Moto Edge 20 Fusion First Impressions – I Hope Nokia is Observing Closely

The Moto Edge 20 Fusion features a 90Hz AMOLED screen, Dimensity 800U and 108MP triple camera.

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Moto Edge 20 Fusion

Of the two legacy smartphone brands that still exist today, Motorola clearly has a better pulse of the Indian market compared to Nokia. The new Moto Edge 20 series by Motorola is testament to that fact. Moto Edge 20 and the Edge 20 Fusion are two phones that pack all the specs and features that you expect from a phone in their respective price categories. The Edge 20 Fusion that I am going to be talking about today, has a laundry list of specs that helps it up against, or beat, the likes of segment favourites such as the Mi 10i and the OnePlus Nord CE.

Now, since Moto India has decided to go the staggered embargo route, I will only be sharing my first impressions of the Moto Edge 20 Fusion. Anyway, my full review and in-depth comparison is coming soon. So stay tuned for that.

Design

Moto Edge 20 fusion design

The first thing I noticed after holding the phone in my hand is that the Edge 20 Fusion is light. At 185gm, it feels considerably light for a big phone and most of this boils down to the fact that the entire phone is made of plastic. I am all for plastic phones if they can shave off some weight from the construction. However, what I am not a fan of are non-unibody designs. The Edge 20 Fusion has three distinct pieces connected together with evident seams. The plastic rear panel curves into the mid-frame. And, the display panel is stacked on top of that mid-frame. It doesn’t look very cohesive.

That said, the soft touch feel of the matte plastic rear feels pretty nice. And, the ergonomics and in-hand feel is great too. I also like the colour of the Electric Graphite variant. Most of the time it looks Grey with a nice sheen going for it but in White light you will see a Blue-ish tint. Also on the rear, is a two-step camera module that is very reminiscent of the Mi 11. It’s quite a bump that protrudes out of the rear and wobbles on the table. Even the in-box silicon cover can’t compensate for the bump, unfortunately. Furthermore, the rear panel also includes the Motorola logo but the iconic dimple is missing.

As for the rest of the design, you get a power button on the right edge along with a volume rocker. This power button also doubles up as the fingerprint scanner and it is fairly fast to unlock the phone. Interestingly, you also get a dedicated Google Assistant button on the right edge, along with a hybrid SIM tray, which accepts a couple of nano SIM cards or a nano SIM card and a microSD card up to 512GB in storage space. The bottom edge has a single speaker grille (not stereo), the Type-C port, and a headphone port, which is a good addition. What’s also a good addition is the IP52 rating on the phone, which protects it from light sprays of water.

Display

Moto Edge 20 Fusion display

I really like the display on the Moto Edge 20 Fusion. This 6.7-inch Full HD+ OLED display has an aspect ratio of 20:9. Additionally, you get a display refresh rate of 90Hz, support for HDR10+ content, and DCI-P3 colour space. I switched to the Natural colour mode as soon as I got the phone and the White Point was fantastic. The colours were bang on accurate too. I am sure this very well-tuned display has a Delta E of less than 2. Plus, this is a 10-bit panel and you can clearly see that it has a wider colour palette immediately.

I found the display fairly bright for outdoor usage as well. Plus, the in-software tweaks such as Peek Display are truly original features that no other brand, in my knowledge, has natively adopted yet. As for the glass protection, Motorola didn’t mention the make but did tell me that the glass cover on top of the Edge 20 Fusion’s display panel is as strong as Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Anyway, more about the display quality and comparisons with other phones in my full review of the phone.

Software

The one reason why I am excited to use a Moto phone after a while is to use stock Android with Motorola’s embellishments. By the way, the Moto Edge 20 series will get support for two more Android updates, which are Android 12 and Android 13.

Now, the 90Hz refresh rate experience on Stock Android is smooth but I will test it in detail for the full review. Anyway, on top of Android 11, you get the following Moto features:

    1. Personalisation options with custom styles and interactive wallpapers.
    2. Gestures. I counted eight different gestures that are possible. I love the twist to quickly capture a picture and the karate chop to switch on the torch.
    3. There’s added support of Thinkshield Mobile that works in the background to protect your phone against malware and the likes. This is particularly useful for IT managers who want to deploy phones among employees.
    4. Motorola also has something called Ready For, which is very similar to Samsung’s Dex mode. Ideally, it works on every display out there – including a dumb TV. But, Ready For support on the Edge 20 Fusion extends only to the PC. Anyway, you can use it wired or wirelessly. Will talk more about it in my full review.

Overall, software is one of the most exciting features on the Edge 20 series. I can assure you it feels a whole lot premium and considering that OnePlus is now in a transition phase with its Color OS codebase integration, I am certain a lot of folks craving for a stock experience will find the Moto Edge 20 series appealing. I know I do.

Camera

The Edge 20 Fusion uses the highest resolution 108MP Samsung HM2 sensor for its primary camera, which is paired with an f/1.9 aperture lens. The secondary camera is an 8MP ultrawide shooter, which also doubles up as the Macro shooter. The rear camera setup is completed by a 2MP depth camera. On the front, you get a 32MP selfie shooter. I am definitely going to do an in-depth MySmartPrice style camera test and compare it against the OnePlus Nord CE and Mi 10i, but my first impressions are mostly good. Please note that what follows is not my final verdict on the camera. The deep dive is essential and pending.

Anyway, I noticed that the colour reproduction is pretty natural for the most part and the images looked sharp too. Plus, the selfie camera spits out fairly neutral facial tones as well. The ultrawide and macro cameras do a fairly good job too, when presented with good light that is. And, the Night Vision Night Mode algorithm does crank up the saturation but brings out a lot of details missing in the original picture.

You also get a plethora of extra shooting modes. For example, the new Dual Capture mode for Photo and Video lets you use any sensor you want, including the ultrawide. So, that’s an added advantage. Basically, the Edge 20 Fusion does have all that you need to make a good photograph. But yes, the app’s UI is still very confusing and requires some rethinking on the part of Moto’s software engineers.

Performance

The Edge 20 Fusion has a Mediatek Dimensity 800U SoC. Under Rs 25,000, only the Snapdragon 860 and the Snapdragon 768G are more powerful chips. The Dimensity 800U is in the same league as the Snapdragon 750G and we’ve talked at length about it in previous videos as well. By the way, the phone is available in two RAM variants – 6GB and 8GB. Also, the 128GB internal storage runs at UFS 2.2 speeds.

In the time that I have had with the Edge 20 Fusion for this hands-on, it was plenty fast and I could play a lot of my favourite games without any hiccups too. Call of Duty runs at Medium graphics and High frame rates whereas BGMI can do Smooth/Ultra or HD/High, which is generally the maximum settings possible on the Dimensity 800U anyway. I will do some more detailed testing including benchmark runs in my full review.

Battery and Network

The Edge 20 Fusion has a 5000mAh battery and Motorola’s TurboPower 30 fast charging technology. I am yet to do the battery test on the phone, but I am hoping for a good performance with Stock Android’s optimisations.

The biggest advantage on the Moto Edge 20 Fusion is its networking capabilities. Not only do you get support for 4G carrier aggregation, you also get support for 13 5G bands in total, making it future proof.

Closing Thoughts

I firmly believe that the Edge 20 series could be the turning point for Motorola in India. The Edge 20 Fusion, especially, has a lot of grit and determination to bring the fight to the current market leaders. It is priced very well too. You can get the 6GB/128GB variant for Rs 21,499 and the 8GB/128GB variant for Rs 22,999.

I sincerely hope Nokia is taking cues from Motorola’s moves here if it has any plans to make any significant inroads into this brutal, brutal market. Now, before you make the decision to buy the Edge 20 Fusion, hold off. Wait for our review and comparison, which will drop soon.

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