LG G3 Stylus

The LG G3 loses power, and that high-resolution display, but gains a stylus in this 3G-only device

LG tonight (and a few weeks after accidentally leaking it) has announced LG G3 Stylus. While it shares the LG G3 name, it's lacking most of the punch of this year's flagship. The QHD display has been traded for a qHD display — from a 2560 x 1440 resolution down to 960 x 540 — but in the same 5.5-inch size. The processor similarly been downgraded to a quad-core set running at 1.3GHz. It's only got 8GB of on-board storage, and it's limited to 3G data as well. But it does have the same software experience as the G3 proper, and it's got the Rubberdium stylus tucked away in a silo inside the phone. So there's that. And you'll find a 13-megapixel camera on board.

The LG G3 Stylus is headed to Brazil in September, with countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and CIS to follow.

LG will be showing the G3 Stylus at the IFA conference next week in Berlin.


Latest G3 Variant Offers Large Display and Stylus-enabled User Experience at Exceptional Price

SEOUL, Aug. 26, 2014 ― Following the recently introduced G3 Beat and G Vista, LG Electronics (LG) today announced another new device with DNA borrowed from the acclaimed LG G3. The LG G3 Stylus is a pen-enabled smartphone that offers a large display and many of the premium user experience (UX) features of the G3 all in a fairly-priced package.

The G3 Stylus comes equipped with an expansive 5.5-inch qHD display and boasts the same Floating Arc tapered edges, thin bezels and metallic skin design first introduced in the LG G3. The proprietary Rubberdium stylus pen feels comfortable in any hand and is perfect for effortless jotting, doodling and sketching with precision. Pre-loaded programs and apps for both productivity and entertainment also lets users seamlessly switch between work and play.

In a category all its own, the LG G3 Stylus offers users many of the smart, simple yet premium features of the LG G3 at a fair price without compromising quality. The device is equipped with LG's proven 13MP camera that carries over many of the UX features from the G3, such as Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot, and Front Camera Light. With its large capacity 3,000mAh removable battery, LG G3 Stylus owners can be confident of an extended multimedia experience.

Key features that make users enjoy more the 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 CodeTM unlocks the device in one easy step with a personalized "knock" pattern for both convenience and security.

"With its exceptional hardware and exceptional price that can't be beat, the LG G3 Stylus is in a category all by itself," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "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."

LG will roll out the G3 Stylus in 3G markets starting in Brazil in September followed by countries in Asia, Middle East and Africa and CIS. Prices and details of availability will be announced locally at the time of launch. Visitors to IFA are encouraged to come see the LG G3 Stylus for themselves at LG's booth in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: 1.3 GHz Quad-Core
  • Display: 5.5-inch qHD IPS (960 x 540)
  • Memory: 8 GB / 1 GB RAM / MicroSD slot
  • Camera: Rear 13MP / Front 1.3MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Size: 149.3 x 75.9 x 10.2mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: 3G
  • Colors: Black / White / Gold
  • Other: Stylus Pen

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My G2 and a $3 Walmart stylus just out-did this phone.

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Why exactly do we need a Note 4 competitor? As awesome as the Note series is, it's still only a device for a niche market. As successful as the Note devices have been, they haven't warranted any competition, which is why you don't see OEMS rushing out to create styluses for every oversized phone out there.

I kind of agree with this, though never owning a note phone. I really wish Wacom would start teaming up with more companies on 8"+ tablets. I would love to have an 8-9" tablet for on the go and a 15"-18" at home, but both with Wacom tech. I think that would perfect!

Wacom has their own tablets, they're geared towards artists and are very expensive. But from what I've read they are very well worth it for artists.

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I've had all the note series (besides pretty much all other flagships) and I gotta say it's pretty awesome, you get used to the large screen real fast and the multitasking is perfect on it. The only thing that always sucked was the camera, other than that I would use it as my main device every year!

The Galaxy Note product line outsells any Android product line rather it be any silly Nexus product, Htc product, Motorola product, or LG product.

This isn't 2011 any longer so it's far better than any niche product it's a preference for business users.

It's the product that placed the phablet category on the map and made prominent today.

If want a silly large screened smartphone you buy the Lg G3, the Htc One Max, the Lg Gflex or whatever other comical option exist.

If you want a true all purpose business handset with industry leading battery life, camera features, and the best productivity, multitasking, and software implementations filled with top feature enhancements or then you buy the Galaxy Note.

At the end of the day if you're not rolling with Samsung or the Galaxy Note products then you're not rolling at all.

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He is right, though. Calling it a niche market when it outsells everything the likes of HTC and Sony sells, in total, is a misguided argument.

I'd still consider it a niche market, simply based on the fact that your average smartphone buyer isn't shopping for a Note or similar device. Low sales of competing devices don't really invalidate my statement. I'm not saying that the Note series isn't a flagship series; but, its target market is specific, that's what I mean by niche.

Most of the big movers in China are selling phones in this size segment. I'd call the Galaxy Camera type of phones niche products, but these phablets are really growing in sales to rival phones 4 inches and under. Then it's really the wrong word to describe them.

True, very true. When you bring up products like the Galaxy Camera (forgot that one even existed), then it's easy to see why you wouldn't consider the Note series a niche market anymore.

Yeah, I know in Asia, bigger devices are outselling smaller devices, for sure.

I just don't think that's true any more. I know a lot of "average consumers" that are carrying notes around. I notice it a lot with the bluetooth using crowd too. Also, with the S5 being so close in size now to notes, it's not that big of a jump for someone to go up to a Note.

"It's the product that placed the phablet category on the map and made prominent today."

I completely agree with this statement, Richard.

I don't think that 20 million devices sold qualifies as a niche market anymore.

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I somewhat agree. But, what are we comparing that 20 million to? What's the size of the smartphone market as a whole?

You would think that someone would have said in the meetings, "This is going to be a 3G only device" and someone else might say "So, let's NOT do that one then and do something from NOW."

Less expensive than a Note.

I've learned people in developing countries who have less money desire large display devices because a single device can provide a venue for all their media consumption. They don't have the resources for or easy access to televisions everywhere.

And, why not? This device may not be a Note 4 competitor, but adding the stylus and stylus-specific apps could make this a viable option for someone that can't afford or doesn't want to spend the money on a Note 4.

True. But, again, it's not trying to be a Note. With specs like that, it'd make no sense for LG to go all out with software, only to gimp the hardware.

Really you can buy any phone that you want and buy a slim capacitive stylus for it at that point. You'd probably get a better phone for the same price, just don't lose the stylus.

True, but the price of this device (converted into units of your market of choice) would make or break the first sentence of your reply. If this is competitively priced and has some features that make use of the stylus (which every phone doesn't have), then it's automatically a better "Note-like" device, regardless of the gimped specs.

It may not be trying to be a Note, but given the size and the inclusion of a stylus, it definitely competes with the Note whether or not LG wants it to. I'm sure it'll be significantly cheaper than Note 4, but will it be cheaper than refurbished Note 3? Probably not.

But then again, considering the regions where they're selling this device, I don't know if competition with the Note series is even an issue. I'll freely admit that I'm too lazy to look it up myself, but did the Note have a significant launch in the Middle East, Africa, or South America?

Yeah, I can agree with your first sentence. And, yeah, a used Note 3 would make a better option for similar cash. But, that's contingent on if the customer in question even has access to a viable used marketplace (online or brick and mortar).

Your second paragraph is fair game. I'll freely admit that I'm too lazy to look it up, as well, lol. But, I'll venture a guess that markets like Africa and South America did not have as much demand for the Note series as the US, Europe, and South Korea did.

In other words a bootleg wanna be phablet. Why invest in a fake product that's not proven when you can just spend the real money.

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See money doesn't mean much to him since his income comes from the paychecks of people that actually work, and handed to him by the government.

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Whoa, that seems rather below the belt. Just because the guy is a BIG Note fan [as am myself - no other phone comes close to what these puppies can do] you feel the need to play the Romney roll?

Wow it's shocking to see you give us not one, not two, but THREE comments on a single article! Glad to see you have some actual commentary now!

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Simply read the article before overreacting. This LG smartphone is not intended for you or your demographic.

This. But, responses like his don't surprise me. People assume that everyone has the money for a high-end device or that every device is being marketed towards them.

No people assume that a product comes out, it should at least have specs that are better than products that have been previously released. Is that asking too much of these companies?

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OT, but British English uses the plural for a company or organization, whereas US English uses the singular.

British: What are LG (they) thinking
US: What is LG (it) thinking

Lg is begging for attention but copying every aspect of Samsung products and overall software implementations and feature enhancements.

Samsung isn't worried about Lg they know Lg will never be a true legitimate player worldwide or as far as the android platform.

After all Lg suck MAJOR MONKEY BALLS updating handsets.

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Not a high-end device, by any means. But, with specs like that and a 3000 mah battery, that LG is going to be sporting some monster battery life. I have some friends that this would be perfect for.

Curious about the pen-specific software features.

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Yes LG. My wife has the G3. It's a great device. I've had note, note 2, note 3, and Oppo Find 7a as far as phones over 5 inches go. Even without a more aosp ROM, it's a wonderful device.

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The Lg G3 overheats after 30mins of Riptide2 it gets to hot to a point where it shuts off.

You can't place you're brightness past 40%otherwise your battery won last 3hrs.

The Lg G2 is better than the LG G3

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Huh. I leave my brightness at 75% all day. I get 17 hours with 5 hours screen on time. With Bluetooth enabled. No overheating. I'm confused. But thanks for an actual comment that doesn't promote Samsung!

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LG is pushing out updates to fix the overheating and other issues. Lets not forget the Galaxy S5 was released with issues as well...like the camera issue..and lets the not forget the S4 with the big storage mess.

Almost every phone has some type of issue at release. In which the oem pushes out an update to fix the issue. It gets me when a device is coming up...or a oem is making good moves and the company isnt Apple or Samsung, people find reasons to knock them down, instead of give them props. I bet when the iphone 6 comes out all the Sammy people will be finding something negative to say about it too. Even though we all no the iphone 6 will out sell the Galaxy Line....and yes that means the Note 4 as well.

All these phones is made to attract different customers. I for one had a Note 3 and hated it. I had a S5 and sold it ...too much lag. I would prefer my current G3 or M8 over any Sammy device.

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Honestly if this were under $300 unlocked (incredibly doubtful) I could see it being nice for a knockaround big tablet phone. It might do well on the prepaid networks in USA, if it actually entered this country.

straight up this is some boobooooo LG you need to go back and find a team that can design a note competitor and thats real....

This does nothing but dilute the G3 brand. This phone is a number of tiers below the "real" G3.

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Nice to see LG trying something new. I don't see why everyone instantly compared it to the Note series. Obviously if LG were to do a similar to it, they would pack that phone full of "high end" features/specs to make it competitive. Think outside the box.

Read the article, people!

This handset is not designed for nor will it be sold in US or EU markets.

Get over it. Your complaining makes you seem like spoiled, self entitled, ignorant, and immature little brats.

Actually you probably are.

The whining resulting from Samsung’s rapid plunge from grace is becoming nauseating.

That is very true. They may actually have a 1080p LTE version for the states right after this is released.

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Exactly. Even if it's not wacom like the Note, if they would have kept the specs of the g3 it would have sold like crazy. Oh well, I love my g3 but I do miss my Note and that great stylus. I'll be looking at the Note 4 for sure even though the g3 is one of the best phones I have owned.

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Such a strange product. Why not just include the stylus on the regular G3?

Does anyone really want a 5.5" phone with that resolution now days? Min has to be a 720p screen Imo but apparently LG is taking Samsung's approach by seeing what sticks.

Thinking a little more about it, this would be great for my mom. I would imagine the battery life is great. She could care less about the screen resolution and things would be big on the screen for her aging eyes. Also LTE isn't something she would care about. I guess I do see a market for the right price.

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No LTE ....No 4g....8 gb of storage. ..1 gb of ram...un impressive chip
But holy shit...a pen..WTF

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LG VEEP: "So, what are the main features of our competitors stylus phone?"
LG DEV: "uh, well, the highest quality screen available, more ram than any other phone, latest top end processor, removable battery, loads of storage plus expansion slot. Stylus with high sensitivity multi pressure ability co developed by industry leaders."
LG VEEP: "Excellent. So, tell me about our stylus phone,"
LG DEV: "Uh, low-res, mid range screen, slower processor..."
LG VEEP: "Storage?"
LG DEV: "8 GB..."

*slow clap...*

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What if LG is trying to pull a Moto G move, but with a large screen, stylus and awesome battery life.

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