Motorola has focussed on the affordable segment of the market a lot in recent year, but with the growth of Xiaomi and Realme, they have become increasingly irrelevant, not offering a great deal of value for money. It is not so much hey are bad phones, it’s just that other options offer better bang for your buck.
Motorola reinvigorated themselves with the launch of the new Motorola Razr which a beautiful piece of engineering demoing flexible OLED displays, but little more than that, offering poor specs for the price.
Recently, they got back into the flagship game with the launch of the Motorola Edge+ and Edge, both of which look good, but sadly the Edge+ is not coming to the UK for some reason.
Their latest launch, the Motorola One Fusion+, for me, seems to be the phone with the most commercial appeal in recent times and pits itself competitively against both Realme and Xiaomi.
With a launch price of 300-Euros, it is about the same price as the excellent Realme 6 and will likely be similar in pricing to the recently launched Redmi Note 9 Pro which has an official price of £249.
Chipset, RAM, Storage
For the chipset Motorola has opted for last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, that’s the none G one, which is unusual, and I think it would make it the 2nd phone to use this chipset.
It is a great chipset, but the extra oomph of the G model would have been nice. This should represent a considerable bump in performance compared to the Snapdragon 665 you find in other recent Motorola phones.
They are generous with the RAM and storage for the price, with 6GB Ram and 128GB plus the option to use microSD.
The similarly priced Realme 6 has 8GB and 128GB storage (there is a cheaper 4GB/64GB model), and this uses the MediaTek Helio G90T. This chipset should comfortably outperform the SD730 as it beats the SD730G in many benchmarks, but overall, in day to day usage, they should offer similar performance.
Then the Redmi Note 9 Pro uses the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G which is very similar to the SD730G, so again, it is better but not by a huge margin. The base model starts at 6GB/64GB but there is also a 6GB/128GB matching the Motorola.
Display & Design
All the phones have an IPS display running at roughly 1080 x 2400 pixels.
The Motorola is 6.5 inch and has no notch thanks to a pop-up selfie lens. However, they manage to have the smallest screen to body ratio thanks to a large chin on the bottom then relatively thick bezels around the edges. I kind of like the look, it is a little retro.
The Realme has the same size display, but this runs at 90hz giving you a smoother UI, however, they have a punch hole notch on the upper left of the screen.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is the largest at 6.67 inches, this runs at the normal 60Hz and also has a punch hole.
For the rear camera, they are almost identical with fractional differences in the f stop.
The primary lens for all three is identical with: 64 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
Then they all have an 8MP ultra-wide lens with a 1/4.0″ sensor.
Then they all have a relatively pointless macro and depth lens.
The selfie lens is also almost identical with 16 MP, but the Motorola camera is hidden thanks to the motorized lens.
The Redmi has the largest with a 5020 mAh battery and 30W charging.
Then Motorola with a 5000 mAh battery but this has the slowest charge of just 15W.
Finally the Realme 6 with 4300mAh but 30W charging the same as the Redmi.
The Realme and Redmi still offer better value for money when comparing specs on paper, but the Motorola is not far behind at all, and I much prefer the pop-up selfie camera.
If this gets picked up by networks (unlike Realme and Redmi) then this could make a superb mid-range contract phone.
Last update on 2021-05-11 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API