If you were hoping to pick up an large Android phone with a stylus, you’ll soon have a new option: a promotional video published by LG on Monday includes a few seconds of video featuring a previously unreleased device called the LG G3 Stylus.
(The LG G3 Stylus comes on screen at 2:45.)
The G3 Stylus, which has not been officially announced, would be the third smartphone under the “G3” banner, joining the G3 Beat and the G3 in LG’s current lineup. The LG G3 Stylus appears in the video to be significantly larger than either of the other devices, with a screen size that looks to be around six inches. Those characteristics would put it directly in competition with Samsung’s established Galaxy Note line, which is expected to get a new model this fall.
This isn’t the first time LG has set its sights on Samsung’s Galaxy Note. It has released a few stylus-capable phones in the past under the G Pro moniker, and before that, under the name Optimus G Pro. By bringing its pen-equipped phablet under the “G3” banner, LG is consolidating its branding internationally and giving itself an easy way to communicate next year’s upgrades.
LG has been having a good year, shipping over 14.5 million smartphones in the past quarter. More importantly, its devices have been well received: there currently isn’t another phone on the market with a 2560 x 1440 screen and my colleague Kevin Tofel was impressed with LG’s Korean model, which had a digital antenna. Is it just me, or does that antenna slot look like the perfect place to put a stylus?
The biggest question: Is this going to be a cheaper device, or a high-end phone with all the bells and whistles? If this stylus-packing phablet has similar features to the G3, like a laser-focused camera and a 2K screen, I think LG’s got a hit on its hands.