LG has brought the LG Stylus 2 Plus to India just a few months after it launched the mid-range Stylus 2, which might make you wonder why we're writing about it at all. However, there's a good reason why - it's in the name.
You see, the Stylus 2 Plus is seriously much better than the Stylus 2, and it's for just about ₹4K extra. While there are very few changes on the outside - it packs the Stylus 2's nano-coated pen, has the same build and is the same size - this phablet is a completely different beast inside.
It's all about the specs... ...'bout the specs, no trouble
The folks at LG in charge of this phone seem to have spent their entire budget on giving the Stylus 2 Plus' hardware a boost on nearly all fronts, which may be why it looks the same from the outside. The system-on-chip's been upgraded to a 1.4 GHz octa-core Snapdragon CPU with an Adreno 505 graphics unit, which is way ahead of the Stylus 2's 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and Adreno 304 GPU, and should enable this phablet to run pretty much everything you can throw at it.
You also get a whole gig of extra RAM (3GB) over the Stylus 2, which should make multitasking much smoother and help with all the gaming. The rear camera's received a decent bump too - the Stylus 2 Plus carries a 16-megapixel shooter, which is much better than the Stylus 2's 13MP sensor. Sadly, the 8MP front camera remains the same.
A good display, finally
The biggest change here (and the one we're happiest about) is the display - it's the same size (5.7in), but LG has employed a full-HD IPS display in place of the Stylus 2's 720p LCD unit. That means much better picture quality on that big screen, as the Stylus 2's 720p display looked more than a little grainy when stretched to fill the panel. It may even result in power savings, as LCD units tend to be a little hungrier.
Unfortunately, we get the same 3,000mAh battery and 16GB of internal storage as we had on the Stylus 2. But for ₹24,450, the Stylus 2 Plus doesn't seem like a bad deal at all if you're looking for a mid-range phablet that can do pretty much what Samsung's Note 5 can. We just wish it had a better name.