LG’s new G3 Stylus adds a pen to the G3 package, at the expense of the other specs

In the run-up to the IFA tech show in Berlin, LG has announced another spin-off of its G3 flagship Android phone, this time named the G3 Stylus. We’d already heard a few rumors about the device, so it’s good to have official confirmation, and a complete list of specs. Sadly, the phone can’t match the G3’s technical prowess, but it does come with a stylus to make writing or drawing on the massive screen a little more intuitive.

The G3 Stylus has the same size screen as the standard G3, so it measures 5.5-inches, and the stylus can be used to write notes, draw pictures, or add little sketches to documents. Much of this will be done through pre-installed apps, and the stylus itself is similar to the model included with previous LG phones, such as the Optimus Vu.

Related: We review LG’s official accessories for the G3 smartphone

While the screen matches the G3’s size, it doesn’t have the same 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. In fact, it doesn’t even manage 720p. It’s 960 x 540 pixels, which is low for a screen half this size. The processing power comes from a 1.3GHz quad-core chip, which we’d expect to be a Snapdragon 400, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet. Don’t expect blazing fast 4G LTE connections either, the G3 Stylus is a 3G only smartphone.

There’s 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, plus a MicroSD card slot to give the latter figure a boost, and the phone runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat. LG has kept to its promise of integrating the G3’s new user interface and software on mid-range hardware, and the G3 Stylus’ new look UI comes with features such as the Smart Keyboard, Gesture Shot, Dual Windows multi-tasking, and the Knock Code security feature. A 13-megapixel camera is on the rear, but the G3’s laser autofocus doesn’t seem to be present.

LG will present the G3 Stylus to the public during IFA next month, and will subsequently release it in Brazil, followed by parts of Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. There’s no mention of a U.S. or UK release.

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