Hands-on Moto Edge 20 Fusion Review: First Impression

Motorola has launched two new phones in India namely the Moto Edge 20 and Moto Edge 20 Fusion. Now, Edge as you may know showcases the brand’s better camp of phones. The newcomers might not be pricey, but do bring some good premium features to the table. And now a month since their debut, the Edge 20 series is finally here. Out of the two models, we at Smartprix have the Edge 20 Fusion in for a review.

Quickly, we have looked at it from head to toe and tried some of its highlight features. And we will be sharing our hands-on impression of the device. So, let’s begin with a glance at what all we get for the starting price of ₹21,499:

Moto Edge 20 Fusion Unboxing

The handset comes in a navy blue box with silver-colored branding on different sides. The lower half of the box protrudes, which is an unusual design choice as generally the upper cover wraps the bottom half. Anyway, within the Moto Edge 20 Fusion box, you’ll get the following:

  • The handset
  • TurboPower 30W Charger
  • Protective Case
  • SIM Card Tool
  • Booklets

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Dimensions and Weight: 166 x 76 x 8.25mm; About 185g
Screen: 6.7″ OLED FHD+ display, 20:9 Max Vision, DCI-P3 color space, HDR10, 90Hz refresh rate, 10-bit
CPU: MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G
GPU: Mali-G57 MC3
RAM: 6 / 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage: 128GB UFS 3.1 | Up to 512GB microSD card expandable
Rear cameras: 108MP main camera + 8MP ultrawide camera (with macro) + 2MP depth unit; 4K 30fps
Front camera: 32MP; 1080P 30fps
Battery: 5000mAh with 30W charging
OS: Android 11
Misc: 5G, Dual Nano Card Slot, Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack & Type-C 2.0 port, Bottom-ported speaker
Moto Edge 20 Fusion India Price: INR 21,499 (6+128GB); INR 22,999 (8+128GB)

And well, here’s the device:

Moto Edge 20 Fusion Design

Moto Edge 20 Fusion comes in two colors viz. Electric Graphite and Cyber Teal. Mine is the former and it has got a frosted finish in look and a soft feel to touch. I like the in-hand feel it offers, partly due to the aforesaid tactility, but also because of its lightness. At 185 grams, it is pretty handy.

Rest, while operating it in one hand, you might notice its flatness and the seams connecting the base, frame, and the top display. And some of you might even notice the absence of Moto dimple. The logo is there only, subtly visible under the camera bump. Yes, it is a hump indeed and without a case, the phone won’t sit flat on the floor. So, you may apply the bundled TPU case.

The case will also keep smudges at bay and give some shield against accidental drops to an extent. The company hasn’t mentioned the protection given on the screen. Fret not, I will try to get more detail about this.

Anyhoo, the Edge 20 Fusion is IP52 rated for dust and water resistance. This should grant limited protection against water spillage, drizzle, and dust contact.

Before moving to the next section, here are the stayers on the sides — volume rockers (right), power cum fingerprint key (right), SIM slot (left), Google Assistant button (left), USB-C 2.0 port (bottom), dual-mics (top and bottom), and speaker grille (bottom). The buttons are responsive and reachable albeit with some stretch (for my hands at least).

Unlocking with face and fingers is quick, although facial recognition needs some light. Once you unlock, you interact on this —

Moto Edge 20 Fusion Audiovisual

Moto Edge 20 Fusion flaunts a 6.7-inch OLED screen with a 20:9 aspect ratio. It is tall and broad for visual consumption. And you’d enjoy doing so as it is a 10-bit panel with FHD+ resolution, HDR10 contrasts, and color reproduction. Moto claims this display covers the DCI-P3 color gamut. And the presence of a 90Hz refresh rate makes the frame rate appear smoother.

In the display settings, you can lower the refresh rate to 60Hz (for better battery life), turn on Dark Theme, Night Light, Adaptive Brightness, Peek Display, color profile (Saturated vs Natural), and temperature, among various other things. We will address some of these things in the software part.

Now the only quibble I have for this display is the black border around it. I think Moto could’ve shaved a few millimeters off of it. Anyway, the margins are good for holding the device in landscape orientation.

While resting your index finger on the base of the phone for landscape gaming/usage, a few slits of the speaker grille is likely to get blocked. But that aside, the sound from it is fairly loud. If not that, then wire in an earphone to the 3.5mm jack or go wireless.

That brings us to —

Moto Edge 20 Fusion Connectivity

You can listen over wireless gear thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 support. There is also dual-band WiFi, NFC, GPS, and slots for dual SIMs with 4G as well as 5G connections. The compatible 5G bands (NR sub-6GHz) are n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40/n41/n77/n78/n66.

So the device is future-ready, so to speak. And at present, calls out of my Airtel VoLTE SIM and VoWiFi worked fine and clear.

Besides components for the aforementioned connectivity solutions, the insides of Edge 20 Fusion also comprises of —

Moto Edge 20 Fusion Performance

Motorola has armed the Edge 20 Fusion with Mediatek Dimensity 800U chipset. This is a 7nm chip comprising two Cortex A-76 (up to 2.4 GHz) performance cores and six Cortex A-55 (up to 2.0 GHz) efficiency cores. The internal hardware setup also includes Arm Mali-G57 GPU, up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

I’ll be putting it through its paces before the final review, but for now, know that the phone has been smooth for the most part. Well, it had to be ’cause it’s running on nearly stock Android 11. I call it nearly as there are some Moto goodies tacked on top of the base software. This includes stuff like the newly announced Ready For feature. This is Motorola’s attempt at bridging the gap between a phone and a big screen (PC or TV) by wirelessly sharing the screen or any content in particular. As per the company’s description, Ready For could be used for:

  • Access your phone apps and your PC files all on the same screen
  • Use your phone and all its apps on an external monitor for a complete desktop experience. You can even add a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse
  • Move your video calls and games to a big screen TV

Further, there are some rudimentary theming options, Peek Display (Moto’s Always useful and on Display), Screenshot toolkit, a few gestures for quickly opening flashlight, camera, etc, and Gametime toolbox.

As for gaming, BGMI runs at up to HD Graphics and High Frame Rate while the COD Mobile maxes at Medium Graphics and High Frame Rate.

Moving on…

Moto Edge 20 Fusion Camera

The camera setup stands out for its 108MP primary snapper by the back. The rear trio consists of an 8MP ultrawide camera with macro shooting ability and a 2MP depth-sensing module for portraits. On the flip side, the selfie camera houses a 32MP sensor.

For videography, you get up to 4K 30fps by the back and 1080P films from the front, also at 30 frames per sec.

Motorola has stuffed in a stack of modes like Night Vision, Portrait, Pro, Dual Capture, Slow Motion, Time Lapse, Spot Color, etc. Some of these would be fun to try. I haven’t or I must say, I couldn’t as I have been a bit under the weather for the past couple of days. Anyway, in the coming days, I will be going out and shooting.

And while I do so, I feel the battery should stay long. Because —

Moto Edge 20 Fusion Battery

There is a 5000mAh battery within the Edge 20 Fusion. And it comes backed by a 30W charger. The USB Cable is Type-C on both ends.

Since the device is running on ad-free and bloat-free Android, there would be relatively fewer background processes drinking up the juice. In addition, Motorola has also added some nifty features like Optimized Charging and Overcharge protection, lending more assurance.

But it’s all too early to say, as the jury is still out. Nonetheless, for now, here’s my quick take:

Moto Edge 20 Fusion First Impression

Motorola’s new phone brings ever-so-familiar Moto traits like the plain-vanilla design, interface, and ease of use. There are also things like a 108MP camera, 5000mAh battery, 30W charging, Dimensity 800U processor, 5G, LPDDR4x RAM, UFS 3.1 storage, and those 90Hz FHD+, OLED, and other display specs, which could be its Edge factors. Whether they turn out to be so, we will see in the full-fledged review of Moto Edge 20 Fusion. I’ll be back soon with all tests, benchmarks, and results. So, till then stay tuned.

Moto Edge 20 Fusion FAQ

Q. Does Moto Edge 20 Fusion has a dedicated microSD slot?

A. No, Moto Edge 20 Fusion has a hybrid SIM + SD Card slot. You can use either two SIMs or One SIM + One SD Card expandable up to 512GB.

Q. What is the SAR value of Moto Edge 20 Fusion?

A. Moto Edge 20 Fusion SAR values are: 1.28 W/kg @ 1gm (Head) & 1.30 W/kg @ 1gm (Body)

Q. Does Moto Edge 20 Fusion feature Gorilla Glass Protection?

A. Moto Edge 20 Fusion doesn’t come with Gorilla Glass.

Q. What are the 5G bands supported by Moto Edge 20 Fusion?

A. Moto Edge 20 Fusion supports the following bands: n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40/n41/n77/n78/n66

Q. Does Moto Edge 20 Fusion support dual-band WiFi?

A, Yes, Moto Edge 20 Fusion supports dual-band WiFi 6 (2.4GHz + 5GHz).

Q. Does Moto Edge 20 Fusion support VoWiFi or WiFi calling?

A. Yes, Moto Edge 20 Fusion does feature VoWiFi.

Q. How many microphones are on the Moto Edge 20 Fusion?

A. Moto Edge 20 Fusion comes with two microphones.

Q. Which is the Android update on Moto Edge 20 Fusion?

A. Moto Edge 20 Fusion ships with Android 11 software. At the time of writing, it has the June 05 2021 security update. The Google Play System update is also dated June 01, 2021.

Q. Does Moto Edge 20 Fusion feature 4K60 FPS?

A. The maximum video quality supported by Moto Edge 20 Fusion is 4K30 FPS. So, no 60 frames per second here.

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