Motorola is the first company to market with a real phone sporting a 200-megapixel rear camera, the top Edge 30 Ultra. Samsung gave us our first look of the kind of craziness we can anticipate from a 200-megapixel smartphone camera sensor back in June.
The massive 200-MP camera module in the back, a first for the industry, is unquestionably the star of the show. It features optical image stabilization, an F1.9 aperture, and a comparatively big 1/1.22-inch sensor. In order to catch more light, Motorola’s technology combines 16 tiny pixels into a single, 2.56-m Ultra Pixel, guaranteeing “crisp, bright visuals even in the dark.”
The camera will be able to record 8K UHD footage at 30 frames per second, 4K UHD at up to 60 fps, and 960 fps slow-mo at FHD, in addition to producing enormous picture chops. Two additional cameras are added to the primary one: a 12-MP telephoto portrait lens with a shallow depth of field for stunning bokeh and a 50-MP ultrawide (with macro capabilities).
With a massive 60 megapixels for 4K video at 30 frames per second, the front-facing selfie camera is equally remarkable. The Ultra’s 6.67-inch 2,400 x 1,080 nearly bezel-free OLED display, which has a refresh rate of 144 Hz, a touch responsiveness of 360 Hz, and a maximum brightness of 1,250 nits, has a hole cut out for the front camera. Additionally to Snapdragon Elite Gaming, there is support for HDR10+, the DCI-P3 color gamut, and 10-bit color.
The sturdy Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back of the IP52 splash-resistant phone are sandwiched within a sandblasted aluminum frame. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 CPU from Qualcomm houses the newest and best mobile platform, and the Ultra may be ordered with up to 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
A “spatial sound experience that exploits the newest advancements in sound technology to connect people more closely with their favorite content” is promised by two sizable Dolby Atmos speakers. Although many users will probably choose to listen in private via Bluetooth 5.2, only USB-C is available for those who prefer a cabled connection.
The Ultra runs Android 12 with My UX “for a personalized view of the things you do,” and the 4,610-mAh battery supports 125-W wired fast charging for a day’s worth of juice in just seven minutes, in addition to 50-W wireless charging and 10-W power sharing. Surfing and streaming are made possible by 5G and Wi-Fi 6E.
The flagship also features edge illumination for customized, quick visual notifications for things like calls and messages, and Lenovo’s ThinkShield for Mobile technology offers data security.
The Edge 30 Ultra is available in black or white and has a starting price of €899.99 (just over US$900) when it is first released in Europe. In the next weeks, other markets will adhere to this.