LG G3 Stylus gets official but poses no threat to Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Despite the IFA technology trade show kicking off in berlin next week, LG has gone ahead and pulled the covers off its latest handset, the G3 Stylus.

Teased at the end of an advert promoting the smaller G3 Beat a few weeks ago, the G3 Stylus was at first thought to be a rival for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4, expected to debut at IFA, but a low resolution screen and spartan spec sheet pour cold water on these claims.

Although looking like the flagship G3 and having the same screen size (5.5 inches), the G3 Stylus has a much lower qHD resolution of 960 x 540, tiny compared to the confusingly named QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 in the G3.

Inside, the G3 Stylus has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, although thankfully this can be increased via a microSD card slot.

The phone’s stylus is also aimed at the budget end of  the market, as instead of using the same super-sensitive and accurate technology of the Samsung Galaxy Note series, the LG has a rubber-tipped stylus; this means less accuracy, but at least there will be a suite of applications to use it with.

The 3G handset will be available in black, white and gold, and has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-mp shooter on the front.

Launching in Brazil first, it is unlikely that the G3 Stylus will make its way to Western Europe and the US, although this may change if it proves to be popular in launch countries. The price isn’t yet known, but given the specs we expect it to be mid-range and significantly cheaper than the regular G3.

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