LG Electronics will unveil a stylus-driven smartphone “with DNA borrowed from the acclaimed LG G3” at next week’s IFA 2014 event, although its mid-tier feature set means it will not prove much of a competitor for Samsung’s anticipated next-generation Note.
The headline feature of G3 Stylus is what the vendor describes as a “proprietary Rubberdium stylus pen”, similar to that used in its other pen-enabled smartphones.
This is not LG’s first take either on phablets or pen-enabled devices, but does indicate its continued practice of using the G3 brand for devices that are significantly different to the original flagship – echoing a strategy seen with Samsung’s Galaxy S line.
The company has already introduced a lower-tier G3 variant called G3 Beat/G3s.
LG has also said it intends making user experience features from the G3 standard across the majority of its mid- and entry-level smartphones and tablets launched this year.
G3 Stylus is described as being a “fairly-priced package”, and the spec-sheet positions it firmly in the mid-tier. It has a 5.5-inch screen that is not HD at 960×540 pixels; is powered by a 1.3GHz quadcore processor; and omits 4G connectivity.
It also has 8GB of onboard storage with a microSD expansion slot, and a 13MP main camera.
Availability will begin in Brazil in September, followed by countries in Asia, MEA and CIS.
LG has already said it will showcase a pair of entry-level smartphones at IFA 2014, targeting teens and first-time smartphone owners in emerging markets.