LG teases the G3 Stylus: A mid-range note-taking handset

G3 Stylus featured

LG will introduce the G3 Stylus at next week’s IFA show in Berlin. In a press release teaser on Tuesday, the company said the Stylus “offers a large display and many of the premium user experience (UX) features of the G3 all in a fairly priced package.” The phone may borrow some features from the premium G3, but you’d never confuse the upcoming model with a flagship handset.

LG G3 Stylus front

The 5.5-inch screen on the G3 Stylus, for example, is is the same sizes as you’ll find on the G3. The display is only qHD resolution, or just 960 x 540. Compared to the 2560 by 1440 screen on the G3, that’s a noticeable downgrade. So are the rest of the specs. Look for the G3 Stylus to run on a 1.3 GHz quad core processor, have 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage and run on 3G networks. The new model does provide a 13 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front sensor, plus a removable 3,000 mAh battery.

Of course, the device comes with a digital pen, as its name implies. LG doesn’t specify which apps can take advantage of the included stylus, saying only that the pen is “perfect for effortless jotting, doodling and sketching with precision.”

Clearly, this Google Android phone won’t be priced like the flagship G3 it resembles. It can’t be if LG wants to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note, which is typically filled with the latest and greatest components; Samsung is expected to debut the Galaxy Note 4 at the same IFA event next week. Based on the hardware as well as the launch markets — Brazil first, then Asia, the Middle East and CIS regions — it appears LG is making a value play in the “phablet” market to see if there’s room for a lower-priced competitor to the Galaxy Note.

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