Good news for consumers that liked the look of the LG G4 but found the price tag too steep: the company is releasing a more budget-friendly version of the device.
LG on Tuesday announced two new variants of the G4, the 5.7-inch G4 Stylus and the five-inch G4c. Both are powered by Android 5.0; are "exceptionally priced," according to the company; and will launch in a number of countries in the coming weeks.
With the G4 variants, LG is sticking to the formula it used for last year's G3: the company followed up the release of the full-fat version of the handset with the cheaper but less capable G3 Stylus and G3 S (S stood for small, while the c in G4c likely refers to what LG describes as the new model's "compact form factor").
Both G4 'series' smartphones have an eight-megapixel main camera and five-megapixel rear camera - a noticeable improvement on the G3 Stylus' 1.3-megapixel selfie camera.
The LG Stylus will be available in LTE and 3G versions with a 1.2GHz quadcore processor and 1.4Ghz octacore processor, respectively.
LG has already announced the LTE variant of the LG Stylus for its home market of South Korea, where it's called the 'G4 Stylo' and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. It will also be sold in North America as the G4 Stylo, according to LG, but the company didn't disclose in which countries it will use the Stylus brand.
The Stylo's 5.7-inch HD IPS display has a pixel destiny of 258 pixels per inch (ppi) compared with the G4's 538 ppi density. Other core specs pale in comparison to the G4, such as the Stylo's 1GB of RAM and 8GB onboard storage, which compares with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage for the G4. Indeed, the only common feature is the 3,000 mAh removable battery.
Meanwhile, the G4c's five-inch HD IPS display will have a pixel density of 294 ppi, 1GB of RAM, and 8G of storage with a microSD slot. The removable battery is slightly smaller than the Stylo at 2540 mAh.
Both the G4c and Stylus will be available in silver and white, while the Stylus will, of course, come with LG's stylus pen.
LG will announce prices and carrier partners for the devices nearer to release.
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