The LG G3 has been a massively successful product for LG, it’s one of the best phones we’ve reviewed this year. It’s a very well designed phone, so it’s no wonder that they’ve been making variants and one of those was released as the LG G3 Beat back in July. At the time, LG announced the phone for the Korean and European markets, but it appears LG has now brought the phone to Australia, with the phone showing up on the LG Website with an RRP of $399.
According to the LG website, the phone will be available in Black and Gold, with Officeworks apparently already listing the phone in their system but for $426. The phone will also be available from The Good Guys, Bing Lee, Southern Phones and AllPhones.
The G3 Beat is a cut down version of the G3, which LG says is a ‘Second Generation Variant of G Series Flagship Offers the Best of G3’s Features, Functions and Consumer Benefits’. Though it’s got lower end specs, what it does have is the same great design with minimal . The camera has taken a hit on the sensor, going from 13MP on the G3 down to 8MP on the G3 Beat, but it should still take quite a decent picture with the phone using the same Laser Auto-focus system as the full version G3.
LG G3 Beat Specs:
- 5.0″ HD IPS (1280 x 720, 294ppi)
- 1.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB on-board storage with MicroSD card slot
- 8MP Rear Camera with Laser Auto Focus and 1.3MP Front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS/Glonass, NFC, USB 2.0
- 4G LTE / HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- 137.7×69.6×10.3mm @ 134 grams
- 2,540mAh removable Battery
Software wise, the G3 skin is pretty good, with one of the best OEM produced keyboards we’ve seen yet, as well as my personal favourite LG app: Quick Memo. The G3 Beat also comes with Knock Code security, and Touch and Shoot for the camera, which lets you touch anywhere on the screen to capture an image. The flagship G3 is already receiving a lollipop update, so we’re hopeful that the G3 Beat could also at some stage in the future, but so far nothing has been announced by LG.
If you’re loving the design of the G3, but not the nearly $700 rrp, then why not check out the G3 Beat.