Motorola's next flagship, the Moto X30 Pro, is shaping up to be an unorthodox entry into the flagship phone space, with new official camera details hinting at a system unlike anything we've seen on competitor devices. like Apple, Samsung or Google.
Rumors about the X30 Pro have been around since January (as 'Motorola Frontier'), however more recently Motorola has come up with its own official teases about the device; giving us a glimpse of the hardware the phone is ready to offer.
It was previously reported that according to a spy photo provided by user Fenibook on Weibo (opens in a new tab), the phone will be powered by a massive 200MP sensor, installed in what looks like a Xiaomi-inspired camera module 12/ Live X60. Pro.
In a new post (opens in a new tab) shared on the Chinese social network from the official Motorola account on July 30, we now know what the focal lengths of the phone's three rear sensors are and they are… unexpected.
While the promise of three rear cameras is nothing out of the ordinary, the Moto X30 Pro forgoes the standard mix of main (wide), ultra-wide, and telephoto that most triple-lens rear phones offer, and opt for a 35mm camera. main sensor, coupled with two 50mm and 85mm telephoto lenses.
While the zoom range isn't particularly impressive, it's Motorola's switch from an ultra-wide camera to a dedicated portrait camera for that secondary lens that sets the system apart from the X30 Pro.
Motorola's next flagship will launch in China in the coming weeks, with the possibility of heading west to the UK, Europe and the US soon after.
Analysis: advantage in Moto's own words
The trend of phones with multiple rear camera sensors started to pick up pace around 2017, with the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X along with the Galaxy Note 8 among the first high-end phones to adopt this feature.
When it comes to high-end phones these days, three-sensor setups almost always manifest as primary, ultra-wide, and telephoto. By deviating from the status quo, Motorola has made the X30 Pro more difficult to compare directly with rivals with similar specifications.
It also opens up an opportunity for the company to innovate and dominate in an area that is rarely the focus of most phone makers' efforts. Does the Moto X30 Pro have the stones to become the king of mobile portrait photography?
We'll have to wait and see, but just by highlighting it, the phone sends a message to the makers of the best camera phones available today that they can't rest on their laurels any longer.