Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Review : Chinese smartphone brand Motorola recently unveiled its latest smartphone Motorola Edge 30 Fusion in India and China. Also a few weeks back the mobile phone giant unveiled the X30 Pro and S30 Pro in China. It has a 10-bit, HDR10+, 144Hz OLED display front and center, a pre-flagship Snapdragon 888+ chipset, a massive 4,400mAh battery with 68W charging and a 50MP OIS-enabled main camera, as well as a 32MP selfie camera and a powerful Dolby Atmos stereo speaker setup has been given. The smartphone sports a very elegant exterior, complete with simple yet strong lines, on the large display and lots of curves around the back, where the faux leather finish really ties the whole design together.
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Unboxing
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion comes in a thick, sturdy two-piece box. It does a great job of keeping everything securely in place and protecting it during transit. To better convey this sense of an eco-friendly approach, Motorola decided to leave its natural color or shoot for a natural-looking dye. The words “Eco-Friendly Packaging” are capitalized on the side of the box. Included in the box is a surprisingly compact 68W PD charger with a Type-C to Type-C USB cable. Apart from this, there is a nice thick, transparent TPU case in the box so that you can start using the phone immediately without any worries.
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Design Review
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is not a particularly large device and fits very easily in the hand. Much of that comfort comes from its symmetrically curved front and rear edges. The back of the smartphone gives an overall design vibe, the synthetic leather back is soft to touch and feels great in the hand. There’s something about the look and feel of a material other than glass on a modern smartphone that makes it a little special in a retro way. You can get the Edge 30 Fusion in one of three colors – Neptune Blue Cosmic Gray and Aurora White. The color of the metal frame in the middle of the trio matches with the back as well. Notably, the Cosmic Gray and Aurora White variants actually have glass backs. These are made with Gorilla Glass 5 for added protection. The way the leather texture and two-tone camera island looks and ties together with the frame. Coming to the camera island, we love what Motorola has done with the design.
The front side of the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion phone, like every other part, is hidden and buried. Motorola also managed to fit a proximity and light sensor into that top bezel. The selfie camera is a bit low on the punch hole display compared to most phones, which one could argue is a bit too distracting. The latest handset not only looks good but also looks great. All the materials look and feel premium and fit together very well. There’s absolutely no flex in the chassis, and the phone itself feels dense inside without any hollowness, despite the fact that it’s fairly light at 172 grams. The Edge 30 Fusion has IP52 ingress protection. Taking a closer look, we noticed that the SIM card tray has a clear red rubber gasket. This suggests that the phone has a great chance of surviving even a quick dip in unsalted water.
There is a power button and volume rocker on the right side of the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion. Due to the thin profile of the medium frame, these are quite thin and are difficult to press properly. There is no fingerprint reader here. The Edge 30 Fusion has an under-display optical unit, is fast and very reliable. At the bottom of the phone is the main bottom-firing speaker. The amplified earpiece handles the second channel of the hybrid stereo system. The Edge 30 Fusion lacks an SD card slot and 3.5mm jack. The Edge 30 Fusion’s Type-C port is also on the bottom frame. As for the data transfer speeds we achieved, it looks like there’s just one USB 2.0 controller on the back, which tops out at 480MBPS.
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Display Review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion comes with 6.55-inch P-OLED display. This display supports 10-bit, HDR10+, 144Hz refresh rate. First, let’s talk about brightness and contrast. The Edge 30 Fusion is much better in both metrics, managing a very respectable 516nits at 100% brightness on the slider. Under bright light conditions, the brightness overdrive mode actually managed to boost to an impressive 946nits. This figure essentially allows the Edge 30 Fusion to stand side by side with some of the full-on flagships in today’s market. By default, the phone comes in saturated mode, which targets the DCI-P3 color space and is relatively accurate. Natural color mode is aimed at the sRGB color space. As already mentioned, the Edge 30 Fusion has a 10-bit display panel, which is great especially for displaying HDR content. The display itself is certified for HDR10+. As for HDR decoder support, the Edge 30 Fusion reports HLG, HDR 10 and HDR 10+ in software, with only Dolby Vision missing from the list. It is rarely found on mobile phones, so it is not a big loss.
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion also features the highest possible Widevine L1 DRM certification, which allows streaming services like Netflix to offer FullHD streams and fully saturate the display’s resolution. Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a 144Hz refresh rate display. It offers a total of three refresh rate options in the settings – 60Hz, 144Hz and Auto mode. The first two are really straight forward – the phone is simply set to a steady 60Hz or 144Hz. There aren’t only 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rate modes available on the Edge 30 Fusion. That list actually includes 48Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz and 144Hz. Auto refresh rate mode promises AI-powered automatic refresh rate switching. Unfortunately, the automatic refresh rate switching mode isn’t as reliable when it comes to gaming. Some games we tried run at 120Hz, while others at 60Hz, despite the fact that we know these titles can render above 60fps, and the Edge 30 Fusion even has the display to facilitate this.
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Battery Review
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion packs a 4,400mAh battery on board. It’s not huge, but it’s not small either, especially considering the phone’s slim 7.5mm profile and relatively light weight of 172 grams. The phone does quite well in terms of battery stamina, managing a solid 101 hours in testing. It won’t top any charts, but it’s a decent display for a battery of this size. 3G talktime is, perhaps, a bit on the low end of what we’d expect from this particular battery capacity and chipset combo, but not out of the ordinary.
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion comes with 68W Power Delivery fast charger. However, when testing the Edge 30 Fusion’s charging behavior, it didn’t really suck back anywhere near 68W from the charger, so our best guess is that the charger is just over-specified. The Edge 30 Fusion is indeed a fast charging device. It went from dead to 82% in just 30 minutes, and a full charge took 52 minutes on the Dot. It’s rather impressive, even if not industry-leading. For the main charging profile, the charger uses PD+PPS, but it supports QC5 through PD, as well as QC 2.0 with fixed 5V, 9V and 12V outputs, and QC 3.0 with 3.6 to 12V outputs. Supports with range.
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Software and Performance Review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion runs on Android 12 from the beginning. The look and feel is the closest to Android 12 we’ve found on Google Pixel phones. The new Quick Settings interface and notification shade are immediately noticeable, one of the more striking visual changes of Android 12. On widgets, which saw an overhaul with Android 12. Widget Picker provides responsive previews for different sized widgets. The new API supports dynamic coloring by tying the content you in on the theming engine, allowing widgets to adapt to the wallpaper.
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has Snapdragon 888+ chipset. Going for a slightly older flagship-grade chip or a newer mid-range chip is an interesting decision as a manufacturer and has sparked a lot of reasonable debates. As far as the Snapdragon 888+ is concerned, we are ready to argue that it offers a better value proposition than many. In the CPU department, it has 1×2.99 GHz Cortex-X1 and 3×2.42 GHz Cortex-A78 and 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55 configurations with Adreno 660GPU. Our Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review unit is the base tier that packs 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage and 8GB of RAM. Despite being a slightly older chip, the Snapdragon 888+ actually ran through this set of tests confidently. It has a lot of power to throw around, and we can see that it is generally very close in overall performance to the current flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 inside the Motorola Edge 30 Pro.
AnTuTu is even more kind to the Edge 30 Fusion, most likely due to the inclusion of GPU tests where the Adreno 660 can really shine on the phone’s 1080p+ display. The overall score is right around what we’d expect from handheld hardware, which means Motorola has done a great job integrating and optimizing the Snapdragon 888+. 30 Fusion and its Adreno 660 GPU may underperform in high-intensity Aztec runs. The Edge 30 Fusion finds itself scoring on par with the Motorola Edge 20 Pro and its Snapdragon 870 with Adreno 650 GPU. Continuing with the GFXBench run, we can see the Edge 30 Fusion score as expected in the Cars OpenGL ES 3.1 run. However, Manhattan ES 3.1 and ES 3.0 scores are all over the place and we see the Edge 30 Fusion performing seriously poorly.
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Camera Review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a triple camera setup at the back. The main camera uses a 50MP OmniVision OV50A sensor on the back of an f/1.8 lens. It has 8192×6144 native resolution, 1.0 µm individual pixels and 1/1.5″ sensor size. QPD enables 2×2 phase detection autofocus (PDAF) across the sensor’s entire image array. Here, the sensor is also implemented with an OIS-enabled lens The ultrawide camera of the smartphone is based on the 13MP SK Hynix HI1336 sensor behind an f/2.2 lens. It has 1.12 µm individual pixels and a 1/3″ optical format. It also has enough resolution (4208 x 3120 pixels) to capture UHD @ 30 fps, which is not a requirement for many modern ultrawide sensors. The ultrawide camera also has autofocus, which allows it to double as a macro cam. The Edge 30 Fusion includes a depth sensor. It uses the GalaxyCore GC02M1B sensor – 1.75 µm individual pixels and 1/5″ optical format. It’s just a simple 2MP, f/2.4 unit.
The 32MP Samsung ISOCELL S5KGD2 sensor has been used in the selfie camera of Motorola Edge 30 Fusion. It sits behind the f/2.2 lens and has an overall size of 1/2.8. The important bit of the selfie hardware, though, is arguably the inclusion of autofocus, which can enhance the photo and video experience. Despite the general pixel-ness of the software, the camera app on the Edge 30 Fusion belongs entirely to Motorola. As such, it’s mostly unchanged from what we’ve seen on previous Motos. Pro mode gives you full control over camera settings such as white balance, ISO, autofocus, shutter speed and exposure compensation, and Pro mode works on all three cameras. Additional settings for each camera mode can be found by swiping up in the viewfinder. The 50MP main camera on the Edge 30 Fusion features a quad bayer pixel arrangement and captures 12.5MP stills by default. Overall they look great.