The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra was launched alongside the mid-range Edge 30 Fusion and budget Edge 30 Neo on September 8, just a day after the new iPhones, and given that it appeared right after the biggest tech event of the year. Yes, you’d be forgiven for missing it – I didn’t realize it until it showed up on my desk.
iPhones are among the most popular mobiles every year, so this media singular focus is understandable, but people in the more discerning world may actually be focusing on the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. It has top-end specs, and at a lower cost than Apple’s phones; And after testing it out, I really think it’s the device to watch right now.
A range of top-end specifications
If the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra was a character built with a video game character-creator, engineers would have pulled every slider to the max—this phone has surprisingly top-end specs in every department.
One of the easily marketable examples of this is the camera: it has a 200MP main camera, which is the highest-resolution phone camera we’ve seen yet (jointly with some other Moto devices). Although Motorola hasn’t looked at other cameras: there’s a 60MP selfie snapper, a 50MP ultra-wide camera, and a surprisingly 12MP telephoto camera.
Phone makers have spent years neglecting Zoom cameras, and the presence of a Zoom camera here is a pleasant surprise.
The processor here is the powerful Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, and is paired 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 look forward to playing a few rounds of Apex Legends Mobile on it.
The display also helps in this regard, as it is a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Motorola is one of the few non-gaming-phone brands that regularly uses high refresh rates on their phones, and I’m drawn to it.
Another impressive spec is the charging speed. The 4610mAh battery is powered by super-fast 125W wired powering, or 50W wireless charging if you prefer that convenience.
Something else that I really like – although I understand that opinions may be divided – is the design. The phone has a curved-edge display, which I find really comfortable to hold and use, but some might not be so keen on this feature.
Price is… better than right
Such top-end phones often cost a penny, but I was shocked when I saw the price of the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra.
The phone costs £750 in the UK, which translates to around $870 or AU$1,280. We only know UK price and availability for now, but I expect it to launch in the US as well – that country has a real lack of serious competition beyond Apple and Samsung – and Australia.
that matches the UK price xiaomi 12and cuts both Samsung Galaxy S22 And iphone 14, the latter by a significant margin. Oh, and that’s for the 128GB version of those three rival phones, their 256GB versions cost even more – you get 256GB by default in the Moto.
We only know UK price and availability for now, but I expect it to launch in the US as well – the country lacks serious competition beyond Apple and Samsung.
The Edge 30 Ultra is a lot cheaper than I expected, and I think the lower price will draw a lot of attention from Apple’s new iPhones. The phone is even better than the base-level iPhone 14 in key areas, notably zoom photography, charging speed and – in my opinion – design.
I’m working on my full Motorola Edge 30 Ultra review at the moment, and I keep hoping to stumble across a ‘catch’ at some point – a phone that looks so good, has such a competitive price without some asterisks. Can’t be anywhere.
But even if it has one or two minor flaws, it’s still a seriously impressive handset – and I fully expect to see it on our list best smartphone Once our full review goes live.