Almost four months after it was first unveiled, Motorola has finally announced a European release for its Moto G Stylus phablet.
Except, it has been given a whole new enterprise-oriented direction, with a name to match: the Moto G Pro.
Motorola is touting the Moto G Pro to corporate customers through one of its business portals, where it emphasises the "security first" nature of the device. Like the majority of the firm's output*, this blower is part of Google's Android One programme, which guarantees two years' worth of software upgrades, as well as three years of monthly software patches.
That's a bit unusual because when the Moto G Stylus was first announced earlier this year, that business-focused positioning wasn't there. It was just another budget device, albeit one with a Samsung Galaxy Note-style stylus.
To be fair, the stylus likely makes this device a lot more compelling for business users than it does ordinary consumers. Styluses aren't a great general input device – and that's why they've largely fallen out of favour, except for within a few edge demographics, such as artists and designers. While Android comes with handwriting recognition, it's nowhere near as elegant or precise as Google's voice recognition or a bog-standard virtual keyboard.
But there are a handful of jobs where a stylus-toting blower would come in handy. If not for COVID-19, couriers would have been the most obvious example.
Besides that, the Motorola Moto G Pro is a fairly solid middle-of-the-road budget device, packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 platform, a generous 4,000 mAh battery, and a 6.4-inch FHD+ display. There's the usual triple-camera setup, headlined by a 48MP primary shooter, with 128GB of internal storage. Sadly, RAM is fairly limited, with just 4GB on offer. Full specs are here.
Pricing has not yet been announced. We'd expect it to be around the £300 mark, given the Moto G Stylus sold for $300 in the US. That's factoring in the relative weakness in the pound, along with the fact that US list prices never include sales tax, whereas the UK has a flat 20 per cent VAT rate. ®
* There are exceptions, including last year's Motorola One Zoom.