LG's G4 Beat handset provides midrange value

LG has pulled back the curtain on its midrange G4 Beat phone, an offshoot of the flagship G4 handset. The company wants to "[deliver] terrific value" with the G4 Beat, which slots in below the specs (and presumably, price) of the flagship G4.

The new handset features a Snapdragon 615 SoC, an "octa-core" CPU comprised of two quad-core Cortex A53 CPUs. LG has apparently clocked four at 1.5GHz and the other four at 1GHz. 1.5GB of RAM provides some working space for all those cores, and the phone comes with 8GB of eMMC storage. It's unclear whether there's a microSD slot on board.

A 1080p, 5.2-inch IPS LCD handles visual duties. Photographers get an 8MP rear camera (13MP in the Latin American region), and there's a 5MP snapper at the front for the inevitable selfies. LG doesn't say whether the Beat keeps the bright f/1.8 lens and raw shooting capabilities of the G4, but the laser autofocus system and manual mode are carried over.

The G4 Beat features support for 4G LTE mobile data, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and NFC. LG doesn't quote approximate run times, but the removable battery is rated for 2,300 mAh. Android 5.1.1 Lollipop keeps the Beat going. The handset itself measures 5.6" by 2.9" by 0.39" (142.7 by 72.6 by 9.9 mm), and weighs in at 4.9 oz (139 g). LG hasn't provided pricing or availability info for the Beat in the USA yet.

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