Tucked into the end of an otherwise unremarkable promo video for the G3 Beat is a fleeting glance of a new, unannounced variant of LG's latest flagship device. The phone is unapologetically labeled the G3 Stylus. It looks identical to the G3 save for a slightly larger screen and, well, a stylus. This is the first we've heard of this particular phone, though it's hardly a surprising addition to the lineup.

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The video glimpse of the G3 Stylus is about three seconds long, but shows a phone with a stylus bay on the top right of the device. It's got the same layout and pseudo-metal build from the G3, with a screen that looks like it's somewhere in the 5.7-6.0-inch range, presumably competing with Samsung's Galaxy Note series. That's about it. The video was first spotted by Chinese technology site TechOrz.com.

Assuming that the G3 Stylus is ready for prime time, and it certainly looks like it is, this wouldn't be the first time the LG had the Note series in its sights. Early attempts like the oddly-proportioned Vu phones had a stylus as well, but LG went big and powerful with the somewhat nondescript G Pro series, currently on its second iteration. If we're seeing the unofficial successor to the G Pro 2, it makes a lot of sense as a super-premium addition. I would expect internal specs that are at least as good as the excellent G3, with an active digitizer embedded in the screen.

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There's nothing to say on a possible release window, but Samsung has shown off the first three versions of the Galaxy Note at IFA in Berlin, which takes place next month. The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be there, so LG's G3 Stylus would make a good counterpoint.

Source: LG YouTube via TechOrz, Android Central

Michael Crider
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  • Bin Laden

    3 G3's.

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    Dammit, I was hoping that they'd continue with the Flex as the Note competitor. Why are they blurring the lines between phablet and phone on the G3?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      The Flex I think is closer to mid range from what I've seen. I do like it though and hope they keep making it.

      • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

        The Note 3 and G Flex were incredibly similar in terms of specs and as the G Flex was debuting, it'd make sense not to push the boat out, but as a stylus to that thing and up the specs, it could surely have the impact that the G2 and G3 have had rather than diluting the G3 brand.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

          I'd be cool with them using the G Flex for that spot but it'd be hard to put a stylus in there, and they need to up the resolution IMO.

  • Andrew

    I'm listening... Being a Note 2 Customer who is finally using the stylus to its potential, I am looking for a new phone soon. I wanted the G3... may wait now.

    • letsplaaay

      Active stylus has become an essential part of the phone for me personally. I'm glad to see another major android carrier than Samsung finally have this.

  • senor_heisenberg

    Well if I were going to get something other than a Nexus or Moto phone, itd definitely be this. I've always liked the idea of the Note series, but hate TouchWiz, and while LG's skin isn't particularly great, it's still better than the Wiz. Plus there devices seem to have more community support as of late. Samsung's locks shit down.

    • ProductFRED

      This has a 960 x 540 display, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of internal storage...

    • thartist

      Look again, the LG G3's interface is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Arch9

    lg starting to looks like samsung, what's next? g3 active?

    • Veress Attila

      To be honest i would fucking kill for a waterproof g3. Its the only thing that makes me hasitant to upgrade to the g3 from the g2. I want a Waterproof phone next.

  • http://retardedgeniuscomics.tumblr.com najodleglejszy

    *Disclaimer Laser Auto Focus will NOT actually seek out the object of your heart's desire.
    I like the ad.

  • ProductFRED

    This is the 5.7" qHD (960 x 540) screen phone, right? Yeah, I'll hang on to my Note 3 just a little bit longer...

    • dc

      Wrong. The G3 is QHD (quad HD), not qHD (quarter HD).

      • Danny Davis

        LOL sometimes it's just those little misunderstanding that can make someone sound so misinformed. 960x540 in 2014 standards. LOL

    • impulse101

      LOL what?? It has a 1440p screen you know the one that is 20x nicer than your Note 3

  • JJCommonSense

    Well since LG often carbon copies Samsung, why wouldnt the world expect something like this... and if u dont believe me, look at some of the camera features and shooting modes of the LG G2/G3 vs the GS4 on-up. Multi-window, health app being built into the phone... etc. Not saying they do a bad job, the QHD screen on the G3 is very nice but it isnt as eye catching as the Galaxy S5.. but to each his own.. let there be competition!

    • turdbogls

      agreed, however, I feel like LG stops where it needs to stop, where as Samsung just keeps throwing stuff at the wall and hope it sticks.

      LG G3 software> GS5 software 10x

      • JJCommonSense

        I COMPLETELY agree... i love how Samsung likes to experiment but at the same time its like, if u only had 1/2 of those "bonus features" the phone would be 1millionx better..

    • impulse101

      As long as they copy and keep doing better like they are now since the G3 is 10x better than the S5, they can keep on doing it. Samsung is old hat and Touchwiz is the laughing stock of Android Skins

  • andressbidle

    *Disclaimer Laser Auto Focus will NOT actually seek out the object of your heart's desire.
    I like the ad.

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    surely no one will miss the Optimus

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Is it just me or does it look like there is no laser autofocus on the G3 Stylus?

  • HR

    If they knew they were making a 5.7 - 6" stylus version, why not make the standard flagship smaller than 5.5". Even with the lack of bezel, it's just too large.
    And I say this as a G2 user.

  • black

    Is this for gullible people who think they can actually take useful notes on a t/phablet?

    • derp hurr-durr

      Nah - it's for those non-jackass folks who can actually make use of it instead of making random idiotic comments on Android forums.

      ...you know, the folks that aren't you.

      • black

        Idiotic? Sir, you better watch your language, or I'll write a note to your parents mentioning your bad behavior. Maybe I'll use the good ol' fashioned pen and paper so they can actually read it.

    • XDAMM

      What is the purpose of just commenting without adding anything for the conversation? If the product doesn't work for you, you always have to consider different people have different needs. A lot of people like to sketch or take quick notes while on the go, and that's not a bad thing.

      • black

        What do you mean? I just started a conversation...

    • Sergii Pylypenko

      Stylus is not for taking notes, it's easier to just use keyboard.
      Stylus is for doing remote admin on your PC, for browsing desktop websites, and occasionally for painting. It basically replaces mouse when you need precision.

  • Craig M

    I hope this device has a 1080p display. The QHD screen on the G3 has too many draw backs.

    • impulse101

      Really? Like what?

      • Badouken

        I personally noticed bad sharpness on my G3's display during my daily usage but Im pretty sure i fixed it now using a setting in the accessibility menu. Was hardly a deal breaker to me anyhow, just a slight annoyance.

    • combo1985

      Craig M, really what drawbacks are you talking about. I have a G3 for a month now. I am genuinely happy with this phone. Gorgeous screen and absolutely amazing battery life. This phone has really really surprised me in battery life. It lasts for like 1.5 days with moderate usage (FB, whatsapp, texting, maps, approx 2 hrs of talking).

      • mlee19841

        From review vids. Excess heat and performance loss because of the screen res.

  • Badouken

    Love everyone's logic... it has a stylus therefore it looks like / copied Samsung!!!... What about the Nintendo DS? That had a stylus so did they copy that as well? and What about Blackberries?! Hmmmm! Businesses borrow ideas / expand on them all the time, its how we progress / have competition which in the end is a good thing for us consumers!

    • StriderWhite

      The Nintendo DS is NOT a smartphone!

  • Blowntoaster


    if the Note 4 delivers this device will have about the same reception as the G Po 2.

  • quick Draw

    Apple us just going to be allowed to dominate note taking apps, especially with patents like this http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/30/apple-stylus-patent/