September 30, 2022
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review: Great hardware but the price could be better

Motorola recently launched the Edge 30 Fusion as its new premium mid-range smartphone in India. Dubbed as the new “flagship killer”, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion sits below the Edge 30 Pro (Review) and the top-of-the-line Edge 30 Ultra. Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is targeted at buyers who want to experience flagship-grade performance at no cost. The phone packs last year’s flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC.

It is not just about offering flagship-grade performance, however the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a premium design and good features as well. With a bunch of premium devices fighting to be the best smartphone under Rs. 50,000, is the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion the real deal? we find out.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion price in India

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has been launched in India in a single storage configuration. The sole variant of the phone is priced at Rs. 42,999, and comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. We’d love to see a 256GB storage option as there’s no microSD slot. The company is offering at least two color options – Cosmic Gray and Solar Gold.

Customers can get the phone at a low price of Rs. 39,999 during the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale. Apart from this, customers can avail 10 percent discount on ICICI Bank and Axis Bank credit cards.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Design

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is one of the best smartphones in its segment when it comes to delivering a great in-hand feel. The sides of the display and the glass back curve into the aluminum frame, which also gives the phone a premium look. For a phone made with premium materials and a 4400mAh battery, the Edge 30 Fusion is pretty light at 179g. It is also 7.45 mm thin, making it one of the thinnest premium smartphones in India.

Motorola sent us the Edge 30 Fusion’s Cosmic Gray color, which looks very premium even from afar. For those who want more attractive colours, there is Solar Gold option. The rear glass has a matte texture, which helps keep fingerprints and smudges at bay. The phone is rated IP52 for some basic protection from water and dust.

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Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a matte glass back

There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack but the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion offers a stereo speaker setup. The primary speaker grille is next to the USB Type-C port and 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 are easy to reach and provide decent feedback.

On the front of the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion, there is a tall 6.55-inch OLED display with a full-HD+ resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. The display is great to consume, courtesy of the material, vivid colors and slim bezels. There is a hole-punch cutout at the top for the front camera. While using the phone outside, I did not experience any legibility issue as the screen supports peak brightness of up to 1100 nits.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Specifications and Software

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC, which is based on 5nm process. The phone also packs a 4400mAh battery with 68W fast charging support. It also supports 13 5G bands, dual-5G standby, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC in India.

In terms of software, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion runs on Android 12-based MyUX skin out-of-the-box. It offers a near-stock Android experience with custom features from Motorola on top. These include a bunch of Moto gestures, custom wallpapers, personalization options, and more.

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Moto app lets users customize the UI

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

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Performance and Battery Life

With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC and 8GB of RAM, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion can handle any task you throw at it. The phone scored 1160 and 3600 points respectively in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests. In AnTuTu, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion scored 844,978 points. I also ran the AnTuTu stress test which loads all CPU cores and noticed that even after 15 minutes, the SoC was still running at 100 percent power, indicating that there is no throttling. The performance output dropped to 80 percent just after the end of the 45-minute run.

The temperature of the phone also reached 45 degree Celsius during the test, which was expected. Most real-world usage scenarios are never going to tax the SoC in such a brutal way, but it’s nice to know that the Edge 30 Fusion can deliver sustained peak performance for a decent amount of time, even before the throttle.

In day-to-day use, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion’s performance was pretty smooth. I played some casual and popular battle royale games on Edge 30 Fusion. Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends ran on Medium to High settings. After about 30 minutes of gameplay, the phone got a bit hot. Unlike some other Snapdragon 888+ phones, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion didn’t get as hot, and when it did heat up, it wasn’t too dangerous.

The device slightly throttles the SoC when the temperature rises but I did not notice any effect on the overall performance. The Edge 30 Fusion does justice to the Dolby Atmos branding on the top of the frame, as the dual-speakers deliver rich sound. There is no distortion at full volume either.

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Motorola Edge 30 Fusion runs MyUX on top of Android 12 for a clean user experience

The battery life of the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion will vary depending on your use case. On days when I played a lot of AAA games with brightness set to around 80 percent, the phone lasted about five hours and a few minutes before charging. On light usage days that included basic web browsing, scrolling through social media, etc., the Edge 30 Fusion broke the six-hour screen-on time (SOT) mark. The phone lasted around 13 hours and 40 minutes in our battery loop test, which is slightly below average. In terms of charging, it took about an hour for the phone to charge from zero to 100 percent with the bundled 68W fast charger.

There is AI face unlock and in-display fingerprint reader for biometrics. The latter worked well and was quick to authenticate and unlock the phone. However, the scanner is placed too low in the display for my liking.

motorola edge 30 fusion cameras

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion packs some decent hardware in this price range that should provide an almost versatile camera experience. I say pass because there is no telephoto camera. The phone packs a 50-megapixel primary camera with f/1.8 aperture and optical stabilization (OIS) and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera with autofocus, which allows it to shoot macros. There is also a depth sensor of 2 megapixels. The phone has a 32-megapixel front camera for selfie.

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Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a new camera module design

The daylight performance of the main camera with stills is quite good. The pictures are very sharp and give good detail. HDR performance is also great as it doesn’t blow out highlights while maintaining detail in shadows. While color accuracy is generally good, the main camera tends to discolor the skin. You either get a better skin tone or get portraits with a hint of red on the subject’s face. I hope this gets resolved in future updates.

Shot on Motorola Edge 30 Fusion’s main camera

Shot on Motorola Edge 30 Fusion’s main camera

In low light, the main camera delivers decent detail in exposure as well as in shadows. I liked how the camera’s algorithm doesn’t make the night sky artificially blue, as is the case with other smartphones. In extreme low light conditions, the algorithm aims to highlight shadows well, but introduces noise as well.

Low-light camera sample shot on Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

Low-light camera sample shot on Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

The ultra-wide camera works well but there is distortion around the edges of the frame. The color temperature is also slightly cooler than the main camera. Macro photos with this camera look good and if you can focus properly, the output is much better than other dedicated 2-megapixel macro cameras.

Ultra-wide camera sample taken on the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

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

Front camera sample images shot on the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

Talking about videos, the rear main camera can shoot up to 8K 30fps. It produces decent colors and has decent dynamic range performance. The ultra-wide camera can shoot 4K at up to 30 fps and produces decent colors but the dynamic range isn’t on par with the main camera. You can also shoot video at up to 4K 30fps using the front camera and while the dynamic range isn’t the best, the overall quality is above average.

Decision

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is quite a good offering that looks stylish and has good features. The phone packs premium hardware and offers a great user experience. While design is a subjective area, I quite liked it and I think others would agree. The camera delivers decent performance but it needs a bit of software tweaking to do proper justice to the hardware. Plus, while the phone can record videos up to 8K, the internal storage is limited to only 128GB, so it would have been nice to have a higher storage option.

The Edge 30 Fusion is also a bit pricey at Rs. 42,999 as compared to most other phones with Snapdragon 888+ SoC. In fact, its premium sibling, the Motorola Edge 30 Pro, is on sale for the same price (otherwise Rs 44,999) at the time of publishing this review. The Edge 30 Pro comes with a more powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, wireless charging and a better set of cameras, which makes it a better deal than the Edge 30 Fusion right now. However, if you want a slim and lightweight design with a sturdy aluminum frame, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is a better choice.

There is stiff competition in this segment from iQOO 9 5G, Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G (Review), OnePlus 10R and Realme GT Neo 3. While these phones offer excellent hardware for the price, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion One- makes them better with its feature-rich and clean user experience.

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