​LG gives the G4 a new smaller sibling with the launch of the G4 Beat

LG is paring back its flagship G4: the smaller, less powerful but "well-balanced" G4 Beat is due out this month in Europe.

LG's mid-range G4 Beat Image: LG

LG has announced the arrival of a cheaper and slightly smaller version of the G4.

In line with its past strategy, LG said on Thursday it will release a midrange version of its flagship G4 to appeal to consumers unwilling or unable to afford the premium device. The G4's cheaper sibling will be called the G4 Beat in some markets, while in Europe and Russia it will be called the G4s.

The G4 comes with the specs you'd expect from a flagship handset: the 5.5-inch QHD 2560 x 1140 display, a 16-megapixel main camera, quick charge support, a 3,000 mAh battery, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor. The G4 Beat trims back some of the premium features: it will feature a 5.2-inch Full IPS display, 2,300 mAh removable battery, and an octacore Snapdragon 615 processor.

Other mid-range handsets in the Snapdragon 615 class include HTC's Desire 820, the Oppo R5, and Huawei's P8 lite.

Some specs for the G4 Beat will vary by market. For example, the main camera will have an eight megapixel sensor in most markets but a 1-megapixel one in some Latin American markets, alongside its five-megapixel front camera.

Its other specs include 8GB storage and 1.5GB RAM - half of the G4 on both counts. The device measures 142.7 x 72.6 x 9.85mm, and it weighs in at 139g.

LG won't be offering the leather-backed option available for the G4 Beat but it will be available in the same trio of colours: silver, white, and gold.

LG hasn't released pricing yet, saying costs will be announced at the time of local launches.

France, Germany, and Brazil set to be the first markets for launch this month, followed by Canada, India, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, and Turkey. Other markets will also follow, according to LG, but it hasn't mentioned any US release yet.

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