Recent leaks have revealed a rather bleak outlook for the phone’s software update.
what you need to know
- A new leak provides almost everything we need to know about the upcoming Moto G Stylus (2022).
- The device will likely come with Android 11 preinstalled and will receive bi-monthly security updates for the next two years.
- After upgrading to Android 12, Motorola may not release major software updates for the phone.
It was previously rumored that Motorola was planning to release the upcoming Moto G Stylus in the middle of the year (2022). While some of the phone’s specs were leaked late last year suggesting some improvements, a new report has revealed a potentially major flaw.
According to XDA Developers, the mid-range phone will run Android 11 out of the box. That means by the time it launches, it will be an Android version of some of the best Android phones under $200, like the Moto G10 Power and Moto G Fast (2021). Motorola will begin rolling out Android 12 to these devices next month.
However, a planned OS upgrade on the phone could make things worse. According to the report, the Moto G Stylus (2022) will only get one software upgrade, which means it will stick with Android 12 forever. Still, the phone will likely receive security updates every two months for the next two years.
However, this is not entirely unexpected. Last year’s Moto G Stylus with Android 10 also only needed a major software upgrade, so this mode appears to be standard on Motorola’s stylus-equipped phones.
That said, more details in the leak give us a glimpse of what upgrades we might expect to see in the upcoming Moto G Stylus (2021) successor. It will allegedly be powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, which contradicts previous rumors. The chipset has eight cores and a Mali-G52 GPU.
According to XDA, the phone will feature a 6.78-inch full HD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The device can also include a 5,000mAh battery that supports 10W charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Unfortunately, it may drop NFC and dual SIM support.
Optically, the device could feature a 50MP Samsung ISOCELL S5KJN1 sensor, an 8MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K4H7 ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP GalaxyCore GC02M1 depth sensor. The 16MP selfie camera can be found in the central cutout of the screen.
A previous report said the smartphone could be a small upgrade over its predecessor, with a largely unchanged design. The latest leak seems to back it up.