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LG's Stylus 2 promises a 'nano-coated' pen for smartphone doodling

Mobile World Congress is less than a week away, but LG can't wait to show off its newest phones. Shortly after detailing its mid-range LG X cam and X screen smartphones yesterday, the Korean company has announced the LG Stylus 2, a "much anticipated sequel" to the G4 Stylus — or the G4 Stylo, as it was known in North America.

That variation on LG's G4 lost the vanilla version's top-notch camera, but bumped the screen size up from 5.5 inches to 5.7 inches, and included a stylus for note taking and doodles. The LG Stylus 2 keeps the same 5.7-inch display and camera — only a 13MP lens on the back and an 8MP on the front compared to the G4's 16MP back lens — but shrinks the size of the handset. The new model will weigh in at 145 grams, 20 grams less than the G4 Stylo, and is only 7.4 millimeters thick.

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As the name suggests, LG's new phone will also come with a stylus, a thinner version of its predecessor's pen that's fitted with a "nano-coated" tip that the company says "not only gives a real pen-like feel," but also "allows for more accuracy when note taking and drawing compared to a rubber-tipped pen." Take the stylus out of its holder and the phone will automatically present a "Pen Pop" menu with shortcuts for memo writing or scanning apps. We'll see how the mid-range phone feels when LG shows it off at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, ahead of a launch in the United States later this year.