First 200MP camera phone revealed – but, surprise, it's not a Samsung Galaxy

Motorola nabs the 'first' bragging rights with X30 Pro's 200-megapixel camera

Moto X30 Pro 200MP camera phone
(Image credit: Motorola)

There's been a lot of talk around the first 200-megapixel camera to arrive in a mobile phone. It's often been thought that accolade would go to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra first – after all, Samsung does produce the actual HP1 camera sensor in question. 

But, surprise, the revelation is that the first 200MP camera phone was announced today, 11th August 2022, by Motorola at an event in China (the company has been busy, also announcing the Moto Razr 3 for China only). The handset, named the Moto X30 Pro over there in the East, can claim bragging rights as being another 'first' under Motorola's belt. 

What's perhaps more interesting, however, is what this means for other future Motorola handsets. Because, let's face it, the X30 Pro will reappear on other shores in the presumably near future, bringing 200MP goodness to a wider audience. It just won't be called the X30 Pro, based on Motorola's other recent regional naming oddities. 

200MP Moto phone: key spec

Moto X30 Pro 200MP camera phone

(Image credit: Motorola)

The Moto X30 Pro certainly delivers on its 'Pro' namesake by the sounds of things, with some impressive specification to go along with that ultra-high-resolution camera. Among those features is the 6.7-inch 144Hz display and 125W super-fast charging – the latter which is good enough for a full charge in under 20 minutes. 

Fast-charging won't be the only speedy feature either, thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset under the hood, the same top-spec chip as seen in the recent Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 launches. 

But, really, it's all about the cameras. And joining the X30 Pro's 200MP main snapper is a secondary 50MP wide-angle and a third 12MP telephoto to make up a stellar trio. That sounds truly flagship, so we can therefore assume that the Moto X30 Pro to reappear as an 'Edge' handset in Europe. But, for now, we'll just have to play the waiting game...

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.