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LG G3 s (aka G3 Beat) announced: "mini" version of the flagship handset

LG are venturing into the mid-tier smartphone market with the LG G3 s (known in Korea as the LG G3 Beat), a smaller, but not exactly mini version of the LG G3.

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The LG G3 Beat (G3 s) looks almost idetical to the standard LG G3. © LG

The LG G3 s is virtually identical in appearance to the standard G3, the major difference being its size. Sitting a half-inch shorter that its big brother, the G3 s offers a 5-inch display and maintains an impressive screen-to-body ratio (the best in the mid-tier market, according to LG). The phone will launch on July 18th in South Korea, followed by a global rollout with the next few weeks. The price has not yet been specified, but come tomorrow we should have a pretty good idea of what to expect when it arrives in the west.

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LG G3 s (left) and standard G3 (right). © LG

The hardware features have been scaled back from the G3, but thankfully the standout "laser auto-focus" camera feature is remaining intact, along with the "touch and shoot" interface and QuickMemo+ on the software side. Here is the complete list of device specifications:

  LG G3 s (G3 Beat) LG G3 
System Android 4.4.2 KitKat Android 4.4 KitKat

5 inches, IPS, 1,280 x 720 pixels (294 ppi)

5.5 inches, LCD, 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (534 ppi)
Processor Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2.5 GHz
RAM 1 GB 2/3 GB
Internal memory 8 GB + microSD 16/32 GB + microSD

2,540 mAh

3,000 mAh
Camera 8 MP (rear), 1.3 MP (front) 13 MP (rear), 2.1 MP (front)

HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN

HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN

137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

134 g

140 g

LG are trying to target the users wanting a "similar premium user experience" that the G3 delivers, claiming there are a growing number of consumers looking for the "best balance of looks, features, performance and, of course, price." We already know that the LG G3 is worth the price of admission, but what do you think of a slimmed down 5-inch device? If it is the best in class for price and performance, I suppose none can argue. But with something so similar in design to the brilliant G3, I don't know how many people will want to opt for the lesser model. 

What are your thoughts? Does the world need the LG G3 s? 

Source: LG


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