Aching for a phablet with a stylus, but not ready to splurge your life savings on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8?
LG might have an answer in the form of LG Q Stylus, a big, stylus-equipped smartphone that probably won’t break the bank.
The LG Q Stylus is a 6.2-inch smartphone with an 18:9, 2,160 x 1,080 screen. It’s big, but without a notch, with a design very similar to the recently launched mid-ranger, the LG Q7.
Producing an exact list of specs isn’t easy for this one, so bear with us for a moment. The phone will have a 3,300mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner on the back. It will be water and dust resistant to IP68 specs, and it will come with Android 8.1.0 Oreo.
Some of the specs we simply don’t know. LG says the device will come with either a 1.5GHz octa-core chipstet or a 1.8GHz octa-core chipset, but doesn’t say which; similarly it doesn’t say whether the screen is LCD or OLED, so we’ll assume LCD and Snapdragon 6xx series.
To make matters more complicated, LG plans to launch three versions of the phone, depending on the market: Q Stylus Alpha, Q Stylus and Q Stylus Plus. The Q Stylus Alpha will come with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a rear 13-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The Q Stylus will also have 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, but will come with a more powerful, 16-megapixel camera on the back and either a 5-megapixel or an 8-megapixel selfie camera (presumably, again, depending on the market). The Q Stylus + will have the same camera choices but will come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Thanks, LG, for making this real simple.
Now, about that price. We don’t know the exact number just yet, but in its press materials, LG refers to the Q Stylus as a “handwriting input smartphone without the premium price” and says it offers features “normally found in more expensive phones,” so it’s fair to assume it will be priced considerably cheaper than your typical high-end flagship.
The LG Q Stylus will launch “on a limited basis” this month in North America and Asia, followed by launches in other markets in the third quarter of 2018.