LG's new Stylus 2 promises top-tier note-taking functionality at an affordable price. That could make the pen-equipped Stylus 2 an enticing alternative to Samsung's pricey Galaxy Note 5 when it launches in the United States later this year.
Like the Note 5, the Stylus 2 sports a built-in stylus that slides into a slot on the edge of the phone. Pulling the pen out triggers a pop-up menu, providing quick access to handy note-taking software so you can jot down notes in a hurry. The Stylus 2 offers full pressure sensitivity, so writing on the screen should feel smooth and natural.
The phone has midrange specs that will help keep the price down, including a quad-core processor and a 720p display, which doesn't pack nearly as many pixels as the Note 5's screen. Workers will appreciate the roomy dimensions of the 5.7-inch display, though, which will make screen-intensive tasks like viewing large documents more comfortable. Other hardware highlights include an 8-megapixel, front-facing camera that should be decent for videoconferencing and a microSD card slot for expanding the phone's internal storage.
A fingerprint scanner built into the back of the device is another big perk for business users. Fingerprint scanners let you keep your work phone locked down without using a cumbersome password screen.
Exact pricing and release-date details haven't yet been announced, but the midrange Stylus 2 is sure to be cheaper than the premium Note 5, which is one of the priciest smartphones on the market. LG is expected to reveal more information about the Stylus 2 later this month.
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