LG is pushing out two new variants to its G4 line to try and appeal to a wider range of buyers.
Neither match the specs of the rather excellent LG G4. The G4 Stylus features a 5.7-inch screen, matching that of the Galaxy Note 4, and of course includes a stylus. The resolution is only 1280 x 720, a fairly low resolution that will be especially noticeable on such a large display.
Unfortunately it doesn’t keep the excellent G4 camera either, which has 16MP and an aperture of f/1.8, offering excellent low-light performance. The G4 Stylus has a 13-megapixel camera in the LTE version, and an 8MP camera in the 3G version. The G4c offers an 8MP variant. The G4c goes the opposite direction with the screen, shrinking the display to five inches (it's still only 720p), which now is on the small end of Android screen sizes.
These new phones also only offer 1GB of RAM, unlike the 3GB in the G4, and a paltry 8GB of storage. The screens are also a downgrade when compared to the 538 pixels per inch of the G4, with a ppi of 258 in the G4 Stylus and 294 in the G4c.
No pricing or specific availability details were announced, only that they’ll be available in “key strategic markets in the weeks to come.”
The story behind the story: LG, much like other Android handset makers, tends to release a variety of budget-friendly models alongside its top-of-the-line phones. This gives it the capability to sell in international and emerging markets and appeal to buyers who don’t want to spend flagship prices. Those who see the G4 name, however, should be aware that there’s a big difference between the G4 flagship and these new lower-end models.