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With LG’s new flagship phone, the LG G3, being out in the wild, it was only a matter of time before the company did its usual trick of downsizing it for the more budget-oriented markets out there. It’s a tried and tested formula for many companies these days, and LG is not shy about following suit.

If the LG G3 was a little on the expensive side for you, or your hands just can’t quite take that 5.5-inch monster, then the newly announced LG G3 Beat may be for you.

LG G3 Beat

The epitome of a high-end smartphone that’s been shrunken down and neutered slightly, the G3 Beat is a tad smaller than its larger brother thanks to the move to a 5-inch screen. The internals have been under the scalpel too, because gone is the high-end silicon in favor of a more modest collection of parts. The Beat features a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM as well as 8GB of internal memory for storing apps and data on. There’s a removable battery though, so the smaller screen size and resulting reduction in battery capacity doesn’t have to mean you’ll need to charge the thing up every five minutes.

The cameras have also had a downgrade, with the G3 Beat boasting an 8-megapixels rear camera and with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter. The fancy laser autofocus remains though, which will come as welcome news to those who like that kind of stuff.

LG_G3_Beat_500

Those wanting to get their hands on the LG G3 Beat and happen to live in Korea are in luck, because it goes on sale tomorrow – the 18th – and no, we’ve no idea why it’s called the Beat, either.

On the plus side, when it makes its way outside Korea and into Europe ‘within weeks,’ it’ll be called the ‘LG G3 s.’ There is still no release date for North America, other than LG’s claim that it will come some time after the European launch.

The complete set of tech specs of the LG G3 Beat are as follows:

LG G3 Beat specs

It might not be a full-blown LG G3, but hey, it’s easy on the wallet!

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