Yesterday LG brought us a bit of a surprise. Whether that was intentional or not remains to be seen, but for whatever reason, the manufacturer was caught promoting the unannounced LG G3 Stylus in the outro for a G3 Beat video. We saw what sure looked like a G3, but with the notable addition of an integrate (capacitive) stylus. Still, there were early signs that this wouldn’t be as straightforward as taking the G3 as we know it today and giving it a stylus; things like the single LED flash on the phone’s back hinted at possible downgrades compared to the flagship model. Today we hear some new details that are very much in the same vein, painting the G3 Stylus as a lower-end version of the G3.
Here’s what we’ve got: the G3 Stylus will supposedly have a display around 5.5 inches (so the handset may not be an exact match to the G3′s dimensions), but with a “different” screen resolution. With little place to move up from quad HD, that almost certainly means a lower-resolution panel. We’re also told that the battery capacity will change, and with the stylus taking up precious space, that probably means a smaller battery, too. And while we don’t get a breakdown of precisely what hardware to expect, the overall theme is supposed to be one of components that are “slightly downgraded compared to the G3.”
That’s not ideal for LG fans looking for a top-tier flagship, but like we mentioned, this direction for the Stylus wasn’t entirely unexpected after what we saw yesterday. LG is supposed to launch the G3 Stylus sometime this quarter (maybe at IFA?), so we should have a more complete understanding of its capabilities soon.