After an surprising delay, this week Motorola is lastly taking the wraps off three new smartphone fashions, together with the 2022 Moto Razr. That is joined by one other machine we have been following for a whereas, the Moto X30 Pro — a flagship with the sort of design that ought to assist it stand aside from the crowd, to not point out being the first smartphone in the world outfitted with a 200MP main camera.

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Earlier than we get to the star of the present, glancing over the Moto X30 Pro’s spec sheet reveals pretty customary decisions for a Q3 2022 flagship: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, as much as 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and 50W wi-fi and 125W wired charging assist for the 4,500mAh battery.

Issues begin getting a bit extra fascinating as we flip to the cellphone’s cameras. There’s a 50MP ultra-wide unit, as nicely as a 12MP telephoto camera. And up entrance, selfies are dealt with by a 60MP sensor.

However the standout right here is clearly the Moto X30 Pro’s 200MP main camera, constructed with a Samsung ISOCELL HP1 sensor. Though the firm not too long ago introduced the next-gen ISOCELL HP3 sensor, the 1/1.22 inch HP1 continues to be an absolute beast. In its native decision, it may shoot 200MP photos, or if you wish to keep away from filling up storage with these large pics, the sensor is able to two-by-two and four-by-four pixel binning, bringing issues all the way down to 50MP and 12.5MP, respectively.


Whereas 200MP photos sound nice for particulars, permitting you to crop and use digital zoom with out a care in the world, there are downsides right here. On the {hardware} entrance, giant format sensors are appropriate to be used in cinema cameras and mirrorless items the place lenses are bodily bigger and able to optical zoom. The Moto X30 Pro’s extensive f/1.95 aperture and lack of optical zoom resulting from the constraints of a smartphone’s design largely scale back the sensor to a spec sheet quantity for bragging rights. Don’t get us improper — the sensor is nice and cramming it into a smartphone is a feat in and of itself, however even in the 200MP teaser picture you may see under, there may be noticeable fringing and colour distortion radiating outwards from the heart of the picture, a attribute of wide-open apertures used with smaller lenses.


A 200MP teaser picture Motorola posted on Weibo forward of the cellphone’s launch.

It is unreasonable to anticipate cinema-grade camera efficiency on a cellphone, however the Moto X30 Pro seems to be prefer it’s attempting to strikes a fantastic steadiness, providing the element of a 200MP sensor with acceptable lenses that can most likely suffice in most eventualities — in case you don’t look too intently.

If you happen to’re desperate to get your arms on the Moto X30 Pro stateside, you’re out of luck, not less than for now. The cellphone has solely been introduced in China, however given its flagship standing, it could be affordable to anticipate a extra worldwide launch to observe. The bottom variant Moto X30 Pro priced at 3,699 Yuan (round $549) comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, whereas the top-of-the-line mannequin with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage will set you again by 4,499 Yuan (round $668).


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