Last year, LG branched out a little bit and produced numerous different G3 devices, like the G3 Screen and the G3 Stylus among others. LG’s strategy sure took a leave out of Samsung’s book; taking the G3’s DNA right the way down to the low-end, but considering LG had a great year last year, who can blame them? As for this year’s successor, the G4, it’s of course still very early to tell just what LG have in store for us, but the rumor mill is already churning and LG themselves have been busy filing trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Now, we’re hearing that the G4 won’t ship with a stylus as many originally thought, and instead LG will produce a successor to the G3 Stylus.
As MyLGPhones is reporting, LG has filed a trademark for ‘G4 Stylus’ with the USPTO on the 27th of January. This tells us a couple of things, that LG is to stick with the ‘G’ branding for another year at least and that a direct successor to the G3 Stylus is on its way. I’ve checked the USPTO website and I’ve not been able to find the trademark filing (pictured below), but then again I doubt this is the sort of information LG would make public. The G3 Stylus was an interesting device, and not because of its decidedly low-end specs, either. Rather, the G3 Stylus was a prime example of what LG wanted to do with the G3 branding; produce devices with the G3 experience regardless of price and specification. The G3 Stylus was a 5.5-inch device and borrowed a lot of features from the G3, but the 960 x 540 display resolution was hardly exciting. Still, it did feature a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera complete with laser autofocus, so it certainly wasn’t all bad.
If LG is to produce another ‘G Stylus’ device, then they’ll need to address things like that poor display resolution, as users expect something with at least a 720p display at that sort of size. Having said that, the G3 Stylus must have been something of a success for LG, otherwise they wouldn’t be thinking of producing another. Clearly not designed to compete with the Galaxy Note line, could the G4 Stylus undercut Samsung on price and offer budget buyers something with a little extra?