Motorola's new Android flagship has an amazing spec and attractive price

A 200MP camera, ridiculously fast charging and the fastest Snapdragon too – all for less than 1K

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra 200MP camera in use lifestyle image
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One of the frustrating things about the best phones is that sometimes they're only available in select markets, so for example some of the best Android phones we've seen lately have been reserved for the Chinese market.

So it's nice to see an exception, and what an exception it is: the new Motorola Edge 30 Ultra – known in China as the X30 Pro – has an incredible spec and it's priced to sell not just in China, but worldwide.

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra beats the Samsung Galaxy S23 to market with the world's first 200MP smartphone camera. And the rest of the specification is pretty tasty too.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra: key specifications and price

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 system on a chip, and that's backed up with a 4,610mAh battery with incredibly fast 125W wired charging and 50W wireless. It's the fastest charging smartphone Motorola has ever made and makes my iPhone 13 look positively sluggish by comparison. The screen is 6.67 inches of HDR OLED with a smooth 144Hz refresh rate, and the 200MP rear camera is joined by a 50WP ultrawide camera, a 12MP telephoto and on the front, a 60MP selfie camera. 

That's a lot of technology, but it's not a lot of money compared to some other recent releases: at its European launch in Milan, the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra price was revealed to be €899, which should mean a £749 price tag in the UK. That's cheaper than the standard iPhone 14 and Samsung Galaxy S22 models, never mind their Pro and Ultra variants. 

This is a very impressive phone with an equally impressive price tag. It looks like Motorola has a potential hit on its hands.

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series; her memoir, Carrie Kills A Man, was shortlisted for the British Book Awards. When she’s not scribbling, Carrie is the singer in Glaswegian rock band Unquiet Mind (unquietmindmusic).