which is worth more?

This is a rotating and moving situation: a mobile phone is launched and, due to its price or technical characteristics, it ends up finding a competitor in another category. This is the case with the Motorola Edge 30, a high-end model that arrived in Brazil last week, and is a “lighter” version of the advanced Edge 30 Pro.

The launch specifications are very close to that of a Samsung device, the “complete” intermediary for the Galaxy A73 5G – which hit the domestic market in April this year.

The difference between the prices, however, is obvious, which leads us to the question: is it more worthwhile to invest in the most basic of the higher or to take home the filled intermediaries? Below we compare the two fact sheets to support your research.

Motorola Edge 30

  • Height: 159.4 mm
  • Width: 74.2 mm
  • Thickness: 6.8 mm
  • Weight: 155 g

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G

  • Height: 163.7 mm
  • Width: 76.1 mm
  • Thickness: 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 181 g

The Moto Edge 30 is smaller in all sizes, including weight. It’s the most noticeable thickness, which makes it a very thin phone. In practice, this means that it is easier to hold, especially in situations where the device is used with one hand.

It’s not that the Galaxy A73 is a “clumsy” phone, but here the difference is noticeable.

In terms of construction, they are similar, with a plastic structure and a back covered with the same material. However, there are different approaches to the finish, with Motorola looking for a reflective paint finish and Samsung looking for a smoother paint job.

JUDGMENT: victory of Motorola Edge 30.

Motorola Edge 30

  • 6.5-inch (16.51 cm) pOLED
  • Full HD + resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Refresh rate: 144Hz

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G

  • 6.7 inches (17.01 cm) Super Amoled Plus
  • Full HD + resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • 120Hz refresh rate

In terms of resolution, cell phones are the same, and the technologies used in the panels are also equivalent. You would hardly notice any difference between the two in terms of image quality.

The differences are in the size of the screen, with Samsung being a bit bigger, there’s nothing absurd here.

Motorola, on the other hand, has a higher refresh rate (the speed at which animations are displayed). The difference, however, is small, but the Edge 30 tends to show moving images more quickly.

Eventually, when it comes time to play or watch videos, you’ll have a great experience on both devices.

JUDGMENT: a tie.

Motorola Edge 30

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G

The Galaxy A73 outperforms the Edge 30 by bringing in a larger battery, which we’re used to seeing on other devices. Theoretically, this is far from the Samsung plug, which in itself would ensure the victory of the device in this regard, right?

More or less: Galaxy A73 does not come with a charger in the box. If you don’t have an adapter at home, you’ll need to buy one.

The Edge 30, though smaller in battery, comes with a charger in the box. And it’s a 33 W model that can fill the device’s power reserve in just a few minutes.

Here, you have to choose between having a smaller battery, but not having to pay extra for a fast charger, or taking a device with a larger battery, but having to worry about getting a charger.

JUDGMENT: a tie.

Motorola Edge 30

  • Rear: 50MP wide angle, 50MP ultra-wide hybrid, 2MP depth sensor
  • Front: 32 MP wide angle

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G

  • Rear: 108 MP wide angle, 12 MP ultra wide, 5 MP macro and 5 MP depth sensor
  • Front: 32 MP wide angle

The main one

One of the highlights of Motorola’s launch of the Edge 30 is that the device’s camera control app is more intuitive and can automatically select modes such as night photography.

Samsung also improved the camera application details of its devices and also improved themes like algorithms, achieving more natural results in images.

In any case, better results in both short and medium range shots should be achieved.

The drawback factor is the configuration of the devices. While Motorola uses a “dual and a half” camera system, with one of the functional lenses acting as a hybrid, Samsung has three lenses, mostly a wide-angle megapixel count, plus a dedicated depth sensor.

JUDGMENT: victory of Samsung Galaxy A73 5G.


The phone’s selfie cameras capture the number of megapixels, and the biggest difference is the slightly larger aperture of Samsung’s shutter. Nothing striking, but with the Galaxy A73 you tend to get slightly better photos in low light situations.

In general, however, they are equivalent in this respect.

JUDGMENT: a tie.

Motorola Edge 30

  • Processor: Qualcomm SM7325-AE Snapdragon 778G + 5G (octa-core, 2.5GHz)
  • RAM memory: 8 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G

  • Processor: Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G 5G (octa-core, 2.4GHz)
  • RAM memory: 8 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB (can be expanded with a microSD card)

The Edge 30 and Galaxy A73 use almost the same SoC (a solution that mixes System on Chip, processor, video card, and modem on the same chip), but Motorola’s version is slightly improved.

This set promises a small advantage in the maximum operating frequency of the device. There is a level playing field in RAM (which contributes to performance), but in terms of storage, Motorola doubles what Samsung offers.

On the other hand, the Galaxy A73 allows you to expand storage via a micro SD card, something the Edge 30 doesn’t offer.

All this in practical terms, you will hardly find differences in the performance of both, as well as very significant limitations. And this is for both everyday use and applications such as games.

The advantage of Motorola, however, lies in the use of an almost empty version of the Android system. In addition to consuming fewer work resources, this solution avoids the presence of applications that are not installed by the user.

JUDGMENT: victory of Motorola Edge 30.

Again, they are very equivalent devices. They take on an unlock system using fingerprints on the screen.

In addition, we have Motorola’s Ready For system, which makes it easy to connect to other devices. It’s not the kind of feature that makes a device revolutionary, though.

JUDGMENT: a tie.

Motorola Edge 30: BRL 3,599 (retail stores)

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G: 2,699 BRL

The Motorola Edge 30 won in design and performance, while the Samsung Galaxy A73 took the camera. There is, therefore, no major device in this comparison.

The biggest problem here, however, is the $ 1,000 qiase that separates the two. In the cold of numbers, there’s nothing to justify the Motorola Edge 30 being much more expensive than the Galaxy A73.

In fact, by creating an entry-level version of the Edge 30 Pro, Motorola made big cuts in areas like processor and camera, creating enough difference to fit the device into almost separate categories. And that’s without the price tag of the Edge 30.

FINAL RESULT: victory of Samsung Galaxy A73 5G to get the best value for money.

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