Russian retailer blows the cover off LG’s G3 S (G3 Mini)

UPDATED 17/07: It's now official; LG's unveiled the smartphone and it's named G3 Beat
Russian retailer blows the cover of LG’s G3 S (G3 Mini)

Rumours of the LG G3 S (G3 Mini) has surfaced again, and going by what a Russian reseller has put up on its website, the unit’s looking very much like its bigger smartphone sibling, the LG G3.

Not only have images been leaked, some information about the device, as well as its pricing and availability have also been declared by Svyaznoy, which happens to be one of the biggest independent phone sellers in Russia.

Most of the alleged specs (such as its 5in size, 720p touchscreen and 8-megapixel back camera) released by the source seem pretty much spot on with what was leaked from China, but some other information conflict.

Conflicting information

Russian retailer blows the cover of LG’s G3 S (G3 Mini)

The earlier leak mentioned that it may feature a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a smaller 2,300mAh battery, but Svyaznoy highlights that it is powered by a 2540 mAh battery, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and paired with 1GB of RAM. There’s no telling which one of these sources hold more validity to what's to come.

In addition to that, it claims that the G3 S will sport an Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, an expandable 8GB of internal storage space, as well as a 1.3MP front camera.

The unit sold in Russia will not support LTE and dual-SIM functionality but given that these features are highly sought after on our end of the world, it’s likely that LG could include them.

Oh, and did we mention that the G3 S is already up for pre-order on the Svyaznoy website priced at RUB 13,990 (RM1285)? That’s a steal as compared to the full sized LG G3 – S$868 (RM2227) for the 16GB model and S$928 (RM2380) for the 32GB unit

READ MORE: LG G3 review

[Source and image: GSM Arena]

Here's the official details

UPDATED 17/07: Within hours of the leak from the Russian retailer, LG's unveiled the smartphone, stamping out all rumours.

Named the G3 Beat, the flagship smartphone sports a 5in display with HD (1280 x 720) resolution, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel back camera, 2,540mAh battery, and 8GB of internal memory as declared by Svyaznoy. 

As we anticipated, it will support 4G LTE and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. 

The LG G3 Beat will first make its way into South Korea on 18 July, with the global rollout in the weeks to follow. We'll update you with the local pricing and availability details as soon as we get them.