The Motorola Edge 30 is the second phone in the Edge 30 series. The first smartphone, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro, disrupted the market by offering the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC for less than Rs. 50,000. The new Edge 30 targets an entirely different price segment, targeting buyers who value style and performance. As the successor to the Edge 20, Motorola claims the Edge 30 is the world’s thinnest 5G smartphone and the lightest in its segment in India. I spent some time on it, and here are my first impressions.

If you look at the Motorola Edge 30, you will notice certain elements borrowed from the Edge 30 Pro (Review), but its body is more square, which reminded me a lot of the Moto Z2 Play (Review). The flat sides of the Edge 30’s frame have curved edges, so the phone won’t dig into your palm while holding it. The Edge 30 even has a similar hand feel to the Z2 Play.

This phone is only 6.79mm thick and feels very light at 155g. The frame of the Motorola Edge 30 is made of polycarbonate, and the back is made of acrylic, which keeps the weight low. While these materials don’t feel as premium as metal and glass, the Edge 30 isn’t cheap either. The phone is available in Meteor Gray and Aurora Green.

Motorola has a smaller screen for the Edge 30 compared to the Edge 30 Pro. This model has a 6.55-inch pOLED panel with Full-HD+ resolution, a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz, and a touch frequency of 360Hz. The pOLED display is said to be one of the reasons for the slim profile of this phone. The thin bezels around this panel also provide an immersive viewing experience. It has a hole in the top center for the selfie camera, and a fingerprint scanner in the display. The latter is something that even the Motorola Edge 30 Pro does not have. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 over the screen for protection against scratches.

The Edge 30 fits comfortably in your hand

Motorola Edge 30

.You’ll notice that the Edge 30’s camera module is similar to the Motorola Edge 30 Pros. Motorola has also used the same sensors. Both phones have a 50-megapixel primary camera with OIS, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera with macro functionality, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. For selfies, the Edge 30 has a 32-megapixel shooter.

The Motorola Edge 30 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC and comes with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The internal memory of both variants is 128 GB. The 6GB variant is an India exclusive and starts at Rs. 27,999, while the 8GB variant is priced at Rs. 29,999. Motorola is offering an Rs. 2,000 discount for select cardholders. This phone competes directly with the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G (Review), Realme GT Master Edition (Review), and OnePlus Nord 2 (Review).

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ debits in India in the Motorola Edge 30. It has a higher CPU clock than the Snapdragon 778G in the Motorola Edge 20 (Review), which should give the Edge 30 slightly better performance. You get support for 13 5G bands, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2. It has stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos and ‘Snapdragon Sound enhancements.

The Edge 30 shares camera hardware with its premium brother, the Edge 30 Pro.

The Edge 30 has a battery of 4,020 mAh, which has a lower capacity than average for smartphones. This was a conscious choice to make the phone so slim and light. However, Motorola is confident in its ability to deliver good battery life. It also comes with a 33W charger in the box.

The Motorola Edge 30 runs Android 12 with Motorola’s My UX customizations. Motorola promises Android 13 and Android 14 updates for the Edge 30 and three years of security updates. The user interface is clean and easy to use. There are very few pre-installed third-party apps, all of which can be uninstalled.

I think the Motorola Edge 30 is a stylish phone and will attract buyers looking for something slim and light. It also has some interesting features and powerful hardware, which makes it potentially quite competitive in its segment. The Edge 30 will face stiff competition from Xiaomi, Realme, and OnePlus. I’ll be putting the Motorola Edge 30 to the test, so stay tuned to Gadgets360 for the full review coming soon.

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