• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display: 5.5” @ 540 x 960 pixels
  • Processor: Mediatek MT6582 Quad-core 1.3GHz
  • Connectivity: 2G/3G HSPA
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Dimensions: 149.3 x 75.9 x 10.2mm
  • Weight: 163 grams
  • Pros:
  • Big screen
  • Stylus included
  • Good ergonomics
  • Cons:
  • Mediatek chip
  • Lack of LTE
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark:
  • Ice Storm: 3,250 points
  • Ice Storm Extreme: 3,011 points
  • Ice Storm Unlimited: 2,857 points
  • PCMark for Android: 2,323 points
  • Antutu: 18,360 points

Poke your way with the stylus

This is one company that has been quiet in the Malaysian market for the past couple of years. For a moment we thought they have skipped our country for devices, but thankfully they are back. Today we have their latest mid-range phone, the G3 Stylus.

First announced in IFA Berlin in 2014, the G3 Stylus shares similar design concept as its bigger brother the G3. With the large, expansive front facia- it is actually one of the nicer phones to use in the market. The small screen to bezel ratio also helps. It gives the impression that the phone is smaller than its actual size.

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We have to give kudos to LG, as the relatively compact body manages to house a large screen – 5.5 inch in this case. It is also sharing the same button placement like the G3. This means that the phone has its power button and volume buttons situated just below the 13 megapixel camera module, where the index finger will naturally fall when holding a smartphone this big.

Don’t be shocked, but LG has elected to fit into the G3 Stylus a chipset from Mediatek. This helps in reducing the price of the smartphone to more manageable levels. The chip is nothing to be scoffed as however. It is a quad-core unit, running at 1.3GHz. It is more than enough to run the HD screen and all apps that you want to throw at it.

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With only 1GB of RAM available on the device, it can handle moderate levels of multitasking, but anything more it will lock up. The 8GB of space is also a drawback – thankfully there is a microSD slot for storage expansion. The benchmarks run without any problems thankfully, but the scores reflects the slower chip speed.

The feature that makes this model special is the inclusion of a stylus. It is not a proprietary technology – it is actually similar to the styluses you see at your favourite accessory shop. It is however thinner, and included in the phone so that is a plus. What is not is that the fact the G3 Stylus comes sans LTE, which we feel is a shame.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A great mid-range phone with a big screen – let down by the lack of LTE and low resolution panel used.

(previously published in issue May 2015)

LG G3 Stylus