Review of the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: Excellent Hardware, but Pricing Could Be Better

Review of the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: Excellent Hardware, but Pricing Could Be Better ...

Motorola''s Edge 30 Fusion has been formally branded as the new flagship rival. The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is divided into three categories: the Edge 30 Pro (Review) and the Top-of-the-lineEdge 30 Ultra. The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is aimed at customers who want to experience flagship-grade performance without having to pay a fortune. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC has been launched in India.

It''s not just about providing flagship-grade performance, but also about introducing a premium design and attractive features. Is the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion the real deal? We''ve discovered.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion price in India

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has been created in India in a single storage configuration. The phone features 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. We''d have liked a 256GB storage option since there is no microSD slot. The company is at least offering two colour options: Cosmic Grey and Solar Gold.

During the Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale, customers may receive the phone for a reduced price of Rs. 39,999. On top of this, customers may get a 10% discount on credit cards from the ICICI Bank and Axis Bank.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion design

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is one of the best smartphones in its segment when it comes to providing a good in-hand feel. The edges of the display and the glass back transform into the aluminium frame, which gives the phone a premium appearance. A smartphone that is built with premium materials and a 4400mAh battery is also relatively light at 179g. It is also a 7.45mm high, making it one of India''s thinnest premium smartphones.

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The Edge 30 Fusion''s Cosmic Grey colour is fantastic even from a distance. The Solar Gold option is perfect for those who want more flashy shades, which helps keep fingerprints and smudges at bay. The phone is also IP52 for some basic protection against water and dust.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a matte glass back.

There is no 3.5mm headphone jack, but the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion comes with a stereo speaker setup. The primary speaker grille is next to the USB Type-C port and the SIM tray on the bottom, whereas the earpiece above the display doubles as a secondary outlet for stereo sound. The power and volume buttons on the right side are easy to reach and provide good feedback.

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The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion comes with a 6.55-inch pOLED display that is full-HD+ and with a 144-Hz refresh rate. Despite the vivid colours and thin bezels, the display is fantastic for viewing content. While using the phone outdoors, I did not experience any legibility problems. The screen supports up to 1100 nits of peak brightness.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion specifications and software

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC, which is based on a 5nm process. It also supports 13 5G bands in India, including a dual--5G standby, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is powered by the Android 12-based MyUX in the box. It has a near-stock Android experience with Motorola''s custom wallpapers on the top. These include a number of Moto gestures, custom wallpapers, custom wallpapers, and customization options.

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The Moto app allows users to customize the UI.

Facebook is the only third-party app that has been pre-installed. There are also a number of Motorola and Google apps that have been pre-installed. Motorola is promising two major Android updates and three years of security upgrades for the Edge 30 Fusion.

Performance and battery life of the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion can handle any task you throw at it thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC and 8GB of RAM. I also ran theAnTuTu Stress Test which loads all the CPU cores and noticed that even after 15 minutes, the SoC was still running at 100 percent power, indicating no damage. It was only after the end of the 45-minute run that the performance output lowered to 80 percent.

The phone''s temperature also increased by 45 degrees Celsius during the test, which was previously expected. It''s nice to know that the Edge 30 Fusion can deliver long-term performance before it throttles.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion''s performance was quite pronounced in day-to-day use. Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legendsran on Medium to High settings. The phone got a bit warm, but while it did get warm, it was not too harmful.

When the temperature rises, the device throttles the SoC a bit, but I''m unaware that it could have an impact on overall performance. The Edge 30 Fusiondoes the Dolby Atmos branding on the top of the frame, as the dual-speakers provide rich sound. There is also no distortion at full volume.

For a complete user experience, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion runs MyUX on Android 12.

The battery life of the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion will vary depending on your use case. On days with less use, the phone lasted about five hours and a few minutes, before it had to be charged. In our battery loop test, the phone lasted about 13 hours and 40 minutes, which is a fraction of the average. In terms of charging, the phone took an hour to charge from zero to 100 percent with the 68W fast charger.

There is an AI face unlock and an in-display fingerprint reader for biometrics. The latter worked well and was able to quickly authenticate and unlock the phone. However, the scanner is placed too lowin the display for me.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion cameras

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has some fantastic hardware in this price range which should provide a near-versatile camera experience. I say near because there is no telephoto camera. The phone has a 50-megapixel primary camera with an aperture and optical stabilisation (OIS) and a 13-megapixel depth sensor.

The Edge 30 Fusion, which comes with a fresh camera module, has been designed.

The main camera''s daylight performance is quite good with stills. Photos are quite sharp and reveal good details. HDR performance is also quite beneficial as it does not blow the highlights in a bid to retain details in the shadows. However, the main camera gives you either a fair skin tone or portraits with a hint of red hue on the subject''s face. I''m hoping this will be resolved in a future update.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion''s main camera is shot.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion''s main camera is shot.

The main camera produces good shadows along with exposure in extreme low-light situations. I liked how the camera''s algorithm does not make the night sky look artificially blue. However, it does not make the shadows look like it is in extreme low-light conditions. The algorithm is designed to avoid excessive noise, but makes noise waves along the way.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is a low-light camera.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion features a low-light camera.

The ultra-wide camera does a good job, but there is little distortion around the frame. Compared to the main camera, macro cameras, macro cameras, and macro cameras, these cameras are quite impressive.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is being expanded for an ultra-wide camera sample.

The pictures taken with the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion are detailed and look fantastic, but again, the software often breaks down the skin tones. Photos taken in Portrait mode are excellent, and the phone performs a great job with edge detection.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is produced by a front camera.

The rear main camera can shoot up to 8K 30fps for video, but the quality of the videos is good. The ultra-wide camera can shoot up to 4K 30fps and produces excellent colours, but the dynamic range isn''t on the same level with the main camera. While the dynamic range is not the best, the overall quality is above average.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is a fairly effective product that offers excellent performance and features. The phone includes premium hardware, and it also offers a great user experience. While the design is subjective, I feel others would agree with it. Internal storage is limited to 128GB, thus a higher storage option would have been beneficial.

The Edge 30 Fusion is also slightly expensive at Rs. 42,999, compared to the majority of phones with a Snapdragon 888+ SoC. In fact, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro comes on sale for thesame price at the time of publishing this review (Rs. 44,999 otherwise). However, the Edge 30 Pro is a popular choice for people looking for a slim and light design along with a sharp aluminium frame.

The likes of theiQOO 9 5G,Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G (Review), theOnePlus 10R, and theRealme GT Neo 3 are attracting stiff competition in this segment. The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion one-ups them with its feature-rich and soothing user experience.