With the Note 7 gone, looking for a stylus equipped alternative? While you won’t find anything nearly as high-end, LG does have a more budget friendly alternative. At CES 2017 LG announced the LG Stylo 3, a mid-range phablet offering mid-to-low range specs and na affordale price point.

The Stylo 3 rocks a MediaTek octa-core processor powered by 3GB of RAM and navigated by the latest version of the Android operating system, 7.0 Nougat. On the software side, it’s essentially identical to the LG V20, just accompanied with a sleek stylus for all your jotting needs.

While a stylus is equipped, the LG Stylos 3 is obviously not a Note 7 competior, offering much more modest specs. There are some similarities, though. First, there’s the obvious inclusion a stylus. Next, the software here closely mimics the Note 7, allowing you to pop out the stylus and scribble away without any unnecessary interface, but the Note 7 also delivered a very impressive camera, which is something you just can’t say about the Stylo 3. Pictures were serviceable enough under ideal lighting conditions, but even the lighting of the showcase room at CES proved a challenge for the 13MP selfie cam.

It’s worth noting that the stylus is notably thinner than we’ve previously seen. We’ve yet to really determine whether or not this is an improvement, and further experience with the Stylo 3 is definitely merited. Some members of our team found the thinner pen more comfortable than the comparably thick Note 7 stylus, but others found it flimsy and needlessly minimalist.

In short, the LG Stylo 3 is far from a flagship device, but really that’s no surprise since you’re paying so much less for it. If you’re someone who values the stylus attributes over conventional performance benchmarks, then this might be a device to consider. However, power users should venture forth with caution.

What do you think of the LG Stylo 3 so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

  • It doesn’t seem any better than a Note 4.

    • Aris Routis

      It is still ridiculous. Lack of a digitizer API, still (and always will be) a pointing device to draw stuff. Note 4? If LG managed to make anything even remotely close to a Note 4, they’d be like heroes.

  • King_Android

    I knew the render a few weeks to months ago were not the G6 as I saw the stylus in the render but most people were throwing that off as the input for the headphone jack, but I knew it wasnt that. Oh well. Guess I can continue waiting for that next Flagship to pull me away from my 6P.

  • Lex

    Big bunch of meh

  • V-Phuc

    Why can’t LG make a Note competitor? It’s not like they don’t know to develop/incorporate the stylus software apps. Trying to imagine a V20 with a stylus. Kind of exciting.

  • jon trofler

    Just bought a VM Stylo 2 for $64, that’s just a ridiculous price. What a great phone/value.

  • Picked up my LG stylo 3 to replace a shattered stylo 2. For my non-power user needs it fits perfectly.