As expected, LG is adding a stylus-toting model to its line of G3-branded smartphones. The LG G3 Stylus looks kind of like LG’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note line of pen-enabled phones… but it’s not really.

That’s because while the original LG G3 is a top-tier phone with high-end specs, the LG G3 Stylus has the features of a low-to-mid range phone.

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The LG G3 Stylus features a 5.5 inch, 960 x 540 pixel display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage.

On the bright side it does have a fairly sizeable 3,000mAh battery which is removable and the phone will ship with Google Android 4.4 KitKat software. It has a microSD card slot for removable storage and features 13MP rear and 1.3MP front-faacing cameras.

LG doesn’t mention whether the phone has an active digitizer, but a glance at the photo (and “Rubberdium” name) suggest that the stylus is a capacitive pen which means you can use it to write, draw, or tap the screen with a little more precision than you’d get using your finger. But you won’t get pressure-sensitive input or the ability to interact with the screen by hovering the stylus over the top of it.

Other features include LG’s software such as support for running multiple apps simultaneously using a dual window layout, LG Knock Code which lets you unlock the device by tapping a pattern on the screen, and Gesture Shot which lets you snap a selfie without touching the camera by opening and closing your hand while in view of the camera to start a 3-second countdown.

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8 replies on “LG G3 Stylus is a mid-range, stylus-equipped smartphone”

  1. It’s funny how quickly this resolution went from ZOMG RETINA to Kinda Low could-be-better.

  2. Since when did any phone w/ a quad-core processor become mid-range?
    A lot pf people like myself are still using a dual core phone. From my prospective
    this would be a major getting a top tier.

    1. Four cores aren’t always faster than two. Qualcomm, Allwinner, and MediaTek both offer quad-core chips aimed at cheap, entry-level devices.

      I don’t know which phone you have, but if you have more than 1GB of RAM, more than 8GB of storage, and a higher than 960 x 540 pixel display, then this phone could be a step backward even if it has twice as many CPU cores as your current model.

      1. Yeah, I think the 1GB of RAM will be the clear limiting factor for any power user. The CPU and even the resolution would not cause a huge problem, at least not currently. My Droid Razr is approaching its end of life (sealed battery is dying), and I don’t have much problems with the qHD display or slower dual core OMAP CPU. But the 1GB of RAM is a constant headache after filling the phone with apps that all seem to want to have a vestigial process living in the background. Low available RAM makes the phone freeze constantly.
        I think for non gamers, a mid range CPU like the 400, a 720p screen and 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage would serve. But it seems like when you get a slower CPU you have to almost always opt for lower RAM that will cripple your phone once you install a bunch of apps.

        Basically I want a phone with specs like am MK802 stick (2GB and RK3188) along with a 720p screen and microsd slot that will work on an ATT mvno at 3G speeds (6MB/s.) Should I import a Chinese phone, or is there something similar and cheap on the US market?

      2. AT&T branded HTC ONE X. Looking to upgrade perhaps the Moto X+1 or the next Moto G.

  3. Just one of so many ways the old resistive touch screens were superior to the Apple-inspired use of low-res capacitive screens.

    What a sad regression. By now we’d be doing a lot more with phones and tablets if this had never occurred. Instead we get passive consumption devices. Classic case of “baby can’t eat steak so we all get pablum.”

    1. To be fair capacitive touchscreens also give multi-touch. But yea, a touchscreen without a stylus is far less useful.

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