Motorola Edge X30: Meet the world’s first Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G phone

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Motorola has launched the Edge X30, beating the gaggle of other phone manufactures racing to get the world’s first Snapdragon 8 Gen 1smartphone to market. Unfortunately, it’s a China only launch so the rest of us will still have to wait a while longer to experience the power of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, which is said to offer 20% better CPU performance than the Snapdragon 888, with 30% super GPU performance to boot. 

Motorola Edge X30 specs 

Motorola’s new offering is very much a flagship phone and has impressive specifications. As well as the coveted Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, the 5G phone boasts a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a FHD+ resolution, 144Hz refresh rate and a 576Mhz touch sampling rate. 

The Edge X30 has a rear triple camera system, consisting of a 50MP main sensor, a 50MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front of the Edge X30 is a 60MP punch-hole camera – a good setup indeed. 

Running Android 12 out of the box, the premium 5G phone has a huge 5000 mAh battery, which features support for 68W fast charging. It’s available in four versions, including 8/128GB and 12/256GB models.

Price and availability 

The Edge X30 will be available from December 15 in China, with prices starting at 3,199 yuan (£380) and increasing to 3,999 yuan (£475) for the highest spec model. Currently, the Edge X30 has only been confirmed in China, so will have to wait to see when, and if, Motorola will launch the phone in other markets. 

Moto Edge S30 launched 


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Motorola’s launch event also saw the company introduce the Moto Edge S30. However, this is simply a re-named Chinese version of the Moto G200, which launched globally recently. 

Rachael Sharpe

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