Motorola has recently shifted into a new gear, I tried Edge 30 Ultra, I have here on the desk Edge 30 Fusion and the protagonist of this review is Edge 30 Neo, they are all products that have a lot to say, for various different reasons. The Neo is sufficiently compact, it is very nice, it has a 120 Hz OLED display, stereo sound, fast charging and some compromises hidden under the hood that however allow you to contain the price list.
I’m pretty sure in the coming months I’m sure it will enter the pockets of many, now I’ll try to explain why.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION QUALITY
Some smartphones are nice to me from the first glance and Motorola Edge 30 Neo is one of these, quite compact, very light (155 grams), thin, almost symmetrical in the front frames and very fashionable in the Very Peri color, that is the color of the year identified by Pantone. The American company has also put the signature with the classic color card on the rear body. The colors available are four, in addition to the Very Peri there is a very fresh water green, matt black and silver gray.
It is plastic both in the frame and in the back cover but the finishes are delightfully cured, with the right mix of satin and glossy and rounded corners but not too much, not to betray the family feeling of the latest Edge 30. There is no IP certification but the smartphone is still given as splash and dust resistant.
I point out with in the package you will find a rigid plastic cover, very elegant compared to the usual soft TPU. There is no pre-installed film, but the oleophobic treatment is excellent. For the record, in addition to the cover you will also find the 68 Watt power supply, Type-C cable and a pair of wired headphones.
The display of Motorola Edge 30 Neo is a 6.3-inch P-OLED in 20: 9 at 120 Hz with 2400 x 1080 resolution, a very bright screen and well readable even outdoors thanks to a peak of brightness that touches 1000 nits, the color accuracy is not perfect, with a certain tendency to green on grays, But overall in reference to the price range we are facing one of the best solutions, certainly for luminance.
The refresh rate is managed automatically or forcibly at 60 or 120 Hz. The automatic adjustment is not always perfect, in particular it is often enchanted on 90 Hz even when it could drop to at least 60 Hz, in AOD instead it behaves correctly, maybe with a software update Motorola can calibrate everything definitively.
The audio is stereo and is amazing considering the size (and price) of the smartphone, the two speakers are powerful full-bodied and well balanced between right and left. There are also several Dolby Atmos EQ settings, which is fully supported. Bluetooth is in version 5.1 and I have not encountered any particular problems.
The multimedia part obviously also counts on the display, as we said the luminance is high but the calibration especially on the grays is not too accurate, also completely lacks support for HDR videos, which is a bit penalizing.
Motorola Edge 30 Neo arrives with Android 12 and security patch of September 1, 2022, the company provides two major updates of Android and 3 years of security patches for this model.
The customization of Motorola is always very effective in my opinion, all the additional features compared to the pure version of Android are traceable within the Moto app, ranging from gestures to customization, passing through the beautiful Moto Display (an advanced and very comfortable always on).
With surprise I also found the Ready For mode available in this case only via wireless, as the video output on the Type-C port is not supported.
I reiterate here the speech made with Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, that is, that with this last batch of smartphones, the winged house has been careful to balance the specifications in the best possible way, avoiding sacrificing key points such as autonomy, charging, display, audio, design and build quality. Looking at the specifications you should also add the camera department (OIS, no unnecessary cam, AF on the ultrawide), but we will see that the photographic performance is not really the top and in part I think the problem is to be found in the real compromise for Motorola Edge 30 Neo, the SoC.
We have already met this Snapdragon 695 in the past and it had already not made a great impression on me. Here I go to confirm it, it is a relatively modern processor but on the graphic part struggles, the performance is not excellent and especially on the ISP side leaves something to be desired going to negatively affect what would actually be a respectable photographic hardware.
The two photos below were made with Edge 30 Neo and Edge 30 Fusion, same sensor on the ultrawide, different SoC.
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I think there is room for an improvement in performance, which is not bad in itself, but often the smartphone is a bit indecisive, not very responsive to inputs, as if it were calibrated conservatively. Things improve by activating the RAM expansion of 2 GB, but an upgrade will give it the boost you need. Certainly part of this feeling of dragging is due to the memories that are not very fast, UFS 2.1 that are certainly for the list, but they are probably a bottleneck.
Attention, with this I am not saying that it is impossible for example to play, or that you will necessarily find it awkward, everything depends on your needs and expectations.
TELEPHONE PART AND CONNECTIVITY
It takes well, meticulously manages the two nanoSIMs, also allowing you to set work or private profiles or to automatically let the smartphone choose the best SIM based on the call history for the various contacts.
No problem on WiFi, which unfortunately does not support the 6 and 6e standard, ok also GPS and NFC.
HAPTIC SENSORS AND FEEDBACK
The fingerprint reader is perfect, very fast and accurate, well also brightness and proximity sensor that are effective in their task, only I noticed a minimum brightness not so low, so much so that I often had to resort to the “display dimming” function of Android 12, which however forces a manual activation.
Haptic feedback is not really at the top, but on the other hand we are on a price range where it is impossible to find products that stand out positively in this particular element, removed perhaps only Google Pixel 6a.
AUTONOMY AND CHARGING
The battery module is 4020 mAh which are not many in an absolute sense, but we are considering the size and weight of the Motorola Edge 30 Neo. The truth, however, is that the autonomy is perhaps what amazed me most about the smartphone, you arrive in the evening quietly with at least 5 hours of active display, and you go even further actually with a little attention.
I remind you of the way in which Motorola has set up the automatic management of the refresh rate and probably some parameters of the SoC: the engineers are well aware of not having great margin in terms of energy capacity and therefore they have filed where it was possible. Goal achieved.
Charging at 68 Watts, you can not ask for better since the power supply is supplied in the package and there is also wireless charging at 5 Watts, very slow but there is.