Smartphones haven’t been the same since Apple launched the first iPhone with a capacitive touchscreen display designed for finger input. But some things are still easier to do with a fine-tipped pen or stylus than a finger, which explains why Samsung’s pricey pen-equipped Galaxy Note line of phones has remained popular over the years.

As expected, the new Moto G Stylus brings pen input to Motorola’s budget line of smartphones. While the phone may not let you do everything you could with a Samsung’s phone, Motorola’s phone will sell for just $300, which makes it about $650 cheaper than an entry-level Galaxy Note.

Motorola says the Moto G Stylus should be available in the US and Canada this spring. Or for $250 you’ll be able to pick up a Moto G Power with a bigger battery, but no stylus.

One big difference between Motorola’s stylus-enabled phone and Samsung’s is that the Moto G Stylus has a capacitive stylus. That means it won’t support pressure-sensitive input and you can’t hover it over the screen to perform actions. But it should make writing and drawing a little easier and more precise.

The other difference is that the Moto G Stylus is very much a mid-range phone with mid-range specs, as is its sibling, the Moto G Power

For the most part, the two phones have similar specs, including:

  • 6.4 inch, FHD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB storage + microSD card reader (up to 512GB)
  • Android 10
  • 16MP front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE Cat 13
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • USB-C
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 10W fast charging

There are a few key differences though. The Moto G Power lacks a stylus, but it has a 5,000 mAh battery compared with the 4,000 mAh battery for the Moto G Stylus.

Motorola says the Moto G Power gets up to 3 days of battery life on a charge, although that will obvsiouly vary depending on usage.

And while both phone shave three rear cameras, the Moto G Power sports a 16MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera, and a 2MP macro camera. The Moto G Stylus has 48MP primary, 16MP wide-angle, and 2MP Macro cameras. Both the primary and wide-angle cameras on the stylus-enabled phone support quad-pixel technology, which means they can combine data from multiple pixels for higher-quality 16MP images or 4MP wide-angle shots.

Moto G Stylus

Moto G Power

via Motorola


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3 replies on “Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power mid-range phones coming this spring”

  1. I think it’s kind of weird that they’d give the Z4 active stylus capabilities, but never market it that way, and then turn around and make a big deal about this phone even though it uses cruder stylus tech.

    1. Motorola has a few brilliant workers, surrounded by a lot of idiots.
      Heck, the brilliant people are probably from Lenovo anyway!

      See their dominance in the 2019-lineup for value:
      ~US $220 was the (4GB/64) Motorola G7 Plus – Midrange
      ~US $230 was the (6GB/128) Lenovo Z6 Lite – Midrange
      ~US $320 was the (6GB/128) Lenovo Z6 Pure – Midrange
      ~US $440 was the (8GB/256) Lenovo Z6 Pro – High-end phone
      ~US $580 was the (8GB/256) ZTE Axon10 Pro – Luxury phone
      ~US $750 was the (8GB/512) Samsung S10 Plus – Luxury phone

  2. Can’t believe they had to ruin it with NO NFC.

    Seriously, that’s an immediate deal-breaker for a lot of people.

    They’d have had a lock on a lot of customers, because the mid-range stylus slot is *completely* unoccupied (the LG Stylo doesn’t count, being barely even entry level).

    So dumb.

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