Motorola launches even more mid-range phones. The $499 Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) and $399 Moto G 5G (2022) are coming to the US in the coming weeks. Don't confuse today's $499 "Moto G Stylus 5G (2022)" with today's $299 "Moto G Stylus (2022)"; the "non-5G" version was just announced in February and is not being replaced.
Motorola rounds out its 2022 midrange lineup of $400 and $500 options
The $499 Moto G Stylus 5G does a job of differentiation, with a 6.8-inch, 2460×1080, 120Hz LCD screen as its main draw. Like the US$282 OnePlus Nord N20, Motorola's phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC. It's a 6nm chip with two 2.2GHz ARM Cortex-A78 cores, six 1GHz Cortex-A55 cores. .7 GHz and an Adreno 619 GPU. The Moto G Stylus 5G also has 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage and a 5,000 mAh battery.
The Moto G Stylus 5G comes in this pretty seafoam color.
Enlarge / The Moto G Stylus 5G is available in this lovely Seafoam color.
The Moto G Stylus 5G also has an NFC chip. No other Motorola mid-range phone includes NFC, so users are left out of tap-and-pay functionality. This is one of the biggest problems with Motorola's current line of mid-range phones.
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There's a side fingerprint reader, a USB-C port, a headphone jack, a microSD slot, and of course the eponymous stylus. Motorola notes that the device has an unspecified "water-repellent design" that is reserved for splashing, not submersion. The rear cameras include a 50 MP main sensor, an 8 MP wide-angle sensor and a 2 MP "Macro Vision depth sensor". The front camera is 16 MP.
The second option is the Moto G 5G, which will cost $399. This phone has a 6.5-inch 90 Hz 1600 × 720 LCD screen and a MediaTek Dimensity 700. The SoC is very close to the Qualcomm 695, with two 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A78 cores and six Cortex-A78 cores. 2 GHz A55 integrated in a 7nm Process. The phone has 6GB of RAM, a surprisingly high storage of 256GB, and a 5,000mAh battery. Like other mid-range Motorolas, there's no NFC, but there is a side fingerprint reader, a microSD slot, a USB-C port, and that "water-repellent design."
The Moto G 5G.
Enlarge / The Moto G 5G.
In the US, these two phones are in the same price range as the excellent $449 Pixel 5a (and likely the upcoming Pixel 6a), so they're going to be a tough sell. Motorola only promises one major update for these two phones, and right now they ship with Android 12. Part of what makes the Pixel A series so compelling is the included three years of updates from Google's day one, so Motorola hopes you'll like the best raw specs in a secure, up-to-date device.
The Moto G Stylus 5G hits stores on April 28, while the Moto G 5G will launch on May 19