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Last Updated: August 4th, 2014

For the biggest of the big manufacturers, loaning out the name of your flagship model to smaller and cheaper phones is a no-brainer. You get potential customers who want the look and at least some of the features of the newest, coolest device, and you also get to reap the rewards of your brand marketing. So it is with Samsung and HTC's various "Mini" models, and now, LG's G3 Beat. Hey, at least they're not trying to call a 5-inch phone "mini."

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The G3 Beat downgrades the best-in-class spec sheet of the full-sized G3 with a 5-inch, 720p LCD screen, a 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 400 processor, a mere 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage with a MicroSD card slot. Around the back you'll get an 8MP camera (complete with the laser autofocus sensor from the G3's camera module) paired to a 1.3MP front-facing shooter, with a removable 2,540mAh battery rounding out the hardware. Software is LG's version of Android 4.4.2 (note the virtual navigation buttons), and the international model will come with the usual 3G and LTE radios. Strangely, the Beat doesn't make any particular claim of high-quality audio.

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LG G3 Beat, on the left, next to the original G3.

Visually, the Beat looks like a shrunken-down G3 - in fact I'd venture to suggest that there are plenty of users who would have proffered the G3 and its powerful internals in this smaller 5-inch body. The skinny bezels, unique "chin" faceplate, and quasi-metallic finish on the rear panel are preserved. It's certainly a looker, but whether or not it's a decent alternative to the similarly-equipped Mini models will depend on the price, which LG hasn't disclosed yet. It will launch in LG's native South Korea on July 28th in black, white, and gold, with a wide European launch scheduled a few weeks later.

The G3 Beat will probably come to at least one or two American carriers eventually. After all, Verizon loves branding LG phones like a troublesome steer.

SEOUL, July 17, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) today announced the official launch of LG G3 Beat, a mid-tier variant of LG’s highly acclaimed LG G3 smartphone. The LG G3 Beat delivers a similar premium user experience, sophisticated Floating Arc metallic design and fast Laser Auto Focus technology featured in the G3 but in a more compact package dominated by a 5.0-inch thin-bezel display, setting it a class above other similarly priced mid-tier devices.

The LG G3 Beat was developed to address the growing low- to mid-tier segment of smartphone customers who want a great device that’s more compact but still powerful enough to run the most popular apps. With the fast pace of technology in the wireless industry, it’s now more possible than ever to offer a smartphone that does all this but at a lower price point than was previously possible. LG G3 Beat retains the best features and functions of the G3, delivering its values without compromising usability.

Proving that less can be more, the LG G3 Beat comes with a largest-in-class 5.0-inch HD IPS display with a screen-to-body ratio of 74.1 percent, the highest in the mid-tier smartphone segment. The LG G3 Beat offers impressively thin bezels and a robust 2,540mAh battery. The LG G3 Beat features the Floating Arc Design first unveiled on the LG G3, boasting smooth curved sides and gradually tapered edges for the ultimate comfort in grip and feel.

“Smartphone manufacturers cannot ignore this growing segment of consumers who want the best balance of looks, features, performance and, of course, price,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG G3 Beat represents our commitment to the mid-tier smartphone market that demands mature technology, proven branding, great innovation and attractive price, all in a single device.”

Highlights of the LG G3 Beat include:

  • Laser Auto Focus enables the G3 Beat to focus precious moments faster than ever before by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam.
  • Touch & Shoot lets users simply touch anywhere on the display to focus and shoot, reducing a two-step process to just one.
  • Gesture Shot allows you to simply clench your hand in front of the screen to automatically begin a three-second countdown before the picture is snapped.
  • Smart Keyboard learns how you type for faster input with fewer mistakes, reducing errors by up to 75 percent.
  • QuickMemo+ lets you jot, sketch, take notes and be as creative and inspired as you want to be.

The LG G3 Beat will make its debut on July 18 in South Korea and begin its global rollout from Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries in the weeks that follow. The LG G3 Beat will be available as the LG G3 s in Europe and the CIS. Prices and details of availability will be announced locally at the time of launch.

Key Specifications:

  • 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
  • Colors: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold
  • Other: Touch & Shoot, Smart Keyboard, QuickMemo+, Gesture Shot

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Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Cory S

    First thought when I saw the title: wow maybe it's a G3 with a 1080P screen...that be awesome.

    • Daniel Marcus

      Same. I like the way the phone looks, and a 1080p screen and 2GB of RAM seemed to be the obvious "downgrades". I came here expecting a slightly smaller but capable phone and found... this. 720p and 1GB of RAM? The only way I can see this phone being successful is if they manage to compete with the price point of the Moto G LTE (around $220) and somehow I doubt that will be the case.

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  • Alex

    It only say this..... LG Optimus G E975 @ 200€

    • tintin.92

      Software version though... Even when/if it gets Kitkat, that's the end of the line.

  • jeffhesser

    Ugh, I wonder how much a phone with those crappy specs would cost if One+ made it. They are also funny when they call this a 'mid-tier' device, maybe if it were 2012.

  • br_hermon

    OEMs are getting ridiculous. This is really an insult to consumers. "Android's better than iPhone because we make bigger phones! Look mine's nearing 6 inches!" Yeah that's great we've heard you. Now quit comparing the size of yours to everyone else. Stop the pissing contest and start giving consumers what they want. This whole smaller form factor with heavily cut internals sucks. 8gb internal and only 1gb of RAM? Really!?

    The bottom line is this. Different sized phones work for different people. Launch your flagship line with 2 phones with nearly identical specs. Make one 5.5 inches and another 4.7. That's it. Simple as that. 2 phones, both with great specs. 2 to choose from depending on the size you prefer. Why can't any of these morons understand that?

    • http://shywim.fr/ Matthieu Harlé

      Also, 720p on a 4"screen is already a little blurry, so on a 5" it is clearly NO. It is useless to make big phone to put such a low resolution on it. 😩

      • ProductFRED

        720p on a 4" screen (367 PPI) has a higher PPI than retina (329 PPI) does on the iPhone 4/4S, which is 3.5".

        The iPhone 5 and 5S both have 4" screens @ 1136 x 640 and only have 326 PPI. So no, 720p on a 4 inch display is not blurry.

        However, on a 5 inch display it won't look pretty. It would be 293 PPI.

      • hc792

        720p on a 4" screen is not blurry.

      • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

        What? 720p on 4" is blurry?
        The Nexus 4 has a 720p-ish screen (actually, it is 1280×768) on a 4.7" screen! Go get yourself a hands-on with one and see for yourself whether that is blurry at all! I mean, AT ALL. Unless your definition of blurry means crisp.

    • EH101

      5.5 and 4.7? Nope. 5.5 and 5 is better, especially for those devices that use on screen navigation. I could see 4.7 with hardware buttons, though.

      • Nathan Fletcher

        Obviously you have never used the moto x. Even this thing is slightly too large for complete one handed use.

        • EH101

          I use a S5 one handed no problem (with a case). In all likelihood, you're holding it wrong. Sorry to go all Steve Jobs on you. Lol.

          • Nathan Fletcher

            No man
            Holding it in my left hand I either have trouble hitting the upper right or lower right corner.

          • EH101

            I used to have that issue with either hand if I gripped the phone in such a way that my finger tips were wrapping around the other edge and the phone was firmly against my palm.

            Being that it was a Note 2 I learned (learnt?) quickly that, to gain further reach, I had to change my grip so that my finger tips were resting on the back of the device and it was against my palm where the fingers are connected. Doing this allowed me to use even the colossal Note 2 one handed.

            Your mileage may vary.

      • br_hermon

        Sorry, gotta disagree with you there. 5 inches is still too large. And besides, it's too close to 5.5 in size. If you want to truly offer distinct choices you need to offer a wider range in size. 5.5 and 4.7 is the probable sweet spot.

        • EH101

          Well, thank goodness oems will do anything to differentiate and we can all get the size we want. I do agree they should give the smaller devices the same internals as the bigger ones; it really shouldn't be that hard.

        • Qwertee

          Have you actually used a device with a 5" display? People seem to be very opinionated on the matter yet mobile phones have hardly got any larger than they were years ago. My old Desire HD with 4.3" display is the same size as my Nexus 5, and that fits perfect in my hand.
          For reference:
          http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=3468&idPhone2=5705

          Granted, these "phablets" are there to fill a niche and do border on seemingly too large for alot of people, but don't knock it until you've physically tried one.

          • br_hermon

            Actually I use a Nexus 5 as my daily phone so... yup. I've tried it. Not sure where you got the idea that I hadn't... And I'm ok with my N5 too. But I wouldn't want anything larger, and I don't want OEM's mistaking my use of the N5 as my acceptance of larger screens. Unfortunately companies look at what consumers are buying to determine the direction to take the market. The problem is though, some customers are buying out of necessity rather than out of desire. (They buy the larger phone because, though they wished they had a smaller screen, the rest of the internals are what they want, plus options are limited, so they get it anyways.)

            As for your argument about your Desire HD, you're right in that phones have done a pretty good job at keeping the same size or even slimming down all while minimizing the bezel and maximizing the screen. The problem with what you said though your're making the wrong comparison. The Desire HD and today's phones are still dramatically different. The Desire HD had a 4.3in screen. Today's phones are 5in or larger. Yes the Desire HD and Nexus 5 may be somewhat similar in physical size but you can't compare that. You're omitting the fact that you have to compare screen size. Using a 4.3in screen one handed is much easier than a 5+in screen one handed. Now the frame in which that screen sits may help with one handed use, but based on screen size alone, it's undeniable that smaller is easier to use than larger.

          • NinoBr0wn

            If you're ok with your Nexus 5, then why did you say 5 inches is too large?

          • Stephan Reich

            "tl;dr"?

          • NinoBr0wn

            Don't be daft.

          • br_hermon

            I'm ok with my 5in Nexus 5, but that doesn't mean It's my ideal size. I'd go a touch smaller.

        • Ankur

          Actually, 4.3 and 5.0 would sound more sweet.

        • Markoff

          it depends, you should have look at TCL S950/S960 (Alcatel Idol X/X+), I think the smallest and lightest 5" phone I am aware, I will be glad for other recommendations of phones with superthin bezels and also top/bottom (Jiayu S2?)

      • dude

        I also disagree. I have the OnePlus (yeah boo of you want) and the Nexus 4 and Moto X. The Moto X compact size with 4.7" screen with slimmer bezel than the N4 is a perfect size for one hand use and portability.

        • EH101

          Agree to disagree. And boo OnePlus!

          Lol, jk, congrats on essentially winning the lottery.

      • Guest

        Actually, 4.3 and 5.0 would sound sweeter.

        • EH101

          Ideally, there would be 3 options with the same specs except for screen resolution. 4.5, 5.0, and 5.5. I think you'd be hard pressed to find any reason that one of those 3 sizes wouldn't suit you. But this will never happen from a major oem. :(

          • br_hermon

            Nice thought, but you're totally right... it won't happen from a major OEM, unless Project Ara takes off.

    • Michael Suriel

      The sad thing is that Apple has caught on and will probably offer the iPhone 6 with two different sizes and the same specs. Android OEMs need to learn -_-

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      • Jon Snow

        I dunno. Look at 5s and 5c, they had different specs.

    • irishrally

      Yes, do it like Sony does it.

    • Ibrahim Yusuf

      Then buy a Sony Xperia Z1 compact, the same specs as it's bigger brother Xperia Z1, except for the battery (3000 -> 2300) and display (5" 1080p -> 4.3" 720p).

      • br_hermon

        Maybe Sony has their head in the game, but it'd be nice to see more options from other OEMs besides Sony.

    • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

      You will like the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.

  • Tony Byatt

    If this thing comes to the US for $200-$250 outright, LG wins 2014...

    • Nathan Fletcher

      Why? The specs are comparable to the moto g which costs significantly less.

      • Tony Byatt

        Battery, Camera, Quality...All better than the Moto G...

        $30 less is not "significant"...

  • Gagan Deep Singh

    Pfffttt. Poor specs. I'll pass.

    • trolol

      but....but I thought that after the Moto X came out specs didn't matter!!!!

      • runderekrun

        The only thing that really leaps out at me is the 1GB of ram. C'mon LG you gotta have at least 2 nowadays.

        • wise

          ... And the 8GB internal storage

      • Ryan Gabbard

        The Moto X still has better specs than this phone, lol!

      • Nathan Fletcher

        Just gonna say that the moto x was highly optimized.it even had a new filesystem to make it faster. I highly doubt lg did anything like that.

  • endlessryde09

    Perfect name, it's just like a g3... except it's kind of beat.

  • Mustafa Selçuk Öztürk

    10 hours of screen on time inc.

  • Ryan Gabbard

    Fail!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    ohai Nexus 5 2014!

  • RTdee

    If it had 2GB of RAM and it came in 16/32 GB internal, I would consider it. I'll wait to see the new MotoX.

    -rt

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Nice compact ebook reader. Not everyone needs top spec.

  • eSche

    What a joke. Same form factor as the LG G2 but smaller screen and inferior specs.

  • Amit_N

    So...Z1 Compact still better..

  • Markoff

    meh crappy specs compared to TCL S950/960 (Alcatel Idol X/X+) - wide bezel, thick body (although better battery), crappy display, 1GB RAM in 2014 and I can imagine LG pricetag... can't understand anyone who will buy this over Idol X/X+

    why am I comparing it specifically to this phone? because Idol X/X+ has superthin bezels and also top and bottom including capacitive buttons is as small as on phones without capacitive buttons, so display takes large part of the body (and let's please talk about 5" phones, it's no big deal to take more area with display at 5.5")

    btw. I am sick of these new trends when they make phone with good specs with 5.5" display where I would accept even same price if they would offer it to me with smaller display (5" max.) and I can accept 10-20% smaller battery, but apparently wanting 5" phone with good specs is something exotic