21 July 2014

LG launches G3 Beat mid-tier G3 model in Korea

Source: LG.
LG Electronics (LG) has officially launched the LG G3 Beat, a mid-tier variant of LG’s G3 smartphone, in Korea on July 18. The LG G3 Beat delivers a similar premium user experience with the Floating Arc design and fast Laser Auto Focus technology featured in the G3, but in a more compact package dominated by a 5" thin-bezel display. 

"Smartphone manufacturers cannot ignore this growing segment of consumers who want the best balance of looks, features, performance and, of course, price,” said Dr Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. 

“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 LG G3 Beat features the Floating Arc Design first unveiled on the LG G3, boasting smooth curved sides and gradually tapered edges. It also comes with a HD IPS display with a screen-to-body ratio of 74.1%, which LG says is the highest in the mid-tier smartphone segment, and Smart Keyboard, which learns how users type to reduce errors by up to 75%. The 2,540mAh battery supports advanced camera features such as: 

■ Laser Auto Focus, which measures the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam.

■ Touch & Shoot lets users touch anywhere on the display to focus and shoot.

■ Gesture Shot allows users to clench a hand in front of the screen to automatically begin a three-second countdown before the picture is snapped.

Key Specifications:

■ Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor 1.2 GHz Quad-Core
■ Display: 5.0-inch HD IPS (1,280 x 720, 294ppi)
■ Memory: 8GB / 1GB RAM / MicroSD slot
■ Camera: Rear 8MP with Laser Auto Focus / Front 1.3MP
■ Battery: 2,540mAh (removable)
■ Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
■ Size: 137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3mm
■ Weight: 134g
■ Network: 4G LTE / HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
■ Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS/Glonass, NFC, USB 2.0
■ Colours: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold
■ Other: Touch & Shoot, Smart Keyboard, QuickMemo+, Gesture Shot

A number of phone manufacturers are introducing lower-end models of their premium phones. Read about HTC's offering here