Motorola Edge 30 Neo review: our opinion

The Motorola Edge 30 Neo occupies a typical midrange seat with the price of this unique 8/128 GB version is 399.00 euros.. This is the most affordable model in the new Edge 30 lineup, which consists of 5 options and, in particular, the impressive Edge 30 Ultra.

Design: Rugged but nondescript?

in design Motorola Edge 30 Neo does not shine, it’s a relatively classic smartphone, especially in this black colorway. The plastic trim on the back doesn’t give the same feel as glass or metal, but at least it limits breakage and fingerprints.

In all cases, neat design, the metal body provides a good sense of reliability and comfort. The only eccentricity comes from the LED warning system located around the PV module.

Compact smartphone: 152.9 x 71.2 x 7.75mm

control buttons could be a little bigger, but are located correctly and are just below the thumb. As with most modern smartphones, the speaker is located on the bottom edge next to the USBC port. There is no audio output jack 3.5 mm and you’ll have to make do with IP52 protection, that’s therefore simply resists small splashes and light dust.

LED notifications around the PV module

The main question is ultimately related to protective glass, there is no mention of Gorilla Glass or similar technology, so be careful!

Screen: OLED technology we appreciate

Motorola didn’t do things by halves by choosing 6.28 inch POLED screen with update rate 120 Hz and FHD+ resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels). It’s a compelling choice, especially for a sub-$400 midrange smartphone.

Screen readable outdoors

brightness lower than the latest device such as Nothing Phone (1)nevertheless remains enough to consult your smartphone outdoors. As you would expect from OLED,Contrast is excellent, viewing angles too. as well as color rendering.

Phone settings allow you to adjust night lighting, theme (dark or light), refresh (auto, 60Hz or 120Hz), and colorimetry.

Performance: medium (low)

Motorola decided to equip its Edge 30 Neo Qualcomm Snapdragon 695. It is made of 6nm process technology compared to 8nm in the previous generation (S690) and has an octacore architecture, with the most efficient cluster can reach 2.2GHz. This is about recent midrange chip with modest performanceat least on paper.

According to our benchmarks, the results are lower than those of Samsung Galaxy A33 5G.

  • Geekbench 5: 664 (singlecore) and 1847 (multicore) vs. 707 and 1885 for the Samsung Galaxy A33
  • 3D Mark Wild Life Extreme: 358 (Vulkan) vs 626 for Galaxy A33
  • 3D Mark Wildlife: 1209 (Volcano)
  • AnTuTu: 400531 vs 429804 for Samsung Galaxy A55
  • PCMark: 10478

Score close to daisies

Actually, the phone responds quickly, navigation in the interface is pleasant, applications open without delay. Thermal management is also convincing, even under heavy gaming load. Speaking of which, PUBG is fine as long as you turn off the graphics.

Specifications :

  • Snapdragon 695: 2 x 2.2 GHz and 6 x 1.7 GHz
  • Architecture: 6 nm / 8 cores
  • GPU: Adreno 619
  • Communication: 5G
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Memory: 128 GB

Interface: nice, refined and smart!

Interface Motorola Edge 30 Neo based on android 12 in stripped down versionclose to base Android. The experience is really nice especially since it contains many handy tricks, such as a preview screen that briefly displays notifications when the phone is locked.

One feature automatically silences the ringer when you pick up your phone, another allows you to take screenshots with three fingers, and performance mode takes care of opening apps faster by remembering your usage habits.

The photo app also contains some extras, such as taking a selfie by showing the palm of your hand, or an automatic shot when all subjects are smiling.

Autonomy: fast charging that matters

Motorola Edge 30 Neo proves to be quite persistent and can accompany you throughout the day without the slightest difficulty (unless you spend time on it playing …).

68W fast charging system. this is a real added value, especially since the battery has a reasonable capacity of 4020 mAh. At the end of the day, 15 minutes is enough to restore 57% autonomy ! Time to shower and he’s ready to leave for the evening, until the next day. There is some temperature rise when charging, but nothing out of the ordinary for this type of system.

Specifications :

  • battery 4020 mAh
  • Wired fast charging 68W
  • 5W wireless charging
  • 68W charger included.

Photo: no account!

Motorola Edge 30 Neo is equipped with two 64 MP + 13 MP sensors. and the least we can say is that the account is not there…especially for night shots that border on respectable.

Photos are blurry, washed out, exposure control is poor, and there is no contrast. What a pity, because the main goal works much better in the middle of the day. with accurate colors, welldetailed images, and overall good balance.

Grain is ubiquitous. (main sensor)

The image lacks fidelity to the point where it is blurry. (Wide angle sensor)

Main sensor

Wide angle sensor

Macro mode

Specifications :

  • 64 MP (f/1.8, 1.4µm) with optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • 13 MP (f/2.2, 1.12µm) | Field of view 120°

On the competitive side?

There’s no shortage of contenders in the midrange, with the Galaxy A53 5G and Galaxy A33 5G gifted in the photo, but Samsung’s interface is sometimes moody. The Google Pixel 6a is a compelling choice due to its compact format, but its design is divisive.

The Realme 9 Pro+ has a 90Hz AMOLED screen and performance is good, as is battery life. It’s also more affordable than Motorola, with a price tag of less than 300 euros.


The Motorola Edge 30 Neo convinced us of its performance: interface is nice, navigation fluid, quality OLED screen and proper battery life. We also appreciate having a really fast reload. In the end, the main disadvantage is related to photography … very bad.

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