There’s no denying that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is currently one of the best — if not the best — mobile processors in the market today. So if you want to own a proper flagship device, look for a smartphone that has this chipset.

However, not all Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered phones are built the same. They vary in terms of design, battery, camera, and more importantly, value for money. We’ll be comparing two of your best options in this segment.

First, we have the Motorola Edge 30 Pro, the latest in Motorola’s line-up carrying the said chipset and other top-notch specs.

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We’ll be comparing that with the Xiaomi 12, one of the Chinese tech giant’s fastest smartphones that aim to offer the complete package.

Today, in our Motorola Edge 30 Pro versus Xiaomi 12 specifications and features comparison, we’ll see which of these hard-hitters is better and offers the most value for money. Let’s begin.

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Motorola Edge 30 ProXiaomi 12
Operating SystemAndroid 12Android 12
MIUI 13
Display6.7-inch FHD+ OLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
392ppi
144Hz refresh rate
360Hz touch sampling rate
10-bit color
DCI-P3
HDR-10+
20:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
6.28-inch FHD+ OLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
419ppi
120Hz refresh rate
480Hz touch sampling
Corning Gorilla Victus
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
360-degree ambient light sensor
Processor3.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 octa-core3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 octa-core processor
Liquid Cool Technology
RAM12GB LPDDR58GB LPDDR5
GPUAdreno 730Adreno 730
Storage256GB
UFS 3.1
non-expandable
256GB
UFS 3.1
non-expandable
Front Camera60-megapixel32-megapixel
Rear Camera50-megapixel ( f/1.8, omni-directional PDAF, OIS)
50-megapixel (ultra-wide/macro, f/2.2)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
50-megapixel (IMX766, f/1.9, PDAF, OIS)
13-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.4)
5-megapixel (telephoto/macro)
dual-LED flash
AudioStereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
No headphone jack
Stereo speakers Harman Kardon
Dolby Atmos
No headphone jack
X-axis linear vibration motor
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G sub-6GHz
WiFi 6E, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, LTEPP, SUPL
NFC
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 6E, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC, BDS
NFC
IR blaster
USB Type-C
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ThinkShield for mobile
Under-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
OthersIP52 splash and spill-resistant
ColorsCosmos Blue
Stardust White
Gray
Purple
Blue
Dimensions and Weight163.06 x 75.95 x 8.79mm
196g
152.7 x 69.9 x 8.2mm
179g
Battery and Charging4,800mAh
68W TurboPower wired
15W wireless
5W reverse wireless charging
4,500mAh
67W wired charging
50W wireless charging
10W wireless reverse charging
PricePhp34,995Php39,999

Design and Build Quality

We always say that design is subjective. As to whether a phone looks good or not, it depends on personal preference. However, in the case of these two devices, it’s quite clear that the Xiaomi 12 takes the crown.

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This one brags thinner bezels with the screen even slightly curved on the sides for a more premium feel.

The unique camera island also adds some character to the device, adding to the pastel color options. What’s more, it uses boasts a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus for better protection.

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Meanwhile, Motorola played it safe when designing the Edge 30 Pro. It looks like a lot of other Motorola phones we’ve already seen before. It’s bulkier, too, and is only available in two colors.

On the upside, the Moto device officially comes with water protection, while the competition doesn’t.

Display and Audio

The winner of this category will depend on your preference. If you want a large display with a high refresh rate for multitasking and gaming, go with the Edge 30 Pro.

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But if you want a smaller screen that’s easy to operate with one hand, not a lot of 6.28-inch phones are as powerful as the Xiaomi 12.

For audio, the Xiaomi device clearly gets a one-up thanks to Harman Kardon. Although, we have to test both devices to see which between these stereo speakers actually sounds better.

Performance

As stated earlier, both models are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. However, you may expect a slightly better performance on the Xiaomi 12 since it’s smaller and has Liquid Cool Technology.

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To Motorola’s credit, the Edge 30 Pro does come with 12GB while the Xiaomi 12 only has 8GB. You’d barely notice the difference in performance, but it’s still when you need it.

Camera

An easy win for the Motorola device. As you can see, it has not one but two 50-megapixel cameras. On the other hand, the Xiaomi 12 settles for a 13-megapixel ultra-wide lens.

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To Xiaomi‘s credit, it does have a more usable tertiary camera, albeit I doubt anyone would actually use it.

Still, we gotta hand the win to the Edge 30 Pro on this one, especially due to its ultra-sharp 60-megapixel front-facing camera.

Battery

While the Moto Edge 30 Pro has a bigger 4,800mAh battery, we’re actually surprised that Motorola didn’t go with a 5,000mAh capacity, considering its size.

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On the other hand, although it’s smaller, having a 4,500mAh battery on the Xiaomi 12 is actually appropriate considering its small size. What’s more, it comes with 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging — which is faster than what the Edge 30 Pro offers.

Bottom line is, that Xiaomi 12 wins this round.

Others

Being 2022 flagships, both models ship with the latest Android 12 operating system. There’s the MIUI 13 on the Xiaomi 12 if you’re into that, while the Edge 30 Pro runs on stock Android for a cleaner look. You choose which one you like better, but personally, we want a clean Android interface.

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Like its cousins, you’re getting more extra features on the Xiaomi 12 than the competition. For one, it has a 360-degree ambient light sensor for better brightness adjustment. It also has an IR blaster that lets you control non-smart devices.

Conclusion

If the overall value for money is what you’re after, then go with the Motorola Edge 30 Pro. Despite being Php5,000 cheaper than the Xiaomi 12, the Moto device managed to offer a larger and faster screen, more RAM, better cameras, and even water protection for Php34,995.

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But if you miss smaller and more compact smartphones, and you don’t mind spending more (~Php39,999), then going with the Xiaomi 12 is not such a bad idea either, since not a lot of 6.28-inch phones today are as powerful as this.



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