Refreshed Moto G Stylus 2022 gets a faster display and more battery

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Forward-looking: Motorola is expanding the G phone series with a new G Stylus phone. Named after its predecessor, the new Moto G Stylus 2022 may look a lot like the 2021 model, but on the inside, Motorola changed it quite a bit, even if in some cases for the worse.

It's common for Motorola to announce new phones during the Mobile World Congress, but it seems that the company decided to change things up. Although we are still a few weeks from the conference, Motorola has revealed to the public the new Moto G Stylus 2022.

The handset is available in metallic rose and blue and shares many visual aspects with 2021's model. It has identical dimensions, weighs a bit more, and the buttons and fingerprint reader are in the same areas. However, there are a few design differences, including the placement of the selfie camera and the format of the rear cameras module.

The G Stylus 2022's screen uses a 6.8-inch display with a 1080x2400 resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, a considerable upgrade over the 60Hz of its predecessor. Motorola also improved the battery, upgrading it to a 5000mAh capacity cell that the manufacturer says will last for two days.

Based on Android 11 with a My UX skin, the handset has 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage, but you can expand by an extra 512GB with a microSD card. Motorola decided to go with the MediaTek G88 for the SoC, a downgrade compared to the Snapdragon 678 of the 2021 model. Still, the 90Hz display is only possible because of MediaTek's SoC, so you basically lose performance for a faster display.

The rear-facing camera is a 50MP shooter with an 8MP ultrawide + macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there's a 16MP camera for selfies.

The opportunity to refresh the Moto G Stylus would lead us to believe that Motorola would add 5G and NFC support, but that wasn't the case. However, it supports other necessary connectivity technologies, like Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi.

Motorola guarantees the device will have two years of security updates, so we assume that an upgrade for Android 12 will be coming. You can now pre-order it for $299.99.

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It seems to me like that this isn't a bandwidth limit, just an artificial product segmentation limit. These things get planned many years in advance, they know when they need new "features" for phone upgrades.

Why would a budget SoC support 120Hz refresh. You want that feature you buy a higher end model.
 

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It seems to me like that this isn't a bandwidth limit, just an artificial product segmentation limit. These things get planned many years in advance, they know when they need new "features" for phone upgrades.
Yes, it's a deliberate choice, a limitation to segment the product stack, but that doesn't contradict what I said. It wouldn't be a problem to create a SoC with higher supported display output, but since it was designed this way, it probably physically cannot handle more. This isn't great, but it can at least reduce the costs, as due to less features the chip can be smaller, simpler, use a slower display processing unit clock and less power.
 

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Why would a budget SoC support 120Hz refresh. You want that feature you buy a higher end model.
Because it can do it (power-wise)? And it isn't a budget SOC, it officially launched as a midrange SOC. Support for 120Hz displays should be basic stuff nowadays.
 
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Puiu

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Yes, it's a deliberate choice, a limitation to segment the product stack, but that doesn't contradict what I said. It wouldn't be a problem to create a SoC with higher supported display output, but since it was designed this way, it probably physically cannot handle more. This isn't great, but it can at least reduce the costs, as due to less features the chip can be smaller, simpler, use a slower display processing unit clock and less power.
I doubt they were thinking of the power draw when they did this. Phone makers still had the option to slow it down to 60Hz.