Product Launch by Luke Jones on Tuesday August 26, 2014.
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LG unveiled the latest variant of its G3 range a few weeks ago in the form of the G3 Stylus, and that handset has now been officially rolled out, giving us the lowdown on its specs and design. While it was thought this handset would be a true phablet alternative, it is actually the same size as the G3 flagship and is very much a budget addition to LG's market leading device.That immediately ends any speculation that this stylus packing large screen LG device would give Samsung's S Pen boasting Galaxy Note series a run for its money. You should forget any potential comparison between the two as frankly the G3 Stylus will occupy the mid-range market and will not rub shoulders with the flagship Galaxy Note 4 for example. That said, it is good to see more affordable (we presume) devices like this arriving on the market, and this will be the first price minded device from a mainstream company to pack a stylus. We are not sure if it will work for LG though and instead would have preferred the company to have really upped the ante and given us a true alternative to the Galaxy Note series. As it is, the LG Stylus is mid-range at best, but in some departments could be classed as budget. For example, it gets a rather meek 5.5-inch 960 x 540 resolution screen, a quad core processer, and a 13 megapixel rear snapper. Arriving from the G3 flagship is the same general design language and the simple UI that will now be finding its way to other LG smartphones and tablets. We are a little perplexed as to why LG lumped this as a G3 though, and can only think that it is to cash in on the brand cache the flagship is enjoying right now. Aside from having the same UI, general look, and screen size, this device stops way short of having the appeal and hardware that the G3 boasts. That is not a bad thing necessarily as LG points out this will be an affordable device, but why did it need to be one that watered down the brands? core handset? We are griping a little for sure because what it is actually called hardly matters, but that poor screen may, while the stylus will have to get a few things right to even get close to Samsung's S Pen. That said, a writing and scribbling tool at the low end of the market is appealing, and we can see why LG will launch this handset in Brazil during September before rolling it out around Latin America, Asia, and Europe later in the year. Much will depend on price of course, but this is an interesting addition to the budget market. source: LG Newsroom
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.