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LG Stylus 2 Is Affordable Galaxy Note 5 Alternative

If you prefer to use your smartphone with a pen, you don't have to splurge for Samsung's Galaxy Note 5. LG has made the mid-range Stylus 2 official. Debuting at Mobile World Congress this month and expected to hit the states later this year, LG's latest phablet features a revamped design and a handful of new features designed to make writing and doodling feel as natural as possible.

The LG Stylus 2 is notably sleeker than its predecessor, the LG G4 Stylus, sporting 7.4-mm-thin edges and weighing just over 5 ounces. Its slick, curved edge design retains most of the G4's core components, including LG's unique rear-facing fingerprint reader and home button.

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The phone's Pen Pop feature aims to make using its stylus more intuitive, as it automatically pulls up a pop-up menu for accessing apps such as Pop Memo and Pop Scanner every time you pull the pen out. The Stylus 2's Pen Keeper alerts you whenever the phone is in motion without its stylus attached, hopefully preventing you from leaving home without the pen. If you want to get fancy, the smartphone's new Calligraphy Pen font aims to emulate the look of a traditional fountain pen.

The Stylus 2 sports decent mid-range specs, including a 5.7-inch, 720p display, a 1.2-GHz quad-core CPU, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 8-MP selfie shooter. The Android Marshmallow device packs a 3,000-mAh removable battery, as well as a microSD slot for expanding your storage.

The LG Stylus 2 likely won't be the centerpiece of LG's Mobile World Congress showcase -- that honor will go to the LG G5 -- but it could end up being a solid (and hopefully affordable) option for stylus fans. We'll be at the big show in Spain later this month, so stay tuned for hands-on impressions of all of the major smartphones slated to be unveiled.