Motorola launches Edge 30 in Europe, tells the US to sit tight

Motorola has revealed the Edge 30, a pared-down version of its pricier Edge 30 Pro, reaching Europe for €449 (around $475) before reaching other demands in Asia and the Middle East later this year.

North America is not on that inventory, but Motorola expresses that the territory will get another (unspecified) Edge family gadget later in the year.

The Motorola Edge 30 delivers a smaller screen and thinner physique than the Edge 30 Pro — also understood as the Edge Plus in North America. Its 6.5-inch 1080p OLED advocates a fast 144Hz refresh rate, like the 30 Pro, but uses a Snapdragon 778 chipset that’s a step down from the 8 Gen 1 processor in the flagship.

The midrange Edge 30 incorporates a Snapdragon 778 chipset and a low price tag than the premium 30 Pro.

Rear cameras appear to be the exact composition of a stabilized 50-megapixel f/1.8 wide, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and 50-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide. In addition, there’s a lower-res 32-megapixel selfie camera (compared to the 60-megapixel unit on the 30 Pro), and rear camera video recording tops out at 4K rather than 8K.

The Edge Plus’ / Edge 30 Pro’s higher price tag of $999 in the US and €799 in Europe pits it against some competent competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, and it doesn’t keep up. However, swapping in a less expensive processor and paring back a few features makes it a more tempting proposition with midrange pricing.

But in the US, the midrange competition is steep, too, dominated by — you guessed it — Samsung. So if a version of the Edge 30 comes to the US, the price will have to be suitable to compete with the very good (and, at $449, well-priced) Galaxy A53 5G.