After an surprising delay, this week Motorola is lastly taking the wraps off three new smartphone fashions, together with the 2022 Moto Razr. That is joined by one other gadget we have been following for some time, the Moto X30 Professional — a flagship with the form of design that ought to assist it stand other than the group, to not point out being the primary smartphone on the planet geared up with a 200MP main digicam.

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Earlier than we get to the star of the present, glancing over the Moto X30 Professional’s spec sheet reveals pretty normal decisions for a Q3 2022 flagship: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, as much as 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and 50W wi-fi and 125W wired charging assist for the 4,500mAh battery.

Issues begin getting a bit extra attention-grabbing as we flip to the cellphone’s cameras. There is a 50MP ultra-wide unit, in addition to a 12MP telephoto digicam. And up entrance, selfies are dealt with by a 60MP sensor.

However the standout right here is clearly the Moto X30 Professional’s 200MP main digicam, constructed with a Samsung ISOCELL HP1 sensor. Though the corporate just lately introduced the next-gen ISOCELL HP3 sensor, the 1/1.22 inch HP1 continues to be an absolute beast. In its native decision, it will possibly shoot 200MP pictures, or if you wish to keep away from filling up storage with these big pics, the sensor is able to two-by-two and four-by-four pixel binning, bringing issues right down to 50MP and 12.5MP, respectively.


Whereas 200MP pictures sound nice for particulars, permitting you to crop and use digital zoom with out a care on the planet, there are downsides right here. On the {hardware} entrance, giant format sensors are appropriate to be used in cinema cameras and mirrorless models the place lenses are bodily bigger and able to optical zoom. The Moto X30 Professional’s broad f/1.95 aperture and lack of optical zoom as a result of constraints of a smartphone’s design principally cut back the sensor to a spec sheet quantity for bragging rights. Do not get us improper — the sensor is nice and cramming it right into a smartphone is a feat in and of itself, however even within the 200MP teaser picture you may see beneath, there’s noticeable fringing and colour distortion radiating outwards from the middle of the picture, a attribute of wide-open apertures used with smaller lenses.


A 200MP teaser picture Motorola posted on Weibo forward of the cellphone’s launch.

It is unreasonable to count on cinema-grade digicam efficiency on a cellphone, however the Moto X30 Professional appears prefer it’s attempting to strikes a nice stability, providing the element of a 200MP sensor with acceptable lenses that can in all probability suffice in most eventualities — in the event you don’ t look too carefully.

When you’re wanting to get your arms on the Moto X30 Professional stateside, you are out of luck, a minimum of for now. The cellphone has solely been introduced in China, however given its flagship standing, it is perhaps affordable to count on a extra worldwide launch to comply with. The bottom variant Moto X30 Professional priced at 3,699 Yuan (round $549) comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, whereas the top-of-the-line mannequin with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage will set you again by 4,499 Yuan ( round $668).