In an apparent effort to steal some thunder from Samsung’s expected Galaxy Note 4 announcement, LG Electronics today announced the G3 Stylus smartphone / phablet.

But while some bloggers and news sites are billing this as a competitor to the Galaxy Note, a review of the specs and technology shows it falls very short, indeed. On the surface, the LG appears similar, with a 5.5″ screen vs. the Note 5’s 5.7 inch display, a stylus for drawing directly on the screen, and a suite of apps tailored for stylus use. But a closer look reveals some concerns.

Samsung equips the Galaxy Note series with more RAM than their standard phones to accommodate the smart pen software and pen enabled apps,  and the regular G3 has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, LG has equipped the G3 Stylus with only 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. And where the Note 4 is expected to have a 2.5 GHz processor, the G3 Stylus will have to make due with 1.3 GHz chip. The Galaxy Note 4 will have a QuadHD, 2560×1440 pixel Super AMOLED display, while the G3 Stylus loses the G3’s QuadHD screen in favor of a qHD, 960×540 pixel version. That is very low resolution for a 5.5 inch screen.

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Finally, while the Galaxy Note’s S-pen uses Wacom tablet technology to allow for a very thin tip, allowing the owner to do fine line drawings, and pressure sensitivity and click actions for greater versatility. The G3 stylus appears to be a simple touchscreen stylus, similar to those available on the aftermarket for a few dollars. It has a much broader tip, and does not appear to offer any enhanced functionality.

It will likely be much cheaper than the Galaxy Note, of course, and LG may be targeting markets in Africa, Asia and the middle east. But no matter what market this is sold in, it doesn’t come close to matching the performance, features, and capabilities of the Note series. Don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

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