic tests, we can see that Qualcomm’s latest high-end chip does very well.
|Model||Motorola Edge 30|
|PC Mark 3.0||16233|
|3DMark Wild Life||2828|
|3DMark Wild Life average framerate||16.9 FPS|
|GFXBench Aztec Vulkan/Metal high (onscreen / offscreen)||23 / 6.8 FPS|
|GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen/offscreen)||32 / 37 FPS|
|GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (onscreen/offscreen)||78 / 89 FPS|
|Sequential Read/Write||1489 / 982 MB/s|
|Random read/write||62000 / 63000 IOPS|
In use, thanks in part to Motorola’s very light interface and its high refresh rate, the Edge 30 works wonderfully well. The phone flies over any basic task with ease, and does so without really heating up.
The same cannot necessarily be said for its Adreno 642L GPU. While it’s helpful, it’s also not capable of running the latest 3D games at their highest settings. Sticking to the medium setting, however, it will run it all successfully.
Motorola Edge 30Autonomy
The smartphone incorporates a 4020 mAh battery for fast “TurboPower” charging at 33 W. The charger is supplied with the smartphone, fortunately.
On the charging side, 33 W is no longer really the fastest available on a market which now welcomes 60 W, 90 W and even 120 W chargers without batting an eyelid. In our tests, the Motorola Edge 30 regenerated 60% battery in 30 minutes, from 14% to 74%.
For autonomy, however… the situation is not the same.
In use, the Motorola Edge 30 presents difficulties to effectively hold a normal day. This is the expected consequence of such a thin and light phone, but we could have hoped for a little better given its configuration. Alas, this is far from being the case: it is well below average, which makes autonomy its greatest weakness. This feeling is also corroborated by our personalized ViSer test protocol where the smartphone lasted for 11 hours and 21 minutes. It’s a rather low score which betrays a fallible endurance when we link applications.
Motorola Edge 30Network and communication
The Motorola Edge 30 is compatible with all 4G and 5G bands used in France. It is also compatible with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
Motorola Edge 30Price and release date
The Motorola Edge 30 is already available in France. You can find it at the recommended price of 499 euros for 128 GB of storage, and 549 euros for 256 GB of storage.
It is positioned in the same segment as the Nothing phone (1), the Samsung Galaxy A53 and the upcoming Pixel 6a.