LG has announced a new mid-range alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note series, the LG Q Stylus.
The name gives away the key feature for this 6.2-inch Android smartphone, which arrives packing the Oreo version of the software.
LG’s stylus isn’t quite as refined as Samsung’s celebrated S Pen, but the company is promising “handwriting input smartphone without the premium price.” It’s clear that LG is marketing this handset for people who like the idea of owning a Galaxy Note, but are put off by the price.
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The “no nonsense” accessory promises the ability to create notes and memos, personalise images and videos and create animated gifs. The display also has a “palm rejection” system, which will enable users to rest on the display without affecting the stylus experience.
Elsewhere, LG is bringing a Full HD resolution display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, plus an advanced camera system the company says rivals the G Series lens. At the top level, there’s a 16-megapixel single lens rear facing snapper augmented by the Q Lens tech that’ll offer contextual information based on an image. There’s also an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
Other premium features include the IP68 water and dust resistance, a rear-facing fingerprint sensor, military standard metallic construction and USB-C fast charging. There’s a 3300mAh battery too, along with bundled-in access to the Google Assistant.
LG is launching three versions of the device, the Q Stylus+, Q Stylus and Q Sylus Alpha. At the top end there’s an unspecified 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The phones are launching in the United States and Asia this month, with other markets getting the devices at a later date. It’s not yet clear whether LG will launch the range in the United Kingdom, but we’ve reached out for confirmation on potential release dates and price.
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