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Motorola Edge 30 Pro Smartphone Review – An Affordable Flagship, Improved

Ready for whatever. While Motorola's latest flagship turned out to be more expensive than expected it does offer a fast SoC, a matte case, and a high-resolution front-facing camera. Enough for us to take a closer look at the Edge 30 Pro.
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Motorola Edge 30 Pro

The Edge 20 Pro has only been around for a short while yet its successor is ready to go. Motorola’s Edge 30 Pro addresses a few of its predecessor’s issues and comes with stereo sound and support for wireless charging as well as a smart stylus including a Folio for the smartphone. In return, it no longer features a periscope zoom as according to Motorola, digital zoom technology has been improved to a point that renders optical zooms obsolete.

Let’s find out whether or not this $1,000 meets our expectations.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Edge Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 8 x 1.8 - 3 GHz, Cortex-X2 / A710 / A510 (Kryo) Waipio
Graphics adapter
Memory
12288 MB 
Display
6.70 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 393 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, native pen support, AMOLED, 360Hz sampling rate, Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes, HDR, 144 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 236 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: Audio via USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B25/​B26/​B28/​B32/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B42/​B43/​B48/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n66/​n77/​n78) , Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.8 x 163.1 x 76 ( = 0.35 x 6.42 x 2.99 in)
Battery
4800 mAh Lithium-Ion, 68W charging (Motorola TurboPower), 15W wireless charging (Qi), 5W reverse wireless charging
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF (omnidirectional), OIS, dual LED-flash, videos @4320p/​24fps, videos @1080p/​960fps (Camera 1); 50.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 60 MPix f/​2.2, videos @2160p/​60fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, silicone bumper, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, IP52-certified; SAR: 0.96 W/kg (head), 1.43 W/kg (body), fanless
Weight
196 g ( = 6.91 oz / 0.43 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
87.7 %
03/2022
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
196 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2400x1080
87.4 %
02/2022
Xiaomi 12 Pro
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
204 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.73"3200x1440
88.6 %
10/2021
Apple iPhone 13
A15, A15 GPU 4-Core
173 g128 GB NVMe6.10"2532x1170
88.6 %
02/2022
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
177 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.40"2340x1080
86.7 %
10/2021
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
SD 870, Adreno 650
185 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2400x1080

Case – Looking Good, But Why that Plastic Frame?

The smartphone’s rear cover is made of frosted glass that changes color depending on level and angle of light, which makes for a superb premium look and manages to successfully prevent fingerprints.

The two available colors are Cosmos Blue and Stardust White, with the former somewhere between dark green and blue and the latter somewhere between gray and white. The case is well made, and we round no noticeable transitions along the edges.

The middle of the rear cover flexes and creaks slightly, and the power button with included finger print sensor at the right-hand side of the case is a rather mediocre fit. On the one hand we were very clearly able to feel its edges, on the other they are rounded and thus pleasantly tactile.

The frame is once again made of plastic, and at the front we find Gorilla Glass 3. It is here where the limited budget not quite on a par with true high-end devices become most obvious.

With a display size of 6.7 inches and a weight of 196 g (6.9 oz) the Edge 30 Pro is a large and relatively heavy smartphone indeed.

Size Comparison

163.6 mm / 6.44 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.66 mm / 0.3409 inch 204 g0.4497 lbs163.1 mm / 6.42 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 196 g0.4321 lbs163 mm / 6.42 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 185 g0.4079 lbs155.7 mm / 6.13 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 177 g0.3902 lbs146.7 mm / 5.78 inch 71.5 mm / 2.81 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 173 g0.3814 lbs

Connectivity – DisplayPort Built-In

European customers are treated primarily to a model with 256 GB of storage and 12 GB of RAM. Other SKUs with 128 GB / 8 GB and 512 GB / 12 GB are also available in select regions.

Just like on the Edge 20 Pro we find a USB-C port at the bottom, which is connected to a USB 3.1 bus with support for DisplayPort 1.4. As before an audio jack is nowhere to be found, which means that you will need to use either a USB-C headset or a USB-C to audio adapter.

The device supports Bluetooth 5.2 as well as NFC, which means that mobile payment systems are supported on this smartphone. It also comes with a total of three microphones.

Left: no connectivity
Left: no connectivity
Right: power button with fingerprint reader, volume rocker
Right: power button with fingerprint reader, volume rocker
Bottom: SIM slot, USB-C port, microphone speaker
Bottom: SIM slot, USB-C port, microphone speaker
Top: microphone
Top: microphone

Software – Pure Vanilla Android 12

By default, the device comes with Android 12 preloaded, which supports customization via different fonts, accent colors, and more. It also supports a reduced location accuracy for specific apps and comes with a privacy dashboard to inspect in detail which apps have been granted which permissions. Motorola promises three years of security updates as well as two major Android updates.

As before the operating system has been left largely untouched by Motorola with only the Moto and the Ready For app preloaded. The only third-party app we found was Facebook.

The device is DRM-certified, which means it supports HD streaming.

Connecting a computer to this smartphone is a breeze, and you can mirror your smartphone display to a larger screen via Chromecast, Miracast, and USB-C. However, Motorola takes this a step further with Ready For, which provides a customized user interface with support for a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard for a full office PC experience. It also allows for mouse cursor movement via smartphone or accessing data on either the connected PC or the smartphone itself.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro Software
Motorola Edge 30 Pro Software
Motorola Edge 30 Pro Software

Communication and GNSS – Future-Proof thanks to 5G and Wi-Fi 6E

The Motorola Edge 30 Pro supports the latest Wi-Fi standard utilizing the 6 GHz band called Wi-Fi 6E as well as older standards, such as Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 4. When connected to our Asus GT-AXE11000 reference router we managed very good transfer rates of almost 1 Gbps receiving data over Wi-Fi 6E channels. That being said the Xiaomi 12 Pro was quite a bit faster. In other words: Motorola does not utilize the built-in Wi-Fi modem to its max, which could be the result of power efficiency optimizations.

As expected, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro supports 5G, although it lacks support for mmWave and is limited to the slower sub 6GHz. It also supports a variety of 4G frequencies, which means it should be usable abroad and pretty much all over the world. In our tests, 4G connectivity turned out to be on an par or slightly worse than on other high-end smartphones.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
833 (794min - 859max) MBit/s ∼100%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
655 (597min - 675max) MBit/s ∼79%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1395, n=209, last 2 years)
486 MBit/s ∼58%
iperf3 receive AX12
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
731 (565min - 819max) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
715 (672min - 723max) MBit/s ∼98%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 1348, n=209, last 2 years)
473 MBit/s ∼65%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1214 (516min - 1524max) MBit/s ∼100% +35%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
898 (852min - 931max) MBit/s ∼74%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
737 (358min - 769max) MBit/s ∼61% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78.3 - 1710, n=49, last 2 years)
657 MBit/s ∼54% -27%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1465 (1307min - 1536max) MBit/s ∼100% +57%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
933 (833min - 949max) MBit/s ∼64%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
855 (649min - 889max) MBit/s ∼58% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72.5 - 1736, n=49, last 2 years)
636 MBit/s ∼43% -32%
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; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø933 (833-949)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø898 (852-931)
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
Available satellite networks
Available satellite networks

Outdoor GPS accuracy was almost instantaneous and very good at 3 m, and the number of connected satellites was good.

We took the device on a bike trip around the block in order to determine its real-world GPS accuracy, and it proved to be very accurate after some initial minor issues. Overall, we were satisfied with its GPS accuracy and are able to recommend it should this be of importance to you.

GPS Motorola Edge 30 Pro – overview
GPS Motorola Edge 30 Pro – overview
GPS Motorola Edge 30 Pro – turning point
GPS Motorola Edge 30 Pro – turning point
GPS Motorola Edge 30 Pro – bridge
GPS Motorola Edge 30 Pro – bridge
GPS Garmin Venu 2 – overview
GPS Garmin Venu 2 – overview
GPS Garmin Venu 2 – turning point
GPS Garmin Venu 2 – turning point
GPS Garmin Venu 2 – bridge
GPS Garmin Venu 2 – bridge

Telephony and Call Quality – Edge 30 Pro with Clear Sound

Motorola left the default Android telephone app unchanged, which means you get the standard clean telephone app with support for favorites and contacts. As expected the phone supports both VoLTE and VoWiFi.

Call quality was determined via a number of phone calls, and we liked its earphone and microphone quality. The earphone can get very loud, which is great in environments with high levels of ambient noise. The microphone recorded our voice very clear even if we spoke very quietly. The speakerphone worked very well and without any issues.

Cameras - A Brand-New Concept

Front-facing camera sample photo
Front-facing camera sample photo

Compared to the Edge 20 Pro Motorola changed the camera setup significantly on this new device. Gone are the predecessor’s 108 MP main sensor with 8 MP periscope zoom sensor, which have been replaced with two 50 MP sensors supporting a lossless hybrid zoom between wide-angle and main lens. The new camera also comes with OIS, which was absent on the Motorola Edge 20 Pro.

Motorola’s reasoning for the discontinuation of the periscope zoom is simple: digital zoom technology has improved sufficiently to replace optical zooms. Unfortunately, our tests results speak for themselves, and we found the 10x digital zoom to produce fairly blotchy results while 5x digital zoom was better and okay overall, albeit still nowhere near a true optical zoom.

With a diameter of 1/1.5 inches the camera’s main sensor remains quite large. However, due to its lower resolution it no longer combines 9 pixels into a single pixel but is now limited to just 4. In theory, this should result in a decreased light sensitivity, which we are fortunately unable to attest. In normal lighting conditions the Motorola Edge 30 Pro’s camera produced good photos with decent focus and popping colors.

Without a doubt the 50 MP wide-angle camera is a highlight only seldom to be found in smartphones. Due to its quad-pixel technology its effective resolution is normally limited to just 12 MP but it does also support a full-resolution 50 MP mode. Despite its higher resolution it failed to produce images that were noticeably better than wide-angle photos taken with other high-end smartphones. Bonus point: the wide-angle camera supports a high-quality macro mode.

Videos are recorded in either 8K of 4K with 60 FPS limited to FHD only and HDR-10+ available for 4K/30 FPS mode only. The wide-angle camera records in FHD with 30 FPS but does support zooming in and out while filming. Unfortunately, a single black frame is produced when first switching to the wide-angle camera while filming. Overall video quality is decent, with smooth lighting adjustments and no visible autofocus pulsing.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Hauptkamera PflanzeHauptkamera UmgebungHauptkamera Low LightWeitwinkelkamera
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Macro photo
Macro photo
1x zoom
1x zoom
5x digital zoom
5x digital zoom
10x digital zoom
10x digital zoom

In our lab and under controlled and normalized conditions, the main camera’s focus turned out to be average with a contrast ratio that could have been higher. As a result, some areas turn out gray instead of black. At just 1 lux of light we still managed to make out plenty of details but have to admit that the Motorola Edge 30 Pro’s camera system was unable to keep up with the best of the best.

ColorChecker
18.8 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
22 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
9 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
6 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Edge 30 Pro: 10.44 ∆E min: 2.31 - max: 22.05 ∆E
ColorChecker
25.7 ∆E
39.5 ∆E
32.7 ∆E
33.6 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
49.8 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
29.7 ∆E
29.7 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
48.1 ∆E
51.1 ∆E
27.7 ∆E
39.2 ∆E
26.8 ∆E
44.8 ∆E
32.2 ∆E
38.7 ∆E
38.9 ∆E
42 ∆E
40.6 ∆E
32.3 ∆E
22.4 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Edge 30 Pro: 34.93 ∆E min: 12.89 - max: 51.1 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty – Folio and Stylus Support

Inside the box we find a charger, a USB-C cable, a SIM tool, and a silicone bumper. A USB-C headset is included in select regions.

The Folio designed specifically for the Edge 30 Pro and the stylus are not going to be available in all countries, with European customers expected to start seeing these around mid-March. Unfortunately, we were not yet able to get our hands on either, and Motorola was unable to provide us with prices. Based on the product images we can say that the Folio leaves a narrow strip for the display and can be used as a built-in stand in landscape mode. The stylus can be stored on the backside of the case.

European customers are treated to a full 24 month warranty on their device, which can be further extended by another 12 months with Moto Care for around 50 Euros as well as accident protection for 100 Euros (12 months) or 115 Euros (24 months).

Motorola Edge 30 Pro with Folio and Stylus
Motorola Edge 30 Pro with Folio and Stylus
Motorola Edge 30 Pro with Folio and Stylus

Input Devices & Handling – Fast and Precise

Thanks to the device’s 144 Hz display with a touch sampling rate of 360 Hz the screen is buttery smooth, very responsive, and very accurate. The overall system performance is very fast resulting in a smooth user experience.

The fingerprint reader is integrated into the power button on the right-hand side. Right-handers will therefore primarily use the thumb for unlocking, left-handers the index finger. The sensor turned out to be very accurate and fast unlocking the phone almost instantaneously even when in standby. An optional face recognition feature is also available. It worked reliably well but is nowhere near as safe as Apple’s FaceID technology due to its implementation in software rather than hardware.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode

Display – Good, But Not Bright Enough

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The display’s FHD+ resolution may not be record-breaking high but standard for its class and certainly high enough for a 6.7-inch display. Accordingly, we had to look very hard to notice individual pixels or any form of aliasing. If you want a higher resolution the Xiaomi 12 Pro might be worth a closer look.

The Edge 30 Pro’s AMOLED display supports HDR 10+ with a maximum brightness of 658 nits. Other smartphones gut much brighter than this if necessary. Since the panel can turn individual pixels off its black level is absolute zero resulting in an infinitely high contrast ratio.

642
cd/m²
649
cd/m²
658
cd/m²
651
cd/m²
649
cd/m²
642
cd/m²
652
cd/m²
651
cd/m²
650
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 658 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 649.3 cd/m² Minimum: 1.97 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 649 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.18 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 1.5 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
94% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.236
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.70
Xiaomi 12 Pro
AMOLED, 3200x1440, 6.73
Apple iPhone 13
OLED, 2532x1170, 6.10
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2340x1080, 6.40
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.70
Screen
5%
23%
-16%
-13%
Brightness middle
649
959
48%
831
28%
758
17%
666
3%
Brightness
649
977
51%
830
28%
758
17%
644
-1%
Brightness Distribution
98
96
-2%
98
0%
99
1%
93
-5%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.18
1.1
7%
0.77
35%
1.5
-27%
1.4
-19%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.07
3.1
-50%
1.52
27%
3.1
-50%
2.65
-28%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.5
1.9
-27%
1.2
20%
2.3
-53%
1.9
-27%
Gamma
2.236 98%
2.22 99%
2.209 100%
2.06 107%
2.209 100%
CCT
2538 256%
6498 100%
6501 100%
6378 102%
6646 98%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 221.2 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 221.2 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 221.2 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21792 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

With the display set to “Natural” we found colors to be very accurate, with no single color stepping out of line, and very accurate grayscale levels. Our spectrophotometer results using CalMAN point to a 70 % coverage of AdobeRGB and DCI-P3.

As is typical for AMOLED displays, we found PWM flickering. The good news is that it flattened out at 75 % at a consistent 60 Hz, which many people find more pleasant.

CalMAN color accuracy (Display mode: natural)
CalMAN color accuracy (Display mode: natural)
CalMAN grayscale (Display mode: natural)
CalMAN grayscale (Display mode: natural)
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
13 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4 ms rise
↘ 9 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 15 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.8 ms).


PWM flickering at 0% brightness, oscillating around 221.2 Hz
PWM flickering at 0% brightness, oscillating around 221.2 Hz
0% brightness
0% brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Outdoor usability was decent overall, although we would have wished for a higher maximum brightness to improve readability in bright sunlight. Viewing angles were as expected.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoors
Outdoors

Performance – Graphics Power Galore

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1 comes with 8 cores running at up to 3 GHz. And while it cannot keep up with the Apple A15 the Edge 30 Pro performed very well for an Android smartphone, and it should easily handle demanding applications.

This is particularly important considering the device’s built-in Ready For desktop mode with multiple applications running simultaneously on a large screen with the phone serving as a full-fledged office PC replacement.

In terms of graphics performance, the Edge 30 Pro even managed to outperform the iPhone 13 in some benchmarks. It should thus offer a boatload of power for visually demanding applications.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
1755 Points ∼100% +47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1182 - 1298, n=15)
1233 Points ∼70% +3%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1195 Points ∼68%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1192 Points ∼68% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
1092 Points ∼62% -9%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
974 Points ∼55% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=255, last 2 years)
671 Points ∼38% -44%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
4820 Points ∼100% +32%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3738 Points ∼78% +2%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3659 Points ∼76%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (3269 - 3839, n=15)
3557 Points ∼74% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
3204 Points ∼66% -12%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
2986 Points ∼62% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=255, last 2 years)
2195 Points ∼46% -40%
Vulkan Score 5.3
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
6965 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (5744 - 8462, n=12)
6669 Points ∼96% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
4407 Points ∼63% -37%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
3159 Points ∼45% -55%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72 - 8702, n=198, last 2 years)
2597 Points ∼37% -63%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
Points ∼0% -100%
OpenCL Score 5.3
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
6291 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (5829 - 6291, n=12)
6019 Points ∼96% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
4748 Points ∼75% -25%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
3482 Points ∼55% -45%
Average of class Smartphone
  (255 - 9069, n=199, last 2 years)
2566 Points ∼41% -59%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
Points ∼0% -100%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
14107 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (12144 - 17025, n=15)
13714 Points ∼97% +1%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
13611 Points ∼96%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
13131 Points ∼93% -4%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
11986 Points ∼85% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=147, last 2 years)
10202 Points ∼72% -25%
3DMark
Wild Life Score
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
9927 Points ∼100% +56%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (6351 - 10062, n=11)
9201 Points ∼93% +45%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
8788 Points ∼89% +38%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
6351 Points ∼64%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
5683 Points ∼57% -11%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
4274 Points ∼43% -33%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=183, last 2 years)
3197 Points ∼32% -50%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
10384 Points ∼100% +60%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
9979 Points ∼96% +54%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (6483 - 10412, n=15)
9672 Points ∼93% +49%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
6483 Points ∼62%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
5872 Points ∼57% -9%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
4233 Points ∼41% -35%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 11700, n=184, last 2 years)
3392 Points ∼33% -48%
Wild Life Extreme
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2609 Points ∼100% +60%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
2470 Points ∼95% +52%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1629 - 2639, n=14)
2470 Points ∼95% +52%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1629 Points ∼62%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
1500 Points ∼57% -8%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
1243 Points ∼48% -24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3080, n=139, last 2 years)
991 Points ∼38% -39%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2513 Points ∼100% +60%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1567 - 2585, n=15)
2424 Points ∼96% +55%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
2313 Points ∼92% +48%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1567 Points ∼62%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
1223 Points ∼49% -22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=135, last 2 years)
977 Points ∼39% -38%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
974 Points ∼39% -38%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
142 fps ∼100% +19%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
121 fps ∼85% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
119 fps ∼84% 0%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
119 fps ∼84%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (60 - 121, n=12)
104.4 fps ∼74% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.5 - 143, n=196, last 2 years)
69.2 fps ∼49% -42%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
60.1 fps ∼42% -49%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
425 fps ∼100% +39%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
416.3 fps ∼98% +36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (245 - 450, n=13)
371 fps ∼87% +21%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
306 fps ∼72%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
223 fps ∼52% -27%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
178 fps ∼42% -42%
Average of class Smartphone
  (6 - 439, n=196, last 2 years)
139.7 fps ∼33% -54%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
119 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
117 fps ∼98% -2%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
116 fps ∼97% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
103 fps ∼87% -13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (60 - 121, n=12)
92.3 fps ∼78% -22%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
60.2 fps ∼51% -49%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 121, n=195, last 2 years)
56.2 fps ∼47% -53%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
251 fps ∼100% +59%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
217.4 fps ∼87% +38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (141 - 265, n=13)
195.5 fps ∼78% +24%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
158 fps ∼63%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
132 fps ∼53% -16%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
109 fps ∼43% -31%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.4 - 251, n=196, last 2 years)
80 fps ∼32% -49%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
109 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
87 fps ∼80% -20%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
80 fps ∼73% -27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (50 - 121, n=12)
79.7 fps ∼73% -27%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
73 fps ∼67% -33%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
60.1 fps ∼55% -45%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.1 - 121, n=195, last 2 years)
43.7 fps ∼40% -60%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
169 fps ∼100% +42%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
138.6 fps ∼82% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (95 - 175, n=13)
136.6 fps ∼81% +15%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
119 fps ∼70%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
91 fps ∼54% -24%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
75 fps ∼44% -37%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 169, n=196, last 2 years)
54.1 fps ∼32% -55%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
68 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
58.5 fps ∼86% -14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (28 - 81, n=12)
50.5 fps ∼74% -26%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
50 fps ∼74% -26%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
42 fps ∼62% -38%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
36 fps ∼53% -47%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.3 - 81, n=195, last 2 years)
27.5 fps ∼40% -60%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
96.6 fps ∼100% +12%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
86 fps ∼89%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (60 - 98, n=13)
78.2 fps ∼81% -9%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
71 fps ∼73% -17%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
58 fps ∼60% -33%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
45 fps ∼47% -48%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.8 - 97, n=195, last 2 years)
32.8 fps ∼34% -62%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
98 fps ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (39 - 98, n=14)
60.5 fps ∼62% -38%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
51 fps ∼52% -48%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
49 fps ∼50% -50%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
44 fps ∼45% -55%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 98, n=251, last 2 years)
28.7 fps ∼29% -71%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
112.9 fps ∼100% +12%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
101 fps ∼89%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (60 - 131, n=16)
100.6 fps ∼89% 0%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
92 fps ∼81% -9%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
57 fps ∼50% -44%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
54 fps ∼48% -47%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 123, n=252, last 2 years)
34 fps ∼30% -66%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
60 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
54.9 fps ∼92% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (27 - 69, n=14)
45.4 fps ∼76% -24%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
42 fps ∼70% -30%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
31 fps ∼52% -48%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
27 fps ∼45% -55%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 69, n=252, last 2 years)
19.8 fps ∼33% -67%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
42 fps ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (19 - 49, n=16)
39.1 fps ∼93% -7%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
37.2 fps ∼89% -11%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
34 fps ∼81% -19%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
25 fps ∼60% -40%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
22 fps ∼52% -48%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 47, n=252, last 2 years)
13 fps ∼31% -69%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
970465 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
962824 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (821646 - 1041980, n=14)
946438 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
813876 Points ∼84% -16%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
743221 Points ∼77% -23%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
692521 Points ∼71% -29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (111952 - 1041980, n=111, last 2 years)
555932 Points ∼57% -43%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
7070 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (6007 - 7567, n=11)
6808 Points ∼96% -4%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
6031 Points ∼85% -15%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
6007 Points ∼85% -15%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
5839 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (895 - 8124, n=170, last 2 years)
4244 Points ∼60% -40%
System
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
10739 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (9273 - 10990, n=11)
10216 Points ∼95% -5%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
10006 Points ∼93% -7%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
9119 Points ∼85% -15%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
8976 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1542 - 19657, n=170, last 2 years)
7532 Points ∼70% -30%
Memory
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
7457 Points ∼100% +1%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
7357 Points ∼99%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (5125 - 7806, n=11)
6493 Points ∼87% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
6248 Points ∼84% -15%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
5125 Points ∼69% -30%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1012 - 9044, n=170, last 2 years)
4862 Points ∼65% -34%
Graphics
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (15216 - 22308, n=11)
20142 Points ∼100% +17%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
17159 Points ∼85%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
15216 Points ∼76% -11%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
13588 Points ∼67% -21%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
12245 Points ∼61% -29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (478 - 25642, n=170, last 2 years)
7365 Points ∼37% -57%
Web
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1843 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1669 Points ∼91% -9%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
1654 Points ∼90% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1291 - 1888, n=11)
1624 Points ∼88% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
1501 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (718 - 2392, n=170, last 2 years)
1386 Points ∼75% -25%

Web browsing performance was very fast on this smartphone, and the Edge 30 Pro managed to outperform its competitors by quite a significant margin. That being said it was still unable to keep up with Apple’s iPhone 13.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
180 Points ∼100% +48%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Chrome 99)
121.6 Points ∼68%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (77.3 - 126.3, n=12)
105.3 Points ∼59% -13%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Chrome 94)
93.7 Points ∼52% -23%
Xiaomi 12 Pro (Chrome 97)
84.1 Points ∼47% -31%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Chrome 96)
63.9 Points ∼36% -47%
Average of class Smartphone (12.4 - 182.6, n=170, last 2 years)
62.2 Points ∼35% -49%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
399.8 Points ∼100% +69%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Chrome 99)
236.6 Points ∼59%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (121.9 - 237, n=11)
195.6 Points ∼49% -17%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Chrome 94)
170.6 Points ∼43% -28%
Xiaomi 12 Pro (Chrome 97)
147.5 Points ∼37% -38%
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 414, n=169, last 2 years)
114.8 Points ∼29% -51%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Chrome 96)
77 Points ∼19% -67%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
244 runs/min ∼100% +89%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Chome 99)
129 runs/min ∼53%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (64.4 - 129.3, n=12)
104.5 runs/min ∼43% -19%
Xiaomi 12 Pro (Chrome 97)
73.5 runs/min ∼30% -43%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Chrome 94)
71.9 runs/min ∼29% -44%
Average of class Smartphone (9 - 244, n=156, last 2 years)
60.9 runs/min ∼25% -53%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Chrome 96)
46.92 runs/min ∼19% -64%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
219 Points ∼100% +31%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Chrome 99)
167 Points ∼76%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (101 - 193, n=11)
148.2 Points ∼68% -11%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Chrome 96)
136 Points ∼62% -19%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Chrome 94)
127 Points ∼58% -24%
Xiaomi 12 Pro (Chrome 97)
119 Points ∼54% -29%
Average of class Smartphone (20 - 265, n=179, last 2 years)
92.1 Points ∼42% -45%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
62664 Points ∼100% +24%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Chrome 99)
50626 Points ∼81%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (27730 - 50626, n=12)
40720 Points ∼65% -20%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Chrome 94)
39985 Points ∼64% -21%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Chrome 96)
31070 Points ∼50% -39%
Xiaomi 12 Pro (Chrome 97)
29750 Points ∼47% -41%
Average of class Smartphone (3526 - 65969, n=184, last 2 years)
23301 Points ∼37% -54%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 15230, n=184, last 2 years)
3172 ms * ∼100% -287%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Chrome 96)
1417 ms * ∼45% -73%
Xiaomi 12 Pro (Chrome 97)
1330 ms * ∼42% -62%
Motorola Edge 20 Pro (Chrome 94)
1176 ms * ∼37% -44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (819 - 1440, n=12)
1033 ms * ∼33% -26%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Chrome 99)
819 ms * ∼26%
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
413.6 ms * ∼13% +49%

* ... smaller is better

As we expect of a true flagship phone the Edge 30 Pro comes with blazingly fast UFS 3.1 storage that outperformed all of its competitors very nicely. It improved even further of its already very fast predecessor.

Motorola Edge 30 ProXiaomi 12 ProSamsung Galaxy S21 FE 5GMotorola Edge 20 ProAverage 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
20%
-22%
-24%
-9%
-49%
Sequential Read 256KB
1832
1620
-12%
1639
-11%
1699
-7%
1781 ?(1330 - 2037, n=47)
-3%
929 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=248, last 2 years)
-49%
Sequential Write 256KB
1028
1465
43%
760
-26%
723
-30%
954 ?(452 - 1559, n=47)
-7%
472 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=248, last 2 years)
-54%
Random Read 4KB
277.7
324.9
17%
245.1
-12%
245.7
-12%
265 ?(181 - 345, n=47)
-5%
166.5 ?(13.5 - 345, n=248, last 2 years)
-40%
Random Write 4KB
339.5
448.9
32%
211.2
-38%
179.6
-47%
274 ?(218 - 458, n=48)
-19%
159.7 ?(56.5 - 458, n=249, last 2 years)
-53%

Gaming – High FPS Gaming Possible

Traditionally, smartphones tend to limit frame rates in mobile games due to battery life concerns. The higher the FPS the higher the battery drain, which might surprise and disappoint inexperienced users. Imagine our surprise when we found out that Motorola opted to support high FPS gaming and some of our GameBench benchmarks, such as for example the arena shooter Armajet, returned over 100 FPS.

Like its predecessor the Edge 30 Pro scored 60 FPS in PUBG Mobile in high settings. What a treat to be finally able to utilize the high-frequency display by enjoying high-FPS gaming.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Armajet
Armajet
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; Armajet; 1.61.6: Ø103 (78-119)
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 1.8.0: Ø59.7 (57-61)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.8.0: Ø59.6 (56-61)

Emissions – Massive Throttling under Load

Temperature

Under load, the device warmed up to 44 °C. This, while noticeably warm, was nowhere near unpleasant or critical. It could, however, become uncomfortable when exposed to higher ambient temperatures.

In addition, the device found it necessary to thermal throttle under sustained load. After 20 loops of our 3DMark Wild Life stress test we found the Edge 30 Pro to achieve a meagre 60 % of its initial performance. And while many other high-end smartphones suffer a similar fate the Edge 20 Pro managed to maintain a consistent performance over long periods of sustained load without breaking a sweat.

Max. Load
 43.3 °C
110 F
41.5 °C
107 F
38.1 °C
101 F
 
 44 °C
111 F
41 °C
106 F
38.1 °C
101 F
 
 43.4 °C
110 F
39.8 °C
104 F
37.5 °C
100 F
 
Maximum: 44 °C = 111 F
Average: 40.7 °C = 105 F
35.8 °C
96 F
38.1 °C
101 F
41 °C
106 F
37.2 °C
99 F
38.4 °C
101 F
41.3 °C
106 F
36.3 °C
97 F
38.1 °C
101 F
40.2 °C
104 F
Maximum: 41.3 °C = 106 F
Average: 38.5 °C = 101 F
Power Supply (max.)  43.2 °C = 110 F | Room Temperature 20.3 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.7 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.3 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 32.4 °C / 90 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.4 (25.7min) % ∼100% +73%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
80.1 (44.5min) % ∼81% +40%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58.6 (20min) % ∼59% +2%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
57.4 (34.3min) % ∼58%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
47.2 (27.4min) % ∼47% -18%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.8 (7.49min) % ∼100% +67%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
77 (12.3min) % ∼77% +29%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59.6 (9.21min) % ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56.1 (5.09min) % ∼56% -6%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
% ∼0% -100%
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Motorola Edge 30 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.8.1: Ø10.9 (9.21-15.5)
Apple iPhone 13 A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø13.1 (12.3-16)
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.7.2: Ø5.44 (5.09-9.07)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø7.5 (7.49-7.5)
Motorola Edge 30 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø38.6 (34.3-59.7)
Xiaomi 12 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø37.8 (27.4-58)
Apple iPhone 13 A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø47 (44.5-55.5)
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø22.6 (20-34.1)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro Adreno 650, SD 870, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø25.8 (25.7-25.9)
Heatmap front
Heatmap front
Heatmap rear
Heatmap rear

Speaker

Unlike on last year’s Edge 20 Pro our review unit supports stereo sound, and what sound scape it was! The well-balanced speakers get very loud and offer very decent low mids, and the entire device reverberates with heavy bass. Obviously, no smartphone can replace a sound system with dedicated subwoofer, but for a smartphone it turned out to sound surprisingly good.

External audio devices must be connected via USB-C or Bluetooth for additional oomph, and the device supports all current aptX codecs as well as LDAC and LHDC.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2049.350.82543.943.63137.134.34037.941.75043.842.26331.834802829.510027.93612523.543.616023.850.420019.653.3250195731517.561.440015.266.850016.874.36302172.980022.372.9100018.778.5125017.379.6160015.880.5200015.878.9250017.481.4315018.481.3400020.278.3500020.377.6630020.175.8800021.467.61000021.869.61250021.365.31600021.867.2SPL31.690.3N1.682.4median 20.1median 72.9Delta1.810.329.53633.138.427.42931.331.630.33029.625.824.121.520.718.717.629.514.843.512.348.912.850.310.455.1958.411.361.914.465.117.171.31474.110.472.69.471.410.663.411.466.213.668.413.766.715.371.115.473.416.675.817.669.117.368.917.661.126.382.80.755.1median 14median 66.22.810.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMotorola Edge 30 ProMotorola Edge 20 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Motorola Edge 30 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 37% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 55% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Motorola Edge 20 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 14% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 42% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 50% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery Life – Please, May I Have Some More?

Power Consumption

The Edge 30 Pro turned out to be anything but power efficient, and it consumed a maximum of 10.4 W in our power consumption tests with even higher peaks while running GFXBench or Geekbench. It was also not the most efficient device when idle.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.2 / 1.6 / 2.5 Watt
Load midlight 5.2 / 10.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
4800 mAh
Xiaomi 12 Pro
4600 mAh
Apple iPhone 13
3240 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
4500 mAh
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
4500 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
20%
35%
13%
39%
-11%
18%
Idle Minimum *
1.2
0.94
22%
0.6
50%
1.01
16%
0.7
42%
1.44 ?(0.7 - 3.18, n=10)
-20%
0.91 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=193, last 2 years)
24%
Idle Average *
1.6
1.24
22%
1
37%
1.5
6%
0.9
44%
2.19 ?(1.1 - 4.38, n=10)
-37%
1.669 ?(0.65 - 3.6, n=193, last 2 years)
-4%
Idle Maximum *
2.5
1.34
46%
1.3
48%
1.6
36%
1.2
52%
2.41 ?(1.34 - 4.45, n=10)
4%
1.896 ?(0.69 - 3.7, n=193, last 2 years)
24%
Load Average *
5.2
5.7
-10%
4.5
13%
5.54
-7%
4.6
12%
5.89 ?(3.58 - 8.04, n=10)
-13%
4.48 ?(2.1 - 7.74, n=193, last 2 years)
14%
Load Maximum *
10.4
8.12
22%
7.8
25%
9.16
12%
5.5
47%
9.04 ?(6.67 - 11.3, n=10)
13%
7.33 ?(3.56 - 11.9, n=193, last 2 years)
30%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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: Ø7.11 (1.702-12.6)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø11.5 (10.4-12.5)
; Idle 1min: Ø1.619 (1.378-2.67)

Battery Life

The battery is 300 mAh larger than the Edge 20 Pro's, resulting in overall improved battery life that is finally at a level acceptable for this class. It lasted for 13:36 hours in our Wi-Fi test while browsing the web, a result that could have been further improved with a fixed 60 Hz refresh rate as well as additional power saving modes. It also performed very well under load, which was no surprise given its tendency to thermal throttle very fast.

The power supply is rated at 68 W, and the device can be charged to 50 % in 15 minutes according to Motorola, which we are able to attest after running our own tests. Charging from near empty to full takes less than an hour. The Edge 20 Pro now also supports Qi wireless charging with up to 15 W, and reverse wireless charging  with up to 5 W.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
33h 05min
WiFi Websurfing
13h 36min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
16h 46min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 06min
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
4800 mAh
Xiaomi 12 Pro
4600 mAh
Apple iPhone 13
3240 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
4500 mAh
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
4500 mAh
Battery Runtime
-4%
21%
-9%
-7%
Reader / Idle
1985
2036
3%
2734
38%
1430
-28%
1689
-15%
H.264
1006
788
-22%
1224
22%
934
-7%
1289
28%
WiFi v1.3
816
766
-6%
1019
25%
594
-27%
774
-5%
Load
306
337
10%
299
-2%
388
27%
195
-36%

Pros

+ pure vanilla Android 12
+ promise of long-lasting update support
+ good-looking matte case
+ versatile, thanks to "Ready For"
+ accurate location services
+ fast Wi-Fi
+ world phone thanks to wide 4G frequency support
+ good call quality
+ good speakers
+ stylus support

Cons

- limited video recording capabilities
- poor digital zoom quality
- display could be brighter
- massive thermal throttling under sustained load
- plastic frame

Verdict – Various Improvements and a Brand-New Camera Array

In review: Motorola Edge 30 Pro. Review unit provided by Motorola Germany.
In review: Motorola Edge 30 Pro. Review unit provided by Motorola Germany.

Kudos! Motorola managed to address nearly every single issue we had with the Edge 20 Pro. And there’s more! More performance, long-lasting updates, pure vanilla Android 12, a good-looking case, fast Wi-Fi 6E, wide LTE and 5G frequency support, great stereo speakers, and accurate location services.

And while we admittedly liked the Motorola Edge 30 Pro a lot it is not perfect by any means. Its heat emissions are higher than before resulting in unprecedented thermal throttling under sustained load. In addition, we would have expected more than a simple plastic frame from a $1,000 smartphone.

The new camera array introduces a new concept than before. While the predecessor featured a lower-resolution periscope camera with optical zoom the Edge 30 Pro comes with a high-resolution wide-angle with macro mode and a 10x digital zoom of rather questionable couleur. This combined with the many restrictions for recording videos simply don’t befit a true high-end smartphone.

Motorola’s Edge 30 Pro is a significantly improved high-end smartphone with an interesting yet not quite well-thought-out camera array.

Nevertheless, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro is a great high-end smartphone at an acceptable price that managed to offer plenty of pros, great performance, and great speakers, and it will certainly find many fans.

Price and Availability

As with its predecessor, Motorola is not selling the Edge 30 Pro in North America. International unlocked GSM-only versions are available on Amazon starting at around $1,000.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro - 03/10/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
87%
Keyboard
68 / 75 → 90%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
52 / 70 → 74%
Weight
88%
Battery
90%
Display
91%
Games Performance
63 / 64 → 99%
Application Performance
86 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
84%
Noise
100%
Audio
80 / 90 → 89%
Camera
74%
Average
82%
88%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-03-15 (Update: 2022-03-15)