Review of the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: Very solid hardware, but pricing may be better

Review of the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: Very solid hardware, but pricing may be better ...

Motorola has recently launched the Edge 30 Fusion in India as its new premium mid-range smartphone. It is dubbed the Edge 30 Pro (Review) and the top-of-the-lineEdge 30 Ultra. The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is targeted towards purchasers who want to get the flagship performance without having to spend a fortune. The phone also contains last year''s Snapdragon 888+ SoC.

It''s not about delivering a flagship-grade performance though, as the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion also features a premium design and excellent features. Is the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion the real deal? We can see how many different phones are capable of competing for the market price.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion price in India

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has been launched in India in a single storage configuration. It features 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. We would have liked to see 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 can get the phone for a reduced price of Rs. 39,999. On top of this, customers may get a 10% discount on ICICI Bank and Axis Bank credit cards.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion design

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is a popular smartphone in its segment when it comes to offering an excellent in-hand feel. The edges of the display and the glass back curve into the aluminium frame give the phone a retro appearance. It''s also fairly light at 179g, making it one of India''s thinnest premium smartphones.

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Motorola has sent us the Edge 30 Fusion''s Cosmic Grey, which looks very premium even from a distance. There is also the Solar Gold option, which has a matte appearance, which helps keep fingerprints and smudges at bay. The phone is also IP52 rated for some basic protection against water and dust.

The Edge 30 Fusion, a Motorola Edge 30, has a matte glass back.

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, while the earpiece above the display doubles as a secondary outlet for stereo sound. The power and volume buttons on the right side are simple to reach and provide good feedback.

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The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a tall 6.55-inch pOLED display that is wide-ranging and with vivid colours and thin bezels. The display is great for viewing content, owing to the impressive colors and the thin bezels. There is a hole-punch cutout at the top for the front camera. While working outdoors, I did not experience any legibility issues as the screen supports up to 1100 nits of peak brightness.

Specifications and software for the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

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-cammy phone, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion, which is powered by Android 12-based MyUX, has a near-stock Android experience. Motorola''s custom wallpapers are included on the top. These include a number of Moto gestures, 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. Motorola and Google apps are also testing. Motorola is promising two major Android upgrades as well as three years of security updates for the Edge 30 Fusion.

Power and battery life for the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ processor and 8GB of RAM. Both the smartphone and I were testing theAnTuTu Stress Test, which simulated all of the CPU cores and showed no damage. It was only after the 45-minute run that the performance output dropped to 80 percent.

The temperature of the phone increased by 45 degrees Celsius during the testing, which was previously expected. However, most real-world usage scenarious are never going to tax the SoC in such a brutal manner, so it''s nice to know that the Edge 30 Fusion can provide long-lasting peak performance for a decent amount of time, before it throttles.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion performance was quite impressive in day-to-day use. I played some casual and popular battle royale games on the Edge 30 Fusion. Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legendsran on Medium to High settings. After about 30 minutes of gameplay, the phone got a bit warm. While it was quite warm, it was nottoo alarming.

When the temperature rises, the edge 30 combines well with the Dolby Atmos branding on the top of the frame, providing rich sound. There is also no distortion at full volume.

For a better user experience, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is powered by MyUX above Android 12.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion''s battery life will vary depending on your use case. On days when I played a lot of AAA games with the brightness of 80 percent, the phone lasted for about five hours and a few minutes, before it had to be charged. On days with shorter use, which included basic web browsing, scrolling through social media, and other things, the Edge 30 Fusion escaped the six-hour screen-on time (SoT) mark. In terms of charging, the phone took about an hour to charge from zero

For biometrics, there is a AI face unlock and an in-display fingerprint reader. Both of the methods worked well and was quick to 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 a good hardware in this price range, which should include a near-versatile camera experience. I say it''s 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 deep sensor. The phone also has a 32-megapixel front camera for selfies.

The Edge 30 Fusion, a Motorola Edge, has a new camera module design.

The main camera''s daylight appearance is quite impressive with stills. Photos are quite sharp and details. HDR performance is also fantastic as it does not blow the highlights in a bid to preserve details in the shadows. In this case, you either get a faire skin tone or portraits with a hint of red hue on the subject''s face. I''m hoping this is confirmed 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 details in the shadows as well as exposure. I liked how the camera''s algorithm does not make the night sky look artificially blue in extreme low-light situations. However, the algorithm aims to properly expose the shadows, but introduces noise along with it.

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

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

The ultra-wide camera performs a good job, but there is noticeable distortion around the frame. Interestingly, the colour temperature is somewhat lower compared to the main camera. Macro photos from this camera are excellent and if you can get the focus right, the output is significantly better than most other dedicated2-megapixel macro cameras.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has an ultra-wide camera sample.

Selfies taken with the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion are detailed and look good, but again, the software often messes up the skin tones. Photos taken in Portrait mode look great and the phone does a great job with edge detection.

Sample photographs taken by the front camera on the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

The rear main camera can shoot up to 8K 30fps in video, but the colour selection is quite impressive. While the dynamic range is not the best, the overall quality is above average.

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is quite a good product that looks fantastic and features. It also has excellent performance, although the camera is a subjective aspect, although others might agree. Additionally, the internal storage is limited to 128GB, meaning that a higher storage option would have been excellent.

The Edge 30 Fusion is also slightly expensive at Rs. 42,999 compared to the rest of other smartphones with a Snapdragon 888+ SoC. In fact, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro is on sale for the same price at the time of publishing this review (Rs. 44,999 otherwise). However, the Edge 30 Pro is a much better deal right now than the Edge 30 Fusion. If you want a slim and light appearance as well as a sleek aluminium frame, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is the better choice.

The likes of theiQOO 9 5G,Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G (Review), theOnePlus 10R, and theRealme GT Neo 3 are among the competitors in this segment. Despite their excellent hardware at the moment, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion one-ups them with its intuitive and smooth user experience.