Motorola Edge Plus 2022 / Motorola Edge 30 Pro is now official with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Motorola Edge Plus 2022 / Motorola Edge 30 Pro is now official with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Motorola returned to the flagship market in 2020, with the arrival of the Motorola Edge and Edge Plus, which was updated in August of last year and reduced from two models to one. Now the company has returned with a third-generation, which is confusingly called the “new Motorola Edge Plus,” (without any number attached) in the US. There’s also no non-Plus model, at least not yet, which makes the “Plus” part somewhat unnecessary. To make matters even confusing, the same phone is also being launched globally as the Motorola Edge 30 Pro.

Just as previous leaks indicated, this is essentially an international version of the Moto Edge X30, which was released in December and was the first phone with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. There are a few minor changes, like a slightly smaller battery (4,800mAh vs. 5,000mAh) and a more stock-like Android build, but it’s more or less the same phone.

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Specification Motorola Edge Plus (2022) / Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Dimensions & Weight
  • 163 x 75.9 x 8.79 mm
  • 196 g
Display
  • 6.7-inch pOLED 2400 x 1080
  • 144Hz refresh rate
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM & Storage
  • 8 or 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128, 256, or 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage
  • No microSD card slot
Battery & Charging
  • 4,800mAh battery
  • 30W wired charging
  • 15W wireless charging
  • 5W wireless power sharing (reverse charging)
Security Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Rear Cameras
  • 50MP (f/1.8, 1.0μm) Primary
  • 50MP (f/2.2, 0.64μm) Ultra-wide
  • 2MP (f/2.4, 1.75μm) Depth
Front Camera 60MP (f/2.2, 0.6μm)
Ports
  • USB 3.1 Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4
  • No headphone jack
Audio
  • Dual stereo speakers
  • 3 microphones
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band 2.4/5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • GPS, AGPS, LTEPP, SUPL, Glonass, Galileo
  • NFC
Software Android 12 with My UX
Other Features
  • IP52 splash/dust resistance
  • Smart stylus supported (sold separately or bundled)

Most of the hardware is about what you would expect for a modern flagship phone. You get the latest and greatest Snapdragon chip, 8-12GB RAM, up to 512GB of internal storage, a 6.7-inch 144Hz display, and a 4,800mAh battery. This phone also supports “Ready For,” which is a wired or wireless monitor feature similar to Samsung DeX. Sadly, there’s no microSD card slot or 3.5mm headphone jack, and that’s not where the disappointment ends.

The Motorola Edge Plus has three cameras, though one of them is just a depth sensor, leaving you with one 50MP primary lens and a 50MP ultra-wide. Most other phones in this price range have an additional telephoto lens, such as the Galaxy S22 Plus and iPhone 13 Pro. There’s also no IP68 water/dust resistance (only IP52), which has been common on Android and Apple flagship phones for years at this point.

Motorola is only promising two generations of Android OS updates (so Android 13 and Android 14) and three years of security updates, which is behind the competition. Samsung now guarantees four major Android upgrades (and five years of security patches) for all its flagship phones, while Google offers three years of Android upgrades and five years of security patches on the Pixel 6 series.

The phone goes on sale in North America as carrier-unlocked for $899.99, though it will eventually go up to $1,000 after the introductory period. Verizon, Boost Mobile, and Republic Wireless also plan to sell the phone at some point. In India, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro goes on sale for ₹49,999 for the 128GB storage variant, starting from March 4, 2022.

Some regions will also get the opportunity to buy a Folio Case and a Smart Stylus, although pricing and availability has not been disclosed yet.

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Corbin Davenport
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