The Motorola Edge X30 was launched in 2021 as a phone geared towards an audience looking for performance. It shipped with a 10-bit 144Hz 1080P OLED panel. It runs Android 12 out of the box and is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SOC. It launched with a 50MP primary camera, a 50MP Ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP depth sensor.
The phone was received OK, but the performance, thermals, and battery life were hit because Qualcomm’s 8 Gen 1 SOC was built on Samsung’s controversial 4nm node, known for inferior sustained performance and overheating problems. The camera system wasn’t all that great either, and the processing needed work.
The phone had two variants: one with a 60MP (f 2.2) under-display front camera and another with a punch-hole style design with the same front camera hardware. You can pick the regular variant if you aren’t interested in under-display tech.
The Moto X40 is about to hit the market, and Motorola has teased the phone quite a bit. Pre-booking for this phone has gone live in China now. People interested in getting the phone early can do it on jd.com’s official site. An Indian and global launch are both expected soon with different names.
The phone will officially go on sale on the 15th of December. Like last time, this is also a performance-centric device with two variants: an under-display front camera and a regular punch-hole style display.
The specifications for this phone are mostly already known; we will see a 10-bit HDR10+ 144Hz 1080P OLED screen that goes up to 1250 Nits in brightness. It ships with Android 13 out of the box. It’s powered by the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
The 8 Gen 2 is built on a much more efficient 4P TSMC 4nm node, bringing better-sustained performance, a much better GPU, AI, and better thermals and temperature control.
The overall camera performance seems to have improved thanks to the addition of a 12MP 2X optical zoom lens. It will most probably have the same f 2.2 60MP front camera. Some reports claim it might have an IP68 rating and an under-display scanner, but these aren’t confirmed.
Sketchy rumors predict 120W charging and a 165Hz refresh rate and some publications have reported a much faster 120W charging speed, but the only confirmed specification is the 8 Gen 2 SOC.
Chen Jin, a Chinese reporter, claims that the phone has achieved “Super power saving” thanks to overall optimization and better efficiency per watt of the 8 Gen 2 SOC. Earlier leaks reported that the phone had scored 1,312,901 points on the Antutu benchmark tool, which is an excellent score.
According to a leaked database from Geekbench, the model number for this phone is XT2301-5. The listing mentions that the phone has an 8-core SOC with a 3.2 GHz prime core, four performance cores (2.8 GHz each), and three efficiency cores (2 GHz). This is none other than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SOC.
The phone has made an appearance before at the FCC, too. CMIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) has listed this as a new 5G model. The “MAXE” system engine has been modified for the X40, and their UI has massively improved, giving better optimization and battery efficiency, balanced adequately with performance.