Motorola Edge 30 Ultra's 200MP camera beats Samsung S23 and Apple iPhone 14 in the resolution race

The 200MP camera phone is here – and Motorola is the first over the line with its Edge 30 Ultra flagship

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra 200MP camera in use lifestyle image
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There's been rumour after rumour of a flagship phone appearing with a 200-megapixel main camera – and it's not Samsung that's first over the line with the forthcoming Galaxy S23, nor Apple with its updated iPhone 14 Pro Max. Nope, it's Motorola with its all-new Edge 30 Ultra device (an echo of the China-only Moto Edge X30, which was revealed a month earlier). 

That'll perhaps surprise a number of people for the simple fact that Samsung itself produces this sensor, only to 'give it away' to a competitor first. It's a Samsung Isocell HP1, if you want the insider info, which measures a massive 1/1.22in. Apple, meanwhile, has only just updated its forthcoming top-end iPhones to feature a 48MP main lens. 

So there's no Samsung Galaxy S23 to be seen with a 200MP as yet – although there's no guarantee that the next-gen Samsung flagship will necessarily adopt such a resolution anyway. Samsung is working hard behind the scenes, though, as its even newer HP3 sensor is physically larger still and a sign of what's to come. 

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra: What's the story?

But back to the Edge 30 Ultra: what else does this flagship handset bring to the table? It launches alongside the Edge 30 Fusion and Edge 30 Neo, which I compare side by side here, being the largest and most spec-heavy of the trio. 

On the front the Edge 30 Ultra hosts a 6.67-inch pOLED screen, capable of 1250 nits maximum brightness, making it super bright but able to display rich blacks and colour. It supports 144Hz fast refresh too, for added fluidity. 

The screen is curved to the edges, by a subtle 53-degrees, with the rear glass mirroring this for a symmetrical design that makes the device feel much smaller in the hand as a result. The curve isn't so extreme that it's a distraction either, which is great. 

Elsewhere the Edge Ultra features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, up to 12GB RAM, a 60-megapixel selfie camera, plus a 2x portrait lens and 0.5x wide-angle lens on the rear to complement that massive 200-megapixel headline snapper.

With the right price tag attached, it looks like Motorola just pulled back the curtain on a veritable monster of a flagship phone. It won't be available in the USA, however, as it's only destined for other worldwide territories.

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.