Motorola launched its first 200MP camera phone last week, the Edge 30 Ultra. For 900 euros, this flagship offers a lot of bang for your buck, even in combination with the large 1 / 1.22-inch ultra-high-resolution sensor.
You get a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and FHD+ resolution (it’s a 10-bit panel with HDR10+ support but Gorilla Glass 5 is relatively old). The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset (with 8/128GB base memory and options up to 12/512GB), a 4610mAh battery with 125W wired and 50W wireless charging.
You can check out our hands-on Motorola Edge 30 Ultra review for an early look at what the phone can do. We have camera samples, yes, up to 200MP.
Not that you’ll be taking many 200MP shots, this sensor is actually designed for use with 16 to 1 or 4 to 1 binning to get 12.5MP (with 2.56µm effective pixels) or 50MP (1.28µm) images. The 50MP ultra-wide camera goes up to 12.5MP by default (4 to 1), and the 60MP selfie camera offers binning as well.
The telephoto lens is the single lens – a 12MP primary sensor behind a 2x primary lens. We doubt we can get 2x better photos from the main camera, this photo should be at least 3x. The telephoto camera deserves a paragraph of its own because it will stand out when looking at the competition. The only other thing we can pin points for is the relatively short software support period – the phone runs Android 12 and it’s unlikely to see Android 15.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra can be found for just 1,000 euros (for an 8/128GB unit) and while the AMOLED display refreshes at “only” 120Hz, it’s a much more efficient LTPO panel. Most importantly, it will receive 4 OS updates and have two telephoto cameras – one with a 3x lens and a telescope with 10x zoom. Now this gives you a leading magnification. The main camera isn’t bad either, a 108MP 1/1.33-inch sensor with 9-to-1 binning. It is better not to mention the charging speed.
Unfortunately, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra won’t be released outside of China, so it’s not a competitor. The Xiaomi 12S Pro is expected to go global, and it should cost about the same as the non-S model – 900 euros. This device has a 6.73-inch 120Hz LTPO panel and an SD 8+ Gen 1 chipset. For its cameras, Xiaomi has opted for a 50MP 3D setup – 1/1.28″ main, 2x telephoto and 115° ultra-wide. This device can rival Motorola in terms of charging, its 4,600 mAh battery can handle 120 watts via wire (0-100% in 19 minutes) or 50 watts wirelessly (0-100% in 42 minutes).
The price of the Asus ROG Phone 6 starts at 1,000 euros, but that’s for the 12/256 GB unit. It runs on an 8+ Gen 1 chip, of course, with an upgraded cooling system. The 6.78-inch AMOLED screen beats the Motorola phone with a refresh rate of 165Hz. The camera is fairly basic, 50 + 13 + 5 MP, but it has a large 6000 mAh battery, and it is fast charging (60W, 0-100% in 42 minutes). You also get two USB-C ports, which can be good for accessories and ergonomics only. As with Motorola, you get Android 12 mostly without any promises of long-term support.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G • Xiaomi 12S Pro • Asus ROG Phone 6
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The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is a €600 worth of money phone. It also has a 144Hz OLED display, and a 6.55-inch FHD+ panel, but uses the older Snapdragon 888+ chipset. It also doesn’t impress with the 50MP (1/1.55″) main camera or 13MP ultrawide (without tele), the 4400mAh battery with 68W wired charging is good but not great (0-50% in 10 minutes). We have a full review if you want to know more. One thing to note is that there is a neat vegan leather option, for those who carry their phone without a case.
Fusion competes with the likes of the Galaxy S21 FE (500-600 euros) with its 888 chipset and 6.4-inch 120Hz AMOLED display. The 12MP main camera is unremarkable, but at least you get an 8MP 3x zoom unit. The 4,500mAh battery gets you the usual 25W Samsung charging system.
Alternatively, you can get the Realme GT2 for less than 500 euros. This device also has an 888 chip and a 6.62-inch 120Hz AMOLED display. You also get a 50MP (1/1.56-inch) main camera and 8MP ultra-wide and no zoom. The 5,000mAh battery is on par, though 65W charging is supported (0-100% in 33 minutes).
For around 550 euros, you can get the Poco F4 GT with the more powerful (if not more energy-efficient) Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. You can also handle a 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED display and a 64+8+2MP camera setup. The 4,700mAh battery does 120W fast charging (0-100% in 17 minutes), if it comes with wireless charging, you may have challenged the Edge 30 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G • Realme GT2 • Xiaomi Poco F4 GT
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Finally, there’s the Motorola Edge 30 Neo, a smaller and cheaper model – starting at €370. The 6.28-inch OLED screen drops to a refresh rate of 120Hz and power comes from a mid-range Snapdragon 695 chipset and 4,020mAh battery (68W fast charging). The camera setup is fairly standard, 64 + 13 MP at the back, 32 MP at the front.
You can check out our practical article for a closer look.
Such small phones are hard to find. There’s a Pixel 6a, for example, that has the same footprint and a 6.1-inch screen. It uses Google Tensor chipset and most importantly Google Image processing for 12MP wide cameras and ultra wide cameras. The battery is large (4400 mAh), but it does not know the true meaning of fast charging (18W). Also, this one is more expensive, but it can be found for 400 euros or so.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 is larger (6.5-inch screen, approx 7mm high and 3.6mm wide, plus it weighs 34g more), but it’s cheaper. The AMOLED screen offers a refresh rate of 120Hz and inside there is an Exynos 1280 chipset. The camera setup is similar to the Moto, 64 + 12 MP (and a 5 MP macro module and a 5 MP depth sensor). The additional capacity comes with a larger battery, 5,000mAh, but as usual for Samsung, it only supports a relatively low charging power, 25W.
Google Pixel 6a • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
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