LG’s Galaxy Note competitor – the G Stylo – starts shipping this month


The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 could come as early as July, and when it does, it’ll have some competition. We’ve heard that LG is cooking up a Galaxy Note competitor and today it’s finally been officially announced: introducing the LG G Stylo (aka LG G4 Stylus) which starts shipping this month:


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Some of the key G4 Stylus specs:

  • 1.2GHz Quad-Core (LTE) / 1.4GHz Octa-Core (3G)
  • 5.7-inch HD IPS screen (258ppi)
  • 1GB RAM / 8GB ROM / microSD
  • 13MP camera (some regions to get 8MP)
  • 5MP front camera
  • 3,000mAh battery (removable)
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Size: 154.3 x 79.2 x 9.6mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC / A-GPS / Glonass / USB 2.0
  • Colors: Metallic Silver / Floral White

In addition to coming with the new Stylus Pen it will also come with key LG features such as Laser Auto Focus, Gesture Shot, Glance View, and Knock Code.

In an interesting twist of naming fate, LG will call it the LG G4 Stylus globally save for the North American and Korea versions where it will be called “LG G Stylo”:

The G4 Stylus (available as G Stylo in North America and Korea) will be offered in both LTE and 3G configurations in Metallic Silver or Floral White color options. The G4c is an LTE model only and will come in Metallic Gray, Ceramic White and Shiny Gold.

LG also announced the LG G4c – with the “c” standing for “Compact” – offering an easier to wield alternative to the LG G4 for those with smaller hands and/or different preferences. Sitting in a 5-inch frame the LG G4c rocks 1.GHz Quad core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, and 5MP selfie cam.

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Both of these devices will begin shipping to retailers immediately but it’s not clear when they’ll be available to consumers through carriers and retail partners:

Both smartphones will begin shipping to retailers around the world in the next several weeks and throughout the month of May.

If you thought your decision was already tough between the LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and HTC One M9, you may want to reserve some time for some smartphone soul searching… this is going to be a toughie.

Rob Jackson
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  1. This isn’t the Note competitor I was looking for :p

    1. I was pretty much about to say this

      1. Agreed. The Note was the most expensive phone on the market, not everybody can afford it, many can but choose not to as well. There is no inexpensive alternative, until now. 1gb ram tho? really? Zenfone was announced today with 4gb…4 is the new 3. 1 is so 2011.

        1. It’s not the… size of the RAM… it’s how you use it.

          1. You know that’s not true :P

          2. Tell em Rob! Only one open app at a time!

          3. You have just won the Internet! :D

          4. Yeah, that’s what everyone says that has small…….ram…. If you know what I mean ;)

        2. Pretty sure the iPhone 5S was more expensive to buy outright than even the Note 4 with less advanced components and a smaller screen. Even if it wasn’t it’s still less expensive than the iPhone 6 and 6+ and the same fact applies about the components etc.

    2. I think rather than go head to head with the Note, which has carved out a loyal fanbase, they decided to stake their claim to more affordable part of that market for which Samsung has zero offerings. Not a bad strategy… but not sure if it will work.

      1. Rumor has it that LG is working on a Note competitor that is ‘more premium’ than the LG G4. This is just a rumor though but it was said to come in the second half of 2015. We’ll see how this turns out for LG

  2. Competitor? Nope, not with those specs.

  3. Competitor? You sure you meant to the Galaxy Note 5 ?

  4. On one hand, I’m happy to see more phones with pens. I even hope the Surface does well (though I won’t buy it) because really, pens are great! I only wish the Nexus phones would come with a pen, because I think Touch Wiz is garbage (and I have a Note II). Not sure why Google doesn’t want to embrace it as part of their core OS experience.

  5. A Galaxy Note 5 competitor? Really? It wouldn’t count as a competitor even for the Note 3. Have you been hanging out with the BGR guys?

  6. How is it possible to NOT have 802.11ac in a chip 2015? Huawei also manages to find these chips.

  7. That G4 compact is severely disappointing. Is apple and Sony really the only ones making high end phones that aren’t huge anymore? Still using the iPhone 6 as my main phone because I can’t find anything of high enough quality in the Android world that’s not huge. I just keep leaning towards the xperia z3 compact and if it were more available I may have pulled the trigger already. The only thing I don’t like about it is the plastic frame instead of metal. Oh well maybe next year.

  8. And still no front facing speakers=no buy

  9. 720p.

  10. Hahaha really? competitor? With only 1gb ram? I guess if its got a stylus its automatically in the running huh.

  11. Are those specs actually correct?
    no WiFi AC?
    1GB RAM?
    only 8GB ROM?
    UBS 2.0?
    720p screen?

    drop 2 years of tech progress to put a soft-tip stylus into the case?

  12. Loved my G2, love my G3, was waiting for G4 with pen capabilities. That would be very useful in my work. I guess I’m finally going to have to breakdown and get a Samsung. I can’t speak to the note’s performance, but every time I held one I found it looked and felt like a Fisher-Price. The S6 is much better, and if the Note 5 is on par, I’ll give it a try.

    1. The Galaxy Note series phones feel and look like a plastic kids’ toy to you? Which Note phones are you talking about that you think feel and look like that?

      I’m not a huge fan of Samsung’s phones and even I can say that their Galaxy S and Note series phones haven’t felt or looked remotely as bad to me as they did to you since the Galaxy S2/Note 2.

  13. How does this a note competitor ? Lol

    1. You don’t think people looking for a large screen with stylus will consider both options? They absolutely compete directly, with Samsung serving the premium market and LG aiming to those wanting an affordable options. To directly compete does not mean they need to be identical.

  14. In order for this to be a competitor, wouldn’t it need a Wacom (or equivalent) digitizer? I mean, you could buy a blu studio 6 and a stylus and your only real set back is the phone doesn’t have a hiding place for the stylus…

  15. It’s HARDLY a competitor lol
    Maybe the competition lies on the showgirls @@?

  16. SOB.
    I was seriously hoping that LG (or anyone for that matter) would create a Galaxy Note competitor so that I could switch from Samsung but this isn’t even remotely close. Besides the fact that the specs are pretty lackluster in comparison to even the Note 3 it doesn’t appear to have ANY of the features that Note lovers like myself actually bought the thing for. Looks like I’ll end up with a Note 5 after all.

  17. That wacom tech is what really makes all the difference with the Note series.

  18. If they were smart , they’d use the song stylo from the gorillaz as well as maybe use the gorillas in the ad itself. The one with mos def . that ad would be sick !

  19. what an awful name….. g-stylo…. it sounds like a sex toy

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