Motorola has a pretty solid line-up of the phones of late. A few weeks ago the mobile phones legend unveiled the X30 pro and S30 pe in the china. The 30 series for lack of better name, has now started releasing globally under slightly different name. And one of the first releases is Motorola Edge 30 Fusion the global variant of the Moto S30 pro.
Despite its rather convoluted name, the edge 30 Fusion is pretty clear in what it offers on paper its is nothing shirt of well arounded upper mid-range or perhaps even budget flagship, it that’s more up your alleys . It has a great 10-bit, HDR 10+, 144Hz OLED display front and center, a powerful Dolby Atmos Stero speaker’s setup, an Ex- flagship chipset snapdragon 888+ processor, a sizeable 4,400 mAh battery with 68W fast charger and 50MP OIS Enabled camera, backed up by a 32MP selfie camera without autofocus.
There is lot like here,at least on paper plus the edges 30 Fusion is unquestionably a charmer or the outside. It sport’s a very elegant exterior, comply with simple yet string lines, plenty of curves both on the big display and around the back, where the faux leather finish really fies the whale design together. The edge 30fusion looks keny classy and dignified like somthing you would see hanging out in a boardroom table.
Looking good in person and I. Paper is only half the battle though, and even of first glance, the Moto Edges 30 Fusion isn’t perfect and has certain Omissions here and there. The big question is how well it all comes together.
Unboxing of Edge 30 Fusion
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion ships with a thick box, sturdy two-piece of box it does a great job securely holding everything in place and protecting it during transit, and that’s even in the absence of any plastic in our out. The box is obviously mode if recycled materials. Motorola even decided to leave it’s natural colors or shoot for a natural looking dye to better conveys this sense of an environmentally friendly approach. The words eco – friendly packaging are plastered in big lettering on the side of the box, so there is a clear sense of pride in that regard.
The Edge 30 Fusion has a pretty rich details of packaging. It includes a surprisingly – compact 68W PD charger alongside of Type-C to Type-C USB cable. Also in the retail box is nice thick transparent Tpu case so you start using the phone without any worries. The factory per-applied plastic screen protector also help in this regard.
The Edge 30 Fusion sports an undeniably classy aesthetic. It is not a particularly large device and fits very snugly in the hands. Much of that comfort comes from its symmetrically curved front and Back sides. The slope is not too gentle and not too aggressive.
The middle metal frame has sharp chambers, which help with the overall grip, even though the frame was pretty thin.
The back side if the phone is what really gives its overall design vibes without really standing out since it’s a very subdued and clasic look. The faux leather back is soft to touch and feels amazing in the hand. There is just somthing about seeing and feeling a material other than glass on a modern smartphone that makes it just a bit special in a retro sort of way.
You can get the Edge 30 Fusion in one of three Colors- Neptune Blue cosmic Grey and Aurora white. All there have their middle metallic frame color matched with the back too.
If the leather look doesn’t appeal to you for some reason the cosmic Grey and Aurora white variant actually have glass back instead. These are made from the Gorilla Glass 5 for an Extra protection of the phone.
We tend to describe certain phone design as youthful and fun and if there ever was a polar opposite to that look, it would probably the Edge 30 Fusion. The way that leather texture and two- time camera Island look and tie together with the curvature and Middle frame just make us want to break out a leather briefcase and put or a tie.
Speaking of the camera island, we really like what Motorola has done with the Edges 30 Fusion. It’s multiple levels shapes accent rings and colors flow flawlessly.
The phone’s front side is just as steal thy and subdued as every other part. The earpiece is nearl invisible, tucked away inside the pretty thin too bezels. Which by the way is symmetrical in size with the bottom one, which makes for a sense of order. Motorola even managed to fit a proximity and light sensor in that top bezel.
The selfie camera punch hile is a bit lower on the display than mist phone which one could argue makes it a bit more distracting. It’s nothing drastic though.
The build quality of Edge 30 fusion doesn’t just look the part but feels exquisite as well. All of the materials look and feel like premium quality material and are very well fitted together. There is a absolutely no flex in the chassis, and the phine itself feels dense on the inside with no hollowness, despite the fact that if is pretty light at 172 grams. As we already mentioned, it has an excellent in-hand feel partly because of the light weight, the distribution of weight was amazing thanks to the premium materials used in this phone.
The Edge 30 Fusion employs a three-piece sandwich construction with a solid metal Middle frame sandwiched between the vegan leather back and the glass front. The leather is Gorilla Glass 5, which offers plenty of peace of mind. It’s comes with per-applied plastic screen protector on the screen. It feels decent enough, but it is a bit on the thick side, doesn’t really cover the entire display area perfectly and is slightly misaligned with the selfie camera in our review item. Still it didn’t bother us enough to remove,
The Edge 30 Fusion has IP52 ingress protection. In typical Motorola fashion, the phone is still marketed as being splash and dust resistant. Looking a bit closer, we did noticed that the SIM card slot has a red rubber gasket. This suggests that the phone is Quick likely to survive even a quick Dio in unsalted water, but we wouldn’t advise counting on that in any way.
Connectivity and controls
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has in right-hand side houses a power button and volume rockers. We aren’t overly pleased with the these buttons. They are quite thin due to the thin profile of the middle frame and are hard to press properly. They have rather poor tactile feedback, too and feel mushy. They are also positioned a bit low vertically. Motorola could and should have done a lot better. At least the power button is textured, which makes it easy to feel out.
There is no side-mounted fingerprint sensor here. The Edge 30 Fusion has under-display fingerprint sensor with an optical unit. It’s so fast and very reliable.
The left frame on the phone is bare, sans a few anteena lines.
The same goes for the top side of the Edge 30 Fusion. It just houses the secondary noise-cancelling microphone and a few anteena lines. There is also a “Dolby Atmos” text, which is not where we usually find text on the phones. Still it’s subtle a d doesn’t work against the stealthy nature the overall design.
The bottom of the phone has the main bottom-firing speakers. The amplified earpiece handles the other channel of the hybrid stereo speaker’s system – a comman setup nowadays. The main microphone is also down there, and so is the SIM card slot, which just has a slots for two Nano SIM cards. The Edge 30 Fusion lacks an SD card slot and 3.5 mm jack or a audio jack.
The Edge 30 Fusion has Type-C port is also on the bottom frame. Going by the data transfer speed, we achieved, it seems to just have a USB 2.0 controller behind it, which toos out a 480mbps. However, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is ready for compatible, which means that you can attach a monitor to the phone using Type-C alt mode.
Motorola has a special desktop environment, which you can use to the larger monitor, which you can use for increased productivity alongside a mouse and keyboard. Naturally there is USB – OTG or Host support too, so you can attach any number of USB devices to the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion.
In terms of othere connectivity, the snapdragon 888+ chipset provided great SA/NSA Sub6 5G support with dual-SIM standby. Locally, there is a dual-band WI-FI 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.2 with LE support and NFC. There is also dual-band GPS with band L5 as well as GLONASS,BDS and GALILEO. There is no FM radio here.
The Edge 30 Fusion has a rich selection of sensors on board. As already mentioned, a stk3acx combo proximity and light sensor is nestled to the right of the earpiece above the display. There is also icm4x6xx accelerometer and compass combo. In case you were wondering there is no notification LED, which is the normal nowadays. The motorola has a always-on Display and notification interface on screen as a substitute.
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion comes with a spacious 6.55inch P-OLED display. In case you were wondering the P doesn’t really mean much in this context and is simply motorola’s choice for marketing of what is essentially a modern AMOLED display. The P does indicate that is was made by LG. The panel is question looks mighty impressive on paper. It’s has 10-bit Color and hardware certificate for HDR10+, on the top of that, it has a native refresh rate of 144Hz and support a few other Refresh rate modes, which we will cover in a bit.
First off, though let’s talk about brightness and contrast. The Edge 30 Fusion Excel in both metrics at 100% brightness on the slider of managed a very respectable 516nits.
under bright lighting conditions the brightness over drive mode managed to boost that to a truly impressive 946nits. That figured essentially allows the Edge 30 Fusion to run shoulders with some of the full-on flagship on today’s Market. In case there was any doubt-the Edge 30 Fusion is perfectly usable outdoors, even in bright sunlight.
In terms of color the Edge 30 Fusion has two color modes saturated and natural. Ther is also a color temperature slider available for adjustment.
by default the phone ships in staturated mode, which targets the DCI-P3 color space and is relatively accurate. Not accurate enough for Color critical work, but not far off either. This mode results is slightly warm Color reproduction. You mostly fix that with the color temperature slider.
Natural mode, aims for the sRGB color space and nails if on the head. It’s deltaE values fall comfortably within what would be considered Color accurate and good enough for color-sensitive work.
The edge 30 Fusion has a 10-bit display panel, which is particularly great for displaying HDR content. The display itself is certified for HDR10+. As for HDR decoder support, the Edge 30 Fusion reports Half,HDR10 and HDR10+ in software, with only Dolby Vision missing from the list. It is rarely found on mobile phones,so it not a major loss.
The Edge 30 Fusion also has the highest possible Widevine L1 DRM certification, allowing streaming services like Netflix to offer up to FullHd streaming and fully saturate the displays resolution. No complaints there. Mind you at the time of writing, Netflix does not offer HDR on the Edge 30 Fusion, but that’s likely to change as they update ther internal whitelists.
High Refresh rate and handling
As already mentioned, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a 144Hz refresh rate display. It offers a total of there refresh rate options in settings- 60Hz,144Hz and Auto mode. The former two are really straightforward – the phone is simply set to a static 60Hz or 144Hz.
However, 60Hz, and 120Hz are not the only 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-driven automatic refresh rate switching and delivers on that promise as well, with a very dynamic and content – aware system in place.
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a 4,400mAh battery pack on board. That’s not huge, but not small either, especially considering the phone’s thin 7.5mm profile and relatively light weight at 172 grams.
The phone does quite well in terms of battery’s endurance, managing a solid 101 hours in our proprietary, standardized test. That won’t be topping Anu chart, but it is a decent showing for a battery if this size.
The Edge 30 Fusion ships with a whopping 68W power delivery fast charger. Though, straight off the bat, we should not that while testing the charging behavior of the Edge 30 Fusion, it never actually sucked back anywhere close to 68W from the charger, so our best guess is that the charger is just over specced.
In any case, the Edge 30 Fusion is a really fast charging device. It went from dead up to 82% in just 30 minutes, and a full charge took 52 minutes on the dot. That’s rather impressive, even if not industry-leading.
Ine thung that is worth mentioning and commendable is that the Edge 30 Fusion uses standard USB power delivery for charging rather than some add proprietary spec. That’s part of why it gets to enjoy the convenience of a standard USB Type-C to Type-C cable for charging.
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a hybrid stereo speaker setup. That is to say that there is a dedicated bottom – firing speaker for one of the channels and the amplified earpiece handles the other one. This is a very common approach nowadays, particularly for mid-range phones.
In our standardized testing , the Edge 30 Fusion managed an impressive, Very Good loudness rating. It’s frequency response curve is also surprisingly clean and tight. There is no excessive distortion at high volumes, and voices sound nice and clear.
Overall – a Very Good speaker setup that leaves little to be desired. Frankly, not an unexpected outcome, given Dolby’s clear involvement in the development and tuning of the audio output, as evidenced by the Dolby Atmos branding on the box of the Edge 30 Fusion and the phones top Bezels.
The edge 30 Fusion runs Android 12 from the get-go. The look and feel are the closest we’ve se the Android 12 you’d get on a google pixel phones, and we can imagine that in itself is a driving factor in choosing a Motorola for folks in regions where the pixels aren’t officially sold. Or that’s just our delusions from the review or bubbles we live in anyway.
Immediately noticeable is the new quick settings interface and notification shades, one of Android 12s more striking visal changes. That first pull, up to 8 on the second and the full-screen notifications shades.
On to widgets, which saw an overhaul with Android 12. The widget picker offers responsive previews for different sized widgets. The New API supports dynamic by tying into the material you theming engine, allowing the widget to adopt to wallpaper.
Another Android 12 staple, the material you auto-theming feature, is here to, though it’s masked behind a slightly customized moto-specific theming engine. You can stil get wallpaper-based accent colors, which will apply to Google apps and settings menu.
Privacy is an especially big deal on Android 12, and the Edge 30 Fusion comes with the latest Google’s come up with field. That includes the new privacy dashboard, which offers a unified view into what permission is being used by what app. There are also the camera and microphone indicator in the top right corner of the screen for immediate clue that you’re being watched/listened to, but also the quick toggles to determine whether on app get’s your precise co-ordinates or an approximate location.
Performance and benchmarks
The motorola Edge 30 Fusion packs a snapdragon 888+ chipset. That’s a Ex-flagship chipset of Qualcomm with all of the bells. And whistles that entails, as well as top-notch performance.
Going for slightly older flagship – grade chip or a newer mid-range one is an interesting decision to make as a manufacturer and has sparked many justified debates. As for as a the snapdragon 888+ is concerned, we are willing to argue that it offers a better value proposition than many, if not most current mid-range chipset out there, both in terms of raw power and functional extras.
In the CPU deportment, it has a 1×2.99 GHz Cortex – X1&3×2.42GHz cortex-A78 & 4x 1.80GHz Cortex A55 configuration, alongside on Adreno 660 GPU.
Our Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review unit is base version of 128GB of UFS3.1 storage and 8GB Ram.
Lets thing off some CPU-havey runs in Geekbench. Despite being a slightly older chipset, the snapdragon 888+ is really strolling confidently through this set of test. It has plenty of power to throw around, and We can see it is generally alot closer in overall performance to the current flagship snapdragon 8 GEN 1 inside the Motorola Edge 30 Pro than, say lower-tier chipset like the snapdragon 870 or Media Tek Dimensitiy 1200/1300.
AnTuTu is even kinder to the edge 30 Fusion, most likely due to the inclusion of GPS test where the Adreno 660 can really shine on the phone’s 1080p+ display. The overall Score is 827929, what we would expect out of the hardware of hand which means the motorola did a great job integrating and optimizing the snapdragon 888+.
In pratice, we tried throwing a selection of games ranging from more casual to AAA Mobile titles at the edge 30 Fusion in an effort to find any performance issues and frankly found none. Whatever is causing this weird benchmarks behavior is either limited to GFXBench or only affects a very small subset of apps altogether.
Still, it is worth noting that we detected, recorded and replicated said issues successfully, and hopefully, Motorola can take note and address whatever the underlying cause it.
At leastyon a positive note, whatever is happening does not appear to be affecting regular use, where performance on the edge 30 Fusion is splendid. The Phone is snoppy, fluent and responsive tasks easily and handles even demanding games great.
The Edge 30 Fusion has what we would describe as slightly aggressive but still well-tuned and gradual thermal – throttling behavior.
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a triple camera setup on the back. The main camera uses a 50MP OmniVision OV50A sensor behind an f/1.8 lens. It has an 8192×6144 native resolution, 1.0μm individual pixels and a 1/1.5 sensor size. QPD enables 2×2 phase detection autofocus PDAF across the sensor entire image array. Here the sensor is also implemented with an OIS-capable lens.
Moving on we have Ultra-wide camera. It is based on a 13MP SK Hynix HI1336 sensor behind an f/2.2 lens. It has 1.12μm individual pixels and a 1/3 optical format. It also has enough resolution 4208x3120p to capture UHD@30fps, which is not necessarily ture for many modern Ultra-wide sensors. The Ultra-wide camera also has autofocus, which allows it to double as a Macro camera.
Last and probably least, the edge 30 Fusion includes a depth sensor. It uses a GalaxyCore GC02M1B sensor – 1.5μm individual pixels and a 1/5 optical format. It is just a simple 2MP, f/2.4 unit.
On the selfie camera side , the motorola Edge 30 Fusion uses a 32MP Samsung ISOSCELL S5KGD2 sensor. It sits behind an f/2.2 lens and has a 1/2.8 total size. The important part of selfie camera hardware though, is arguably the inclusion of autofocus, which could Elevate the photo and video experience.
Despite the genaral pixels-ness of the software, the camera app on the Edge 30 Fusion is entirely motorola’s. As such it’s mostly unchanged from what we’ve seen in previous motos.
The camera modes are arranged in a customized Carousel formation, with the menu at the right side end of the carousel holding the more seldom used modes for shooting.
And the pro mode allows overall controls of the camera settings like autofocus,ISO, shutter speed, White balance, and exposure compensation, pro mode works all in the cameras.
The additional settings for every camera mode can be found by up swiping in the Viewfinder, and there is a small arrow for indicate that. You’ll get flash and selfie timer in settings for photo mode, and resolution and the frame rate for video mode. The gear icon for the general settings Menu houses even more settings , including photos resolution.
The 50MP Main camera in edge 30 Fusion has a Quad-Bayer pixels arrangement and captures 12.5MP still by default. It’s looks Very Good overall. The detail is plenty,colors are nice and it shows realistic and natural. And the amazing contrast.
These photos are not perfect and they have some problems as well. The finer details look a bit soft when pixels-peeping but generally they are in quite good for the segment.
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has special feature it’s called Ultra-resolution mode, which can produce a resolution a bit over the 50MP. But the photos aren’t drastically different from the regular photos. You do not really stand to gain a lot of redundant detail. rather, if you’re into pixel- peeping, you’ll notice that the 50MP stills have softer edges with lower stropping applied, which, when watching the print at 1:1 drone position, isn’t particularly conspicuous.
The 50MP stills don’t take any longer to capture, but they’ve a less- reused, natural look overall, but that also means lower denoising and HDR mounding. Dynamic range is additionally not as good in this mode. Overall, we don’t suppose it’s worth using it.
The Edge 30 Fusion lacks a devoted blowup camera of any kind. It can still do digital drone, and the 50MP main camera has the pixels. At 2x drone prints look veritably clean and virtually identical in quality to 1x bones. Hence- impeccably usable.
Still, there’s no quick toggle for 2x in the camera UI, so you have to pinch and zoom, which is a bit of a hassle.
Despite autofocusing on its main and ultrawide cameras and two separate drone settings within the portrayal mode, in both cases, pictures are captured using the main camera on the Edge 30 Fusion. It can be a bit fiddly to get the subject in focus, but once you have that down, pictures look veritably good, with nice subject discovery and separation and great background blur.
Skin texture could be a bit better. It looks too smooth, particularly since we had disabled any in- camera beauty pollutants or advancements.
The ultrawide camera saves stills in exactly the same12.5 MP resolution as the main camera. These look veritably decent overall with a good quantum of detail, a nice color rendition, indeed if not a great match to the main camera and a enough good dynamic range for an ultrawide. The autofocus infrequently misbehaves, and the vast maturity of regular shots come out looking perfectly in- focus. Indeed edge wimpiness is virtually not an issue.
In terms of scarcities, we’d say that arguably the biggest bone is the veritably conspicuous image deformation near the edges of the frame. Also, the discrepancy is far from great. Noise is visible indeed during the day. Still, these are relatively okay for an ultrawide cam in this segment.
Thanks to its autofocus, the Ultra-wide camera is also responsible for macro shots. Interestingly enough, these get saved in just over 13MP resolution for some odd reason. That’s the native resolution of the Ultra-wide detector at hand, however, so the decision isn’t entirely arbitrary. Quality-wise macro shots are nearly perfect.
It works great, is fast and responsive, and enables you to approach your subject quite closely. The both colours and the detail are superb.
By default, the 32MP selfie camera captures 8MP stills as it’s a TetraCell (Quad-Bayer) sensor. These look great overall with nice skin tones and decent skin texture. Hair and other fine detail are captured very well. Autofocus is quick and reliable and keeps the subject in focus almost 100% of the time.
There are two fields of view available for the selfie camera. The narrow option is the default option.
The main camera holds up relatively well in low- light conditions retaining to some bus night improvement. There’s a decent quantum of detail in the shots. Light sources are handled nicely well, and there’s some detail picked up in darker areas. Colors are close to real life too.
Once you enable the devoted Night mode, you get slightly sharper, indeed if a bit over reused affair. The effect isn’t as dramatic on some other camera, but the birth of the regular night- time prints is formerly relatively good. The net effect of the mode is some mild highlight restoration but at least it does not take too important time.
The Ultra-wide camera is left to forward for itself and does so relatively admirably counting on the general bus night improvement. Sure, these shots are softer than we’d have liked and do not hold up to near scrutiny. But the exposure is relatively balanced and the murk aren’t too dark, while not all light sources are cropped. Overall, a good caching then, but could have been indeed more with a devoted Night mode.
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion can capture videotape at over to 8K@30fps on its main camera. These get saved with a standard AVC videotape sluice at around 130 Mbps, a slightly floating frame rate of around 28 fps, and a stereo 48 kHz AAC audio sluice. Both are whisked in a standard MP4 vessel.
Quality-wise, the main camera does great at 8K. Detail is excellent, colors look great, too-nice and vibrant. Dynamic range is nice and wide, and the discrepancy is also great.
The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is a wonderful all-around device. It has a very classy design that exudes a premium aura in so many ways, such as the symmetry of the lines or the materials and finishes used. Underneath that stunning exterior is some fantastic hardware, including a stunning 10-bit, HDR10+, 144Hz AMOLED display with excellent brightness and some of the most functional and dynamic high refresh rate handling available.
Despite just few small benchmarking problems, the Qualcomm 888+ is still a capable performer with enough of CPU and GPU power to spare. It is surprisingly effective as well, getting a respectable 101-hour total endurance rating out of the 4,400 mAh, which is a decent size. It’s wonderful to see standard Power Delivery charging as well as the “ready for” platform, which makes the phone’s Type-C connection capable of a tonne of additional PC-like capabilities in addition to quick charging.
We have a lot of good things to say about the camera system, and the hybrid stereo speaker setup is just another highlight of the experience. Excellent autofocus on the main camera, ultra – wide lens, and selfie camera significantly boosts the performance of the latter two cameras. Overall, using the camera is an amazing experience.
Pros ans Cons
- Premium build quality and classic Design.
- Extra fluid 144Hz display, straightforward and dynamic HRR handling, bright display.
- Solid battery.
- fast charging and very reliable Power delivery.
- Very good stereo speaker setup.
- Clean interface of Android 12, additional Moto custom bits.
- Great photo Quality with low-light improvements as campared to to past moto phones, It has autofocus both selfie and Ultra-wide camera.
- No telephoto camera.
- IP52 dust and splash resistance.