LG Electronics Inc. (KRX:066570) is taking a stab at an infrequently used feature for its upcoming smartphone. Its latest LG G3 model will come with a stylus.
The Korean manufacturer announced the LG G3 Stylus on its website on Tuesday and said it plans to showcase the device at the IFA Expo in Berlin in September. Following the success of its LG G3 flagship smartphone, LG has launched several other devices under the brand at different price points.
Specifications for the LG G3 Stylus put it firmly in the mid-range market. The device includes a low-resolution, 5.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) and a low-power 1.3 GHz Quad-Core processor. Memory capacities include 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage with MicroSD support. The LG G3 Stylus does have some higher-end features, including a 13-megapixel main camera and a 3,000mAh removable battery; lower-end specs with a more powerful battery could account for a decent battery life on the smartphone.
The LG G3 Stylus will run the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system, will be available for 3G mobile networks, and will come in black, while and gold color options. Its software features include QuickMemo+, Dual Window, Smart Keyboard, Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot and Knock Code.
A September launch will put the LG G3 Stylus up against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which is the leading stylus-accompanied smartphone on the market. However, the devices won’t be direct competitors, as the Galaxy Note 4 will be priced for the premium market while the LG G3 Stylus will cater to emerging markets. LG's President and CEO Jong-seok Park described the LG G3 Stylus as a device for those who don’t want to be “bogged down carrying a laptop, tablet and smartphone.” The device will debut in Brazil and will launch in Asia, the Middle East and Africa later. The LG G3 Stylus isn't expected to be available in the U.S.