LG announces G4 Beat mid-range smartphone

A similar design to the flagship G4 but at a less wallet-crushing price

Not keen on the £500 price tag of the LG G4? You're in luck. LG has announced a mid-tier alternative to its flagship device called the LG G4 Beat.

The new handset's specs were posted earlier today on LG's online newsroom. The picture they draw is of an altogether more modest device, but with the same key features.

The Beat is a marginally smaller device which packs a 5.2in display - three inches shy of the original G4. The reduction in display size is matched by a reduction in resolution, as the new screen sees a 100ppi decrease in pixel density. In spite of this the display can still handle full HD playback at 1920 x 1080 and 60fps.

The processor and RAM have also been slimmed down. The Beat features an octo-core Snapdragon 615 processor and a modest 1.5GB RAM which cuts the G4's 3GB in two. This is a bigger downgrade than we would have expected. The Moto X, a great mid-range handset, features a Snapdragon 801 chipset and 2GB RAM.

What LG is keen to draw attention to is the phone's camera. The Beat features 8MP rear-facing and 5MP front-facing cameras, as well as some new neat tricks such as the Gesture Interval Shot which allows users to take four consecutive selfies with one gesture. The original LG G4 camera was one of the best smartphone snappers we've ever seen, so we'd expect this aspect of the Beat to really shine.

Of course, the value of the Beat's innards are all related to its price point, which has yet to be announced. TechCrunch estimates that the figure will fall somewhere around £300, but LG has stated that it will vary dependent on location.

There's also no word yet on a release date for the Beat, but expect details from LG in the coming weeks. If you're interested in a decent phone on a budget right now and nothing else will do, then we like the look of the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3.

[Source: LG via TechCrunch]

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