Motorola is back with the latest refresh of its budget stylus phone, the Moto G Stylus. The new 2022 model retains the same $299 price tag as last year’s version, but promises improvements in battery life, a faster refresh rate, and improved cameras over the old model.
Let’s start with what hasn’t changed though: the 2022 Moto G Stylus still has the same 6.8-inch screen as last year, although the hole punch camera has been moved to the center (instead of the top-left corner of the screen.) still has its eponymous stylus (which tucks neatly into the phone), a 3.5mm headphone jack, a rear triple camera array and 128GB of onboard storage.
But Motorola has also made some significant upgrades. The screen now has a 90Hz refresh rate, which should make writing with the stylus feel smoother (in addition to the usual benefits for scrolling and navigating the Android OS). The battery has been ramped up from 4,000mAh to an even larger size of 5,000mAh, which Motorola promises will last up to two days on a single charge. The RAM has been increased from 4 GB to 6 GB and the phone comes with Android 11. Motorola is also swapping out the processors and replacing the Snapdragon 678 chip of the 2021 model with a MediaTek Helio G88.
And as is usual for an annual hardware refresh, there are some changes in the camera range. The main rear camera has been upgraded from a 48-megapixel lens to a 50-megapixel sensor, paired with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle/macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There’s also a 16-megapixel front camera that looks identical to the one on last year’s Moto G Stylus.
The 2022 model of the Moto G Stylus is sold unlocked by Motorola, Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy for $299.99, with pre-orders starting today.