Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Motorola is attempting a new flagship killer, and for the most part, it's gone well.

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It's becoming a bit of a cliché in itself, but it's still true; it's getting harder and harder for smartphone manufacturers to produce devices that really stand out and can easily telegraph and emphasise to the consumer that their particular offering is competitive to a greater degree.

Take Motorola's Edge 50 Pro. It costs around £600 and has just been launched. For the same money, you can pretty much get a Pixel 8, a Nothing Phone 2, a OnePlus 12R or many others that compromise here and there, but all deliver a fairly solid overall experience, and for far less money than the most expensive flagships.

Motorola has a habit of offering a little more for the money, but is that the case this time? Firstly, it's worth mentioning that while you can get two rather nice vegan leather backs in Black Beauty and Luxe Lavender, we were sent the slightly bizarre MoonLight Pearl, which is supposedly handmade in Italy by Mazzucchelli. It looks a bit like marble but feels like plywood in your hand - avoid this one, buy one of the others.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Other than that, Motorola isn't taking any big risks with the design this time round. Visually, it's the same camera module that blends in quite nicely with the rest of the device's backplate, it has IP68 certification, 125W charging via a charger that comes with the phone, 50W wireless charging, WI-FI 6E, Bluetooth 5.4 and stereo speakers. In other words, it's all here.

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Inside we find a Snapdragon 7 Gen 3, up to 12GB LPDDR4X RAM (yes, the slightly slower variant) and 256GB UFS 2.2 memory (yes, also the rather slower variant). Then there's the 4500mAh battery, which isn't the biggest, but still offers the same battery life as the last few Edge phones we've tested. That's two short days, and that's just fine with us.

From charging to the SoC, from RAM to the various surrounding elements, Motorola gives us what we need and more, and it's not even possible to complain about the lack of wireless charging or IP certification anymore. What's more, the Edge 50 Pro's 6.7" pOLED is truly gorgeous. It runs at 1.5K and 144Hz, and the screen peaks at around the 2000 NITS that easily enables HDR10+ support. Plus, we're talking 10-bit colours and the whole shebang is Pantone-validated.

Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Perhaps more alarming is a shift away from their old subtle user interface to the new "Hello UI". Of course, the software runs on Android 14 and there's really no need to worry. In fact, the Hello UI is almost even better than before, giving you pretty much just stock Android without any bloatware. There are a few extras here and there, such as Ready For, Moto Unplugged and some custom fonts and icons. It's all still subtle, casual and easy to customise should you wish.

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There are three cameras on the back, consisting of a 50 megapixel f/1.4 aperture main with optical stabilisation, a 13 megapixel ultra-wide at 120 degrees and finally a 10 megapixel 3x optical telephoto. There's also a ToF sensor and an autofocus module. In addition, there is a fixed selection of modes in the expected resolutions, ranging from Pro Mode, Night Mode and Dual Capture, to 4K ultra slow-motion video. Motorola likes to focus on the fact that this is "the world's first Pantone-validated camera system", specifically talking about colour chemistry that should be more true to life, but to be honest, this is the essence of being "nifty without being flashy". There's nothing wrong with Motorola's camera system, just so we're clear. If you give the lenses light, they deliver great HDR, solid depth and without any major issues. But there's not the automatic fire-and-forget reliability of a Pixel camera, nor is there any significant hardware differentiator here, such as more optical zoom, a periscope lens or anything else. It's that good, and you can trust this camera system.

So in many ways, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro is just like the many other Edge phones before it. It's the interplay of all the great specs that makes for a great experience, and not because one feature in particular stands out. Is this the one I would recommend over any of the other competitors mentioned? Well, maybe, but it's a crowded market and perhaps Motorola in particular needs to give their phones an aesthetic overhaul. Ditch the MoonLight Pearl and give us something more daring.

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