LG Stylus 3 hands-on review

Alex Kidman 5 January 2017 NEWS


LG’s mid-range smartphone covers the basics well at first glance.

At CES 2017, I had some brief time to test out LG’s Stylus 3 smartphone that the company announced prior to CES itself. Technically what I was testing was the Stylo 3, because that’s the US name for the same device.

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The Stylus/Stylo 3 isn’t pitched as being LG’s absolute latest and greatest premium handset. It’s expected that LG will launch a successor to the LG G5 at MWC 2016, although current rumours suggest that it will drop the modular design of the G5 for a more refined design to take on competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Instead, the Stylus 3 (which internally refers to itself as the K10 Pro) and its CES 2017 stablemates are intended as mid-range phones for the markets in which they’ll be launched. LG is yet to specifically commit to the new phones launching in Australia, but historically LG has always done rather well with its mid-range offerings.

There’s a very obvious design link between the Stylus 3 and LG’s very similar LG Stylus DAB+ phone that it launched in Australia back in 2016. Both feature internal styluses, large display screens and light carrying weight.

Both look reasonable at first glance, although as soon as you pick up the Stylus 3 you do realise that this is a relatively cheaply built phone. You’d expect that for a mid-range budget phone, however. One nice feature here is that the Stylus 3 runs Android 7.0 (“Marshmallow”), something that not every budget phone released in 2017 is going to manage.

The Stylus 3’s camera is again what you’d expect from a mid-range device. It’s not the fastest, but camera optics for mid-range phones have come a long way, and as long as your photo needs were modest, it could be entirely suitable. The stylus is, as always, a love or hate kind of proposition. You can sketch out quick notes with it quite well, but it’s not as heavily supported in software as, for example, the S-Pen found on Samsung’s Galaxy Note lines.

LG Stylus 3
OS Android 7.0
Screen size 5.7in
Storage 16GB
Weight 149g
Processor MT6750 1.5GHz Octa-Core
Rear camera 8MP
Front camera 8MP
Battery 3200mAh
Resolution 1280x720

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Alex Kidman travelled to Las Vegas for CES 2017 as a guest of Dell.

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