If you like the idea of having a stylus with your smartphone but don’t want to spend big bucks on a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, then Motorola might have the phone for you, as the brand has just announced two new handsets, one of which comes with a stylus.
The phone in question is the Moto G Stylus 5G (2022), and it’s designed to let you start typing without even unlocking the phone.
This successor to the previous Moto G Stylus 5G also boasts a 5,000mAh battery, 6.8-inch FHD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate, mid-range Snapdragon 695 chipset, 4 GB, 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of storage. – plus a microSD card slot.
The Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) also has a triple-lens rear camera, with a 50MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor, while on the front is a 16MP camera. The phone also has a 3.5mm headphone port, and it runs Android 12, and comes in Steel Blue and Seafoam Green tones.
The other new Motorola phone is the Moto G 5G, which is slightly less attractive but probably also cheaper. It has a 6.5-inch 720 x 1600 display with 90Hz refresh rate, 5000mAh battery with 10W charging, MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset, choice of 4GB or 6GB of RAM paired with 64GB or 256GB of storage and a microSD card insert.
The Moto G 5G further features a 50MP main camera, 2MP depth sensor, 2MP macro snapper and 13MP selfie camera, as well as a headphone port. 3.5mm and Android 12. This one just comes in Moonlight Grey. So it’s a bit more basic phone and it doesn’t come with a stylus.
There’s no word yet on an exact release date or price, but expect to see them soon, and likely with mid-range price tags. However, so far they’ve only been confirmed for the US, and that might not change, especially in the case of the Moto G Stylus 5G (2022), as its predecessor was also US-only.
Analysis: old pen vs new
You might be wondering exactly how upgraded the new Moto G Stylus 5G is over the old one, and the answer is that it’s significantly better.
The older model has a smaller 6.4-inch screen with a standard 60Hz refresh rate, a much smaller 4,000mAh battery, a lesser Snapdragon 665 chipset, just 4GB of RAM, less storage at the top end and slightly fewer megapixels on its main camera. (48).
We noted in our review of this phone that the performance and cameras were disappointing. So hopefully the upgrades here will fix that issue for the newer model.