New Moto G Stylus 5G brings massive battery, pen improvements

I was shocked to hear how popular the “stylus” versions of the Moto G are. I personally don’t see much value in having a passive stylus in the Galaxy Note compared to the highly responsive active stylus – I figured budget-conscious buyers wouldn’t spring for it. Obviously, the G Stylus has been the best-selling Moto G variant ever since it was introduced with the 2020 generation. And so, we’re here with a quick mid-cycle update for that model that adds 5G and other new specs.

The new Moto G Stylus 5G moves to a Snapdragon 480 5G processor to bring that all-important 5G radio (by the way, sub-6 only), and despite having a 4-series chip it’s effectively the same power-wise . Snapdragon 678 of the former model. This is paired with 4 or 6GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage before adding in a microSD card. You’ll find the same huge 6.8-inch display, a quad-camera led by a 48MP main sensor, and an apparently hefty set of dimensions, with a weight of 217-grams.

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Motorola has changed the physical design of the stylus, making it cylindrical (it was, for some reason, an oval before) so that it can slide smoothly into the phone without looking. It also has a large pop-out top to make it easy to remove from its silo.

There’s only one other notable change, but this is what really matters: the battery is 25% bigger, now 5000mAh. This lets Motorola claim “two days of battery life” once again, but believe me. Our review of the latest Moto G Power, which has similar battery capacity, was dominated by how great the battery life is.

Moto G Stylus 5G
Operating SystemAndroid 11
Display6.8-inch, FHD
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
Storage128/256GB, microSD expansion
charge10W Wired, USB-C
water resistancewater resistant design
rear camera 148MP, f/1.7
rear camera 25MP, f/2.2, Macro Lens
rear camera 38MP, f/2.2, 118-degree lens
rear camera 42MP depth sensor, f/2.4
front camera16MP, f/2.2
connectivity5G (Sub-6), Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, GPS, Bluetooth 5.1, FM radio, 3.5mm headphone
Dimensions169.54 x 77.48 x 9.35 mm, 217.5 g

have another subtle There are also benefits to grabbing the 5G version of the Moto G Stylus: It launches on Android 11, which means you’ll at least make it to Android 12 with Motorola promising to get just one software update. As far as the overall software experience goes you’re getting the classic clean take on Android with a handful of Motorola additions. It also includes an easy-to-use note-taking for the stylus and a floating quick action launcher to poke through that pen.

These are all nice little improvements to become a hugely popular budget-focused device. But adding 5G certainly comes with a notable cost. The Moto G Stylus 5G will retail for $399, while The Latest-Generation Moto G Stylus Currently Sells for Only $279. The bigger battery, stylus improvements, longer software runway, and 5G connectivity would be great additions… but so is saving over 30% and sticking with the 4G model.

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