(Pocket-lint) – Earlier in the year, Lenovo-owned Motorola teased that it will debut one of the first phones in the world with a 200-megapixel camera. We’ve been intrigued by this phone since. Initially, it was referred to as the ‘Frontier’, and it has now finally been launched in China as the X30 Pro.
While the foldable Razr 2022 has certainly gotten the most fanfare, the X30 Pro is shaping up to be Motorola’s top-tier, premium flagship device for 2022.
Motorola Frontier, Edge 30 Ultra or X30 Pro?
- ‘Frontier’ is the codename
- Moto X30 Pro in China – Moto Edge 30 Ultra elsewhere
If there’s some confusion around the name of the device, that’s completely understandable. Firstly, it’s been developed under the codename Frontier, and Motorola often releases the same phone in different markets under different names.
In China, for instance, the device has been launched as the Moto X30 Pro. Elsewhere, in global markets, it’s expected to be named Edge 30 Ultra.
Edge 30 Ultra release date and price
- The device launched in China on August 11 2022
- The launch event was initially planned for August 2 but was abruptly cancelled
- It is priced between 3699 and 4499 CNY (about $549 to $668)
Moto originally announced via its official Weibo account that it will be launching the X30 Pro alongside the Moto Razr 2022 at an event on 2 August. However, this event was canceled at the last minute, with very little detail surrounding the cancellation.
Then, on August 11 2022, the phone finally became official. It’s available in China only, with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for 3699 CNY (about $549) or with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage for 4499 CNY (roughly $668).
There’s currently no word on when the phone might launch outside of China. But some rumors suggest that we could expect a €899 / $915 price tag when it does.
Motorola announced the Edge Plus in China at the end of 2021 as the “Edge 30”, and then brought it to the US in 2022 as “Edge Plus”. If Motorola follows that same roadmap for the Frontier, then the phone could roll out to other countries before the end of 2022. But that is pure speculation.
Motorola X30 Pro: Specs and cameras
Thanks to an abundance of rumors, it was very clear from the get-go that the X30 Pro would use Samsung’s 200MP ISOCELL HP1 sensor.
Announced last autumn, the sensor can not only handle 8K video recording, but with so many pixels it will open the door to enhanced high dynamic range (HDR) and various pixel binning possibilities (16-in-1 delivering 12.5-megapixel results as the default).
The other two cameras on the rear of the phone are a 50-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide and 12-megapixel f/1.6 telephoto. Photography is definitely the key selling point of the X30 Pro.
The selfie camera is a punch-hole design and has a meaty 60MP resolution and an f/2.2 aperture.
There’s a 6.7-inch POLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and an in-display fingerprint reader.
The phone is powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and has a 4610 mAh battery. So it should be a solid performer on all fronts.
Motorola Edge X30 Pro: What happened?
Here is a timeline of all the leaks that lead up to the launch:
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5 August 2022: Moto Razr 2022 and X30 Pro launch back on, here’s the new date
Lenovo Mobile China’s GM, Chen Jin, posted a teaser image on Weibo showing the Razr 2022 with an analogue clock on its outer display. The clock has the date “Thursday 11” displayed in Chinese and is set to 2 o’clock, which presumably equates to 2 pm CST.
23 July 2022: Launch date confirmed
Motorola has announced that it will launch the X30 Pro alongside the Razr 2022 in China on 2 August.
18 July 2022: First pic from Edge 30 Ultra shared
One of Motorola’s general managers posted an image taken online by the Edge 30 Ultra’s 200-megapixel camera.
24 May 2022: Motorola teases 200MP cameraphone, likely the frontier, coming in July
Lenovo-owned Motorola has taken to the Chinese social platform Weibo to tease its upcoming smartphones, including a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 foldable phone and another device equipped with a whopping 200-megapixel camera. That second one is set to launch as soon as this summer. Motorola’s 200-megapixel cameraphone is codenamed Frontier. Meant to be a flagship phone, it’s leaked several times in recent months, revealing specs and features. Now, Motorola is confirming its existence via a Weibo post. While the teaser doesn’t mention the phone’s official name, it does reveal a July timeframe for the launch date.
28 March 2022: Samsung’s 200-megapixel camera spotted on an actual phone
The photo you see above was shared through the Chinese social media network Weibo and later on Twitter, and it supposedly depicts the Motorola Frontier.
18 February 2022: Motorola Frontier pops up in best picture leak yet
Excellent renders of the oft-rumoured Motorola Frontier surfaced online thanks to leakster Evan Blass and, if they’re legit, a rather significant main camera is visible on the rear. Previous leaks have pointed to the phone sporting Samsung’s 200-megapixel Isocell HP1 sensor, and the image collection posted by online tipster Evan Blass has 194-megapixel listed under a huge lens unit.
25 January 2022: Motorola details and pictures leak out
News first surfaces about Motorola working on a new flagship smartphone ith a 144 Hz display, 200-megapixel camera, and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 “Plus” chip under the code name Frontier.
Writing by Maggie Tillman and Cam Bunton. Editing by Luke Baker.