With the tech industry looking forward to the IFA in Berlin next week, LG has unveiled a new smartphone that it will showcase in the much-anticipated tradeshow. It’s the LG G3 Stylus.
Previously leaked in ad for the G3 Beat, the LG G3 Stylus is a 5.5-inch pen-enabled smartphone. But there’s really not much to be impressed about beyond the creative possibilities and handwriting functionality brought by the stylus. While the LG’s software goodies (such as QuickMemo+, Smart Keyboard, and Knock Code) can be found in this new smartphone, the hardware is just appalling when put side by side with the specs of the original flagship G3.
For instance, the screen may be the right size for a stylus input (and it sports IPS technology for vibrant visuals and wide viewing angles, to boot), but the qHD resolution will surely disappoint. There’s a quad-core processor powering the device, but it won’t likely be a Snapdragon 800. It’s probably a mid-range chip like a Snapdragon 400 (600 if we’re pushing it). And there’s also no 4G LTE, only 8GB internal storage, and 1GB of RAM. All in all, the LG G3 Stylus is a mid-range phablet with decent specs.
LG G3 Stylus Specs
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- 5.5-inch IPS LCD (540×960 qHD), ~200ppi
- 1.3GHz quad-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage
- microSD support
- 13-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
- 1.3-megapixel front camera
- Dimensions: 149.3 x 75.9 x 10.2mm
- Weight: 163g
- 3000mAh removable battery
Naturally, it also can’t be helped that the LG G3 Stylus will be inevitably compared with the veteran phablet in the market, the Samsung Galaxy Note, which itself will be launching its fourth iteration this September. Considering the toned-down hardware, the G3 Stylus is at best a cheaper alternative. Those looking for a high-end phablet should still settle down with a Galaxy Note.
The LG G3 Stylus will be available in black, white, and gold color variants. It’s headed to Brazil first in September, with Asian and other markets to follow. Pricing information will be announced at local launches, and more details will be revealed at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin.