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Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Introduction

Motorola has a pretty solid lineup of phones as of late. A few weeks back the mobile phone legend unveiled the X30 Pro and S30 Pro in China. The “30 series”, for lack of a better name, has now started releasing globally under slightly different names. And one of the first releases is the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion – the global market variant of the Moto S30 Pro.

Despite its rather convoluted name, the Edge 30 Fusion is pretty clear in what it offers. On paper, it is nothing short of a well-rounded upper mid-ranger, or perhaps even “budget flagship,” if that’s more up your alley. It has a great 10-bit, HDR10+, 144Hz OLED display front and center, a powerful Dolby Atmos stereo speaker setup, an ex-flagship Snapdragon 888+ chipset, a sizeable 4,400 mAh battery with 68W charging and a 50MP OIS-enabled main camera, backed up by a 32MP selfie with autofocus.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion specs at a glance:

  • Body: 158.5×71.2×7.5mm, 167g; Glass front, textured back; Splash and dust resistant.
  • Display: 6.55″ P-OLED, 1B colors, 144Hz, HDR10+, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 402ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888+ 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.99 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.42 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55); Adreno 660.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS/Software: Android 12.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 1/1.55″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f/2.2, 123-degree, 1.12µm; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/2.8″, AF.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 8K@30fps, 4K@30fps, 1080p@30ps, gyro-EIS.
  • Battery: 4400mAh; Fast charging 68W, 50% in 10 min (advertised).
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; Ready For 3.5 support.

There is a lot to like here, at least on paper. Plus, the Edge 30 Fusion is unquestionably a charmer on the outside. It sports a very elegant exterior, complete with simple yet strong lines, plenty of curves both on the big display and around the back, where the faux leather finish really ties the whole design together. The Edge 30 Fusion looks very classy and dignified, like something you would see hanging out on a boardroom table.

Looking good in person and on paper is only half the battle, though, and even at first glance, the Moto Edge 30 Fusion isn’t perfect and has certain omissions here and there. The big question is how well it all comes together. Join us on the following pages as we dive deeper to find out.

Before any of that, though, let’s explore the retail package.

Unboxing

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion ships in a thick, sturdy two-piece box. It does a great job of securely holding everything in place and protecting it during transit, and that’s even in the absence of any plastics in our out. The box is obviously made of recycled materials. Motorola even decided to leave its natural color or shoot for a natural-looking dye to better convey 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.

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The Edge 30 Fusion has a pretty rich retail package. It includes a surprisingly-compact 68W PD charger alongside a Type-C to Type-C USB cable. Also in the box is a nice thick, transparent TPU case so you can start using the phone immediately without any worries. The factory pre-applied plastic screen protector also helps in this regard.

Design

The Edge 30 Fusion sports an undeniably classy aesthetic. It is not a particularly large device and fits very snugly in hand. Much of that comfort comes from its symmetrically curved front and back sides. The slope is not too gentle and not too aggressive. As the saying goes, it feels “just right”.

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The middle metal frame has sharp chamfers, which help with the overall grip, even though the frame is pretty thin.

The back side of the Edge 30 Fusion is what really gives it its overall design vibe without really standing out since it’s a very subdued and classy look. The faux leather back is soft to the touch and feels great in hand. There is just something 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.

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You can get the Edge 30 Fusion in one of three colors – Neptune Blue Cosmic Grey and Aurora White. All three have their middle metal 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 variants actually have glass backs instead. These are made from Gorilla Glass 5 for extra protection.

We tend to describe certain phone designs as “youthful and fun,” and if there ever was a polar opposite to that look, it would probably be the Edge 30 Fusion. The way that leather texture and two-tone camera island look and tie together with the curvature and middle frame just make us want to break out a leather briefcase and put on a tie.

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Speaking of the camera island, we really like what Motorola has done with the design. Its multiple levels, shapes, accent rings, and colors flow flawlessly.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

The phone’s front side is just as stealthy and subdued as every other part. The earpiece is nearly invisible, tucked away inside the pretty thin top bezel. 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 hole is a bit lower on the display than most phones which one could argue makes it a bit more distracting. It’s nothing drastic, though.

Materials and build quality

The Edge 30 Fusion doesn’t just look the part but feels exquisite as well. All of the materials look and feel premium and are very well fitted together. There is absolutely no flex in the chassis, and the phone itself feels dense on the inside with no hollowness, despite the fact that it is pretty light at 172 grams. As we already mentioned, it has an excellent in-hand feel partly because of its great weight distribution and also thanks to the premium materials used.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

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 latter is Gorilla Glass 5, which offers plenty of peace of mind. There is also a pre-applied plastic screen protector on top. 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 on our unit. Still, it didn’t bother us enough to actually remove it, which speaks to its credit.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

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 notice that the SIM card tray has an obvious red rubber gasket. This suggests that the phone is quite likely to survive even a quick dip in unsalted water, but we wouldn’t advise counting on that in any way.

Controls and connectivity

Let’s start with a quick tour of the Edge 30 Fusion first. The right-hand side houses a power button and volume rocker. We aren’t overly pleased with 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.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

There is no fingerprint reader here. The Edge 30 Fusion has an under-display optical unit. It is fast and very reliable. No complaints there.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

The left frame on the phone is bare, sans a few antenna lines.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

The same goes for the top side of the Edge 30 Fusion. It just houses the secondary noise-canceling microphone and a few antenna lines. There is also a “Dolby Atmos” text, which is not where we usually find text on phones. Still, it’s subtle and doesn’t work against the stealthy nature of the overall design.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

The bottom of the phone has the main bottom-firing speaker. The amplified earpiece handles the other channel of the hybrid stereo system – a common setup nowadays. The main microphone is also down there, and so is the SIM tray, which just has room for two nano SIM cards. The Edge 30 Fusion lacks an SD card slot and a 3.5mm jack.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

The Type-C port of the Edge 30 Fusion is also on the bottom frame. Going by the data transfer speeds, we achieved, it seems to just have a USB 2.0 controller behind it, which tops out at 480 Mbps. 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 on 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 too.

In terms of other connectivity, the Snapdragon 888+ provides great SA/NSA Sub6 5G support with dual SIM standby. Locally, there is 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.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

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 an icm4x6xx accelerometer, gyroscope combo, and an mmc56x3x magnetometer and compass combo. In case you were wondering, there is no notification LED, which is the norm nowadays. Motorola has an always-on display and notification interface on-screen as a substitute, though.

10-bit, HDR10+, 144Hz P-OLED display

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion comes with a spacious 6.55-inch 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 panel in question looks mighty impressive on paper. It has 10-bit color and is hardware certified for HDR10+. On top of that, it has a native refresh rate of 144Hz and supports a few other refresh rate modes, which we will cover in a bit.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

First off, though, let’s talk about brightness and contrast. The Edge 30 Fusion excels in both metrics. At 100% brightness on the slider it managed a very respectable 516 nits.

Under bright lighting conditions, the brightness overdrive mode managed to boost that to a truly impressive 946 nits. That figure essentially allows the Edge 30 Fusion to rub shoulders with some of the full-on flagships on today’s market. In case there was any doubt – the Edge 30 Fusion is perfectly usable outdoors, even in bright sunlight.

Display test 100% brightness
Black,cd/m2 White,cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Max Auto) 0 1266
Poco F4 (Max Auto) 0 1003
Samsung Galaxy S22 (Max Auto) 0 982
Motorola Edge 30 Fusio (Max Auto) 0 946
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G (Max Auto) 0 830
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Extra brightness) 0 829
vivo V25 Pro (Max Auto) 0 805
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G (Max Auto) 0 800
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G 0 792
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G (Max Auto) 0 760
Samsung Galaxy S22 (Extra brightness) 0 757
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro (Max Auto) 0 746
Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Max Auto) 0 685
OnePlus Nord 2T (Max Auto) 0 636
Motorola Moto G62 (Max Auto) 0.37 552 1492:1
Poco F4 0 530
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion 0 516
vivo V25 Pro 0 500
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 0 494
Motorola Edge 30 Pro 0 485
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G 0 479
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 0 470
Samsung Galaxy S22 0 465
Motorola Moto G62 0.289 454 1571:1
OnePlus Nord 2T 0 449
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G 0 427
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (before second slide) 0 385
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G 0 383

In terms of color the Edge 30 Fusion has two color modes – saturated and natural. There is also a color temperature slider available for adjustment.

Color modes - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Color modes

By default, the phone ships in saturated 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 in slightly warm color reproduction. You can mostly fix that with the color temperature slider.

Natural color mode aims for the sRGB color space and nails it on the head. Its deltaE values fall comfortably within what would be considered color-accurate and good enough for color-sensitive work.

As already mentioned, 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 HLG, HDR10 and HDR10+ in software, with only Dolby Vision missing from the list. It is rarely found on mobile phones, so it is not a major loss.

HDR support - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Widevine - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Netflix playback capabilities - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

HDR support • Widevine • Netflix playback capabilities

The Edge 30 Fusion also has the highest possible Widevine L1 DRM certification, allowing streaming services like Netflix to offer up FullHD streams and fully saturate the display’s 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 their internal whitelists.

High refresh rate handling

As already mentioned, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a 144Hz refresh rate display. It offers a total of three 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, and that’s that.

Display refresh rate options - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Available display refresh rate modes - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Display refresh rate options • Available display refresh rate modes

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.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

What basically happens in practice is that the OS actively monitors what is currently on screen. If it sees any motion, it then determines whether it requires a boost up to 90Hz or higher to 120Hz and acts accordingly. The system works exceptionally well in our experience.

The only downside is that we never actually saw it trigger 144Hz mode or 48Hz mode. The latter would probably be reserved for the AOD, though, and refresh rate measurements there can be wonky, so we can’t say for sure. Here is a quick video showcasing how well Auto refresh rate mode detects things like the BlurBusters UFO test in a browser and then a video playing in both a local player and YouTube and switches to the optimal refresh rate on the fly.

Unfortunately, the Automatic refresh rate switching mode isn’t quite as reliable when it comes to gaming. Some games we tried ran at 120Hz while others at 60Hz, despite the fact that we know these titles can render at above 60fps, and the Edge 30 Fusion has the performance to facilitate that as well.

Games running in Auto mode - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Games running in Auto mode - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Games running in Auto mode - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Games running in Auto mode - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Games running in Auto mode

Thankfully, the fixed 144Hz mode works great with games and lets them render well above 60fps. Users should probably stick to it when gaming on the Edge 30 Fusion.

Games running in 144Hz mode - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Games running in 144Hz mode - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Games running in 144Hz mode - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Games running in 144Hz mode - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Games running in 144Hz mode

Overall, despite a few oddities here and there, we are quite impressed with the dynamic, accurate and content-aware way automatic refresh rate switching works on the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion. It has one of the better systems around.

Battery life

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion has a 4,400 mAh 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 endurance, managing a solid 101 hours in our proprietary, standardized test. That won’t be topping any charts, but it is a decent showing for a battery of this size.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

3G Talk time is, perhaps, a bit on the lower end of what we would expect out of this particular battery capacity and chipset combo, but not out of the ordinary. All other numbers fall well in line with expectations.

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating denotes how long the battery charge will last you if you use the device for an hour of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. More details can be found here.

Video test carried out in 60Hz refresh rate mode. Web browsing test done at the display’s highest refresh rate whenever possible. Refer to the respective reviews for specifics. To adjust the endurance rating formula to match your own usage patterns, check out our all-time battery test results chart, where you can also find all phones we’ve tested.

Charging speed

The Edge 30 Fusion ships with a whopping 68W Power Delivery fast charger. Though, straight off the bat, we should note 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.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

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.

30min charging test (from 0%)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    100%
  • OnePlus Nord 2T
    99%
  • Poco F4
    92%
  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    85%
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    82%
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    78%
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    74%
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    53%
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    53%
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
    52%
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    51%
  • Poco X3 Pro
    50%
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    45%
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 (65W PD)
    31%
  • Motorola Moto G62
    24%

Time to full charge (from 0%)

Lower is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    0:16h
  • OnePlus Nord 2T
    0:32h
  • Poco F4
    0:38h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    0:45h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
    0:48h
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    0:52h
  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    0:53h
  • Poco X3 Pro
    1:08h
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
    1:14h
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    1:15h
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    1:17h
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    1:24h
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    1:28h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 (65W PD)
    1:42h
  • Motorola Moto G62
    1:46h

One thing that is worth mentioning and commendable is that the Edge 30 Fusion uses standard USB Power Delivery for charging rather than some odd 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.

Plus, its bundled charger is quite versatile. For its main charging profile, the charger uses PD + PPS, but it also happens to support QC5 via PD, as well as QC 2.0 with fixed 5V, 9V and 12V outputs and QC 3.0 with a range of 3.6 to 12 volts. Last but not least, the charger can also deliver the odd Apple 5V@2.4A output. Meaning that with the right Type-C to Lightning cable, you could also charge an iPhone at reasonable speeds. Not to mention that 65W PD is plenty for many laptops, making the charger truly versatile. Too bad it only has the one Type-C port on it, though.

Speaker test

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. Its 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, 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 phone’s top bezel.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal “0db” flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Pixel-like Android 12 with some additional Moto mods

The Edge 30 Fusion runs Android 12 from the get-go. The look and feel are the closest we’ve seen to the Android 12 you’d get on a Google Pixel phone, and we can imagine that in itself is a driving factor in choosing a Moto for folks in regions where the Pixels aren’t officially sold. Or that’s just our delusions from the reviewers’ bubble we live in. Anyway, let’s have a look.

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Immediately noticeable is the new Quick Settings interface and notification shade, one of Android 12’s more striking visual changes. That means the big bubbly buttons, of which you only get 4 on the first pull, up to 8 on the second, and the full-screen notification shade.

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On to widgets, which saw an overhaul with Android 12. The widget picker offers responsive previews for differently sized widgets. The new API supports dynamic coloring by tying into the Material You theming engine, allowing the widgets to adapt to the wallpaper.

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Notification shade - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Widgets - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Widgets - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Widgets - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Widgets - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Quick settings • Notification shade • Widgets

Another Android 12 staple, the Material You auto-theming feature, is here too, though it’s masked behind a slightly customized Moto-specific theming engine. You can still get wallpaper-based accent colors, which will apply to Google apps and the settings menu.

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Theming - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Theming - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Theming - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Theming - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Theming - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Theming

Privacy is an especially big deal on Android 12, and the Edge 30 Fusion comes with the latest Google’s come up with in the field. That includes the new Privacy dashboard, which offers a unified view into what permission is being used by what app when. There are also the camera and microphone indicators in the top right corner of the screen for an immediate clue that you’re being watched/listened to, but also the quick toggles to limit access to those altogether. There is also the option to determine whether an app gets your precise coordinates or an approximate location.

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Privacy - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Privacy - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Privacy - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Privacy - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Privacy - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Privacy

Other less prominent bits from the new OS version also made it to the Edge 30 Fusion. Things like the Extra dim display mode, the window magnifier, the new power menu, and the improved PiP behavior.

There’s a scrolling screenshot implementation, but that’s not Google’s own, and a custom one instead. Then again, custom scrolling screenshots have been around for ages; it was Google that only now came to its senses.

A few other things appear to not have made it on the Edge 30 Fusion’s Android 12 build. Off the top of our heads, those include the face detection-based auto rotate behavior, copying stuff from app to app from the task switcher, and the system-wide on-device search from the app drawer.

However, there are features and functionality that the Edge 30 Fusion offers that Google doesn’t – the lot of them are conveniently grouped together in the Moto app. These are mostly long-standing Moto features we’ve seen time and time again.

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The first category is personalization – that’s where the OS-native autotheming found a foster home. There is also a wide selection of Moto wallpapers in addition to Google’s own, plus the option to leverage AI to create your own from the photos in your gallery.

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Moto app - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Moto app - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Moto app

Then come the gestures. By now, you must have seen Moto’s karate chop motion that turns on and off the flashlight and the twisting motion that launches the camera app. Both work even when the device is locked.

The lift-to-unlock gesture works well with the face unlock as it unlocks the device as soon as you pick it up and look at the screen.

A swipe-to-split function is available, too – it triggers the split-screen multitasking. You can also double-tap the back of the phone to do a custom action. Interestingly enough, the Power touch shortcuts menu is also absent from the Edge 30 Fusion.

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Gestures - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Gestures - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Gestures - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Gestures - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Gestures

The display-related features are Peek Display and Attentive Display. The former works as a second-best alternative to the Always-on display feature, which is actually missing, but with some added functionality to make up for it.

The screen lights up when it detects motion that’s close to the phone or when you pick it up. Once you’ve received some kind of notification, you can tap on it, see the message, and even interact with it from the lock screen.

Attentive Display disables the screen timeout as long as there’s a face looking at the screen. Pretty useful when reading long articles, though you do probably scroll often enough for the screen not to lock anyway.

You also get Edge Lights as an alternative to a notification LED.

Display - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Display - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Display - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Display - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Display

Then there’s the Play section. In here, you’ll find the Gametime utility, which offers the usual functionality of such tools like call and notification blocking and screen recording. Additionally, there are optional shortcuts for media playback when the screen is locked using the volume keys and a Dolby Atmos sound enhancement utility.

Play - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Play - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Play - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Play - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Play - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Play - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Play - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Play - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Play

Introduced in 2021, Motorola’s ‘ready for’ platform enables a multitude of use cases that put the phone in the center of a big-screen experience. Connecting a TV or a monitor allows you to get a Windows-desktop-like environment, play a game on your phone, display it on the external screen, or even have a video chat on a larger display.

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'ready for' - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
'ready for' - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
'ready for' - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
'ready for' - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
'ready for' - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

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'ready for' - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
'ready for' - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
'ready for' - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
'ready for' - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
'ready for' - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

‘ready for’

The connection can be made with a cable – either with the ‘ready for’ cable (or another USB-C MHL Alt solution) or with a USB-C-to-C cable with a compatible monitor. Alternatively, you can connect wirelessly to a Miracast-capable display.

If you don’t have a mouse and/or keyboard handy, the phone’s screen can be used as a trackpad and/or keyboard.

You can also use ‘ready for’ on a Windows-based PC – it runs within a window on your desktop. This is helpful when you want to run an Android app from your computer or multi-task between devices on just one screen.

'ready for' on a Windows PC - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
'ready for' on a Windows PC - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

'ready for' on a Windows PC - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
'ready for' on a Windows PC - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

‘ready for’ on a Windows PC

Another use case of ‘ready for’ on a Windows PC is for video calls, where you can use the phone’s camera to capture yourself and an external display to see the other participants.

The final Ready For use case is for gaming on a bigger screen – be it TV or laptop/monitor. You connect an external controller and run the game on the phone, with the obvious benefit being the larger display for gameplay.

Performance and benchmarks

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion packs a Snapdragon 888+ chipset. That’s an ex-flagship Qualcomm chip with all of the bells and whistles that entails, as well as top-notch performance.

Going for a 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 far as 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 chipsets out there, both in terms of raw power and functional extras.

In the CPU department, it has a 1×2.99 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.42 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55 configuration, alongside an Adreno 660 GPU.

Our Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review unit is the base tier one which packs 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage and 8GB of RAM.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Let’s kick things off with some CPU-heavy runs in GeekBench. Despite being a slightly older chip, the Snapdragon 888+ is really strolling confidently through this set of tests. It has plenty of power to throw around, and we can see it is generally a lot closer in overall performance to the current flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 inside the Motorola Edge 30 Pro than, say, lower-tier chips like the Snapdragon 870 or the MediaTek Dimensity 1200/1300.

GeekBench 5 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    3658
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    3538
  • iQOO 9
    3503
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    3458
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
    3319
  • Poco F4
    3190
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    3140
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    3049
  • Xiaomi 11T
    2834
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    2801
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    2694
  • Poco X3 Pro
    2574
  • vivo V25 Pro
    2521
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    2225
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    2063
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    1891

GeekBench 5 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    1196
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    1144
  • iQOO 9
    1143
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
    1096
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    1096
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    1073
  • Poco F4
    975
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    972
  • vivo V25 Pro
    858
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    771
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    743
  • Xiaomi 11T
    742
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    736
  • Poco X3 Pro
    735
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    688
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    493

AnTuTu is even kinder 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 would expect out of the hardware at hand, which means that Motorola did a great job integrating and optimizing the Snapdragon 888+.

AnTuTu 9

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    941895
  • iQOO 9
    852898
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    827929
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    824016
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
    811124
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    719696
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    711090
  • vivo V25 Pro
    704090
  • Poco F4
    698586
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    619610
  • Xiaomi 11T
    590837
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    506432
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    437872
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    382902
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    379313

Up next is GFXBench, and for some reason, we can see the Edge 30 Fusion and its Adreno 660 GPU underperform slightly in the higher-intensity Aztek runs. Particularly the Vulkan one, where the Edge 30 Fusion finds itself scoring on par with the Motorola Edge 20 Pro and its Snapdragon 870 with Adreno 650 GPU. Perhaps some work and optimization still need to be done on the Vulkan driver.

GFX Aztek ES 3.1 High (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    59
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    43
  • iQOO 9
    43
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    41
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    38
  • vivo V25 Pro
    33
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    31
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    31
  • Xiaomi 11T
    30
  • Poco X3 Pro
    26
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    19
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    15
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    12

GFX Aztek ES 3.1 High (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    39
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    28
  • iQOO 9
    28
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    26
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    24
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    22
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    22
  • vivo V25 Pro
    21
  • Xiaomi 11T
    21
  • Poco X3 Pro
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    13
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    10
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    7.8

GFX Aztek Vulkan High (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    60
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    44
  • iQOO 9
    44
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    38
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    35
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    35
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    30
  • Xiaomi 11T
    29
  • vivo V25 Pro
    28
  • Poco X3 Pro
    27
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    20
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    15
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    12

GFX Aztek Vulkan High (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    45
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    31
  • iQOO 9
    31
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    25
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    24
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    23
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    20
  • Xiaomi 11T
    20
  • vivo V25 Pro
    19
  • Poco X3 Pro
    18
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    14
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    10
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    8

Continuing on with GFXBench runs, we can see the Edge 30 Fusion scores mostly as expected in the Car OpenGL ES 3.1 run.

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    78
  • iQOO 9
    65
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    62
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    61
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
    60
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    56
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    49
  • Poco F4
    49
  • vivo V25 Pro
    42
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    42
  • Xiaomi 11T
    40
  • Poco X3 Pro
    38
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    28
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    22
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    19
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    17

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    95
  • iQOO 9
    74
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    71
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    63
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
    62
  • Poco F4
    59
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    57
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    57
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    51
  • vivo V25 Pro
    48
  • Xiaomi 11T
    47
  • Poco X3 Pro
    45
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    33
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    25
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    23
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    19

However, the Manhattan ES 3.1 and ES 3.0 scores are all over the place and wе see the Edge 30 Fusion seriously underperforming.

GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    111
  • iQOO 9
    110
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    105
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    98
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
    97
  • Poco F4
    84
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    83
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    82
  • Xiaomi 11T
    72
  • vivo V25 Pro
    67
  • Poco X3 Pro
    67
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    55
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    49
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    38
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    35
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    30

GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    160
  • iQOO 9
    126
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    115
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    103
  • Poco F4
    96
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    92
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
    85
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    81
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    81
  • Xiaomi 11T
    77
  • Poco X3 Pro
    75
  • vivo V25 Pro
    70
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    56
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    43
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    38
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    34

GFX Manhattan ES 3.0 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    142
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    132
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
    129
  • iQOO 9
    119
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    116
  • Poco F4
    114
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    112
  • vivo V25 Pro
    96
  • Xiaomi 11T
    96
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    93
  • Poco X3 Pro
    93
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    69
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    59
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    57
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    55
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    41

GFX Manhattan ES 3.0 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    251
  • iQOO 9
    178
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    162
  • Poco F4
    137
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    133
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    133
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    124
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
    121
  • Xiaomi 11T
    121
  • Poco X3 Pro
    102
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    99
  • vivo V25 Pro
    98
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    77
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    64
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    60
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    47

Honestly, we are willing to blame this inconsistent and poor showing on some software bug rather than a hardware deficiency of some sort since neither AnTuTu nor 3DMark shows the Edge 30 Fusion underperforming in such a drastic manner.

3DMark Wild Life Vulkan 1.1 (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
    9406
  • iQOO 9
    5814
  • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    5797
  • Average SD 888+ (1080p)
    5747
  • Motorola Moto G200 5G
    5617
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
    5432
  • OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
    4653
  • vivo V25 Pro
    4497
  • Poco F4
    4357
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
    4206
  • Xiaomi 11T
    4172
  • Poco X3 Pro
    3401
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
    2491
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
    2292
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
    2014
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
    1204

In practice, 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 benchmark 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 is.

At least on 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 snappy, fluent and responsive; it chews through productivity 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.

Thermal-throttling - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Thermal-throttling - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Thermal-throttling - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Thermal-throttling - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Thermal-throttling - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Thermal-throttling

The rather rapid decline in performance could partially explain some of the issues experienced in GFXBench tests. Still, even in its throttled-down state, the Snapdragon 888+ has plenty of “oomph” left, and that also allows the surface of the Edge 30 Fusion to get warm, but never uncomfortable to hold under load.

Triple rear cameras and an autofocus selfie cam

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, 1.0 µm individual pixels and a 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-capable lens.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Moving on we have the ultrawide camera. It is based on a 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@30fps, which is not necessarily true for many modern ultrawide sensors. The ultrawide camera also has autofocus, which allows it to double as a macro cam.

Last and probably least, the Edge 30 Fusion includes a depth sensor. It uses a GalaxyCore GC02M1B sensor – 1.75 µm individual pixels and a 1/5″ optical format. It is just a simple 2MP, f/2.4 unit.

On the selfie side, the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion uses a 32MP Samsung ISOCELL S5KGD2 sensor. It sits behind an f/2.2 lens and has a 1/2.8″ total size. The important bit of the selfie hardware, though, is arguably the inclusion of autofocus, which could elevate the photo and video experience.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Despite the general Pixel-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 on previous Motos.

The camera modes are arranged in a customizable carousel formation, with the hamburger menu at the rightmost end of the carousel holding the more seldom used shooting modes.

Pro mode gives you full control over the camera’s settings like white balance, ISO, autofocus, shutter speed, and exposure compensation, and Pro mode works on all three cameras.

Camera UI - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Camera UI - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Camera UI - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Camera UI - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Camera UI - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Camera UI - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Camera UI

Additional settings for each camera mode can be found by swiping up in the viewfinder – there’s a tiny arrow hint to indicate that. Here, you’ll find flash and self-timer settings in Photo mode, and resolution and frame rate in Video mode. The gear icon for the general settings menu houses even more settings, including photo resolutions.

Daylight photo quality

The 50MP main camera on the Edge 30 Fusion has a Quad Bayer pixel arrangement and captures 12.5MP stills by default. These look very good overall. The detail is plenty, colors are nice and true to life. There is plenty of contrast, too.

These photos are not perfect and have some issues as well, though. The finer detail looks a bit soft when pixel-peeping but generally, they are quite alright for the segment.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/2419s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/2384s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/2150s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/2764s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/354s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/2644s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera samples

The Moto Edge 30 Fusion has something called Ultra-Res mode, which produces photos with a resolution a bit over 50MP. These photos aren’t drastically different from the regular ones. You don’t really stand to gain a lot of extra detail. Instead, if you are into pixel-peeping, you’ll notice that the 50MP stills have softer edges with less sharpening applied, which, when looking at the photo at 1:1 zoom level, isn’t particularly noticeable.

The 50MP stills don’t take any longer to capture, but they have a less-processed, natural look overall, but that also means less denoising and HDR stacking. Dynamic range is also not as good in this mode. Overall, we don’t think it’s worth using it.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion main camera samples: 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/2026s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion main camera samples: 50MP - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/2014s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion main camera samples: 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/2847s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion main camera samples: 50MP - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/2719s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion main camera samples: 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 323, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion main camera samples: 50MP - f/1.8, ISO 338, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion main camera samples: 12.5MP • 50MP • 12.5MP • 50MP • 12.5MP • 50MP

The Edge 30 Fusion lacks a dedicated telephoto camera of any kind. It can still do digital zoom, and the 50MP main camera has the pixels. At 2x zoom photos look very clean and practically identical in quality to 1x ones. Hence – perfectly usable.

However, there is no quick toggle for 2x in the camera UI, so you have to pinch and zoom, which is a bit of a hassle.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera 2x zoom samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1882s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera 2x zoom samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/2315s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera 2x zoom samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1997s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera 2x zoom samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/2529s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera 2x zoom samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/2644s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera 2x zoom samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/370s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera 2x zoom samples

Despite autofocusing on its main and ultrawide cameras and two separate zoom settings within the portrait mode, in both cases, portraits 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, portraits look very good, with nice subject detection 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 filters or enhancements.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 541, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 519, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 397, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 416, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1576s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/1208s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples

Portraits of non-human subjects look great as well.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 278, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 275, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 269, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 281, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 409, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 422, 1/100s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples

Before we move on, here’s how the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion stacks up against the competition in our extensive photo compare database. Pixel-peep away.

Photo Compare Tool
Photo Compare Tool
Photo Compare Tool

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion against the Motorola Edge 30 Pro and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 in our Photo compare tool

The ultrawide camera saves stills in exactly the same 12.5MP resolution as the main camera. These look very decent overall with a good amount of detail, a nice color rendition, even if not a great match to the main camera and a pretty good dynamic range for an ultrawide. The autofocus rarely misbehaves, and the vast majority of regular shots come out looking perfectly in-focus. Even edge softness is practically not an issue.

In terms of deficiencies, we would say that arguably the biggest one is the very noticeable image distortion near the edges of the frame. Also, the contrast is far from great. Noise is visible even during the day. Still, these are quite okay for an ultrawide cam in the segment.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP ultrawide camera samples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/1774s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP ultrawide camera samples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/1997s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP ultrawide camera samples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/1722s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP ultrawide camera samples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/2976s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP ultrawide camera samples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/2384s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP ultrawide camera samples - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/2087s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP ultrawide camera samples

Thanks to its autofocus, the ultrawide camera is also responsible for macro shots. Interestingly enough, these get saved in just over 13MP resolution for some odd reason. That is the native resolution of the ultrawide sensor at hand, though, so the decision is not entirely arbitrary. Quality-wise macro shots are nearly perfect.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 13MP ultrawide camera macro samples - f/2.2, ISO 963, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 13MP ultrawide camera macro samples - f/2.2, ISO 1588, 1/33s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 13MP ultrawide camera macro samples - f/2.2, ISO 300, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 13MP ultrawide camera macro samples

Autofocus works great, is fast and responsive and lets you really get up close to your subject. Detail is great, and so are the colors.

Selfies

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.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera samples (Wide) - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/1042s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera samples (Narrow) - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/954s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera samples (Narrow) - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/847s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera samples (Wide) - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/1173s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera samples (Wide) - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/2087s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera samples (Narrow) - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/1800s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera samples

Selfie portraits look very good too. Subject separation isn’t perfect, but it is definitely good enough. The fake bokeh looks great.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera portrait samples - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/912s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera portrait samples - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/1938s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera portrait samples - f/2.4, ISO 422, 1/50s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera portrait samples

Video quality

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion can capture video at up to 8K@30fps on its main camera. These get saved with a standard AVC video stream at around 130 Mbps, a slightly floating frame rate of around 28 fps, and a stereo 48 kHz AAC audio stream. Both are bundled in a standard MP4 container.

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 contrast is also great.

Overall, we have little to no complaints. Just be sure to have a device powerful enough to play back 8K files before you start capturing them. The Edge 30 Fusion itself, naturally, has no issues in that department, thanks to its hardware video decoder.

Here are samples from the main camera in our extensive video compare database in 4K resolution.

Video Compare Tool
Video Compare Tool
Video Compare Tool

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion against the Motorola Edge 30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G in our Video compare tool

The ultrawide camera can capture video at up to 4K@30fps, which is not something you see on every ultrawide these days, most being limited to 1080p. It also saves in a standard AVC (above 60 Mbps) plus AAC, MP4 format. Quality is great here as well. Colors are nice and true to life, though not an exact match to the main camera and slightly duller. Dynamic range is pretty wide, too, and there are no obvious defects like corner softness or excessive distortion.

The selfie camera, just like the ultrawide, maxes out at 4K@30fps. It also saves in a standard AVC (above 60 Mbps) plus AAC, MP4 format. And its quality is stellar. Facial features, color and texture come out looking great with a lot of detail. Colors are good too.

There is stabilization available across all three cameras on the Edge 30 Fusion. The main one has OIS, which already smooths out larger bumps and shakes. Beyond that, there is EIS which does a great job on all the cameras. You can see the results in the following playlist.

One thing worth noting is that, EIS appears to max out at 4K resolution, which means that you just get OIS at 8K on the main camera.

Low-light camera quality

The main camera holds up quite well in low-light conditions owning to some auto night enhancement. There is a decent amount of detail in the shots. Light sources are handled reasonably well, and there is some detail picked up in darker areas. Colors are close to real life too.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera low-light samples - f/1.8, ISO 772, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera low-light samples - f/1.8, ISO 825, 1/7s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera low-light samples - f/1.8, ISO 1594, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera low-light samples - f/1.8, ISO 1000, 1/7s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera low-light samples

Once you enable the dedicated Night mode, you get slightly sharper, even if a bit overprocessed output. The effect is not as dramatic on some other camera, but the baseline of the regular night-time photos is already quite good. The net effect of the mode is some mild highlight restoration but at least it doesn’t take too much time.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera night mode samples - f/1.8, ISO 434, 1/8s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera night mode samples - f/1.8, ISO 419, 1/7s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera night mode samples - f/1.8, ISO 791, 1/7s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera night mode samples - f/1.8, ISO 1031, 1/7s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP main camera night mode samples

The ultrawide camera is left to fend for itself and does so quite admirably relying on the general auto night enhancement. Sure, these shots are softer than we would have liked and don’t hold up to closer scrutiny. But the exposure is quite balanced and the shadows are not too dark, while not all light sources are clipped. Overall, a good showing here, but could have been even better with a dedicated Night mode.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP ultrawide camera low-light samples - f/2.2, ISO 2112, 1/20s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP ultrawide camera low-light samples - f/2.2, ISO 1600, 1/8s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP ultrawide camera low-light samples - f/2.2, ISO 1600, 1/8s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP ultrawide camera low-light samples - f/2.2, ISO 1600, 1/8s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 12.5MP ultrawide camera low-light samples

Low-light selfies look great for what they are. Skin texture looks decent, and the facial features are intact.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera low-light samples - f/2.4, ISO 1206, 1/8s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera low-light samples - f/2.4, ISO 1153, 1/8s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera low-light samples - f/2.4, ISO 1009, 1/8s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera low-light samples - f/2.4, ISO 1600, 1/13s - Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: 8MP selfie camera low-light samples

Colors are a bit off, but we can’t really ask for miracles here. Plus, the screen selfie flash seems to be the culprit, at least to an extent.

Low-light video from the main camera at 8K is solid, but not really flagship-grade. Noise is a bit more than we would have liked. Other than that, detail is good, and so are colors. Light sources are handled well too.

The ultrawide camera is a bit darker and noisier still. Even so, these videos remain very much usable.

Competition

While doing our market analysis for the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion, its features and pricing place it in a very competitive segment of the mid-range market.

Samsung’s Galaxy A line has been going very strong for several generations now. The Galaxy A53 5G is the latest in that line that roughly fits the same budget as the Edge 30 Fusion. Some of its highlights include a 6.5-inch, 120Hz Super AMOLED display, IP67 ingress protection, stereo speakers, a large 5,000 mAh battery and a potent camera setup with a 64MP, OIS-enabled snapper at the helm. The Edge 30 Fusion notably still has a few advantages of its own, like the autofocus-equipped selfie cam, faster charging and a much better chipset.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

Speaking of chipsets, there is plenty of reason not to be a massive fan of the Samsung Exynos one inside the Galaxy A53s 5G. If you are willing to compromise on some software support time and go for a slightly older model, the Galaxy A52s 5G is arguably a better option than its successor hardware-wise.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Xiaomi 12 Lite
Xiaomi Poco F4
Google Pixel 6a

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G • Xiaomi 12 Lite • Xiaomi Poco F4 • Google Pixel 6a

Xiaomi has more than a few interesting devices currently up on offer as well. The Xiaomi 12 Lite, for one, is an excellent all-rounder with its Dolby Vision and HDR10+ certified 120Hz AMOLED display and powerful 108MP main camera. If you go for it, you won’t be compromising on an excellent selfie experience either since it also has a 32MP selfie cam with autofocus.

Alternatively, you could also save a few bucks and go for the Redmi Note 11 Pro. It gets you most of the core specs and experience of the Xiaomi 12 Lite and a larger battery. Though, not necessarily better endurance, mostly due to the different chipset. The Redmi does have an SD card slot, though, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Also, stereo speakers. Though those are shared by all of the Xiaomi phones we mention here.

And we will mention one more model, this time from the Poco line – the F4. It’s sort of a middle-ground between the Xiaomi 12 Lite and the Redmi Note 11 Pro in terms of features and price. Its massive popularity is no coincidence, and it is definitely worth considering.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

If you are into Motorola’s clean UX, chances are you will also enjoy AOSP. You can easily lean into that fully by getting a Google Pixel 6a. You’ll always be on the bleeding edge of Android and can expect a lengthy software support cycle in the future. Plus, the Pixel 6a offers some great hardware like a 6.1-inch HDR OLED display, IP67 ingress protection, stereo speakers and a solid 4,410 mAh battery. Plus, Google’s computational photography experience is arguably one of the best in the industry, so you’ll be covered in the camera department.

Verdict

The Motorola Edge 30 Fusion is an incredibly well-rounded device. It sports a very classy design that just exudes a premium aura in so many ways, be it for its symmetry of lines or choice of materials and finishes. Beneath that gorgeous exterior is some great hardware, including an impressive 10-bit, HDR10+, 144Hz AMOLED display with excellent brightness and some of the most functional and dynamic high refresh rate handling around.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion review

The Snapdragon 888+ is still a great performer, with plenty of CPU and GPU power to throw around, despite some minor benchmarking hiccups which we encountered. It is surprisingly efficient, too, managing a solid 101-hour total endurance rating from the decently-sized 4,400 mAh. Standard Power Delivery charging is truly great to see, and so is the “ready for” platform that allows for heaps of extra PC-like functionality through the phone’s Type-C port beyond just snappy charging. The hybrid stereo speaker setup is another highlight of the experience, and we have plenty of praise to give out to the camera setup. The main cam, ultrawide and selfie all have excellent autofocus that really elevates the latter two’s capabilities. The camera experience is great all around.

Of course, the Edge 30 Fusion is not a perfect device by any means. We really wish Motorola went through the trouble to get a higher ingress protection rating. The Edge 30 Fusion is already being marketed as IP52 splash and dust resistant, and there is a sizeable gasket on the SIM tray. So, it seems like most of the engineering is already there.

The lack of a telephoto camera is another shortcoming, and so is the absence of expandable storage.

All things considered, we liked our time with the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion a lot. It’s a great phone that should seamlessly fit into most lifestyles and meet anything but the most specific and stringent requirements. It’s an honest, well-rounded phone that does not rely on any specific gimmick to stand out but instead works hard to seamlessly blend in as any great tool should. We give it a hearty recommendation.

Pros

  • Premium build and sophisticated look.
  • Bright, extra fluid 144Hz display, straightforward and dynamic HRR handling.
  • Solid battery life.
  • Very fast charging with standard USB Power Delivery peripherals.
  • Very good stereo speaker setup.
  • Clean Android 12 interface, additional Moto custom bits, ‘ready for’ PC-like capability.
  • Great all-around camera performance with low-light improvements compared to past Moto phones and autofocus on both the ultrawide and selfie cams.

Cons

  • No telephoto camera
  • Only IP52 splash and dust resistance.
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