Motorola Edge 30 Neo review

0 11

Pricing

These are the best offers from our affiliate partners. We may receive a commission from qualifying sales.

128 GB 8 GB RAM $519.00 £406.24
Show all prices

Introduction and specifications

The Motorola Edge 30 series came in two parts this year. From March to May, the company introduced the vanilla Edge 30 and Edge 30 Pro, while the Edge 30 Neo, Fusion and Ultra arrived in the second half of the year with slightly different designs and brought a little more to the table.

The subject of this review is the Edge 30 Neo, which is the most affordable of the bunch, but apart from the Snapdragon 695 SoC, the device comes across as a well-rounded device coming in a market segment that is relatively unsaturated. There are probably quite a few alternatives in terms of price, but the size of the Edge 30 Neo makes it somewhat unique.

Motorola Edge 30 Neo specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 152.9×71.2×7.8mm, 155g; glass front; plastic body; Splash and dust resistant.
  • Screen: 6.28″ P-OLED, 120Hz, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 419ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver); Adreno 619.
  • Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM.
  • OS/Software: Android 12.
  • Rear camera: wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 0.7 µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 1.12µm, AF.
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.4, (wide), 0.7 µm.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: [email protected]/60/120fps; Front camera: 1080p at 30 fps.
  • Battery: 4020mAh; Fast charging 68W, Wireless charging.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; stereo speakers.

There aren’t many compact phones to choose from, especially in the mid-range, so the Neo is kind of a breath of fresh air. And it also runs quite capable hardware. The 6.28-inch, 120Hz OLED screen is not only fast, but also bright. Memory configurations start at 6GB/128GB, the main camera is 64MP with OIS, and the secondary ultrawide camera uses a much-appreciated 13MP sensor instead of the overused and underwhelming 8MP.

There’s also a pair of stereo speakers, an under-display fingerprint reader and a respectable 4,020 mAh battery that supports not only 68W fast charging, but also wireless charging. For some, the 4,020 mAh capacity might not sound like much, but as is the case with compact smartphones, some compromises are necessary, and battery capacity is often the first to go.

Motorola Edge 30 Neo Review

In addition to the rare budget-class features outlined above, the Edge 30 Neo is one of the few devices running a pure Android OS. This has always been a major selling point for Motorola phones, so you can add that to the list of benefits as well.

It’s clear that the Edge 30 Neo wants to stand out from the crowd with more than just a few quirky features. On paper, the Neo should appeal to anyone looking for a compact phone with pure Android. Still, Motorola’s competitor has several key hardware advantages over its competition, and we’ll take a deeper dive in the next few pages to see if it’s worth your hard-earned cash.

Unboxing the Motorola Edge 30 Neo

The Motorola Edge 30 Neo comes in eco-friendly packaging with what appears to be recycled paper. It has the usual set of user manuals, a wall charger rated at 68W and a USB-C to USB-C cable for data transfer and charging.

Motorola Edge 30 Neo Review

There’s also a clear, hard case instead of your standard soft silicone covers that OEMs usually ship with their phones.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.