Motorola Edge 50 Ultra with periscope camera and wooden back is here

The Motorola flagship for 2024 is here. In addition to a Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, the Motorola Edge 50 Ultra also offers a periscope telephoto.
Motorola Edge 50 Ultra nordic wood

The new Motorola Edge 50 Ultra is here and available in three variants. There are two vegan leather colors – Forest Gray and Peach Fuzz (Pantone’s Color of the Year 2024) as well as a version with a real wood back. Last year there was no Ultra model. So it’s not a sequel, but an upgrade over the Edge 50 Pro that Motorola introduced a few weeks ago. The Ultra offers more processing power and a better camera setup compared to the Pro.

At its heart is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chipset, a big step up from the 7 Gen 3 chip in the Pro. With 12 or 16 GB LPDDR5X RAM there is also more RAM on board, more is possible via RAM boost. Storage is 512GB or 1TB UFS 4.0.

The camera upgrades start with the main camera, which features a 50-megapixel 1/1.3-inch sensor. It combines four 1.2 µm pixels, has omnidirectional autofocus as well as OIS and an f/1.6 lens. The new 72 mm periscope camera with triple optical zoom resolves 64 megapixels (0.7 µm individual pixels) through a bright f/2.4 aperture. There is also a 50 megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera (0.64 µm pixels) with an f/2.0 lens. It has a 122-degree field of view and autofocus for macro shots. All three cameras access a laser autofocus system and a 3-in-1 sensor that helps with exposure, automatic white balance and flicker detection.

The front camera has a 50 megapixel sensor (0.64 µm) with an f/1.9 lens and also autofocus. All four cameras can record 4K videos at 60 frames per second. The main rear camera and selfie camera also have 1080p slow-motion modes (120 fps on the front, up to 960 fps on the back).

Motorola Edge 50 Ultra with AI features

Since 2024 is the year of AI, Motorola will of course also use the new technology to support the cameras. The AI automatically adjusts the shutter speed and the level of stabilization to the scene. It also handles autofocus tracking. The new Photo Enhancement Engine optimizes images for details in highlights and shadows as well as clarity, color and bokeh.

On the front of the Motorola Edge 50 Ultra there is a curved 6.7-inch P-OLED display with a resolution of 2,712 x 1,220 pixels (20:9). It runs at 144 Hz and supports a touch sampling rate of up to 360 Hz in gaming mode. The display also achieves a peak brightness of 2,500 nits and uses DC dimming. The 10-bit color reproduction brings HDR10+ support and certification for HD streaming from Netflix and Amazon.

Pantone is responsible for the “Peach Fuzz” color scheme. The color specialists also tested the display and certified it as Pantone Validated and Pantone Skintone Validated. The camera system is also validated by Pantone.

The Ultra is built around an aluminum frame, the front is made of Gorilla Glass Victus with an anti-fingerprint coating. It also has protection against water and dust according to IP68 specifications.

Like the Pro, the Motorola Edge 50 Ultra also has a 4,500 mAh battery with 125 watt TurboPower charging via USB-C. According to Motorola, 4 minutes of recharging is enough to last you the rest of the day. There is also 50 watt wireless charging as well as wired and wireless power sharing.

Motorola Edge 50 Ultra prices

The Motorola Edge 50 Ultra is available in single SIM (SIM or eSIM) and dual SIM (SIM and eSIM) versions. It supports the latest Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be), Bluetooth 5.4, and Ultra Wide Band (UWB) for accurate distance and angle measurements. Additionally, the USB-C port offers both USB 3.2 and DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity.

The Motorola smartphone has stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos tuning, and Dolby Head Tracking is also supported. The Motorola Edge 50 Ultra will go on sale in select European countries in the coming weeks. The basic model will have a price of 1,000 euros.

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