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Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review: Great, but competition at home

Today is the turn Motorola Edge 30 FusionIt is the third of the Edge Mini series in the fall in the winged house, which comes after the Edge 30 Ultra and Edge 30 Neo, which we have already told you about in the reviews of both of them.

As the name suggests, Fusion is a true fusion between the world of high-end smartphones and the world of accessible smartphones, thus it offers items of different rank, creating a great combination in which value for money runs on the edge of a few tens of euros and fierce competition at home directly.

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Quality design and manufacture

This fusion is well taken care of, but to sum up, I can tell you that in the game “fusion”, this is an item of the superior class, not by chance. Motorola Edge 30 Ultra reflects the quality of design and build. Aluminum on the frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back, IP52 certification that guarantees resistance to dust and water splashes.

Undoubtedly, the distinguishing feature is the reduction in thickness to only 7.5 mm, while accentuating the tapered shape of the edges, which follows the curvature of the screen and back cover. The front bezels are well optimized, with a very small hole in the central part of the screen, which houses the selfie camera.

Ergonomics is good, dimensions are generous but not exaggerated, and the low weight (175 grams) will help you handle the smartphone in common use cases. The availability of a transparent tpu cover in the package is also a positive.

Packaging

Regarding the rich equipment in the package, it should be mentioned that the very good protective film pre-applied to the screen, which is accompanied by a type-c / type-c cable for charging and data exchange, and a 68W power supply. Wired headphones with a Type-C connector.

Show

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion screen is a 6.55 inch P-OLED FullHD and Refresh rate up to 144Hz. This is a screen very close to the panel fitted on the Edge 30 Ultra, but with Slightly lower peak brightness. As for the flagship, multimedia contents are supported in HDR10 and HDR10 +, the refresh rate is automatically managed within standard values: 60-90-120-144 Hz.Although it is therefore not LTPO, Motorola has carefully taken care of this aspect.

In our days at the smartphone company, we realized that in 90% of usage conditions the refresh rate is set to 90Hz, rising to 120Hz while scrolling with some apps, while 144Hz can only be reached by forcing a homonymous mode . In play, or “block” them in the settings screen, however, I do not advise you to do so.

Multimedia and audio

The sound is stereo and it’s certainly valid, compared to the flagship I’ve noticed less bass, but I wouldn’t rule out that the difference is exclusively due to the smaller body thickness. Don’t miss the Dolby Atmos range that works with both wired and wireless headphones, dramatically improving sound quality.

As for the screen, due to the peak brightness barely exceeding 1000 nits, an optimal viewing experience is not obtained. Especially for HDR videos, which are a bit dull even at maximum brightness, especially if we are in a well-lit environment or outdoors.

software

As with the Edge 30 Ultra, Motorola Fusion is too 3 major Android updates and 4 years of security patch support.

Motorola customization has always been super fun and simplified in everyday use. The base is pure Android, with many additions in customization and gestures, with some advanced functions such as Moto Display (Advanced Ambient Display) and Ready For, a desktop environment obtained by connecting a smartphone to a PC or PC . screen, both wirelessly and via cable, using the video output on the Type-C port that the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is equipped with.

All functions are accessible within the Moto app, an excellent control center that greatly facilitates the first interactions with the smartphone, and guides the new user to discover all the possibilities of the product.

data sheet

  • Show: 6.55-inch pOLED Endless Edge, 20:9, Full HD + (409 ppi) @ 144 Hz, HDR10 +
  • chip: Snapdragon 888+, octa core with 5nm production process, max frequency 3GHz
  • memories: 8 or 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM or 128, 256 or 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage
  • cameras:
    • Main Wide Rear: 50 MP with 1/1.5″ sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1 µm pixels (2 µm with pixel binning), optical image stabilization (OIS)
    • Ultra Wide + Macro Rear: 13 MP, FoV 120°, f/2.2, 1.12 µm pixels
    • Rear Depth: 2 MP f / 2.4
    • Video: 8K at 30 fps, 4K at 60 fps, slow-motion in Full HD at 960 fps
    • Front: 32 MP, f/2.45, 0.8 µm pixels (1.6 µm with pixel binning), 4K video at 30 fps
  • Connection: Dual SIM (5G + 5G), 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, AGPS, LTEPP, SUPL, Glonass, Galileo, USB-C 3.1, NFC
  • My voice: Stereo, tuned by Dolby Atmos, 2 microphones
  • the battery: 4,400 mA
  • Shipping: 68W TurboPower (included), without wireless connection
  • impermeability: IP52
  • user interface: My UX based on Android 12
  • size: 158.48 x 72 x 7.45 mm
  • Weight: 175 grams

user experience

We really enjoyed the basics of this deviceAll the sensors work without problems, the fingerprint reader is very fast, the tactile feedback is also pleasant, the brightness sensor is well calibrated and there is no annoying problem that I noticed in the past on many Motorola devices: the minimum brightness is also high.

As mentioned above, there are different categories of products in the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion, and on a solid basis we find some particularly valid components. This is the case of the SoC, the heart of the modern smartphone which in this case is nothing less Snapdragon 888+top of the Qualcomm range for the end of 2021.

The performance is clearly at a high level, The smartphone moves smoothly in the system and between the most demanding applicationsEverything is fine even in games where the refresh rate, power, quick memories and stereo sound package provide a great gaming experience to the user.


Phone part and delivery

A high-end SoC means not only high performance, but also great reliability and completeness of the contact. Here we find the latest generation WiFi 6e, dual-frequency GPS and Bluetooth 5.2.

Good signal reception (better than the big brother Ultra) and as usual impeccable management of the dual nano SIM, unfortunately there is no support for eSIMs.


Independence and recharge

The battery fitted in the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a capacity of 4400 mAh, and we’re thinking the thickness is pretty small and it’s Enough to take you into the evening. However, that didn’t excite us as much as it did at the top of the range, probably because the Snapdragon 888+ is a little less efficient than the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.

For statistics fans, we’re in 5 hours of active viewing, neither too much nor too little. The rhetoric of recharging is very good, even if the sacrifices are clearly important compared to the Moto Edge 30 Ultra: we only find recharging with a 68W cable (50% in 10 minutes), the wireless cable is missing, while I remind you. Our flagship is 125 watt cable away and 50 wireless.

cameras

We keep pushing and pulling between the high and mid range and in this paragraph we come back to the second point. The distance from the impressive capabilities of the Edge 30 Ultra is important and this is the sector that distinguishes the two smartphones, not only in the technical data sheet but also in the field test.

In Edge 30 Fusion, we have one Main camera 50 mega pixel With OmniVision sensor and optical stabilization, surrounded by a 13 MP Ultra Wide Angle With AF, the same thing we saw in the Edge 30 Neo. But surprisingly, the main camera with 32 megapixels is also equipped with autofocus, which is very rare!

For once we start directly from the front camera, the photos are good as well as the videos, from the top range. The difference is made by an autofocus system that finely makes images sharper for AF accuracy, which is very different from the “roughness” we usually find in selfie cameras.

Good results with the main, certainly on the level day and night, even if the quality of the Edge 30 Ultra is clearly something else. This sensor reminded me a lot of the Sony IMX766 that we’ve seen in use and enjoyed on many smartphones over the past couple of years. The ultra-fast is less effective, and there is also a slight discrepancy in terms of color interpretation with the main camera, but this is good because there is an autofocus that opens the macro function with very interesting results.

The videos are convincing, you can get 8K at 30fps, but 4K at 60fps is the best performer, which is excellent for both stabilization and image quality.

Finally

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is suggested for 679.99 € Listin fact, it has now exceeded its value of 550 euros, and it probably won’t be long before it reaches around 500 euros.

it’s a An excellent, well-balanced and highly efficient smartphone for everyday use“but” comes from the internal competition made by the old models, but above all Edge 30 Ultrawhich has collapsed in recent weeks to the sound of offers and promotions and currently stands at just over 700 euros.

Besides the Edge 30 Ultra, there are also Edge 30 Pro and Edge 30, the first being around 600 euros at times, and the second now settling between 350 and 400 euros. Speak a little from the middle that does not allow you to win a high-quality product like the Edge 30 Ultra, nor to save money as with the Edge 30, with Edge 30 Pro making the third wheel with better specifications and price. only higher.

In short, the “fusion of worlds” that we liked, but inevitably puts itself in the middle and risks on the one hand being perfect, if obtained at the right price, on the other hand not to please anyone. Let us know yours

Final vote for and against

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Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is available online from Unieuro a €529. Value for money amazing But there are 6 better models. To see the other 14 shows, click here.

(Updated Oct 31, 2022, 11:15 a.m.)

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