LG has unveiled a new G3 Beat Android 4.4.2 KitKat smartphone, claiming the mid-tier handset is ideal for any buyer on a budget.
The G3 Beat is designed to offer similar features to LG’s current flagship smartphone, which boasts a number of custom technologies and software services. Key additions to the G3 Beat include laser auto-focus camera technology and Smart Keyboard and QuickMemo+ applications.
Laser auto-focus is a similar technology to that used by law enforcement agencies’ radar guns, and was debuted on the G3. LG claims the technology will radically improved the shutter and focus speeds of the G3 Beat’s 8MP rear camera.
Smart Keyboard is a software feature designed to help users type faster. The keyboard tracks users’ typing habits to automatically spot and correct errors. QuickMemo+ is a notation application designed to let business users quickly scribble notes.
The G3 Beat features lower-end hardware than the G3. It is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, features 1GB of RAM and lower resolution 5in HD in-plane switching (IPS) 1280×720, 294ppi display. The G3, on the other hand, has more than 500ppi.
The G3 Beat will also feature an 2,540mAh battery, which LG claims will last at least a whole day, and 8GB of internal storage, which can be upgraded via its micro SD card slot.
There is currently no word on how much the G3 Beat will cost, though LG’s listing of it as a “mid-tier” smartphone indicates it will be around £300.
LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company CEO Jong-seok Park said he expects the lower price point to prove a key selling point for the G3 Beat.
“Smartphone manufacturers cannot ignore this growing segment of consumers who want the best balance of looks, features, performance and, of course, price,” he said
“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.”
The G3 Beat will launch on July 18 in South Korea. LG said it will then “begin its global rollout from Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries in the weeks that follow.”
Check back with V3 later for a full review of the LG G3 Beat. In the meantime, to find out more about LG’s current G3 flagship check out our in-depth review.