LG has announced another Android phone for the LG G4 lineup, the G4 Beat, which is poised to be a mid-range value offering.
According to LG Electronics, the LG G4 Beat sports some of the best features from its flagship sibling the LG G4 and goes on to offer value without performance or usability downgrades.
Specs wise, the G4 Beat gets a smaller display at 5.2 inches, with a lower resolution of 1920 x 1080. However, even with these downgrades, the Beat can parry with top of the line Android Phones.
A Snapdragon 615 chip powers the G4 Beat with eight cores clocked at 1.5 GHz each. The phone also supports 4G LTE connectivity and according to LG, achieves an optimal balance between performance and battery backup.
The rear camera on the G4 Beat has also been downgraded to 8 megapixels, but sports LG’s own Color Spectrum Sensor and Laser Auto Focus technologies. The front-facing camera on the Beat has a hefty 5 mega-pixel sensor with LG’s Gesture Interval Shot.
According to the press release by LG, “Too often, mid-tier phones sacrifice overall usability in order to include that one killer feature. Our goal with the LG G4 Beat was to create a phone that was not only well- balanced in terms of display, camera, performance and design but delivered terrific value and satisfaction.”
G4 Beat’s official specs are:
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 Processor
- 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD (1920 x 1080, 423ppi)
- 8GB eMMC ROM / 1.5GB RAM
- Rear 8MP LDAF (13MP in Latin America) / Front 5MP
- 2,300mAh (removable)
- Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- 142.7 x 72.6 x 9.85mm
- 4G LTE / HSPA+ 42.2Mbps (3G)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC / A-GPS / Glonass / USB 2.0
- Metallic Silver / Ceramic White / Shiny Gold
Specs wise, the G4 Beat reaches a great compromise between flagship and performance for value devices. You get an octa-core processor coupled with 1.5 GBs of RAM, which should keep your phone snappy even with a number of apps running in the background.
Similarly, the 1080p display is nothing to scoff at, and coupled with a removable battery and Android Lollipop 5.1.1 out of the box, it should make for a popular device.
LG plans to release the G4 Beat in Europe and Latin American markets this month before a global roll-out later. While price and other details will be announced at local launches, it is expected that the G4 Beat will cost around $400-450.
What do you think about the LG G4 Beat? Have you bought the G4 already or were you waiting for a mid-range offering from LG? We think the G4 is going to give stiff competition in the mid-range Android phone market and we’d love to hear your thoughts on it too.