LG Throws Shade At Samsung With New Q Stylus Smartphone

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Only a few weeks after Samsung unleashed the Note 9 phone on the world, LG has arrived at the party with its new mid-range Q Stylus smartphone.

And it's a whole lot cheaper.

Retailing for just $649 (the Note 9 starts at $1,499), the Q Stylus is clearly aimed at customers who want functionality similar to that of the Note series, but at a more affordable price point.

It even allows for note-taking when the screen is locked, which is a major new feature of the Note 9.

The shade of it!

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And even though Samsung has stated that it plans to focus more on offering premium functionality to more mid-range phones in the future, it's hard to ignore that LG are already doing a bit of that here.

After all, it's offering some of the same features as the Flagship Note, and comes with the same DTS:X 3D surround sound that is offered in LG's G series.

And while you can't take a selfie with the Stylus like you can with the new S-Pen, you can use the rear fingerprint sensor as a shutter button for the front facing camera instead.

Though the Q Stylus can't compete with the Note 9 when it comes to specs, they're still not bad for the sub-$700 price tag.

  • 1.5GHz Octa-Core chipset
  • Android 8.1 Oreo OS
  • 6.2-inch 18:9 FHD+ FullVision Display (2160 x 1080 /389ppi)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage with microSD for for to 2TB
  • 16MP rear and 8MP front cameras
  • 3,000mAh battery with fast charging
  • 160.1 x 77.7 x 8.4mm, 171g
  • USB-C 2.0 *3.0 compatible)
  • Stylus, DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, fingerprint scanner
  • Aurora Black colour

"We’re always looking to expand our smartphone offering, particularly in the midrange category," said Bruce Leigh, LG Australia Marketing Manager for Mobile. "What we love about the LG Q Stylus is that it is packed full of some of the premium audio features previously found in our flagship smartphones with further functionality beyond the typical keyboard."

The LG Q Stylus is available now from Harbey Norman at with an RRP $649.

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