LG G3 Stylus : More Affordable Than LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Contrary to what some of us had initially expected, LG G3 Stylus - the Korean company's upcoming pen-toting phablet - won't be positioned as high-end release but rather, it will be part of LG's midrange device offerings, making it more accessible to budget-conscious consumers.

LG G3 Stylus

While it's internal specifications won't be enough to make it a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 killer (at least in terms of raw power), LG G3 Stylus nonetheless offers consumers many of the smart and premium features of the LG G3 flagship at a fair price without compromising overall quality.

Apart from having a 5.5-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) IPS display and 1.3 MegaPixel front cam, the smartphone-tablet hybrid is equipped with LG's 13 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash that carries over many of the UX features from the LG G3, such as Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot, and Front Camera Light. And with the phablet's large capacity 3,000 mAh Li-Ion removable battery pack, LG G3 Stylus owners can be confident of an extended multimedia experience.

Key features that users will be delighted to experience on the LG G3 Stylus include:
  • QuickMemo+ combines Quickmemo, Memo and Notebook apps for simple content capture and sharing.
  • Dual Window divides the expansive screen into two separate windows for easy and effective multitasking.
  • Smart Keyboard intuitively adjusts to users’ typing patterns for faster input with fewer mistakes, reducing errors by up to 75 percent.
  • Touch & Shoot lets users simply touch anywhere on the display to focus and shoot, reducing a two-step process to just one.
  • Gesture Shot allows users to take easy selfies by simply opening and closing one’s hand in front of the lens to start a three-second countdown before the shutter is triggered.
  • Knock Code unlocks the device in one easy step with a personalized “knock” pattern for both convenience and security.
LG G3 Stylus
LG G3 Stylus flaunts the same Floating Arc design - highlighted by tapered edges, thin bezels and metallic skin - first introduced in the LG G3 top-of-the-line release. The proprietary stylus pen, which LG calls Rubberdium (obviously because of the rubber tip), was designed to "feel comfortable in any hand and is perfect for effortless jotting, doodling and sketching with precision." Pre-installed programs and apps by LG for both productivity and entertainment also allows you to seamlessly switch between work and play on this affordable device.

Under the hood, LG G3 Stylus runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system - heavily skinned by the company's UX interface - with its 1.3 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. This chipset is complemented by 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of ROM that users can beef up using the smartphone's microSD card slot. Pretty modest innards, clearly.

Is it the right device for you? Well, to quote Dr. Jong-Seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, "With its exceptional hardware and exceptional price that can’t be beat, the LG G3 Stylus is in a category all by itself. The LG G3 Stylus is the perfect tool for consumers who don’t want to be bogged down carrying a laptop, tablet and smartphone. It gets things done and lets you have fun while doing without having to compromise on quality, style or user experience." I'd say, if you're on a rather tight budget and you can't spend more than Php 30,000 on a smartphone but you want one with a big display, a good camera, and a pen, I think LG G3 Stylus could be right for you.

When will it be available and how much will it cost? According to the Korean company, LG G3 Stylus will initially be available in Brazil come September 2014 to followed by countries in Asia, Middle East and Africa and CIS. No word yet on its exact retail price but - as mentioned above - the amount should be "exceptional" and affordable enough to put it in a "category all by itself". For me, an SRP of less than Php 20,000 would fit that description perfectly. Flagship release LG G3 entered the Philippines last June 2014 with price tag of Php 33,990 for the 32 GB variant. Samsung Galaxy Note 4, on the other hand, is expected to be launched in the country by October 2014 with SRP in the area of Php 37,000. Given the less powerful specs of LG G3 Stylus, I believe it's safe to say that the device will be far more affordable than those two. Let's see! Stay tuned for updates, TP Friends.