LG G3 A officially debuts, comes somewhere between flagship G3 and mid-range G3 Beat

By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 07, 2014 07:25 AM EDT

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LG is banking on the success of its G3 flagship with yet another spinoff, introducing the new LG G3 A in Korea.

For some context, the company launched its LG G3 as its 2014 flagship smartphone, then released a mid-range alternative called the LG G3 Beat in South Korea and other regions, or G3 S in Europe. Just a couple of days ago, LG also leaked an upcoming LG G3 Stylus variant, likely poised to challenge the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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Fast forward to present date, and LG has just unveiled a new LG G3 A on Thursday, Aug. 7. The smartphone is set to debut in Korea and comes somewhere between the original G3 flagship and its mid-range G3 Beat counterpart.

More specifically, the new LG G3 A is smaller and weaker than the flagship G3, but at the same time it's bigger and more powerful than the mid-range LG G3 Beat. The latest handset comes with a 5.2-inch screen with a full HD resolution of 1280 x 1080 pixels and packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26GHz under the hood.

Other specs of the LG G3 A include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage capacity, and microSD support for additional memory. The camera department remains virtually unchanged compared to the original flagship, meaning that the new G3 A features a 13-megapixel rear camera with the much-touted Laser Auto Focus technology, and a 2.1-megapixel front shooter.

At the same time, however, the new LG G3 A also boasts some new features that are not found on the flagship LG G3. A "T Action" feature, for instance, consists of a wrist-based gesture action that one can set to launch an application, silence the phone, or answer a call. In other words, it is a new feature that's very similar to the "Quick Camera" gesture Motorola introduced with its Moto X, albeit LG allows for other actions as well. The LG G3 A also comes with a new anti-theft feature, which should come particularly in handy when leaving your phone unattended. If you're in a bar, for example, and want to leave your table for a bit, you can plug the G3 A to a wall socket, enable the feature, and the device will sound an alarm if anyone unplugs it.

In conclusion, the LG G3 A may not be as powerful or boast the stunning display of the original flagship, but it is nonetheless a great alternative for those looking for a cheaper alternative to the LG G3 without sacrificing too much in terms of specifications. LG has yet to announce launch and pricing details for the LG G3 A, but it did reckon that the new handset will land on Korea's SK Telecom. It remains unclear at this point whether the LG G3 A will ever make its way to other markets, but we'll keep you up to date as soon as we learn more.


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