For the last two years we have been watching smartphones grow in size, in many cases stepping into tablet territory. While we can think of a dozen or so advantage of owning a large phone, such form factor doesn’t appeal to every single user. With more compact phone fans in mind, manufacturers often release smaller versions of their flagship handsets. Last year’s LG G2 had a mini companion and there was never any reason to suspect that this year would be any different. That said, LG has unveiled in China the 5-inch G3 Beat which in fact could be the LG G3 Mini.
Clues hinting that the LG G3 Beat and the LG G3 Mini are one and the same device.
The name of the phone doesn’t indicate that it’s the mini version of the LG G3; however, there are a few clues hinting that the LG G3 Beat and the LG G3 Mini are one and the same device. For example, the Beat looks exactly like the regular size LG G3, from the faux brushed metal back cover to rear button controls. Moreover, model number LG-D728 is very close to model numbers previously rumored for the G3 Mini, that is D725 and D722, which seems to suggest that these are various versions of a single device.
Speaking of the LG-D725, according to database entries on the official LG website, this will be the LG G3 Mini available in the US from AT&T. No other US carrier is mentioned, so the G3 Mini might be exclusive to AT&T at least in the beginning.
A 5-inch display hardly qualifies as mini, but the fact remains that the phone is smaller than the LG G3, albeit only by 0.5 inches. Besides, it seems that the “mini” moniker doesn’t apply solely to the size of the screen as most of the specs underwent a significant slimming down as well. For starters, the resolution suffered a dramatic downgrade from the stunning QHD of the G3 to a meager 720p.
The processor is a quad-core 1.2 GH Snapdragon 400 but on the plus side it is paired with a generous 2 GB of RAM. The device comes with 16 GB of native storage, most likely non-expandable, and is equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera with the new laser autofocus feature and optical image stabilization. On the front sits a 2-megapixel sensor, energy is delivered by a 2,540 mAh and Android 4.4.2 KitKat runs the show. Other features include dual-SIM connectivity and support for TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, CDMA2000, and GSM networks.
At the moment everything seems to point to the LG G3 Beat is the expected mini version of the LG’s flagship smartphone, though we have to admit that the name is a tad puzzling. However, unless LG suddenly decided to take a leaf from Samsung’s book and release multiple variants of its flagship smartphone, we are inclined to believe that the G3 Beat is a Chinese version of the LG G3 Mini. Of course, we won’t know for sure until LG launches the phone in other markets, if it ever does that is to say, since as of today the G3 Beat is official only in China. The device is expected to arrive some time in late July priced at 2,500 yuan, which would be approximately $400 for a handset without contract.