The LG G3 Beat, which went up for pre-order last week at an Indian e-commerce website, has now been officially launched at Rs. 25,000. The handset is however not yet listed on the company's India website.
Initially announced in July, the LG G3 Beat features the same 'Floating Arc Design' as seen on the LG G3 (Review | Pictures), with smooth curved sides and gradually tapered edges. The highlight of the G3 Beat is its 8-megapixel rear camera which comes with the Laser Autofocus sensor seen on the G3, while there is a 1.3-megapixel front camera as well.
As the LG G3's mid-tier variant, the G3 Beat comes with a 5-inch IPS display offering 294ppi pixel density. The company has dropped the screen resolution from QHD (1440x2560 pixel) on LG G3 to the considerably lower HD (720x1280 pixel) resolution on the LG G3 Beat.
The smartphone runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box, much like the G3, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clubbed with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage with microSD card expansion and is backed by a 2540mAh battery.
Some of the preloaded software features from the flagship on the G3 Beat include Touch and Shoot, which allows a touch anywhere on the display to focus and shoot; Gesture Shot, which begins automatic three-second countdown before the picture is snapped by just a hand gesture; Smart Keyboard, and QuickMemo+, LG's overhauled note taking app.
Connectivity options on the LG G3 Beat include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPRS/ EDGE, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Micro-USB, 3G and 4G LTE support. The phone measures 137.7x69.6x10.3mm and weighs 134 grams. It is available in Metallic Black, Silk White, and Shine Gold colour variants.
"The LG G3 Beat represents our commitment to the mid-tier smartphone market that demands mature technology, proven performance, great innovation and an attractive price, all in a single device," stated Swoon Koon, LG Electronics India MD in a press statement.