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LG expands G4 smartphone family with ‘premium mid-tier’ G4 Beat/G4s

Smaller than both the standard G4 and pen-capable G4 Stylus, the sequel to the G3 Beat or G3 S easily outshines the 5-inch 720p G4c.

LG G4 Beat G4 s

Aside from nostalgic fans of compact Android handhelds (truly compact, with a screen diagonal of 4.5 inches tops), the “premium designed” LG G4 roster essentially caters to all types of mobile enthusiasts and all budgets.

At the lower end of the mid-range spectrum, you have the Snapdragon 410/8 GB ROM/1 GB RAM/2,540 mAh battery/8 MP/5 MP G4c. Power users willing to pay as much as it takes for the best of the best can obviously go the leather-clad G4 route, while smack-dab between these two devices on the totem pole, the G4 Stylus and G4 Beat mostly vie for the same target audience.

LG G4 Beat

With a number of key distinctions, the most notable being footprint, display resolution and a touch of extra functionality offered by the former’s titular stylus support. The 5.2-inch G4 Beat however hits back with a sharper 1,920 x 1,080 (Full HD) IPS LCD panel, plus an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor that decidedly leaves the 410 in the dust.

Alas, as revealed in a preliminary benchmark, the G4s will only provide 8 gigs of internal storage space, out of which Android 5.1.1 Lollipop occupies more than half. Needless to point out just how badly you’ll hanker for a microSD card.

As far as cameras are concerned, “international” buyers will be treated to 8 and 5 megapixels, with the rear sensor upgraded to 13 in Latin America. The G4 Beat/G4s is also slated to borrow a handful of photography tricks from its high-end brother, including the hailed laser autofocus and manual mode.

G4 Beat

The rest of the features are perhaps short of remarkable, particularly the paltry 2,300 mAh pacemaker, though 4G LTE connectivity and 1.5 GB RAM sound fairly exciting given we expect the price point to circle $300 unlocked.

Coated in metallic silver, ceramic white or shiny gold, the 5.2-inch upper mid-range smartphone is dubbed G4s in Europe and the CIS region and G4 Beat everywhere else. It’s set to debut later this month in “key markets” across the old continent and Latin America, followed by a global spread before long.

Remember, the G3 Beat/G3 S saw daylight stateside as the G3 Vigor for AT&T and Sprint, and a similar local rebranding might be on deck for the G4 Beat/G4s this year.

Source: LG Newsroom

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