The first phone with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is official and it’s a Motorola this time – the Motorola Edge X30, More precisely. A brief rundown of specs and aggressive pricing suggests this may be the benchmark for 2022 flagships.
To be clear, the X30 doesn’t have everything, but in China it starts at CNY 3,200. Looking at other options in the country, it costs less than a OnePlus 9, Xiaomi Mi 11 and is way below a Galaxy S21. Naturally, if and when the phone rolls out in the global market, its price will change, but a direct conversion puts it at $ 500 / € 450 / 38,000.
Let’s start with the strengths of the Motorola Edge X30. It has a 6.7 inch OLED display with 144Hz refresh rate and HDR10 + support. And the first benchmarks show that the 8 Gen 1 has one of the best mobile GPUs, so other than the marketing and neutral design, this could be a gaming phone. It definitely has the power for it, including the 5,000mAh battery with 68W fast charge (0-100% in 35 minutes ).
While the phone isn’t camera-centric, the selfie camera is quite interesting. The standard version of the phone comes with a 60MP sensor – a small one at 1 / 2.8 “(0.61µm pixels). However, the Special Edition has a sub-display camera using the same sensor.
Besides looking cleaner (and noticing those symmetrical bezels around the screen), it’ll be an interesting direct comparison – same sensor, same image processor, the only difference is whether there is has or does not have a hole in the screen. How will this affect the image quality? We can’t wait to find out.
Other than that, the X30 has a solid camera setup, but it’s nothing special. The rear has dual 50MP cameras. The main one contains a decent size 1 / 1.55 “(1.0 µm) sensor with f / 1.9 aperture and OIS, the ultra wide (114º) has a smaller 1 / 2.76” (0 , 64 µm). The only major omission here is the lack of a telephoto module.
This is one of the less than perfect features of the Moto Edge X30, and it is not the only one. This is why we have opened with the price, some compromises have been made, but they may not be decisive for you.
The screen looks pretty impressive, although the resolution is 1080p + and the brightness is lower than some current flagships. Another thing is that although the phone has stereo speakers, it lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack. No microSD slot either. It also lacks wireless charging support, water resistance is basic.
Also, Motorola is not the best when it comes to software support. The Edge +, for example, started out with the promise of just one major update before the company changed its tone and promised at least 2. But even with that, it lags behind the leaders. in this regard and it’s slow to post updates when it does. . On the bright side, the Moto UX is mostly made up of a few slight additions over the stock Android.
Let’s briefly take a look at another phone that was unveiled alongside the X30, the Motorola Edge S30. As the name suggests, the two are related, but the S series phone is a lower cost (albeit very high value) alternative.
the differences are that the S30 switches to a 6.8-inch LCD screen, still with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. In addition, the chipset is a Snapdragon 888+, starting with less RAM (6 GB against 8 GB). As for the battery, it still has a capacity of 5,000 mAh, but the charging speed has been reduced to 33 W.
Finally, the cameras – the main sensor is roughly the same size (1 / 1.52 “), but with a resolution of 108 MP, while the ultra-wide and selfie cameras are nothing special (13 MP and 16 MP, respectively).
The Moto Edge S30 starts at CNY 2,000, or $ 315 / € 280 / 23,800. A quick glance at the Redmi K40, known in the West as the Poco F3, shows the same price of CNY 2,000 for the same 6 / 128GB configuration. The F3 can be found around € 300 in Europe.
The Edge S30 has a screen with a higher refresh rate – 144Hz versus 120Hz – but the F3 uses an AMOLED panel instead of an LCD. The S30 has a better camera, especially this main sensor, as well as a slightly higher capacity battery. But the main difference is that the Snapdragon 888+ is a generation ahead of the 870 chip from F3. At similar prices, many would favor the Motorola.
But it’s not entirely fair to compare an existing model with one that has not yet been launched. And that’s even truer for the Moto Edge X30 – as the first phone powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, its competition has yet to arrive.
We already know what it will be, the Xiaomi 12 series will be among the first phones based on 8 Gen 1, Samsung will use the chip in some versions of the Galaxy S22 models, the Realme GT 2 Pro and OnePlus 10 (Pro) will be presented that too. . But the predecessors of all of these cost more now than the X30 when it goes on sale in China on the 15th.
So unless Xiaomi, Samsung, OnePlus, and others dramatically change their pricing strategy, the fight for value will be tight. That is, these phones will almost certainly have better cameras and other perks like, say, water resistance, but they will also cost more.
Assuming the Motorola Edge X30 and S30 become available in your corner, which do you prefer: the X30, the S30 or none?
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