LG offers a smaller G3 alternative - LG G3 Beat

I do get that not everybody wants a 'flagship' phone.  But at the same time, I gotta say the trend of making your flagship, and then making a wimpy version of it, but retaining the same name-sake is kinda silly.

The S4 and S4 mini are hardly in the same sphere for a phone.  Same with the HTC One and its mini.

Well, LG is getting in on the game with a new 'smaller version' of the G3.  (note this is announced for Korea and some European areas... no word on Canadian availability)

This, in a sense, makes sense.  I'm wanting the G3 .. a lot.  August 1st seems so far away, and I can't even see any info about where I can pre-order it.  The only reason I hesitate is if it turns out the 5.5" size is too big.

My father and son use the Note 2, of the same size, and as much as it's nice to use while seated, or lounging, it's a little big to use for every day scenario (now, LG has shown that it is slightly smaller than a Note 2, and only slightly bigger than the G2).  So I'm a little worried that as much as I'll like everything about the G3, the size might make me dread using it (and cue Android Wear).

Anyhow, if size is a factor for you, then LG has released the G3 Beat... their mini version of the G3.

Great, it's smaller right?  Well... yes, it's now 5" instead of 5.5"

That's still 0.3" bigger than my Nexus 4... it's the same size as the Nexus 5.  So it's only slightly smaller.  But still that would be helpful.

What isn't helpful is that with that reduction of 11% of size, everything gets slashed by more than 50%

lg g3 beat
photo from Android Spin
Here's the specs of the Beat compared to the original

LG
LG
G3
G3 Beat
size
5.5"
5"
resolution
2560x1440
1280x720
processor
2.5GHz
1.2GHz
x4
x4
Snapdragon 801
Snapdragon 400
RAM
2GB/3GB
1GB
storage
16GB/32GB
8GB
microSD
Yes
yes
rear camera
13MP
8MP
FFC
2.1MP
1.3MP
battery
3000mAh
2540mAh



I get that folks might want a smaller phone, but if it's not up to the same 'specs' as the original, just smaller, I don't think it should be called the G3... it should have it's own line then.

Maybe I'm just ranting.  I'm sure there's going to be an audience for this device, but I think the real pull and allure is for the full fledged G3, and anybody who might want something smaller might think that they can get that in the G3 Beat... but to give up on size they have to give up on every other aspect as well.

We have all the phones we can ever think of, and tablets, all listed on our database page for you to check out your own comparison.

Source:  http://www.lgnewsroom.com/newsroom/contents/64582



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