LG G3 Beat announced as a mid-ranged version of 2014 flagship



LG’s only just getting started with the launch of their flagship LG G3, but a spin-off device made for lighter pockets is already on tap. The South Korean company has officially announced the LG G3 Beat, a device that definitely isn’t meant to be an eye-opener in the world of smartphones but could offer up a solid experience for those not looking to fork up the mounds of cash for the high-end options.

Here’s the makeup of the device LG’s hoping will help satiate that particular sector of the market:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 400 processor 1.2 GHz Quad-Core
  • Display: 5.0-inch HD IPS (1280 x 720, 294ppi)
  • Memory: 8GB / 1GB RAM / MicroSD slot
  • Camera: Rear 8MP with Laser Auto Focus / Front 1.3MP
  • Battery: 2,540mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Size: 137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3mm
  • Weight: 134 g
  • Network: 4G LTE / HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0,  A-GPS/Glonass, NFC, USB 2.0

It will no doubt feature many of LG’s best software features sitting on top that KitKat installation, such as Smart Keyboard and QuickMemo+. Unfortunately there’s no mention of staples like KnockCode and Q-Slide (read our LG G3 review to learn more about those), so we’ll have to check with them to confirm that these features weren’t able to make the jump.

South Korea gets first crack at this thing as early as tomorrow, with European countries and independent Commonwealth states looking to get the device shortly afterward (the phone will be known as the LG G3 s in those particular regions). Folks interested in snapping one up will be able to find it in Metallic Black, Silk White or Shine Gold.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. This as a Google Play Edition for $229 = winner

    1. The type of tech savy people that want a GPe device likely wouldn’t be satisfied with 1 gig of ram and a 400.

  2. and this will cost almost as much as the ONE with dated hardware?

    no thanks

    1. It would matter if you could actually buy the one plus one.

      1. people are just frustrated that they can’t get one yet. bitterness fueled by being frusty. they’re rolling out invites fast and will be giving purchasers invites to share come the 21st and on.

        BTW, i’ve had my ONE for a month now and love it.

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