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G3 Beat is the mid-range version of LG's flagship smartphone

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
Jul 18, 2014
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  1. LG has announced a mid-tier handset based on its flagship G3 smartphone. The G3 Beat retains the same styling as its bigger brother in a slightly slimmer package that's also easier on the wallet.

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  2. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 822   +264

    As usual, just because it's a smaller device it also has worse specs. It would be nice if the mini version of these phones had mostly the same specs instead of being watered down so hard. I just can't see myself buying such a monster phone, the S4 is already big enough to make my hands sore after continuous use.
  3. The article very clearly states this is a MID-RANGE phone, NOT a high-end phone with a smaller screen. You can't expect to use all the same internals as a flagship, reduce only the screen, and then expect to be able to sell that for half the price.
    Also, flagships with expensive, completely unnecesary specs only really sell well in the US and some places in Europe, where people sell their sould to their crappy carries to buy those phones with subsidies. The rest of the world is not that irresponsible, and people there understand how pointless things like Snapdragon 800 SoCs, huge ammounts of RAM and pointless increases in display DPI which provide no visual benefits yet increase battery consumption (let's face it, 1080p on a phone is already ridiculous) are just expensive and unnecessary luxuries, and don't really care about them. They would much rather buy a good mid-range phone which already serves them perfectly well and not become a carrier slave on an expensive contract. That's where phones like this G3 Beat or the S4/S5 Mini are meant for, NOT for markets like the US.
    And "flagships with smaller screens" would only appeal to a tiny niche in the US and similar markets, not enough to actually drive demand. So no, you won't get a smaller flagship (except on rare instances like the Z1 Compact, but I honesly don't expect Sony to do something like that again).
  4. It all looks great, like a better spec'd Moto G. Now they just need to get the price right (anything beyond $300 will be a big mistake).
    The only problem is that this "quad-core" fad must die a swift death. They'd be much better off using a dual-core chip at a higher frequency like 1.6/1.8 GHz or so, than this 1.2 GHz quad-core that is being used everywhere.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,282

    I tend to agree with your statement of rather having a swift dual core processor than a sluggish quad core.
  6. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,632   +1,086

    Next year there will be 6 inch phones with 5.5 inch "mini" phones, right? They can't add anything new, just bigger screens which are getting ridiculous and draining battery. Tablets are gonna lose their purpose, if they had one, but that will be a good thing.

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