LG's Q Stylus Is A Value Alternative To The Galaxy Note 8

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So far this year, LG has debuted a couple of high-end Android smartphones in the form of the G7 ThinQ and the V35 ThinQ. For those that don't have $750 or $900 respectively to throw down on a new smartphone, LG has heard you loud and clear. Enter the Q Stylus, which as its name implies, comes with a standard pen for taking notes, drawing or doing markup on webpages or other content.

Think of the Q Stylus as a "budget" alternative to the expensive Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The smartphone features a 6.2-inch FHD+ (2160x1080) 18:9 display, a single 16MP rear camera, 8MP selfie camera, up to a 1.8GHz octa-core processor, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. A microSD slot is included to boost maximum storage to 2TB, you'll find DTS:X support for 7.1 channel 3D surrounding sound, a rear fingerprint reader and a USB-C port with fast-charging support for the 3,300 mAh battery.

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Unfortunately, LG is complicating matters with the number of models that it will be offering. The Q Stylus+ has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The baseline Q Stylus has 3GB of RAM and a 32GB of storage. The Q Stylus Alpha also includes 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, but gets a downgrade on the camera to 13MP (rear) and 5 MP (selfie). 

“The LG Q Stylus adds another dimension to our series of exceptionally-priced midrange phones that deliver amazing value to consumers,” said Ha Jeung-uk, SVP and head of LG Electronics’ Mobile Business Division. “This phone is another example of LG’s promise to deliver a wider selection of devices this year with premium features designed to meet the diverse needs of today’s evolving smartphone users.”

LG says that the Q Stylus will launch in North America later this month, however, the company has not specified which variants we'll be receiving. That's also no confirmation on pricing, although it will be lower than that of the G7 ThinQ given its mid-range positioning.