4 reasons to buy and 2 reasons to skip Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Motorola announced the Motorola Edge 50 Pro in India earlier this month with a starting price of Rs 31,999. We reviewed the device and found it to be a highly impressive phone that offers a premium design and solid hardware. The Edge 50 Pro ships with an IP68 rating, which is a rarity in the segment, a 10MP telephoto camera, and a 125W Turbo fast charging support, among other things. In this article, we tell you why you should consider buying the Motorola Edge 50 Pro and why you can skip it.

4 reasons to buy Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Impressive display

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro sports a 6.7-inch 1.5K 10-bit pOLED display with 2712 x 1220 pixels, 144Hz refresh rate, and 360Hz touch sampling rate. It also offers up to 2000 nits peak brightness and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Our review notes that the Edge 50 Pro’s display is quite impressive. Motorola claims this is the first display panel in India to be Pantone-certified for accurate colours. Rightly so, the 10-bit panel on the phone offers rich and vivid colours for media consumption or gaming. The viewing angles were also quite appropriate. The 2000 nits brightness offers great sunlight legibility, especially in hot summers. To further aid this, there’s also HDR10+ support. The 144Hz refresh rate is also smooth while scrolling through the user interface and supported apps. 

There are some nifty little features such as Blue Light protection, DC Dimming, flicker protection, and low motion blur. Barring the accidental touches corresponding to a curved screen, the Motorola Edge 50 Pro display is great.

Eye-catching design

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro has to be the most stylish phone in the segment. There’s a curved screen panel on the front adding to the aesthetics. However, it takes some time to get used to the accidental touches. The phone has a vegan leather back, which makes it stand out among the crowd. We also get an acetate finish variant in Moon Light Pearl colour.

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro features an aluminium frame with a slight matte finish. This should help with a better grip on hands. As said, there is an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The rear camera module slightly protrudes making it wobble when placed on a flat surface.

The Edge 50 Pro comes in three colour variants: Luxe Lavender, Black Beauty, and a special-edition Moon Light Pearl.

Impressive cameras

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro packs a 50MP primary camera with f/1.4 aperture, OIS, a 13MP 120-degree ultra-wide camera with macro option, and a 10MP 3x telephoto camera with 50x hybrid zoom. There is a 50MP front camera.

Numbers aside, the cameras on the Motorola Edge 50 Pro are very capable of clicking good images in well-lit conditions. The colour reproduction is a bit boosted with high contrast levels. This makes the images look appealing and social media-ready with no further editing required. The OIS helps eliminate noise in the images in low-light conditions.

The ultra-wide-angle lens can capture a good amount of details with no noise or distortion in the images. However, there appear to be colour-shift issues when you switch to a 3x telephoto lens. Our review noted the details and sharpness appear a bit underwhelming in comparison to the primary and ultra-wide-angle lenses.

125W fast charging

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro comes with 125W fast charging support (only on the 12GB/ 256GB storage model). There is also 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. The bundled adapter was able to charge the 4,500mAh battery from 0-100 percent in just 30 minutes. The 50W wireless charging is again a first in the segment but a compatible charger needs to be purchased separately.

2 reasons to skip Motorola Edge 50 Pro

Underwhelming front camera

While the rear cameras are quite impressive, the front camera is not very good. The images look overexposed at times and this leads to blown-out colours. While there is a good balance of facial details, the lack of proper colours makes the selfie shooter underwhelming.

Battery life could have been better

The Motorola Edge 50 Pro packs a 4,500mAh battery, which is lower than the typical 5,000mAh battery we usually see in phones in this segment. As a result, the handset achieves a relatively low score of 12 hours and 30 minutes on the PCMark battery test. The Edge 50 Pro was also barely able to last one complete day with moderate usage. You may have to charge the second time to reach the end of the day.