Previously reported on as the LG G4 S, LG has officially confirmed its latest smartphone – but has instead named it the G4 Beat.
As you might’ve guessed, it bears a remarkable resemblance to the flagship LG G4 handset, albeit only in a plastic fashion, although the specs sheet doesn’t quite match up as well.
Whilst the G4 definitely has one up on the Beat, it doesn’t mean that it’s a failure; in fact it brings a great mid-range option for those after a LG handset.
Boasting a Snapdragon 615 chipset, the G4 Beat won’t be knocking on too many flagship doors, but it gets pretty darn close.
1.5GB RAM is coupled by an octa-core processor, providing decent speed and multitasking ability on the LG device as well, whilst an Adreno 405 GPU also makes gaming a lag-free experience.
The front of the phone is covered with a sizeable 5.2” 1080p IPS LCD display which also packs a punch with its quality as well – making it perfect if you’re in need of a phone which won’t flinch when playing a film or HD video.
All of this is powered by a 2300mAh battery, which will provide well over a day’s use, although don’t expect more than that if you’re using your handset regularly.
LG has also crammed in a solid camera duo with the Beat, boasting an 8mp rear lens and a 5mp selfie snapper. You can also expect LG’s array of camera apps to be included as well, so it’s not only going to be a point and shoot snapper on this handset.
As mentioned before, given that it shares most of its name with the LG flagship, it’s no shock to see a very similar design enforced on the Beat as with the G4.
Unlike the G4, we don’t get a leather version of the Beat, although it’s the very same plastic casing as shown on the older device.
The same button placement also comes along for the ride, with the volume rocker and power button being found on the back side of the handset, clearing up the sides from buttons for a more comfortable feel.
We get three different variants of the Beat, with silver, white and gold all available, all of which boast the very same internal kit and build quality – sizing up at 9.85mm.
Unfortunately LG hasn’t let slip on pricing details just yet, but we can certainly expect it to price up cheaper than the standard G4 handset.
The device will be available across Europe, with a release date likely to be within a matter of weeks rather than months now that it’s been announced properly.
Written by Luke Hatfield