As we mentioned numerous times before, many manufacturers decide to release smaller companions to their regular-size flagship phones. One of such companies is LG which on Thursday shed a light on a miniaturized version of the LG G3 which will be called LG G3 Beat. As they say, apple doesn’t fall far from the tree meaning that in most fundamental features the G3 Beat closely resembles the G3. Some specs, however, have been changed to accommodate the device to lower-priced tier. The LG G3 Beat will be available on July 18th in South Korean stores and in the following weeks the smartphone will roll out to markets in Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) where will be sold under the name G3 S.
LG G3 Beat aka LG G S goes official
We already took a peek at the LG G3 Beat when it was revealed in South Korea earlier this month, but why don’t we go over the specifications once again. To start off, let’s emphasize that the smartphone isn’t merely a smaller version of LG’s flagship device, and while it still keeps LG G3’s innovative design, in some aspects it was significantly slimmed down. Compared to the original G3, the new mini version’s 5-inch HD screen is slightly smaller and drops the resolution to 1280 x 720 pixels. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, the device also packs 1 GB of RAM and includes 8 GB of internal memory which can be extended by microSD card slot.
Other features include an 8-megapixel camera located on the back followed by 1.3-megapixel front snapper. Next to the rear sensor is the LED flash, and on the opposite side we can find the laser autofocus sensor that measures the distance and accelerates the focus. If you read our report on the LG G3, it should sound familiar. The device runs on Android 4.4.2 and is powered by a user-removable 2,540 mAh battery. For heavy data users’ sake LG has thrown in 4G LTE and HSPA+ support as well as numerous connectivity options, like Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS with Glonass and NFC.
When it comes to extras, LG’s Smart Keyboard is also present as it was in previous model, along with other LG basics, for instance QuickMemo+ or Gesture Shot. The insides may be the most important part of a smartphone; however, the exterior is also worth mentioning – LG promises us Floating Arc metallic design available in three colors: Metallic Black, Silk White and Shine Gold.
We still don’t know how much the LG G3 Beat will cost. LG claims that the pricing and the availability details will be announced locally at the time of the product’s arrival in stores. As suggested by earlier rumors, the device is expected to cost about 2,500 yuan, which means it would be approximately $400 without contract. There is also no information on when the device might show up in North America. However, according to My LG Phones, the LG G3 S was already accepted by the U.S. FCC, which gives us a hint that the device may arrive pretty soon.
source: LG Newsroom