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Motorola Edge 50 Pro First Impressions: A Promising Smartphone


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Motorola has now shifted its focus from being a technology brand to a lifestyle technology brand. There were hints of this with the vibrant colour choices of the Edge 40 series — but with the Moto Edge 50 Pro, things seem to have taken a step further. The phone, in essence, feels like a complete package catered to all age groups.

It has attractive colours, a slim profile, a good camera setup, fast charging, a capable processor, and my favourite — a clean user experience. While you will have to wait a bit for the full review of the phone, here’s what we think about the Moto Edge 50 Pro after using it for a couple of days.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro Unboxing Experience

The unboxing experience has changed over the years with smartphone companies getting rid of the beloved charging bricks. However, Motorola, in this regard, remains traditional. The Moto Edge 50 Pro’s retail box contains the following:

  • Moto Edge 50 Pro (with pre-applied screen protector)
  • User manuals and other paperwork
  • SIM ejector tool
  • A colourful case
  • A 125W charging brick
  • USB-C to USB-C cable

All these are standard stuff. But, what stood out to me during the unboxing was a certain flowery fragrance Motorola had sprayed into the box. Upon asking, folks at Motorola mentioned they want the customers to associate this certain smell with their devices going forward. Quite an interesting tactic.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro First Impressions: Design

The Moto Edge 50 Pro’s design approach is a huge departure from its predecessor. The overall profile of the phone reminds me of the Edge 40 Neo, but with a more premium look and feel. The back is covered in vegan leather which helps grip the device. However, it tends to attract dust from tables and floors quickly. The Lavender Luxe colour variant looks absolutely gorgeous and can easily attract the eyes of the public.

The aluminium frames on all sides are also painted in the same colour as the back panel, so there’s no disparity. The triple-camera setup at the back is accompanied by a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor and an LED flash. The module protrudes subtly and causes some table wobbles.

The Moto Edge 50 Pro weighs about 186 grams with a thickness of 8.19mm. This slim and lightweight profile of the phone makes it easy to carry around. The phone is also IP68-rated, so you should be safe against water and dust.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro First Impressions: Display

Motorola has extended their partnership with Pantone from design to display and cameras too.

It sports a 6.7-inch 3D curved pOLED display which is validated by Pantone for colour accuracy. In our limited time with the device, the colours were vivid and punchy. It’s a 1.5K panel with support for DCI-P3 colour gamut and HDR10+.

The Moto Edge 50 Pro also gets a 144Hz refresh rate, which should aid gamers. It’s a 10-bit panel that has a peak brightness of 2000 nits. So, using the phone under the harsh sunlight of Delhi was not an issue. You also get an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is placed well for easy access. It works flawlessly.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro First Impressions: Cameras

The Moto Edge 50 Pro comes packed with a triple camera setup at the back. It’s a considerable upgrade from its predecessor. You get a 50-megapixel primary camera, a 10-megapixel telephoto that can optically zoom up to 3x (and digitally up to 30x), and a 13-megapixel ultrawide shooter, that doubles up as a macro camera for closeups.

The primary camera also has support for OIS. The phone can shoot videos at up to 4K 30fps and 1080p 60fps. For selfies, it features a 50-megapixel camera up front. In terms of the cameras, the Moto Edge 50 Pro seems like a packed device. In my initial few hours, the images were decent, but we noticed a bit of inconsistency with the colours in a few captures. I’ll be rigorously testing the cameras in the coming days for the full review, so stay tuned.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro First Impressions: Hardware and Software

The Moto Edge 50 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 3, the same chipset found in the OnePlus Nord CE 4 (Review). Inside, you will get a 4,500mAh battery and support for up to 125W charging. Now, there’s a twist.

The phone is available in two storage variants: 8GB/256GB and 12GB/256GB. The latter will get a 125W fast charger in the box, but the former will only get a 68W fast charger bundled. However, you can separately buy the faster charging option, if need be. This could be done to save some costs and create a sense of exclusivity for the costlier variant.

Surprisingly, the Moto Edge 50 Pro also supports wireless charging up to 50W and reverse wireless charging up to 10W, which is a great move.

The Edge 50 Pro is also moving away from MyUX with the implementation of HelloUI. It’s a more cleaner and aesthetically pleasing version of the previous skin. The user experience so far has been excellent, and I have enjoyed scrolling through the UI thoroughly. It runs on Android 14 without bloatware, except for the Facebook app.

Final Thoughts

With this spec list, the Moto Edge 50 Pro seems like a very promising device. It has a lot to offer such as a good display, a fast charging solution, excellent UI experience, and more.

While its pricing is not out at the time of writing, the phone will go up against the likes of the OnePlus Nord CE 4. We will be testing the Moto Edge 50 Pro in the coming weeks to check its performance, battery life, camera quality, and more. Stay tuned to MySmartPrice for the full review.



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