Specs summary

Screen
5"

The LG G3 Beat's screen is 5 inches with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2540mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2540 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 26.5 days standby time, 1050 minutes (2G), 1050 minutes (3G).



An underwhelming downgrade to the LG G3. It's competent in most ways, but the camera isn't good enough for a phone at this price.

- Luke Johnson , TrustedReviews 

The LG G3 S may come with the same name and physical design as its flagship brother, but the similarities are only skin deep.

- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet 

Reviews summary

7.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 14 reviews

What's good

  • Good battery life
  • Display has good viewing angles and color reproduction
  • Great build quality

What's bad

  • Slippery and prone to drops
  • Lag and stutters during basic games and multi-tasking

In order to corner the different smartphone markets, LG has stripped down their flagship phone, the G3, to offer a more affordable phone- the G3 Beat. The Beat takes a lot of design cues from the G3 with its thin-bezel, curved back and buttons on the rear. It even simulates a brushed metal appearance on the back cover though it is made entirely of plastic. While it isn't made of premium materials, experts were impressed with the overall build quality. They add the curved back made the phone easy to hold, but the plastic material and location of the buttons made it fairly slippery and prone to drops.

As a mid-tier device, the G3 Beat sports a 5-inch, 720p IPS display. For the most part, reviewers had no issues with the phone commending its color reproduction, viewing angles and bright light legibility. While overall it offered them a decent experience, they note phones like the Micromax Canvas or Huawei Honor 6 have better displays and fall within the same price range.

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Armed with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the G3 Beat didn't top any of the standard benchmark tests. Real-life testing echoed these results with the device generally running smoothly for reviewers when handling a couple basic tasks. They started experiencing lag once they had more than three tasks running in the background and even when playing basic games. The G3 Beat's one strong point is its battery life. The 2,540mAh battery lasted experts a day of moderate gaming, internet and LTE usage.

Experts were able to produce fairly detailed pictures in daylight with the G3 Beat's 8MP rear camera but the quality dipped once indoors or in lowlight situations. In addition, critics noticed that color balance and reproduction was not always consistent with NDTV stating, "…a clear blue sky…came out looking grainy and artificial." Besides taking pictures, the camera can also take 1080p videos.

While not a horrible phone, reviewers have a difficult time recommending it. Digit states, "The LG G3 Beat is a decent phone...BUT it is priced above phones with similar features, specs and performance…you should consider the alternatives." Indian Express adds, "…the G3 Beat total fails to justify its price."


Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)


Digital Versus

A mid-range smartphone derived from the G3

from Digital Versus

While the LG G2 Mini was clearly a rival to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC One Mini, the G3 S is coming at things a little differently. It's avoiding direct competition with these phones' successors, the Galaxy S5 Mini and One Mini 2, by being a little larger, and therefore not appealing as much to buyers seeking a smaller version of a flagship smartphone. Otherwise, the handset has no serious faults, although the interface isn't the most responsive, and the perfectible camera might put some people off. All in all, we wouldn't have recommended the G3 S at its original price, but given that it's recently become much cheaper, it might be worth a shout.

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While the LG G2 Mini was clearly a rival to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC One Mini, the G3 S is coming at things a little differently. It's avoiding direct competition with these phones' successors, the Galaxy S5 Mini and One Mini 2, by being a little larger, and therefore not appealing as much to buyers seeking a smaller version of a flagship smartphone. Otherwise, the handset has no serious faults, although the interface isn't the most responsive, and the perfectible camera might put some people off. All in all, we wouldn't have recommended the G3 S at its original price, but given that it's recently become much cheaper, it might be worth a shout.

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The Indian Express

That out of sync feeling

from The Indian Express

While the device was launched in September, it was among the early handsets to offer 4G connectivity. The 4G modem seemed to be the only USP of the phone as rest of the spec sheet is average and I felt it to be overpriced. I feel the G3 Beat totally fails to justify its price. It’s a good looking phone. Buy it if you are a big fan of the G3 but cannot afford it.

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While the device was launched in September, it was among the early handsets to offer 4G connectivity. The 4G modem seemed to be the only USP of the phone as rest of the spec sheet is average and I felt it to be overpriced. I feel the G3 Beat totally fails to justify its price. It’s a good looking phone. Buy it if you are a big fan of the G3 but cannot afford it.

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The Indian Express

Feels out of sync now

from The Indian Express

While the device was launched in September, it was among the early handsets to offer 4G connectivity. The 4G modem seemed to be the only USP of the phone as rest of the spec sheet is average and I felt it to be overpriced. I feel the G3 Beat totally fails to justify its price. It’s a good looking phone. Buy it if you are a big fan of the G3 but cannot afford it.

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While the device was launched in September, it was among the early handsets to offer 4G connectivity. The 4G modem seemed to be the only USP of the phone as rest of the spec sheet is average and I felt it to be overpriced. I feel the G3 Beat totally fails to justify its price. It’s a good looking phone. Buy it if you are a big fan of the G3 but cannot afford it.

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Fone Arena

Doesn’t even manage to compete head on against phone with a cheaper price tag

from Fone Arena

LG G3 Beat is already available in the market and is officially priced at INR 25,000. However, the device is up for grabs for about INR 17,000 in the market. Considering what the smartphone has got in store, the pricing is so last year.

The good thing about the device is the design and the overall build quality, which is probably the only factor that satisfies us. The display is only par for the course and is not something that will draw attention.

The good thing about the device is the design and the overall build quality, which is probably the only factor that satisfies us. The display is only par for the course and is not something that will draw attention.

The 8 megapixel sensor on the back is not the best and if you are a photography enthusiast or if you capture ample number of images on your smartphone, then the G3 Beat might just not be your game.

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LG G3 Beat is already available in the market and is officially priced at INR 25,000. However, the device is up for grabs for about INR 17,000 in the market. Considering what the smartphone has got in store, the pricing is so last year.

The good thing about the device is the design and the overall build quality, which is probably the only factor that satisfies us. The display is only par for the course and is not something that will draw attention.

The good thing about the device is the design and the overall build quality, which is probably the only factor that satisfies us. The display is only par for the course and is not something that will draw attention.

The 8 megapixel sensor on the back is not the best and if you are a photography enthusiast or if you capture ample number of images on your smartphone, then the G3 Beat might just not be your game.

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TrustedReviews

Smooth performance, impressive battery life

from TrustedReviews

It's not a bad option, but there are better phones you could buy at this price. Though it looks and feels good, it's a mishmash of lazy compromises elsewhere. A lower resolution screen and reduced processor can be expected, but the lack of an ambient light sensor is an unacceptable oversight.

The biggest problem is the camera, which is average at best. Excellent battery life adds some comfort, but we'd suggest picking up last year's LG G2 while you still can. It's better in every department. 

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It's not a bad option, but there are better phones you could buy at this price. Though it looks and feels good, it's a mishmash of lazy compromises elsewhere. A lower resolution screen and reduced processor can be expected, but the lack of an ambient light sensor is an unacceptable oversight.

The biggest problem is the camera, which is average at best. Excellent battery life adds some comfort, but we'd suggest picking up last year's LG G2 while you still can. It's better in every department. 

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The Telegraph

An attractive mid-range smartphone at an affordable price

from The Telegraph

It's not the highest-spec device in this price range, but it's got an attractive design and a more feminine feel than many of its competitors.

However, as 'mini' versions of flagship smartphones go, this is a significant step down from its flagship counterpart. Attractive design aside, there are other devices in this price range that will deliver more bang for your buck. 

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It's not the highest-spec device in this price range, but it's got an attractive design and a more feminine feel than many of its competitors.

However, as 'mini' versions of flagship smartphones go, this is a significant step down from its flagship counterpart. Attractive design aside, there are other devices in this price range that will deliver more bang for your buck. 

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Digit

Elegant design and good screen but not well priced

from Digit

The LG G3 tries to imitate the LG G3 but the thing is, it can’t, it doesn't have the hardware to do that. On top of that, LG has priced the phone just below the Huawei Honor 6 which, on paper, has almost 3 times the firepower. All in all, this is a good try from LG, but maybe next time, they can price it right.

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The LG G3 tries to imitate the LG G3 but the thing is, it can’t, it doesn't have the hardware to do that. On top of that, LG has priced the phone just below the Huawei Honor 6 which, on paper, has almost 3 times the firepower. All in all, this is a good try from LG, but maybe next time, they can price it right.

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Recombu

Beauty is only skin deep

from Recombu

If you’re after a premium user experience, the LG G3 S can undoubtedly deliver. It also packs a contemporary design and number of helpful and handy features; it just a shame that the end result isn't particularly memorable.

The handset does a decent job of emulating the flagship experience of the full-featured G3, but under the surface its hardware lacks flare. Don’t discount the S, but consider other 5-inch phones before you pick this one up. 

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If you’re after a premium user experience, the LG G3 S can undoubtedly deliver. It also packs a contemporary design and number of helpful and handy features; it just a shame that the end result isn't particularly memorable.

The handset does a decent job of emulating the flagship experience of the full-featured G3, but under the surface its hardware lacks flare. Don’t discount the S, but consider other 5-inch phones before you pick this one up. 

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Cnet

High-end style with a low-end price

from Cnet

The LG G3 Vigor nicely combines premium, must-have features with a wallet-friendly price tag. The phone is well built and it's comfortable to hold, giving it an expensive feel. Likewise, the design, which is close to the LG G3, makes it unique and I'd be proud to show this phone off.

Though the processor is a bit underpowered and the camera could be better, the Vigor makes up for that with abundant helpful software features and solid performance. For all of those reasons, I recommend the LG Vigor, especially if you don't want to spend too much on a smartphone, yet still want something impressive.

However, if you're willing and able to put out a bit more money, you should go for the LG G3, which is the top of the line for LG. On both Sprint and AT&T, it costs around $25 per month for 24 months without a contract. 

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The LG G3 Vigor nicely combines premium, must-have features with a wallet-friendly price tag. The phone is well built and it's comfortable to hold, giving it an expensive feel. Likewise, the design, which is close to the LG G3, makes it unique and I'd be proud to show this phone off.

Though the processor is a bit underpowered and the camera could be better, the Vigor makes up for that with abundant helpful software features and solid performance. For all of those reasons, I recommend the LG Vigor, especially if you don't want to spend too much on a smartphone, yet still want something impressive.

However, if you're willing and able to put out a bit more money, you should go for the LG G3, which is the top of the line for LG. On both Sprint and AT&T, it costs around $25 per month for 24 months without a contract. 

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PhoneArena

An inexpensive option that for the most part delivers an inviting experience

from PhoneArena

For the most part, its specs are reduced compared to the original G3 to reflect its entry-level status, but it’s relieving to know that several features have been retained – like its IR blaster, the microSD card slot, and several software enhancements.

Not surprisingly, it’s an inexpensive option that for the most part delivers an inviting experience. However, if we’re to look at its outright pricing, it’s hard to vouch for the phone knowing that the comparable Moto G (2014) is sporting a hard-to-beat outright cost of $179.99. Stick with the Vigor if you plan on being with your carrier long term, but if not, the Moto G (2014) is still the option to pick up. 

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For the most part, its specs are reduced compared to the original G3 to reflect its entry-level status, but it’s relieving to know that several features have been retained – like its IR blaster, the microSD card slot, and several software enhancements.

Not surprisingly, it’s an inexpensive option that for the most part delivers an inviting experience. However, if we’re to look at its outright pricing, it’s hard to vouch for the phone knowing that the comparable Moto G (2014) is sporting a hard-to-beat outright cost of $179.99. Stick with the Vigor if you plan on being with your carrier long term, but if not, the Moto G (2014) is still the option to pick up. 

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 23, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.07 W/kg
Body: 1.07 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2540 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 1050 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1050 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 26.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.8 x 7.0 x 1.0 cm (5.4 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 134 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
Pixel density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG G3 S, G3 Mini, G3 Vigor

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