Mini versions are becoming all too common these days, so we’re not surprised that even LG’s G3 would be remade into a smaller package to fit a certain type of consumer. Today, LG announced what many will call the LG G3 Mini in days to come.
Formally known as the LG G3 Beat (at least in Asian markets), the LG G3 Mini smartphone comes with a 5-inch IPS liquid crystal display (LCD screen) with 720p screen resolution (HD), a 1.2Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 16GB of onboard memory storage, 2GB of RAM, 2,540mAh battery, an 8MP back camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a 2MP front camera. The LG G3 will come with Android 4.4.2 KitKat right out of the box.
LG is the second company to launch the “mini” version with a 5-inch display after Oppo N1 Mini. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini features a 4.5-inch display, as does the HTC One Mini 2. We deem 4.5-inch displays (or even 4.7-inch displays) to be mini versions of smartphones.
In addition, notice that LG’s watered down the specs in the LG G3 Beat so as to sell a more affordable phone. The processor is a few years old and isn’t clocked at a very high processor speed (1.2Ghz). The 720p screen resolution is quite a letdown from the 2K (2,560 x 1,440p) display of the LG G3, but the HD resolution should suffice for customers who’d rather not pay $600 out of pocket for the G3 (current T-Mobile pricing in the US). The 8MP camera is another concession, lacking the 13MP count of the G3. At the same time, we do applaud LG for keeping OIS in the G3 Beat’s back camera.
As for the price of the LG G3 Beat, LG has said that it’ll cost 2,500RMB or $400USD and will go on sale at the end of this year. It’s just $200 below the price of the LG G3, but it’ll have an audience for those who want some of the LG G3 experience without going all in right away. The G3 Beat goes on sale in China and other Asian markets, but we’ve no word on the G3 Beat’s entrance into the international market. Manufacturers have a tendency to rename a smartphone in one place but maintain the “Mini” label in another. The same thing has been done with high-end smartphones such as the Galaxy S2 (which was renamed the Epic 4G Touch for Sprint USA customers).