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The LG Q Stylus is a mid-range alternative to the Galaxy Note 8 (Update: European release announced)
Update, August 28, 2018 (06:48 AM EST): LG has confirmed it will bring the LG Q Stylus to Europe. The phone will be available from the beginning of September for 449 euros (~$525). In the email we received, LG only confirmed the phone is coming to Germany, but that’s probably only because it’s IFA 2018 week; if the Q Stylus is hitting Germany, there’s a good chance it will be released elsewhere in Europe too.
The version coming to Germany will have a 1.5GHz processor, 6.2-inch FHD Plus display, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, a 16MP rear camera, 8MP selfie camera, and a 3,300mAH battery. It will run Android 8.1 Oreo and, of course, will have its own stylus.
Outside of Europe, LG has already introduced other variations of the LG Q Stylus. In Canada, it released the LG Q Stylo Plus while in the U.S it released the LG Stylo 4.
Both these devices are slightly different to the European version of the LG Q Stylus. For example, the LG Stylo 4 and the LG Q Stylo Plus have a 1.8GHz processor compared to the 1.5GHz processor on the LG Q Stylus. Also, the LG Stylo 4 has a 13MP camera, not the 16MP one found on the other devices.
LG will be showing off the phone at IFA from Aug. 31 until Sept. 5 in Berlin. We’ll have more on the handset then.
Original article, June 6, 2018 (03.15AM EST): LG has just announced the LG Q Stylus, a mid-range device that comes with a Samsung Galaxy Note series-style stylus. According to LG, it will release the device on a limited basis this month in North America and Asia, before a wider rollout in the third quarter. The device is the latest phone from LG to feature a stylus, the last being the LG Stylo 3 from 2017.
The stylus has many similar features to those of the Galaxy Note 8. LG says it can be used to take notes with the display off, to edit captured images and videos, and to create GIFs. The latest device once again features LG’s “palm rejection” system that can tell the difference between an intentional touch with a stylus and an accidental touch with your palm.
The handset features 6.2-inch 18:9 FHD Plus display, meaning there is plenty of space to take notes. Despite the stylus and the large screen, however, this device isn’t here to directly compete with Samsung’s Note series. Instead, it’s expected to offer stylus functionality for users on a tighter budget (LG hasn’t discussed how much the device will cost yet, but given the specs and series’ history, it’s likely to be less than the $750 the Note 8 is currently going for).
The device is very similar to the recently unveiled LG Q7
In fact, the device is very similar to the mid-range LG Q7 that LG unveiled recently. It has the same design with small top and bottom bezels and very similar specs.
Also like the LG Q7, the Q Stylus will come in three slightly different models: the higher-end LG Q Stylus Plus, the middle of the road LG Q Stylus, and the lower-end LG Q Stylus Alpha.
The main difference between the devices is that the Q Stylus Plus comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage instead of the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage found on the other two devices. The other difference is that the LG Q Stylus Alpha has a 13MP rear camera instead of the 16MP one found on the other two.
The LG Q Stylus will have either a 1.5GHz or 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor, an IP68 for dust and water resistance, USB Type-C connectivity, a rear fingerprint sensor, 3,300mAh battery, and a portrait mode for selfies with a bokeh effect.
The device should also sound, featuring the same advanced DTS:X as LG’s flagship devices and support for 7.1 channel 3D surround sound through earphones.
Essentially, if you want a device with a stylus, but don’t want an expensive Galaxy Note 8 or one of its predecessors, the LG Q Stylus could be a good option when it’s released later this month.