With the release of the high-powered Android flagships (LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S6/Galaxy S6 Edge, HTC One M9) out of the way, there hasn’t been much going on in the smartphone arena; well at least not until the OnePlus 2 makes an appearance later this month. Thankfully, LG is hoping to liven things up in the mid-range market with the G4 Beat, which packs in the look and feel of it its G4 big brother into a slightly smaller package.
Whereas the G4 delivers a 5.5-inch (2560x1440) QHD display, the G4 Beat pares things down a bit with a smaller 5.2-inch (1920x1080) Full HD display. And while the G4 uses a 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM, the G4 Beat brings with it a lower-rent octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor and 1.5GB of RAM.
Other features include a rather stingy 8GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear camera (13MP in some Latin American countries) that supports LG’s Color Spectrum Sensor and Laser Auto Focus, 5MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and a removable 2300 mAh battery. The G4 Beat will come preloaded with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and will be available in Metallic Silver, Ceramic White, and Shiny Gold. Given that this isn’t LG’s flagship model, don’t expect to seen any leather options for this more price conscious smartphone offering.
“Too often, mid-tier phones sacrifice overall usability in order to include that one killer feature,” said LG Electronics (Mobile) CEO Juno Cho. “Our goal with the LG G4 Beat was to create a phone that was not only well- balanced in terms of display, camera, performance and design but delivered terrific value and satisfaction.”
The G4 Beat will launch first in Europe and Latin America, before quickly embarking on a larger, global rollout. Pricing, unfortunately, is not available at this time.