THE Motorola One Fusion it is one of the intermediary cell phones that reached the Brazilian market in the middle of 2020. With an official price of R $ 1,799, but can already be found at a discount, the model calls attention right away by the generosity of its battery: the component has 5,000 mAh.
Relying less on plugs is good, but that’s not all that matters. The One Fusion also features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen, Snapdragon 710 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a set of four cameras at the rear, the main one with a 48-megapixel sensor.
It is an interesting technical sheet for an intermediate device. But how does he behave in the daily routine? Is the overall performance good? Do the cameras convince? And that screen there? I tested the smartphone for two weeks and tell you the details from now on.
Motorola One Fusion video review
THE Tecnoblog is a technology-independent journalistic vehicle that helps people make their next purchase decision since 2005. Our product reviews are opinionated and have no advertising intent. For this reason, we always transparently highlight the positive and negative points of each product.
No company, manufacturer or store has paid the Tecnoblog to produce this content. Our reviews are not reviewed or approved by external agents. One Fusion was provided by Motorola on loan. The product will be returned to the company after testing.
Design, finish and audio
Motorola launched the One Fusion in two colors: sapphire blue and emerald green. The latter is the version that appears here. I already say: she is beautiful! It is a great option for those who like sober tones, but want to escape the tradition of black.
The finish is all plastic, but the material is firm and does not slip easily from the hands. Anyway, the One Fusion comes from the factory with a silicone cap that, we agree, is mandatory to use: scratching the back does not seem difficult at all.
To enhance the device, Motorola included a physical button for the Google Assistant at the top of the right side. The problem is that it is too close to the other buttons. It ends up being easy to confuse it with the on / off button, at least in the first days of use.
Worse: you cannot reprogram the button for other functions. It would be great to use it to activate the camera quickly, for example.
With respect to the other sides, the left houses the hybrid chip drawer (two SIM cards or a SIM card plus a microSD), the upper part has a connection for headphones and the lower one has the USB-C port.
Speaker? Motorola put this component in the rear. I did not like that. If you leave One Fusion on the table, for example, the sound will be a little muffled. The maximum volume can be high, but it is shrill with relative ease. Use headphones to be happy.
6.5 inches. This is a very generous size and, therefore, I think this screen deserved to be full HD +. But it is not. The Motorola One Fusion display is 1600 × 720 pixels and only 169 ppi. This means that, if you look at the icons well, for example, you will be able to distinguish pixels in some points.
Regarding the use of frontal space, the device gains points for having a drop-shaped notch. On the other hand, the model leaves a lot of space left on that chin down there.
One more detail: the maximum brightness is not the strongest. You can use One Fusion on the street on a sunny day, but in that condition, you may have to make some effort to see the contents of the screen.
Despite this, the experience of using the screen is not bad. This is an IPS LCD panel that displays vivid colors, so you can watch videos in a good way, for example. In addition, viewing at varying angles is decent for a display of this type.
The Motorola One Fusion comes standard with Android 10 and a slightly modified interface. In terms of software, the highlight is the already traditional set of customizations brought by the Moto app. Through it, you can quickly choose the layout of the icons on the home screen or change the background, for example.
There we also find the good old Moto Actions, which uses gestures with the device to activate certain features. I really like the option that turns on the flashlight when the cell phone is shaken twice in a row.
It also deserves mention, even if not new, the bottom bar that replaces the Android buttons. It is necessary to drag it upwards to check the applications that are open, for example. You may get in the way at first, but soon you get the hang of it and realize that this feature is very practical.
But I admit that some things irritate, like the Hello You, from Motorola itself. The application acts as a content hub with news about politics, business, technology and other subjects, in addition to indicating games and podcasts. It’s a really cool feature. The problem is that Hello You displays notifications very often.
In a “reversed exclamation point” Motorola placed four cameras. From top to bottom, they have 8 megapixels (wide angle), 48 megapixels (main), 5 megapixels (macro) and 2 megapixels (depth).
This is a good set, at least if we remember the middle category of the model. In good lighting conditions, photos taken with One Fusion have decent definition and good noise control.
However, I feel that there is a little more vividness in the colors, especially in the wide angle, although it has a tendency to exhibit slightly warmer tones compared to the main one.
The bonus here is the macro camera. Until she does a good job. Focused objects are displayed with an interesting level of sharpness. The problem is that the focus tests your patience. The focus easily fails even in bright environments, which forces you to take a deep breath and try several times to make the photo look good.
Finally, we have the simple depth camera. I found it curious that, even with it, the object in the foreground can have blur errors. Therefore, I wondered if it could not have simply been replaced by an equivalent software mode.
Motorola makes a point of highlighting Night Vision, a mode that promises to highlight colors and details in night scenes. It works. Sometimes, the result is somewhat forced, but depending on the circumstances, it can even make the image more interesting.
Up front, One Fusion brings an 8 megapixel camera that does its job well. I also missed a little more intense colors here, but, in general, the selfies made with this sensor show very good levels of detail in the foreground, even in low light conditions.
Performance and battery
The basic hardware of the Motorola One Fusion consists of an octa-core Snapdragon 710 chip, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB for data storage (but there is also a 128 GB version). Not that it wasn’t already clear, but it is at this point that we realize that, in fact, this is an intermediate cell phone.
Everything I ran here was executed without unexpected crashes or closings. No application took long to open, even the heaviest ones. However, I noticed slight choking when switching between apps when there are many of them open.
In addition, games like Asphalt 9: Legends and Breakneck they ran well, but in the first, I noticed a drop in the frame rate with the graphics set to the maximum level. If you leave games with automatic configuration or choose those that do not require a lot of resources, you will have no problems with that.
As you already know, the battery has 5,000 mAh. With this ability, it would be strange if it did not make One Fusion have enough autonomy. And he has. The device can easily stay up to two days from the outlet.
I did the battery tests over the course of a day, starting at 100% charge. It was two hours of Netflix with maximum screen brightness, plus half an hour of YouTube, about 40 minutes of Asphalt 9: Legends and Breakneck added, an hour of Spotify via speaker, almost an hour and a half of browsing and social networks (also added), in addition to a 10-minute call.
At the end of the day, around 10 pm, One Fusion still had around 55% charge. It’s just a shame that the recharge is not so fast: with the 10 W charger that comes with the smartphone, I had to wait about 2h30min to make the charge go from 10% to 100%.
Is Motorola One Fusion worth it?
The short answer is: yes, but with some considerations. It starts with the screen. It is true that Motorola reserved a more neat display for the One Fusion + (full HD + with HDR10), but the One Fusion deserved a higher resolution.
In addition, that sound output at the rear is not very cool. And between us, I would easily change that physical Google Assistant button to NFC, for example (yes, this feature is not present).
In return, the overall performance is consistent for an intermediary, the cell phone looks beautiful and sober at the same time, and the cameras don’t impress, but they do their job with dignity. We also take into account that the software is stable and quite customizable.
The strong point is the battery. Okay, 5,000 mAh is nothing new for Motorola. This same capacity is present in models such as Moto G8 Power and Motorola Edge +. In any case, it is good to see autonomy being treated with increasing priority.
But I recommend closing the deal only if the One Fusion is priced close to R $ 1,500 (or less). If you are going to pay R $ 1,799, as Motorola suggests, it is better to go for options that deliver a more balanced set of hardware, such as the Samsung Galaxy A51, which has a better screen, NFC and digital TV, for example, and can now be found for values between R $ 1,600 and R $ 1,700.
Motorola One Fusion
- Long battery life
- Sober and beautiful look
- Software with good customization options
- Decent set of cameras
- The screen deserved to be full HD +
- Speaker at the rear is not cool
- Missed a quick charger
- Screen: 6.5 inches, HD + (1600 × 720 pixels), 169 ppi, 20: 9 aspect ratio
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (2.2 GHz octa-core) with Adreno 616 GPU
- RAM: 4 GB
- Storage: 64 GB (tested model) or 128 GB expandable with microSD up to 512 GB
- Rear cameras:
- Main: 48 megapixel, aperture f / 1.7
- Wide angle: 8 megapixel, aperture f / 2.2, 118 degrees
- Macro: 5 megapixel, aperture f / 2.4
- Depth: 2 megapixel, aperture f / 2.4
- Frontal camera: 8 megapixel, aperture f / 2.2)
- Drums: 5,000 mAh with 10 W TurboPower charger
- Operational system: Android 10
- Connectivity: USB-C, connection for headphones, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11n, GPS, AGPS, Glonass, Galileo
- Sensors: fingerprint on the rear, proximity, gyroscope, accelerometer, brightness
- Dimensions and weight: 165 x 75.9 x 9.4 mm, 205 g
- Others: rear speaker, physical button for Google Assistant, emerald green or sapphire blue