The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra launched alongside the mid-range and budget Edge 30 Fusion Edge 30 Neo on September 8, just a day after the new iPhones debuted, and considering it came after the biggest tech event of the year, you’ll excuse me for Lost it – I didn’t realize the phone had been fired until it showed up on my desk.
iPhones are among the most popular mobile phones every year, so this single media focus makes sense, but in a more reasonable world, people would actually focus on the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. It has high-quality specifications, and at a lower price than an Apple phone; And after testing it out, I really think it’s the device to watch right now.
A series of advanced specifications
If the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra was a character built with a video game character builder, the engineers would have pulled every slider to the limit — this phone has surprisingly high-end specs in every department.
One easily marketable example is cameras: There’s a 200MP main camera, which is the highest resolution phone camera we’ve seen so far (in combination with a few other Moto devices). However, Motorola hasn’t swung over the other cameras: There’s a 60MP selfie camera, a 50MP ultra-wide camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera.
Phone manufacturers have spent several years ignoring zoom cameras, and having a zoom camera here is surprising.
The processor here is the powerful Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. This phone is sure to be a gaming powerhouse, based on other phones we’ve tested with the same specs, and I’m looking forward to playing some Apex Legends Mobile rounds on it.
The screen also helps in this regard, it is a 6.67-inch Full HD + display with a smooth refresh rate of 144Hz. Motorola is one of the few non-gaming phone brands that regularly uses high refresh rates on their phones, and I support them all.
Another great feature is the charging speed. The 4,610mAh battery is powered by 125W ultra-fast wired power, or 50W wireless charging if you prefer that convenience.
Another thing I really like – although I understand it may lead to a difference of opinion – is the design. The phone has a curved edge screen, which I find really comfortable to hold and use, but some may not be too keen on this feature.
Price…better than right
High-end phones like this often cost a pretty penny, but I was surprised when I saw the price of the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra.
The phone costs £750 in the UK, which turns out to be roughly $870 or AU$1,280. We only know price and availability in the UK at the moment, but I hope it launches in the US as well – this country has a real lack of serious competition outside of Apple and Samsung – and Australia.
Matches this UK price Xiaomi 12and reduces both Samsung Galaxy S22 And the iPhone 14, the latter by a large margin. Oh, and that’s for the 128GB version of those three competing phones, their 256GB versions costing more—you get 256GB by default in the Moto.
The Edge 30 Ultra is a lot cheaper than I expected, and I think the low price will steal a lot of interest from Apple’s new iPhones. The phone is also better than the entry-level iPhone 14 in key areas, particularly zoom photography, charging speed and – in my opinion – design.
I’m working on a full Motorola Edge 30 Ultra review right now, and I still expect to find the ‘catch’ at some point – a phone that looks so good couldn’t have such a competitive price tag without some asterisks somewhere.
But even if it has one or two minor flaws, this phone is still impressive — and I totally expect to see it on our list. The best smartphones Once our full review is posted.