Finally after a long long time Motorola has launched a good mid-range smartphone in India – Motorola One Fusion Plus. So let’s explore this smartphone in Motorola One fusion Plus review. I’ll divide this review between the pros and cons, what I like and what do not like.
So let’s begin.
Motorola One Fusion Plus specifications
First, let’s take a quick look at the specifications of Motorola One Fusion Plus:
|Specifications||Motorola One Fusion Plus|
|Display||6.5-inch FHD+ IPS LCD|
|Software||Android 10, stock Android|
|RAM/ROM||6GB + 128GB|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G|
|Front camera||Motorized pop-up 16 MP, f/2.0|
|Rear cameras||64 MP, f/1.8, (wide)|
8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.2, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.2, (depth)
|Battery||Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable|
|Charging||18W fast charging|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity|
Design and Build Quality
Motorola One Fusion Plus is actually the best designed smartphone in this price segment. No smartphone is as good as this one.
The phone has a very clean design with no notch. Motorola is calling this their total vision display, thanks to pop-up selfie camera at the top of the phone. It also features fall detection. The bezels of this phone aren’t that thin especially the one at the bottom, so it feels like they missed it.
They didn’t include a notification LEDs somewhere on the phone. In the hand, the Motorola One Fusion Plus is a little heavy and it’s a larger phone, if you’re looking for something compact, the One Fusion Plus is not for you.
If you accidentally drop this smartphone in the water, you dont need to get panic because nothing will happen to this phone and I did check the Motorola website they say that it is splash resistant. So it looks like a nano coating is there on the One Fusion Plus.
Apart from this, if you look at this smartphone, you’ll notice that the bezels, especially bottom bezel of Motorola One Fusion Plus is a bit thicker as compared to its competitors.
Apart from that, the back is polycarbonate plastic, it kind of reminds me of the Samsung Galaxy A31. So best way to use it, is to put a case on it that is supplied in the box.
Fingerprint Sensor review: Now moving to another thing, this one has a fingerprint scanner at the back, so again it’s fine, I didn’t have any problem with this. Because of the animation, it takes about half a second but it is fast. It’s a very reliable fingerprint scanner, so if you prefer these physical fingerprint scanner, yeah you have this one.
This Motorola smartphone has a 6.5 inch IPS LCD display and if you look at it, there is no notch or anything on this, because it’s a full view screen and they have put the front-facing camera in a pop-up mechanism.
So you get that immersive experience. Some people don’t like those notches, so if you are that kind of a person, this smartphone is for you.
The quality of the screen is HDR10 certified and I would say the video watching experience on it is so good. It’s a good ideal screen.
The next thing that I really like is the user interface on this smartphone, it is almost stock Android interface that we are having, and again this is a very big thing in the mid-range market. It is stock Android without any ads or bloatware, and that is what I really loved on this.
You are simply not getting Stock Android Experience in the mid-range market. For example we have a lot of ads on other smartphones or a lot of bloatware and stuff like that. This is still that almost stock Android experience that you would expect.
Regarding updates, Motorola has said that this device will be getting the Android 11 update, now it’s on Android 10. I don’t think that security updates will be getting monthly, but looks like we might get it every 3 or 4 months. So that is also something you should know.
We also have a dedicated button for the Google Assistant and one extra button. If you present it, the Google assistant will come up. But it is very strange that inside the UI they haven’t actually given us an option to customize this, I don’t use Google assistant that much, so if they would have given up to customize it, that would have been great.
Performance and Gaming
The Motorola One Fusion Plus is also very fast and the processor used in this is Snapdragon 730G which is again a blazing fast processor. In the mid-range market, as of now, this is the most powerful processor that you can get and because of that, no lag or anything have noticed on this.
Because of it’s almost stock Android experience, it’s very fast phone and this comes with only one variant that is 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. I’m happy to say that that 6GB RAM handles everything you throw on it. You don’t have to worry about it.
Moving to the gaming performance of Motorola One Fusion Plus, because of Snapdragon 730G, the performance is very good. So again, the 730G, as you know, this is a gaming centric chipset and you can play most of the popular heavy games without any issues.
Calls: If we talk about the call quality and network, I would say the network reception is above average. It doesn’t denotes proper bar but I would say it’s slightly over one bar compared to many of the other phones.
Going to the ear peace, the ear peace quality is also good but I won’t say it’s the best. If I have to rate it, I would give it 8.5 out of 10. It’s not like I had any problem but I would say, I have seen better.
WiFi: Another thing that I liked is that it does not have any notification light or anything like that physically. But it has motor display. When you pick up the phone your display gets on and you get little dots located at the bottom of time widget. When you press on those dots, that gives you an idea of what’s happening on your Motorola One Fusion Plus.
Headphone jack and speakers: Next, if I talk about another small thing, this one has the 3.5mm headphone jack and I have to say the quality of output was actually good on this one. If you listen to a lot of music and have some good decent a 3.5 mm jack headphones, you will enjoy the music on this one. The speaker is also pretty loud.
Motorola One Fusion Plus Camera Review
If you look at the back, it has that quad camera set up, and the main camera is 64 MP, then we have 8 MP ultra-wide, 5 MP is macro, and the 2 MP depth sensor. The front-facing camera is pop up camera and it’s a 16 MP that you’re getting.
Here are some of the sample shots that I have taken with the One Fusion Plus:
As you can see the camera performance is actually really good. In fact, even when you take photos in artificial lighting conditions, One Fusion Plus smartphone performed pretty well. Only when the lighting conditions are very low, it struggles a little bit, but that’s the case with most of the mid-range smartphones. It also has the night mode, and it works very well.
Moving to the front facing camera, it has that pop-up camera that we are getting and the front facing camera performance is also very good. It’s a 16 MP sensor but it actually does pixel binning.
That means normal shots are actually at 4 MP and yes it does a good job but I felt that the front-facing camera in artificial lighting conditions does struggle up a little bit. Hopefully this can be fixed with the help of software update.
Battery and Charging
Now let’s move to one thing that is really impressive on this smartphone and that’s the battery. On paper it has that 5000 mAh battery and I have to say the battery results that I got on this one are amazing. In terms of screen on time, you can get around 9 hours to 11 hours of screen on time.
Here are the battery stats of Motorola One Fusion Plus:
As you can see with this battery stats and in terms of standby time that was also very good for most users. It will give you about two days of battery life and even for heavy users, you can expect about one and a half days of battery life, so that is one thing that really impressed.
It comes with a 18W fast charger in the box, so again in terms of battery life I really like that. I feel they could have gone with slightly higher wattage like 25W or something that type.
Motorola One Fusion Plus review: Conclusion
1. Top-notch battery life
2. Water-repellent body
3. Blazing fast gaming performance
4. Good photo quality with the main camera
5. Good portraits, macro shots, selfies
6. MicroSD card slot, 3.5mm jack
1. Unequal weight distribution
2. The ultrawide camera needs some improvements
3. The video capturing is not very good. No LED notification
If you’re looking for a phone without that fits nicely in a budget, in the lower mid-range, the Motorola One Fusion Plus should be at the top of your list.
Motorola One Fusion Plus has great battery life, solid design, amazing screen and good photo quality. There’s no telephoto camera, but the ultra-wide camera is the above average and the video capture is only decent.
But at this price, this isn’t much of a sacrifice. Even with all the competition like Poco M2 Pro, if you’re looking for a phone that has all the basics elements, you can take a look a this.
So overall I would say for the price of Rs 17,499, this is a very good Android phone.
That wraps up my Motorola One Fusion Plus review, do let me know which smartphone would you buy if you had Rs 17,000 to spend. Would you buy the Motorola One Fusion Plus or some other device? Let me know in the comments.