While much of the U.S. is still under lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, smartphone brands are still moving forward with releasing products, no matter how ill-timed. We’ve seen both new product launches as well as already-announced products starting to go on sale. Just yesterday, Motorola announced that the Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus, two affordable mid-range smartphones, have gone on sale in the United States. Today, the value-flagship Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has gone on sale. These 3 devices are a bit more affordable than your typical mid-range and flagship smartphones, so they may be more palatable to consumers in this tough economy.
Moto G Power & Moto G Stylus
Motorola announced the G Power and G Stylus back in February as part of the brand’s 2020 Moto G line. While we expected these devices to bear the “Moto G8” name, Motorola decided to drop the numbering from the branding entirely. Both of these phones went up for pre-order over 2 weeks ago, but on April 16th, Motorola opened up general sales. The Moto G Power retails for $250 while the Moto G Stylus retails for $300. You can buy both devices online through Motorola.com, Best Buy, or B&H Photo right now. If you’re on Google Fi, you’ll also be able to buy the two phones through the Google MVNO, with $50 off for a new activation.
Both devices feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, 4GB of RAM, a 6.4-inch LCD at FHD+ resolution with a left-sided hole-punch cutout, a 16MP front-facing camera, triple rear cameras, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C charging port, and Android 10. The Moto G Stylus has a higher resolution primary rear camera, a better wide-angle camera, and of course, a stylus pen. The Moto G Power has a larger battery than the Moto G Stylus, though.
Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus Specifications
|Moto G Power||Moto G Stylus|
|Size||159.85 x 75.84 x 9.63mm, 199g||158.55 x 75.8 x 9.2mm, 192g|
|SoC||Snapdragon 665||Snapdragon 665|
|Display||6.4-inch, FHD+, LCD, hole-punch||6.4-inch, FHD+, LCD, hole-punch|
|Battery||5,000 mAh||4,000 mAh|
|Ports||USB-C, Headphone jack||USB-C, Headphone jack|
|Software||Android 10||Android 10|
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (our review) has a Galaxy S20-like design but with the previous generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display at 60Hz, a 4,500mAh battery, a 32MP front-facing camera, up to 8GB of RAM, and a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 48MP primary wide-angle sensor with “Super Steady OIS”, 12MP secondary ultra wide-angle sensor, and a 5MP tertiary macro camera. The display on the Galaxy S10 Lite is also notable for being flat, which some people might appreciate, but on the other hand, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack.
While the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite retails for ₹39,999 in India, the price in Europe is a whopping €649. The price in the U.S. is $650, which is similarly high compared to the price in India. This price is only $50 less than the OnePlus 8, but it’s also hundreds of dollars less than the highest-end flagship smartphones currently on sale. If you like what Samsung has to offer in the Galaxy S10 Lite, you can order it online through Samsung.com, Amazon, or Best Buy. It’s only available in the U.S. in a single color: Prism Black. Orders for the Silicone Cover have also gone up on Samsung.com.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Specifications
|Specification||Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite|
|Weight and dimensions|
|Rear camera||Triple Camera:
|Front camera||32MP Sony IMX616, F2.2|
|SoC||7nm 64-bit Octa-core Snapdragon 855
Adreno 640 GPU
|RAM and Storage||
|OS||One UI 2.1 based on Android 10|
This article was updated at 3:25 PM EST on April 20, 2020 to reflect that the Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus are now available on Google Fi.
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