Just before the weekend it came to our attention that LG might be almost ready to launch a new stylus-supporting phone. It turns out that we weren’t wrong. What we did get wrong, though, was the name. Let’s forget about the LG G4 Note or LG G Stylus, the handset is actually called LG G Stylo and just got unveiled as a mid-range phablet with slightly bigger screen and upgraded specs over the LG G3 Stylus released last year.
5.7-inch LG G Stylo phablet for less demanding users
The LG G Stylo indeed comes with improved specs compared to the G3 Stylus, but don’t expect any dramatic changes. For starters, the screen grew from 5.5 to 5.7 inches and the resolution was bumped to 720p resulting in a pretty decent pixel density of 258ppi. Powering the device is Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 410 chip paired with 1.5GB of RAM. Clocked at 1.2GHz, the processor may seem slower than the 1.3GHz one used in the G3 Stylus, but its main advantage is that it has 64-bit architecture.
Like its predecessor, the G Stylo still comes with a 3,000 mAh battery and 8GB of internal memory expandable via microSD slot up to 2TB (can you even buy a 2TB card?). Surprisingly, the main camera was downgraded from a 13-megapixel unit to an 8-megapixel one, but the front-facing camera now shoots photos at 5 megapixels. The phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with LG UX features, including Gesture Shot, Glance View, and an updated Q Memo Plus widget to go with the stylus. Speaking of the stylus, its functionality is limited pretty much to what a regular capacitive pen can offer meaning that it won’t let you do any cool tricks like Samsung’s S-Pen does. It will, however, make using the phablet more fun.
LG didn’t reveal when the G Stylo might go on sale, but it’s almost certain that its availability will be limited to Korean market, at least in the beginning. The phablet is not the most advanced device LG has launched recently, not even close, but it was never intended as such. We assume that the aim was to bring large screen with stylus support to users who can’t afford to pay a small fortune for a premium phablet and that’s what the G Stylo does.