LG’s pen-packing G3 Stylus smartphone announced, said to be keenly priced
LG has announced yet another G3 smartphone variant called the G3 Stylus. It joins the G3 Beat and G Vista in the lineup of similarly named devices for 2014. The new G3 Stylus is set to be unveiled at the IFA tradeshow starting next week in Berlin as a stylus-enabled smartphone with lots of “premium user experience features”.
The South Korean firm says that the device will be a “fairly priced” stylus-bearing device which could potentially be a Galaxy Note competitor. However, the budget-friendly price will reflect the device’s rather mid-range specs – as you will see in the specs table below.
Although the G3 Stylus sports the same 5.5-inch screen as the original G3, the resolution is a large step down from 2560×1449 to 960×540 pixels. It also features a much slower 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, paired with 1GB of RAM with 8GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear camera without the new Laser Autofocus system and a 1.3MP front snapper. Android Community has kindly created a comparison chart of the G3, G3 Stylus and G3 Beat which you can see below.
The main feature of the handset, the stylus, is LG’s patented Rubberdium stylus, said to be perfect for “sketching with precision”. There are also pre-loaded programs and apps designed especially for productivity and entertainment, tailored for the stylus-equipped handset.
Other key specs of the G3 Stylus include Google’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system, a 3,000mAh battery and dimensions of 149.3 x 75.9 x 10.2mm, weighing in at 163g. G3-derived UX features including Touch and Shoot, Knock Code, and Quick Memo will also be featured on the G3 Stylus. The company has previously announced that it will be rolling out the UX features from its G3 flagship to most of its entry and mid-range smartphones and tablets launched in the second half of 2014.
“With its exceptional hardware and exceptional price that can’t be beat, the LG G3 Stylus is in a category all by itself,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG G3 Stylus is the perfect tool for consumers who don’t want to be bogged down carrying a laptop, tablet and smartphone. It gets things done and lets you have fun while doing without having to compromise on quality, style or user experience.”
The device will come in black, white and gold colour variations, and is it set to roll out in Brazil in September, with other countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East to follow. Pricing and further details about the handset will hopefully be revealed at IFA Berlin at LG’s presentation and exhibition booth.