LG's G3 Stylus is actually only 'a budget smartphone'

LG's G3 Stylus is actually only 'a budget smartphone'When we were introduced to the LG G3 Stylus for the first time yesterday, we took it for granted that it would be a high-end competitor for Samsung's incoming Galaxy Note 4.

Well it seems we were wrong, as a new report emerging today suggests the Korean's firm's stylus-equipped Android giant will actually come packing a tuned down spec.

The LG G3 Stylus broke cover in an LG promo video showcasing the G3 and its associated spin-offs. The LG G3 Beat we already knew about, but the G3 Stylus was a completely new – and entirely unexpected – presence on the flanks of the G3.

Now the Korea Times has stepped in with a fresh report rubbishing notions that the G3 Stylus will boast high end specs like a Quad HD display or Snapdragon 805 processor.

Instead, it quoted an industry source as saying the Stylus would come with “slightly reduced features” compared to the G3, concluding that “simply put, the Stylus is a budget smartphone”.

“The Stylus will be the pen-pushing model with a screen size of about 5.5 inches,” the paper's source is reported as saying. “Overall specifications will be slightly downgraded compared with the G3, with a different battery size and screen resolution.”

In other words, we're probably looking at a 720p resolution, which will surely be accompanied by nothing better than a Snapdragon 400 or 600 processor.

And that rubs us up seriously the wrong way, to be honest. It's already hard enough to accept the raft of “Mini” flagships that are not just smaller than the flagships they're supposedly based on, but dish up deflated spec sheets too.

But at least there's something in the title “Mini” that could be interpreted as meaning reduced, not just small. If the Korea Times report on the LG G3 Stylus is accurate, it begs the question: just what exactly earns it the right to carry the G3 title at all?

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