Yes, both phones have dropped the G8 moniker – which is a surprise, given we’ve already seen the Moto G8 Plus launch in late 2019. Motorola is getting away from generational names – which makes sense, since these new handsets inherit plenty from the Motorola One line that debuted last year, like cameras and specs.
The Moto G Power is the cheaper of the bunch at $249 (about £190, AU$370), while the Moto G Stylus will retail for $299 (around £230, AU$440). Absent are any of the traditionally cheaper versions, like the G Play phones, but it seems Motorola is going for more specialized budget phones with clearer appeal than just releasing a packed lineup and letting consumers decide which is best for them.
- See how the G Stylus and G Power compare to their predecessors in the Moto G7 line
- Compare the G Stylus to the gold standard in stylus phones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Budget phones with clearer roles
The Moto G Stylus, however, is the first cheaper phone in some time to come with a stylus. It doesn’t have any buttons, Bluetooth connectivity, or smart features – but it gives more precision than fingers when browsing and drawing. There’s a bit more functionality, too, like the new Moto Notes app that launches when the stylus is pulled out.
The Moto G Power is the more traditional of the pair; like the Moto G7 Power and others before it, this phone is built around a colossal 5,000mAh battery. But it’s also gotten several upgrades over its predecessor: a FHD+ display, 4GB of RAM, and an improved camera suite.
That goes for both phones (though the G Stylus’ camera suite is slightly higher quality), which pack a trio of lenses. In addition to main and ultrawide shooters, the G Stylus and G Power inherit the macro lens for close-up shooting from the Motorola One Macro. Both phones have a 16MP selfie lens tucked into a more discrete punch-hole for a definitely modern look.
Otherwise, the phones are respectably specced: both pack a Snapdragon 665, a 6.4-inch LCD display, and the G Power packs 64Gb of storage and the G Stylus has 128GB of space, either expandable up to 512GB via microSD. While Motorola hasn’t improved charging tech – both will come with 10W chargers in box – even the G Stylus gets a battery boost with its 4,000mAh capacity.