Motorola is launching new smartphones in its Edge series in India, the Motorola Edge 20 and the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion. Both cost less than Rs. 30,000 and sporty OLED displays as well as 5G-ready processors. I picked up the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion, the more affordable of these two devices. With prices starting at Rs. 21,499, does Edge 20 Fusion offer better value than the competition? Here are my first impressions.
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion Price in India
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion starts at Rs. 21,499 in India for its basic variant, which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Its superior variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs Rs. 22,999. You have two color options for Edge 20 Fusion: Electric Graphite and Cyber Teal. I had the first one to review.
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion features a large 6.7-inch full-HD + OLED screen. This panel has a 20:9 aspect ratio, 90Hz refresh rate, support for HDR10 and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. You can switch between different color modes and also adjust the color temperature of this monitor according to your preference. At the top of the screen is a hole that houses the 32 megapixel selfie shooter.
The frame of the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion is made of plastic and curves towards the back of the smartphone, making it comfortable to hold. Motorola opted for a fingerprint reader mounted on the side of the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion, which is integrated into the power switch on the right side. The scanner is easy to reach, although the volume buttons that are positioned above it need to be stretched a bit. On the left are the SIM tray and a button to invoke Google Assistant. The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion has a USB Type-C port on the bottom along with a 3.5mm headphone jack, main microphone and speaker. The top of the frame has only the secondary microphone.
Motorola opted for a plastic back panel and my Electric Graphite unit detected smudges quite easily. Edge 20 Fusion has a triple camera setup on the back. The module protrudes significantly, causing the device to wobble when kept on a flat surface. You get a 108 megapixel primary camera, an 8 megapixel ultra wide-angle camera, and a 2 megapixel depth sensor. The ultra-wide-angle camera is also capable of taking macro photos.
Motorola kept the device’s thickness at 8.25mm and weighs 185g. Edge 20 Fusion is also rated IP52 for splash resistance. You get a 5,000 mAh battery and a 30W Turbo charger in the box. The charger has a USB Type C output and a Type C to Type C cable is included in the box. You will also receive a box in the box.
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC and is offered in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants. Storage for both remains unchanged at 128GB. It has a dual-SIM hybrid slot arrangement and can accommodate two 5G SIMs or one SIM and one microSD card. You can expand the storage up to 512GB on this device.
In terms of software, you have Motorola’s slightly customized MyUX interface on top of Android 11, and my unit was running the August Android security patch. The UI is very similar to Android stock with the addition of a Moto and Facebook app (which can be uninstalled) in addition to the Google apps.
The Moto app has a list of Moto Actions, which are shortcut gestures you can use to perform actions on your phone. Older Moto actions, such as the double swipe to toggle the flashlight and the double crank gesture to start the camera, are still available. Motorola has promised an upgrade to Android 12 and Android 13 for the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion, along with two years of security updates. It also claims to offer enterprise-class security with its end-to-end ThinkShield for Mobile protection.
A notable software feature on the Edge 20 series is called Ready For. This allows you to connect your smartphone to an external monitor to use all your apps and games on one big screen. PC Ready lets you connect your smartphone to a Windows PC, but you’ll need a companion app for that. I will test this during the full review.
If you’re looking for a smartphone with clean software and capable hardware, the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion is promising. But how does this stack up against the competition? Stay tuned on Gadgets360 to find out.