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Motorola Edge 30 smartphone review: Featherweight with 144 Hz display

Lightweight. Motorola's Edge series consists of its best smartphones, and the Edge 30 is the newest addition. At just under 7 millimeters, it is one of the thinnest smartphones on the market, combined with high performance, a bright AMOLED screen and two 50 MP cameras.

After Motorola relaunched its mid- and upper-range Edge series last year, the third generation is now already in the starting blocks. This currently consists of the top model, the Edge 30 Pro, and its mid-range sibling, the Edge 30. An entry-level model, the Edge 30 Lite, will also be added soon.

As the "mid-range" variant of the Edge 30 series, the Motorola Edge 30 is the link between the Edge 30 Lite and Edge 30 Pro in terms of price and performance, which should make it the most interesting for many buyers.

Like the Edge 20, the Edge 30 again makes use of a 144 Hz display and the fast mid-range Snapdragon 778G+ 5G SoC. The camera module, on the other hand, has been completely revamped and now uses a 50 MP lens for both the main and ultra-wide-angle cameras. The Edge 30 also claims to be the thinnest 5G smartphone currently on the market. Whether this is enough to beat the competition will be revealed in the following review. 

Motorola Edge 30 (Edge Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G 8 x 1.9 - 2.5 GHz, Kryo 670 (Cortex-A78/A55)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 405 PPI, capacitive, AMOLED, FHD+, HDR10+, Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes, 144 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 108 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Sar sensor, Magnetometer (compass), Wi-Fi Direct, DRM Widevine L1, Camera2 API Level 3
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (Band 2/3/5/8), 3G (Band 1/2/4/5/8), 4G (Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/26/28/32/38/39/40/41/41/42/43/66), LTE DL Cat.15, LTE UL Cat.10, 5G (Band 1/2/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/66/78), Head SAR 0.92 W/kg, Body SAR 1.35 W/kg, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.8 x 159.4 x 74.2 ( = 0.27 x 6.28 x 2.92 in)
Battery
4020 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 33W charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix Triple: 50MP Main Camera (f1.8, 1/1.5", 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS) + 50MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera (f/1.5, 1.28µm, 118° FOV) + 2MP Depth Sensor (f/2.4m 1.75µm); videos up to 4K [email protected]
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix f/2.3; videos up to 4K [email protected]
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: virtual, 33W charger, USB Type-C cable, guides, SIM tool, protective case, 24 Months Warranty, IP52 rating, fanless
Weight
155 g ( = 5.47 oz / 0.34 pounds), Power Supply: 77 g ( = 2.72 oz / 0.17 pounds)
Price
450 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86.1 %
07/2022
Motorola Edge 30
SD 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L
155 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080
85.1 %
12/2021
Huawei Nova 9
SD 778G 5G, Adreno 642L
175 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.57"2340x1080
85.2 %
12/2021
Honor 50
SD 778G 5G, Adreno 642L
175 g256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.57"2340x1080
84 %
11/2021
Motorola Edge 20
SD 778G 5G, Adreno 642L
163 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.70"2400x1080
83.2 %
06/2022
Samsung Galaxy A53
Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4
189 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080
86.3 %
12/2021
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
SD 778G 5G, Adreno 642L
158 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.55"2400x1080

With a thickness of 6.8 millimeters, the Edge 30 is two millimeters thinner than its predecessor. But this does not include the camera unit, which protrudes a few millimeters more from the case than in the Edge 20. As a result, the Edge 30 wobbles back and forth on the table, which cannot be completely eliminated with the included protective cover.

The Edge 30 surprises with a featherweight of just 155 grams, making it significantly lighter than competitors such as the 6.5-inch Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, which weighs over 30 grams more. The combination of slim casing and low weight makes the Edge 30 a very practical smartphone which, at the same time, does not feel fragile. 

Motorola clads its mid-range smartphone in a sturdy case with a display made of Gorilla Glass 3. The back is made of smooth plastic with a matte surface finish that shimmers in slightly different shades of color depending on lighting conditions. This looks sleek, but also makes the back cover quite susceptible to fingerprints.

The Edge 30 is available in the color variants "Meteor Grey", "Aurora Green" and "Supermoon Silver". The smartphone is IP52 certified and thus dust- and water resistant. 

Size Comparison

163 mm / 6.42 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 7 mm / 0.2756 inch 163 g0.3594 lbs160 mm / 6.3 inch 73.7 mm / 2.9 inch 7.77 mm / 0.3059 inch 175 g0.3858 lbs159.96 mm / 6.3 inch 73.76 mm / 2.9 inch 7.78 mm / 0.3063 inch 175 g0.3858 lbs159.6 mm / 6.28 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs160.53 mm / 6.32 inch 75.73 mm / 2.98 inch 6.81 mm / 0.2681 inch 158 g0.3483 lbs159.4 mm / 6.28 inch 74.2 mm / 2.92 inch 6.8 mm / 0.2677 inch 155 g0.3417 lbs

Equipment: 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage

The Edge 30 is currently offered in two configurations: 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 GB UFS 3.1 storage (8/128 GB) or 8/256. The availability and prices of these depend on your location (see "Price and Availability" at the end of this review for further details), although a cursory examination reveals that the former (8/128) appears to be the most common configuration available (in some cases, only 8/256 is available, such as in Brazil). The storage cannot be expanded due to the lack of a microSD slot. Of the 128 GB, 98 GB remains on the device upon purchase. 

The Motorola Edge 30 does not have a jack socket, so the USB-C port has to be used for connecting wired headphones or speakers. In addition to NFC, the smartphone supports Bluetooth 5.2. Since DRM WideVine L1 is also included, the Edge 30 can also stream content in HD quality.

Left: no connections
Left: no connections
Right: volume rocker, power button
Right: volume rocker, power button
Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Bottom: speaker, microphone, USB-C 2.0, SIM slot
Bottom: speaker, microphone, USB-C 2.0, SIM slot

Software: Android 12 and updates for three years

The Edge 30 uses a near-stock Android 12, which Motorola has provided with its Moto app. This allows users to adjust the layout, fonts and gesture controls, among other things. At the time of review (end of June), the Android security patches were still from April 1, 2022 and thus no longer quite up to date.

A nice addition is the "Ready For" capability of the Edge 30, which allows the wireless mirroring of content on a TV (or monitor) and also activates a special desktop interface. However, only the Edge 30 Pro supports a "Ready For" cable connection.

Motorola has pledged to supply Edge 30 users with Android security updates until May 2025, a total of 3 years from its release date in May 2022. Android 13 is already planned for the smartphone and a further upgrade to Android 14 is also promised.

Communication & GNSS: Fast WLAN and accurate positioning

Thanks to twenty two 4G bands and thirteen 5G bands, Motorola's Edge 30 covers a broad frequency spectrum, so users should have mobile reception at almost any location. Provided a suitable router like our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference model is used, the 6.5-incher can communicate in local networks via WiFi 6E.

The Edge 30 scores with very stable transfer rates in the 6 GHz band and also delivers very good transfer rates of around 950 MBit/s in both the send and receive directions. Although it does not fully exploit the potential of its WiFi 6E modem, the given performance is enough to beat all comparison devices in terms of WLAN speed.

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Average of class Smartphone
  (44.3 - 1736, n=73, last 2 years)
615 MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
345 (328min - 351max) MBit/s ∼56%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Average of class Smartphone
  (61.4 - 1710, n=74, last 2 years)
645 MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
269 (255min - 281max) MBit/s ∼42%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Average of class Smartphone
  (853 - 1768, n=10, last 2 years)
1339 MBit/s ∼100% +42%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
946 (876min - 953max) MBit/s ∼71%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Average of class Smartphone
  (598 - 1751, n=10, last 2 years)
1283 MBit/s ∼100% +36%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
946 (884min - 949max) MBit/s ∼74%
iperf3 transmit AX12
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
852 (384min - 906max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
845 (779min - 895max) MBit/s ∼99%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
697 (664min - 716max) MBit/s ∼82%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
692 (347min - 713max) MBit/s ∼81%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1395, n=191, last 2 years)
484 MBit/s ∼57%
iperf3 receive AX12
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
809 (717min - 844max) MBit/s ∼100%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
769 (725min - 813max) MBit/s ∼95%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
766 (339min - 805max) MBit/s ∼95%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
727 (616min - 781max) MBit/s ∼90%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 1348, n=192, last 2 years)
465 MBit/s ∼57%
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; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø946 (876-953)
; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø946 (884-949)
GPS signal outdoors
GPS signal outdoors
Supported satellite networks
Supported satellite networks

Localization of the Edge 30 takes place via the GPS, Glonass and Galileo satellite networks. Outdoors, this functions fairly rapidly and with an accuracy of up to 3 meters. Indoors, this is a little slower, but almost just as accurate at 4 meters.

Motorola passes the practical test with flying colors, for the Edge 30 records our bike ride almost as accurately as the Garmin Venu 2. The smartphone is thus very well suited for navigation tasks.

Garmin Venu 2: GPS test summary
Garmin Venu 2: GPS test summary
Garmin Venu 2: bridge
Garmin Venu 2: bridge
Garmin Venu 2: loop
Garmin Venu 2: loop
Motorola Edge 30: GPS test summary
Motorola Edge 30: GPS test summary
Motorola Edge 30: bridge
Motorola Edge 30: bridge
Motorola Edge 30: loop
Motorola Edge 30: loop

Telephony & Voice Quality

The Edge 30 delivers good voice quality. Voices were clear and intelligible for both the speaker and receiver during our test calls to mobile and landlines. Intelligibility remains high even when we communicate via the loudspeaker and the hands-free kit. VoLTE and VoWiFi are supported.

Entering the code *#07# in the phone app reveals the smartphone's SAR values. With a head SAR of 0.92 W/kg and a body SAR of 1.35 W/kg, these fall within an inconspicuous range in terms of radiation, so they are neither very low nor too high.

Cameras: Dual cameras with 50 MP each

Photo with the main camera
Photo with the main camera

Regarding the camera module, the Edge 30 takes a completely different approach to the Edge 20. Instead of a 108 MP main camera, a 16 MP ultra-wide-angle camera and an 8 MP telephoto lens, the successor uses two 50 MP cameras that are supported by a 2 MP depth sensor. There is also an optical image stabilizer in the main camera.

The 50 MP cameras use pixel binning to combine 4 adjacent pixels into one. If desired, you can also use full resolution in "Ultra-Res" mode. The Edge 30 Pro uses the same camera setup.

In daylight, the Edge 30 takes sharp and detailed photos with vivid colors. Subjects can be magnified via a 10x digital zoom, but this produces quite washed-out results. Only at a lower magnification level of around 5x does image quality then become satisfactory. At nighttime, the Edge 30 still captures plenty of detail, but also brightens up colors too much, which do not appear so natural.

The 50 MP ultra-wide-angle camera is a real exception in the mid-range and takes almost as good photos as the main camera, even if they have a slightly lower contrast overall. The images also remain relatively sharp at the edges, but also display visible image noise and chromatic aberrations. The ultra wide-angle camera is also used for the macro shots.

Videos can be recorded with both the main camera and ultra-wide-angle camera in 4K at 30 FPS, whereby HDR10+ can then also be used. Image quality is solid overall. Switching between the two lenses during recording is only possible in Full HD.

The selfie camera has a resolution of 32 MP and offers decent picture quality for video chats and snapshots. Like the main camera, it can record videos in a maximum of 4K with HDR10+, but the electronic image stabilization only works in Full HD resolution.

Photo with the selfie camera
Photo with the selfie camera
Photo with the main camera
Photo with the main camera
Photo with the main camera
Photo with the main camera
Photo with the main camera
Photo with the main camera
Photo with the ultra wide-angle camera
Photo with the ultra wide-angle camera
Photo with the main camera
Photo with the main camera

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.

Tageslicht-Aufnahme 1Tageslicht-Aufnahme 2UltraweitwinkelLowlight-Aufnahme
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Our test lab shows that the camera is able to reproduce colors fairly accurately in optimal lighting conditions, with the exception of darker green tones. Even at 1 lux of residual light, accuracy remains high and all details of the test chart can still be clearly seen.

ColorChecker
18.7 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
18 ∆E
19.9 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
5 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
6 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
1.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Edge 30: 12.27 ∆E min: 1.2 - max: 19.86 ∆E
ColorChecker
14.6 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
17.2 ∆E
17.9 ∆E
9 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
20.7 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
17.1 ∆E
21.6 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
15 ∆E
18.6 ∆E
17 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Edge 30: 14.58 ∆E min: 5.8 - max: 21.57 ∆E

Accessories & Warranty: 33-watt power supply included

Upon purchase of the Edge 30, buyers receive a 33-watt power adapter, a USB cable (type A to C), a SIM tool, a transparent protective cover as well as a quick-start guide and warranty information. Buyers can stock up on accessories such as headsets and protective cases in the Motorola shop.

The Motorola Edge 30 comes with a 24-month warranty in Germany. This may vary in other countries and other regions, to be sure to double check with your supplier before purchasing.

There is also the option of extending the warranty to 3 years with Moto Care insurance. Three different service levels are available, the prices of which are dependent on your location.

Input Devices & Operation: Responsive 144 Hz screen

The 144 Hz screen of Motorola's Edge 30 allows for smooth scrolling through menus and websites. Inputs are implemented without any noticeable delay, making operation very fluid.

The fingerprint sensor underneath the display unlocks the smartphone quickly and reliably. Face recognition is used as the second biometric authentication method. It is software-based and thus not quite as secure as the fingerprint sensor, but it works quickly and achieves an equally high recognition rate in sufficient ambient light.

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

Display: Bright AMOLED-Panel with HDR10+

Subxpixel grid
Subxpixel grid

Compared to the Edge 20, the Edge 30 also uses a 2400 x 1080 pixel AMOLED screen, but with two important differences. The pixel density increases to 404 PPI due to the decreased screen diagonal from 6.7 to 6.5 inches, making the display even sharper. Moreover, Motorola has given the successor a much brighter screen.

The AMOLED screen of the Edge 30 achieves an average brightness of around 630 cd/m², which is a clear increase compared to the Edge 20's maximum brightness of 497 cd/m². Despite HDR10+ support, HDR effects are still limited in the Edge 30 because the screen cannot achieve more than 655 cd/m². Among the comparison devices, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G and the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, for example, show that the brightness can be even better.

The AMOLED panel of the Edge 30 also uses pulse width modulation (PWM) for brightness control. The PWM flickering of 250 Hz is in a relatively low range and should not bother many sensitive users. A DC dimming switch is also available in the display settings as "Prevent flickering".

613
cd/m²
629
cd/m²
651
cd/m²
604
cd/m²
632
cd/m²
655
cd/m²
604
cd/m²
626
cd/m²
655
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 655 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 629.9 cd/m² Minimum: 1.79 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 632 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.46 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3
ΔE Greyscale 2.6 | 0.64-98 Ø5.5
96% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.209
Motorola Edge 30
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.50
Huawei Nova 9
OLED, 2340x1080, 6.57
Honor 50
OLED, 2340x1080, 6.57
Motorola Edge 20
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.70
Samsung Galaxy A53
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.50
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Screen
3%
-36%
-27%
3%
32%
Brightness middle
632
621
-2%
731
16%
479
-24%
718
14%
797
26%
Brightness
630
632
0%
722
15%
480
-24%
730
16%
800
27%
Brightness Distribution
92
96
4%
97
5%
94
2%
92
0%
97
5%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.46
1.7
-16%
3.1
-112%
2.06
-41%
1.62
-11%
0.9
38%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.32
2.8
16%
5.8
-75%
4.54
-37%
4.21
-27%
2
40%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.6
2.2
15%
4.2
-62%
3.5
-35%
2
23%
1.1
58%
Gamma
2.209 100%
2.17 101%
2.19 100%
2.205 100%
2.156 102%
2.26 97%
CCT
6755 96%
6806 96%
6818 95%
6794 96%
6545 99%
6397 102%

* ... 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 250 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 250 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 250 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 19928 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

PWM flickering
PWM flickering
0% brightness
0% brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Messreihe mit fixer Zoomstufe und unterschiedlichen Helligkeitseinstellungen

In the preset "Saturated" image mode, the Edge 30 reproduces colors strongly, but neglects color fidelity. This is remedied when the second image mode "Natural" is selected. Grayscale (Delta-E 2.6) and color (Delta-E 1.46) values then fall in the ideal range, as does the color temperature. RGB balance and gamma are also almost perfect. The screen is able to cover just over 71% of both the AdobeRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces.

Color fidelity (color mode: natural)
Color fidelity (color mode: natural)
Grayscale (color mode: natural)
Grayscale (color mode: natural)
Color saturation (color mode: natural)
Color saturation (color mode: natural)
Color space (color mode: natural, target color space: AdobeRGB)
Color space (color mode: natural, target color space: AdobeRGB)
Color space (color mode: natural, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (color mode: natural, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (color mode: natural, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (color mode: natural, target color space: sRGB)

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
11 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 5 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 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 18 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
14 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 6 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 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 16 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.5 ms).

Screen content is easy to read outdoors as long as direct sunlight is avoided. The viewing angle stability of the AMOLED display leaves virtually no room for criticism.

Outdoor use (in direct sunlight)
Outdoor use (in direct sunlight)
Indoor use (in shade)
Indoor use (in shade)
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance: Solid performance thanks to the Snapdragon 778G+

The Edge 30 uses the Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, which falls in the upper mid-range in terms of performance. Motorola is in good company with its eight-core SoC, since its sister model, the Snapdragon 778G 5G, is a popular choice in this price segment and also powers all other comparison devices (with the exception of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G). Since the Snapdragon 778G+ 5G runs only slightly faster, the benchmark results are correspondingly homogeneous.

Like its Snapdragon siblings, the Edge 30 delivers very solid everyday performance and also has enough power to run current games smoothly. The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is a bit slower across the board with its Exynos 1280

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
826 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (824 - 826, n=2)
825 Points ∼100% 0%
Huawei Nova 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
790 Points ∼96% -4%
Honor 50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
788 Points ∼95% -5%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
787 Points ∼95% -5%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
767 Points ∼93% -7%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
740 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=268, last 2 years)
690 Points ∼84% -16%
Multi-Core
Huawei Nova 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
3000 Points ∼100% +4%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2962 Points ∼99% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (2872 - 2998, n=2)
2935 Points ∼98% +2%
Honor 50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2889 Points ∼96% +1%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2872 Points ∼96%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2785 Points ∼93% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=268, last 2 years)
2240 Points ∼75% -22%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
1878 Points ∼63% -35%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (553328 - 582264, n=2)
567796 Points ∼100% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (111952 - 1119358, n=129, last 2 years)
556482 Points ∼98% +1%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
553328 Points ∼97%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
520706 Points ∼92% -6%
Honor 50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
519177 Points ∼91% -6%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
509185 Points ∼90% -8%
Huawei Nova 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
467593 Points ∼82% -15%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
409976 Points ∼72% -26%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
15194 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (11662 - 15194, n=2)
13428 Points ∼88% -12%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
13296 Points ∼88% -12%
Honor 50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
12076 Points ∼79% -21%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
11470 Points ∼75% -25%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
10755 Points ∼71% -29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=176, last 2 years)
10243 Points ∼67% -33%
CrossMark - Overall
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (732 - 760, n=2)
746 Points ∼100% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (226 - 1169, n=69, last 2 years)
734 Points ∼98% 0%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
732 Points ∼98%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
678 Points ∼91% -7%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
579 Points ∼78% -21%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Honor 50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5002 Points ∼100% +1%
Huawei Nova 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4950 Points ∼99% 0%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4932 Points ∼99%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (4768 - 4932, n=2)
4850 Points ∼97% -2%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4809 Points ∼96% -2%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4615 Points ∼92% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1223 - 8753, n=175, last 2 years)
4379 Points ∼88% -11%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3626 Points ∼72% -26%
System
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
10940 Points ∼100%
Huawei Nova 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
10816 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (10424 - 10940, n=2)
10682 Points ∼98% -2%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
10455 Points ∼96% -4%
Honor 50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
9880 Points ∼90% -10%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
8751 Points ∼80% -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2083 - 19657, n=175, last 2 years)
7759 Points ∼71% -29%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
7157 Points ∼65% -35%
Memory
Huawei Nova 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
6372 Points ∼100% +34%
Honor 50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
6307 Points ∼99% +32%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5234 Points ∼82% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 9044, n=175, last 2 years)
5004 Points ∼79% +5%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4957 Points ∼78% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (4762 - 4763, n=2)
4763 Points ∼75% 0%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4762 Points ∼75%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3855 Points ∼60% -19%
Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 26660, n=175, last 2 years)
7867 Points ∼100% +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (7516 - 8175, n=2)
7846 Points ∼100% +4%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
7516 Points ∼96%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
6763 Points ∼86% -10%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
6729 Points ∼86% -10%
Huawei Nova 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
6726 Points ∼85% -11%
Honor 50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
6659 Points ∼85% -11%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
5178 Points ∼66% -31%
Web
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
1534 Points ∼100% +2%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
1511 Points ∼99%
Honor 50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
1509 Points ∼98% 0%
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
1465 Points ∼96% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (718 - 2392, n=175, last 2 years)
1394 Points ∼91% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (1273 - 1511, n=2)
1392 Points ∼91% -8%
Huawei Nova 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
1295 Points ∼84% -14%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
1210 Points ∼79% -20%
AImark - Score v2.x
Motorola Edge 20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
137968 Points ∼100% +2288%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4293 - 286905, n=148, last 2 years)
55517 Points ∼40% +861%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
  (5777 - 5823, n=2)
5800 Points ∼4% 0%
Motorola Edge 30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5777 Points ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4714 Points ∼3% -18%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
Points ∼0% -100%
3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
768 Points ∼100%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
690 Points ∼90% -10%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
689 Points ∼90% -10%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
688 Points ∼90% -10%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
621 Points ∼81% -19%
Wild Life Extreme
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
764 Points ∼100%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
695 Points ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
695 Points ∼91% -9%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
694 Points ∼91% -9%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
636 Points ∼83% -17%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2831 Points ∼100%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2501 Points ∼88% -12%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2500 Points ∼88% -12%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2499 Points ∼88% -12%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2275 Points ∼80% -20%
Wild Life Score
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2814 Points ∼100%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2505 Points ∼89% -11%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2505 Points ∼89% -11%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2492 Points ∼89% -11%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2293 Points ∼81% -19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3523 Points ∼100% +30%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2718 Points ∼77%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2689 Points ∼76% -1%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2588 Points ∼73% -5%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2557 Points ∼73% -6%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5928 Points ∼100%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5370 Points ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5338 Points ∼90% -10%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5302 Points ∼89% -11%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3902 Points ∼66% -34%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4810 Points ∼100% +2%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4696 Points ∼98%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4300 Points ∼89% -8%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4299 Points ∼89% -8%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3546 Points ∼74% -24%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4831 Points ∼100% +6%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4677 Points ∼97% +3%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4547 Points ∼94%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4166 Points ∼86% -8%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3097 Points ∼64% -32%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6240 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5651 Points ∼91% -9%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5637 Points ∼90% -10%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5614 Points ∼90% -10%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3982 Points ∼64% -36%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5763 Points ∼100%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5435 Points ∼94% -6%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5375 Points ∼93% -7%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5236 Points ∼91% -9%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3746 Points ∼65% -35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4529 Points ∼100% +6%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4439 Points ∼98% +4%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4410 Points ∼97% +3%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4270 Points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2261 Points ∼50% -47%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8182 Points ∼100%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7276 Points ∼89% -11%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7238 Points ∼88% -12%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
7224 Points ∼88% -12%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5172 Points ∼63% -37%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6798 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
6389 Points ∼94% -6%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6358 Points ∼94% -6%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
6340 Points ∼93% -7%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4021 Points ∼59% -41%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5385 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5036 Points ∼94% -6%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5027 Points ∼93% -7%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5018 Points ∼93% -7%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3621 Points ∼67% -33%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5807 Points ∼100%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5218 Points ∼90% -10%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5213 Points ∼90% -10%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5178 Points ∼89% -11%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3939 Points ∼68% -32%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4561 Points ∼100% +6%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4501 Points ∼99% +5%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4423 Points ∼97% +3%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4293 Points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2823 Points ∼62% -34%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7281 Points ∼100%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6639 Points ∼91% -9%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
6638 Points ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
6458 Points ∼89% -11%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4645 Points ∼64% -36%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8605 Points ∼100%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7618 Points ∼89% -11%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7608 Points ∼88% -12%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
7536 Points ∼88% -12%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5510 Points ∼64% -36%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4732 Points ∼100%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4684 Points ∼99% -1%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4580 Points ∼97% -3%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4224 Points ∼89% -11%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2997 Points ∼63% -37%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
116 fps ∼100% +29%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99 fps ∼85% +10%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps ∼78%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
89 fps ∼77% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
81 fps ∼70% -10%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼52% -33%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
148 fps ∼100%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
133 fps ∼90% -10%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
133 fps ∼90% -10%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
133 fps ∼90% -10%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
133 fps ∼90% -10%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
92 fps ∼62% -38%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
85 fps ∼100%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
69 fps ∼81% -19%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
69 fps ∼81% -19%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
68 fps ∼80% -20%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59 fps ∼69% -31%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
56 fps ∼66% -34%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
89 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
79 fps ∼89% -11%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 fps ∼89% -11%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
78 fps ∼88% -12%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
77 fps ∼87% -13%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
61 fps ∼69% -31%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
67 fps ∼100%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53 fps ∼79% -21%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
51 fps ∼76% -24%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
49 fps ∼73% -27%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
48 fps ∼72% -28%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
35 fps ∼52% -48%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
63 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
57 fps ∼90% -10%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
57 fps ∼90% -10%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
56 fps ∼89% -11%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
56 fps ∼89% -11%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
38 fps ∼60% -40%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps ∼100%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps ∼79% -21%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
29 fps ∼74% -26%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
29 fps ∼74% -26%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
28 fps ∼72% -28%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
20 fps ∼51% -49%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps ∼100%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
33 fps ∼89% -11%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
33 fps ∼89% -11%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
33 fps ∼89% -11%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps ∼89% -11%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
23 fps ∼62% -38%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
26 fps ∼100%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
22 fps ∼85% -15%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
20 fps ∼77% -23%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps ∼77% -23%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
19 fps ∼73% -27%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
15 fps ∼58% -42%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
15 fps ∼100%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
14 fps ∼93% -7%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
14 fps ∼93% -7%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14 fps ∼93% -7%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
13 fps ∼87% -13%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
10 fps ∼67% -33%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps ∼100%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
35 fps ∼88% -12%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
33 fps ∼83% -17%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
32 fps ∼80% -20%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
30 fps ∼75% -25%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
23 fps ∼58% -42%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
39 fps ∼100% 0%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps ∼100%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
38 fps ∼97% -3%
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
38 fps ∼97% -3%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
34 fps ∼87% -13%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
26 fps ∼67% -33%

The browser benchmarks here attest to the strength of the Motorola Edge 30. Websites are swiftly loaded and displayed.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Motorola Edge 30 (Chrome 102.0.5005.125)
90.283 Points ∼100%
Motorola Edge 20 (Chrome 95)
86.8 Points ∼96% -4%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE (Chrome 96)
86.2 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (73.7 - 90.3, n=2)
82 Points ∼91% -9%
Honor 50 (Chrome 96)
76.1 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Smartphone (12.4 - 182.6, n=176, last 2 years)
65.1 Points ∼72% -28%
Samsung Galaxy A53 (Chrome 101)
63.5 Points ∼70% -30%
Huawei Nova 9 (Huawei Browser 12.0.0.303)
58.8 Points ∼65% -35%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Motorola Edge 30 (Chrome 102.0.5005.125)
66.48 runs/min ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone (12.5 - 244, n=163, last 2 years)
63.3 runs/min ∼95% -5%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE (Chrome 96)
61.5 runs/min ∼93% -7%
Motorola Edge 20 (Chome 95)
61.3 runs/min ∼92% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (53.7 - 66.5, n=2)
60.1 runs/min ∼90% -10%
Samsung Galaxy A53 (Chome 101)
51.24 runs/min ∼77% -23%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Motorola Edge 20 (Chrome 95)
131 Points ∼100% +13%
Motorola Edge 30 (Chrome 102.0.5005.125)
116 Points ∼89%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE (Chrome 96)
113 Points ∼86% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (102 - 116, n=2)
109 Points ∼83% -6%
Honor 50 (Chrome 96)
102 Points ∼78% -12%
Huawei Nova 9 (Huawei Browser 12.0.0.303)
96 Points ∼73% -17%
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 265, n=183, last 2 years)
95.3 Points ∼73% -18%
Samsung Galaxy A53 (Chrome 101)
69 Points ∼53% -41%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Motorola Edge 30 (Chrome 102.0.5005.125)
32109 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE (Chrome 96)
31915 Points ∼99% -1%
Motorola Edge 20 (Chrome 95)
31783 Points ∼99% -1%
Honor 50 (Chrome 96)
31134 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (24488 - 32109, n=2)
28299 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Smartphone (3526 - 65969, n=190, last 2 years)
24665 Points ∼77% -23%
Samsung Galaxy A53 (Chrome 101)
24159 Points ∼75% -25%
Huawei Nova 9 (Huawei Browser 12.0.0.303)
23915 Points ∼74% -26%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 14832, n=188, last 2 years)
2878 ms * ∼100% -116%
Samsung Galaxy A53 (Chrome 101)
1920.3 ms * ∼67% -44%
Huawei Nova 9 (Huawei Browser 12.0.0.303)
1893 ms * ∼66% -42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (1335 - 1796, n=2)
1566 ms * ∼54% -17%
Honor 50 (Chrome 96)
1427 ms * ∼50% -7%
Motorola Edge 20 (Chrome 95)
1344 ms * ∼47% -1%
Motorola Edge 30 (Chrome 102.0.5005.125)
1335 ms * ∼46%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE (Chrome 96)
1323 ms * ∼46% +1%

* ... smaller is better

The UFS 3.1 storage of the Edge 30 scores with high transfer rates and can read and write large amounts of data quickly. Compared to the UFS 2.1 memory of the predecessor, this is a significant performance increase. 

Motorola Edge 30Huawei Nova 9Honor 50Motorola Edge 20Samsung Galaxy A53Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NEAverage 128 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-16%
-15%
-30%
-34%
-28%
-6%
-37%
Sequential Read 256KB
1514.62
1030
-32%
984
-35%
1011
-33%
510.1
-66%
944
-38%
1574 ?(1030 - 1898, n=36)
4%
943 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=259, last 2 years)
-38%
Sequential Write 256KB
965.35
759
-21%
609
-37%
471.4
-51%
486.7
-50%
679
-30%
768 ?(233 - 1095, n=36)
-20%
503 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=259, last 2 years)
-48%
Random Read 4KB
241.72
229.6
-5%
245.7
2%
190.2
-21%
229.9
-5%
208.7
-14%
236 ?(126.2 - 322, n=36)
-2%
171.4 ?(13.5 - 345, n=259, last 2 years)
-29%
Random Write 4KB
249.14
239.2
-4%
280.2
12%
210.6
-15%
210.8
-15%
178.8
-28%
236 ?(121.4 - 323, n=36)
-5%
168.3 ?(30.3 - 475, n=260, last 2 years)
-32%

Gaming: 144 Hz is the exception

With its 144 Hz screen, stereo speakers, and Snapdragon 778G+ 5G with its Adreno 642L graphics chip, Motorola's Edge 30 has all the prerequisites for making gaming fun. The smartphone did not have any problems rendering current games smoothly under testing, even in high details.

However, the Edge 30 can hardly exploit the full potential of its 144 Hz screen, since only a few games are optimized for such high frame rates and usually set a specific upper FPS limit for energy-saving reasons. For example, Armajet does not actually have a frame rate limit, but only runs at a maximum of 60 Hz on the Edge 30. PUBG Mobile is limited to 30 FPS under testing, but practically never drops below that even at the "HD/High" setting. Subway Surfers manages up to 90 FPS.

Frame rates were determined with our Gamebench test tool.

Armajet
Armajet
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Subway Surfers
Subway Surfers
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; Armajet; 1.61.6: Ø60.2 (59-61)
; PUBG Mobile; 2.0.0: Ø29.9 (27-31)
; Subway Surfers; 2.36.0: Ø90 (82-91)

Emissions - High surface temperatures, but no throttling

Temperature

Under testing, surface temperatures of the Edge 30 heat up to 48.5 °C. While this is not in the critical range, it may be a few degrees higher on hot summer days, thus resulting in eventual discomfort of use.

On the other hand, the high surface temperatures do not negatively impact performance. As 3DMark's Wild Life stress tests and GFXBench's battery test show, the Edge 30 can still max out its performance potential even after repeated test runs. 

Max. Load
 45 °C
113 F
44 °C
111 F
39.9 °C
104 F
 
 45.7 °C
114 F
44 °C
111 F
40.1 °C
104 F
 
 46.5 °C
116 F
43.5 °C
110 F
39.6 °C
103 F
 
Maximum: 46.5 °C = 116 F
Average: 43.1 °C = 110 F
39.9 °C
104 F
44.7 °C
112 F
47.4 °C
117 F
40.4 °C
105 F
44.6 °C
112 F
48.4 °C
119 F
39.5 °C
103 F
44.7 °C
112 F
48.5 °C
119 F
Maximum: 48.5 °C = 119 F
Average: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.3 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 43.1 °C / 110 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 46.5 °C / 116 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 48.5 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 36.3 °C / 97 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.6 (13.7min) % ∼100% +1%
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.4 (14.9min) % ∼100% +1%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.2 (14.8min) % ∼100% 0%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.2 (14.8min) % ∼100% 0%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98.8 (16.8min) % ∼99%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Honor 50
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.8 (4.14min) % ∼100% +1%
Motorola Edge 20
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.7 (4.14min) % ∼100% +1%
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.5 (4.14min) % ∼100% 0%
Motorola Edge 30
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.1 (4.54min) % ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
97.8 (3.75min) % ∼98% -1%
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Motorola Edge 30 Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø4.57 (4.54-4.59)
Honor 50 Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø4.15 (4.14-4.15)
Motorola Edge 20 Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø4.14 (4.14-4.15)
Samsung Galaxy A53 Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø3.81 (3.75-3.84)
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø4.15 (4.14-4.17)
Motorola Edge 30 Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø16.9 (16.8-17)
Honor 50 Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø14.9 (14.9-15)
Motorola Edge 20 Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø14.9 (14.8-14.9)
Samsung Galaxy A53 Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø13.7 (13.7-13.7)
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø14.9 (14.8-15)

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the Edge 30 are quite treble-heavy and almost completely drown out the bass tones in the sound mix. But they reproduce speech very well and do not distort even when the volume is maxed out. 

Wired headsets and speakers can be connected via USB-C. Bluetooth 5.2 is available for wireless audio devices. Common Bluetooth codecs such as aptX, aptX HD and aptX Adaptive are supported.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.638.52534.835.53132.630.24037.135.75042.839.96332.727.78022.927.410020.232.712517.936.816015.943.920012472501150.531513.456.54001160.250012.666.563012.571.580011.870.4100011.477.7125011.576160010.577.320009.973.5250010.671.9315011.972.2400012.865.7500013.964.2630014.465.2800015.266.2100001667.81250015.965.11600016.648.7SPL25.384.6N0.657.5median 12.6median 65.7Delta29.929.532.933.134.527.426.731.329.130.33329.626.624.120.320.721.417.635.114.845.912.349.212.851.110.454960.911.365.214.465.317.170.21473.610.4709.468.810.661.211.46113.662.713.777.115.375.615.47716.676.317.669.217.368.617.655.226.384.50.758median 14median 65.22.89hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMotorola Edge 30Motorola Edge 20
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Motorola Edge 30 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 10% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 36% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Motorola Edge 20 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 24% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 49% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life: Short due to small battery

Power Consumption

The Edge 30 is rather restrained in terms of power consumption, only consuming an average of 1.2 watts when idle and an average of 3.6 watts under load. This makes it the most energy-efficient among all comparison devices.

In testing, the smartphone was recharged from 0 to 100 percent in 1:04 hours via the included 33-watt power adapter. The battery was 75% full after 40 minutes. Wireless charging is not supported on the Edge 30. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.9 / 1.2 / 1.5 Watt
Load midlight 3.6 / 7.1 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
4020 mAh
Huawei Nova 9
4300 mAh
Honor 50
4300 mAh
Motorola Edge 20
4000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A53
5000 mAh
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
4250 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-39%
-54%
-7%
-15%
-15%
-3%
-17%
Idle Minimum *
0.9
0.96
-7%
1.02
-13%
1
-11%
0.9
-0%
0.78
13%
0.95 ?(0.9 - 1, n=2)
-6%
0.894 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=195, last 2 years)
1%
Idle Average *
1.2
2.47
-106%
2.98
-148%
1.3
-8%
1.3
-8%
1.97
-64%
1.2 ?(1.2 - 1.2, n=2)
-0%
1.647 ?(0.65 - 3.6, n=195, last 2 years)
-37%
Idle Maximum *
1.5
2.55
-70%
3.11
-107%
1.6
-7%
1.6
-7%
1.99
-33%
1.5 ?(1.5 - 1.5, n=2)
-0%
1.861 ?(0.69 - 3.7, n=195, last 2 years)
-24%
Load Average *
3.6
3.85
-7%
3.59
-0%
3.9
-8%
5.7
-58%
3.23
10%
3.9 ?(3.6 - 4.2, n=2)
-8%
4.41 ?(2.1 - 7.74, n=195, last 2 years)
-23%
Load Maximum *
7.1
7.43
-5%
7.12
-0%
7.2
-1%
7.3
-3%
7.08
-0%
7.25 ?(7.1 - 7.4, n=2)
-2%
7.26 ?(3.56 - 11.9, n=195, last 2 years)
-2%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Motorola Edge 30 Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G: Ø4.39 (1.649-7.82)
Honor 50 Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G: Ø3.88 (1.16-7.96)
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G: Ø3.65 (1.007-8.03)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

00.20.50.70.91.21.41.61.92.12.42.62.83.13.33.53.844.24.5Tooltip
Motorola Edge 30 Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø4.19 (3.86-4.55)
Honor 50 Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø3.99 (3.04-4.7)
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø3.68 (3.47-4.19)
Motorola Edge 30 Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G; Idle 1min: Ø1.148 (0.912-1.516)
Honor 50 Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G; Idle 1min: Ø1.585 (1.497-1.802)
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G; Idle 1min: Ø1.169 (1.054-1.294)

Battery Life

The battery life is one of the few weaknesses of the Motorola Edge 30. With 4020 mAh, its battery is rather skimpy by Android standards, which is also not balanced out by the smartphone's energy efficiency.

With 10:38 hours of simulated web surfing and a little less than 17 hours of video playback, the Edge 30, like its Edge 20 predecessor, performs below average in the battery test and thus falls behind all other comparison devices. In everyday use, the Edge 30 should be able to last a day away from the power socket, but not much more.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
26h 44min
WiFi Websurfing
10h 38min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
16h 42min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 28min
Motorola Edge 30
4020 mAh
Huawei Nova 9
4300 mAh
Honor 50
4300 mAh
Motorola Edge 20
4000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A53
5000 mAh
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
4250 mAh
Battery Runtime
2%
42%
-4%
24%
6%
Reader / Idle
1604
1540
-4%
2431
52%
1648
3%
H.264
1002
1105
10%
1146
14%
1215
21%
WiFi v1.3
638
652
2%
907
42%
716
12%
886
39%
705
11%
Load
268
183
-32%
246
-8%
233
-13%

Pros

+ very slim and light case
+ fast and stable WLAN
+ stock Android
+ bright and true-color AMOLED display
+ 144Hz frame rate
+ good camera in daylight
+ stereo speakers
+ power adapter included

Cons

- no wireless charging
- moderate battery runtimes
- no microSD slot

Verdict on the Motorola Edge 30

In review: Motorola Edge 30. Review device provided by Motorola Germany.
In review: Motorola Edge 30. Review device provided by Motorola Germany.

Motorola's Edge 30 is a good mid-range smartphone in an extra-slim case and a featherweight at 155 grams, ahead of the competition. Those looking for a particularly slim and light smartphone will find a suitable candidate in this 6.5-inch model.

Despite appearances, the Edge 30 is no lightweight in terms of performance. Thanks to a Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, it is well-equipped for everyday use and somewhat faster than one of its main rivals, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G. The Edge 30 also goes one step further with the 144 Hz frame rate of its AMOLED screen. Other plus points are the stock Android 12, the fast and stable WLAN, stereo speakers and a 50 MP camera that takes good photos in daylight.

The Motorola Edge 30 is a slim and light mid-range smartphone with a 144 Hz display and good performance, but somewhat short battery runtimes.

One of the main criticisms of the Edge 20 also apply to the Edge 30: battery runtimes are average at best. Users thus cannot expect the smartphone to always run for more than one day in real world use. Buyers also have to do without a microSD slot and the option of charging the Edge 30 wirelessly.

A good alternative to Motorola's Edge 30 is, for example, Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, which runs almost as fast, has a slightly brighter 120 Hz AMOLED panel and is also slightly cheaper. Even cheaper is the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, which runs on the Snapdragon 778G and uses a 90 Hz AMOLED screen.

Price and Availability

Similarly to the recently reviewed Motorola Moto G82 5G, the availability of the Edge 30 also appears to be sporadic. Buyers are thus advised to check directly on Motorola's website via their location, a list of which can be accessed here. After selecting your location, simply type Edge 30 in the search bar. 

We found, for example, that the smartphone is already available in the UK, France, Columbia, India, Malaysia and Brazil (this list is not exhaustive). But the available configurations can vary; in some countries, only one (8/128 or 8/256) may be on offer. Some other countries also offer both configurations. 

Motorola Edge 30 - 07/01/2022 v7
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%