LG has quite a few smartphones lined up for a launch at MWC, besides the flagship LG G5 smartphone. After announcing the X Cam and X Screen smartphones, today the company has announced the Stylus 2. As the name suggests, this is essentially the successor to last year’s LG G4 Stylus, and it too will be unveiled at MWC next week.
The LG Stylus 2‘s highlight is undoubtedly the stylus, which the company says offers an ‘easy note taking and drawing experience’. Instead of the rubber-tipped stylus on last year’s smartphone, this time around LG has opted for a nano-coated tip, which is said to offer more accuracy. On the UI front, there is a new feature called Pen Pop offering shortcuts to Pop Memo and Pop Scanner. This shortcut menu sounds familiar to the Air Command menu on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Lastly, there is also a notification feature called Pen Keeper, which will ensure you don’t misplace the stylus.
LG Stylus 2 specifications and features: The phablet flaunts a 5.7-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) In-Cell Touch display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM. It also features 16GB internal storage, which can be further expanded using a microSD card.
The Stylus 2 also features a 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3,000mAh removable battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11b,g,n and Bluetooth 4.1. On the software front, it will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
In comparison, last year’s LG G4 Stylus featured a 5.7-inch HD IPS display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB internal memory along with a microSD card. It also included a 13-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus, 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a removable 3,000mAh battery. Connectivity options included dual-SIM card slots, LTE support, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, and on the software front, it runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box.
In terms of design, the new phablet retains the back button setup, but is thinner and lighter than its predecessor with dimensions of 155×79.6×7.4mm and 145 grams weight. On paper, the LG Stylus 2 doesn’t seem like a huge upgrade over its predecessor where specifications and features are concerned. We will however wait till the launch at MWC before passing our judgment on the upcoming phablet.