While there’s been much coverage surrounding LG’s newest flagship, the (optionally) leather-clad G4, there has been little to no mention of a mid-range ‘compact’ companion device in the works.
The G3 – LG’s prior flagship – was accompanied by the G3 S; a smaller 5.4″ mid-ranger that is known in South Africa as the G3 Beat (you can find our review here). Despite some interface and display issues, we deemed it a relatively pleasing purchase that’s light on the wallet.
A recent report from a GFX benchmark tests indicates that LG is looking to continue this precedent by releasing what’s presently being dubbed the LG G4 S.
The leak suggests that the LG G4 S will be a 5.2″ compact phone powered by a Snapdragon 615 chip and an octa-core 1.4Ghz processor. In news that will delight potential G3 Beat upgraders, the G4 S seemingly includes a full HD display. While that indeed falls far short of the G4’s quad HD screen, it represents a noticeable upgrade to one of our least loved G3 Beat features.
Interestingly, LG has seemingly attempted to balance out the G4 S’ cameras; the device apparently features a disappointing-on-paper 7 megapixel camera (down from 8 megapixels on the G3 Beat) accompanied by an upgraded 4.8 megapixel front-facing camera (up from 1.3 megapixels on the Beat).
Additionally, the G4 S apparently features 1.4GBs of RAM, and only a dismal 3.5 GBs of internal storage space, without any word on removable storage. The G3 Beat carried 8GBs, and also supported a removable MicroSD card.
The G3 Beat arrived with an already-outdated copy of Android, stuck at 4.4.2 KitKat. In good news, the G4 S will apparently arrive with 5.1 Lollipop, and a fairly large 3,500mAh battery to boot.
From these specs, it seems as if LG seeks to reposition the G4 S to directly compete with the likes of the lower end HTC Desire 620, and Microsoft’s Lumia 535.
What’re your thoughts on the alleged specs? Will it be enough from LG to improve on the G3 Beat? Let us know in the comments below!