While the tech world seem to be fixated on the hot mess that is the LG G5, it’s important to remember the Korean conglomerate has other offerings that are not made to be modular. Offerings of a lower price-point that cater to the needs of a more specific set of customers. One such product is the newly announced LG Stylus 2 Plus, a follow-up to the original LG Stylus 2 launched back in February, but with some key components changed.
Specs include a 5.7-inch Full HD (1920 X 1280) display, a 1.4GHz Octa-Core SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, an embedded rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a 3,000mAh battery.
Regarding the camera, in some markets the Stylus 2 Plus will come with a 16-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera. For all other markets however, the phone will ship with the same pair as the original Stylus 2 featured: a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.
Regarding the RAM, in some regions it appears there will be 3GB instead of the standard 2GB. In addition some regions will receive a unit with 32GB of on-board storage.
Putting aside the potential camera upgrades, the only main differences here are the increase display resolution – the original featured a 5.7-inch 720p screen, a slight increase in SoC performance – the original featured a 1.2GHz chip – and some extra RAM – the original featured 1.5GB.
The stylus pen found on the handset has a nano-coated tip that supposedly offers greater accuracy compared to standard rubber-tipped styluses. The handset also includes some stylus-optimized extras such as a feature called Pen Pop – a nifty mode that toggles a special shortcut menu when the stylus is removed – and Pen Keeper, which notifies users should they stray from the pointed pen.
Juno Cho, President of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications, describes the product as follows:
The LG Stylus 2 Plus offers users a spacious screen, powerful multimedia functionality and a writing experience at a competitive price. It’s just another example of the constant refinements we’re making to our mobile products to give LG customers a wide variety of features and designs to choose from.
Regarding availability, LG’s Press Release states that the device “begins its global rollout with its launch today in Taiwan. The LG Stylus 2 Plus will make its way to customers in other key markets in Asia, South America, Europe and North America in the weeks to come.” Pricing was not specified, however the device is expected to retail on the lower end of the spending spectrum due to its lower-end specs.
LG Stylus 2 hands-on
What do you think? Does the LG Stylus 2 Plus seem like a great buy for all your virtual pen-and-paper needs? Should LG release the rumored high-spec LG G Note product that it has been rumored to be working on?
Enhanced Specifications for Better Performance, Display and Camera
SEOUL, June 1, 2016 – The LG Stylus 2 Plus, the latest edition of its large-format Stylus series, begins its global rollout with its launch today in Taiwan. The LG Stylus 2 Plus will make its way to customers in other key markets in Asia, South America, Europe and North America in the weeks to come.
While the design remains consistent with the original LG Stylus 2, the smartphone features significantly better performance than its original cousin. At its heart is a faster 1.4GHz Octa-Core processor, a sharper 5.7-inch Full HD IPS display and higher resolution 16MP rear camera, with a flash on both sides for clearer photos and videos in low light. Other improvements include more RAM and the choice of colors: Titan, Gold and Brown.
The Stylus 2 Plus carries over the nano-coated stylus which provides the tactile feedback of a quality fountain pen when writing on the screen. Using the stylus is made even more useful with UX features such as Quick Memo and Off Memo and Pen Keeper, which displays a warning when the stylus strays too far from the phone, or vice versa.
‘The LG Stylus 2 Plus offers users a spacious screen, powerful multimedia functionality and a writing experience at a competitive price,’ said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company. ‘It’s just another example of the constant refinements we’re making to our mobile products to give LG customers a wide variety of features and designs to choose from.’
- Display: 5.7-inch Full HD IPS Quantum Display
- Chipset: 1.4GHz Octa-Core
- Camera: Rear 13MP, 16MP / Front 5MP, 8MP (varies by region)
- Memory: 2GB, 3GB RAM / 16GB, 32GB ROM / MicroSD (varies by region)
- Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
- Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Size: 155 x 79.6 x 7.4mm
- Weight: 145g
- Network: LTE / HSPA+ / GSM
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.1 / USB 2.0
- Colors: Titan / Gold / Brown
- Others: Fingerprint Sensor