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Motorola One Fusion+ review

Introduction

Motorola One Fusion+ seems like an easily likable phone with rich feature set. The One Fusion+ is Moto’s second phone with an unblemished screen thanks to a pop-up selfie, and it tries to offer the most bang for its €299 price.

It sure looks like the One Fusion+ can deliver on every front. Its HDR10 screen, uninterrupted at that, is perfect for movies and games. Then there is the powerful Snapdragon 730 chip – one of the best choices for the midrange class.

There is more, of course. The Fusion+ packs a familiar quad-camera on its back – regular, ultrawide, macro, and depth – but it also offers various shooting modes, including Night Vision. Then there is the large 5,000 mAh battery that should last you at least two days by Moto’s estimates. We will see about this in a bit, you bet.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe One Fusion+ boots rather clean Android 10 OS, but it is not part of the Android One distribution. It is just Google’s cleanest version with a bunch of unobtrusive Moto extras here and there, including a dedicated Gaming Mode and standby screen.

Motorola One Fusion+ specs

  • Body: 162.9×76.4×9.6mm, 210g; Gorilla Glass front, plastic frame and back. Splash-resistant.
  • Screen: 6.5″ IPS LCD, 1080x2340px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 385ppi; no cutout, HDR10.
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 730 (8nm): Octa-core CPU (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver); Adreno 618 GPU.
  • Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB built-in UFS 2.1 storage, (shared) microSD slot.
  • OS/Software: Android 10.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 64MP, Quad-Bayer, 1/1.72″ sensor, 0.8µm pixel size, 26mm equiv. focal length, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF. Ultrawide: 8MP, 1/4.0″, 1.12µm, 13mm, f/2.2, AF. Macro: 5MP, f/2.2. Depth: 2MP, f/2.2. Video recording: up to 2160p/30fps.
  • Front camera: 16MP, Quad-Bayer, f/2.0, 1.0µm, fixed focus. 1080p/30fps video recording.
  • Battery: 5,000mAh, 15W wired charging support
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; FM radio; 3.5mm headphone jack.

Just like many other Motorola budget phones, this one also packs this water-repellent nano-coating, which provides basic splash resistance over the internals of the phone and its ports. This is far from actual water-resistance and more like some peace of mind, but it may as well save your Moto once or twice when an accident occurs. And we all know such happen rather inevitably.

And in case you are wondering about the regular One Fusion model – you may as well never heard about it. The regular (and cheaper) version is limited to Latin America and the Middle East, and Motorola hasn’t shared any plans for a broader release.

Unboxing the Motorola One Fusion+

The Motorola One Fusion+ retail box contains the usual – you get an 18W charger, a USB-C cable, and a transparent silicone case.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThere is no screen protector shipping with the phone – if you were curious about that.

  • Anonymous

I clean my phone(current one’s metal back) with antiseptic liquid every week, is that gonna ruin the plastic back? Will plastic get sticky like melting over time? Cleaning my phone/stuff is must for me so I can’t stop doing it. P.S. I c…

  • Meatloaf7

I think the phone has everything. It looks nice with the pop up as I would use very sparingly. The bottom chin is big enough for the Motorola logo, why not? Be proud of my phone.´ My G 7 Power is very snappy with a 632 chip, so the 765? I’m sure…

Design, build, handling

The Motorola One Fusion+ is a well-built phone with eye-catchy paint and notch-free screen. Since it’s a budget device a few cuts had to be made on the way, but everything has come together nicely in the end.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe front is all Gorilla Glass, while the back is one giant plastic piece. Indeed, there is no standalone frame, the rear panel covers both the sides of the phone and its back. We have the Twilight Blue version that it has two different shades of dark blue mixing, with some very discreet S-shaped texture underneath.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewUnfortunately, while all these layers of paint and plastic look great, the back is a massive fingerprint magnet, and everything gets ruined quite fast. The bundled case helps, though it takes away from the cool looks. It’s a tough decision, we know.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewSo, the star of the show is surely the 6.5″ screen, which Motorola’s dubbed Total Vision. It is the second Moto so far with a notch-free design and the name surely suits it. The selfie camera is placed on a motorized pop-up module on top of the Fusion+ and so there was no need for a bunch of pixels to die.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe good news is that indeed this is probably the best way to get a complete immersive viewing experience. But if you have expected a bezel-less screen, you might be disappointed – the One Fusion+ has a noticeably large chin below the display.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewSuch thick bottom bezels are common in the midrange, especially when the panel is LCD one as it is not as thin as OLED and requires more space for, while its driver is usually hidden below the said chin.

Anyway, for a €299 phone, this is probably the most premium screen you can get with high-resolution, HDR10 support, and cutout-free at that, so we embrace that bezel. In fact, we think it may be better to have it when using the phone single-handedly.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe pop-up module is like the rest of such appendixes we’ve met – motorized and you can hear the mechanics beneath the thing working when it goes up or down. It contains the 16MP Quad-Bayer selfie camera and nothing else. The module pops only when needed and it is equipped with fall detection and automatically retracts if it detects the One Fusion+ is in free fall.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThere is one very tiny earpiece above the screen, almost unnoticeable. Unfortunately, Motorola chose not to put a notification LED light on the Fusion+.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewAs we mentioned above, the phone has a nearly 1cm thick sides, but the outside frame is part of the rear panel – something we used to call unibody in the past. It is a nice touch, even if it were made as part of cost cutting. Around the sides of the panel you’ll find all the keys, the 3.5mm jack and the USB-C port, there is also the hybrid-SIM tray at the top, and the speaker at the bottom.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe Fusion+ features a hardware Google Assistant key above its volume rocker and it does just that – invokes the Assistant. We weren’t able to reassign its functionality.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe plastic rear of the Motorola One Fusion+ is beautiful, no two ways about it. The two blue hues transition gracefully, and the subtle S-shaped texture looks really good up closely. If you want to preserve this beaty, regular cleaning is a must as fingerprints love stick and overstay.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe quad-camera is protruding just a little bit and it’s done in a 3+1 fashion. The 8MP ultrawide camera is separated above the triple arrangement with the main, macro, and depth snappers. A single-LED flash is around, too.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe One Fusion+ has its fingerprint scanner placed on the back and the Moto logo painted all over it. It’s of the always-on kind and works flawlessly.

The Motorola One Fusion+ measures 162.9 x 76.4 x 9.6 mm and weighs about 210g. That’s neither the thinners, nor the lighter 6.5-incher, but about what we’d expect for a phone with a large 5,000mAh battery. And while using it we felt it solid, but not hefty or thicker than expected.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe Motorola One Fusion+ feels good in hand, with the case or not, safe and solid, and we liked the time we spent with the Moto. It is a phone with a great build and its water-repellent coating adds even more value to its design. It is a large phone, and if you are fine with that, then you will like it just as easy as we did.

  • Anonymous

I clean my phone(current one’s metal back) with antiseptic liquid every week, is that gonna ruin the plastic back? Will plastic get sticky like melting over time? Cleaning my phone/stuff is must for me so I can’t stop doing it. P.S. I c…

  • Meatloaf7

I think the phone has everything. It looks nice with the pop up as I would use very sparingly. The bottom chin is big enough for the Motorola logo, why not? Be proud of my phone.´ My G 7 Power is very snappy with a 632 chip, so the 765? I’m sure…

Display

The Motorola One Fusion+ packs a 6.5″ IPS LCD screen with extended 1080p resolution and 20:9 aspect. The panel has no cutouts whatsoever, and it is protected by a piece of Gorilla Glass, an unspecified revision.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe Total Vision screen, as Motorola calls it, is sharp with 396ppi density. It supports HDR10 and thanks to the Widevine L1 DRM, you’d be able to enjoy high-res HDR10 content from Netflix and the likes.

We measured a maximum brightness if 454 nits in manual mode, and 562 nits in auto mode. That’s about the average for an LCD, and we’ve indeed seen brighter panels. Still, we had no issues even in the brightest of days.

The black levels of the One Fusion+ screen turned out quite good, too, and overall, the panel offers an excellent contrast ratio of about 1400:1.

The minimum brightness at the far left of the scrubber is 6.2 nits – a good one.

Display test 100% brightness
Black,cd/m2 White,cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Motorola One Fusion+ 0.319 454 1423:1
Motorola One Fusion+ (Max Auto) 0.4 562 1405:1
Motorola Moto G8 Plus 0.317 477 1505:1
Motorola Moto G8 Plus (Max Auto) 0.395 581 1471:1
Motorola Moto G8 Power 0.341 500 1466:1
Motorola Moto G8 Power (Max Auto) 0.53 741 1398:1
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S 0.303 421 1389:1
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Max Auto) 0.42 575 1369:1
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 0.355 456 1285:1
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (Max Auto) 0.487 616 1265:1
Realme 6 0.343 451 1315:1
Realme 6i 0.328 528 1610:1
Realme 6 Pro 0.318 421 1324:1
Samsung Galaxy A51 0 413
Samsung Galaxy A51 (Max Auto) 0 636
Huawei P40 Lite 0.425 461 1085:1
Huawei P40 Lite (Max Auto) 0.501 515 1028:1
Sony Xperia 10 II 0 379
Sony Xperia 10 II (Max Auto) 0 520

Color reproduction is consistently good on the One Fusion+. The default Saturated mode got us an average DeltaE of 4.3 against DCI-P3 targets, whereas in Natural we measured an average DeltaE of 2.0 against sRGB targets.

Battery life and charging

The Motorola One Fusion+ packs a massive 5,000 mAh battery, which should last you for more than two days of normal usage according to Motorola’s claims. The phone supports TurboPower fast charging and the provided 18W charger replenishes about 30% of the depleted battery in 30mins. Note that Motorola says the phone charges at 15W, meaning the adapter you get comes a bit overqualified for the job.

Quite expectedly, the One Fusion+ turned out to be a remarkable performer in our battery test with a 136-hour Endurance rating. It did a great job in all tested scenarios – video, calls, web browsing and even stand-by performance.

Motorola One Fusion Plus review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSer App. The endurance rating above denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Motorola One Fusion+ for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We’ve established this usage pattern so that our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you’re interested in the nitty-gritty. You can check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we’ve tested will compare under your own typical use.

Speaker test

The Motorola One Fusion+ has a single speaker firing out the bottom of the phone. It’s not overly loud, and it earned a ‘Good’ score in our test. The One Fusion+ also offers a balanced audio output with good overall presentation of bass, mids, and highs.

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Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal “0db” flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Audio output quality

We’ve recently discontinued our audio output quality test.

The reason for that is that most phones that arrived for testing were already excellent in this regard and whatever difference there was, it was marginal and probably indistinguishable to anything but our lab equipment.

  • Anonymous

I clean my phone(current one’s metal back) with antiseptic liquid every week, is that gonna ruin the plastic back? Will plastic get sticky like melting over time? Cleaning my phone/stuff is must for me so I can’t stop doing it. P.S. I c…

  • Meatloaf7

I think the phone has everything. It looks nice with the pop up as I would use very sparingly. The bottom chin is big enough for the Motorola logo, why not? Be proud of my phone.´ My G 7 Power is very snappy with a 632 chip, so the 765? I’m sure…

Android 10 with My UX

Motorola has settled on a mostly stock Android experience for its smartphones, even the ones that are not part of the Android One program – like the One Fusion+ here (confusing, isn’t it?). Even so, there’s an extensive list of custom features nicely bundled in the Moto App.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMoto Actions are an assortment of clever ways for interacting with the phone – including a karate chop for toggling the flashlight on or off, twist motion to launch the camera app, three-finger screenshot gesture, accelerometer-based ringtone silencing.

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Moto app • Moto app • Actions

Moto Display has just one option on the One Fusion+ – Peek Display – the not-always-on display. It will display notifications and let you interact with them right there on the lock screen plus it will wake up when you pick up your phone. Attentive display, a feature available on other Moto phones, is missing on the Fusion+ because the selfies camera is hidden and can’t track your face all the time.

There’s a new Personalization feature that lets you customize the look and feel of your Moto. You can play around with the size and layout of the icons on the homescreen, change the system font, and pick an accent color for the quick toggles.

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Peek Display • Personalization • Styles • Layout

Moto Gametime is the company’s set of tools for enhancing mobile gaming. It lets you filter out calls and notifications, block Moto Actions, the Performance section allows you to turn off adaptive brightness. An optional in-game floating icon called Toolkit gives you quick toggles for calls and notifications, access to your choice of two messaging apps as well as access to the full Gametime settings.

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Moto Gametime

The Motorola One Fusion+ relies on gesture navigation via a single elongated button in the center. Swiping upwards takes you to the home screen, a swipe up with a pause brings out the recent apps menu, swiping on the pill (left or right) switches between the last used apps. If you want Back, then just swipe anywhere from the edge of the screen. If, on the other hand, you want to have the classic three-button navigation, you switch to it from Settings.

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System navigation

All of these aside, the rest is pretty much Android 10 as Google intended it to be.

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Lockscreen • Homescreen • Folder view • App drawer • Task switcher • Quick toggles

The Motorola One Fusion+ also supports FM radio and there is a pre-installed app for that. You don’t see this every day, not anymore at least.

Performance and benchmarks

The Motorola One Fusion+ is powered by the Snapdragon 730 chip – one of the most popular upper-midrange platforms from Qualcomm. The Indian version of the Fusion+ runs on the Snapdragon 730G chip, which has a minor difference in the GPU clock but otherwise – identical to the 730.

The CPUs of both 730 and 730G are the same – octa-core processors with two Kryo 470 Gold (Cortex-A76) cores clocked at 2.2 GHz, and six Kryo 470 Silver (Cortex-A55) ones, working at 1.8 GHz. They are all built on an 8nm LPP node and hence pretty power efficient.

Both chips also have the same Adreno 618 GPU. But the one on the 730G is clocked 75 MHz higher and sits at 575 MHz. This is the only difference between the two chips.

The One Fusion+ is sold in only one configuration with 6GB RAM and 128GB UFS2.1 storage.

And now let’s run some tests, shall we?

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewWe ran a couple of benchmarks, and the CPU is shaping as an excellent performer. The Kirin 810 processor is a bit more powerful, but it’s available only in very limited Google-less phones for now. The Snapdragon 720G scores a fraction higher, but it has higher clock speed (2.2GHz vs 2.3GHz).

GeekBench 5.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

GeekBench 5.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

Same applies for the graphics performance – the Huawei beats all, but Google gets in the way of fame. Then the Adreno 618 within the Snapdragon 720G (Redmi Note 9 Pro) is a fraction better than the Adreno 616 as part of the Moto’s S730 chip.

Still, the GPU performance is plenty adequate for the class.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

Throwing all the components into the mix in Antutu, the One Fusion+ is on par with the Realme 6 Pro and Redmi K30. Once again, Huawei’s Kirin 810 proves superior, while the S720G-powered Redmi Note 9 Pro beasts the Moto by a whisker.

AnTuTu 8

Higher is better

The Motorola One Fusion+ offers a lot of bang for its attractive price and shows consistently strong numbers on the tests, no matter the tasks. Finally, the toughest challenge – gaming – is not only possible on the Fusion+, but a smooth experience at that.

  • Anonymous

I clean my phone(current one’s metal back) with antiseptic liquid every week, is that gonna ruin the plastic back? Will plastic get sticky like melting over time? Cleaning my phone/stuff is must for me so I can’t stop doing it. P.S. I c…

  • Meatloaf7

I think the phone has everything. It looks nice with the pop up as I would use very sparingly. The bottom chin is big enough for the Motorola logo, why not? Be proud of my phone.´ My G 7 Power is very snappy with a 632 chip, so the 765? I’m sure…

Quad-camera with macro and depth snappers

The Motorola One Fusion+ has a quad-camera on its back with three snappers and a 2MP depth sensor. There is a 64MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultrawide snapper, and a 5MP macro imager. A single LED flash is around, if you ever need it.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe primary camera uses a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Plus GW1 1/1.72″ sensor with 0.8µm pixels and f/1.8 lens. It is a Quad-Bayer imager and it will save 16MP photos, though high-res 64MP shooting mode is available as well. Phase-detect autofocus is supported.

The ultrawide camera uses an 8MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K4H4 1/4.0″ sensor with 1.12µm pixels behind f/2.2 lens. The focus is fixed.

The macro camera uses 5MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K5E9 1/5″ sensor with 1.12µm pixels. It supports autofocus between 4cm and 10cm distance. This camera can capture 720p videos.

The depth camera has 2MP OmniVision OV2180 sensor.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe pop-up selfie camera offers a 16MP OmniVision OV16A1Q 1/3.06″ sensor with 1.0µm pixels and Quad-Bayer filter. The sensor sits behind an f/2.2 aperture lens that has a fixed focus. Being a Quad Bayer type of module, the selfie cam takes 4MP images by default, but this one can be set to output 16MP shots if that’s necessary.

Motorola has been installing its own custom Camera app on the otherwise mostly stock Android software, and that’s the case on the One Fusion+, too. It is straightforward and functional with a swipe action for switching between stills, video, and assorted modes (tapping on the icons works too).

A set of quick settings is available in the viewfinder for the HDR modes (Auto/On/Off), flash modes (Auto/On/Off), self-timer (Off/3s/10s) and Active Photos (Auto/On/Off). There’s also a shortcut to the settings menu right in the viewfinder.

Night Vision and Macro camera can be found within the Modes selector.

The Manual mode is accessed from another toggle in the viewfinder – not the extra modes. It lets you dial in your own ISO (100-3200), shutter speed (1/6000s-1/3s), or exposure compensation (-2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV and 0.5EV increments), as well as pick a white balance by light temperature (with markings for common light types), and you can manually adjust focus – all pretty standard. There’s also a tiny live histogram.

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Camera app

Image Quality

The main camera saves 16MP by default and those we took in broad daylight turned out excellent, especially for this budget class. They photos have excellent contrast and dynamic range, and true to life colors. There is no visible noise whatsoever. The sharpening is one bit more aggressive that we would have preferred, but it does not ruin the overall great quality.

We shot the photos below with Auto HDR as intended by Motorola. And it triggers all the time during the day. It boosts the dynamic range a lot, plus – it also gets rid of noise. There might be minor loss in detail because of the HDR, but it is barely noticeable, and we suggest leaving the HDR setting to Auto.

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Main camera, 16MP, Auto HDR

And here are the same photos show with HDR forced off.

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Main camera, 16MP, HDR off

There is a high-res 64MP mode and it does a stunning job. The 64MP images look like the real deal with exceptional detail, great contrast and colors. They can’t benefit from Auto HDR, so their dynamic range is not as great as on the default photos.

Note that shooting in 64MP takes a couple of seconds and one photo weighs about 30MB.

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Main camera, 64MP

Now, the million-dollar question – can you get better 16MP shots from downsizing the 64MP ones? Short answer – yes.

If you want to get more detailed image, one that’s not over-sharpened, shooting in 64MP and then manually downsizing to 16MP is the way. Is it worth the hassle? We will leave that for you to decide.

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64MP-to-16MP

The Fusion+ has an 8MP ultrawide camera and yet its photos are upscaled to 16MP when saved. And they are far from good – the detail is extremely poor. The photos do fit a lot inside thanks to the 13mm lens, their contrast and colors are very good, as is the dynamic range, but these images won’t hold up under closer scrutiny.

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Ultrawide camera, 16MP

Now, what about if we look the same photos in the native 8MP resolution? Well, the detail is still rather poor, so if you are going to downsize them, it better be to 5MP or so.

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Ultrawide camera, 8MP (manually downscaled)

The 5MP macro cam has a dedicated shooting mode, and it focuses pretty well on the subjects. The images are not exceling in detail or contrast, but they are macro alright. We give Motorola points for making macro mode easy by giving this camera autofocus capabilities – few are that generous.

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Macro camera, 5MP

The 2MP depth sensor comes in handy when shooting portraits. The 16MP portraits taken with the main camera are excellent – the detail is abundant, the contrast is great, and the subject separation is proficient enough for this class. The artificial blur looks quite good, too.

Portraits, 16MP, main camera - f/1.8, ISO 101, 1/100s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewPortraits, 16MP, main camera - f/1.8, ISO 322, 1/33s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewPortraits, 16MP, main camera - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/261s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewPortraits, 16MP, main camera - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/151s - Motorola One Fusion Plus review


Portraits, 16MP, main camera

Now, let’s look at some night photos. The main camera’s Auto HDR is not as trigger happy as it is in daylight. All the photos below were taken with HDR and they are very good, if not great. The detail is high, the highlights are restored pretty well, the noise is low, and overall – the contrast and the color saturation are excellent.

Main camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 1925, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 1453, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 8416, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 4064, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 3456, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 10208, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 5088, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus review


Main camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR triggered)

If the Auto HDR decides not to trigger, you would get noisier images with blown highlights. We recommend leaving the Auto HDR always on – as intended by Motorola.

Main camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR not triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 1953, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR not triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 1475, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR not triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 8672, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR not triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 3904, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR not triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 12384, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR not triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 10848, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR not triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 12384, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR not triggered) - f/1.8, ISO 25568, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus review


Main camera, 16MP, Auto HDR (HDR not triggered)

Night Vision is available on the main camera of the One Fusion+ and it does a fabulous job in making a night picture bright, colorful and contrasty. It pops more detail in highlights and shadows, and makes for a bright night photo, at the expense of some detail and over-sharpening.

Main camera, 16MP, Night Vision - f/1.8, ISO 2134, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Night Vision - f/1.8, ISO 1763, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Night Vision - f/1.8, ISO 9920, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Night Vision - f/1.8, ISO 4064, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Night Vision - f/1.8, ISO 3264, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Night Vision - f/1.8, ISO 11008, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Night Vision - f/1.8, ISO 5408, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Night Vision - f/1.8, ISO 10688, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Night Vision - f/1.8, ISO 9504, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Night Vision - f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/500s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewMain camera, 16MP, Night Vision - f/1.8, ISO 25568, 1/20s - Motorola One Fusion Plus review


Main camera, 16MP, Night Vision

The ultrawide photos aren’t worse than any other similar camera at night, but the upscaling to 16MP makes them look bad. You can see what’s in the photos, be it at 16MP or 8MP. We doubt anyone will be using this camera in low-light conditions.

Ultrawide camera, 16MP - f/2.2, ISO 759, 1/14s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewUltrawide camera, 16MP - f/2.2, ISO 797, 1/14s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewUltrawide camera, 16MP - f/2.2, ISO 4064, 1/10s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewUltrawide camera, 16MP - f/2.2, ISO 6288, 1/10s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewUltrawide camera, 16MP - f/2.2, ISO 5584, 1/10s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewUltrawide camera, 16MP - f/2.2, ISO 6336, 1/10s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewUltrawide camera, 16MP - f/2.2, ISO 6336, 1/10s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewUltrawide camera, 16MP - f/2.2, ISO 1680, 1/10s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewUltrawide camera, 16MP - f/2.2, ISO 6288, 1/10s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewUltrawide camera, 16MP - f/2.2, ISO 1331, 1/10s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewUltrawide camera, 16MP - f/2.2, ISO 1331, 1/10s - Motorola One Fusion Plus review


Ultrawide camera, 16MP

Once you’re done with the real world samples, head over to our Photo compare tool to see how the Motorola One Fusion+ stacks up against the competition.

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Motorola One Fusion+ against the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 in our Photo compare tool

Selfies

The selfie camera on Motorola One Fusion+ is on a motorized pop-up module and it rises every time you switch to selfie mode. The snapper has a 16MP Quad-Bayer shooter behind f/2.2 fixed-focus lens. It saves 4MP images by default, as it should, but if you want – you can set it up to save upscaled 16MP photos instead.

The 4MP images present very good detail, colors and contrast. The dynamic range is limited, but the Auto HDR helps expanding that a lot.

Selfies, 4MP - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/272s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewSelfies, 4MP - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/302s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewSelfies, 4MP - f/2.2, ISO 113, 1/100s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewSelfies, 4MP - f/2.2, ISO 184, 1/100s - Motorola One Fusion Plus review


Selfies, 4MP

Portraits are possible with the selfie camera and they aren’t bad – the subject separation isn’t perfect but the algorithm masks this with blur and the results are acceptable. We’ve seen much better, but we’ve also seen much worse.

Portrait selfies, 4MP - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/277s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewPortrait selfies, 4MP - f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/311s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewPortrait selfies, 4MP - f/2.2, ISO 113, 1/100s - Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewPortrait selfies, 4MP - f/2.2, ISO 186, 1/100s - Motorola One Fusion Plus review


Portrait selfies, 4MP

Video recording

The Motorola One Fusion+ records 4K@30fps and 1080p@30/60fps videos with its main camera, while the ultrawide and macro snappers are limited to 1080p@30fps clips.

All videos feature stereo audio with 256Kbps bit rate.

The 4K footage from the main camera is has good resolved detail, though we expected a bit more from a video captured at 50Mbps video bitrate. Colors are pleasingly saturated and the contrast is nice. The dynamic range could have been higher, but it’s not bad either.

The 1080p clips shot at 30fps are great across the board – detail, contrast, colors. They are unnecessary over-sharpened though, while the dynamic range is rather limited.

Then the Full HD videos at 60fps from the main camera are extremely poor in detail and the processing tries to mask this with excessive over-sharpening. You should stay away from this mode.

The 1080p clips from the ultrawide camera are very soft, but otherwise pretty good.

You can use electronic stabilization on any camera and any mode, although it worked only on the 1080p@30fps mode on the main camera. Maybe a software update will fix that.

And here, you will be able to compare the Motorola One Fusion+ to the competition in our Video Compare Tool.

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Motorola One Fusion+ vs. Redmi Note 9 Pro vs. Realme 6 in our 4K video compare tool

  • Anonymous

I clean my phone(current one’s metal back) with antiseptic liquid every week, is that gonna ruin the plastic back? Will plastic get sticky like melting over time? Cleaning my phone/stuff is must for me so I can’t stop doing it. P.S. I c…

  • Meatloaf7

I think the phone has everything. It looks nice with the pop up as I would use very sparingly. The bottom chin is big enough for the Motorola logo, why not? Be proud of my phone.´ My G 7 Power is very snappy with a 632 chip, so the 765? I’m sure…

Wrap-up

The Motorola One Fusion+ joins an already wide array of attractive budget offers. It is a mid-range phone, featuring some high-tier hardware, and yet – one priced quite low. Indeed, it offers great bang for your buck and you won’t be disappointed if you happen to get one.

The One Fusion+ has a lot to offer – the notch-free HDR10 screen is still a rare sight, and many will like it just for that. Maybe not the avid selfies enthusiasts, but still. Then there is its snappy hardware and large battery that will allow for long gaming sessions, or days of normal usage.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThe camera was surprisingly good, both day and night, and it is versatile enough to push you into taking some creative photos. The ultrawide camera needs some improvement and here is hoping Motorola will deliver it eventually.

Finally, the clean and fast Android 10 with the Moto enhancements will be a joy to use for Android purists. Updates are usually regular on the Moto phones, so that’s another bonus.

Of course, there are plenty other cool offers, so let’s take a look at a few.

Alternatives

The Motorola One Fusion+ costs €299 in Europe and it comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Realme is selling the 8GB+128GB Realme 6 at the same price and its quite an interesting offer with 90Hz screen, similar processing power, and pretty much the same quad-camera. The Realme 6 beats the Moto with higher-refresh rate screen, faster charging, and better ultrawide camera, but the One Fusion+ has HDR10 notch-free screen, better battery life, and louder speaker.

Then there is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro. Its 6GB+128GB model is about €40 cheaper than the Moto, and while it matches the speed and the camera prowess of the Moto, its screen has punch-hole and its MIUI is the opposite of vanilla Android.

If you are into OLEDs, then the Samsung Galaxy A51 is a particularly good alternative. It has a large 6.5″ Super AMOLED with a small punch-hole, good gaming skills and similar camera arrangement. Its battery life is far inferior though, there is no water protection at all, and the screen does not support HDR10.

Finally, if you can leave without Google services, the Huawei P40 Lite could be a good option. The Kirin 810 is a beast in the mid-range and excellent for gaming, its camera quad-camera of similar setup is great in quality, and the battery life and charging speeds are exceptional. What’s even better is that the P40 Lite is nearly €100 cheaper than the Moto. It remains to be seen if that’s how much Google’s stuff is worth to you.

Realme 6Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 ProSamsung Galaxy A51Huawei P40 lite


Realme 6 • Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro • Samsung Galaxy A51 • Huawei P40 lite

The verdict

The Motorola One Fusion+ is among the best phones you can buy on the cheap. It has an excellent immersive screen, great performance for gaming on the go, capable and versatile camera setup, and astonishing battery autonomy.

Motorola One Fusion Plus reviewThat is why it is really simple with the One Fusion+. If your budget is around €300, it must be near the top of your shortlist.

Pros

  • Unblemished HDR10 large screen with excellent contrast
  • Top-notch battery life
  • Water-repellent body
  • Skilled hardware suitable for gaming on the go
  • Vanilla Android 10 with some nice Moto tricks
  • Great photo quality day and night with the main camera
  • Good portraits, macro, selfies
  • FM radio, microSD slot, 3.5mm jack

Cons

  • The ultrawide camera needs some work
  • The video capturing is so-so
  • No NFC
  • Using a motorized pop-up selfie camera has its quirks – it’s slower and there are concerns about reliability in the long run but we think it should be fine

Current prices

  • Anonymous

I clean my phone(current one’s metal back) with antiseptic liquid every week, is that gonna ruin the plastic back? Will plastic get sticky like melting over time? Cleaning my phone/stuff is must for me so I can’t stop doing it. P.S. I c…

  • Meatloaf7

I think the phone has everything. It looks nice with the pop up as I would use very sparingly. The bottom chin is big enough for the Motorola logo, why not? Be proud of my phone.´ My G 7 Power is very snappy with a 632 chip, so the 765? I’m sure…

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