Motorola Edge 40 Pro Review

Motorola (which was acquired by the Chinese Lenovo Group in January 2014 for $2.9 billion) had attempted to be one of the first companies to launch Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 smartphones but ultimately was overtaken by Vivo X90 Pro as the first in line.

Recently, Motorola released its latest flagship phone, the Motorola Edge 40 Pro. It is set to be one of Motorola’s best devices ever. The phone has seen significant upgrades from its predecessor, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro. This new phone incorporates many design elements from last year’s release of the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra.

The Motorola Edge 40 Pro offers many enhancements in its design, durability, and performance. Make it an attractive choice within its price range and potentially one of the best Android phones of 2023. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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Specifications

Motorola Edge 40 Pro specs
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Dimensions:159.4 x 74.2 x 6.8mm
Weight:155 grams
Main display:6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED w/ 165Hz refresh rate
Chipset:Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
RAM:12GB (LPDDR5X)
Storage:256GB (UFS 3.2)
OS:Android 13
Primary camera:50MP (f/1.8) w/ OIS
Ultrawide camera50MP (f/2.2) w/ 114º FoV
Portrait camera:12MP (f/2.4) w/ 2x telephoto
Front Camera:60MP (f/2.3)
Battery:4,600mAh
Charging:125W (wired), 15W (wireless), 5W (reverse wireless)
Colors:Interstellar Black, Lunar Blue

Design and Appearance

As with any flagship, there are positive features and a few areas where it could be improved. Forget the standard 120Hz or even Motorola’s previous 144Hz screen; the 6.7-inch OLED packs a whopping 165Hz refresh rate, ensuring that your animations and gaming sessions are smoother than ever before. One of the most noticeable changes is the phone’s new look and material. The chassis is made with an aluminum alloy frame, protected at the front and back by Corning Gorilla Victus glass. It also supports IP68 water-resistant dustproof. It can survive up to 30 minutes in 1.5 meters of deep freshwater.

Motorola Edge 40 Pro.

The display of the Motorola Edge 40 Pro is much more powerful than its predecessor with a refresh rate of 165Hz compared to the 144Hz of the Edge 30 Pro and supports Dolby Vision instead of just HDR10+ like its predecessor.

Performance

The Motorola Edge 40 Pro comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4-nanometer TSMC) chipset. Also, it is accompanied by 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and a choice of either 256GB or 512GB of UFS4.0 storage. These specifications go hand in hand with the powerful Android 13 OS, working in unison to provide buttery smooth, lag-free performance. What it brings the users is that:

  1. CPU performance has been improved by 35%
  2. GPU performance improved by 25%
  3. power efficiency improved by 40%.

As one of the currently best chipsets around, it is expected to generate outstanding results during testing periods.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

The phone has now shown up on Geekbench with its hardware specs, with the Motorola Edge 40 Pro getting 1480 points in the single-core test and 4889 in the multi-core test. These are consistent with most of today’s high-end flagships.

Storage and Memory

The basic storage and memory have been increased. The entry-level version comes with 12GB RAM (the only available memory option) and 256GB storage space, which is now faster than the UFS 3.1 of the Edge 30 Pro, due to its new UFS 4.0.

Camera and Video

The camera hardware of the Motorola Edge 40 Pro is similar to its predecessor, with a quad rear camera setup:

  • a 50 MP, f/1.8 main camera,
  • a 50 MP, f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera
  • a 12 MP, f/1.6 telephoto lens
  • a 60 MP, f/2.2 selfie camera.

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What’s more, different from the Motorola Edge 30 Pro, the Edge 40 Pro has a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom as opposed to useless 200MP depth lenses. Also, it introduces new video shooting modes.

New video shooting modes

  • night vision mode which enhances the details
  • clarity under low light conditions
  • support for optical image stabilization
  • active autofocus tracking
  • portrait mode when capturing videos

New video shooting modes features

Therefore, the Motorola Edge 40 Pro has added several new video shooting modes including:

  • Night vision mode which enhances details and clarity in low lights
  • Support for optical image stabilization
  • Active auto-focus tracking that keeps focusing on moving subjects
  • Portrait mode is now available when capturing videos

Battery and Charging

The Motorola Edge 40 Pro also boasts better battery life and faster charging speed as well. The 4,600mAh battery not only lasts throughout the day but also supports up to 125W of power when charging, so you’re never left in a lurch without juice.  Reportedly it offers over 30 hours of daily use on one charge with maximum wired charging power at 125W. It takes just 23 minutes to fill up completely. Really fast isn’t it?

Motorola Edge 40 Pro.

Others Functions

The phone also introduces Moto Spatial Sound, a feature that enhances the sound output from the device’s speaker or connected headphones.

Price

Therefore, the Motorola Edge 40 Pro will be available in Europe starting at 899.99 Euros.

Conclusion

All in all, the Motorola Edge 40 Pro is a remarkable device with top-tier performance, a class-leading 165Hz display, and a durable build, albeit with a few minor drawbacks. Overall, Motorola’s latest flagship is perfect for those seeking a powerful smartphone with a smooth experience, and it undoubtedly delivers an impressive experience. For anyone looking for a high-end Android phone in 2023, the Motorola Edge 40 Pro is a great choice. Would you pick it up?

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