Given how tight-lipped LG was in relation to retail prices when announcing the G3 Beat for South Korea less than 24 hours ago, we didn’t expect to get updates very soon. Especially not on G3 Beat’s European-destined twin, dubbed G3 s, which is slated for a commercial debut “in the coming weeks”.
Yet the OEM’s German branch is a lot more courteous vis-à-vis the media, with an extremely specific announcement hitting the local blogosphere on the heels of the Asian announcement. Apparently, G3’s mid-tier “S” sibling will indeed land on store shelves in Deutschland in a matter of weeks, specifically in mid-August, at, wait for it, €350 a pop.
That’s $473, which sounds outright preposterous to American ears, but considering the traditional premiums and taxes on the old continent, it’s really not that bad. Think about it, it likely means the G3 s shall roll out stateside at $350. So mostly on par with HTC’s One mini and $50 or so north of Samsung’s aging, tiny Galaxy S4 mini.
The thing is LG is yet to confirm the mid-range 5 incher is headed for the US of A in the first place. We don’t see why it wouldn’t be, but weirder things have happened and beefier, handsomer phones have remained exclusive to Asian and/or European shores.
Remember, the G3 s Xeroxes the full-sized G3’s winning design, slightly shrinks the footprint and cuts a number of performance corners, settling for a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip, 1 GB RAM and 8 MP rear-facing camera in lieu of Snapdragon 801, 3 gigs and 13 MP respectively. Oh, and the display boasts 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution, aka HD, not Full or Quad HD.
Via [LG Blog Germany]