The pen may be mightier than the sword, but when it comes to smartphones and phablets it appears the finger is mightier than the stylus, with limited options for stylus lovers. Thankfully Korean country mates Samsung and LG are continuing to show display doodlers some love, the former with its Galaxy Note line, and the latter with it its Stylus 2, which has now been updated with a Plus edition.
LG only announced the Stylus 2 in February this year, and even though it hasn't been released in all regions yet, it looks like it might already be a bit out of date. The company this week announced the Stylus 2 Plus, which sports the same 5.7-in size screen as its predecessor, but ups the resolution from 1280 x 720 to 1920 x 1080. .
The CPU, RAM and storage space have all essentially been doubled, with eight 1.4 GHz processor cores under the hood now, up from a 1.2 GHz quad-core, 3 GB RAM and up to 32 GB of storage. The rear camera has also been boosted to 16 MP, while the front-facing one stays steady on 8 MP.
These specs are the best case scenario, though, as there will be some variance by region. So depending on where you hail from, you might end up with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of storage, a 13-MP rear camera and the front one bumped back to 5 MP, which is actually down from the previous model.
But the main point of difference here is the "nano-coated" stylus, which carries across from the previous model and which LG claims delivers a tactile writing experience that is more similar to the feel of pen on paper than rubber-tipped styli can't provide.
It's hard to say for sure, but with no sign of the original Stylus 2 in some regions (like the US), the Plus might be intended to replace the basic model in those areas entirely.
There's no details on price yet, but the Stylus 2 Plus is out already in Taiwan, and due in Asia, Europe, North and South America in the coming weeks.