Motorola Edge 50 Pro First Impressions

Apr3,2024


Motorola's Edge series of phones are known for offering flagship-like features at a mid-range price. The new Motorola Edge 50 Pro sticks to that formula, but this time, the phone is packed with some features that you won't find in other smartphones. I've unboxed a lot of phones over the past few months, but unboxing the Edge 50 Pro really impressed me. It has the look and feel of a premium flagship, but not the price. The starting price of the phone is Rs. 31,999, which is great value for money. Before our full review, here's a first look at Motorola's latest Edge series phones.

I've been using the Motorola Edge 50 Pro for a few days now and it's been mostly good. The design is attractive and the phone looks good from all angles. It comes with a curved display with thin and uniform bezels on the front. The phone uses an aluminum frame and has a leather-finished rear panel. On the front, you get a 6.7-inch curved curved display, which Motorola claims is the world's first Pantone validated display. The panel offers 1.5K resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, 2,000 nits peak brightness, DCI-P3 color gamut, and 10-bit color. In the few days I've spent with the phone, the screen has been really great, especially for viewing content. The phone also has an in-display fingerprint scanner and a hole punch cutout for the selfie camera.

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The display offers 144Hz refresh rate

Our review unit came in the Luxe Lavender color option, and it definitely stands out from the rest. The leather finish feels quite premium and is soft to touch. The phone is also available in a Black Beauty color option that uses the same silicone vegan leather finish. And finally, there is a Moon Light Pearl color which uses a special acetate finish and is claimed to be handcrafted in Italy.

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The phone feels great to hold

Moving to the back of the Edge 50 Pro, you get a triple camera setup consisting of a 50-megapixel primary sensor with an F/1.4 aperture, which is claimed to be the widest in the segment. Optical image stabilization is also available in it. It has a 10-megapixel telephoto unit with 3x optical zoom support and a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera that also supports macro photography. On the front you get a 50-megapixel selfie camera with autofocus. The main rear camera takes good pictures, and the telephoto camera too. Again, the entire camera setup is said to be Pantone Validated for real-world colors and authentic skin tones, but I found the photos to be a little over-saturated. The camera system is also said to get some AI treatment to improve performance. We'll examine all of this in our full review.

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro offers dual 5G connectivity, a USB Type-C port with USB 3.1 speeds, and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. It also has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity as well as support for all the useful GPS satellites. You also get IP68 dust and water resistance rating. The phone has volume and power buttons on the right edge and the SIM tray at the bottom.

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The phone has a 50-megapixel selfie camera with autofocus.

Internally, the new Motorola phone is equipped with a Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 SoC paired with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. I didn't face any lag and everything worked fine throughout the days I used the phone. However, we will run some benchmarks and games on the phone to see how it performs under heavy usage. One thing I noticed during the first few days of using the phone is that it gets quite hot when charging using the 125W fast charger. But then, summer season has arrived and the heat is increasing.

Motorola is bringing a brand new Hello UI to the Edge 50 Pro. The phone runs Android 14 out-of-the-box with almost no bloatware. You get a near-stock Android experience with Motorola's promise of 3 years of OS and 4 years of security updates.

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The Edge 50 Pro comes with near-stock Android 14

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro comes with a 4,500mAh battery, and the 12GB RAM variant, which we are reviewing, gets a 125W turbocharger in the box. The 8GB RAM variant will get a slow 68W charger. The phone charges very fast with a 125W charger and you also get 50W wireless charging support.

At a starting price of Rs. Rs.31,999, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro seems like an easy recommendation. However, we suggest waiting for our full review to decide whether to pick up the new Edge 50 Pro or one of its alternatives, like the recently launched Nothing Phone 2A (Review) .


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