Samsung initiated the whole concept of phablet devices with the Galaxy Note 1 about three years ago. Back then, everybody including me, ridiculed at the idea of having a 5.5 to 6.5 inch devices as it just looked way too big. Worth remembering, it was the day and age, where 3 to 3.5 inch smartphones were considered ideal. Since then though, phablet has become a niche category in itself and plenty of OEMs have been working on phablets of their own. However, Samsung remains the market leader in such devices and are expected to announce the Note 4 at IFA 2014 next month.
Needless to say, the Note 4 would be the benchmark device when it comes to phablets and in the anticipation of the same, LG has decided to tweak its current flagship, LG G3 to take the Note 4 heads on with LG G3 Stylus. As you can identify with the name, the LG G3 Stylus is basically the same LG G3 but with an added stylus and a few hardware sacrifices from the internal. The first sacrifice comes in the form of the SoC, where each core on the device is clocked at 1.3 GHz in a Snapdragon 801 with a mere 1 GB of RAM. The screen though, remains the same 5.5 inch Quad HD display which seems like a bull that needs to be pulling with a thread, given the specs of the phone. The battery and the camera remains at 3000 mAh and 13 MP, same as the LG G3. There is no LTE on board either and the phone will be operational in 2G and 3G bands only. The phone runs the same Optimus UI as G3 with added app support for stylus with KitKat underneath.
The USP of the device remains the stylus, which for some reason still remains a popular add on. Given the demands of the digital input done in a right personalised manner, especially if you are in an industry where you need to draw on the screen to illustrate a point, the device may still have a position in the market. The phone is expected to launch in the countries like Brazil first and trickle to other nations later on.