A first-class design, a curved screen, a very interesting camera and a battery that does not let us down even when we work intensively all day. These are the strengths of Motorola’s new smartphone. Here are all the features of the phone and our impressions
After ThinkPhone, a phone suitable for businesses and professionals that was presented last month and that we liked so much because of its innovation and functionality, Motorola has produced its new top model. We are talking about the interesting edge 40 pro, a phone that stands out for its premium design, curved screen and very interesting camera. Here are all the details and our road test.
The main features
Motorola edge 40 pro is a fairly light phone (less than 200 grams), equipped with the entire edge family of a curved screen. Sold in the black color Interstellar Black, it has an anti-fingerprint coating on the front and anti-reflective frosted glass on the back and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus against scratches and drops and by IP68 certification with underwater protection up to 1.5 meters in fresh water for maximum 30 minutes. edge 40 pro has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor (obviously it is 5G) and is equipped with 12 gigabytes of RAM and 256 gigabytes of storage space. As for the screen, we find a 6.67-inch FHD + pOLED equipped with an ultra-smooth refresh rate of up to 165 Hz, which impressed us a lot for its image quality and because it does not tire the eyes even after several hours of use. The new Motorola smartphone is equipped with a 125 W TurboPower charging system that can charge the 4,600 mAh battery in about 70 minutes (24% in 15 minutes, 48% in 30 minutes, 91% in 60 minutes). Supports wireless charging and 5W reverse charging (to charge other phones or accessories from the smartphone’s battery by placing them on the back). Battery that performed well in our tests, thanks in part to well-balanced software from a power management point of view and allowed us to work intensively for a day and a half without touching the charger.
The photographic sector
The photographic part of the edge 40 pro fully satisfied us. Motorola’s new smartphone features an elevated triple-camera system with a 50-megapixel main lens with optical image stabilization and “instant all-pixel focus,” a feature that Motorola says offers 32 times more focus pixels than traditional technology; present a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with Macro Vision and a 12-megapixel portrait camera with 2x telephoto lens. Also at the top of the screen is a 60 megapixel front camera that uses artificial intelligence to enhance scenes, colors and everything around selfies. There are a lot of possibilities on the software side, from improving shots in low light to blocking horizon stabilization (allowing you to keep shots stabilized and blocked even by rotating the smartphone); there’s autofocus tracking to keep the subject sharp even if it moves and the ability, even in video mode, to achieve a blurred background effect. The quality of the pictures we took was very good, with bright and natural colors at the same time; we also appreciated the video playback, which reaches 8K 30fps resolution (only with the main camera) and seemed very well stabilized, even when we tried to run fast downhill on a countryside trail, for example.
Software and other functions
Motorola edge 40 pro is based on Android 13 and equipped with the Motorola features that we have already seen on other models: including the ability to use the phone with gestures, the Ready For platform to connect and the smartphone both to PC as big screens to use , the ThinkShield security suite (the same on Lenovo laptops) that protects your phone at all levels, while Moto Secure makes it easy to manage all privacy settings; finally, there is the Family Space, a safe space for children to play indoors. A mention – we don’t do it often – also deserves the audio performance, because edge 40 pro is equipped with Dolby Atmos and two very good quality stereo speakers.
Judgment, availability and prices
As we wrote, we really appreciated the edge 40 pro: we found it to be a complete phone, with full software, with an excellent photographic sector and solid, both from a physical point of view and from that of the user experience. We point out that the phone feels a bit slippery in the hand in our opinion: so better protect it with the transparent cover (which is included in the package). The suggested retail price is 999.90 euros.
Pros and cons
- Very complete and well optimized software
- Very good photo/video compartment
IN RETURN FOR
- Due to the rounded sides, it is a bit slippery in our opinion, so always use the supplied cover
The photo exhibition with shots of the edge 40 pro
To showcase the potential of the edge 40 pro camera, Motorola, in collaboration with photographers Tiziano Demuro and Sergio Raffaele, created the project and the Under Milano exhibition, which is on view until May 28 at Spazio Lenovo in Milan. Demuro and Raffaele photographed moments and details in the Milan metro: “32 photos – they explain – taken with the edge 40 pro to tell the multitude of signs, gestures, details and spaces that go unnoticed in everyday life”.