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Balance of performance and experience

Powering the Edge 30 Fusion is a year-old Qualcomm’s top-tier chip — the Snapdragon 888+ comes with 128GB of UFS 3.1 onboard storage and 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM. We’ve seen this configuration in dozens of smartphones for a year now, and it’s a competent configuration. So, how is Edge 30 Fusion different? Well, it’s the Moto app on Android that makes this phone stand out from the crowd.

Moto’s clean and slick Android app, or as the company likes to call it, MyUX, is well-loved, and just because you’re clean doesn’t mean you don’t get a few handy tricks. There are a lot of tricks, and they are not all tricks but they are also useful. Our favorite is the chop chop. You won’t find any bloatware, which is typical for Motorola but is becoming rare in today’s time, even in the premium segment. Since it depends on Android 12It also has material customization enabled.

Motorola promises two years of software updates, which means the phone should get Android 13 and Android 14. And three years of security updates is also promised. Although, we don’t know how timely these updates will be as the company has been a bit sloppy with updates lately.

In terms of raw performance, it performs as well as any Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or 8+ Gen 1 phone. The phone sails smoothly through everyday tasks and doesn’t break a sweat even during heavy loads. The gaming experience was also very good, and we didn’t find any major lags or stutters, but there were occasions during our intense testing sessions where we felt the graphics stutter after about half an hour.

One of the major issues with the Snapdragon 888+ chip is that it tends to heat up during intense workloads. Motorola says it put a vapor heatsink inside to keep temperatures down and, to an extent, keep the phone cool, but we found the top of the phone got hot after a 20-25-minute session of Call of Duty.