Definitively taking a page from Samsung’s playbook, LG has recently bolstered its high-end G3 smartphone series with smaller G3 Beat and G3 A models, also setting the stage for the introduction of a jumbo-sized G3 Stylus.
Try to keep up, okay? It’s not easy, that much is clear, and it makes little sense too. The “standard” LG G3, the company’s current flagship device and probably the best smartphone in the world, has a diminutive Beat or “s” cousin.
And an “A” sibling that’s in essence a cross between the G3 and G2. A G2 in G3 clothes, if you will. What’s the point? Over-flooding the market with similar top-notch products and snatching as many headlines as possible.
Why would anyone want to buy this G3 A with the base G3 around is the better question, and the answer might lie in slightly more sensible pricing. After all, aside from aesthetics, the A is inferior to the G3 in almost every way.
It’s smaller, at 5.2 inches, boasts “run-of-the-mill” Full HD resolution instead of Quad HD, and the quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor is clocked at 2.2 GHz, not 2.5. The battery is of course shrunken as well, to 2,610 mAh, although thanks to the lower-res screen, it could actually keep the lights on longer than G3’s juicer.
Running Android 4.4 KitKat out the box, the G3 A also packs 2 GB of RAM, towing the same 13 and 2.1 MP cameras found on the top-of-the-line G3. Due out in Korea in the coming weeks, the 5.2 incher is unlikely to ever spread its wings outside Asia.
Which is not what we can say about the unannounced, but no doubt imminent G3 Stylus. Originally rumored to take on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 with cutting-edge hardware and pen support, the 5.7-inch phablet is now believed to end up as a budget offering, with 720p screen res, an 8 megapixel camera slapped on the rear, and humble 1 GB RAM.
Also, a sluggish 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, cramped 8 GB ROM, 4G LTE support (finally, some good news), and pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat. ETA? Late August, maybe early September. Availability? Worldwide, presumably, starting in a month or two.