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Motorola releases the Edge X30 outside China as the Edge 30 Pro and Edge Plus at surprisingly high prices

Motorola sells the Edge 30 Pro in Cosmos Blue and Stardust White. (Image source: Motorola)
Motorola sells the Edge 30 Pro in Cosmos Blue and Stardust White. (Image source: Motorola)
Motorola has released the Edge X30 outside China, but under two names. For some reason, Motorola has settled on the Edge 30 Pro in Europe and other markets, but the Edge+ or Edge Plus in North America. Either way, the handset is mighty expensive at US$999.

Motorola has announced the Edge 30 Pro globally. As expected, the device is the global version of the Edge X30, a smartphone that the company launched last year in China. Surprisingly, Motorola has released the device as the Edge Plus in North America, with the Edge 30 Pro serving other markets like Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Ultimately, the trio are the same smartphone, which is one of the first to launch with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC.

Additionally, the Edge 30 Pro and Edge Plus have a 6.7-inch P-OLED display that resolves at 1080p. Like the Edge X30, the pair support 144 Hz refresh and 360 Hz touch sampling rates. Moreover, Motorola equips all models with a 4,800 mAh battery that they can recharge at 68 W. Alternatively, Motorola has included 15 W wireless charging support.

Moreover, the dual 50 MP rear-facing cameras from the Edge X30 have made their way outside China. The same applies with the 60 MP front-facing camera; the under-panel camera version of the Edge X30, known as the Edge X30 Special Edition, has not launched in North America or other markets, though. However, the Edge X30's side-mounted fingerprint scanner has made its way into the Edge 30 Pro and Edge Plus too. 

The Edge Plus, or Edge+ as Motorola markets it, will be available in the US for US$999 with Android 12. Motorola has confirmed to The Verge that it will sell the Edge Plus at a US$100 discount for a 'limited time', although Motorola's website does not reflect this. In comparison, the Edge 30 Pro will cost €799 in the Eurozone, €50 cheaper than the Galaxy S22. Previously, leaks suggested that the Edge 30 Pro could launch for significantly less than its retail price, which would have made the device significantly more competitive in the face of Samsung's recent flagship smartphones.

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Motorola (1) (2) & The Verge

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Alex Alderson, 2022-02-24 (Update: 2022-02-24)