At A Glance
- Display: 6.8″ FHD+ Max Vision display
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G processor
- Memory: 6GB+256GB
- Battery: 5000mAh
- Rear Camera: 48MP (f/1.7, 0.8μm), Macro Vision | 5MP (f/2.2, 1.12μm) | minimum 4cm focus distance
- Front Camera: 16MP (f/2.2, 1μm)
The Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G is a mid-range phone with a built-in stylus and 5G connectivity. It’s a slightly upgraded version of the 4G-only, 2021-edition Moto G Stylus – which we liked.
Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G – Does this phone live up to its predecessor?
Let’s take a closer look and find out.
The Moto G Stylus 5G is the latest smartphone in the Moto G series and comes with a bigger battery, more storage, more RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor, and the latest version of Android. The Stylus 5G is designed for people who use their phones more intensely than average and want to stay connected all day long.
The Moto G Stylus 5G is a big phone, but it’s designed to fit your hand. Its 6.8-inch display is about as large as they come. The 1080P resolution Max Vision Full HD+ Display delivers sharp details and smooth performance when playing games or watching videos on YouTube. Unfortunately, this phone uses an LCD display instead of an AMOLED. Still, it can handle bright outdoor conditions just fine.
The Moto G Stylus 5G has a bigger battery and faster charging. It packs a 5,000mAh battery that can provide up to two days of power – so you can surf the net, watch videos on your commute, or play games while out and about without worrying about running out of power.
Moto G Stylus 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G processor, so you can expect snappy performance when switching between apps or browsing the web. I’ve noticed a minimal shutter lag in the camera app. But it’s not enough to ruin the overall experience. Hopefully, this will be addressed in the upcoming update.
The standard version comes with 256GB of storage (supports up to 1TB microSD) and 6GB of RAM. If you want to save some cash, 128GB and 4GB will also be available via selected carriers.
Compared to the non-5G version, which uses the Snapdragon 678 chipset, the G Stylus 5G offers noticeably better performance. The Snapdragon 678 may have a faster clock speed, but the newer architecture is more compact and efficient. The Snapdragon 480 processor has a faster memory bandwidth at 17 GB/s vs 14.9 GB/s on the 678. On Geekbench 5.0, the G Stylus 5G scored 501 and 1,627 on single-core and multi-core performance respectively.
Gaming performance is what you might expect on a $399 device. The G Stylus 5G can handle less graphic intensive games with ease but struggles in games like Genshin Impact and Real Racing 3. GFXBench reveals a score of 10fps on Aztec Ruins On-Screen and 6.4fps for Off-Screen.
The Moto G Stylus 5G is the first G-Series phone that’s compatible with Android 11. Motorola will provide software updates for at least a year and security updates for at least two years. This may come as a disappointment considering Samsung Galaxy A-series phones are guaranteed four years of security updates.
With Motorola’s My UX, the Stylus 5G has some handy features that will delight users. Using Moto Actions, you can perform specific gestures as shortcuts to perform certain tasks. For example, you can make a double chop motion to activate the flashlight or flick your wrist twice to open the camera app.
The G Stylus 5G has neat features when using the stylus. For example, a floating icon will appear with stylus-related shortcuts when you pull the stylus out of its port. There’s a quick access menu on the right side of the screen for your apps that commonly use a stylus. You’ll also get a reminder if you forget to put the stylus back in place once you’re done.
Moto G Stylus has a Quad Camera System with a 48MP f/1.7 main sensor that lets you take amazing shots day or night. With Quad Pixel technology, you can capture up to four times more light than other smartphone cameras. The advanced auto-focus uses Phase Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF) to lock on your target instantly.
The Moto G Stylus 5G includes a 5MP Macro Vision lens for capturing close-up shots. You can take stunning photos as close as 2 inches from your subject. The 8 MP ultrawide camera so you can capture those beautiful landscape shots or group selfies of the crowd in a single frame. Lastly, the 2 MP depth sensor is perfect for creating detailed portrait shots.
The Moto G Stylus 5G comes with a larger, 16 MP, front-facing camera to give your selfies a professional look. It takes sharp and colorful photos no matter what the occasion is. It has a front-facing flash that lets you snap selfies in low light and a wide-angle lens that captures more of your background.
The new Moto G Stylus 5G is worth the price tag. I have been using this phone as my daily driver for the past week and I haven’t encountered any issues. With snappy performance, 5G connectivity, and an excellent stylus, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a great choice for those on a budget who still need a stylus phone. However, with only two years of guaranteed security updates, you might want to look elsewhere if you’re looking to use this phone for longer than that.