updated 06:42 am EDT, Thu July 17, 2014
Mid-tier LG G3 Beat uses quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 8MP camera
LG has launched an alternative to the LG G3 with mid-ranged specifications and a potentially lower price tag. Rumored as the G3 Mini a few months ago, the G3 Beat downgrades the 5.5-inch 2560x1440 display of its stablemate for a 5-inch 1280x720 version, giving it a screen-to-body ratio of 74.1 percent, and though internal components have gone through similar changes, some of the G3's features make a reappearance.
Backed by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM, the G3 Mini has the same metallic design as the G3, and while the rear camera is now a lower-resolution 8-megapixel version, it still uses the G3's Laser Auto Focus system. Only 8GB of storage is available, though microSD can be used to extend it, while connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and 4G LTE. Android 4.4.2, a removable 2,540mAh battery, and LG's suite of mobile apps are also included.
LG G3 Beat
The LG G3 Beat will initially debut in South Korea from July 18th for an unknown cost. Weeks later, it will start rolling out in Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States countries, though LG will rebrand the smartphone as the LG G3 s in these regions.