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LG announces G Stylo smartphone

LG G Stylo will be released in South Korea next month
LG G Stylo will be released in South Korea next month
The 5.7-inch device supports pen input and is based on a min-range Snapdragon SoC. An interesting highlight is compatibility with microSD cards up to 2 TB.

Today LG has finally unveiled a pen-enabled smartphone that was expected since the beginning of 2015 thanks to numerous rumors and leaks. However, the new G Stylo does not correspond to most of them: it is an entry-level mid-range device and not an almost-flagship the company was allegedly preparing. It's quite possible, though, that this is an entirely different smartphone and the speculated G4 Stylus will still be revealed at a later time.

The G Stylo can be classified as a phablet thanks to its 5.7-inch IPS HD (1280 x 720) display. Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC running at 1.2 GHz is inside, paired with 1.5 GB of RAM. Internal storage is rather small at only 8 GB, but the microSD slot supports memory cards up to 2 TB, according to LG. No microSD cards with such capacity exist yet, but they might in the near future, and at least for now the G Stylo is guaranteed to be compatible with 128 GB cards. Connectivity includes LTE, A-GPS, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. The main camera has a resolution of 8 MP; the front one isn't far behind with 5 MP. LG hasn't made an ultra-thin case their priority, but in exchange for its 9.6 mm profile the phone offers a relatively large 3000 mAh battery.

The smartphone will first appear for sale in South Korea in May, where it will cost about $460 equivalent, but its availability will also be expanded to other markets, which are not specified for now.

[UPDATE 28.04.2015]: T-Mobile today announced that it will offer LG's new G4 and the G Stylo in the US.


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Andrey Konstantinov, 2015-04-22 (Update: 2015-04-29)