Small phone wars: LG enters the arena with the G3 Beat

LG has strengthened its G smartphone line up with the G3 Beat, a smaller, watered-down variant of its flagship

The mid-tier market is becoming a crowded house with LG’s G3 Beat joining Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact, the HTC One Mini 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Mini.

A smaller 5in, 720x1280 resolution screen distinguishes the G3 Beat from its flagship sibling. This gives the smaller Beat a 247 pixel-per-inch density, which is less than that featured in Sony’s, Samsung’s and HTC’s mid-tier smartphones.

LG’s innovative camera technology has trickled down with the Beat featuring a lower resolution 8 megapixel camera with a laser autofocus to capture photos quicker.

Styling might be on par, but the Beat is a far cry from the orgy of cutting-edge specs found in the full blown G3. It has a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and room for a microSD memory card. The 2540 milliamp-hour battery is removable and connectivity includes 4G Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and GPS.

The G3 Beat will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat dressed in LG’s custom overlay, which adds LG’s new smart keyboard, knock-code and quick memo.

LG is launching the G3 Beat in South Korea on 18 July. The company said in a statement it will commence a global rollout, but no pricing nor local launch details were provided. Good Gear Guide will publish updates as they break.

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