Gadget NewsMoto G Stylus 2022 specs leak out – and it might run an older version of Android

DarylJanuary 8, 2022

The Moto G Stylus has been the phone to go to in recent years if you’re looking for a cheap Android handset with a stylus attached – and thanks to a new specs leak, we now know a lot more about the 2022 edition of the smartphone.

According to XDA Developers’ sources, the phone will have a 6.78-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2460 x 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 90Hz. The screen is slightly smaller than its predecessor, but Lenovo has managed to squeeze in a few more pixels this time.

The reasonably capable MediaTek Helio G85 chipset will reportedly be under the hood, paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. According to reports, the phone will have 128GB of internal storage with support for additional storage via memory card.

Camera and software

We’re told that the Moto G Stylus 2022 will have a triple-lens 50MP+8MP+2MP camera with ultrawide capabilities on the back, with a single-lens 16MP megapixel camera on the front for selfies.

The battery will reportedly have a capacity of 5,000mAh and support 10W charging, and there will, as usual, be an integrated stylus with its own dock on the phone. Given that the Moto G Stylus 2021 was released in January of last year, the new model could be unveiled any day now.

However, it appears that the software will lag behind: the rumor is that the phone will come with Android 11, will be released in 2020, and will only receive one major version upgrade to Android 12 at some point in the future.

Analysis: check the software small print

The software version that a phone comes with out of the box may not be high on your priority list – but it’s worth double-checking this detail when shopping for a new device, because otherwise you risk falling behind in terms of new features.

Among other changes, Android 12 brings dynamic theming, a special gaming mode, an improved privacy dashboard, and a wider range of gesture shortcuts – though it appears that none of these features will be available on the Moto G Stylus at launch.

That is perhaps unsurprising given that the Moto G Stylus, which debuted in January 2021, only came with Android 10. That, too, is only due for one major upgrade, to Android 11, which hasn’t yet been released.

If you want an affordable, large-screen phone with a stylus, the Moto G Stylus 2022 could be ideal – if you’re willing to accept slightly older hardware as a trade-off. Just make sure you understand what you’re getting into in terms of software before purchasing a new device.

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