LG unveils new G3 Stylus smartphone

Although it shares the G3’s name and DNA, the G3 Stylus isn’t 4G-enabled and it’s less powerful overall than LG’s acclaimed flagship smartphone, which was released just a couple of months ago...

LG's announced a new variant of its flagship smartphone, the LG G3, equipped with a stylus - imaginatively named the LG G3 Stylus.

The G3 Stylus has the same sleek appearance as its critically-acclaimed namesake, but attempts to bridge the gap between smartphone and tablet - call it a 'phablet' if you must - with the addition of a stylus pen for precise sketching, doodling and note-taking.

It boasts the same 13 megapixel camera and large 5.5in display as the LG G3, but overall it's less powerful, with only a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, compared to the G3's 2.5GHz, half as much RAM and no 4G - it only offers 3G connectivity and downwards.

The release date and price are yet to be announced, but it'll certainly be cheaper than the LG G3, which costs around £400 sim-free.

Dr Jong-seok Park, president and CEO at LG, said: "With exceptional hardware and an exceptional price that won't be beaten, the LG G3 Stylus is in a category all by itself.

"It's 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."

We'll reserve judgment until we get our hands on one to review, but while LG's claiming it hasn't compromised on quality or style, it can't deny the G3 Stylus compromises on specs.

If you're looking for a top-of-the-range smartphone with all the features and trimmings, you can make the LG G3 more affordable by spreading the cost over a 24-month contract.

With TalkTalk Mobile it's £25 a month with nothing to pay upfront for an LG G3 with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 600MB of data, but you can only get it on 3G. With O2 you can get an LG G3 on 4G with 2GB of data plus unlimited calls and texts from £33 a month.

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