LG G3 Beat (left) and the LG G3

LG tonight announced its expected mid-ranger of the year, and it's got a familiar name. The LG G3 Beat — that's its Korean name; in Europe and the CIS it'll be known as the "LG G3 s" — brings along a 5-inch display at 720p, an 8MP camera — and a lower price. It also carries with it the looks of its big brother, the LG G3. (You can see both in the image above.)

The G3 Beat sports a 2,540 mAh battery — only about 15 percent less capacity than the G3 proper — and is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat with the same UI.

The G3 Beat will be available July 18 in South Korea. It'll make its way to Europe at the Commonwealth of Independent States nations (again, as the G3 s) in later weeks, at which time pricing also will be announced.

STYLISH LG G3 BEAT SETS NEW STANDARDS IN MID-TIER SMARTPHONES WITH LARGER DISPLAY AND ADVANCED UX

Second Generation Variant of G Series Flagship Offers the Best of G3's Features, Functions and Consumer Benefits

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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LG G3 Beat brings familiar styling with mid-range specs

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They should have just gave it 1080p and the same 13mp ... well actually they should have just gave it the G2 specs but with a 5in screen. That G3 is huge but looks like Ill be getting one.

Compared with HTC's M7 and M8, the LG G3 is uncomfortably wide and more difficult to handle like Samsung’s Notes.

Nevertheless, some people seem to like them even when made larger with cases.

I'd advise going to a carrier store where each can be held in hand to determine your comfortability limits.

LG's G3 is an excellent flagship. I was able to capture excellent photos. I prefer high end specs, mechanical Optical Image Stabilization with a 4.7 to 5.0 inch display (form factor). Front facing stereo Boomsound speakers are awesome and more useful than expected.

These midrange offerings like the HTC Desire and the LG G3 - s will be popular at $200 for a lot of people who don't have 3x the money for smartphones. A lot of people!

I'm looking forward to see what the Nexus 6 brings to table.

I used the G3 at Best Buy and I thought it was pretty easy to handle. Incredibly compact device considering the screen size.

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Wow! An upgraded Optimus G with a 5" 720p screen, micro-sd slot and buttons on the back.

Unless this thing is to be priced under $200 to compete with the Moto G, then LG has been hitting the crack pipe trying to pass off 2012 tech as a mini G3.

It looks huge but it fits perfectly in your hands. Lg really stepped up their game.

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The G2 is around $300 off contract now, so far getting "last year's model" has always been the better buy than this year's midrange. That goes for HTC, Samsung, etc too.

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Please.. Enlighten Me,
Where can I buy a Brand New Sealed 32 Gb LG-G2 for $300.00?
If that is the case, I'll purchase it.
Thank You.

here in switzerland we can grab one for 380$ from our official retailer. on platforms like ricardo (the "ebay" from switzerland) we can grab a brand new for 280-300$ :)

It's not brand new but I just bought a G2 in very good condition off of Craigslist for $200
I was just about to purchase a G3 when I saw it posted - very glad I found it.

I haven't seen any G2's at the $300 outright price point either but I have seen them plenty of times for between $390-$400 outright and unlocked on amazon and negrie electronics wich is still a good deal for that phone ..... And I Totally agree... Manufactures should just make last year's models there "midrange" device...

The G3 is too big and the G3 Beat is lacking specs...seems Sony is the way to go if you want 5" or less smart phone with premium specs. Looks like the G2 will have to stay for a while longer...Sony would be nice to try.

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As mentioned earlier, the ($250-$300 swappa) HTC One (M7) has a 4.7 inch display and the $600 (M8) has a 5.0 inch display. Both have premium specs, award winning museum quality industrial design, current software, and some say better than stock Sense UI including Zoes, Video Highlights and Blinkfeed, plus front facing stereo Boomsound speakers.

Sony is essentially not available on US carriers. For US, Sony is moot and based on what I've read more expensive.

Wish that would change.

My humble yet rapid correction

Sony recently added the Xperia Z1 Compact to its U.S. web store. Sony is selling the phone unlocked for the full retail price of $549. It is compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile's HSPA+/LTE networks. 

The Z1 Compact has a 4.3-inch 720p HD TriLuminos display with Sony's mobile Bravia Engine, and a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM. The Xperia Z1 Compact runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=14306

Gen

Intentional multiple posts of exactly the same thing throughout the thread are beyond annoying and likely have a negative impact.

I wish moderators could or would delete duplicates.

When are they ever gonna learn. 1 GB of RAM isn't gonna cut it anymore. My Nexus 4 is constantly using 900 MB - 1 GB of RAM with all the apps I need installed. Yes, I use a lot of apps (non games)

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Will we ever get a high end small form factor Android device from anyone other than Sony? I'd LOVE a high end M8 with a 4.5 inch 1080p display. I'd trade in my M8 for it ASAP.

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Not likely. The pendulum is still swinging in the direction of larger display size. Phones with sub-5" displays are going the way of the dodo, because the demand for such phones is so low that its not worth the cost to develop & manufacture.

That is except for every iPhone ever sold. Not exactly a dodo.

The majority of smartphones sold globally have smaller than 5 inch displays. People generally have no desire to haul around a phablet that's awkward to handle, ostentatiously weird looking, difficult to pocket, and yields little to no additional utility. Nor will they see fit to pay the premium for that genre.

Yeah :( Me too. Waiting to see what the Z3 Compact has to offer, if it records loud audio (club/concert) without distortion, I'll definitely buy it.

If this is $400 like the Desire 618 then its just DOA. I can get a G2 for that price which already has better specs

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Since I can purchase g2 under 400 bucks this mini should be under 300. It lacks ois with half the ram and internal storage. SD card is only good for media storage not including apps. 720p is forgivable because my nexus 4 looks sharp for similar size.

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Would it be too much to ask for these flagship supersized phones to come in two sizes that cost the exact same but one is made for smaller hands. A 5" LG G3 (not this midrange thing) sounds like the perfect phone but I literally can't understand how we got (in only a year) to the point where the nexus 5 is a small phone...(when the nexus 5 first came out their were lots of discussions all over the forums about it possibly being too big).

Wouldn't having a small and large version (with no price difference) ensure that you covered the market rather than having x% of users complaining about the device either being too small or too big? Sigh...