Scribblers on the move will love LG's Stylus 2

LG’s big week continues. After the launch of the X Cam and X Screen smartphones, the company has followed them up with the LG Stylus 2, a big-screen device that comes with a stylus pen for serial note-takers, artists, and scribblers-on-the-move. Although it’s named the Stylus 2, it’s the sequel to the G4 Stylus/G Stylo from last year, a phone announced after the G4 was revealed. LG can’t very well name this new phone the G5 Stylus when it hasn’t revealed the G5 yet, can it.

The stylus hides away in a slot on the phone, but because it’s not tethered once removed, there’s always a chance of it being lost/forgotten/eaten by the dog. LG has come up with a solution to minimize the chances of misplacing the stylus with a feature called Pen Keeper. It knows when you pick up the phone and wander off, and will display a warning message on the screen if it detects the stylus slot is empty.

Removing the stylus activates a feature called Pen Pop, where a special shortcut menu appears on the display, showing apps and widgets that are compatible with the pen. LG has also added a new font for the stylus that imitates fountain pen calligraphy, and writing using it will be easier thanks to a more accurate nano-coated tip on the stylus, rather than the rubber tip used on the G4 Stylus pen.

Otherwise, the Stylus 2 is a simple update over the G4 Stylus. The screen still measures 5.7-inches and has a 720p resolution, and there’s a 1.2GHz quad-core chip inside the 145 gram phone. Memory has been increased to 1.5GB and storage to 16GB, plus there’s a MicroSD card slot, and a 3000mAh battery. The cameras have been improved, with a 13-megapixel camera on the back, and an 8-megapixel camera on the front.

LG will display the Stylus 2 at Mobile World Congress, and hasn’t revealed price or release information yet. The G4 Stylus made it to Boost and Sprint last year (as the G Stylo), so there’s a chance the sequel will also see a U.S. release. We’ll keep you updated.


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