Samsung has got the phablet market pretty well sown up right now, with few other oversized handsets making much of a dent in the sales of its mighty Note line. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 expected later this year Samsung could well sweep up buyers by the million once again, but it might have a bit of competition for once, because this year we might see an LG G3 Stylus.
Very little is known about LG’s phablet device as yet but it almost certainly exists, because at the end of a video advertising the LG G3 Beat it was shown and named.
From the image it looks almost exactly the same as the LG G3 and indeed the LG G3 Beat. The shape is the same and the build is presumably the same (so expect a faux-metallic finish). Two things are different though, other than the name. One is the presence of the stylus itself and the other is the screen size, as this thing looks bigger than even the 5.5 inch LG G3. Assuming the images are to scale we’d hazard a guess that it’s around 6.0 inches.
Unfortunately if you’re hoping for more quad HD goodness you might be in for a disappointment, because the only spec rumours that we’ve seen so far come from a user agent profile spotted by MyLGPhones on an LG website, for a device with a model number linked to the LG G3 Stylus. The profile claims that it will have a 540 x 960 display and less surprisingly that it will support 3G and run Android.
While it’s all we’ve got to go on so far though, we’re not convinced. On a large screen a 540 x 960 resolution would lead to a hideously low pixel density and when LG has just made waves with a quad HD display would it really do that? Especially with a device bearing the LG G3 name. Not to mention the fact that even the LG G3 Beat, which you expect to be the lowest end entry in the range, has a 720 x 1280 display and that has a far smaller screen.
Then there’s the fact that by having a stylus there will be immediate comparisons to the Galaxy Note and with such a low resolution screen it wouldn’t fare well in such comparisons, as the Galaxy Note 3 has a 1080p screen and the upcoming Note 4 will have at least that, possibly even a QHD one.
Plus the tipster who alerted MyLGPhones to the information on the G3 Stylus also claims that it’s a replacement for the LG VU range and the VU 3 was a fairly high end handset.
So it’s possible that LG is making a low-end phablet, but given all of the above we’d say that it’s unlikely.
Either way, there’s a good chance that it will get the laser autofocus from the LG G3, as even the LG G3 Beat got that. If it’s a high end device as we’re expecting then the specs are likely to be quite similar to the LG G3 and if anything possibly slightly higher, so expect a quad-core Snapdragon 801 or 805 processor and 2 or 3GB of RAM alongside a QHD display and a 13 megapixel camera.
In which case it should be a good match for the Galaxy Note 4, which itself is rumoured to have a Snapdragon 805 processor, a 5.7 or 5.9 inch 1440 x 2560 display, 4GB of RAM, a 12 megapixel camera and a waterproof body.
If on the other hand the LG G3 Stylus really does have a 540 x 960 screen then expect the specs to be lower than the G3 Beat, with probably 1GB of RAM and a quad-core Snapdragon 200 or 400 processor. In which case it should be quite affordable and in some ways the market is wide open for an entry level phablet, but with a low resolution screen we’re not sure it would be a very appealing buy.
Now that news has started slipping out though we should hear more soon, especially as if it aims to go toe to toe with the Galaxy Note 4 it will need to launch within the next few months. So stay tuned for more information and fingers crossed for a high end handset.
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