The latest flagship smartphone from Motorola, Moto Edge 50 Ultra has been released. This device is special as it features a unique FSC certified natural wood finish that is unprecedented in the industry. In this review, we will explore various features and specifications of this innovative phone to see how it compares to the popular Pixel 8.

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Design and Build Quality Like No Other

The design of Moto Edge 50 Ultra is one of its most noticeable attributes. It sets itself apart from most of the other smartphones with its real wooden back which not only adds beauty but also provides better grip on your hand while holding it. The frame is made from metal, making it more durable as well as giving it an upmarket appearance. On the other hand, Pixel 8 has a metallic frame with glass on its rear part that’s prone to slipperiness and requires much care when handling.

Moto Edge 50 Ultra weighs slightly more at 197 grams than Pixel 8 (187grams) and measures at a thickness of (8.59mm vs. 8.9 mm). However, despite being bigger in size, Moto Edge 50 Ultra feels comfortable when held because of its ergonomic design. Both phones are IP68 certified meaning they are water and dust resistant.

Camera Capabilities

The camera setup is often a deciding factor for many smartphone users. The Moto Edge 50 Ultra features a robust triple camera system: a 50MP main lens with f/1.6 aperture and quad-pixel technology, a 64MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, and a 50MP ultra-wide macro and depth lens. On the front, it sports a 50MP quad-pixel autofocus selfie camera.

Pixel 8, which is popular for its camera capabilities, has a dual camera that consists of a main lens with 50MP and a 12MP ultrawide lens. It’s front facing camera is just 10.5 MP. The Pixel 8 on the other hand, even though it has fewer cameras than the Moto Edge 50 Ultra, it is known to have exceptional image processing capabilities.

Real-world testing shows that Moto Edge 50 ultra performs at par with Pixel 8. It comes with several portrait modes and excels in capturing lively colors and true-to-life skin tones. Conversely, the Pixel 8 offers more dynamic range especially noticeable in shots taken under challenging lighting conditions. In general, both phones perform well though Moto Edge 50 ultra outshines by having extra lenses with advanced features.

Display Quality

Display quality is another area where the Moto Edge 50 Ultra shines. It boasts a 6.7-inch display with a resolution of 1440p, 144 Hz refresh rate, and 3D curved POLED glass with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. Its peak brightness reaches an impressive 2800 nits, making it highly visible even in direct sunlight. The Pixel 8, on the other hand, has a 6.2-inch display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and 2000 nits peak brightness. While the Pixel 8 offers a good display, the larger and brighter screen of the Moto Edge 50 Ultra provides a more immersive viewing experience.

Performance and Battery Life

Moto Edge 50 Ultra, on the other hand, comes with Snapdragon 8S Gen 3 processor which scores around 14 lakhs in AnTuTu benchmark. This ensures smooth performance even during intensive tasks and gaming. However, the Google Tensor G3 processor found in Pixel 8 has got a score of approximately 7 lakhs when subjected to similar benchmarking. Although both phones can efficiently handle everyday tasks; the Moto Edge 50 Ultra performs better for power users.

Battery life is another crucial aspect. The only difference is that Moto Edge 50 Ultra supports Turbo Power Charging at a rate of up to 125W and sharing power with other devices through its wireless charging capabilities while the Pixel 8 uses wired charging of up to27 Wand wireless charging at 18W plus it can share power as low as 5W. The Moto Edge 50 Ultra charges faster than any other phone in this category or range.

Software and Additional Features

Both Moto’s flagship, Moto Edge 50 Ultra and Google’s offering Pixel runs Android out-of-the-box. On the other hand, while the Pixel operates on a pure stock Android OS, Motorola sticks with their near stock Hello UI on the Moto edge ultra.Motorola assures users of OS upgrades for three years plus four years security patches while Google extends an impressive seven-year update cycle to the pixel series making it a better choice for those who use their devices long-term.

Also, there are some unique features that come with the Moto Edge 50 Ultra such as smart connect capabilities, moto AI for enhanced user experiences and various AI camera enhancements. All these make sure that you get a good experience using your phone be it through cameras or any other function.

Pricing and Conclusion

The Pixel 8 is priced at Rs. 61,999, while the Moto Edge 50 Ultra is available at a launch price of Rs. 59,999, with additional offers bringing the effective price down to Rs. 49,999. Considering the features and performance, the Moto Edge 50 Ultra offers excellent value for money.

In conclusion, the Moto Edge 50 Ultra is a standout smartphone with its unique design, powerful performance, and advanced features. It competes well with the Pixel 8, offering more versatility and a better overall package for many users.

By Rajeev Rana

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