It’s been a while since the LG G3 burst onto the smartphone scene, wowing consumers with its laser autofocus camera and heavy handed spec list, but now it looks like a smaller version of the smartphone is making its way onto the market.
The LG G3 S as it’s being called is essentially an LG G3 Mini from what we can gather, and it’s already outing itself online, with a series of pictures making their way onto a Russian retailers website.
It’s not just pictures we’re getting about the device either, with the retailer listing the device for pre-order along with a full spec list as well as pricing details, something which will obviously come as big news for LG fans.
Judging from the leaked specs, we’ll be finding ourselves a not so mini 5” 720p display, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB expandable storage on the upcoming handset, as well as finding an 8 megapixel lens on the back.
The same laser autofocus feature from the original G3 is sticking around as well which is a nice boost, and a 2540mAh battery also squeezes in under the hood as well.
Currently, the Russian retailer is listing the LG G3 S as 3G only, but LG has often released different versions of its hardware in different markets, to cater for different tastes, so we’d put our house on the G3 S being 4G here in the UK as well as over in the States.
In terms of software, we’ll be finding the latest Android KitKat planted in the handset right out of the box, with a possibly update to Android L when it’s finally released into the public domain as a consumer piece of software.
Pricing for the Russian handset is set at a quite acceptable £240 sim-free, meaning monthly deals could well vary from around £20/month up to £30-£35/month on more lucrative tariffs.
This price tag is certainly competitive with other ‘mini’ smartphones currently gracing the market, with handsets like the HTC One Mini 2, Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact all gunning for each other in what has turned into a real smartphone market in recent years for so called smaller flagship phones.
Of course, we haven’t received any official confirmation yet from LG about the LG G3 S, but with companies like this seemingly taking pre-orders, it wouldn’t surprise us to see an official release by the end of this week.
If rumour is anything to go by, we can expect to see the smaller LG handset hitting British shores before September, obviously trying to avoid the iPhone 6 onslaught which is now customary for the final months of each year.
However, until an official line is towed by LG, take any information about a release date with a pinch of salt, as it all comes down to speculation for now.