Motorola Edge 50 Fusion review

GSMArena Team, 9 June 2024.

Introduction

After introducing the Edge 50 Pro and Edge 50 Ultra, Motorola added a third member to its Edge lineup in the Edge 50 Fusion. We would hesitate to call it the "runt of the litter" outright, but it is definitely the most attainable of the three. It currently retails for around €350 in Europe, while its Pro sibling goes for over €800, and the Ultra sits right at the €1,000 mark.

So, let's say that the title of midranger is solid and fits the Edge 50 Fusion quite well. Its Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 chipset definitely fits the bill nicely. But don't be quick to judge by that trait alone. The Edge 50 Fusion has plenty of niceties going for it, such as premium looks and IP68 ingress protection. Also, stereo speakers and a big 6.7-inch and fast 144Hz display.

Motorola Edge 50 Fusion specs at a glance:

  • Body: 161.9x73.1x7.9mm, 175g; Glass front, silicone polymer back (eco-leather), plastic frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 min).
  • Display: 6.70" P-OLED, 120Hz (LATAM), 144Hz (INT), 1600 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 393ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM7435-AB Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 (4 nm) - International, Qualcomm SM6450 Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (4 nm) - LATAM: Octa-core (4x2.40 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x1.95 GHz Cortex-A55) - International, Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) - LATAM; Adreno 710.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 2.2.
  • OS/Software: Android 14.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.9, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 1.0µm; Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f/2.2, 120-degree, 1.12µm, AF.
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 0.7µm.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; 68W wired, 50% in 15 min (advertised).
  • Connectivity: 5G; eSIM; Dual SIM; Wi-Fi 5; BT 5.2; NFC.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass; stereo speakers.

We should note that the Latin American version of the Edge 50 Fusion has some spec differences compared to the international model as it's closer to the Moto G Stylus 5G (2024). It has a 120Hz display instead of 144Hz and rocks a Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 chipset.

Back to the global model we are reviewing here, there are, naturally, some cutbacks on the Fusion's specs sheet compared to the Pro and the Ultra. For instance, the Fusion lacks a telephoto camera. Still, it's not all bad news since the main 50MP camera of the Fusion is pretty impressive on paper, and so is the 13MP ultrawide camera that has autofocus and doubles as a macro shooter.

Charging has also been downgraded slightly, and the Fusion only gets 68W wired charging with no wireless charging capabilities. On a more positive note, unlike the Pro and the Ultra that, both get 4,500 mAh battery packs, the Edge 50 Fusion has a bigger 5,000 mAh battery.

Unboxing

The Motorola Edge 50 Fusion comes in plastic-free packaging complete with soy ink printing. It ships in a thick, sturdy cardboard box without any elaborate color scheme. There is a cardboard cradle on the inside to hold the actual phone in place and a compartment for the accessories.

Motorola Edge 50 Fusion review

Speaking of which, the Edge 50 Fusion has a pretty rich accessory package. You get a 68W charger in the box along with a nice USB Type-C to Type-C cable. The cable contains an e-marker chip; however, it is passive. It can still do 5A of current, which at 20V translates to 100W. Data transfer through it is limited to USB 2.0 speeds or 480 Mbps. Also, in the retail box, you get a hard plastic case for the phone.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 14 Jun 2024
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Hdr10 only works on 10bit panels. Few sites mentioned that this phone is indeed a 10bit panel, not sure why GSMArena team has failed to identify it. There is no way that moto would ship this with an 8bit display when some of their low to mid ra...

Pricing is totally relative. It's cheaper to make. But is it cheaper to run in comparison to the last fusion? I would love the Snapdragon plus chips to perform better around the 8gen 2/3. With 8k videos that was a real good powerhouse pH moment(...

This phone is $550 US. It isn't that it is bad. Its the extra $100+ you'd pay for this over any other phone with similar specs released in the last 6 months. He did make a good point about Mi/One os though. Is it worth the money to no...