Moto G 5G and Moto G Stylus 5G officially revealed, with high prices and only one Android update

Moto G 5G and Moto G Stylus 5G officially revealed, with high prices and only one Android update

Motorola has already released several Moto G phones this year, including the Moto G Stylus 2022 and Moto G Power 2022, but there are even more models on the way. The company just revealed two 5G-capable budget phones, the Moto G 5 G and Moto G Stylus 5G, which look like some of the worst deals in the budget smartphone world right now — even in the uncompetitive United States market.

The Moto G 5G and Moto G Stylus 5G have a lot in common, with the same 5,000mAh battery, 10W wired charging (yes, it doesn’t actually go faster than 10W), side-mounted fingerprint sensor, microSD card slot, headphone jack, 50MP main camera, and Android 12-based software. Motorola is only promising one OS update for both phones, presumably to Android 13, as well as security updates for “up to three years.”

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The similarities stop there, though. The Moto G 5G is a bit smaller, with a 6.6-inch 720p screen, while the Moto G Stylus has a larger 6.8-inch display and a faster 120Hz refresh rate. The phones also have different chipsets: a MediaTek Dimensity 700 on the Moto G, and a Snapdragon 695 on the Moto G Stylus. The Moto G Stylus also has a higher minimum storage, and the addition of NFC. That’s right, the regular Moto G 5G does not support NFC.

Specification Moto G 5G Moto G Stylus 5G
Build “Water repellent” design “Water repellent” design
Dimensions & Weight
  • 165.4 x 75.8 x 9.44 mm
  • 204 g
  • 168.9 x 75.8 x 9.3 mm
  • 215 g
Display
  • 6.6-inch 1600 x 720
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • 6.8-inch “FHD+”
  • 120Hz refresh rate
SoC MediaTek Dimensity 700 Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
RAM & Storage
  • 64/256GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot (up to 1TB)
  • 128/256GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot (up to 1TB)
Battery & Charging
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 10W wired charging
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 10W wired charging
Security Side-mounted fingerprint sensor Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Rear Camera(s)
  • 50MP main camera
  • 2MP macro camera
  • 2MP depth sensor
  • 50MP main camera
  • 8MP ultra-wide angle camera (118-degree FOV)
  • 2MP depth sensor
Front Camera(s) 13MP 16MP
Ports
  • USB 2.0 Type-C
  • Headphone jack
  • USB 2.0 Type-C
  • Headphone jack
Audio Bottom-ported loudspeaker Bottom-ported loudspeaker
Connectivity
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
  • No NFC
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
  • NFC
Software
  • Android 12 with My UX
  • “Up to three years” of security updates
  • One OS update promised
  • Android 12 with My UX
  • “Up to three years” of security updates
  • One OS update promised
Other Features
  • 10W charger included in box
  • Notification LED
  • FM radio
  • 10W charger included in box
  • Notification LED
  • FM radio
  • Built-in stylus

Motorola plans to sell the Moto G 5G carrier-unlocked at Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, and Motorola.com starting May 19 in the United States, with a release date in Canada “in the coming months.” The carrier-unlocked Moto G Stylus will be available sooner, arriving at Amazon, Walmart, and Motorola.com on April 28, and pre-orders at some retailers will start April 21. Several wireless carriers will also sell the phones in the near future, including Cricket Wireless, Dish, Google Fi, and Xfinity Mobile.

Despite the mid-range hardware and middling software support, the Moto G 5G will be sold for $399.99 in the US, and the Moto G Stylus will be $499.99. That seemingly makes them the most expensive Moto G phones in the United States by a wide margin — the non-5G Moto G Stylus (which has a different chipset) only costs $280.

Unless you really need a stylus, there seem to be many better options for a budget Android phone in the United States. The Galaxy A53 5G is priced at $450 in the US, with an Exynos 1280 chipset (which is about as fast as the Snapdragon 695 in the Moto G Stylus, but less power-efficient), faster 25W charging, IP67 water/dust resistance, four years of Android OS updates, and five years of security updates. The Pixel 5a 5G is also the same price, with Google’s clean build of Android and updates until August 2024.

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Corbin Davenport
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