LG G3 Beat is a smaller and more affordable G3

LG has announced the G3 Beat, a compact version of the company’s flagship handset packing a smaller screen, less powerful processor and a lower price.

Launching in South Korea this week, the G3 Beat will arrive in Europe “in the weeks that follow,” LG has confirmed. The handset has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and a pixel density of 294 per inch. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHx processor with 1GB of RAM.

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Inside, there’s 8GB of storage - plus a microSD card slot to add more - and a 2.540mAh removable battery. The phone weighs 134g, is 10.3mm thick and will comes in the same three colours as the full-size G3 - namely, Metallic Black, Silk White and Shine Gold.

The LG G3 Beat is 4G-ready for super-fast mobile internet, runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and features the same laser-focus rear camera as the regular G3, although its image quality has dropped from 13 megapixels to eight; there’s a 1.3mp camera on the front.

Design-wise, the G3 Beat is almost identical to its bigger brother, featuring the same slim bezels and rear-mounted volume and power buttons.

LG may opt to change the Beat's name before it arrives in Europe, as an instruction manual leaked earlier this week claimed the handset was called the LG G3 S.

The G3 Beat will go up against a growing bunch of pint-sized flagships, including the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and HTC One mini 2.

There’s no word yet on price, but we expect it to be around £150-£200 cheaper than the LG G3.

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