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Motorola Razr 40 Ultra phone review. Checking the price, technical specifications, camera, hardware, software, battery, charging speed, and other features of the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra phone.

Motorola Razr 40 Ultra phone review, price and specifications

Introduction and specifications

Motorola is re-examining foldable products, and at first glance, it looks like the company is on the right track. Motorola is launching two foldable Razr phones this year – the Razr 40 and the 40 Ultra (also known as the Razr+ in North America). The subject of this review is the more expensive Ultra, which offers significant changes compared to the Razr 2022.

It’s the design that’s changed the most, and that’s an important aspect because today’s foldables appeal more to a design-conscious audience. And it is worth noting that the hardware changes deserve attention. Motorola has updated the hinge and reduces the gap between the two parts of the chassis when closed. They have also shortened the bezels of the main display and made the wrinkles somewhat less visible. Finally, they’ve added a really usable exterior screen.

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The 3.6-inch external screen isn’t just for looking at notifications or other text information. Motorola has worked closely with app developers, so quite a few apps have been optimized to run on the screen, including Netflix, Disney+, and Spotify. It also serves as a great viewfinder for the main camera. Although, you will also find a selfie camera inside.

Motorola Razr 40 Ultra specifications at a glance:

  • Body:  170.83×73.95×6.99mm, 188.6g; Plastic front (open), glass front 88.42 x 73.95 x 15.1 mm (closed, Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus) or vegetable leather, aluminum frame (7000 series), hinge (stainless steel). Waterproof cover.
  • Screen:  6.90 inches LTPO AMOLED folding, 1B color, 165 Hz, HDR10+, 1400 nits (peak), resolution 1080x2640px, aspect ratio 22:9, 413ppi; Second external pOLED, 1B color 3. nits, 114Hz, 110Hz 1056 x 1066 pixels, 413 ppi, Gorilla Glass Victus.
  • Chipset:  Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4nm): Octa-core (1x 3.19 GHz Cortex-X2 and 3x 2.75 GHz Cortex-A710 and 4x 1.80 GHz Cortex-A510). Adreno 730.
  • Memory:  256 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM, 512 GB RAM 12 GB; UFS 3.1.
  • Operating System/Software:  Android 13.
  • Rear camera:  Wide (main): 12 MP, f/1.5, 1/2.55 inch, 1.4 µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra Wide Angle: 13 MP, f/2.2, 108˚, 1/3 inch, 1.12 µm, AF.
  • Front camera:  32 MP, f/2.4, (wide), 0.7 µm.
  • Videography:  Rear camera  : 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, HDR10+, gyro-EIS. Front camera  : 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps.
  • Battery:  3800mAh; 30 watts wired, 5 watts wireless.
  • Connectivity:  5G; Electronic SIM card with two SIM cards; Wi-Fi 6e; BT 5.3, EDR; NFC.
  • Other specifications:  Fingerprint reader (mounted on the side). Stereo speakers

Inside, the Razr 40 Ultra is a mix of old and new hardware. While still rocking the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, the device swaps its old display for a faster and larger one. The main 6.9-inch display can now run at 165Hz, while the secondary display runs at 144Hz. The battery capacity has also been increased, now at 3800 mAh, but there is no upgrade in charging speed. This year’s 40 Ultra gets wireless charging, but it’s a must-have feature in the premium segment.

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The camera department has also seen a small upgrade, especially the main camera. No longer Quad-Bayer, it uses a standard 12-megapixel sensor with large pixels, paired with a wide-aperture f/1.5 lens.

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The updated spec sheet looks promising enough. After all, Samsung’s Galaxy Flip series has been the default choice for people looking for a foldable phone for some time now, so we’d be happy to see a worthy challenger to Samsung’s hegemony this year.

Unboxing Motorola Razr 40 Ultra

The phone opens in a standard box containing the usual user manual and a 30W TurboPower wall charger with USB-A along with a USB-C to USB-A cable for charging and data transfer. However, the charger is not included in the box for North American buyers.

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There is also a two-piece protective case with a clear hard shell.

Design and ergonomics

The Motorola Razr 40 Ultra has a familiar but heavily revised design compared to its predecessor, the Razr 2022. And depending on the color you choose, you get different materials. The Infinity Black and Glacier Blue colors use a sheet of Victus Gorilla Glass for the bottom half of the phone, while the Viva Magenta color we have in our hands has plant-based leather. However, all versions use the 7000 series aluminum frame.

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The vegan leather in Viva Magenta feels beautiful to the touch and is incredibly smooth. It also helps to catch. The Victus Gorilla Glass sheet protects the external screen.

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Thanks to the new teardrop hinge design, the two halves come closer together when the device is folded, with virtually no gap between them. For reference, last year’s Razr 2022 is 17mm thick, while the Razr 40 Ultra is 15.1mm. To be fair, the new Razr is also thinner when unfolded – just 6.99mm compared to 7.6mm on the Razr 2022. Additionally, the new Razr is significantly lighter, weighing in at 184.5g for the Viva Magenta color, while the optional glass is slightly heavier and weighs 188.5 grams.

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Despite the hinge, the Razr 40 Ultra offers IP52 certification against water and dust. It’s worth noting that the device isn’t fully waterproof, but it can withstand splashes, spills, sweat, or light rain, which should be more than adequate in most casual situations.

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Speaking of the hinge, it feels solid and solid, sometimes even too much so. Opening the phone with one hand is difficult, almost impossible. But you can still close it with one hand, and it supports a wide range of positions and closes at a 120-degree angle. After this step, it will open completely. We noticed that the phone does not fully open and remains slightly bent.

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The display is now larger, measuring 6.9 inches in diameter, with slim bezels. The wrinkle is a bit more annoying than last year, so extra points for that. With flexible OLED available, it doesn’t get much better than this. Technology.

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We like that the phone is slimmer than before and sits comfortably in the hand. However, it’s certainly a tall device, so one-handed operation will still be a challenge. This means that reaching the top half buttons is also a problem. It would have been better if the power button (which also acts as a fingerprint) was placed at the bottom, while the volume buttons were closer to the hinge.

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The rest of the side frame is as usual. The lower half houses the speaker grill and the USB-C connector, while the top half houses the earphones, which act as a second speaker. Motorola moved it up so you can make calls with the phone folded up.

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The external screen is now 3.2 inches and is a nice touch. It fills almost the entire top half of the Razr 40 Ultra, while the two camera sensors along with the LED flash appear to float above the screen. The two camera sensors are almost perfectly flush, so they don’t obstruct the display as much.

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Motorola Razr 40 Ultra external screen

The “wow” effect of foldable smartphones is long gone, which is understandable, but the Razr 40 Ultra has a beautiful, functional, and solid build. The color options are cool, especially the Viva Magenta that we have with vegetable leather. Nothing to complain about and we can’t find any deal-breaking issues. We just wished the buttons were better placed as they are difficult to reach when the device is open.

Read more: Full review of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

6.9-inch flexible OLED display and 3.2-inch external display

The Razr 40 Ultra now has a larger 6.9-inch LTPO foldable OLED panel. It has an unusual resolution of 1080 x 2640 pixels, which equals an aspect ratio of 22:9. This panel supports HDR10+, 10-bit color depth, and refresh rate up to 165 Hz, and is one of the fastest displays on the market. During gaming, the screen supports a touch response rate of up to 360Hz for a more responsive gaming experience.

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It has a film screen protector pre-applied for added protection and may also be necessary for the display to function. The center crease is somewhat subtle at first glance, but you can definitely feel it when you run your finger across the screen.

Motorola did not cut any corners with the external display. The 3.2-inch OLED panel has a resolution of 1066 x 1056 pixels and basically supports a bunch of features – HDR10+, 10-bit color depth, and 360Hz touch response rate. However, it runs at 144Hz instead of 165Hz, which is enough for a smooth viewing experience anyway.

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We couldn’t confirm this for sure, but we suspect that Motorola uses one of the camera’s sensors to detect ambient light and adjust the brightness of the external display. On the other hand, the main display has a full ambient light sensor.

Both displays perform well in our tests. The folding screen reached 1050 nits in auto mode, while it reached 506 nits in manual mode. Despite its protective layer on top, we found the maximum brightness to be good enough for comfortable outdoor use. The external display has similar readings – 505 nits in manual mode and 932 nits in auto mode.

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Color accuracy on an external display is not great and tends to show white and bluish-gray. The same goes for the home screen in the default saturated color mode. Switching to the Natural color preset lowers the average dE2000 to 2.2. Solid result

HRR control

Since this phone uses an LTPO OLED panel, it can adjust the granular refresh rate. When the screen is idle, the refresh rate drops to 1Hz, regardless of the brightness level. It can also accommodate a variety of videos, including 24 frames per second varieties. And while we like these implementations, there are more that we don’t like. For example, we couldn’t boost the display to 165Hz. It was always stuck at 120Hz and Chrome would even switch between 120 and 90Hz without any apparent logic.

The only time the screen saturated the full 165Hz was in certain benchmarks or when we enabled the extreme refresh rate mode via the game’s sidebar. However, we can’t confirm if games can actually run at 165fps, as the refresh rate doesn’t always match the frame rate. We’ve tried titles that are known to be limited to 60Hz, and the counter shows a refresh rate of 165Hz, so we’re skeptical.

In any case, the refresh rate is general and you won’t be using the full potential of 165Hz most of the time.

The external display follows a similar pattern, only going to 120Hz instead of 144Hz when needed. And since it’s not LTPO, it defaults to 60Hz instead of 1Hz.

Battery life

The Motorola Razr 40 Ultra has a larger 3800 mAh battery along with a more efficient 1st Gen Snapdragon 8+ chipset. And our test results show a significant improvement over the Motorola Razr 2022 in all scenarios. Screen-off and screen-on tests all show measurable improvements, with an overall score of up to  83 hours. We’re especially happy to see web browsing and video playback runtimes improve, as they were pretty bad last generation.

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The video test was performed in 60 Hz refresh rate mode. The web browsing test is performed with the highest display refresh rate if possible. See the relevant reviews for more details. To adjust the endurance rating formula to match your usage patterns, check out our all-time battery test results chart, where you can find all the phones we’ve tested.

On the one hand, the Razr 40 Ultra’s placement suggests that battery life isn’t all that impressive overall. Many standard flagship phones have longer battery life. On the other hand, the Razr 40 Ultra’s battery life isn’t too bad compared to other flip smartphones – it outlasts the Galaxy Z Flip4, for example, though the Oppo Find N2 Flip still does better.

Charging speed

The new Razr 40 Ultra appears to have borrowed the 30W TurboPower charger from its predecessor, but surprisingly, the phone came with a USB-A to USB-C cable instead of USB-C to USB-C. A suitable USB-A charger was also included in the box. In any case, the Razr 40 Ultra charges faster than the Razr 2022 despite having a larger battery.

However, this device is not very impressive when placed in context. The relatively small 3,800 mAh battery is fully charged in 1 hour and 27 minutes, while a 30-minute charge cycle will fill 45 percent of the battery. Not nearly enough to be considered competitive.

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Speakers

Although the Razr 40 Ultra uses a hybrid stereo setup, with the left channel acting as the headphone, the sound is very balanced. In terms of loudness, the speakers received a “Very Good” rating of  -25.4 LUFS, matching last year’s Razr 2022 speakers.

After a subjective assessment, the Razr 40 Ultra appears to have borrowed speakers from its predecessor, which is mostly a good thing. We like how clean the sound is, with good mids, loud and clear vocals, and plenty of bass.

Use the playback controls to listen to phone recordings (best with headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response graph tells you how far the reproduction of bass, treble, and midrange frequencies is from the ideal flat “0db” line. You can add more phones to compare their differences. Scores and ratings are not comparable to our old speaker test.

Vanilla Android 13 is decorated with Moto features

Motorola has always been keen on the vanilla Android experience and this has been one of the main appeals of Motorola. However, in the context of a foldable smartphone, some might think that’s more of a downside. After all, foldable smartphones need a little extra touch to make all the apps work properly on the relatively new form factor. The good news is that Android hasn’t aged and has evolved enough to accommodate the new foldable form factor, and Motorola has worked closely with developers to improve the user experience. Additionally, the OEM has promised three major firmware updates for the Razr 40 Ultra.

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If you’ve ever used a Motorola smartphone or any other pure Android phone, you’ll feel comfortable. There is nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to the aesthetics, navigation, and internal features of Android.

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In typical Motorola fashion, there are a handful of extra features that come with almost every Motorola smartphone, along with some exclusive features, thanks to the new 3.2-inch external display. Almost all of the extra features can be found in the Moto System app, along with some helpful tips on how to get the most out of the Razr 40 Ultra.

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Home screen, recent apps, notification shade, settings menu

Let’s start with personalization. Motorola offers a wealth of dynamic wallpapers that can be applied to the home and external screens. There’s no Always-on display, though, at least not in the general sense. You can’t set the external display to always be on, but Motorola offers the so-called Peek Display, which is second best. You can wake up the external display by tapping on it or just tapping the phone. The software checks the changes in the accelerometer and wakes the screen. Shows notifications and a customizable clock face.

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Engine features and customization

There are a few other Moto gestures too, like launching the flashlight with two hand gestures or rotating the phone to launch the camera.

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Motor movements

A relatively new sidebar has been added to Moto Features. You can access your favorite apps from the sidebar and launch them in small windows. Unfortunately, you can only run one app in the background and one in a small window, so multitasking capabilities are somewhat limited.

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Sidebar and multitasking

Motorola also added a double-tap gesture on the back so you can launch an app or perform an action on the fly. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this gesture implemented, but it’s definitely the first time we’ve seen it work properly without lag or errors. Maybe because your finger rests naturally on the secondary screen, which in turn is more touch-capable than your typical metal/leather/glass/plastic back.

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Quick launch with two taps on the back

Now go to an external screen. Motorola has done a great job and we can see why. The secondary screen may not be as big, but it’s more functional than ever. You can run standalone apps on it, reply to messages, use it as a viewfinder, attend to or dismiss notifications, and even watch Netflix videos. Motorola has worked closely with developers to optimize some of the most used apps to work properly on the 3.2-inch screen. However, there are still some issues that need to be addressed. For example, the Google Maps experience wasn’t great, and some buttons and UI elements were often blocked by the camera sensors. It’s important to note that we had an engineering sample to work with, so Motorola may fix them at launch or shortly thereafter.

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External screen customization

As we mentioned earlier, you can set your favorite clock style, arrange apps on the home screen, rearrange panels on the home screen, and adjust the font and size. This system allows you to switch between home and external screens by tapping a button when you close the phone or by automatically moving the said app as soon as you close the flip. Keep in mind that some apps aren’t allowed in the external panel, but the vast majority of apps we tried worked fine.

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External screen customization

The external screen also has its own recent apps menu and you can access quick settings and notification shade as well. In short, it allows you to do almost everything without having to unlock the device.

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External screen home screen, recent apps, notification shade

Introduced in 2021, Motorola’s Ready-For platform allows for multiple cases that put the phone at the center of a big-screen experience. Connecting a TV or monitor allows you to have a Windows desktop-like environment, play a game on your phone, display it on an external display, or even have a video chat on a larger screen.

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Moves in ready mode for

And while this feature previously only worked with a proper USB-C to USB-C cable, you can now connect using Miracast, which most modern TVs, monitors, and PCs today support. establish If you don’t have a handheld mouse and/or keyboard, the phone’s screen can be used as a touchpad and/or keyboard.

You can also use “ready for” on Windows-based PCs – it runs in a window on your desktop. This is useful when you want to run an Android app from your computer or multitask between devices on just one screen.

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Ready for a desktop-like experience

Another use of Ready for on a Windows PC is for video calls, where you can use the phone’s camera to take a picture of yourself and an external display to see the other participants.

The latest Ready For Use case is for gaming on a bigger screen – be it a TV or a laptop/monitor. You plug in an external controller and run the game on the phone, which has the obvious advantage of a larger screen for gameplay.

It works exactly like Samsung’s DeX, bringing a desktop-friendly experience to Android and its apps.

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Ready for a desktop-like experience

All in all, Motorola’s vision for a clean Android is somewhat different from Google’s, as it offers several unique features and can improve the foldable experience beyond the scope of vanilla Android. The best part is that the software doesn’t look unfinished at all, quite the opposite in fact. Our experience was flawless (except for very rare UI issues with external displays in some apps) and the system ran smoothly without any lag or stuttering.

Performance and benchmarks

The Razr 40 Ultra has last year’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4nm) chipset, which is a powerful, modern, flagship SoC, but not the latest. Still, it’s powerful enough to handle anything you throw at it, and it’s the full silicon version, not the underclocking kind that some other phones use. This means that the octa-core CPU has the usual 1+3+4 clusters with the following clock speeds: 1x 3.19 GHz Cortex-X2, 3x 2.75 GHz Cortex-A710, and 4x 1.80 GHz Cortex-A510. The Adreno 730 GPU handles graphics-intensive tasks.

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The standard memory configuration is 8GB/256GB while the 12GB/512GB variant can be found exclusively in select markets.

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As you can see, the Razr 40 Ultra performs as expected most of the time, making good use of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. There are a few GPU-intensive scenarios where the device falls behind your typical SD8+ Gen 1 smartphone. However, it’s hard to get past the fact that the Razr 40 Ultra costs the same as other 2023 flagship devices and yet performs poorly. All true flagships this year are rocking the much-improved Snapdragon 8 2nd generation.

Stable performance

The Razr 40 Ultra doesn’t surprise with good sustained performance, and that’s partly due to the form factor. Splitting the chassis into two halves results in reduced heat dissipation, making it increasingly difficult for the cooling design to match the demands of the SoC.

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CPU stress test: 30 minutes • 60 minutes

No sign of improvement was observed throughout the entire test, and the SoC maintained about 50% of its theoretical performance during the 1-hour-stress scenario.

Old dual camera setup

Surprisingly, Motorola opted for a non-Quad-Bayer sensor for its main camera – 12MP with large 1.4µm pixels. The sensor is paired with an optically stabilized lens with a large f/1.5 aperture. That’s a bit larger than what we’re used to seeing at around f/1.7-1.9. Either way, the aperture gives the sensor an advantage at night by capturing more light, but close shots will have a very limited focus distance.

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The ultra-wide camera, on the other hand, is pretty standard and essentially the same as last year’s Razr – 13MP f/2.2, 1.12µm with 108° FoV. And it supports autofocus and enables macro-level photos.

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The selfie camera also comes with a 32MP 0.7µm sensor with an f/2.4 aperture from last year. And since it’s a Quad-Bayer sensor, the camera produces 8-megapixel images.

Camera menus

The camera app on the Razr 2022 Ultra is custom, despite the fairly stock software package. When it comes to running it on the unlocked phone, it’s basically the same as what you get on the regular, bar-style Moto.

The basics are as usual – the camera modes are arranged in a customizable carousel shape, with the “More” tab at the far right end of the carousel holding rarely used shooting modes.

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Pro mode gives you full control over camera settings such as white balance, ISO, focus, shutter speed, and exposure compensation, and works on both rear cameras but not the front camera. A small live histogram is provided.

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Camera modes and settings

Additional settings for each camera mode can be found by swiping down in the viewfinder. There’s a small bar at the bottom that shows, but if you miss it, you might wonder where some of the controls are, like the flash and self-timer settings in photo mode and the frame rate in video mode.

The gear icon for the general settings menu holds more settings.

The only thing that sets the Razr’s viewfinder apart from your average viewfinder is a small icon in the top left corner of the screen that activates the external display when you open the phone. The button toggles between three modes – outer screen off, outer screen on with a live view, and outer screen on with a colorful animation to replace the “say cheese” command.

Since the outer screen has half the UI capabilities, it also gets its own camera app – for when you want to take photos (or videos) with the phone closed. You get a zoom level key and a mode selector (which you have to tap and then choose between modes), plus an arrow button for more settings.

There are limitations that apply when using an external display, the most notable of which is that you cannot receive the entire output of the camera sensor. You can choose between two crops – the default 1:1 crop or the 4:3 crop on the shorter side of the illustrator.

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The display is oriented at a 90-degree angle to the sensor, and getting full coverage means sending a live preview to the mailbox – so Motorola just decided to forgo that option.

The resulting crop and orientation mismatch also affects video recording. All of these seemingly arbitrary limitations could very well be fixed with a software update, but as it stands at the time of review, some things just can’t.

Photos of the day

Main camera

Daylight camera performance is decent enough, though perhaps not stunning in the context of a flagship phone. The level of detail resolved in these photos is excellent, but the software does resort to extra (over)sharpening which can be distracting in certain scenes.

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Main camera daylight samples

Color reproduction is vibrant. The dynamic range is pretty good, but we’ve seen better – you can see sharp cuts in challenging scenes.

Noise is otherwise well controlled, even indoors. However, clarity and detail suffer in adverse lighting conditions.

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Main camera daylight samples

However, the very wide f/1.5 aperture is a double-edged sword. When shooting objects that are really close, the bokeh is beautiful and natural, but some parts of the subject may be blurred due to the limited depth of field.

2x zoom

Motorola hasn’t used a 2x zoom button because the 12MP camera isn’t meant for zooming only. However, zooming in allows you to take zoomed photos and the results are not great. Post-processing is the same as 1x photo mode, but the resolution is significantly reduced.

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Daylight samples with 2x zoom

Ultra-wide camera

The ultrawide camera is very solid in good light. The dynamic range is good. Color reproduction and exposure are in line with the original camera. And more importantly, the level of resolved detail is very good, especially for an ultra-wide shooter.

Ultra Daylight Samples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/1553s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Amazing Daylight Samples - f/2.2, ISO 101, 1/1282s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Ultra Daylight Samples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/2026s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Ultra Daylight Samples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/1600s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Ultra Daylight Samples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/1208s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Ultra Daylight Samples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/873s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Ultra Daylight Samples - f/2.2, ISO 102, 1/50s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Ultra Daylight Samples - f/2.2, ISO 219, 1/33s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Ultra Daylight Samples - f/2.2, ISO 338, 1/25s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Spectacular daylight

Surprisingly, the ultra-wide camera is more consistent in all scenarios than the main camera, and we liked the ultra-wide samples taken indoors just as much.

Macro examples

Since the ultra-wide camera supports autofocus, the Razr 40 Ultra uses it for close-up macro photography. The samples below look solid, with plenty of detail and adequate resolution. Performance in low-light environments is also good.

Macro samples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/4306s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Macro Examples - f/2.2, ISO 263, 1/100s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Macro Examples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/179s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Macro Examples - f/2.2, ISO 166, 1/100s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Macro samples - f/2.2, ISO 174, 1/50s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Macro Examples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/124s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Macro samples - f/2.2, ISO 242, 1/33s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review
Macro examples

Portraits

Portrait mode produces photos with beautiful bokeh, natural colors, and, as long as the lighting conditions allow, decent detail and sharpness. Even the smallest drop in ambient light causes the skin to become smoother and significantly reduces its quality. Edge detection works very well even with complex backgrounds, failing only on stray hairs.

Portrait: Normal - f/1.5, ISO 100, 1/162s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Portrait: Portrait mode - f/1.5, ISO 100, 1/164s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Portrait: Normal - f/1.5, ISO 101, 1/2247s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Portrait: Portrait mode - f/1.5, ISO 103, 1/2276s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Portrait: Normal - f/1.5, ISO 100, 1/2976s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Portrait: Portrait mode - f/1.5, ISO 105, 1/3187s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review
Portrait: Normal - f/1.5, ISO 177, 1/50s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Portrait: Portrait mode - f/1.5, ISO 174, 1/50s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Portrait: Normal - f/1.5, ISO 292, 1/50s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Portrait: Portrait mode - f/1.5, ISO 300, 1/50s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review
Portraits: Normal • Portrait mode

We’ve also included some non-portrait samples, and the software seems to add just a dash over the desired resolution. Everything else looks pretty much the same.

Selfie photos

We’re providing samples from the default selfie camera and samples taken with the primary camera using the secondary display as a viewfinder. Surprisingly, the two methods produce samples of similar quality, which is excellent in most cases. However, we prefer the standard selfie camera simply because it works for more natural skin tones and tones. The dynamic range, level of detail, and resolution are all excellent. Even in not-so-great lighting conditions, the selfie camera remains stable.

Selfies with the default selfie camera - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/132s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Selfies with the default selfie camera - f/2.4, ISO 453, 1/50s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Selfies with the default selfie camera - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/1139s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review
Selfies with the default selfie camera - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/787s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Selfies with the default selfie camera - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/177s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Selfies with the default selfie camera - f/2.4, ISO 101, 1/968s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review
Selfies with the default selfie camera - f/2.4, ISO 101, 1/1057s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Selfies with the default selfie camera - f/2.4, ISO 619, 1/50s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Selfies with the default selfie camera - f/2.4, ISO 919, 1/33s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review
Selfies with the default selfie camera - f/2.4, ISO 638, 1/50s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review
Selfie with the default selfie camera
Selfie with main camera (closed phone) - f/1.5, ISO 157, 1/100s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Selfie with main camera (closed phone) - f/1.5, ISO 101, 1/419s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Selfie with main camera (closed phone) - f/1.5, ISO 248, 1/50s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review
Selfie with main camera (closed phone) - f/1.5, ISO 100, 1/2805s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Selfie with main camera (closed phone) - f/1.5, ISO 103, 1/1594s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review
Selfie with main camera (closed phone)

Low light photos

Main camera

Low-light shots in Standard Photo mode have a wide dynamic range – light sources look good, and the balance of highlights and highlights is very good.

However, the resolution leaves a lot to be desired. Aggressive noise suppression tends to smear finer details, and on closer inspection images look quite soft. There is a way around that and that is Motorola’s night vision mode.

Main camera samples in low light - f/1.5, ISO 628, 1/25s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Main camera samples in low light - f/1.5, ISO 1296, 1/25s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Main camera samples in low light - f/1.5, ISO 1504, 1/20s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review
Main camera samples in low light - f/1.5, ISO 1568, 1/20s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Main camera samples in low light - f/1.5, ISO 1616, 1/20s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Main camera samples in low light - f/1.5, ISO 1184, 1/20s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review
Main camera samples in low light - f/1.5, ISO 1152, 1/25s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review Main camera samples in low light - f/1.5, ISO 1400, 1/25s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review
Examples of the main camera in low light

Night vision mode fixes most resolution problems. The rendering of fine details is improved, and light sources and highlights look better. A dedicated night vision mode also introduces additional contrast and more vivid colors overall. However, we’ve seen better low-light photos from competitors, including the Galaxy Z Flip4.

Main Camera Night Vision Samples - f/1.5, ISO 290, 1/12s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Main Camera Night Vision Samples - f/1.5, ISO 512, 1/10s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Main Camera Night Vision Samples - f/1.5, ISO 742, 1/10s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Main Camera Night Vision Samples - f/1.5, ISO 794, 1/10s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Main Camera Night Vision Samples - f/1.5, ISO 800, 1/10s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Main Camera Night Vision Samples - f/1.5, ISO 592, 1/10s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Main Camera Night Vision Samples - f/1.5, ISO 455, 1/10s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Night Vision Main Camera Samples - f/1.5, ISO 683, 1/12s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Examples of the original night vision camera

Ultra-wide camera

The ultra-wide camera without night vision mode is completely dark and soft. The noise reduction algorithm kicks in again, erasing all the fine details the camera might have had a chance to capture. The dynamic range and colors look good, and you can see a lot in the shadows. Things get better when you turn on night vision mode.

The night vision mode improves the overall quality somewhat. It brightens shadows, cleans up noise without messing up detail in the process, and enhances light sources like street lights and neon signs. However, colors are softer with night vision mode for some reason.

Ultra Wide Low Light: Normal - f/2.2, ISO 1119, 1/20s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Ultra Wide Low Light: Night Vision - f/2.2, ISO 550, 1/10s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Ultra Wide Low Light: Normal - f/2.2, ISO 1968, 1/14s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Low Light Ultra Wide: Night Vision - f/2.2, ISO 1100, 1/8s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Ultra Wide Low Light: Normal - f/2.2, ISO 2720, 1/14s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Low Light Ultra Wide: Night Vision - f/2.2, ISO 1481, 1/8s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Ultra Wide Low Light: Normal - f/2.2, ISO 2448, 1/14s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Ultra Wide Low Light: Night Vision - f/2.2, ISO 1600, 1/10s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Ultra Wide Low Light: Normal - f/2.2, ISO 2208, 1/14s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Low Light Ultra Wide: Night Vision - f/2.2, ISO 1375, 1/10s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Ultra Wide Low Light: Normal - f/2.2, ISO 1381, 1/14s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Ultra Wide Low Light: Night Vision - f/2.2, ISO 981, 1/10s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Ultra Wide Low Light: Normal - f/2.2, ISO 2208, 1/20s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review Low Light Ultra Wide: Night Vision - f/2.2, ISO 1313, 1/12s - Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review
Ultra Wide Low Light: Normal • Night Vision

Here’s how the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra’s main camera stacks up against the rest of the competition in the moderated environment of our photo comparison tool.

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Motorola Razr 40 Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 and Oppo N2 Flip in our photo comparison tool

Video recording

The phone can shoot up to 4K@60fps using its main and selfie cameras, while the ultra-wide camera is set at 4K@30fps. There’s an option to disable stabilization if you need extra FoV while using a tripod, as well as recording using night vision mode after dusk. However, the second video mode is limited to 1080p resolution.

Standard 2160p@30fps videos captured with the main camera are solid – dynamic range is impressive, colors are good and detail levels are excellent. However, the resolution could be better.

The ultra-wide video quality is understandably lower, but still very good. It’s noticeably smoother and the colors look somewhat more natural. On the other hand, the dynamic range is excellent, the detail is excellent and there is no visible noise.

Stabilized 4K footage looks good, and EIS is able to smooth out most vibrations, but there’s a jelly effect that’s more noticeable in the background.

The default low-light video isn’t all that impressive, as it seems softer and darker than we’d like. However, noise is well controlled and the dynamic range is wide enough.

The dedicated night vision video matches the standard in terms of clarity and takes care of noise, which wasn’t too bothersome at first, so we struggled to find a good reason to use night vision mode. The camera records at a lower resolution and all it does is increase the exposure, resulting in a brighter scene with clipped highlights and exploded street lamps and neon signs.

Once you’re done with the real-world scenarios, take a look at our video comparison tool to see how the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra stacks up against the other phones we’ve reviewed.

Video comparison tool Video comparison tool
Motorola Razr 40 Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 and Oppo N2 Flip in our video comparison tool

Check Competitors

Although the folding market is developing at a rapid pace, it is still far from being mature enough to offer a wide range of choices. So if you’re looking for a fully foldable smartphone, the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra should definitely be on your list. It’s a big improvement over the Razr 2022 and matches the feature set of most modern flip phones, which aren’t many to begin with.

Motorola Razr 40 Ultra reviewSamsung Galaxy Z Flip4 and Motorola Razr 40 Ultra

The starting price of the Razr 40 Ultra is around 1,200 euros (8/256 GB), which puts it in the category of regular 2023 flagships such as Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max, Xiaomi 13 Ultra, etc. In the context of “I just need a flagship phone,” the Razr 40 Ultra is far from the ideal choice because the standard form factor offers superior hardware in every way. However, in the field of vertically foldable flagships, the Razr 40 Ultra makes a good case for itself.

Motorola Razr 40 Ultra reviewSamsung Galaxy Z Flip4 and Motorola Razr 40 Ultra

Compared to the recently released Oppo Find N2 Flip, the Razr 40 Ultra has the edge with a better chipset and a larger external display that can run full apps. Oppo’s rival, on the other hand, has a superior camera experience, longer battery life, and faster charging — features that are hard to ignore when the asking price is nearly the same.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Oppo Find N2 Flip
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 • Oppo Find N2 Flip

On the other hand, Samsung’s Galaxy Flip4 from last year asks about half of what the Razr 40 Ultra does and offers a similar experience except for its smaller bezel screen. However, you might want to wait for the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip5, which is rumored to feature a secondary display similar to the flagship Razr 40 Ultra.

Motorola Razr 40 Ultra reviewMotorola Razr 40 and 40 Ultra

Last but not least, if you’re a fan of the form factor but on a budget, the regular Razer 40 remains an audio option. The 1st Gen Snapdragon 7 chipset isn’t the best option of 2023 as it’s just a rebranded Snapdragon 778G chipset, but we believe the Razr 40 offers a similar overall user experience. It has the same main screen, a bigger battery, and almost the same camera hardware. You get a much smaller external display but its €900 price tag will be a lot easier on your wallet too.

Summary

The Motorola Razr 40 Ultra runs on flagship hardware and charges flagship money. Both displays are great, and we like the folding screen implementation. They are vivid and bright enough, while the external display offers near-perfect performance. It might not be the latest chipset, but it can run anything you find on the Play Store. However, there are several pitfalls that are hard to ignore, even in the context of a folding device.

Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review

Photos and videos crop up when the device is closed, charging speeds are spotty, and battery life is about average. Stable performance may also be an issue for some of you who like to play hard games every now and then. And while it’s powerful enough, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 isn’t as energy efficient as its successor, the SD8 Gen 2.

Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review

All in all, the Razr 40 Ultra is a big improvement over its predecessor. It’s competitive in the foldable category (for now) and its asking price might get you any 2023 flagship smartphone with fast charging, longer battery life, and great camera performance. That’s the price—both literally and metaphorically—for getting this unique form factor.

Why should we buy the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra phone?

  • Nice design with some intrusion protection.
  • Great main display with a fairly unobtrusive crease.
  • A great external display that offers a wow factor and supports full apps.
  • Polished software with 3 years of major updates.
  • Exceptional selfie performance, good ultrawide camera.

Why we should avoid buying the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra phone

  • The main display is limited to 120Hz in most scenarios despite the 165Hz rating.
  • Aggressive thermal throttle under load.
  • Average battery life, slow wired and wireless charging.

Source: GSMARENA.COM

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Review of Motorola Edge 50 Pro phone, price, technical specifications, design, screen, software, hardware, battery life and charging, and other specifications of this phone.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review, technical specifications

Introduction

Motorola has been sensual about experiences this year, shifting the focus from specs to lifestyle – or at least that’s the idea they’re trying to sell the Edge 50 Pro with. Colors, materials, experiences and AI are where the marketing focus is, but we try to remain pragmatic.

You can’t miss Pantone’s collaboration on the outside—like the company’s previous models, the Edge 50 Pro comes in at least one unusual color, approved by color-matching experts. In this article we are talking about lavender blue. But it’s been done before, and now there’s more Pantone – the display and camera are also Pantone accredited, both industry firsts (for whatever that’s worth).

More to our liking are the numbers, and the 6.7-inch OLED is both sharp (1220p) and snappy (144Hz), though Motorola says it lacks brightness (2000 nits). On the camera front, there are a number of specs to appreciate as well – first of all, the f/1.4 aperture on the main camera. It’s also commendable to see the triple-camera setup, along with the telephoto, and the fact that the ultra-wide camera has autofocus right off the bat.

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We’re less keen on the heart of the Edge 50 Pro, Snapdragon 7 Gen 3. You may remember that last year’s Edge 40 Pro was the Snapdragon flagship, but this year’s Pro is different – ​​meaning a 2024 lineup shakeup. There’s an Ultra at the top, like a generation ago, and that one gets the top-end chipset. The Pro, meanwhile, is relegated to a more mid-range status – we’ll see where it sits on the scale as we go along.

Charging capability is almost as flagship, though – at 125W and 18 minutes from empty to full, the specs are over-promising – albeit with some caveats. The 50W wireless charging rating is also a welcome improvement over the previous generation’s 15W, even if the 4,500mAh capacity isn’t very generous. We like the relatively compact size and pocket-friendly weight, and the IP68 rating is very welcome (also, befitting the “Pro” name).

Specifications of Motorola Edge 50 Pro at a glance:

  • Body:  161.2×72.4×8.2mm, 186g; glass front, silicon polymer (eco leather) or acetate back, aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes).
  • Display:  6.7-inch P-OLED, 1B color, 144 Hz, HDR10+, 2000 nits (peak), resolution 1220 x 2712 pixels, aspect ratio 20:9, 446ppi.
  • Chipset:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 (4nm): Octa-core (1×2.63 GHz Cortex-A715 & 4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A715 & 3×1.8 GHz Cortex-A510); Adreno 720.
  • Memory:  128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 2.2.
  • OS/Software:  Android 14, Hello UI.
  • Rear camera:  Wide (main)  : 50 MP, f/1.4, 25 mm, 1/1.55 ​​inch, 1.0 µm, multi-directional PDAF, laser autofocus, OIS;  Telephoto  : 10MP, f/2.0, 67mm, 1.0μm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom  :  13MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 16mm, 1.12μm, AF.
  • Front camera:  50 MP, f/1.9, 21 mm, 0.64 µm, AF.
  • Videography:  Rear camera  : 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 10-bit HDR10+, gyro-EIS.  Front camera  : 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps.
  • Battery:  4500mAh; 125W wired, 100% in 18 minutes (advertised), 50W wireless, 10W reverse wireless.
  • Connectivity:  5G; two SIM cards; Wi-Fi 6e; BT 5.4; NFC.
  • Other specifications:  fingerprint reader (under the display, optical); stereo speakers; Ready to support 6.

Unboxing Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Unboxing a Motorola has become somewhat of a pleasure in recent years thanks to the use of fragrance inside the box – certainly a unique sensory experience you won’t get from other brands. We’ll be quick to admit that there are few practical advantages to this, but that doesn’t mean we like it any less. This is in addition to the fact that the packaging is plastic-free and made from 80% recycled materials, which is always good.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

Inside, in addition to the phone, you’ll also get a TurboPower adapter. Its maximum output will be different depending on the region and/or phone version. Our Euro-spec 12/512GB includes a 125W charger, which is what the 12/256GB option will also get, but the 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB variants come with a 68W unit (at least to the best how we can say) will be accompanied. – worth double-checking with your dealer). A USB-C cable is also included.

Also part of the package is a sturdy back cover with a semi-transparent matte effect. The color of the accessory matches the color of the phone, and for our lavender blue review unit, it’s called Heron Blue (talk again in Pantone).

Design, build quality, handling

The sensory experience continues even after unboxing. A well-fitting back panel, along with curved front and rear edges, make the Edge 50 Pro a pleasure to hold – an impression that’s also reinforced by the phone’s very reasonable size and weight.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

In our Lavender Blue colorway, as well as the Black Beauty variant (both Pantone-approved names, of course), the back panel is made of leather-like plastic or silicone vegan leather. It’s one of the smoothest implementations we’ve come across and actually offers a very good grip while keeping fingerprints at bay. There’s a third option called Moonlight Pearl, which has a matte acetate panel – each of these has a unique texture on the back.

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Motorola Edge 50 Pro colors

The panel slopes gently towards the camera island, where the lenses stick out a bit more. For example, if you place the phone on a flat surface and start typing on it, the island is tilted to the side, causing the phone to shake. Also, the edges of the panel are slightly scratched where they meet the frame. Both are little more than minor annoyances, though, and probably only exist in the minds of reviewers.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

The frame of this car is made of aluminum and has a matte coating that matches the back panel. The physical controls are on the right side, and the power button and volume rocker are metal and click well.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

With a leather or acetate finish, the Edge 50 Pro is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance – it should survive 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes (in case of an accident, of course – we don’t encourage you to do that). Go ahead and submerge your phones in water). Meanwhile, the display side is protected by some form of Gorilla Glass, but Motorola hasn’t revealed the exact version.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

Edge 50 Pro has an optical fingerprint sensor under the display. We had no issues with its performance in terms of speed or reliability, although we would have appreciated a higher placement.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

144Hz Curved Edge OLED

The Edge 50 Pro is equipped with a 6.7-inch screen that leaves nothing to be desired – at least for this class. The OLED panel has a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz, so, as we’ve come to expect from Motorola, it’s once again a notch higher than 120Hz – though it’s not LTPO, so it won’t be quite as consistent in its refresh rate. Resolution switching is also higher than “normal” at 1220 x 2712 pixels, which makes the pixel density of 446ppi very clear.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro review

The display has a combination of DC dimming and PWM at a relatively high 720 Hz and has a Flicker Prevention mode for those who are particularly sensitive to this phenomenon. It’s a 10-bit panel with HDR10+ video support and a specified maximum brightness of 2000 nits.

In our brightness test, the Edge 50 Pro was good for just under 1,300 nits in adaptive mode when placed in bright light – a significant improvement over previous-generation models and one of the highest numbers in its class today. It’s not that keen on letting you manually raise the nits, only allowing up to 516 nits at the top end of the slider.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Motorola touts a lot about how the Edge 50 Pro’s display is both Pantone and Pantone SkinTone certified, meaning it’s been certified by people who specialize in color accuracy to depict colors and skin tones. It is considered accurate. We’re not entirely sure how important it is, but we think it wouldn’t hurt.

Refresh rate

The Edge 50 Pro offers multiple refresh rate modes with some adaptive behavior in all but the 60Hz mode. Auto mode goes up to 120Hz and idle goes down to 60Hz and so does 120Hz mode.

144Hz mode enables the maximum supported refresh rate, but it also switches to 60Hz when you don’t touch the screen.

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When games are set to “System Follow” settings they seem to be limited to 60Hz on auto mode. You can set a higher refresh rate for each game, or choose one of the higher global settings from the screen settings menu before playing the game – auto mode isn’t suitable for gaming.

Stream and HDR

The Edge 50 Pro isn’t Dolby Vision certified – the 40 Pro is, but this year’s lineup is segmented differently, so that’s not a downgrade. The phone is still compatible with HDR10 and HDR10+ videos, and you can get HDR streams from YouTube. The implementation is such that the display only goes into HDR mode when you switch the video to full-screen playback and does not enable it for in-app previews or picture-in-picture mode.

Netflix doesn’t allow HDR playback on the Edge 50 Pro, just like it did when we reviewed it on the 40 Neo. The Widevine L1 certification enables FullHD playback, so at least that’s possible.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro battery life

Our new Active Use Score is an estimate of how long the battery will last if the device is used with a combination of all four test activities. Using the sliders below, you can adjust the calculation based on your usage pattern.

The Edge 50 Pro is powered by a 4500 mAh battery – a reasonable capacity considering the rest of the hardware. In our active usage test, we clocked in at 10:10 hours on the web browsing script and 15:27 hours on video playback. The result of the game was a constant 7 hours, while the contact time reached 33:28 hours.

Those aren’t bad numbers, but they’re not particularly impressive either, although it’s important what you compare them to. Depending on your region and where the local market places the Edge 50 Pro, you could be looking at the Galaxy S23 or Pixel 8, and the Edge 50 Pro has a slight advantage over them. Then again, the OnePlus 12R will give you better longevity at a similar price. In other situations, however, where the Edge 50 Pro goes up against more affordable mid-range rivals, the comparison won’t do it any favors.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro
Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Charging speed

Our Motorola Edge 50 Pro arrived with a 125W TurboPower adapter, a unit that, according to the promotional materials, should be able to get you from a dead battery to 100% in 18 minutes. This was indeed the case in our testing, making it easily the best in class and the phone’s main selling point in our book.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewNote, the “charge boost” switch must be enabled to get these numbers for you, and out of the box it is disabled. Not that the required 28 minutes is a bad result, but if you’re in “faster faster” mode, make sure you find the key.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

The good news does not end there. The Edge 50 Pro also supports wireless charging, and Motorola rates it with a dedicated 50W charging dock. We don’t have test results for that, but given the Pixel 8’s rating for 18W and the Galaxy’s max out at 15W, we can’t imagine the Moto losing that race. Not to mention the rest of its potential competitors that don’t have wireless charging in the first place.

Speaker test

The Edge 50 Pro has a stereo speaker setup with a main unit on the bottom and another on top that doubles as a handset for voice calls. Each speaker plays only its own channel track, and the phone dynamically allocates channels depending on its orientation in space.

Bottom speaker - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Top Speaker / Earpiece - Motorola Edge 50 Pro Review Dolby Atmos badge - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Bottom speaker • Top speaker / Headphone • Dolby Atmos badge

In our speaker testing, the Edge 50 Pro scored “Very Good” for loudness, which is a notch lower than last year’s Pro and on par with the 40 and 40 Neo, though the names don’t quite mean what they once did. The 50 Pro sounded significantly better to our ears than either of the Edge 40s, offering lower-end presence and a more balanced response in the higher frequency range. It’s also superior to the OnePlus 12R or vivo V30, although the Pixel 8 and Galaxy S23 offer compelling alternatives for speaker sound quality.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Android 14, enhanced by Hello UI

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro runs Android 14 with Motorola’s in-house customizations, now called Hello UI (“Hello, Moto!”). The company promises 3 OS updates and 4 years of security patches (which we’re told are delivered quarterly).

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewThis is our first encounter with Moto running Android 14, and also our first encounter with Hello branding. We’ve said many times that Motorola’s software looks a lot like AOSP with some built-in features and tweaks, and that’s largely true.

Even so, something as simple as a font can add a lot of personality, and Motorola has done it expertly. If you’re looking for personalization, the option of AI-generated wallpaper is also on the table, because AI is everything – Motorola calls it Style sync, and the idea is to have wallpaper that matches your outfit of the day.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewCustomizations are in the usual Moto app hub, which has been reshaped for this iteration. Things are now organized more neatly, with categories that have many entries, such as gestures, putting items on the same page without having to scroll.

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Moto app

Speaking of which, the info page for each gesture now has a better visual explanation of how the gesture works. Motorola went so far as to match the animation to the actual color of the phone – or is it just lavender blue on all units as the hero color?

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More Moto app

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewSome old Motorola features can also be found in the Edge 50 Pro. Ready For functionality is now split into Ready For (for connecting to a PC or tablet) and Moto Connect (for connecting to standalone displays, either wired or wireless). The phone screen can act as a trackpad, or the entire phone can act as an air mouse. Both Ready For and Moto Connect can be launched via a quick swipe in the notification area or from their app icons in the app drawer.

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Ready for • Moto Connect

Moto Unplugged and Family Space are two features that limit access to apps and features for one of two reasons: on the one hand, to keep you calm or focused, or to limit the use of the child’s phone.

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Moto Unplugged • Moto Unplugged • Family Space

Benchmarks

The Edge 50 Pro relies on the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 for its computing, and compared to the Edge 40 Pro, that’s a +1 in the generation, but a -1 in the series. This makes the new model a mid-range model in terms of raw performance – which makes sense given that there’s an Ultra this time around, but it still doesn’t help the Pro’s case against its rivals.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewThis doesn’t necessarily mean that the 7 Gen 3 SoC is bad. While its position in Qualcomm’s lineup is a bit odd (slightly more powerful than the 7s Gen 2, nowhere near as powerful as the 7+ Gen 2), it’s still an up-to-date 4nm chip. It has an octa-core processor in 1+4+3 configuration (1×2.63GHz A715 4×2.4GHz A715 and 3×1.8GHz A510) and Adreno 720 GPU.

Memory options start at 8GB/128GB, and there are 8GB/256GB and 12GB/256GB variants, while our review unit is the top-spec 12GB/512GB. Not all storage levels will be available in all markets.

Motorola lists the storage type as UFS 2.2, but our review unit’s write speed is more in line with UFS 3.1 for some reason.

Looking at the benchmark results, the Edge 50 Pro is not always in a favorable position. The leading competitors that can be had in some markets for the money of the Edge 50 Pro are out of reach in all benchmarks.

In other markets, where Moto competes with mid-rangers, it’s a bit more subtle. For example, the Vivo V30 is almost equal, while the Edge 50 Pro has the upper hand in the GPU department over the Galaxy A55 and Realme 12 Pro+.

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One area where having a mid-range chipset usually helps is stable behavior under load. In fact, the Edge 50 Pro achieved excellent results in both of our usual stress tests. We saw minimal strain in our 1-hour CPU test and no performance degradation in our 20-minute GPU run. This is more or less what we got from the vivo V30 as well.

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CPU throttling test • 3DMark Wild Life stress test

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Good triple camera

The Pro may not be the Ultra, but it still has the full camera setup. Headlining is the 50-megapixel primary camera, albeit mostly thanks to the ultra-wide f/1.4 aperture. But it’s nice to see telephoto cameras on non-flagship phones too, the 3x zoom unit is very welcome here. Also a welcome sight is the ultra-wide autofocus, another hallmark on the Edge 50 Pro’s spec sheet.

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Another important selling point, looking at the hardware alone, is the selfie camera. Not only does it use a large sensor, but it also has a wide-angle lens with autofocus. It can also record 4K videos. It’s the same selfie camera you’ll find on the Edge 50 Ultra, so if selfies are your main priority, the Pro should probably be good enough.

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In the AI ​​this, AI that department, the Edge 50 Pro promises video stabilization, advanced long exposure processing, and overall dynamic range and detail enhancement magic.

Also, for the first time, there are settings in the viewfinder that allow you to take photos and directly apply Google Photos “enhancement” processing. If you find yourself doing this often with your photos after they’re displayed in the gallery, this can save you a step. However, there is no obvious way to get the pre-enhanced photo after saving the auto-enhanced version. We prefer to take the “natural” and enhance it when needed.

  • Wide (main):  50 MP OmniVision  OV50E  (1/1.55″, 1.0μm – 2.0μm), f/1.4, 25mm, multi-directional PDAF, laser AF, OIS; 4K@30fps
  • Ultra-wide:  13MP SK Hynix  HI1336  (1/3.0, 1.12µm), f/2.2, 16mm, PDAF; 4K@30fps
  • Telephoto:  10MP Samsung  S5K3K1  (1/3.94, 1.0µm), f/2.0, 67mm, PDAF, OIS; 4K@30fps
  • Front camera:  50MP Samsung  JNS  (probably JN1 variant, 1/2.76″, 0.64µm-1.28µm), f/1.9, 21mm, PDAF; 4K@30fps

Day photo quality

Main camera

Daylight shots from the main Moto camera are steady. They have plenty of contrast (perhaps a touch too much, even) and expressive (but not overly so) color rendition, which makes for a lovely overall tonal reproduction, especially in outdoor shots. Detail is pretty good, unless you stare too long at the grass, which can look a bit artificial.

Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/1882s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 101, 1/1800s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/1464s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/2384s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/1190s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 101, 1/2214s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/1748s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/710s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/968s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/1105s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 416, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 386, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 206, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 200, 1/159s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 400, 1/87s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x)

Motorola hosted a special press event in Morocco where we brought our Edge 50 Pro review for additional samples in addition to samples from our usual locations. Here is a selection of the main cameras and you will be on this page of other cameras.

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More examples in daylight, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 325, 1/60s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review More examples in daylight, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 156, 1/200s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review More examples in daylight, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 1163, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review More examples in daylight, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/775s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
More examples in daylight, main camera (1x)

The minimum focus distance of this camera is not very long, but thanks to its excellent aperture, you can capture small objects well at short distances with blurred backgrounds.

Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/968s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/886s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/1623s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/649s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 400, 1/85s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 200, 1/113s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x)

Here are some people’s photos to show you how the phone handles skin tones. These are Pantone approved skin tones, please note.

Daylight samples, main camera (1x), portrait mode - f/1.4, ISO 425, 1/75s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x), portrait mode - f/1.4, ISO 127, 1/240s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x), portrait mode - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/594s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x), portrait mode - f/1.4, ISO 102, 1/4435s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Examples of daylight, main camera (1x), photo mode
Daylight samples, main camera (24mm), portrait mode - f/1.4, ISO 400, 1/71s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (24mm), portrait mode - f/1.4, ISO 109, 1/200s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (24mm), portrait mode - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/603s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (24mm), portrait mode - f/1.4, ISO 101, 1/4636s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (24mm), portrait mode

There’s also a portrait mode zoom setting that mimics the lens’ 35mm field of view.

Daylight samples, main camera (35mm), portrait mode - f/1.4, ISO 456, 1/91s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (35mm), portrait mode - f/1.4, ISO 171, 1/351s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (35mm), portrait mode - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/710s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (35mm), portrait mode - f/1.4, ISO 101, 1/4501s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Examples of daylight, main camera (35mm), portrait mode

Full resolution mode can offer a slight improvement in detail, though it’s not really a significant advantage, it comes at the cost of a narrower dynamic range.

Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 50 MP - f/1.4, ISO 101, 1/2601s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 50 MP - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/2719s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 50 MP - f/1.4, ISO 101, 1/2147s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 50 MP - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/3877s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 50 MP - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/1936 - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 50 MP - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/3152s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 50 MP - f/1.4, ISO 102, 1/2842s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 50 MP - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/1120s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (1x), 50 megapixels

A 2x button is conveniently located in the viewfinder, and we read the results well. They’re not the sharpest images, but if you limit your viewing to phone screens or screen-fit levels on a PC, you should be fine. To be fair, you might be better off shooting at 50MP and cropping the center to match the 2x field of view.

Daylight samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/1697s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/997s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/3399s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/2529s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 100, 1/835s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 101, 1/2281s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 101, 1/2087s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 750, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, main camera (2x)

Telephoto camera (3x)

Telephoto camera results are also good. Details are appropriate and naturally presented. The dynamic range is wide and the colors are lovely if not quite the same as the original camera.

Daylight samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/1320s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/799s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/1122s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/1400s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 105, 1/402s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/2118s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/1340s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 1632, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/436s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/164s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/109s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 981, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, telephoto camera (3x)

The zoom camera is also perfectly adequate as a close-up photographer, although if you get too close, the phone will quickly switch to a zoomed-in view of the main camera. Either be careful to cross the focus threshold near telephoto, or resort to Pro mode, where there is no automatic camera switching.

Daylight samples, telephoto (3x), close-up - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/449s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x), close-up - f/2.0, ISO 197, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x), close-up - f/2.0, ISO 1009, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x), close-up - f/2.0, ISO 216, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Examples of daylight, telephoto (3x), close-up

We admit that Pantone-approved skin tones look good. 85mm portrait mode shots come from the telephoto camera with some digital zoom, and you can tell by the relative softness.

Daylight samples, telephoto camera (3x), photo mode - f/2.0, ISO 1200, 1/82s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto camera (3x), photo mode - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/112s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto camera (3x), photo mode - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/376s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (3x), portrait mode - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/2455s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Examples of daylight, telephoto camera (3x), portrait mode
Daylight samples, telephoto (85mm), portrait mode - f/2.0, ISO 1009, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (85mm), portrait mode - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/112s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (85mm), portrait mode - f/2.0, ISO 138, 1/496s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, telephoto (85mm), portrait mode - f/2.0, ISO 100, 1/2492s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Examples of daylight, telephoto camera (85mm), portrait mode

Ultra-wide camera

Ultra-wide also does not destroy the positive impression. In fact, it performs excellently in its field, delivering crisp results with a wide dynamic range and pleasing colors. Its autofocus capability is also much appreciated, allowing you to capture close-up objects with exaggerated perspectives or some distorted close-ups.

Daylight Samples, Ultra Wide Camera - f/2.2, ISO 101, 1/1854s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro Review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/1156s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/1360s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 101, 1/1672s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
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Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 485, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 166, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight Samples, Ultra Wide Camera - f/2.2, ISO 200, 1/98s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro Review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 406, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/603s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 154, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/211s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Daylight samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/659s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Examples of daylight, ultra-wide camera

Selfie photos

Selfies are excellent on the Edge 50 Pro. The detail is excellent, the dynamic range is nice and wide, and skin tones are pleasingly lifelike, although a touch of extra saturation wouldn’t hurt colors overall.

Selfie samples - f/1.9, ISO 173, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Selfie samples - f/1.9, ISO 609, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Selfie samples - f/1.9, ISO 1025, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Selfie samples - f/1.9, ISO 1072, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Selfie samples - f/1.9, ISO 100, 1/679s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Selfie samples - f/1.9, ISO 116, 1/200s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Examples of selfies

Low-light photo quality

Main camera

The main camera of the Edge 50 Pro takes very good photos in low light in the default photo mode. Exposures look balanced and natural, and you can get a fairly wide dynamic range without overexposed shadows. The colors are excellent in terms of both white balance and saturation. The detail is also good, but has a somewhat processed quality.

Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 1719, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 2725, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 4494, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 2244, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 2456, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 1963, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 2350, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 4238, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 2975, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 3200, 1/23s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 5863, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 1994, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 1744, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 1000, 1/34s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 4363, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x) - f/1.4, ISO 2844, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low light samples, main camera (1x)

The Drag 50 Pro’s night mode does try harder to preserve highlights, though not as much in terms of shadow development.

Low-light samples, main camera (1x), night mode - f/1.4, ISO 1419, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x), night mode - f/1.4, ISO 1894, 1/17s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x), night mode - f/1.4, ISO 2569, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (1x), night mode - f/1.4, ISO 1769, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low light samples, main camera (1x), night mode

At 2x, details are even sharper, making pixel-level checking less of a pleasant task.

Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 1669, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 2181, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 3763, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 2806, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 2088, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 2056, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/32s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, main camera (2x) - f/1.4, ISO 1506, 1/25s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low light samples, main camera (2x)

Telephoto camera

The telephoto camera of this phone also performs admirably in the dark. Sharpness and detail are excellent, dynamic range and tonal development are excellent even in difficult high-contrast scenes, and colors are generally on point.

Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 4592, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 5488, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 5536, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 5488, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 3664, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 5408, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 4880, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 2544, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 1225, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 3840, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 2432, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 2320, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 4304, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 6240, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 2400, 1/35s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, telephoto (3x) - f/2.0, ISO 6816, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low light samples, telephoto camera (3x)

Ultra-wide camera

Ultrawide is not half bad either. Pixel-level detail can be a little soft in the shadows, but no more so than competing efforts and better-lit scenes actually render well. Colors and dynamic range are also generally pretty good, though Night mode still retains a bit of a highlight.

Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 2816, 1/17s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 3344, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 5792, 1/10s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 3232, 1/15s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 3152, 1/14s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 3248, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 3280, 1/17s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 2400, 1/17s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 3184, 1/17s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 3200, 1/12s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 1600, 1/18s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review Low-light samples, ultra-wide camera - f/2.2, ISO 1475, 1/17s - Motorola Edge 50 Pro review
Low light samples, ultra-wide camera

Video recording

The Edge 50 Pro can record up to 4K30 on all its cameras – the three rear cameras and the selfie camera. All but ultrawide can do 1080p at 60fps in addition to the usual 30fps.

The default codec is h.264, but you can select h.265 by turning the switch in the settings. Stabilization is available in all modes and can be turned off if you have an alternative means of holding the photo still.

However, we’re not too keen on the Edge 50 Pro’s video quality. Its 4K clips are very high contrast, especially on the main and ultra-wide cameras. Detail is kind of soft on the ultra-wide camera, over-processed on the main camera, and probably only the telephoto gets a higher score. White balance varies between the three, with the primary camera being the most accurate and the other two cameras each off in their own way. Also, neither camera was able to maintain a consistent 30fps frame rate, instead hovering around the 27fps mark.

In low light, the main camera performs well on most metrics, capturing good detail and decent dynamic range, while maintaining color saturation. The other two are on the soft side of the spectrum.

Stabilization is mostly very good, although there were some small imperfections in our experience. Both the main and ultra-wide cameras stabilize walking shake well. The ultra-wide showed little tendency to hunt for focus when walking. All three started the pans smoothly, but we found that dropped frames in the middle of the pan ruined the harvest. Just pointing the phone in one direction produces stable footage – not quite shake-free, but good enough.

Check Competitors

As we mentioned many times during the review, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro is positioned differently in different markets. Its €700 price tag in Europe, at least at launch, puts it up against a few old (or vintage?) flagships, while what we’d call the mid-range ones sell for lower rates. In India, on the other hand, the Moto is much more competitively priced, while decent high-end phones, even last year’s models, command higher prices.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewLet’s say you have 700 euros to buy an Edge 50 Pro in Europe. The Galaxy S23 is the same size at 256GB, giving you a high-end (if last year) chipset in a really compact package. The Galaxy will have the upper hand when it comes to video, though camera performance outside of that is roughly comparable to excellent selfies. Similarly, the Galaxy DeX is a good match for Moto’s Ready For and Moto Connect functionality, and the two phones have similar battery life. Although the Moto charges significantly faster.

The Pixel 8 is another flagship device for the Edge 50 Pro. Much like the Galaxy, its advantage over the Moto is a higher-end chipset and better video quality, and if you like the Edge 50 Pro for its Pixel-like software, how about some real Pixel software? The Moto has a telephoto camera, so it gets extra points if you’re into zooming, and once again its charging speed is a significant advantage over the Pixel.

OnePlus has a tradition of not so much flagships, and the 12R is exactly that. It’s the third potential competitor with more computing power than the Moto, but it’s also the first to compete in charging speed, not to mention an advantage in longevity. Edge 50 Pro is the best camera – has telephoto, better ultra-wide, and better selfie, but it is not great for video. Additionally, the Edge has tighter seals (IP68 vs. IP64), and we like Moto’s software better.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Google Pixel 8 OnePlus 12R
Samsung Galaxy S23 • Google Pixel 8 • OnePlus 12R

OnePlus, though slightly more expensive than Moto in India, is still a decent option with all the pros and cons mentioned earlier.

You could also consider the Galaxy A55, although that phone is also slightly more expensive than the Edge 50 Pro – at least for now. Samsung wins for battery life but naturally loses for charging speed. It’s more of a tie in the performance department than any previous era, with the Moto actually having a distinct GPU advantage. Add its superior camera system to the mix and the Edge has a distinct multimedia edge.

The vivo V30 is also priced in the Moto ballpark. A key selling point for the V30 is battery life – it has a significant advantage in our testing, and it’s not too bad at charging either, even if it can’t reach the speeds of the Edge 50 Pro. While the Moto is generally better at taking pictures and doesn’t have a telephoto camera (none on the vivo), the V30 has a better ultra-wide camera that could be a bargain for your budget buyer. Although vivo is not too water resistant (IP54).

Realme 12 Pro+ is one of the models that aspires to have a strong camera in the middle of the range. With the main camera being more of a compromise between the two, the Realme manages to impress you with its excellent zoom (3x high-res periscope), though it doesn’t quite match the Moto at the ultra-wide end, and the Edge wins for selfies. to be

Samsung Galaxy A55 Vivo V30 Realme 12 Pro+
Samsung Galaxy A55 • vivo V30 • Realme 12 Pro+

Summary

The Pro isn’t the top model in the Motorola Edge series this time around, but it sits well below flagship territory. Even with the ultra-spec Ultra, the Edge 50 Pro still manages to deliver a very capable camera setup for photos – a main camera light-gathering champ combined with a solid telephoto in a segment where dedicated zoom cameras are rare. An ultra-wide that has autofocus and uses it well. And then tops it all off with some great selfies for good measure.

However, it doesn’t quite tickle our fancy for video recording, so it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s not quite the all-rounder it could be. Also somewhat annoying is the choice of chipset, which may be sufficient for many things, but still doesn’t look good next to similarly priced rivals in some markets. The 125W/68W charger situation could even be spun as a good thing, if the smaller unit really helps keep the price down for lower-spec versions of the phone, though we’d keep it as a problem, due to the extra explanation it provides. we do. I had to do it

Motorola Edge 50 Pro reviewThere’s a lot to like about the Edge 50 Pro, and yes, part of that is the 125W super-fast charging that’s hard to compete with, although we don’t imagine the 68W option will be too hard to live with either. The display is better than the others on most measures and it also has Pantone credentials – an industry first and a masterpiece that’s bound to attract droves of buyers (or so the marketing team thinks). The case back color also comes from that company’s catalog and is certainly good, but we’d be just as happy with a generic name color as long as it sticks and maintains water resistance – something that’s not yet available globally. , even for Edge 50 Pro money.

Motorola says it’s pretty good in terms of experience and beyond spec wars, which is a relief when the chipset isn’t winning. But the newly renamed Hello UI is a significant part of the experience with the Edge 50 Pro, a beautiful blend of the visual simplicity of stock Android and the personality and functionality that Motorola built and continues to build on top of.

All things considered, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro is worth just one recommendation – with an average star for its regional price and market context.

Why should we buy Motorola Edge 50 Pro?

  • Light and compact body, sticky back, interesting color options; IP68 dust and water resistant.
  • Great screen – bright, clear, 144Hz.
  • Class-leading charging speed (with 125W adapter), it also has wireless charging.
  • Really nice software package – looks ‘stock’, lots of useful features added.
  • In general, excellent photo quality from all cameras in all conditions.
  • First-class selfies.

Why should we avoid byuing Motorola Edge 50 Pro?

  • Low power chipset compared to the price.
  • The video quality is not quite high.
  • The included charger depends on the memory version.

Resource: GSMARENA.COM

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The Galaxy Fit 3 is a great generational improvement and benefits from many features of the Galaxy Watch, making it an attractive choice for users on a tighter budget.

Galaxy Fit 3 review

It has been four years since Samsung released the third generation Galaxy Fit smart band; In this long absence, many probably forgot that Samsung also has a smart wristband in addition to a smartwatch, and for a while, it was even rumored that the Koreans have abandoned the Galaxy Fit product line forever.

Galaxy Fit 3, which was launched at the end of February 2024, has changed its face so much that it can hardly be considered the sequel of the previous generation; From the 31% increase in screen size, which has changed the previous very elongated form factor to more reasonable dimensions, to the two-piece strap and aluminum material of the body instead of plastic, and the addition of fall detection capabilities and ambient light sensor.

If you have had a Galaxy Fit 2 and want to stay in the Samsung ecosystem at a much higher cost than Chinese smart bands, you will not regret buying the Galaxy Fit 3; But I don’t think many people are going to upgrade now. You probably either want to know which one to choose for your first smartwatch, between the Fit 3 and the Xiaomi Smart Band 8, or you want to know if you can spend more than half the price of the Galaxy Watch 6 and get all the features and functions that make this watch one of the best. Has the market smartwatch become accessible or not?

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 specifications at a glance

Display

1.6 inch AMOLED with a resolution of 256 x 402 pixels

Weight

36.8 grams (with strap) / 18.5 grams (without strap)

Dimensions

42.9 x 28.8 x 9.9 mm

body

Aluminum (in black, white and rose gold)

operating system

FreeRTOS

Sensors

Optical heart rate sensor with the ability to calculate the blood oxygen level (SpO2), accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, ambient light sensor

battery

208 mAh / about a week of daily use (declared up to 13 days)

Water resistance

5-atmosphere pressure / IP68 certificate

Speaker and microphone

does not have

connections

Bluetooth version 5.3 / does not have Wi-Fi

Before we go to the features, let me tell you about the feel of the Galaxy Fit 3. Samsung’s new smart band with an aluminum body weighing only 18.5 grams is very light, comfortable, and well-made, and although it has relatively large dimensions, it fits well on narrow wrists.

The Fit 3 silicone strap, which you can get in three colors, black, white, and rose gold, is very soft and high-quality, and it has changed from the previous generation’s integrated mode, where the screen was placed inside, to a more standard two-piece model. Fastening the strap and connecting it to the wristband is done easily; Perhaps the only fault that can be found is that there are not enough holes on the strap to firmly fasten the body on narrow wrists.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 in white, rose gold and black models together

Having said that, if you are the type of person who wants to monitor your health status 24 hours a day, even while you sleep, the Galaxy Fit 3 is a more logical choice of watch, because apart from the lower price (albeit at the expense of fewer features), it is smaller and weighs less. Almost half of the Galaxy Watch 6; So it won’t bother you when you sleep.

In addition, Galaxy Fit 3 benefits from the highest certificate of resistance against dust penetration (IP68) and resistance up to 5-atmosphere pressure (50 meters depth) against water penetration so that you can easily use it to record information related to swimming in the pool.

Currently, it is not possible to connect Galaxy Fit 3 to iPhone

Galaxy smartwatches and wristbands are specially optimized for the Samsung ecosystem and then for Android phones, they are usually compatible with the iPhone (with some limitations of course); But currently, it is not possible to connect the Galaxy Fit 3 to the iPhone, because the Galaxy Fit application in the App Store does not support the new generation of Samsung wristbands. So, if you have an iPhone and want to use the sports and health features of other brands for a much lower price than the Apple Watch, you have to leave the Galaxy Fit 3 out of your options for now.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 on the wrist
Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 on the wrist

Like the previous two generations, Galaxy Fit 3 uses the open-source operating system FreeRTOS, which can be considered a lighter and simpler version of WearOS. Samsung has preferred using FreeRTOS for its smartwatch because cheaper and less powerful chips can handle it well and do not lag. In addition, the life of the battery increased many times; Fit 3’s battery lasted about a week in my daily use, while continuous monitoring of heart rate, stress, and sleep was active, but Always-on was disabled, and I spent 30 minutes exercising and 15 minutes checking the time and notifications. With a day or two of charging, the Galaxy Watch 6 is fantastic.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 in three models: white, rose gold and black

The FreeRTOS user interface is similar to WearOS in many ways, and even the application icons are almost the same; But unlike WearOS, it does not support Google Play and the ability to install external applications, and you have to go with the same default apps; including health application, music control, phone finder, weather, calendar, timer, alarm, stopwatch, world clock, calculator and camera shutter control. Galaxy Fit 3 has almost all smartband applications; However, the possibility of downloading favorite applications may not be pleasant for some users.

FreeRTOS operating system, smooth, simple, and fast but more limited than WearOS

The Samsung Health app for the Galaxy Fit 3 is one of the most complete and useful apps that can be found on the smartwatch. In this application, you can see various information, including the number of steps, how long you have exercised in a week, the amount of calories and water consumed, and the heart rate. By tapping on each, the corresponding app will open with more data. There is also information related to the prediction of menstruation in this section, which, unlike the Huawei Watch GT4, which works based on information such as heart rate, skin temperature, and breathing, only relies on the information entered in the calendar.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 strap connection
Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 strap connection

Leaving aside the limitation of FreeRTOS in installing applications, during the time I was testing the Galaxy Fit 3, the operating system performed very smoothly and even appeared as good as the Galaxy Watch 6. Fit 3’s user interface is also very simple and straightforward. By pressing the physical home button once, you will return to the main screen. Pressing the button twice will open the list of workouts, where you can choose another application for this command from the Advanced Feature section of the smartband settings.

There is a long delay in sending notification messages to the Galaxy Fit 3

Galaxy Fit 3 uses simple and standard gestures to access different parts of the wristband; Swiping up shows the list of applications, swiping down shows quick settings, swiping left shows the Tile (Tile) or the applications card, and swiping right shows notifications. In the tile environment, you can add up to 12 different cards. The notification text also supports Farsi language and emoji, although it takes about 28 seconds for the message notification to be displayed on the smart band.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 user interface

Unfortunately, on the Galaxy Fit 3, unlike the Galaxy Watch, there is no possibility to reply to a message, and at best, you can only send predefined replies, which are not very useful. I think it’s time for sending messages from smart watches and wristbands to become a standard, not to remain exclusive to luxury devices.

Galaxy Fit 3 does not lack in the watch face department; From the Wearable application, you can access more than a hundred watch faces with various designs and colors. If none of the watch faces catch your eye, you can use your favorite images and edit them with the application’s tools, and even change the color of the time display for better readability on any background. Samsung also lets you switch between watchfaces you’ve created by saving multiple images in the Watchfaces section and tapping on the Fit 3’s home screen.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 watch in the application

Galaxy Fit 3 has almost all the health and sports features of Galaxy Watch 6 (except ECG and irregular heart rate measurement, which is not available in Iran), but in some features, it shows different accuracy; For example, in the heart rate test, the Fit 3 was about 5% different from the Watch 6. While I was sleeping, with both devices strapped to my wrist, the Galaxy Watch 6 reported that the blood oxygen level dropped below 90%, but the Fit 3 reported everything as normal. In the stress test, Watch 6 showed a slightly lower stress level.

Tests

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

heart beat

77 beats per minute

81 beats per minute

blood oxygen level (SpO2)

98 percent

96 percent

stress test

medium

Average down

In sleep monitoring, Galaxy Fit 3 appeared very accurate and provided complete statistics; including sleep duration, different stages of sleep, sleep score, and even blood oxygen level recording during sleep. If you activate the snore detection option from the application, the phone’s microphone will record your snoring sound.

Galaxy Fit 3 sleep monitor screenshot
Galaxy Fit 3 sleep monitor screenshot
Galaxy Fit 3 sleep monitor screenshot

Galaxy Fit 3 has over a hundred workouts to cover almost any sport you want. For some sports activities, including walking, running, elliptical, and swimming, which have just been added, it has an automatic detection mode so that if you forget to start the workout, the smart band will start the corresponding workout after a few minutes. Fit 3’s pedometer was also about 10 steps different from reality and is generally accurate.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 workouts
Fit 3 is equipped with two new safety functions, fall detection, and Emergency SOS

The Galaxy Fit 3 uses two new safety features, including Fall Detection and Emergency SOS, which are present in the Apple Watch and Samsung’s WearOS-based devices. If you fall while exercising, the Fit 3 will call the emergency services or a selected person from your contact list thanks to the fall detection feature.

By activating Emergency SOS and selecting a person as an emergency contact, you can send your location to this person by pressing the button 5 times. If you have already entered your medical information, it will be displayed on the screen of the smart band.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 call rejection
Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 fall detection capability

The Galaxy Fit 3 is now equipped with an ambient light sensor to adjust the screen brightness according to the environment. Samsung hasn’t announced the Fit 3’s maximum brightness, but it seems to be around the 600 nits we’d expect from this price range.

Samsung’s new smart band uses two interesting features in the security department that may come in handy; First, you can choose a pin code for it; As long as the smart band is on your wrist, you don’t need to enter a passcode, but as soon as you remove it from your wrist, the device is locked and a PIN code is required to unlock it.

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 display, white model

The second feature, which is enabled by default, prevents the display of notifications as long as the smartband is not attached to your wrist. For example, if you put the Galaxy Fit 3 on the table and leave it behind the table, another person cannot read the messages; Of course, if you notice that the notifications are not displayed even when you wear the smartband on your wrist, disable this feature from the security section, because there is probably an interference between the skin of your hand and the sensor.

Is the Galaxy Fit 3 worth buying?

Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 in white, rose gold and black models together

So far, we talked about the features and capabilities that seem to put the Galaxy Fit 3 almost at the level of the Galaxy Watch 6; But the Samsung Smartband lacks some of the basic functions of the Galaxy Watch, including built-in GPS, speaker, and microphone for answering calls, sending replies to messages, installing additional applications from Google Play, Wi-Fi connectivity and LTE options, and models with different sizes to better fit the size of the watch. Different wrists. In terms of appearance, the Galaxy Watch has a more luxurious and attractive design and is more similar to a classic watch.

Considering the differences, the Galaxy Fit 3 cannot be considered a replacement for the Galaxy Watch 6. If answering calls and messages, internal GPS, installing applications and the classic appearance of the watch is not your priority, and at the same time you want the device to be attached to your wrist all the time, the battery life is satisfactory, and to spend half the price of the Galaxy Watch, the Galaxy Fit 3 at a price of about 4 4.5 million tomans is a more appropriate choice in the Iranian market; But if you don’t care about staying in the Samsung ecosystem and a bigger screen, and you just want to get a smart band for your Android phone with all the health and sports features, including swimming, the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 with a price of around 1.5 to 2 million Tomans seems like an attractive option. .

Positive points

  • Great battery life
  • Big and bright AMOLED display
  • Fall detection and Emergency SOS
  • Light, and comfortable with a soft strap and metal frame
  • Has the most important health and sports capabilities

Negative points

  • Unable to answer calls and messages
  • Unable to install the application
  • Lack of built-in GPS
  • Not compatible with iPhone

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Some people call Pavel Durov the savior of personal privacy, and others call him the operator of the dark and dangerous Telegram empire; But who is the person behind one of the most popular messengers in the world?

The Biography of Pavel Durov

Russian Mark Zuckerberg, home of the tech world in self-imposed exile with a reclusive spirit and all-black outfits to pay homage to the movie The Matrix. These are the terms used to describe Pavel Durov, the founder of the Telegram messenger; The man who revolutionized the Russian Internet by founding the VKontakte social network, stood up against government pressure, and became an angel of user privacy and data security with his libertarian beliefs.

Pavel Durov is not a fan of interviews and is rarely talked about in the media. If you want to know more about the life of this mysterious and rebellious character, follow this article.

Table of Contents

  • The story of a rebellious entrepreneur
  • Pavel Durov; Russian Mark Zuckerberg
  • Tensions begin and Durov says goodbye to VK
  • Personal life of Pavel Durov
  • Nikolay Durov
  • Pavel Durov’s residence 
  • Pavel Durov’s nationality 
  • Pavel Durov’s fortune
  • Pavel Durov’s income from Telegram
  • Paul Durov’s moral qualities 
  • Who is the Telegram team made up of?
  • Where is Telegram based?
  • Interesting facts about Pavel Durov
  • Pavel Durov and Telegram
  • Telegram vs WhatsApp 
  • Telegram and terrorism 
  • Golden sentences from Pavel Durov

The story of a rebellious entrepreneur

Pavel Durov, the founder of the Russian social network VKontakte, was sitting alone in his apartment in St. Petersburg when a group of men in uniform and armed with guns knocked on his door. Pavel quietly approached the door and peered into the corridor. Then he went to the window and saw many of them standing outside the building. He decided not to open the door and ignored the shouts behind the door calling his name. Then his phone rang and unknown numbers called him one after another. Powell did not return any of these calls.

Powell knew why the officers had come to his house. A few days earlier, he had received a letter from the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), a CIA-like organization, asking him to remove pages on VKontakte that were used to organize popular protests.

But Powell not only refused to do so, but the day after receiving the letter he upgraded the website to include more posts on each page. On the same day, he posted a photo of the letter along with the image of a dog in a hoodie sticking out its tongue on Twitter and wrote that this was his official response to the request of the FSB.

After an hour of Paul’s indifference, the armed men behind the door finally left the building; But in front of Pavel was a difficult battle that ultimately led to his defeat; Of course, the failure that was the beginning of his entry into the vast and exciting world of messengers and concerns about privacy and user data. If the agents had not come to his house for inspection that day and Durov had not been so involved with the idea of ​​user data security, maybe there would be no trace of Telegram today or it would not exist in the form it is today.

Pavel Durov; Russian Mark Zuckerberg

The VKontakte platform known as VK is the most popular social network in Russia with 500 million user accounts and 90 million monthly visits (2019) and is more popular among Russian users than Facebook and Twitter. Durov launched the social network at the age of 22 and is often compared to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Both giants of the Internet world were born in 1984, and their serious entry into the world of virtual communication started from their student days.

Banknote rockets later inspired the Telegram icon

Durov avoids the attention of the official media, prefers black and non-luxurious clothes, and steals his gaze from the camera; But when it comes to interacting with people, he is more sociable than his American counterpart. When one of VK’s senior managers received a large bonus, Durov told the other members that he was not in it for the money. Upon hearing this statement, his colleagues asked him to return the money he received if it is true. This person agreed to throw the money out the window. Durov told him that his method of throwing money out was not creative and showed him how to make 5,000 ruble bills (about $70) into paper rockets and then throw them out the window into the street. These banknote rockets later inspired the Telegram icon.

According to Vice, Durov got the idea of ​​creating a social network when a friend who studied in America showed him an early version of Facebook. Thus, VK was launched as a beta in September 2006 and had an official and legal organization in 2007. Even today, the design of this social network looks like the original version of Zuckerberg’s design.

For the first few years, VK was almost a Spotify-style library of all kinds of media, including black-market movies and music. According to Katya Romanovskaya, one of the authors of the satirical Twitter account @KermlinRussia, “almost everything on VK was illegal” in those days.

Read more: Is Telegram really safe?

Tensions begin and Durov says goodbye to VK

Vkontakte social network

When Putin announced his intention to run for re-election in late 2011, opposition groups flocked to VK and organized public protests by publishing news and material against Putin. Even the leader of the opposition party, Alexei Navalny, was the administrator of a VK page with over 100,000 followers, and when the website’s algorithm automatically blocked his page for excessive activity, Durov came to his rescue and changed the website’s algorithm.

VK had the full attention of the FSB intelligence agency. The day government agents knocked on Durov’s door, his rebellious spirit flared up. Durov refused to remove the protest pages and emphasized that VK is a 100% non-political organization and that removing these pages would cause users to migrate from VK and cause a severe financial blow to his team’s business.

The Kremlin left VK alone for a while; But in early 2013, Durov’s troubles began again. In a report, Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta released several hacked emails between Durov and the Kremlin’s “main ideologist,” Vladislav Surkov, and claimed the VKontakte founder had been working with the FSB for years.

According to the editor of RuNet Echo, many VK users did not believe such a report; But this was only the beginning of the campaign against Dwarf. In April of the same year, a car belonging to Ilya Perkopsky, the chief executive of VK, ran over a police officer. The driver ran away from the scene, But the police claimed that the person behind the wheel was Durov. In response to this accusation, Durov said that he does not know how to drive.

A few days later, police officers began searching VK’s offices in Moscow, according to the Moscow Times. The reason for this inspection was announced as “part of the investigation into the accident and fleeing the scene”. The next day, the two main investors of VK, Vyacheslav Mirilashvili and Lev Lviv, announced their intention to sell their 48% stake. Investors were looking to sell their shares because of the rift between them and Durov, according to multiple sources. According to Interfax, the value of this social network at that time was 2 billion dollars.

Durov fled to Buffalo, New York later that month and began work on his new project, Telegram. The police finally stopped pursuing the accident case.

At that time, 88% of VK shares were held by government supporters and 12% were still held by Durov. Durov announced that he did not intend to sell his shares and his activity on this platform continued until the end of 2013. On his VK page, Pavel wrote about the website’s growth compared to other social networks, including Facebook and WhatsApp, and published an infographic showing that in October 2013, VK was the top Android app in Moscow.

But in January 2014, Durov announced that he had sold his entire 12% stake to the mobile phone operator Megaphone for $300 million. In an interview with Motherboard magazine, he said: “It was clear that my 12% share did not give me much decision-making power, But it could be used to limit my freedom in critical situations.” With Durov selling his shares, VK was now 100% under the financial control of Kremlin allies.

Durov lost his financial investment; But for how long did he remain as the general manager of VK? On April 1, 2014, he finally announced his resignation from the board of directors of VK citing the excessive involvement of new shareholders in the management of the website. Of course, two days later, he claimed that his resignation was April’s lie and tried to withdraw the letter; But the shareholders did not allow him to do this. On April 22, Durov found out that he was officially fired from VK.

Durov was forced to sell his shares due to political pressure and had to say goodbye to the big company he founded forever, But this happened at the right time. He said in an interview with Motherboard:

The Russian Internet market fell dramatically after this incident. In a way, I am grateful to the shareholders and political forces that made me sell my shares. Now I am more satisfied that I can serve the audience on a wider scale than the world.

Personal life of Pavel Durov

Pavel Valerievich Durov was born on October 10, 1984, in Saint Petersburg and grew up in an educated family. Pavel is the second child in the family and has an older brother named Nikolai, who was with him in launching the social network VK and Telegram.

As a child, Pavel had to move to Italy with his family because of his father’s job and studied first grade in the city of Turin. Two years later, the whole family returned to Russia, and after four years of secondary education, Pavel went to the Dmitri Fadeev School of Mathematics and Physics at St. Petersburg State University, where he studied all subjects, including four foreign languages, in-depth.

From the age of 11, Pavel was very interested in programming with his brother. After finishing high school with excellent grades, he studied English language translation at the Faculty of Philosophy of St. Petersburg University.

Pavel Durov speaks 8 languages ​​including Farsi

According to information on Pavel’s official VK page, he speaks eight foreign languages: Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Latin and even Farsi. Of course, it is not possible to say how true this information is.

In university, Pavel was one of the best students with a high level of intelligence. He has repeatedly won linguistics, programming, and design olympiads, has received scholarships from the Government of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation, and is a three-time winner of the Potanin Innovation Award.

While a student, he launched the website durov.com, which housed a database of educational materials for humanities students. Then he came up with the idea of ​​another website (spbgu.ru) where St. Petersburg University students could communicate with each other through its forum.

On this site, each student had his personal account, which included information such as name, faculty, and list of friends and groups. Any user could also blog on this website. This is how the initial version of the VK social network was born. To promote his website, Powell organized beauty and design contests at the university and sometimes engaged in heated discussions with an anonymous account to create excitement on the website’s forum.

Durov spends most of his time on innovation, self-improvement, and entrepreneurship. Now everyone knows him as the founder of Telegram, which in a way embodies all his ideals in the field of user data security.

Nikolay Durov

We all know Telegram with Pavel Durov; While Pavel’s brother, Nikolai, also played a big role in the formation of this popular messenger.

In fact, Nikolai’s role in the development of all the projects discussed, from the durov.com website to this Telegram, is very prominent. He showed interest in natural sciences from his childhood; While Powell’s interest was in the field of humanities. Despite this difference, these two brothers had a common interest and that was programming.

Nikolai, who was a talented programmer, wrote a few lines of code for the VKontakte platform when it was still in the early stages of development, and then, as the popularity of this social network grew, he became more involved in its development and eventually took the position of technical manager and senior developer of the company. Nikolai worked on this platform until 2014 when Pavel resigned from the VK board and took the entire team out of the country with him.

In an interview with Medium, Powell said that his brother played a big role in developing his ideas. He mentions Nikolai as a genius who solved complex mathematical equations quickly in TV competitions, read a lot of books, and came first in almost all math competitions.

Pavel Durov’s residence

Durov left Russia in April 2014 and said he would never return to his homeland. Because the internet rules in this country are not clear it is impossible to do online business there.

Pavel is now a bit of a homebody, traveling around the world with his team of programmers and usually not staying in one country for more than a few months. Since leaving Russia, he has lived in Berlin, London and Singapore.

Currently, he and the Telegram development team live in Dubai. It is written in the FAQ section of Telegram that they are satisfied with life in Dubai; But as soon as the internet laws of this country change, they are ready to change their location.

Pavel Durov’s citizenship

The nature of Pavel Dorf

In the spring of 2013, Powell received the citizenship of this small country by donating $250,000 to the St. Kitts and Nevis island fund in the Caribbean and investing in it. With a passport to this country, he can travel without a visa to 132 countries of the world, including the European Union and England.

Of course, Pavel’s new citizenship was revealed only in 2014; That is when he had officially left Russia, and this showed that Pavel had been thinking about leaving his homeland for a long time. Pavel Durov’s fortune

According to Forbes magazine, Pavel Durov’s financial situation has been growing since 2016. In the ranking of the 200 richest Russians in 2016, he ranked 135th with 600 million dollars, and by 2020, he was promoted to the 30th position with a fortune equal to 3.4 billion dollars.

Pavel Durov’s income from Telegram

Telegram income

Pavel made a fortune of 500 million dollars from the sale of his 12% stake in VK and is very interested in the field of cryptocurrency. He also managed to collect about 1.7 billion dollars from investors for the development of the Telegram-based blockchain known as TON; A project that, of course, failed; But Durov does not earn any income from Telegram.

Telegram is completely free, without ads and in-app payments, and Durov pays the cost of maintaining this platform completely from his own pocket. Of course, Durov has announced in a post that if he runs out of money to run Telegram, he will probably have to turn to public donations or in-app payments; But he will never enter the world of advertising.

Paul Durov’s moral qualities

Pavel is a supporter of the school of libertarianism in the political and economic fields. This view of his is clearly evident in his unwillingness to cooperate with government organizations. He believes that no person or structure has the right to violate private property or personal information of people.

Powell supports the standardization of the educational system; Because he believes that modern schools in the West are a relic of the industrial era and educate people with stereotyped and closed views. He predicts that education in the future will be interactive and decentralized.

Powell supports high taxes on industries that are active in the extraction of raw materials and the abolition of taxes in the field of information and customs. He also believes that taxpayers should choose what projects their taxes will be spent on.

Durov also believes that the cancellation of registration, passports, entry visas, and military service is necessary, and he considers these to be the cornerstones of the feudal system. In his opinion, movement restrictions cause brains to escape.

Pavel is not interested in doing interviews and prefers to be in contact with the audience directly through his posts on the Telegram channel and website.

When Pavel was 33 years old, he stated in a post that he had not consumed sugar, meat, or fast food for a long time, did not drink energy drinks, tea, and coffee, turned away from nicotine and alcohol and does not watch TV.

Who is the Telegram team made up of?

Telegram is run by Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolai. Pavel supports Telegram from the economic and ideological aspects and Nikolai from the technological aspect. To build Telegram, Nikolai created a unique custom data protocol called MTProto, which is open-source, secure, and optimized for use in multiple data centers. Details of the other people involved in the project are unknown, although Powell mentioned in a 2016 interview that his team consisted of 15 people.

Where is Telegram based?

Most of the Telegram developers were born in St. Petersburg, and after the tension with the Russian government, they left the country with Pavel and his brother and settled in Berlin, London, and Singapore for a while.

Telegram team members are currently in Dubai and are ready to change their place of residence again if the internet regulations of this country change.

Interesting facts about Pavel Durov

Powell dresses distinctively. In the photos, he always wears black clothes, and this is a kind of homage to his character Neo in the movie Matrix; For this reason, he is sometimes called Neo-Russian. In a book about Durov, Nikolai Kononov wrote that “he sees himself as the engineer of his own world”, and this description is somewhat consistent with the world of The Matrix.

Pavel learned to code while in school and used this skill to change the welcome screen image of the school computers to annoy a teacher he didn’t like. Pavel has a close relationship with his brother, who is also a skilled coder.

Pavel launched the VKontakte social network at the age of 22. The VKontakte office was located on the fifth and sixth floors of the iconic Singer House building in St. Petersburg.

In 2011, when Russian authorities asked Durov to remove some anti-government posts from VK, Durov responded by posting a photo of a dog wearing a hoodie and sticking out its tongue.

In 2012, Pavel and some VK employees made paper rockets worth more than a thousand dollars and threw them out the window. The value of each rocket was about 70 dollars. This movement later inspired the Telegram icon.

According to reports, Durov spends $1 million of his own money every month to run Telegram. To date, this platform has not generated a single dollar for Durov.

The number of monthly active Telegram users reached 100 million in 2016. Durov celebrated this success by throwing a big party in Barcelona.

Durov planned to raise 2 billion dollars from investors to run his company with the initial offering of a coin called “Gram” on the Telegram Open Network blockchain, But this project was stopped by the decision of the American court.

The popularity of Telegram is increasing every year. In 2021, the number of active Telegram users reached 500 million people per month. Telegram is most popular in Iran, Russia, Malaysia, Ukraine, India, Italy, Spain and Saudi Arabia.

Pavel Durov and Telegram

Founded in 2013, Telegram uses a secure end-to-end encryption method that makes it nearly impossible to decrypt messages. This feature, along with being free without a single ad or in-app purchases, has made Telegram take a significant share of the market from Facebook Messenger and other competitors; But this platform with 500 million active users per month is far behind WhatsApp with 2 billion users and Facebook Messenger with 1.3 billion users; But Durov says that the growth of Telegram is fast and most new users enter the world of Telegram through the suggestion of other users.

Our growth depends only on our users who recommend their friends to download and use Telegram. Every day, 350 thousand new users register in Telegram, without any effort on our part.

Durf attaches great importance to the principle of simplicity in the design of Telegram. In an interview with Wired in 2016, he said:

15 billion messages are sent daily through Telegram. Telegram’s main engineering team consists of 15 people, and obviously with this number, we had to automate many tasks and hand them over to scripts and artificial intelligence.

Telegram does not generate a single dollar of revenue for Durov, it has no permanent office and consists of a very small team. Before settling in Dubai, the Telegram team moved every two to four months. Dorf has announced that his team is ready to leave Dubai for a new destination if needed.

The company is so confident in the security of its proprietary protocol, called MTProto, developed by Nikolai, that it is offering a $200,000 reward to anyone who can hack it. It’s not an uncommon move to offer rewards to users who find bugs in products, But bounties of this magnitude are usually only reserved for critical bugs in widely used programs such as Windows.

According to Durov, no one has succeeded in hacking MTProto so far; But a Russian man who managed to find a serious problem in Telegram in 2014 was rewarded with $100,000.

Telegram is open source and allows any developer to create their own Telegram even for desktop computers. Today, most new messaging services, including WhatsApp, create applications for use in all situations and do not allow disparate developers to access their code. Of course, they can’t be blamed, because it’s difficult to maintain a centralized language and a single security model across several different applications. Meanwhile, monetizing a platform requires more planning than monetizing a simple paid app.

However, the VKontakte platform has gained a lot of success by allowing developers to build their own alternatives from it. More importantly, Telegram operates as a non-profit organization and does not intend to charge users for its services or sell their information to third parties or governments.

The company wrote on its FAQ page:

Telegram is not built for monetization and never accepts advertising or external investment. We are not looking to create a “user base”, but we are looking to create messaging for people.

In a post on Telegram, Durov announced that in 2021, to manage the costs of a platform with 500 million users, he will add a monetization section to Telegram. This section includes new paid features, paid stickers, and a platform called Ad Platform for commercial channel owners to generate income.

Telegram vs WhatsApp

The main difference between Telegram and WhatsApp is its highly encrypted structure, open API for access by developers and other users, and its strictly anti-commercial manifesto. In a world where Facebook simply buys its competitors (including WhatsApp for a whopping $22 billion), Durov’s refusal to sell Telegram is truly admirable; And of course, we should not forget its many, completely free and artistic stickers.

Users are becoming more aware of the importance of their privacy and looking for ways to protect their data. For this reason, Telegram has not sold a single byte of data from its users to any third party since its launch, which has significantly increased the popularity of this platform.

However strict privacy policies and strong data encryption are not enough to attract users who have depended on WhatsApp for years. In order to be able to compete with giants like WhatsApp and Facebook in the suffocating market of messengers, Telegram needs to be better in every way: faster message transmission speed, more beautiful design, more features, and attractive features in every update. It is only in this way that it is possible to provide better privacy and security than WhatsApp to users who may not be sufficiently concerned about security.

Telegram and terrorism

Telegram Pavel Dorf

Telegram’s strict policy on privacy and its non-cooperation with the authorities of countries to provide users’ information have made some people consider this platform dangerous and a place for terrorists and criminals to operate without supervision. In fact, in a new report published in June 2021, the German magazine Spiegel described Telegram as a dark empire, the most dangerous messenger, and the “equivalent of the dark web in the pocket” of users.

Critics of Telegram describe it as the dark web in users’ pockets

In 2016, Telegram blocked 78 public channels promoting ISIS ideology. Durov told Wired that the company is building tools to deal with malicious channels more effectively.

Is this enough? Probably not, as we are a small team and trying to hire more people to review reports and requests. We are gradually building a tool to automate this process. All this takes time, but we try to consider it one of our priorities. 

In response to criticism of Telegram’s 100% protection of user data, Durov said in one of his interviews during the Mobile World Congress:

The political solutions proposed against cryptography are not supposed to be effective against terrorism. If you block a site like Telegram, terrorists won’t even notice.

Golden sentences from Pavel Durov

Paul Dorf's sentences

– Don’t give up until you have a really exciting idea. If you’re on the fence about a decision, go get some sleep and see how you feel about it when you wake up.

– In order to accomplish something, you must have enthusiasm, curiosity, and the ability to facilitate the process. The meaning of making it easier is to remove all the additions and focus completely on the essence of the matter.

– Success means being excited about what you are doing and focusing on it.

– If your mind is busy with several projects and you can’t concentrate well, go read books unrelated to business and technology. Give your mind a break and let it think about different topics in comfort for a while.

– People value social status too much. What difference does it make if you live in London or the countryside? As long as you have internet, there is no difference between the two. Life in the village is healthier and cheaper, But people prefer to live in expensive cities and pay a lot of money for rent. The only reason they are in that city is to have a job so they can pay rent and buy expensive appliances. This is a vicious circle.

– If you want your life to be simpler, you need to get rid of other people’s voices in your head. We are too influenced by people around us; Our relatives and friends and what they think about what constitutes success or what is good or bad. We must completely get rid of these influences. We should be able to be indifferent to what others think or say about our work. After this step, we should focus only on what we need.

Where there is no competition, there is no progress

– Spend more time in solitude and silence and be happy about it. People get addicted to being in groups. For example, in America, when two people sit together in silence, they feel awkward. Sometimes you need to have a space that is not influenced by anyone.

– The most important personality traits for a founder are love and passion for building, curiosity, self-discipline, passion, and persistence.

– What people don’t know about Renaissance men is that these people didn’t pursue several different professions at the same time. Maybe some of them were like this, But most of them would choose one area and concentrate on building it completely and then move on to the next project. We humans can do many things, but not simultaneously.

– When something happens that I can’t change, I prefer to think about the good sides of it because every event, even the most tragic ones, has good and bad sides. You just have to see them and focus on them. It’s useless to be upset about something you can’t change. You have to adapt to the situation and think about what can be done with what you have.

– Learn foreign languages ​​to deepen your understanding of the world and to open unprecedented opportunities for learning progress, and career growth.

– The value of money is overrated, because making and creating is more attractive than consuming, and the inner state is incomparably more important than the outer world.

– Where there is no competition, there is no progress.

– The value of communication and conversation has been greatly exaggerated. An hour alone is more useful than a week of talking.

Emphasizing secure communication and libertarian ideas, Pavel Durov is a person with independent thinking who has covered these ideas comprehensively in the development of the Telegram project. What do you think about this character and his moral qualities? Is the Dwarf Telegram a dark and dangerous empire or a glimmer of light in the insecure world of the Internet?

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