Back in 2016, LG launched the second-generation Stylus 2 and today, the company has introduced the next iteration of the phablet. The LG Stylus 3 carries forward the same design language with significant upgrades under the hood. Priced at Rs 18,500, the smartphone is currently listed on LG’s official India page, and available through LG’s authorized brand stores.
For the Stylus 3, LG has brought improvements in the form of a larger battery capacity, more features for the stylus, along with biometric authentication to name a few. As for design, the Stylus 3 boasts a slim design with a brushed metal rear panel. The navigation keys are placed on-screen and hence there are no physical keys on the front panel. Unlike the Stylus 2, the successor is equipped with a fingerprint sensor which is located on the rear panel in alignment with the camera and flash. Volume rockers are placed on the left while the stylus has a dedicated slot on top of the smartphone. On the bottom lies the headphone jack and charging port. The speaker grille is house at the lower end of the rear panel. If compared to the predecessor, there is no incremental design upgrade in the Stylus 3.
At its price point, the LG Stylus 3 competes with other mid-range Android smartphone such as the Lenovo Z2 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, and the Moto G5 Plus, all of which are priced in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment.
LG Stylus 3 specifications and features
Talking about specifications, the LG Stylus 3 features a 5.7-inch HD (720p) display and is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core processor paired with Mali-T860MP2 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage with an option to expand it further up to 2TB via microSD card.
For photography, the Stylus 3 is equipped with a 13-megapixel CMOS autofocus camera with LED flash. It is capable of recording video in 30fps@1080 resolution. Up front, it features an 8-megapixel front camera.
Fuelled by a 3,200mAh battery, the Stylus 3 improves over the Stylus 2 which houses a slightly smaller 3,000mAh battery. The Stylus 3 runs Android Nougat 7.0 out-of-the-box. Connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots, 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, OTG support, and USB 2.0.
Coming to one of the key improvements; the Stylus 3 comes with Pen Pop 2.0. The feature adds shortcuts for the stylus usage. The moment you take out the stylus from its slot, a menu pops up including options for Pop memo, Capture +, Pop Scanner, Quick Memo, and previews of recent notes. The stylus on offer also comes with improved 1.8mm precision tip that lets users to create notes, select content on–screen, mark up, etc. on the phablet smartphone.
Lenovo Z2 Plus, priced at Rs 17,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB variant, offers a full HD display resolution albeit a smaller screen size of 5-inch. It is further powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and offers 4K video recording capabilities.
If you compare the LG Stylus 3 with the Redmi Note 4, then Xiaomi’s smartphone has an advantage in terms of the battery capacity. The Redmi Note 4 is priced at Rs 12,999 for 4GB RAM+ 64GB storage variant. It features a metal unibody design and houses a 4,100mAh battery. The Moto G5 Plus, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 16,999 for the 4GB RAM+ 32GB variant. It also offers a full HD display resolution and runs Android Nougat out-of-the-box.