The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion and Motorola Edge 20 recently launched in the sub-Rs. 30,000 segment in India. While the Edge 20 targets the top half of this segment, the Edge 20 Fusion is in the bottom half. I’ve got the Edge 20 Fusion for review, and it has some interesting specs, like a Dimensity 800U processor and a 108-megapixel primary camera on the back. Is this the mid-range smartphone we’ve all been waiting for, or does it make compromises that aren’t easy to ignore? I put the Edge 20 Fusion through our tests to find out.
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion price in India
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion starts at Rs. 21,499 for the base variant with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The other variant, with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, costs Rs. 22,999. Motorola offers the Edge 20 Fusion in two colors, Electric Graphite and Cyber Teal. I got the first one for this review.
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion design
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion is physically larger than the Edge 20 with which it was launched. The Edge 20 Fusion has a 6.7-inch screen with a centered camera hole and thin bezels on the sides. You get a large screen with an aspect ratio of 20:9. The smartphone has a plastic back and frame.
The Edge 20 Fusion has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button. I found the scanner’s placement convenient enough to unlock the smartphone when held in both hands. The volume buttons are located above the power button and require a rack to reach. Motorola has placed a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left side along with the SIM card tray. The Edge 20 Fusion has an IP52 rating and should be able to withstand splashes without any problems. At the bottom you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port, primary microphone and speaker. There is only a secondary microphone on the top.
Motorola has made the Edge 20 Fusion relatively slim at 8.25mm and weighs 185g. The back is made of plastic and curves slightly along the sides along with the frame. You get a triple camera module in the top left corner, which protrudes considerably, causing the phone to rock when placed on a flat surface. There are two more prominent lenses and a smaller one that sits above the flash. The back panel of my Electric Graphite Motorola Edge 20 Fusion unit was a fingerprint magnet and had to be wiped constantly to keep smudges away. Motorola does offer a case in the box.
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion Specifications
Motorola Edge 20 fusion has a large 6.7-inch OLED screen with Full HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and support for HDR10. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has good viewing angles and you can adjust both the color modes and the color temperature. The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor, with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The storage remains unchanged for both variants at 128 GB and you can increase this by up to 1 TB with a microSD card in the hybrid dual-SIM tray.
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion supports both dual 5G and dual 4G VoLTE. It also supports Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC and six satellite navigation systems. The Edge 20 Fusion packs a 5,000mAh battery and comes with a 30W TurboPower charger in the box. The included charger from Motorola has a USB Type-C output, and you get a Type-C to Type-C cable in the box.
Motorola ships the Edge 20 Fusion with Android 11 and the lightly skinned MyUX interface on top. My device was running the latest August Android security patch. Motorola has promised two Android version updates for the Edge 20 Fusion. The UI feels like stock Android, but you can customize colors, fonts, and icon shapes. Moto Actions, which let you open some apps or perform tasks with gestures, are also available on the Moto Edge 20 Fusion. Other than Facebook and the usual Google apps, you won’t find any pre-installed apps on this phone, and you can easily uninstall the former.
Motorola’s Ready For feature is pre-baked with the Motorola Edge 20 series. This connects your smartphone to an external display to use all your apps and games on a larger screen. Ready For PC lets you connect your Edge 20 Fusion to a Windows PC via a companion app, and it reminded me of Samsung’s Dex. This feature is limited to Windows only and you cannot use it with a Mac. The Edge 20 Fusion did connect wirelessly to my Windows laptop after I set up its app. All apps on the smartphone were accessible from the desktop, and I could also view incoming notifications and reply to messages. Alternatively, you can mirror the Edge 20 Fusion’s display.
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion Performance
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion gave me no reason to complain during the review period. It was fast to load apps and my 6GB RAM unit had no issues with multitasking. Motorola has implemented a RAM boost feature that can use some of the phone’s storage as additional RAM. On my device, it used 1.5 GB of storage to expand the RAM to 7.5 GB. This feature was enabled by default, but I was able to disable it.
Speaking of things that are enabled by default, the refresh rate on the Edge 20 Fusion is set to 90Hz, and that makes scrolling smooth. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner unlocks the device quickly and facial recognition didn’t take too long either. I especially enjoyed watching videos on the bright OLED panel, but I did think this phone needs slightly better speakers.
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion managed to score 369,120 points in AnTuTu. In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests, the phone scored 585 and 1,741 points, respectively. The Edge 20 Fusion achieved 69 fps and 17 fps respectively in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase benchmarks. These scores were slightly lower than the OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Review), which I tested earlier and which competes in the same segment.
I was playing Battleground Mobile India (BGMI) on this smartphone and it defaulted to HD graphics and high frame rate settings. I was able to play the game without any lag or stutter. It defaults to HD graphics and high frame rate settings. I played without any lag or stutter. After playing the game for 21 minutes, I noticed a 4 percent drop in battery level, but the Edge 20 barely felt warm to the touch. Motorola’s Gametime feature lets you block incoming calls and notifications while gaming, as well as quick access to your favorite apps.
I found the Edge 20 Fusion to be good for everyday use and it was able to run for about a day and a half on a single charge. In our HD video loop test, the phone managed to run for 15 hours and 26 minutes with the screen refresh rate set to 90Hz. In similar circumstances, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G managed a runtime of 19 hours 59 minutes. Charging the Edge 20 Fusion using the included 30W TurboPower charger brought it to 52 percent in 30 minutes and 88 percent in an hour.
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion Cameras
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion has a triple camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The ultra-wide angle camera has autofocus and is also capable of macro shots. For selfies, this phone has a 32 megapixel front camera. You won’t find the camera app overwhelming to use; it shows the photo and video modes by default, with all the others tucked away in a menu.
The shooting modes are split between photo and video, making it easy to pick exactly the one you want. Motorola offers modes like Spot Color that allow you to create a black and white image with just one color that you choose to filter through. With Dual Capture, you can take photos or videos with the primary camera and the selfie camera at the same time.
The 64 megapixel primary camera shoots 16 megapixel images with pixels by default. Daylight photos taken with the Motorola edge 20 Fusion in cloudy conditions were good. Distant objects had good detail and text was legible. However, dark areas lacked definition. The ultra-wide angle camera offers a wider field of view with a slightly different color tone compared to the primary sensor. These pictures were not as detailed as those taken with the primary camera.
The Edge 20 Fusion managed close-up photos quite well. Objects were clear with well-defined edges and the phone added a soft depth effect to the background. The ultra wide-angle camera also allows you to take 8 megapixel macro shots, and they have good details. Portrait shots had good edge detection and the subject was separated from the background quite well. It also let me set the level of blur before taking the shot.
Low-light photos had little noise, but seemed to be smoother. With the night mode, the output was slightly brighter with better details in the shadows.
Selfies taken with the 32-megapixel front shooter are pixel-binned, so you get 8-megapixel photos. These had good detail and looked natural, but were inconsistent with the color rendering. While shooting in portrait mode, the phone allowed me to set the level of background blur. Lowlight selfies also had good details.
Video recording tops out at 4K for the primary camera and 1080p for the selfie shooter. Video stabilization is available, but was turned off by default. The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion stabilized footage shot at 1080p well, but footage shot at 4K showed occasional jitters. Low light images had a shimmering effect in the output as you walked around.
The sub-Rs. The 25,000 segment is quite popular with consumers who want better features and performance. This segment used to consist of older smartphones at discounted prices, but things have now changed with recent models like the OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Review), Samsung Galaxy F62 (Review) and Realme X7 5G (Review).
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion is now also a contender here, and its Rs. The starting price of 21,499 makes it accessible to even those willing to go a little over an initial budget of Rs 20,000. This smartphone is packed with powerful hardware plus a clean, near-standard Android user interface that will appeal to purists. Motorola has also managed to undercut the OnePlus Nord CE 5G with Rs. 2,000, making the Edge 20 Fusion an easy smartphone to recommend at this price.