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Motorola Edge 30 Ultra Review: Can Moto Make Flagships?

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In September, Motorola announced the new Edge series for the second half of 2022 (our author attended the presentation in Milan). These are Edge 30 Fusion, Edge 30 Neo, and the flagship Edge 30 Ultra. We have already got acquainted with the cute Moto Edge 30 Neo, which surprised us with colors, as well as support for wireless charging. We are actively testing Fusion and the review will be published soon. Well, this material is dedicated to the most advanced Motorola today, the Edge 30 Ultra.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

Positioning in the lineup and price

Here it is worth saying that Motorola did not have any flagships as such! There was a budget and mid-budget Moto G series, the main smartphones of which seem to be good, but they can only be called “flagship killers”, and even hardly (our review of Moto G200 is here). There is the Edge series, the top models of which could already be called “flagship killers”, but they were not full-fledged flagships. We tested Edge 20 Pro and it was not impressive (review here). Next came the Edge 30 Pro and due to a number of simplifications it could not be called a flagship either (read our review).

Moto Edge 30 Pro
Motorola Edge 30 Pro

And finally, the series has been replenished with Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. The “Ultra” has to be a flagship, right? Yes, at first glance, it is very true. Premium design (metal frame, glass back panel), top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, high-quality P-OLED display, 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal memory, an advanced set of cameras with a main 200 megapixel module, 125 W wired and 50 W wireless charging. In the review we will find out whether it is as good in practice as on paper.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

Read also: Motorola Edge 30 Neo Review: Beautiful Toy With Wireless Charging

And here I would also note that the “Ultra” differs from the average model in the updated Edge 30 lineup with more advanced display characteristics, a newer processor, more megapixels of all cameras, wider video recording capabilities, faster charging (Fusion does not support wireless at all). If you want to visually compare the specifications of Moto Edge 30 Neo, Fusion and Ultra, open the tablet at this link.

moto edge 30 compare

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra costs as befits a flagship – a lot. However, while we were (long) preparing this review, it managed to get under the holiday discounts and become cheaper. Now the device in Poland, where we tested it, is sold for 4000 PLN (500 PLN cheaper than at the start of sales), which is about $900.

Specifications of  Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

  • Screen: P-OLED, 6.67 inches, 2400×1080 dots, billion shades, 20:9 aspect ratio, 144 Hz refresh rate, HDR10, HDR10+ support, 1250 nits peak brightness, built-in fingerprint sensor, Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Processor: Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm), Octa-core Octa-core (1×3.19 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.75 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510), Adreno 730 video chip
  • Memory: only 12/256 GB version is available in Europe, and in fact there are models with 8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of ROM, as well as 12/512 GB, there is no memory card slot in any case, the type of RAM is LPDDR5, the type of permanent memory is UFS 3.1
  • Battery: 4610 mAh, 125W PowerDelivery fast charging, 50W wireless charging, 10W reversible wireless charging
  • Main camera:
    • 200 megapixel, f/1.9, 1/1.22″, 0.64µm, phase autofocus, optical stabilization
    • 12 MP telephoto lens, f/1.6, 1.22µm, phase autofocus, 2x zoom without loss of quality
    • 50MP wide-angle lens 114˚, f/2.2, 1/2.76″, 0.64µm
    • Video recording: [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/320/960fps, gyro-EIS, HDR10+
  • Front camera: 60 MP, f/2.2, 1/2.8″, 0.61µm
  • Data transmission: 5G, tri-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, magnetic compass, USB Type-C 3.1, DisplayPort 1.4, ReadyFor PC connection mode
  • OS: Android 12
  • Dimensions and weight: 161.8 × 73.5 × 8.4 mm, 198.5 g
  • Materials: aluminum frame, glass front and back panels (Gorilla Glass 5), protection against dust and water splashes IP52
  • Colors: Interstellar Black (black), Starlight White (white)
  • Price: about $900

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Delivery set

In the updated series Motorola focuses on eco-friendly packaging. No plastic bags, biodegradable cardboard, soy ink.

In a compact box you will find the phone itself, a large and heavy 125 W charger, a cable, a pin to open the SIM slot, a case and documentation.

The case is ordinary silicone (will turn yellow over time). It protects the cameras, the edges of the screen, but still spoils the beautiful design of the device and makes it somewhat simple.

And the case, of course, interferes with pressing the side keys, they become very tight. Without the case there are no problems…

Moto Edge 30 Ultra caseThe factory film is glued on the screen, which can also be attributed to the elements of the kit.

However, I could not stand it and in a few days of using the smartphone I ripped it off, may the next reviewers forgive me. This film collected a lot of dust and fingerprints. The screen surface itself has a good oleophobic coating, so there are practically no problems with prints. In addition, the film interferes with your fingers when you make gestures from the edge of the screen. So, decide for yourself, but I think that the film is a nuisance.

Moto Edge 30 Ultra protective film

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Design of Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

I was immediately impressed by the smartphone’s appearance. In no way can we say that the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra does not attract attention or looks boring. The design is truly flagship.

Moto Edge 30 Ultra

The screen has minimal bezels and strongly rounded edges, so it has an “infinite” look, an elegant notch for the front camera is built into the display, which is protected by durable Gorilla Glass 5.

Moto Edge 30 Ultra

The case frame is aluminum, the sides are very thin because of the beveled edges, the top and bottom are flat like it is trendy now.

As for the rounded edge, I like what I wrote about it in the reviews of both Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro. Although many people dislike this feature. As disadvantages, they call the inability to successfully choose a protective film (to hell with the film, the screen is already protected from scratches), false touches (I have never had them in all the years of using phones with such screens), distortion of the image at the edges (I do not see that it is distorted).

I believe that such screens are, first of all, beautiful. Second, they are ergonomic. The beveled edges make the screen and the phone itself narrower. Because of this, it lies better in the palm of your hand, feels thinner, it is more convenient to operate it with one hand. And in the case of Motorola Edge 30 Ultra everything is true. At the time when I tested this model, I just received a brand new iPhone 14 Pro Max. After a month’s break from monster iPhones, I didn’t even want to take it in my hands. And the Ultra seemed compact in comparison, although it is also a large model with a 6.67″ screen.

Well, the front part has been discussed and I can’t wait to show you the back panel. We have seen such a solution more than once (Xiaomi 12/12 Pro, OPPO Reno6), but it is fascinating every time. Matte, shiny, slightly rough surface, like dry ice. Pleasant to the touch, does not slip in the hand, does not collect fingerprints at all. And it shimmers beautifully in the light.

Moto Edge 30 Ultra

In the new Edge series Motorola has updated the design of the camera unit, the new version is much more to my liking, it looks stylish and modern. And the platform protrudes slightly from the body, which is convenient.

There are no elements on the left side of the phone. On the right side there are volume and power/lock buttons. The side bezels are narrow, as well as the buttons themselves, but I did not have any inconveniences during their use (except for situations when the phone is in a standard case, but perhaps you can purchase another, more thought-out one).

Moto Edge 30 UltraOn the upper end there is only a microphone hole and the Dolby Atmos logo. On the bottom there is another microphone, a card slot (SIM only, memory cards are not supported), a Type-C connector for charging and a speaker hole. The sound in Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is stereo, but the second speaker is used as a compromise solution. There is no jack for wired headphones, as you can see.

Moto Edge 30 Ultra

I would like to see a high degree of protection against water in the flagship, but, unfortunately, Moto ignored this moment. More precisely, there is an IP52 standard, like many four times cheaper models. But this is only against accidental splashes, you should not wet Edge 30 Ultra, as well as immerse it in water. It’s a pity, but, for example, Xiaomi 12 Pro also does not have any IP rating.

Moto Edge 30 UltraAvailable colors of the case are black and white. It is a pity, there is no variety, with such a textured rear panel other colors would look cool.

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Display

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra received a display worthy of a flagship smartphone. P-OLED matrix (not only high-quality, but also economical), a billion colors, HDR10+ support, high refresh rate of 144 Hz.

Edge 30 UltraThe screen is distinguished by high contrast, maximum viewing angles, excellent color reproduction, excellent brightness (up to 1250 nits in peak, even on a sunny day the image and text remain readable), smooth animations.

But unfortunately, Motorola cut some corners, although in small things – the resolution is typical Full HD+, that is, 2400×1080. While really top models, like the Xiaomi 12 Pro already mentioned here, can boast of QHD resolution (1440×3200). Yes, someone will not notice the difference with the usual Full HD, but personally I see it very well – fonts and even the smallest elements at higher resolution are especially clear. But again, this is a nitpick from the category of “cool” and “even cooler”. And everything is cool in Edge 30 Ultra, the image is very clear. Just, I would like to see more in the flagship.

Edge 30 UltraThanks to 144 Hz, the picture is smooth, it catches the eye. There are three modes available – automatic (the phone will set itself, depending on the application and battery level), 60 Hz or maximum 144 Hz. I recommend using the automatic option, when the phone itself switches between 48, 60, 90 and 144 Hz is an ideal compromise between smoothness and battery life.

Automatic brightness change works without any errors. There is an option to adjust the color temperature (removes cold shades in the evening), a dark theme, three options for saturation of shades and other familiar settings.

I really liked the “extra dim” function, which can be found in the slider with quick settings.

moto extra dim

It allows to reduce the minimum brightness of the display, which is important for bright OLEDs. For example, when I put the child to bed in the evening, I activate this mode and I can read the web or social networks, and the screen light does not bother my son.

Edge 30 UltraMotorola has its own analogue of AoD – time and notifications on the lock screen with the ability to quickly preview them (Peek Display). This screen activates itself for a few seconds if you pick up the device, touch the display or hold your hand over it, and with a dark background and minimal brightness for energy saving. This feature appeared in Moto long before other manufacturers “invented” their AoD. However, in a smartphone with an OLED screen, it would be possible to implement a full-fledged ALWAYS on display, but for some reason Motorola still does not pay attention to this.

I should also note that the fingerprint scanner is built into the screen. It is located at a convenient height, works quickly and clearly – there is nothing to complain about. Of course, face recognition is supported, but it is less reliable, and I prefer unlocking with a fingerprint – it is so convenient, I put my finger automatically, without thinking, when I take the device in my hands.

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Hardware and performance of Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

Here it is enough to say that the smartphone is based on the latest processor, made on 4 nm process technology – Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Of course, you should expect flagship performance from it, and these expectations are justified. Ultra fast in all tasks, pulls any games, there is even no point in describing in detail.

But what you should pay attention to is that in benchmarks our Ultra outperforms many other flagship smartphones, even with the same processors, such as Xiaomi 12 Pro. Not dramatically, but it still ahead. I noticed something similar during the tests of budget phones. The conclusion is simple – Motorola knows how to work with software and optimize it for each specific model. And they also have excellent software, almost pure Android, in which there is nothing excessive and unnecessary, it is also important.

Edge 30 Ultra

The smartphone scores 4,266 points in GeekBench 5 (multi-core), 1,269 points in GeekBench 5 (single-core), 1,074,724 points in AnTuTu 9, and 10,247 points in 3DMark Wild Life Vulkan 1.1.

I think that in the case of a powerful flagship it is more interesting not what it can run (because it can run everything), but how it does it, whether it is stable or does not overheat. I’ll tell you: I did not notice overheating, even playing demanding games like Fortnite. The smartphone becomes warm, but no more than that.

Special stress tests show that with a prolonged high load on the processor, the model will slow down to about 80%, and then to 65%. But here we must understand that no game will create a long 100% load on the processor, and even more so – none of the daily tasks of a smartphone user. So I would call Motorola Edge 30 Ultra a very stable and incredibly powerful device.

In Poland, only the version with 12/256 GB of memory is sold, although in general there are versions with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. Perhaps it was worth bringing the 512 GB version to the market, because 256 GB may not be enough for someone. And for some reason there is no slot for memory cards, actually I would like to see it in the flagship. 12 GB of RAM is the maximum for today, more is not needed. However, in the performance settings there is a function of virtual expansion of RAM by 3 GB at the expense of free space in the storage.

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Cameras Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

Edge 30 Ultra

It is believed that Motorola cameras are “not top”. It is said that budget models are not bad, but do not expect anything special from expensive models. Let’s find out whether the new Ultra can change the situation. At least, it tries to. On paper, the set of modules looks convincing:

  • 200 megapixel main camera, f/1.9, 1/1.22″, 0.64µm, phase autofocus, optical stabilization
  • 12 MP telephoto lens, f/1.6, 1.22µm, phase autofocus, 2x zoom without loss of quality
  • 50 MP wide-angle lens 114˚, f/2.2, 1/2.76″, 0.64µm
  • 60 MP front camera, f/2.2, 1/2.8″, 0.61µm

At least, megapixels are abundant.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

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More about the modules

The main 200 megapixel sensor is a fresh, and so far rarely found (in Edge 30 Ultra and Xiaomi 12T Pro) Samsung HP1 with optical stabilization. With 1/1.22″ format, it is one of the largest modules that can be found in smartphones. The size of individual pixels is 0.64µm. To improve the quality, the software combines several pixels into one, in this case, 16 in 1 (Samsung Tetra2pixel technology), which gives us a pixel size of 2.56µm and an image with a resolution of 12.5 megapixels at the output. You can take photos in full-fledged 200 megapixels, but the difference in quality will not be noticeable, and such photos will “weigh” too much (up to 80-90 MB) and will take too long to create. Although if you need some super-detailing (for example, you need to see small details in the distance), it is worth a try.

The wide-angle module is Samsung JN1, it also uses pixel binning technology (Tetrapixel, 4 pixels are combined into one). Format 1/2.76″, pixel size 0.64µm. The focal length is 14 mm. The module is equipped with autofocus, so it can be used for close-up shots.

The third camera is a Sony IMX663 telephoto lens (1/2.93″, 1.22µm), which allows you to zoom in twice without losing quality. Motorola calls this module portrait, it has a focal length of 50 mm equivalent. The aperture is f/1.6, which means that the sensor captures a lot of light.

Finally, the front module is a 60MP OmniVision OV60A with a focal length equivalent to 24mm.

Daytime photo from different modules

Let’s move on to discussing the photo quality of Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. In daylight, the pictures are excellent, I did not expect anything else. Expressive colors, good white balance, exposure is on top, the detail is excellent.

ALL PHOTOS FROM MOTO EDGE 30 ULTRA IN ORIGINAL RESOLUTION

The telephoto lens also produces good results. I will not say that the clarity is perfect, but the detail is excellent and the color reproduction is also good. Below for comparison: left photo from the main module, right – from the TV lens.

Let me remind you that Motorola also calls it a portrait lens. Indeed, the equivalent of 50 mm with an aperture of f/1.6 can create decent portraits with a qualitatively blurred background.

Wide angle and portrait mode

In portrait mode there are two zoom levels, each of which simulates a different classic focal length.

The 35 mm version uses the main camera, the quality is good, more of the environment gets into the lens. The 85 mm mode also uses a telephoto zoom, the subject is very close, and you do not need to physically approach it. Software processing of such photos is very good, there are no drawbacks, although I still liked the 50 mm quality the most.

The wide-angle module produces good photos, but I would not call them ideal as they are sharp and contrasty. Here are examples, on the left is a photo from the main module, and on the right, for comparison, is a photo from the wide-angle module:

ALL PHOTOS FROM MOTO EDGE 30 ULTRA IN ORIGINAL RESOLUTION

Macro pictures

As already noted, the wide-angle lens can take macro photos thanks to autofocus. This solution is used in many top models from iPhone 13 Pro / 14 Pro to Huawei P50 Pro. The quality, in any case, is better than that of a separate macro lens, which can be found in mid-range smartphones. Macro with Edge 30 Ultra is beautiful, clear, with pleasant shades. I was delighted! Here are some examples:

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Zoom

The smartphone allows you to make a 10x zoom, but the optical zoom is limited to 2x only. Again, there is no 50x or 100x, as in some advanced flagships. But not everyone needs it. 10x is not perfect, but at least the texts will be readable. Examples (1x-2x-10x):

Night mode

The pictures taken on the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra in the dark are good. But no more than that. For example, the night photos with Xiaomi 12 Pro made me squeak with pleasure. And Moto has everything clear, without unnecessary digital noise, but nothing special, given the cost. Here are examples, I received the phone for the test on the eve of November 1 (All Saints’ Day in Europe), so the theme is sometimes gloomy.

ALL PHOTOS FROM MOTO EDGE 30 ULTRA IN ORIGINAL RESOLUTION

Night mode is activated by default (Auto Night Vision option), so you do not need to bother with it when shooting. However, its optimal version is enabled, so to speak, for a compromise between quality and time, when you need to hold the phone still and without breathing. If you are in some very dark environment, it may make sense to activate the night mode manually through the menu in order to take photos longer, but the quality will be better. It makes no sense to shoot without using Night Vision at all, as the photos will be dark and often blurry, and luminous objects, such as signs, will be overexposed.

Here is a comparison, normal photo on the left, forced Night Vision on the right:

In the dark, you can successfully shoot both on the telephoto (to bring objects closer) and on the wide angle (to fit more in the frame), the quality will be high. Yes, in the case of wide angle the dynamic range will suffer, but it is not critical. And in the case of telephoto, nothing is noticeably affected, the module captures enough light, it does not need aggressive software processing.

Night photos with telephoto lens (standard on the left, telephoto on the right):

Night photos with a wide-angle lens (standard left, wide right):

Front camera of Edge 30 Ultra

The Edge 30 Ultra’s 60-megapixel selfie camera produces gorgeous 15-megapixel self-portraits (again, the resolution is downscaled to get better quality). Photos have excellent detail, wide dynamic range and nice and vibrant colors. And even low light (for example, at home in the evening) is not a problem.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra selfieIt is possible to switch between close-up and wider view (if you want to take a picture with someone). But the difference is minimal:

ALL PHOTOS FROM MOTO EDGE 30 ULTRA IN ORIGINAL RESOLUTION

In low light, the camera can highlight your face with a bright white frame, but it will not make you more beautiful.

Edge 30 Ultra selfie cam

Quality of video shooting

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra supports video recording with a resolution of up to [email protected] (1080p and 4K at 30/60 fps are also available) when using the main camera. The wide angle and telephoto are limited to [email protected], which many consider a disadvantage, but as for me it is not critical. 8K is encoded using the h.264 codec by default, but you can choose the more efficient h.265 codec in the settings. Optical stabilization is available in all modes except 8K, and the sound is recorded in stereo at 256 kbps.

I see no point in shooting in 8K and 4K, [email protected] is more than enough. In this mode the videos are beautiful, smooth, perfectly stabilized, with excellent juicy color reproduction and excellent dynamic range. Although there are no special complaints about 4K either. But 8K has twitches, clearly lacks stabilization, suffers in detail and color reproduction, and the number of frames per second in fact does not exceed 26. Examples:

Night video is not the strong side of Edge 30 Ultra. The picture is somewhat blurry, digital noise is noticeable, autofocus lags, dynamic range is limited (regardless of the module), fps drops to 25-26, and any light source and its surroundings are eventually “cut off” to white. Examples:

Camera software

The camera interface is standard for Moto. It is clear, convenient. There is a Pro mode that gives you almost complete control over camera settings (such as white balance, ISO, autofocus, exposure and shutter speed), “selective color” (leaves one color in the photo), panorama, “live” photos, real-time filters, RAW format and so on.

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Data transmission and Ready For mode

The smartphone supports the latest Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, Bluetooth 5.3, all possible navigation systems, there is a magnetic compass, USB Type-C 3.1, NFC for payment in stores, 5G.

And Motorola Edge 30 Ultra also supports the “Ready For” mode. I wrote about it in detail in the reviews of last year’s top models Moto Edge 20 and Edge 20 Pro. “Ready For” is a mode of connecting a smartphone to a PC or monitor. The device acts as a laptop computer and offers a special interface for work. In the “Ready For” mode, the phone can be used as an alternative to a computer (there is a full desktop, separate windows), a game console or use its camera and microphone for video calls. You can connect a wireless mouse, keyboard, the smartphone itself can be used as a touchpad.

This mode exists in different variations depending on the model. Some devices support wired connection, some only wireless, some (like last year’s Edge 20 lite) – only the Ready for PC option, which allows you to use Ready For in a separate window in the Windows application.

Edge 30 Ultra got all the features – both wired “Ready For”, and wireless, and “Ready For PC”. For the first option you will need a USB-C MHL Alt HDMI or USB-C-to-C cable and a compatible monitor.

I will not describe Ready For mode in detail here, as nothing has changed in it since last year. If you want details, I recommend you to refer to my review of Motorola Edge 20 Pro, where the modes of connection to a PC are described in detail.

Motorola Edge 30 UltraIn the Edge 30 series, only the Ready For app has been slightly redesigned.

“Ready For” is an interesting and rare feature. The only alternative is Samsung Dex, which is available only to flagships. At the same time, the function is well thought out and implemented, no problems were observed during the test, except for not the most convenient touch control. I would not say, however, that it is impossible to live without Ready For. But, probably, someone can use the ability to connect to a PC.

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Sound

The sound of the smartphone is stereo, with one speaker on the bottom end, and the role of the second speaker is taken by the narrow conversation speaker above the display. I honestly admit that I expected worse, but there is nothing to complain about, as the speakers are well balanced, there is no noticeable difference between them, the sound is voluminous, loud, and in general it is of exceptional quality.

Moto Edge 30 Ultra

Dolby AtmosFor the “tweak” lovers there are Dolby Atmos modes to choose from – music, movies, games, podcasts. By default, the phone detects the nature of the audio and adjusts the sound.

The sound settings include the CrystalTalk feature, which improves voice transmission during phone conversations.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra software

The OS is Android 12. I would like to see version 13 “out of the box”, but that’s what we get. The look and feel of the interface is as close to “pure” Android as possible. I believe that the operating system will be one of the decisive factors when choosing a phone for those users who do not like shells.

I like that Moto has its own exclusive features that Google does not offer to its users. They are all grouped in the Moto app. There are interesting design themes, gesture control (e.g. switching on the flashlight by double shaking the phone, activation of camera by double wrist turn, screenshot by touching the screen with three fingers, silent mode by turning smartphone screen down, etc.), etc:

  • Display moto: Display of time and notifications on the lock screen with a quick preview by touch. Activated for a few seconds by holding or swiping the device, with a dark background and minimum brightness to save power.
  • Active display (if you look at it).
  • The option to split the screen into two parts.
  • Ability to run applications and other tweaks for gamers in a separate window during the game.

One of the interesting new features is the double tap gesture on the back panel. By default, it is assigned with the Ready For function, but you can assign it to launch any application or start/pause while listening to music. Hopefully, in the future Motorola will allow you to assign more options to this gesture.

I should also note that in the latest version of the OS Motorola has updated the icons of its applications (they are, by the way, only three, no junk like with the competitors).

The fonts, the clock and weather widgets for the desktop, and the time on the lock screen have also been updated. The shell now looks more modern, which is cool.

Edge 30 Ultra

The Edge 30 Neo had an interesting feature where the bezel of the camera unit glowed to indicate notifications (video), as well as during charging. The solution is unusual and beautiful! The Ultra has no such thing, but there is another feature – Edge Lights, when the curved edges of the display are illuminated. There are a lot of settings for this option – colors, type of notifications. With this Moto means that you will always put the phone down and enjoy the spectacular backlighting, but I wouldn’t recommend it – there is Gorilla glass, of course, but you still need to protect it.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

Battery life

4,610 mAh is not enough by today’s standards for a modern, large and powerful phone. But, apparently, the developers did not want to make it too thick. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor can hardly be called economical, the refresh rate of 144 Hz also does not treat the charge carefully. The phone averages about 25 hours of phone calls, about 13 hours of web browsing with medium brightness and 144Hz active, and about 19 hours of video playback. This is not excellent, but also not bad, for example, Edge 30 Pro with the same chipset shows worse results.

On average, the model gives about 8 hours of use in various tasks with the screen on. During the test, the phone lasted for a day until the evening, although I used it very actively. But there were times when it would run out of power before I was ready to go to bed.

However, the 125W fast charging (TurboPower, PowerDelivery standard) makes up for not the highest capacity battery! I have already encountered such fast charging when testing the Xiaomi 12 Pro, then I was in complete delight. Because such speeds change the approach to charging in general! For example, you are going to powder your nose or turn on the kettle, you put the phone on the charger, come back and there it is 100%! At these speeds, the old habit of plugging the phone into the charger overnight is a thing of the past. And it’s hard to notice that the phone discharges quickly, even with very active use, if you’re at least 15 minutes a day at home and can charge the phone with the included adapter.

TurboPower

However, if you compare it to the Xiaomi 12 Pro’s 120W charger, the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra charges slower with its 125W. The Xiaomi took 17-18 minutes to 100% and 50% in 7 minutes. The Motorola takes 30 minutes to 100% and 10-12 minutes to 50%. Overall, not critical. But not a record either, apparently that’s why Moto doesn’t give any certain figures in its commercials, only saying that 7 minutes of charging will be enough for a day (12 hours) of work, and then it depends on what kind of tasks one has…

Additionally there is fast 50W wireless charging (but it will require a compatible charger) as well as reverse charging. That is, the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra itself can share battery capacity with another phone, smartwatch, or TWS headphone case. The charging rate in this case is 15 watts.

TurboPower

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Conclusions

Every time I mention on social networks that I am testing a Motorola smartphone, I get feedback – is Motorola even still alive? For some reason people have it in their heads that the legendary American brand is dead, just like Nokia in its time. Although both Nokia has been revived and Motorola is even more successful under the wing of Lenovo. Of course, the main advantage of the brand is in a wide range of budget devices. That said, they have great value for money, great design and perfect build, and most importantly, clean, perfectly optimized Android with minimal and useful Moto add-ons. The latter makes Motorola smartphones stand out against a lot of devices from “purely” Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Redmi, OPPO, Realme and so on.

Motorola Edge 30 UltraHowever, if people are skeptical even of the inexpensive Moto, will the company be able to sell them an expensive flagship for 900 bucks? Will they take it seriously? It’s hard to say. And unfortunately, I’m not ready to claim that the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is a full-fledged 100% flagship. At first glance I really liked the smartphone – gorgeous design, “infinite” display with rounded sides, great ergonomics, top-of-the-line processor. I even thought that if right now I decided to give up the iPhone, I would choose the Moto Edge 30 Ultra. But after getting to know it for two weeks, my enthusiasm has somewhat waned.

It seems to be a top model, but still simplified. There is no full-fledged protection against immersion in water. The screen resolution is sufficient, but the flagship could have ha