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The G3 Stylus appears to have a slightly larger screen than the G3

It looks as though LG is getting ready to launch a new phablet device that will take on the popular Galaxy Note range from Samsung. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 was introduced in September of last year, and its follow-up device, the Galaxy Note 4, will reportedly launch next month with a 5.7” QHD display.
The G Stylus popped up yesterday in a new promo video for the LG Beat, which was announced last month. There’s really not much to see in the video other than the fact that the device does in fact come with a stylus and appears to be slightly larger than the flagship G3.

It’s possible that the G Stylus is equipped with a 5.7” display like the G Vista that launched on Verizon Wireless’ network last week — that device is equipped with a relatively low-resolution 960x540 display, although we hope that the G Stylus will arrive with something more befitting of a Galaxy Note 4 competitor.
There is no word yet on availability of pricing for LG’s latest smartphone offering, but we’re be sure to keep you posted as more information is handed down.

You can see the G Stylus around the 2:40 mark

Sources: Android Central, YouTube

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By retrospooty on 8/5/2014 8:44:42 AM , Rating: 2
Good to see LG branching out a bit and offering more options for those that want it. Hard to tell how large the G3 stylus is. Looks a bit bigger, but it could just be hte angle and positioning... Must be 5.5,5.7 or 5.9?

RE: Sweet.
By Brandon Hill on 8/5/2014 9:26:43 AM , Rating: 2
It doesn't look that much bigger. I'm guessing 5.7"

RE: Sweet.
By Flunk on 8/5/2014 9:47:09 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure it makes sense to have so many models. Samsung does that and it just seems like everyone has one of the same few models. S-series, Note or Ace for the low end. All the little spin-offs don't seem to be paying off.

RE: Sweet.
By retrospooty on 8/5/2014 10:07:41 AM , Rating: 2
Samsung sells more phones than anyone. More than its top competitors all combined. I'd say it works, there are billions of people and not everyone wants or needs the same exact thing. Variety is good.

RE: Sweet.
By Mitch101 on 8/5/2014 1:01:39 PM , Rating: 2
I thought that too but I was surprised to see this while looking at the stock market today. This also might explain why Samsung has so many models.

Xiaomi Overtakes Samsung in China Smartphone Market
Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker with the diminutive name, became the leading smartphone vendor in China in the second quarter, with its shipments exceeding Samsung 005930.SE -0.08%’s for the first time, according to figures from market research firm Canalys.

Xiaomi led China’s second-quarter smartphone shipment rankings with 14% market share, followed by Samsung, Lenovo and Yulong each with 12%. It’s quite a jump from the first quarter, when Xiaomi’s 10.7% market share trailed Samsung’s 18.3% and Lenovo’s 11%. And an even bigger leap from a year ago, when Xiaomi only held 5%.

RE: Sweet.
By retrospooty on 8/5/2014 1:24:41 PM , Rating: 2
Overtaking in one country is not overall global sales. Samsung sells more phones than anyone, by a huge margin. Even with Samsung sales slowing this past year there still isn't even a close 2nd place OEM.

RE: Sweet.
By Mitch101 on 8/5/2014 2:10:59 PM , Rating: 2
Who said anything about global sales? China is a large market and this is nothing to sneeze at if anything it shows where Samsung is vulnerable to competition.

Isn't competition a good thing?

RE: Sweet.
By retrospooty on 8/5/2014 2:22:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, competition is a good thing, I am just not sure what it has to do with this thread.

Flunk said "I'm not sure it makes sense to have so many models."

To which I replied: "Samsung sells more phones than anyone. More than its top competitors all combined. I'd say it works"

To which you replied "Xiaomi Overtakes Samsung in China"

Regardless of what Xaomi sells in China, Samsung sells more phones than anyone by a huge margin. They do it by offering a variety of models to fit many needs and price points.

RE: Sweet.
By Mitch101 on 8/5/2014 2:33:03 PM , Rating: 2
Your opening line reads
Samsung sells more phones than anyone.

That used to be true in China. Thats a pretty big deal considering they have been so dominant everywhere.

Global companies will look at this and determine what Xiaomi is doing right to overtake Samsung in such a large market and they could replicate that model elsewhere where Xiaomi doesn't exist.

There is a DT article on it now.

RE: Sweet.
By retrospooty on 8/5/2014 2:37:29 PM , Rating: 2
Fair enough... I do hope they get big. Competition is always good.

RE: Sweet.
By Reclaimer77 on 8/5/2014 3:05:04 PM , Rating: 2
Last time you put on your pro-analyst cap, you proclaimed Tizen would push Android out of China and everywhere else. It was the harbinger of doom for Android.

How's that working out for you?

RE: Sweet.
By Mitch101 on 8/5/2014 3:28:22 PM , Rating: 2
See my post in the DT article as a response on why Samsung sees value in Tizen. Its coming and I think Samsung has to try. There is money in owning your eco system. There is loyalty in eco systems. I think Samsung realizes to compete they cant make a premium on the device like Apple and they want to break even on the hardware and make the money on the eco system through apps. Apps will be where the money is in the future of devices that are all almost equal as hardware stops evolving in leaps and bounds. I also mention that Apple future relies after iPhone 6 with low cost devices.

RE: Sweet.
By Reclaimer77 on 8/5/2014 3:49:51 PM , Rating: 2
You're such a homer lol.

Yeah it's really coming!!! Delayed indefinitely...

DT won't let me post a link, but yeah Google/Bing it up for yourself. Tizen is officially a dead OS, at least on phones/tablets.

RE: Sweet.
By ven1ger on 8/5/2014 4:58:18 PM , Rating: 2
The one thing about the China market, is that any foreign companies are going to face stiff barriers to trade in China. Chinese owned and produced stuff will always be promoted by the government and doesn't face the barriers to trade as other countries that want to do business in China. China isn't exactly a level playing field for foreign companies that want to do business there against other Chinese companies.

RE: Sweet.
By Mitch101 on 8/5/2014 6:41:54 PM , Rating: 2
So true which is why I see Tizen has a possible in if they carry through.

RE: Sweet.
By retrospooty on 8/6/2014 10:41:04 AM , Rating: 2
That would work if Tizen wasn't Samsung's baby - a Korean company.

RE: Sweet.
By karimtemple on 8/5/2014 1:58:04 PM , Rating: 1
Done the right way, it would be a lot better to minimize the number of hardware variants. Of course it assumes that, as the phone manufacturer, you actually care about providing timely and quality software and software updates. The more parts you start throwing in the mix, the more people you need to hire to write drivers and things. Or the more slowly-updated or non-updated phones you have, as it were. Not to mention the resources spent on designing, building out, and maintaining each model. You already have to multiply whatever your model count is by 7 or 8 because of carrier restrictions and signaling variations.

tl;dr -- A 5-model portfolio is better than 1, but it's also better than 10.

RE: Sweet.
By Reclaimer77 on 8/5/2014 3:10:12 PM , Rating: 2
I'm afraid that's not how it works. Android already has the drivers for every piece of hardware on any phone Samsung could possibly make.

The only thing that holds up the update process, are the carriers. If Samsung made 500 different phone models, it wouldn't change anything. They would all update easily.

The carriers claim "testing" is the reason for the delay, but I say that's bullsh*t.

RE: Sweet.
By Reclaimer77 on 8/5/2014 10:43:17 AM , Rating: 2
Well they already pulled a me-too by giving the G3 SD slot and removable battery, I guess next is ripping off the S-pen :P


Yeah this is a good idea. But if they're serious about that horrible resolution, this will be far from a Note killer.

Just the other day I was wondering why nobody else seems to put a digitizer on their phablets besides Samsung. It makes such obvious sense to do it, yet nobody does.

So good call LG.

RE: Sweet.
By retrospooty on 8/5/2014 11:33:09 AM , Rating: 2
No, I am sure it's not going to be like the "Vista", that is pure speculation above. It has to be 1080 or 1440 like the G3.

RE: Sweet.
By retrospooty on 8/5/2014 11:34:57 AM , Rating: 2
/edit... (meant to add) the "G Vista" and "G3 Stylus" has a very distinct difference in the naming convention. Being a G3, it must be high end.

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