LG Stylus 2: The First Smartphone To Support DAB+ Under 20k

LG announced its Stylus 2 smartphone during Mobile World Congress in February this year. The device has already been released in LG’s home country South Korea, and the company has stated that it will be available for sale in India from 18 May 2016 for Rs. 19,500. Reiterating its support for ‘Make in India’ initiative LG plans to manufacture this device in India. The LG Stylus 2 is the first smartphone to feature DAB+ technology which lets the users enjoy digital radio broadcasting services. But does this lone feature gives you enough reason to buy it as your next smartphone? Or the phone packs some punch on other fronts also. Let’s find out.

DAB+ Technology

The primary feature of this phablet is that it comes with DAB+ radio decoder, becoming the first smartphone to do so. DAB+ like its predecessor DAB decodes digital radio broadcasts, which enables it to access more radio channels than traditional FM radio. However unlike DAB, its successor provides better audio quality at lower bit-rates. Roughly, 48kbps DAB+ sounds the same as a 128kbps DAB signal. Currently there aren’t many DAB+ services available, do not worry however DAB+ can decode older DAB broadcasts so we can still enjoy the music from any available radio stations.

Stylus with improved accuracy

Another major specialty of its device, as the name suggest is it comes with a stylus. Unlike most of the other rubber tipped styluses this one has Nano-coated tip providing far better accuracy. Similar to Samsung Galaxy Note 5, this phone also displays a popup whenever the stylus is taken out and further offers shortcuts such as Pop Memo and Pop Scanner.

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LG Stylus2 DAB

Look and Feel

Speaking of display, it comes with a 5.7-inch large IPS LCD display. The screen has an HD resolution of (720 x 1,280 pixels) and retains a respectable pixel density of 258 ppi. It is encased in a metal body which weighs just 145 grams and has a thickness of only 7.4mm. This makes it both slim and lightweight and its metallic finish provides it with a great look and feel.

Configuration and Camera

This device runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow with LG UI 5.0 on the top. Speaking of its configuration, it is powered by 1.2GHz Qual comm Snapdragon 410 processor and contains just 1.5GB RAM. This feels a little low and might result in slow and jerky performance at times if used intensively. For photography the LG Stylus 2 comes with a 13MP main camera with LED flash. The camera also includes features like auto focus, CMOS sensor, digital image stabilization etc. Along with that it it is also accompanied by 8MP front facing camera to click selfies.

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Connectivity and Sensors

The phone comes with all the latest connectivity options which includes 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi along with hotspot, dual SIM, Bluetooth v4.1, NFC and microUSB 2.0. The sensors present in this phone include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope. This smartphone lacks fingerprint sensor, a feature which has gone pretty standard for any new phone of its price range.

Storage and Battery

The LG Stylus 2 houses 16GB onboard storage, which can be further boosted upto 32GB using a microSD card. The phone is backed by a 3000 mAh li-ion battery which is removable, a rare feature for new phone nowadays. For heavy multimedia users this battery has been tested to last more than 11 hours on continuous video playback with average brightness.

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The LG Stylus 2 is available with decent configuration and some unique and innovative features. This phones success rests mostly on whether most users are looking for a good stylus phone and how much are people excited for its new DAB+ feature. Other than that, many smartphones are available in market today with better configuration yet are priced around half of this, and seem better options to go for.

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