Now the LG G4 is ready for sale, LG has revealed its first two spin-off phones. The G4C is a smaller, mid-range version of the flagship phone, while the G4 Stylus — also known as the G Stylo — increases the screen size to take on the phablets of the world. Here’s everything you need to know about the the G Stylo.
Updated on 05-19-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in new images, final specs, and news of the LG G4 Stylus.
LG will use the G4 Stylus name internationally, while in the U.S. and Korea, the phone will be called the G Stylo. To our knowledge, the specification is exactly the same. The Stylo has a large, 5.7-inch IPS screen with a 720p resolution and a pixel density of 258 pixels-per-inch. A stylus slides into a built-in compartment in the phone, much like the S-Pen does in the Note series.
The stylus has a rubber tip, which LG calls Rubberdium, and can be used for drawing, note-taking, and so on. Since the Stylo runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, its stylus can work with all the new features that are built into the operating system. LG also made a Memo Plus widget for the homescreen, where users can take notes quickly without fumbling around for an app.
Powering the Stylo is a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, running at 1.2GHz, along with 1GB of RAM. However, this isn’t confirmed for the G4 Stylus, only that it’ll be a 1.2GHz quad-core chip. LG put a measly 8GB of internal storage into the Stylo, but luckily, it’s expandable via a MicroSD card. There’s good news on the camera front. An 8-megapixel camera sits on the back of the device and comes with the G4’s laser autofocus system, and a 5-megapixel shooter is positioned on the front. The phone also packs a large, removable 3,000mAh battery.
At 9.6mm thick and 163 grams heavy, the Stylo is a tad bigger than most of the paper-thin flagship phones on the market today, but it’s still very manageable. The stylus-equipped phablet runs Android 5.0 with a sprinkling of LG software features such as Knock Code and Gesture Shot, while the body comes in white or metallic silver.
For those interested in getting the Stylo in the United States, you’ll need to visit either Boost Mobile or Sprint. It’s currently available through Boost Mobile for $200, while at Sprint, the Stylo will be offered for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $12 starting Friday, June 12. If you prefer to buy your smartphones outright, Sprint will offer the Stylo for $288.
Updated on 05-13-2015 by Williams Pelegrin: Included Boost Mobile and Sprint availability.