The Galaxy Note 7 may have left us too soon, but LG wants you to remember that it also offers stylus-equipped Android phones! Granted, the G3 Stylus and G Stylo weren't exactly in the same super-premium league as the Notes, but they had big screens and pointy sticks, and that's what counts. The LG Stylo 2 wasn't blessed with a G, and perhaps that's why it hasn't come to any American carriers. Spotting a hole where a superfluous letter needed to go, Verizon decided to slap a "V" on the end. So now we have the Verizon LG Stylo 2 V, coming to a retailer near you on October 20th.
It's like we're back in 2012 again.
Like its predecessors, the Stylo 2 V combines a big screen, a docked stylus, and low-end specs to make a decent offering to those who want a Note-style phone on a budget. The screen is 5.7" and "HD" according to Verizon's press page, which probably means 720p resolution. Underneath is a 1.8GHz octa-core processor of unknown origin - the international model uses a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 - along with a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing cam, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a removable 3000mAh battery. That last bit might be especially notable for users who are finding it harder and harder to track down a phone with swappable batteries. The Stylo 2 V runs Android 6.0 out of the box, with a few software extras to take advantage of the stylus. Verizon doesn't say how much RAM the phone has, but the international model comes with 2GB.
The specs aren't much, and neither are the grey phone's basic looks. But at least the price is right: Verizon will sell the Stylo 2 V for $240 outright, or $10 a month on a two-year plan. Middling specs or not, that's a pretty great price for an LG phone with such a huge screen and a removable battery. It goes on sale online tomorrow.