Samsung's oversized, pen-packing Galaxy Note line has pretty much had the market for smartphone scribblers sewn up since being revealed back in 2011. But with the Note 4 set to launch at IFA 2014 next month, LG sees the time being right to place its own doodle-friendly stake down with the LG G3 Stylus.
Leaked earlier in the month and now made official, it takes its cues from the LG G3 flagship, throwing in a stylus, but dropping some of its namesake's flashier features. As such, its 5.5-inch screen is only a 960 x 540 number, compared to the G3's staggering 2560 x 1440 display, and the 13MP camera on the rear drops the fast laser-beam focus system. Running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, with a 1.3GHz quad-core chip and 1GB of RAM, it looks very much as though LG is banking on there being enough buyers out there looking for a smartphone to scribble on, without wanting to pay the top-whack prices of the flagship Galaxy Note range. LG's yet to reveal pricing, but with middling specs like these, it should be a fair few quid cheaper than whatever Samsung's new top-end Note ends up being. [LG]