Motorola Edge 50 Pro 5G review – pros and cons, verdict | 91mobiles

Motorola's Edge-series smartphones launched last year managed to attract a lot of people's attention. edge 40 neo Won 91mobiles' Indian Gadgets Award for Best Phone of the Year less than Rs 25,000, These Edge-series handsets debuted with a set of premium features and capabilities that were unheard of in this segment.

Continuing this trend, the company has introduced a new smartphone in its lineup. motorola edge 50 pro, 125W fast wired charging, 50W wireless charging, IP68 rating, 144Hz refresh rate display, and 3x telephoto lens are some of the key features of the smartphone. Handset price in India starts from Rs. 31,999Thereby making it compete against the Vivo V30 and Redmi Note 13 Pro+, which are also promising smartphones within the segment.

Does the Motorola Edge 50 Pro have the potential to outperform the competition in the real world? Read this review to find out.

Decision

Despite some shortcomings, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro attracts attention. The front camera and battery life of the handset aren't top-tier. However, the smartphone compensates for these with its attractive design, fluent display, impressive camera setup and premium features like wireless charging support, lightning-fast wired charging speeds and solid build quality.

Design and performance

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For anyone wanting a stylish design and attractive form factor, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro fits the bill. The handset features a curved screen design with a vegan leather back, giving it a posh look. Interestingly, the company has added a fragrance to the device which adds to its overall appeal. Although we are not sure how long the scent will last, its sweet smell will keep you in a good mood even during intense calls.

The smartphone also feels sturdy, with its aluminum frame having a light matte finish, which provides a firm grip on the device. The handset is light weight (186 grams) and has a thickness of 8.19 mm, which makes it quite comfortable to operate. Furthermore, the Motorola smartphone is IP68 certified against water and dust resistance, ensuring all-weather usage. The rear camera module, which houses triple sensors and an LED flash, sits flush with the body despite a slight bulge, offering a seamless finish. That said, the camera sensors stick out of the frame a bit and make the device wobbly when lying flat on a surface.

The Edge 50 Pro is available in three color variants: Lux Lavender, Black Beauty and a special edition Moon Light Pearl. The latter has an acetate finish on the back instead of vegan leather. Our review unit came in a luxe lavender color, which, while vibrant, may not be to everyone's taste. If you're interested in something more subtle, Black Beauty might be a better choice. Each color variant comes with a matching snap-on case that adds durability and style.

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On the front, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro sports a 10-bit 6.7-inch pOLED 3D curved display with 1.5k resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, DCI-P3 colors, and 2,000 nits of brightness. Apart from a few incidental touches that are usually associated with curved panels, the display is an absolute pleasure to use. It is Pantone-certified for accurate representation of colors. However, to experience this, the display color profile needs to be set from the default Vivid to Natural within the Settings menu. The colors look really attractive and bright with deep black both indoors and outdoors. HDR10+ support ensures a smooth viewing experience of content outdoors in direct sunlight.

The 144Hz refresh rate looks quite smooth on the UI and supported apps. Although not as dynamic as an LTPO panel, the Edge 50 Pro's display refresh rate can go down to 60Hz depending on the content on the screen. The display comes with several eye health features like blue light protection, DC dimming, low-motion blur and flicker protection, among other things. The viewing experience is supported by Dolby Atmos stereo speakers with spatial sound and head-tracking features that make everything sound full and crisp even at maximum volume.

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The Motorola Edge 50 Pro is equipped with an in-display fingerprint scanner for security that can unlock the device in a jiffy. However, similar to some other options in the segment, the scanner is not where the thumb usually rests when holding the smartphone. It is located slightly below the screen, requiring you to resort to finger gymnastics.

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For photography, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro sports a 50MP OIS primary camera with a wide aperture lens of f/1.4. It is supported by a 13MP ultrawide lens, which is also capable of shooting macro images, and a 10MP 3x telephoto lens. The selfie camera of the phone is a 50MP snapper with AF capabilities. The cameras have been validated by Pantone for their ability to capture accurate skin tones.

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These are a capable set of cameras, capturing photos with impressive detail and sharpness in well-lit environments. The dynamic range also looks quite strong. However, when it comes to color reproduction at default settings, it looks a bit stretched with higher contrast levels. Although the images still come out attractive, they miss out on those interior details. Still, the Motorola smartphone seems to be doing a better job than its arch-rival Vivo V30 in terms of both details and color accuracy.

Having said that, there is a change in color when you switch to the 3x telephoto lens on the Motorola Edge 50 Pro smartphone. In daylight the lens produces almost accurate colors; However, detail and sharpness appear a little weak compared to the handset's primary and ultrawide lenses. Images from the ultrawide lens also look quite good, despite a little distortion around the edges of the frame. The lens supports autofocus for shooting macro images, which works better than the dedicated 2MP macro sensor. However, the telephoto lens seems to work better for close-up shots than macro in terms of color accuracy.

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In low light, the primary camera with a wide aperture lens does a respectable job with good detail levels, well-exposed shadows and controlled highlights. Portrait mode on the smartphone offers good edge detection. Additionally, the rear camera can click portraits at different focal lengths: 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm, with almost accurate skin tones and natural looking Bokeh effect. The front camera sometimes overexposes selfies, leaving colors a bit washed out, although there's a good balance of facial detail.

Display and Software

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro is powered by the latest Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chipset, which can also be found on the OnePlus Nord CE4 and Vivo V30 smartphones. The chipset has AI features, which have been used by smartphones for themes and wallpapers, as well as a number of camera features like photo enhancement engine and video stabilization. When it comes to real-world performance, the handset performs excellently, with no odd freezes, stutters or app crashes during regular usage.

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Multi-tasking and gaming were also quite smooth for the most part. While running graphically demanding games like BGMI and COD, the handset worked without any issues for the first 40-45 minutes. After this, the phone did get a little warm (though not uncomfortably) around the camera module. If you're a power user and desire consistent performance, we suggest you look elsewhere. The AnTuTu, Geekbench and CPU Throttle results of the Edge 50 Pro also confirm this.

Software-wise, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro marks the departure of the company's MyUX custom Android skin in favor of a rebranded Hello UI. It runs on Android 14 and keeps the UI and app icons closer to Google's Pixel Launcher. In addition to the Google Suite of apps, the phone comes pre-installed with some Motorola apps. There are no third-party apps installed, keeping the UI relatively clean.

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Furthermore, the phone offers many customization and personalization options such as changing the icon, wallpaper, font, sound and more. Additionally, it supports the various gestures that have become a trademark of Motorola and Lenovo's ThinkShield security and privacy features within the Moto Secure app. The company has also introduced Smart Connect Hero features designed to increase productivity. Here are some of the things it can do:

  • With Read for App available in the Moto folder on the home screen, you can directly launch the app on your Windows PC/Laptop to check messages, receive calls, and more. You can also use the smartphone as a trackpad for your machine.
  • Next, it lets you expand your workspace by directly exchanging phone files with your PC and vice versa with a simple swipe or drag and drop.
  • Read For can also mirror your phone display or create a virtual phone screen on PC and use the phone's camera for crisp video calls on your PC with effects.
  • Additionally, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro also lets you share apps Such as for food delivery to all devices without going through the setup process for a limited time, This feature is expected to roll out soon with a future software update.

These features are in addition to the existing Moto Connect, which provides a DeX-like experience by mirroring the smartphone screen to an external display, as well as Moto Secure, Family Spaces, and more. These are all useful features, and help enhance the overall functionality of the phone. On the software support front, Motorola has promised to provide three major Android updates and four years of security support for the Edge 50 Pro. It is at par with competitors.

Battery and Charging

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro is equipped with a modest 4,500mAh battery, which is slightly less in capacity than its competitors. As a result, the handset achieves a relatively low score of 12 hours and 30 minutes on the PCMark battery test. However, the handset seems well optimized to last at least a day with regular use. Playing a 30-minute 4K YouTube video with 50 percent brightness and volume levels showed only a 4 percent drop in the smartphone's battery life.

If you're a power user who plays games or uses navigation a lot, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro may need a top-up charge at least once a day. But, don't worry, the charging speed of the smartphone is incredibly good. With its 125W charger, the handset charges from 0-100 percent within half an hour. It's worth noting that the base 8GB variant of the phone comes with a slower 68W power adapter despite 125W charging capabilities. The 125W power adapter is only available with the top-end 12GB RAM variant.

The phone supports 50W wireless charging, making it a first in its segment, but the charger will have to be purchased separately.

final call

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro is poised to become the smartphone to beat in the sub-Rs 35,000 segment so far. The handset makes a compelling case for itself with its premium and flagship-grade specifications, such as a reliable telephoto camera and 50W wireless charging, which are typically found on smartphones priced a notch higher. The overall daily performance of the device remains at par with its competitors. However, the Motorola smartphone surpasses its nearest competitors Redmi Note 13 Pro+ ,Review) And Vivo V30 ,Review), with its vibrant 144Hz refresh rate display, 125W fast charging speed, clean software experience, and sleek IP68-certified design. Overall, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro remains a strong contender in the segment with its competitive pricing.

Editor's Rating: 8.5/10

reason to buy

  • Attractive design with IP68 rating, which attracts attention even from a distance.
  • Vibrant curved poled Pantone-certified display, accurate color representation.
  • The phone has a capable rear camera setup that captures some impressive photos.
  • The software features on offer can be quite useful.
  • 125W wired charger provides fast battery replenishment.

reason not to buy

  • The front camera sometimes overexposes selfies.
  • Battery life is relatively short.

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