August 12, 2022
Motorola One Fusion+ Review |  Gadgets 360

Motorola One Fusion+ has just been launched in India, priced at Rs. 16,999 which places it in one of the most competitive segments in the market. Motorola is in a race to launch smartphones, and after Motorola Edge+ and Motorola G8 Power Lite, the company has come up with this new smartphone. The company has taken a slightly different approach to the design and software on the One Fusion+ as compared to its competition in the market. Will it pay? We put the Motorola One Fusion+ to the test to see if it’s easy to recommend.

Motorola One Fusion+ Design: Pop Up

The Motorola One Fusion+ is a bit different from some of the other recent smartphones that I’ve seen at a lower price point. 20,000 price range. The display measures 6.5 inches, and I couldn’t get to the top while using the phone in my hand without shuffling it. What I like is that there is no notch or hole for the front camera, and you get an uninterrupted view of the display. The selfie camera is housed in a pop-up module, which is no longer very common in this price range.

I found the Motorola One Fusion+ to be chunky, as it is 9.6 mm thick and weighs 210 grams. You will definitely notice the bulk while wearing it. Thankfully, the sides of the smartphone are curved which makes it somewhat comfortable. Motorola has placed all the buttons on the right side, which looks cluttered while the left is bare. The power and volume buttons are easy to reach, and the fourth button is dedicated to Google Assistant. You can press it once to invoke Google Assistant, or press and hold the phone to hear your commands in walkie-talkie mode. This button is taller than the rest and I would have preferred to have it on the opposite side.

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Motorola One Fusion+ with a pop-up selfie camera

The rear sports a quad-camera setup with three cameras in a single module while an additional sensor is independent, with a flash beside it. These cameras protrude slightly from the back of the phone, but the lens should be secure if you use a case. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is easy to reach and has Motorola’s familiar Batwing logo on it. While many current competitors use a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, I still like this placement because it’s convenient to use.

Motorola has packed a 5,000mAh battery which is also the reason for this phone being bulky. The One Fusion+ comes with an 18W turbocharger in the box to aid in fast charging. The smartphone houses a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom along with a USB Type-C port and bottom-firing speakers. This single speaker is loud enough to fill a small room and adds to the video watching experience. I could easily hear the phone ringing from the next room.

Motorola One Fusion+ Specifications and Software: Made for India?

Motorola One Fusion+ is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor in India, while the international model sports the slightly less powerful Snapdragon 730. This processor has two Kryo 470 Gold cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six Kryo 470 Silver cores clocked at 1.8GHz.

The Motorola One Fusion+ is available in only one configuration, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Motorola has priced it quite well at Rs. 16,999. Yes, the display on the Motorola Fusion+ doesn’t have the fast refresh rate we’re starting to see at this price point, but it’s not really a deal-breaker here and I didn’t miss it at all. review period.

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Bottom-firing speaker is too loud

The display is really crisp. It is an IPS LCD panel that is HDR10 certified and has three color modes to choose from. It’s set to Saturated color mode by default, but you can switch to Natural or Boosted options if you want. There’s no protective glass, and Motorola only says that it has used an anti-fingerprint and an anti-scratch coating, so you’ll still need to be careful.

Motorola sells the One Fusion+ in two colors – Twilight Blue and Moonlight White. While we had the Blue version, I would personally choose the all-white option as it stands out from the rest of the phones on the market. One Fusion+ has dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac support. The storage can be expanded but there is a hybrid dual-SIM slot.

What I love the most about the Motorola One Fusion+ is that it runs on near-stock Android 10 with some useful extra features. It was running the April security patch, the only minor degradation in the overall software experience. The Motorola One Fusion+ is not part of the Android One program, and I can only hope that it will get timely software updates for at least a few years.

Moto action gestures, like double-chop to turn on the flashlight and double-crank to launch the camera, are all there. This phone also has the Moto Display feature which prevents the phone from going into standby while looking at the screen. Peak Display lets you interact with notifications when the screen is locked, and kind of makes up for a missing notification LED.

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One Fusion+ runs near-stock Android with some useful Moto Actions

There are other gestures too, such as three-finger swipe to take a screenshot, flip for DND, and pick up to silence. Motorola Gametime is another feature addition here, which lets you block incoming calls and notifications while gaming, and lets you add shortcuts to the messaging app as well.

The My UX skin that Motorola added on top of Android doesn’t do away with the stock UI, but gives you the option to customize icon styles, system fonts, icon colors, and layout. Motorola One Fusion+ has some Google apps preinstalled, as well as Facebook. While using this tool for this review, I have not received a single spammy notification. Other manufacturers, take note.

Motorola One Fusion+ Performance: Packs a Punch

Using the Motorola One Fusion+ felt like using a Google Pixel device, and I prefer the clean approach to Android over the custom skin. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner unlocks the smartphone quickly. Since Google removed face recognition from Android 10, Motorola One Fusion+ doesn’t have this feature. We didn’t miss it too much, as the pop-up camera is a bit slow to pick up.

The Snapdragon 730G SoC gives this phone a chance to compete with the Poco X2 (Review), Realme 6 Pro (Review), and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (Review). I didn’t notice any lag or stutter while using it, and could multitask very easily. There’s enough grunt to handle day-to-day duties as well as gaming.

I ran benchmarks on the Motorola One Fusion+ to see how it stacked up against the competition. In Antutu, the phone managed to score 273,407 points, while the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max managed to score 277,058 points. In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests, it scored 548 and 1,691 respectively, while the Realme 6 Pro managed 567 and 1,683. The Motorola One Fusion+ also managed 7,917 points in PMMark Work 2.0 in GFXBench’s Car Chase and T-Rex tests, as well as 15fps and 55fps respectively. Clearly, the Motorola One Fusion+ has a lot to offer to keep up with the competition.

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Pop-up selfie camera allows uninterrupted view of the display

Motorola One Fusion + can also handle gaming. PUBG Mobile is by default with the graphics set to HD with the High preset and the frame rate set to High. I played the game at these settings without any problems for 20 minutes, after which the smartphone was barely warm to the touch. This resulted in a 5 percent drop in battery which is acceptable.

The Motorola One Fusion+ easily lasted a day and a half before plugging it in for charging. It managed to last 15 hours, 45 minutes in our HD video loop test. Charging via the 18W turbocharger is relatively fast, but we’ve seen even faster charging than the competition. The phone reached 32 percent in 30 minutes and 60 percent in an hour. It took a little over two hours to charge it to 100 percent.

Motorola One Fusion+ Camera: Night Mode Surprise

Motorola has opted for a quad-camera setup on the One Fusion+. The 64-megapixel primary has an f/1.8 aperture, and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture, a 5-megapixel macro camera with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, there is a 16-megapixel selfie shooter that pops up every time the selfie mode is switched on. I found the camera app very simple and easy to use. AI suggests Night mode if you’re shooting in low light and Macro camera if you’re too close to an object.

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The quad-camera setup on the One Fusion+ includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor

I found the Motorola One Fusion+ to set quick and exposure for metered scenes. Locking focus was also quick and I didn’t find myself fiddling with the phone to focus at any point. In broad daylight, it took good shots with ample detail. Even distant objects had fine detail and text was legible. The phone automatically enables HDR in bright scenes.

Motorola One Fusion+ daylight camera sample (tap to see full size image)

Motorola One Fusion+ daylight wide-angle camera sample (tap to see full-size image)

The ultra-wide-angle camera offers a wider field of view and has slightly different colors than the primary camera. It doesn’t handle details as well as the primary camera and you’ll see a watercolor effect when you zoom in. I found that the ultra-wide-angle camera is only good for shooting landscapes.

Motorola One Fusion+ close-up camera sample (tap to see full-size image)

Motorola One Fusion+ Macro Camera Sample (Tap to see full size image)

The close-up turned out very well. The primary camera adds a natural depth effect to the background which is nice to watch. The macro camera lets you get very close to an object but doesn’t capture as fine detail as the primary camera.

Motorola One Fusion+ Portrait Camera Sample (Tap to see full size image)

Portrait mode lets you set the level of blur before taking a shot. Edge detection is good, and the background is properly blurred.

Motorola One Fusion+ low-light camera sample (tap to see full-size image)

Motorola One Fusion+ Night Mode Camera Sample (Tap to see full size image)

Low-light camera performance is average, and the Motorola One Fusion+ misses out on details in the shadows. The output looks a bit grainy when zoomed in. Switching on Night Mode eliminates most of these problems immediately. I had to hold the phone still for a while, but with Night Mode the output was much sharper and there was better detail in shadows as well.

Motorola One Fusion+ Selfie Portrait Camera Sample (Tap to see full size image)

Motorola One Fusion+ Low-light selfie with Night Mode (Tap to see full size image)

There was good information about the selfie taken from Motorola One Fusion +. You can also enable portrait mode for selfies, and edge detection was good. The quality drops in low light but the selfie camera supports Night Mode as well, which helps to some extent.

Video recording maxes out at 4K for the primary camera while the selfie shooter is limited to 1080p. In broad daylight, the Motorola One Fusion+ manages to stabilize footage very well at 1080p while working well at 4K. However, the stabilization doesn’t work as well in low light, resulting in a flickering effect in the output.

Verdict: Mr Dependable

It’s been a while that I’ve enjoyed testing a budget smartphone with the Motorola One Fusion+ as much. The highlight is its clean, bloatware-free near-stock Android software that provides an excellent user experience. Moto Actions are discreet and functionally usable. The display lacks a fast refresh rate but is bright and has good viewing angles. Loud bottom-firing speaker enhances the video viewing experience.

I hope Motorola keeps the software of this phone up to date to give it a competitive edge. That said, Motorola has got the specifications and pricing right for the One Fusion+, making it very easy for me to recommend.

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