“Nobody knows the mid tier – or mid tier consumers – like Motorola,” says the company as it lifts the veil off three new G-series mid-rangers. All three can be ordered today, though only the Play is ready to ship, the other two are coming next week.
Moto G Stylus (2021)
The Moto G Stylus (2021) has a 6.8” 1080p display – the biggest on a G-series yet. And it comes with a “push-pen” stylus, which has a clicky top that helps you pull it out of its sheath inside the phone.
A Snapdragon 678 was tapped to run Android 10 and the Stylus-specific custom software like the Moto Note app. The stylus can also be used to sketch something or to highlight text and quickly copy it to another app.
The phone has only one memory configuration, 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage (with a microSD slot for those who need more). The battery has 4,000 mAh capacity and supports only the standard 10W for charging.
The camera is similar to the Ace (also announced today) with a 48MP main sensor (f/1.7, 0.8 µm), plus an 8MP ultrawide (118°), 2MP macro and an additional 2MP depth sensor. The selfie cam is a 16MP module with pixel binning support. The main cam can record 4K 30 fps videos, the ultra wide and selfie cams can shoot hyperlapses.
The build of the phone is plastic and it features a water repellent design (no IP rating given). The fingerprint reader moves to the side, the 3.5 mm headphone jack stays put.
Moto G Power (2021)
The Moto G Power (2021) goes for a larger battery smaller screen compared to the Stylus. And no stylus, of course. This one claims to last 3 days on a single charge of its 5,000 mAh, compared to just 2 for the Stylus.
You get a 10W charger in the box, but the phone supports 15W if you have the right power brick. It also comes with the tamer Snapdragon 662 chipset, paired with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage (with a free microSD slot ready for expansion).
The screen drops down to 720p resolution. And while the phone keeps the main 48MP camera, it’s limited to 1080p resolution for videos. Also, the ultrawide module is gone, but the two 2MP ones remain on board.
Moto G Play (2021)
The Moto G Play (2021) is the most affordable of the three, going for $170 (Amazon) – shipping will start on the 13th if you like what you see. And what you see is a 6.5” IPS LCD with 720p resolution and Android 10, running on a Snapdragon 460 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage (plus a microSD slot).
This one also gets a 5,000 mAh battery promising 3 days of use between charges (it charges over USB-C at 10W). All three G-series phones have 3.5 mm jacks and they all lack NFC.
The camera department features a 13MP main cam (1080p/60fps video), a 2MP depth sensor and a 5MP selfie camera. The selfie cam is in a notch instead of a punch hole as the other three, underlining that this is the budget option.