August 15, 2022
Motorola One Fusion+ first impressions

Motorola is constantly launching new smartphones in India. It recently launched Motorola Edge+ and Motorola G8 Power Lite, both aimed at opposite ends of the smartphone market. The company’s new Motorola One Fusion+ is at the heart of the market, priced at sub-Rs. 20,000 vol. Priced at Rs 16,999 with just one configuration, it is entering the ring against adept devices like Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, Poco X2 and Realme 6 Pro. Has Motorola done a good job with the One Fusion+? I put my hands on the device, and here are my first impressions.

While the Motorola One Fusion+ is not part of the G series, the packing reminded me of the popular budget model from Moto. The phone only comes with the essentials, its 18W turbo charger, a SIM eject tool, and a plastic case. After taking the phone out of the box, I’d say it’s chunky at 9.6mm in thickness. It’s also no featherweight, and at 210g you’ll notice a heft when holding it, with Motorola having nicely curved edges of the phone that help it sit comfortably in the palm. The thickness and weight of the device is partly down to the 5,000mAh battery it packs. This should benefit in giving it good battery life.

The other thing I noticed is the lack of a notch or hole-punch on the front panel. Motorola has opted for a pop-up module for the 16-megapixel selfie shooter. You get an unobstructed view of the large 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with thin bezels on the top and sides. This panel is HDR10 certified and has very good viewing angles. Motorola has added a powerful bottom-firing speaker to the mix that will help improve the video viewing experience.

All the buttons are on the right side of the device, and the Motorola One Fusion+ has a dedicated Google Assistant button placed above the power and volume buttons. I would have preferred it to be on the other side which is empty, but this is not a big concern as the button is still available while the device is in use. Motorola One Fusion+ has a 3.5mm audio jack and USB Type-C port at the bottom.

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Motorola One Fusion+ sports a quad-camera setup

At the back, the Motorola One Fusion+ sports the same quad-camera setup as its competitors. The primary sensor has a 64-megapixel resolution with f/1.8 aperture, and 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture, 5-megapixel macro camera with f/2.4 aperture, and 2-megapixel of depth sensor. There is also a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner with Motorola’s Batwing logo on it. The scanner is easy to reach and I had no problems using it with one hand.

Motorola has dropped in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC to power the Indian version of this phone, while it is sold with the Snapdragon 730 SoC in other countries. This should help the Motorola One Fusion+ score better in graphics tests when we review it. There is only one configuration option, which is 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. I like it in comparison to the many variants that overlap other series, such as Xiaomi has. The storage can be expanded up to 1TB using the hybrid dual-SIM slot. Motorola One Fusion+ is a dual-SIM smartphone that supports dual 4G LTE. It also supports Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and GPS.

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Motorola One Fusion+ Android 10 . drives

Motorola One Fusion+ My UX runs on top of Android 10. The skin is minimal and feels just like stock Android. Apart from a few preinstalled Google apps, the Motorola One Fusion+ has absolutely zero bloatware which is a rarity these days. Nevertheless, Motorola has added some of its useful gestures such as double-chop to turn on the flashlight and double-twist to launch the camera app, among others. The UI is very easy to navigate and I did not face any problem here. Motorola One Fusion+ was running the April security patch, which is not the latest.

Motorola has priced the One Fusion+ in India at Rs 16,999, which makes it compete with the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (Review), Poco X2 (Review) and Realme 6 Pro (Review). I think it’s going to be a close match between all these devices. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for our full review to find out if the Motorola One Fusion+ can beat the competition.

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