Motorola might have dropped off your radar, but its Moto G line has been a worldwide success. With over 100 million handsets sold, the company is announcing two new mid-range Android handsets in the U.S. and Canada: the Moto G Stylus and the Moto G Power.
The Moto G Stylus Includes a … Stylus
Motorola might not be competing in the premium market with these handsets, but that hasn’t stopped the company from including the latest smartphone trends. As you can from the above images, the Moto G Stylus consists of a nearly bezel-less 6.4-inch FHD+ display, dual stereo speakers tuned by Dolby, with a 16MP hole-punch front-facing camera.
Under the hood, the Moto G Stylus is running Android 10 powered by a Snapdragon 665 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of built-in storage (with room for an additional 512GB via microSD card). The handset includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, 10w rapid charging over USB-C, and a 4,000mAh battery rated for two days of use.
Of course, the stylus is the focal point of the handset as it’s in the name of the handset. As soon as you pop the accessory out of the bottom of the phone, you can use it to take notes, edit photos, and interact with the operating system. A brand new Moto Notes app is launching with the Moto G Stylus that lets you jot down a note from anywhere, including the device’s lockscreen.
The back of the phone plays host to a 48MP f/1.7 primary camera, 2MP f/2.2 macro sensor, and 16MP f/2.2 “Action Cam” with a 117-degree ultra-wide-angle lens. Motorola states that it can use the primary sensor and “Quad Pixel” technology to capture 12MP images that are sharp and vibrant, no matter the lighting conditions. Just like the Motorola One Action, the Moto G Stylus’ action camera shoots landscape video even when held in portrait.
One thing to note with both of Motorola’s new phones is the fact that neither handset includes wireless charging or NFC. This means that you’ll only be able to use a wired USB-C charger and you won’t be able to use Google Pay for making payments.
The Moto G Stylus will be available unlocked this Spring for $299.99 in Mystic Indigo. U.S. customers can pick the device up from Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart, and Amazon. Carriers such as Verizon, Metro by T-Mobile, and Republic Wireless will start selling the smartphone shortly after that. Canadian users can purchase the device from Videotron.
The Moto G Power Packs a 5,000mAh Battery
The Moto G Power is almost identical to the Moto G Stylus, but it includes slightly lower specs, no built-in stylus, lower-quality cameras, and a bigger battery. Motorola claims that the phone’s 5,000mAh battery holds enough juice to keep the handset powered for three whole days of use.
The screen is the same 6.4-inch FHD+ display with a 16MP hole-punch front-facing camera. The Moto G Power’s internals are almost indistinguishable from the Moto G Stylus as it’s being powered by the Snapdragon 665 and 4GB of RAM. The most significant difference is the 64GB of built-in storage, though that can still be added to using a microSD card.
Around back, the phone includes a 16MP f/1.7 primary camera, 2MP f/2.2 macro lens, and an 8MP f/2.2 118-degree ultra-wide sensor. And again, the Moto G Power does not include wireless charging or NFC.
The Moto G Power will also be sold unlocked in the U.S. from Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart, and Amazon for $249.99 in Smoke Black. Verizon, U.S. Cellular, Consumer Cellular, Republic Wireless, and Xfinity Mobile will sell the handset at a later date. Canadian customers can pick up the phone from Videotron and at all Freedom Mobile retail locations.