LG has been consistent in giving smartphone options for consumers who want to have the design language of their flagship into a smaller and more affordable package. Enter the LG G4 Beat. Yes, it is under the G4 lineup of the South Korean company but does it have what it takes to deserve the G4 label? Here’s our review of the LG G4 Beat, a smaller and underpowered sibling.
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Design and Construction
Design-wise, LG brings in what it does best in the smartphone game. A minimal yet sophisticated looking device that shouts elegance whenever placed down on a table.
The whole front of the device is just pure Gorilla Glass 3. Underneath it is the 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with the front-facing camera and multiple sensors on top while the LG logo sits proudly below.
The sides are virtually clean which is great as it gives a neat feeling on hand. Things get busy at the back, wherein LG has continued to place the volume rocker and power/lock button together with rear camera. The module is sandwiched by the LED flash, color spectrum sensor, and laser-AF. The speaker grille is also at the back placed at the lower left.
The 3.5mm jack is situated on top along with the secondary microphone. Finally, the bottom houses the micro-USB port plus the primary microphone. The back cover is removable and you can access the micro SIM card slot and microSD card slot with ease. The battery is also replaceable, so if you are a power user and don’t rely on powerbanks, you can slip in a spared Li-ion cell anytime.
It’s always a treat to stare and hold the G4 Beat although the plastic build of the device could be a turn off for some. It just doesn’t have the cold feel of an aluminum frame. Nevertheless, it is solid and creaks is at minimal due to the removable back cover.
The G4 Beat sports a fairly sized 5.2-inch display. You don’t have to worry about viewing angles because the IPS panel has got you covered. Also, LG used an In-Cell display that is slightly curved with a Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution. The curve is at minimum and you’ll hardly notice it during everyday usage.
The display delivers crisp text thanks to its sharp 423ppi density and the overall quality deserves an applause. Colors are vibrant with just the right white balance for most content. Brightness is also good with average sunlight legibility. The less reflective glass also helps with the readability, so feel free to use the smartphone anywhere. We’ve noticed that you can’t get 100% brightness level at all times because LG forbids it if the device is getting warm.