Motorola continues to expand its budget-focused Moto G smartphone lineup with the latest additions bringing more 5G-enabled phones into the mix. One phone, the Moto G Stylus 5G for 2022, is a callback to last year’s stylus-equipped 5G phone, while the other, simply called the Moto G 5G, offers a low-cost 5G alternative to the mix.
This is all in line with Motorola’s apparent philosophy for the Moto G series: If this phone does not speak to you directly, we will offer you one that. And with newcomers offering 5G connectivity for under $500, budget-conscious shoppers probably won’t complain.
Here’s what you need to know about the Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) and Moto G 5G before both 5G phones hit stores in the coming weeks.
Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) and Moto G 5G specifications
|Moto G Stylus 5G (2022)||Moto G 5G|
|Screen size||6.8-inch FHD+ LCD screen||6.5-inch HD+ LCD display|
|CPU||Snapdragon 695 5G||MediaTek Dimension 700|
|Stretch||yes, up to 1TB||yes, up to 1TB|
|rear cameras||50MP wide; 8MP ultrawide; 2MP depth||50 MP wide, 2 MP deep, 2 MP macro|
|Cut off||6.6 x 3.0 x 0.37 inches||6.5×3.0x0.37|
|Dough||7.6 ounces||7.2 ounces|
|Colors||Steel Blue, Seafoam Green||moonlight gray|
Price and availability of Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) and Moto G 5G
The Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) arrives first, landing in stores on April 28, though you can pre-order the phone from today (April 21). The new version costs $499, a $100 markup over the Moto G Stylus 5G version released last year. (We’ll see what’s different with this year’s phone in a bit.)
You can order the Moto G Stylus 5G through Motorola.com, as well as retail sites like Best Buy, Walmart, and Walmart. Additionally, Motorola says that wireless carriers like Cricket Wireless, Dish, Boost Mobile, Republic Wireless, Verizon, AT&T, US Cellular Xfinity Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, Google Fi and Optimum Mobile will offer the new Moto G Stylus 5G in a few months. coming.
Verizon’s inclusion on this list of wireless carriers is notable, as it means the Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) works with this carrier’s mmWave-based 5G towers, though you must buy your phone directly from them. Verizon for this compatibility. The unlocked Moto G Stylus 5G supports sub-6GHz and C band.
As for the Moto G 5G, it inherits the $399 price tag from last year’s version of the Moto G Stylus 5G. It will arrive unlocked at Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon.com, and Motorola.com on May 19. In the coming months, Cricket Wireless, Dish, Boost Mobile, Republic Wireless, AT&T, Xfinity Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, US Cellular, Consumer Cellular, Google Fi and Optimum Mobile are among the carriers offering the Moto G 5G.
As you may have guessed from this list, the Moto G 5G only works with 5G networks below 6GHz, although like the Moto G Stylus 5G, this phone can also take advantage of the new C-Band 5G spectrum.
Moto G Stylus 5G (2022): what you need to know
Yeah, after hearing about a new Moto G Stylus, your first thought was, “Hasn’t Motorola just released one?” you certainly know your budget phones. The Moto G Stylus (2022) launched earlier this year, but it was an LTE-only model. This is the 5G version.
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More importantly, the latest Moto G Stylus 5G runs on a Snapdragon 695 5G chipset. Not only is it more powerful than the Snapdragon 480 5G in the latest Moto G Stylus 5G, but it’s much better than the Helio G88 in this year’s LTE version of the Stylus. Since that was our biggest complaint with the phone (performance was so slow), we hope the Moto G Stylus 5G is better equipped to handle all the apps you throw at it.
The screen is also more impressive. As with last year’s phone, you get a 6.8-inch panel with FHD+ resolution, but this time Motorola has increased the refresh rate to 120Hz for smoother scrolling and more immersive experiences. . A 5,000mAh battery delivers the multi-day battery life we’ve come to expect from Moto G phones, even with the power demands of a rapidly refreshing screen.
The Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) comes with a trio of cameras, highlighted by the 50 MP main lens and its optical image stabilization, a feature that Motorola claims will reduce blurry shots. The 8MP ultra-wide camera offers a 118-degree field of view, allowing you to capture four times more background detail than with the main lens. It also doubles as a macro lens, with a dedicated depth sensor to complement the rear cameras.
On the front, the 16MP selfie camera claims to offer a 4x improvement in low-light sensitivity. This should result in better selfies when the lights are low.
The highlight of the Moto G Stylus 5G remains the phone’s integrated stylus, which continues to be housed in a slot on the phone’s frame. Motorola claims that 95% of Moto G Stylus owners regularly use the built-in input device to take notes, create sketches and edit photos.
A new feature on this year’s phone creates live messages that you can send to recipients. Any sketch you make with Live Messages will appear as a line-by-line animation when you send it through popular messaging apps. It’s not the most productivity-boosting feature, but it does add a nice personal touch to the Moto G Stylus 5G’s bag of tricks.
One thing we wish Motorola would add to these phones is longer software support. The Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) is about to receive only one software update, which would be the Android 13 update that Google will release later this year. (It’s also the same update policy for the Moto G 5G.) Motorola continues to insist that a single software update is enough for customers looking for these kinds of budget phones, but in our opinion, this greatly limits the value of what it would otherwise be. . a promising phone at a low price.
Moto G 5G: what you need to know
At $399, the Moto G 5G has less impressive specs than the Moto G Stylus 5G (2022). Calling here is a phone with 5G connectivity that won’t break the bank.
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Motorola is turning to a MediaTek Dimensity 700 system-on-chip to power the Moto G 5G. Given the history we’ve had testing other MediaTek-powered Moto G phones over the past six months, everything from the Moto G Pure to the Moto G Power, that makes us a little nervous. All of these phones showed noticeable lag in our tests, especially when it came to launching apps like the camera app. We hope that the Moto G 5G will win this trend, but we are not sure. For what it’s worth, we got mixed results from the Realme 8 5G powered by Dimensity 700 when we tested this phone last year.
The refresh rate of the Moto G 5G’s 6.5-inch panel cannot match the 120Hz rate set by the Moto G Stylus 5G. But at 90Hz it’s still faster than you’d expect from a budget device, most of which are stuck with a fixed 60Hz refresh rate. The Moto G 5G has the same 5000mAh battery as the Moto G Stylus 5G, so battery life shouldn’t be an issue.
The Moto G 5G lacks the ultra-wide camera of the Moto G Stylus 5G, with macro and depth sensors instead alongside the 50MP main camera. There is also no optical image stabilization on this camera.
Outlook for Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) and Moto G 5G
From what we’ve seen of both phones so far, the Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) looks like an upgraded version of last year’s phone; Whether it’s worth the $100 premium over 2021 remains to be seen once we’ve had a chance to test the phone. Speaking of value, the Moto G 5G seems to appeal more to bargain hunters who want a 5G-ready device but don’t want to pay a high price for it. As with the new Moto G Stylus, we’ll see what kind of performance the Moto G 5G offers at this price once we get our hands on the latest addition to the growing Moto G family.