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Motorola Edge 30 Ultra First Impressions: Checking All the Boxes


Motorola has simply launched its first ‘Ultra’ smartphone in India. The Edge 30 Ultra packs some actually attention-grabbing {hardware} and is the primary smartphone in India to incorporate a 200-megapixel main digital camera. A fast look by means of its spec sheet and it appears to be all about huge numbers, however does it have what it takes to compete with equally priced smartphones on this section? Here are my first impressions of it.

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra sits above the Edge 30 Pro (Review) which launched earlier this 12 months in India at a really aggressive worth. The Edge 30 Ultra is out there in a single variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 59,999. The cellphone is out there in two finishes – Starlight White and Interstellar Black.

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra makes use of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the entrance and rear panels. The anti-glare again panel is curved across the sides however seems flat close to the highest and backside. It has a novel texture which is sweet at rejecting fingerprints, much like the Vivo X80 Pro (Review) with its shimmery look when uncovered to vibrant gentle.

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The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra’s entrance and rear panels are fabricated from Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5


The display on the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra has curved edges on both facet that circulate into the thin steel body. The bezels across the show are skinny all-round and because of the versatile nature of the pOLED panel. The steel body has a matte-finish and feels fairly slippery. The quantity rocker and energy buttons are positioned on the correct facet of the cellphone.

While the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra’s kind issue is much like most different smartphones accessible on this section, its chiselled look (8.39mm skinny) makes it stand out and can be fairly gentle to deal with at 198.5g. It does really feel a bit tall for one-handed use. The cellphone has an official IP52 ranking for mud and water resistance, which is best than many of the competitors at this worth level. However, it’s nonetheless a bit disappointing provided that smartphones such because the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Review) supply an IP68 ranking at a lower cost level.

The 6.67-inch full-HD+ show on the Edge 30 Ultra affords a most refresh charge of 144Hz, which needs to be helpful whereas gaming, nevertheless it additionally makes the software program really feel fluid to make use of. The show can be HDR10+ licensed, though this capability is not detected in some streaming apps akin to Netflix for the time being. The cellphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC which can be discovered on equally priced smartphones from OnePlus and iQoo.

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Motorola’s Edge 30 Ultra has a 6.67-inch curved-edge pOLED panel with a 144Hz refresh charge


The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra runs a near-stock model of Android 12 referred to as MyUX and Motorola claims to supply three generations of Android updates (until Android 15), together with 4 years of safety updates, which is good. The software program seems fairly inventory with the same old Motorola customisations (Peek show, Quick seize, and so on) and no extra third-party apps, which is surprisingly uncommon for smartphones within the premium section right now.

As for the software program expertise, I discovered it to be a little bit of a multitude. The firmware on my unit has been fairly unstable thus far, inflicting frequent reboots from the time I set it up. I seen this primarily whereas utilizing the digital camera app and charging the smartphone, however there have been instances when it randomly rebooted when it was simply sitting idle. Motorola says it is conscious of this situation, though it is nonetheless undetermined if that is restricted to solely among the evaluation items despatched out in India or if it is extra wide-spread.

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Motorola’s Edge 30 Ultra has a 3 rear cameras


Motorola has gone with a triple rear digital camera setup which incorporates the 200-megapixel main digital camera with OIS, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera which doubles up as a macro digital camera (much like the Edge 30 Pro), and a 12-megapixel telephoto digital camera with 2X optical zoom. Selfies are dealt with by a 60-megapixel digital camera which can be accessible within the Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Review).

The cellphone helps HDR10+ video recording at 4K decision which is one thing I can be testing within the full evaluation. As for the battery, Motorola has managed to suit a 4,610mAh battery into the Edge 30 Ultra’s slim physique. The cellphone might be charged as much as 125W utilizing the bundled charger. There’s additionally a 50W wi-fi charging and 10W reverse wi-fi charging.

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The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra has a steel body and affords an IP52 ranking for mud and water resistance


The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra’s competitors at present contains smartphones such because the iQoo 9T 5G and the OnePlus 10T 5G (Review), each of which additionally use the identical Qualcomm SoC. We even have barely older units from this 12 months akin to Xiaomi’s 12 Pro (Review). The Edge 30 Ultra manages to carry its personal because of some distinctive options that are not accessible on different competing units such because the 200-megapixel digital camera, a 144Hz OLED show, and an official IP ranking.

At the Rs. 59,999 sticker worth, Motorola seems to have given all the pieces one may hope for within the Edge 30 Ultra, on paper anyway, however can all of those options ship a greater flagship expertise? Stay tuned for my full evaluation which can be out quickly on Gadgets360. Motorola additionally launched its new premium mid-range smartphone, the Edge 30 Fusion, and you may learn our first impressions of it right here.


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