Just in time for the Mobile World Congress showcase in Barcelona next week, LG has announced the upcoming release of its LG Stylus 2 handset. The Korean smartphone maker has scheduled a media event on February 21, a day before MWC’s official kickoff, to show off the new device.
The LG Stylus 2 (pictured above) takes over from the LG G Stylo, which some called the LG G4 Stylus. The new LG phone has a 5.7-inch HD screen with a display resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels, identical to the LG G Stylo. It also has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 1.5 GB of RAM, along with with 16 GB onboard storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card.
Running on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, the phone is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery, which will help run the 13-megapixel primary camera and 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The LG Stylus 2 supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 2.0.
The most notable difference between the LG Stylus 2 and its predecessor might be its form factor. Thinner and lighter than the G4 Stylus, the Stylus 2 weighs 5.11 ounces, and measures 6.10 by 3.13 by 0.29 inches.
Is the Price Right?
What’s not yet known about the LG Stylus 2 is its price. Its predecessor, the G4 Stylus, started at under $200. Price might be the factor that proves to be the tipping point for many prospective purchasers, as Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research, told us.
"Given the size and the stylus, it's going to have to be priced alongside other premium devices to make money," said Dawson. "But that's such a crowded space and Android phones have struggled at that price point lately, so LG might have to discount it a little from where these phones have been historically in order to move it in serious numbers."
The stylus of the LG Stylus 2 has a nano-coated tip for greater accuracy, according to LG. The company also pointed to some proprietary functions for the LG phone when the stylus is in use. For instance, users can enable a new Calligraphy Pen font that lets them write decoratively without the need to learn calligraphy.
When the user removes the stylus from the phone, a shortcut menu pops up on the screen. Also, a Pen Keeper function displays a message when the phone is being moved without the pen in its stylus bay, presumably to keep the stylus from being misplaced. The phone will be available in Titan light gray, white or brown.
"This just looks like a minor evolution of the existing phone in this slot," said Dawson. "It's obviously a competitor to Samsung's Note series, but has so far achieved far less traction -- something that's true for LG's phones versus Samsung's in general, too."
Image Credit: LG Electronics (LG).