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LG launches G3 Beat with Laser AF

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LG has announced the G3 Beat which in Europe will be marketed as the G3 „s“. With a smaller screen and downgraded specs compared to the LG flagship phone G3, the G3 Beat is to the G3 pretty much what the G2 Mini was to the G2. Given that the new device's display still measures 5 inches LG presumably thought it wasn't adequate to give it the 'Mini' moniker.

Despite its specifications putting it into the mid-range segment of the market the G3 Beat has a lot to offer to mobile photographers. The 8MP camera comes with the same laser-AF system that can be found on the G3 and should provide faster and more precise focusing. Touch & Shoot is a function that we have seen before on some high-end devices and allows you to focus on a certain spot in the frame and capture the image at the same time by tapping on the preview image. Selfie-Cam starts a 3 second self-timer when you make a fist in front of the screen and captures an image with the 1.3MP front camera. 

The 5-inch display comes with a 720p resolution and Android 4.4.2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC and 1GB RAM. 8GB storage is not too generous but a microSD-slot means you can easily expand it. The 2.540 mAh battery is user-removable which allows you to carry a spare for power emergencies.

In terms of the design the G3 Beat follows the same „Floating Arc“ philosophy as its bigger brother. Like the G3 it has very thin bezels and LG claims with the display covering 74% of the device front the G3 Beat offers the best display/overall size ratio in the mid-range bracket. The G3 Beat will be available in Europe from August for Euro 349. US availability and pricing has not been announced yet.

The G§ Beat has the same laser-AF on the back as the G3.
The new device is noticeably smaller than the flagship G3.

Key-specifications:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1,2 GHz Quad-Core) SoC
  • 5-inch 720p IPS display (294 ppi)
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 8MP camera with laser-AF
  • 1.3MP front camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • microSD slot
  • removable 2,540 mAh battery

Comments

Total comments: 31
miiicho
By miiicho (2 months ago)

Wow, according to gsm arena, this one has got dual SIM. 350 is a bit high, but we'll see what will the street price be. Under 300 this could be a buy.

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tompabes2
By tompabes2 (2 months ago)

A bit high? It's a Moto G with a slightly better camera and larger screen, but with the same resolution!

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daqk
By daqk (2 months ago)

Hope Sony is not suing LG for the Laser AF. I still have the vintage Sony V-1 but I never understood why Sony did not put in recent cameras maybe they were sued too :-( Laser AF is so nice for dim light in general indoors the cost could be $1. I guess in the end "It's a Sony", they put there so you have it if not too bad for you as the customer.

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Salah
By Salah (2 months ago)

720p!!! really LG?

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

well, it's a mid-range phone, so 720p seems entirely appropriate

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 months ago)

Snapdragon 400 too for 349 euro's.
I can get a snap 800 device with an 1080p screen for that money. The fun part is that it is made by LG too.
http://www.bol.com/nl/p/lg-nexus-5-16gb-zwart/9200000021806280/?Referrer=ADVNLTWE0020159200000021806280

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

yeah, well, I'd probably go for the Nexus 5, too. There aren't many better deals around if you want a contract-free phone.

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 months ago)

Fun part is that the nexus 5 is an LG phone too........
Well Samsung s4 is an great deal these days.
Sony z1(compact).
Actually all flagship models from last year beat this fair and square at similar price points.

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stratplaya
By stratplaya (2 months ago)

720p on a 5 inch device is more than enough. Of course, the low information consumer may think they really need 1080p.

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 months ago)

i agree loved my nexus 4 768p screen
until i broke it.

That said the other specs don't make any sense.
why no snap 600 or s4 pro soc.
both are decent the snap 400 is budget crap

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

you don't really need the 1080p but admittedly it's nicer. I mostly prefer it because you fit more stuff on the screen when browsing the web.

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Suave
By Suave (2 months ago)

Why, why, why smaller screen always means downgraded specs? Why can't there be a high end 4" Android phone with top-notch hardware? Why it's either 6" monstrosity or bastardized "mini"?

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (2 months ago)

Not easy. The makers need a larger screen so that a larger a battery is possible to power a high resolution screen and fast CPU.
Aside from that, a larger phone allows for better heat dissipation unless it uses an aluminum frame which makes a phone heavier and much more expensive.

My Nexus 5 is pretty topnotch in many aspects except that it has average battery life and the heat from the phone is pretty annoying.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini has same specs as the big Z1, but you are right, that is pretty much the only one.

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grasscatcher
By grasscatcher (2 months ago)

Well, there's the BlackBerry Q10, but it's screen is probably too small, and the specs are a bit dated now. Good hardware and good OS, though.

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Roman Korcek
By Roman Korcek (2 months ago)

Z1 Compact, not Z1 Mini.

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tompabes2
By tompabes2 (2 months ago)

You can have it... it's called Sony Xperia Z1 Compact! :)

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urix Lukin
By urix Lukin (2 months ago)

"Touch & Shoot is a function that we have seen before on some high-end devices..."
Oh really? You can install SnapCamera and use this feature on any Android phone.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (2 months ago)

fail. it is far too expensive compared to their G2 or Nexus 5.
this is only comparable to the Moto G or in some markets, the Asus Zen5.

Comment edited 34 seconds after posting
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pdqgp
By pdqgp (2 months ago)

1GB RAM? Why so little? No thanks.

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Todd3608
By Todd3608 (2 months ago)

This is not true. the G3 has 2 GB RAM on the 16GB model and 3 GB RAM on the 32GB model.

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pdqgp
By pdqgp (2 months ago)

Okay. the 3GB would be the way to go.

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Lukemynick
By Lukemynick (2 months ago)

Because it is the 8GB model so it has 1GB RAM...

Seriously, the G3 Beat is no G3. The former is a mid-ranger while the latter is the flagship (until the prime version arrives, if any).

Who is interested to do a shootout between G3 Beat and last year's G2?

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

@ Todd, you are right, but this is not a G3, it's a G3 Beat which, despite the name, hasn't got much in common with the G3.

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BoFiS
By BoFiS (2 months ago)

Sigh, this is NOT mini, maybe if it was a Snapdragon 800 in a 4.3" device at 720p (with microSD) I'd be way more interested, but Sony seems to be the only company who has managed to make GOOD small device (the Z1 Compact)

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

I guess this is why the don't call it Mini ;)

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Just another Canon shooter
By Just another Canon shooter (2 months ago)

Right - because the main problem my smartphone camera has is missing focus.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

well, on most smartphones focus is not much of an issue in good light but in low light they all slow down and sometimes have trouble locking on. If this system helps to avoid that it's a good thing.

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Richard Shih
By Richard Shih (2 months ago)

As Lars said, in low light, most smartphones are just as bad as early 2000s compacts.

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mosc
By mosc (2 months ago)

Lars, Richard, can you go one step further on that explanation? I understand why a 1/2.33" sensor with a 100mm equivalent lens has to do some hunting but some of these phone sensors are super wide (like 24mm) and super tiny (like 1/3.0"). It seems like they don't need to care much about focal point because their depth of field is so huge to begin with. Focusing 10 feet away f2.4 1/3.0" 24mm I get a depth of field covering approximately 1 foot from the camera to infinity. Did I do my math wrong? Unless the subject is super close (like within a foot), why does the thing even bother focusing?

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BarnET
By BarnET (2 months ago)

Well the sony z phones do have 1/2.33 inch sensors that are also used in their compacts. Combined with an fast wide prime. Maybe that's why they seem so good. But my z1 compact can be out of focus at times.

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