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Motorola Edge 30 Pro

Those following mobile news for a long time remembers the “Motorola of prestige,” that of the (first) Startac, which rightly looked over its shoulder at many rivals. Motorola may be resurfacing more modestly and closer to the standard. In the Motorola Edge 30 Pro analysis, we immerse ourselves in the intention of fighting for the top Android mobiles.

That this mobile champions this invention is based partly on the choice of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the latest high-end processor from the manufacturer. But more features put it above other series and smartphones of the brand; let’s see if it also has everything to compete with its rivals.

Screen: an incentive to stand out in a low-risk bet

We see in this mobile a 6.7-inch OLED panel with FullHD + resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels in a 20: 9 format, compatible with HDR10 + and with a ratio of 88.5%. Although what also stands out is that it integrates a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz, which is not a pioneer but exceeds what we see in most (120 Hz full).

Motorola integrates it, giving a choice between 60 and 144 Hz or an automatic adjustment; as we see entering the screen settings, we also know that they are very assorted, so we are going to see each aspect of the performance of the panel from the hand of your options.
Motorola Edge 30 Pro 02 Settings Screen 02

The content display is correct, with a good dose of contrast and more balanced colours if we opt for the natural setting. The neutral point of the temperature setting is for something cold, so we have been a little more comfortable putting it in the first point towards the warm end.

The refresh rate of 144 Hz is perceived as always in scrolls and opening and closing animations (and in games depending on the case). We will see that the autonomy penalty is clear, but generally, it is pretty pleasant to notice that extra fluidity, and we can always stay with the automatic adjustment.

Although the manufacturer has been cautious with the resolution and has not entered to compete, FullHD + gives a good experience, having a decent pixel density and, therefore, seeing the content defined. Well, at the level of viewing angles and maximum brightness, what needs some correction is the automatic brightness adjustment, which sometimes does not react well, and we have to end up adjusting manually.

In the settings, in addition, we see some options that are not in all the customization layers, such as the one that the screen stays on while we are looking at it or the bright screen (ambient screen), which in fact, will be our only option to be able to activate the screen with a double tap. Motorola relies heavily on this somewhat vitaminized ambient screen, although we do not see possibilities beyond the usual ones.

The home screen also has many options, being able to choose between a drawer or a single desktop, the grid, the size and shape of the icons, the theme, etc. And the notification curtain is renewed so that the toggles are much larger, and only eight are displayed at most. It certainly does not seem the most practical, at least when there are no notifications and considering that we see many exciting and unusual toggles.


This is how the curtain of notifications toggles is displayed (with a single touch).

The touch sensitivity is correct, and we have not noticed any problems. Neither with the hole for the camera, being able to play perfectly.

Performance: resorting to the newest works well

That Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is accompanied by 12 GB of RAM, so on paper, it has enough to give a good experience. In practice, this is the case, without appreciating lag and with good performance peaks in demanding tasks such as games.

Of course, the temperature does not take long to rise without reaching worrying figures or sensations. Demanding tasks will always test this aspect, and the Moto Edge 30 Pro does not escape, especially when running games like ‘Genshin Impact’ or with some heavy multimedia task like listening to a Twitter space.

Software: customizable and lightweight

In this smartphone, we have tested how the latest version of My UX on Android 12 turns out. At the level of pre-installed apps, it is somewhat closer to a Pixel than anything else because we do not see bloatware beyond Facebook (is it so hard not to add this app factory?), which can be deleted. Those of Google that we do not want will have to disable them.

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