It looks like LG’s G4 Stylus has a successor on its way, as LG has formally announced the LG Stylus 2 ahead of MWC 2016. Like its predecessor, the Stylus 2 is an entry-level handset and, as its namesake implies, the marque feature here is the phone’s built-in stylus.
While nowhere near the same league as Samsung’s S-Pen, LG says that the stylus pen found on the upcoming handset has a nano-coated tip that supposedly offers greater accuracy compared to your run-of-the-mill rubber-tipped styluses.
Turning to the hardware, the LG Stylus 2 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB RAM. Other specs include 16GB storage, microSD, a 5.7-inch 720p display, a 13MP rear cam, 8MP front cam, LTE, and a 3000 mAh battery. The Stylus 2 is available in three colors – white, titan, and brown. On the software front, you’ll find Android 6.0 Marshmallow with LG UI on-top.
The Stylus 2 includes some stylus-optimized extras such as a feature called Pen Pop – a mode that toggles a special shortcut menu when the stylus is removed – and Pen Keeper, which notifies you if you are walking away from your stylus (it can detect that you are in motion, and that your stylus isn’t sheathed). We also imagine there’s several apps included to help make the most of the stylus, though numerous 3rd party drawing and notetaking apps should place nicely as well.
Judging by the spec sheet, the phone doesn’t appear to be a massive jump forward when compared to last year’s G4 Stylus (aka G Stylo), but an improved stylus and better out-of-the-box software could be enough to win the hearts of LG fans looking for a budget-oriented device. Speaking to that end, LG suggests the phone will be aggressively priced.
LG will formally show off the Stylus 2 at MWC 2016, where we expect to learn more details about the device and how it differs from its predecessor.
SEOUL, Feb. 16, 2016 — LG Electronics (LG) will unveil its new LG Stylus 2, the enhanced sequel to the G4 Stylus, at MWC 2016 to be held in Barcelona, Spain. The exceptionally-priced 5.7-inch handset shares many of premium features available on LG’s flagship models but also includes a pen with a nano-coated tip for more accuracy compared to the previous rubber-tipped pen.
The device features a set of proprietary functions developed specifically for the LG Stylus 2 to enhance the user experience such as Pen Pop, which toggles a popup menu when the stylus is removed to offer shortcuts to Pop Memo and Pop Scanner. Also new to LG Stylus 2 is Pen Keeper, which prevents the stylus from being misplaced by displaying a popup message when the phone is detected as being in motion when the stylus bay is empty. What’s more, the new Calligraphy Pen font allows one to write as beautifully and decoratively as if using a fountain pen.
Only 7.4mm thin and weighing 145g, the LG Stylus 2 is noticeably thinner and lighter than its predecessor. The handset delivers a unique design statement with the incorporation of a Protruded Flat Display in the front, Spin Hairline pattern on the back and metallic frames on all its edges. The LG Stylus 2 sports a hefty 3,000mAh removable battery and a SD card slot to allow users to enjoy a variety of multimedia content on its large 5.7-inch screen.
“LG Stylus 2 provides both the big screen and premium notetaking functions of a premium large phone at a price of a mid-tier phone,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “This device is another example of our commitment to the mass-tier segment where there is so much opportunity for growth and creativity.”