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Best Android smartphones with a removable battery and microSD slot

Times are changing, tides are shifting, trends are passing and drifting and priorities are rearranging. The thing is the way device manufacturers set their priorities straight doesn’t always align with the wishes of the overwhelming majority of mobile consumers.

Android batteries

Take smartphone battery capacity. Literally everyone who’s ever owned a half-decent Android with web access, a semi-sharp display and the ability to run games and various juice-consuming apps knows autonomy is a pain.

Yet except for Motorola and maybe Lenovo, OEMs refuse to do the right and simple thing and increase cell size at the risk of also beefing up bulk. Recently, a separate but just as disturbing market direction has begun to dictate to gadget producers user-removable batteries and microSD card slots are out of style.

Taking a page from Apple’s ill-advised book, Samsung outed the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge with sealed pacemakers and no external storage expansion possibility. Meanwhile, the HTC One M9 and Sony Xperia Z3 let you slip in a microSD card for extra hoarding room, but block entry to the old juicers.

Android microSD

Needless to stress why some find microSD support and replaceable cells greatly convenient, so without further ado, here are a few of the remaining Mohicans to offer both features:

LG G3 – starting at $369 factory unlocked; $0.01 with AT&T, Verizon and Sprint contracts

  • Up to 128 GB microSD capabilities; 3,000 mAh battery

Not only can you see, touch and substitute the out-the-box cell in need (and for a really small price), but this also delivers plenty of energy, sufficient in fact to comfortably last you through the typical work day. Then again, what’s not to like about the G3?

LG G3 battery

It’s almost as speedy as its successor, it’s over 75 percent screen with ultra-narrow bezels, a multitasking champion, runs on Lollipop sans a glitch and sports top-of-the-line Quad HD display resolution. Plus, it’s roughly twice as cheap as a Galaxy S6 and, presumably, a G4.

LG G3 S – $205 and up unlocked

  • Up to 64 GB microSD expansion; 2,540 mAh battery

Not digging the gargantuan footprint of the 5.5-inch G3 or perhaps feel $370 is too much to pay for a slab of silicon, no matter how cool of a discount Amazon pitches? The “diminutive” G3 S might be the answer to all your prayers, albeit it’s not as small or affordable as you’d probably expect.

LG G3 S battery

It’s 5 inches in diagonal, 137.7 mm in height, nearly 70 mm wide and it’s just $165 cheaper than the “full-sized” G3 with lower resolution, less processing power, an inferior RAM count, camera sensor, everything. Not to mention it barely accommodates 8 gigs of internal data, limiting your microSD inflation as well.

Samsung Galaxy S5 – $390 factory unlocked; $0.01 with AT&T pacts, $1 at Verizon, $30 for Sprint

  • Up to 128 GB microSD; 2,800 mAh battery

Last year’s “next big thing” is by no means better than LG’s 2014 spearhead, yet it’s still slightly steeper. What’s up with that, Sammy, Amazon and especially Sprint? Granted, you do get water resistance and fingerprint recognition here, only at the end of the day, the FHD Samsung is clearly no match for the QHD LG.

Galaxy S5 battery

Not in ppi, RAM muscle, build quality or overall design style. Perhaps in cell endurance, thanks to Galaxy S5’s more frugal screen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – $547 factory unlocked; $230 on-contract at Verizon, $300 and up with Sprint

  • 128 GB microSD; 3,220 mAh battery

Look, we get it, the 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 2K phablet is a powerhouse, with Snapdragon 805 inside, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB native storage space, up to 20-hour 3G continuous battery life, fast charging technology, heart rate monitoring, fingerprint authentication and S Pen support.

Galaxy Note 4 microSD

It’s handsome as well, with its premium metallic frame, soft-textured back cover and 8.5 mm wasp waist. But $300 with a 24-month carrier obligation?!? That sounds extreme. Even $230 is preposterous. For crying out loud, the newer, better-looking, more robust albeit smaller Galaxy S6 starts at $200.

Samsung Galaxy S4 – $291 factory unlocked; $0.01 with Verizon or Sprint pacts

  • 64 GB microSD; 2,600 mAh battery

It may feel hard to argue with a sub-$300 SIM-free valuation of a Lollipop-ready device packing quad-core Snapdragon 600 or octa Exynos 5 punch, plus 2 GB RAM. Yet if the LG G2 can go for $220 in a 32 GB configuration, so should the 16 GB GS4 model Amazon shamelessly charges almost three Benjamins for.

Galaxy S4 microSD

True, G2’s battery is bolted down. Otherwise though, the 2013 high-enders are matched in screen res and camera performance, and the G2 likely prevails as far as autonomy and processing speed are concerned.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 – $310 factory unlocked; $100 with AT&T contracts

  • 64 GB microSD; 2,800 mAh battery

Bet you forgot all about this unusually timid mid-end 6 incher. So did AT&T, we presume, or else they’d lack the gumption of asking 100 clams for such an unimpressive phablet on-contract.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2

It’s really not worth it, since the battery is teeny-tiny, the display 720p, the cameras mediocre and, given the nonexistent marketing, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Mega 2 were stuck on KitKat for a long, long time.

HTC Desire 510 – $65 with Sprint prepaid plans; $66 at Boost Mobile; $70 on Virgin Mobile

  • 128 GB microSD; 2,100 mAh battery

HTC-Desire-510

Before you even think it, we had to include an ultra-low-cost no-contract trooper in our roundup of the rare removable battery/storage expansion birds. We just had to. And yes, we agree the Desire 510 looks pretty chintzy and its specs are, well, a full-on crapfest.

But it’s 65 lousy bucks, lets you add all the memory required to deposit half of Netflix’s library and, thanks to an FWVGA panel blessing in disguise, promises to last around 17 hours between charges.

[Deal] Unlocked LG G3 S Vigor for $99.99

LG G3 Vigor - AT&T

LG G3 Vigor - AT&T

The unlocked version of the #LGG3Vigor is now up for grabs via eBay for just $99.99. The smartphone is a pretty exciting offering considering the cost, so make sure you check out this deal pretty closely. While most people might not be interested in getting the device for themselves, it is no doubt an amazing deal for the kind of hardware it possesses.

The G3 S Vigor comes with a 5-inch 720p display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, Android 4.4 KitKat (upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop), and a 2,540 mAh battery. The seller is only offering the phone in a Silk White color combination, so the Black model is out of stock, unfortunately.

The handset is worth a buy, especially if you’re looking to gift a smartphone to someone. Considering the features it has on board, even by mid-ranged smartphone standards, the G3 S Vigor is a pretty attractive proposition.

Get the unlocked LG G3 S Vigor for just $99.99 on eBay!

[Deal] Refurb LG G3 S for $99.99

LG G3 Screen

LG G3 Screen

There is always demand for budget and mid-ranged devices in the mobile industry. If you’re on the lookout for such a device, your search ends now with the #LGG3S now available from eBay for just $99.99. That’s a pretty attractive price even for a two-year-old budget device such as this one.

As the name indicates, this is a device that belongs to LG’s G3 series and comes with a very familiar design as well. The listing mentions that this was the AT&T version originally, but has been unlocked to work with other GSM networks in the U.S. as well. Needless to say, this is a manufacturer refurbished version of the handset.

The seller is only offering the handset in a Silk White color variant as of now, so there are very little choices here. To give you a refresher on the hardware of the LG G3 S, well it packs a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage (expandable), 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 2,540 mAh battery.

Get the unlocked LG G3 S for just $99.99 via eBay!

[Deal] LG G3 Beat for $99.99

LG G3 Beat

The #LG #G3Beat can be snatched up from an eBay retailer for just $99.99. The seller is offering the smartphone in Black and White color variants, although the Gold model is currently missing from the list. This is a brand new unit here and not a refurbished item, which makes the deal even more attractive.

Judging by the price, you’ve probably guessed that this is not a high end offering. While that’s partially true, we think the G3 Beat for just $99.99, is a very good value.

The handset comes with a 5 inch 720p display, an 8-megapixel camera with a laser autofocus sensor, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, a quad core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable), Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 2,540 mAh battery. The deal might not last long, so make sure you check out the listing before the retailer changes his mind.

Get the LG G3 Beat / G3 S for just $99.99 from eBay!

[Deal] Budget ranged LG G3 S available for $129.99

LG G3 Beat

The #LG #G3S (also known as the #G3Beat) is now up for grabs for an impressive $129.99 courtesy of online retailer eBay. The handset is available in Black or White color variants as of now and comes with 8GB of internal storage. The limited storage shouldn’t be a concern as the device also sports a microSD card slot, so you can add a card of up to 64GB and get increased storage on the device.

The smartphone is unlocked to work with AT&T, T-Mobile and other GSM networks, which basically means that the handset is incompatible if you’re on Sprint or Verizon Wireless in the U.S.

The LG G3 S comes with a 5 inch 720p display, a 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable), an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 2,540 mAh battery under the hood.

Get the budget friendly LG G3 S from eBay for just $129.99!

Best contemporary HD (720p) Android smartphones

Quad HD handheld display resolution is overkill, and everybody knows that. Including the device manufacturers trying so hard to sell the “feature” as something that’s not – useful and groundbreaking.

Quad HD TV

Well, yeah, sure, it’s innovative and all on paper, but the end consumer needs a magnifying glass to tell the difference between 1,920 x 1,080 and 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. And even then, it’s marginal. Don’t get us started on 2K content, still fairly hard to come by for living room TVs, let alone portable miniature gadgets.

Meanwhile, you can’t argue with the sharpness advantage of Full HD smartphones over their 720p ancestors. Yet we’re certain there are mobile enthusiasts around who’d be happy “settling” for HD, aka 1,280 x 720 panels.

1080p 720p

Besides, the ppi makes the stills and clips pop first and foremost, so if the display is small enough (but doesn’t require constant squinting), HD res can produce excellent pixel per inch tallies. Lastly, it’s good to take into account the affordability factor in a time when $700+ “powerhouses” no longer feel thrice as impressive as sub-$250 “low-end” affairs.

Without further ado, and in order to please the most Android aficionados, we give you one candidate for the title of best 2015 720p smartphone from ten different household names in the industry:

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact – $379 and up

Xperia Z3 Compact

They say this muscular but diminutive 4.6-inch Lollipop soldier will soon be replaced by a slightly larger 1,080p soldier. Replaced? Never! It’s perfect the way it is, with a remarkable 319 ppi count in tow, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor inside, 2 GB RAM, 20.7 MP photography beast, 2,600 mAh battery and (relatively) reasonable price point.

The only good that can come out of a Full HD, 4.8-inch or so upgrade is a discount to, say, $300 bucks. Boy, would the Z3 Compact look irresistible then!

HTC Desire 820U – $308

HTC Desire 820

A lot bigger than the 4.6-inch contender above, at 5.5 inches, the plasticky, playfully colored Desire provides a sub-par 267 ppi pixel density. It’s also in dire need of a software renovation, as it runs 4.4 KitKat, and the 2,600 mAh cell feels a little on the light side given the footprint and juice-demanding octa-core Snapdragon 615 CPU.

But the 13 MP and 8 MP cameras, as well as the 2 GB RAM make the compromises all worth it. Let’s hope Lollipop is nigh, though.

Samsung Galaxy A5 – starting at $276 GSM unlocked

Samsung Galaxy A5

A premium full-metal chassis, excellent 71 percent screen-to-body ratio, bright and vivid 5-inch Super AMOLED glass, 2 gigs of memory, 13 and 5 megapixel cams, microSD capabilities and super-slender 6.7 mm profile.

All for the low, low tariff of 276 US bucks in black, or $282 in white. The only thing missing is Android 5.0, which should make its way over-the-air soon. Perhaps more than 2,300 mAh battery capacity too, but alas, a software update can’t bring extra autonomy to the table.

LG G3 Beat – $185

LG G3 Beat

Also known as G3 S, this inexpensive 5 incher offers 294 ppi and a similar albeit obviously inferior construction compared to the standard, stylish G3. You got your rear physical buttons, slim resulting bezels, surprisingly robust plastic build and overall lackluster specs: Snapdragon 400 chip, 8 MP LED flash main shooter, 8 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 2,540 mAh battery.

Pre-installed KitKat as well, though Lollipop will “import” Material Design goodies before long, according to official manufacturer statements.

Huawei SnapTo – $178

Huawei SnapTo

This is by no means a flagship, or even unexpectedly solid budget challenger to Moto G2’s throne. But unlike all the phones listed so far, it’s sold directly by Amazon, with Huawei’s express permission and thus no concerns as to US network support, lengthy shipping or faulty packaging.

Not exactly a looker, the SnapTo rocks a decent 5-inch IPS LCD panel with 294 ppi, quad-core 1.2 GHz S400 SoC, 1 GB RAM, 5 MP/2 MP cams, non-removable 2,200 mAh battery, 8 GB ROM, microSD external expansion and Android 4.4. Yawn!

Motorola Moto G second-generation – $172 global GSM unlocked

Moto G second-gen

Speaking of the devil, i.e. the world featherweight low-cost champion, it’s still available extremely close to its MSRP almost a full year after its commercial release. But the third-gen is on the way, and soon enough, you should be charged $150 tops for the OG Snapdragon 400 5 incher running close-to-stock Lollipop backed by a 2,070 mAh juicer.

Asus Zenfone 5 – $139

Asus Zenfone 5

The name is no doubt misleading. Obviously, the Zenfone 5 doesn’t outdo the ridiculously cheap, high-end Zenfone 2. It’s actually a 5-inch forerunner of the 4 GB RAM monster, with a quarter of the random-access memory, 294 ppi screen, Intel Atom inside, 8 and 2 MP cameras.

Essentially, standard features for the sub-$150 segment, so it’s up to you and maybe your aesthetic sense to embrace or pass on the 10.3 mm thin matte plastic phone.

Sharp Aquos Crystal – $129 with Boost Mobile; $132 for Sprint prepaid

Sharp Aquos Crystal

It’s not fair to compare prepaid and completely unlocked prices, since the former arrangements come with strings attached, but the Aquos Crystal is a steal, no matter how you look at it. Of course, the 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution isn’t the display highlight here, but instead the no-border artful conception.

Art is really the best way to describe the 78.5 percent screen chin-tastic Crystal. If only the Now Network would finish “optimizing” Lollipop already, helping the 1.5 GB RAM/S400 hardware config perform at its finest.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S – $127

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

It’s always risky to throw your hard-earned money at “Generic” (literally), obscure importers, but Xiaomi’s one-year-old may well be worth it. Despite sticking to Jelly Beans when Lollipops are flavor du jour.

It’s simply too good cheap to be true refused, at 4.7 inches, 312 ppi, quad-core 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 velocity, 1 GB RAM, 8 MP LED flash photo skill and 9.9 mm waist.

BLU Life One 4G LTE – $99

BLU Life One 4G LTE

Technically not yet released and squarely up for pre-orders ahead of a July 17 bow, the LTE-enabled, Lollipop-upgradeable 5 incher is the ultimate bargain. At least at the moment, because next week, it should leap to its “normal” SIM-free tariff of $149.

You can activate it on AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS and any other GSM carrier you can find operating stateside, and everything from design to cameras to battery screams $200+ value.

Somehow, BLU managed to pull off both a 7.5 mm supermodel figure and respectably spacious 2,420 mAh cell, plus 13 MP LED flash rear camera, 5 megapixel selfie pro, 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB RAM and microSD support. Cue slow clap!

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables and accessories : June 29 – July 5

Rest? We know not the meaning of the word, as every spare second is spent searching high and low for the best mobile deals to bring you week after week and save you hundreds, hopefully thousands of bucks in the long run.

Savings

We’re tireless, always with at least a browser tab open on Amazon, and we like to cater to your every need, be it a spanking new powerhouse smartphone, backup prepaid handheld, affordable 7 to 8-inch tablet, upper tier 10 inch+ laptop replacement, fancy smartwatch, dependable fitness tracker or accessories of all types, with various use cases.

Today, we’ll admit we’re a little low on high-end slate and watch bargains. But the new arrival phone offers, budget-friendly phones and pads, and rich harvest of discounted mobile accessories should more than please you. Here goes:

This week’s best handheld deals

 

HTC One M9 – $50 with Verizon contracts; $100 at Sprint

verizon-htc-one-m9

It’s not very typical of a “mainstream” flagship to get an on-contract price cut roughly three months after its market debut, but let’s not act astounded. We knew this moment was coming, given how little effort HTC put into “upgrading” last year’s One M8, which in turn was a little too similar to the M7.

The million 50-dollar question is should you buy the reduced M9? It’s far more tempting, we’ll give Verizon and Sprint that, but it still doesn’t feel like a wise purchase compared to, say, the $200 and up LG G4. Maybe if carriers give it away for free…?

Lenovo Vibe Shot – starting at $378

Never heard of the camera virtuoso before? Well, it literally just went on sale stateside (via importers), and if you’re into digital photography, it’s a must-buy. Not particularly expensive, it offers 16 MP triple-LED flash imaging muscle, 8 megapixels of selfie prowess, octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 615 punch, Full HD 5-inch resolution, 3 GB RAM (!!), and 32 GB internal storage (!!!).

Not to mention the stunning, unparalleled design and 4G LTE connectivity, albeit restricted stateside.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – $786 unlocked

Galaxy-S6-Edge

Finally, some breathing room for cash-strapped S6 Edge prospective buyers. Granted, the tariff still sits dangerously close to the prohibitive $800 mark, so perhaps it’d be smarter to keep an eye on the listing and wait for a further trim. At $700 or so, it’d become impossible to refuse the dual-curved metal-and-glass beast.

LG G3 S – $198

Not a powerhouse by any means, an exciting newcomer or even respectable upper mid-range soldier, the diminutive G3 S nonetheless provides plenty of bang for your buck. A 5-inch 720p display, Lollipop software, quad-core S400 chip, 8 MP LED flash cam, 2,540 mAh battery and standout build quality. Be afraid, Motorola, be very afraid!

Huawei SnapTo – $160

Huawei SnapTo

Another direct Moto G rival, the SnapTo saw daylight more recently, but is stuck on decrepit 4.4 KitKat at the moment. It also fails to impress in the photography and autonomy departments, with a 5 MP shooter and 2,200 mAh cell, but it’s cheaper now and touts a sharp HD 5-inch panel.

Inexpensive tablets for everybody

 

Acer Iconia One 7 – $55 certified refurbished with 16 GB storage

You never imagined you’d be able to score the One 7 for even less than $90, did you? Then again, at $55, you have to make a very serious compromise, settling for a pre-owned Jelly Bean 7 incher with only 90 days covered by the manufacturer’s hardware warranty. Tough call.

Dell Venue 8 – $125 in red; $130 black

Dell Venue 8

Want us to make your next pad buying decision easy as pie? Enter the $125 Full HD 8-inch Venue. It’s larger than the Iconia above, much sharper (1,920 x 1,200 pixels), KitKat leads the software show, and you have your zippy Intel Atom inside, backed by 1 GB RAM.

Lenovo Tab A10 keyboard bundle – $249

Lenovo Tab A10

Looking for something slightly more productive than the Venue 8? You can’t go wrong with the versatile Tab A10, which also stands out courtesy of generous screen real estate, stellar battery life and top-notch audio performance.

LG G Pad 8.0 – $169

Back to compact, ultra-affordable tabs, the G Pad 8.0 files Android 5.0 Lollipop under major selling points, alongside decent design, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC and 16 GB memory.

Wearable deals and steals

 

Sony SmartWatch 3 – $175

You know what’s sad… for Sony, and extremely pleasant for us? The SmartWatch 3 is really worth more, what with its GPS tracking abilities, waterproof skeleton, new version of Android Wear and all-around rich sensor support.

Sony SmartWatch 3

But so many early smartwatch adopters let aesthetics cloud their judgment, which is why this somewhat unattractive, bulky timepiece may soon go down to $150. Yay!

Jawbone Up 24 – starting at $65

Technically archaic and discontinued, the non-screen-sporting activity tracker can do the job it knows best as proficiently as when it started selling. It’s not fancy, it’s not pretty and strictly from a visual standpoint, it doesn’t merit $65.

But if you want something simple, uncluttered and skilled in the step-counting, calorie-measuring, sleep-monitoring areas, you better act before the Up 24 vanishes altogether.

Mobile accessories promotions  

 

AmazonBasics Ultra-Portable Mini Bluetooth speaker – $29.99 (25 percent off)

AmazonBasics speaker

Five colors, 3W power, 30-feet Bluetooth range, up to 10 hours autonomy on a single charge, one-year warranty (straight from Amazon), 0.6 pounds weight, 3.3 x 1.7 x 2.6 inches dimensions, 4.4 stars average on 282 customer reviews. Shall we go on? Clearly, this is a very robust low-cost, compact speaker proposal.

Philips BT100B/37 wireless mini compact portable Bluetooth speaker – $21

Talk about a battle that’s too close to call. Even smaller, lighter and cheaper than the AmazonBasics speaker, this Philips item only provides 2-watt output power, lasts around eight hours between charges and sports a built-in microphone for hands-free phone calls.

Yootech Qi wireless charging pad – $13.99 (72 percent off)

It works with all Qi-enabled Androids around, from the Galaxy S6 to the LG G4, Moto 360, Nexus 5 and HTC Droid DNA (!!!), and it’s dirt-cheap. What more do you need to know?

RAVPower 3,000 mAh power bank – $5.99 ($34 savings)

RAVPower 3000

Oh, come on, a universal external charger for 6 bucks? I’ll take a dozen, leave one in every piece of luggage I own, and that way, make sure I’m always prepared to travel, never dependent on power outlets. Of course, the exterior doesn’t recommend the accessory as a manly holiday item, but I’ll find a way to camouflage them.

LG Tone Infinim Bluetooth stereo headset – $84

It’s perhaps expensive for a typical wireless headset, but the Tone Infinim isn’t very “typical” or humdrum, with “premium” Harman Kardon sound, retractable earbuds, robust metallic finish and AptX compatibility.

Flexion Kinetic Series wireless Bluetooth headphones – $49.99

Flexion headphones

It goes without saying these tiny headphones aren’t as potent as LG’s, yet their main selling point lies elsewhere – in resistance to sweat, signal enhancement technology, custom fit design and very easy to master interface, all of which combine to yield the ideal workout smartphone aid.

Official images and specs sheet of the LG G3 S leaks out

LG G3 Press

LG G3 Press

The LG G3 S moniker was revealed earlier today by a German user manual of the smartphone. And now, a retailer in Russia named Svyaznoy has managed to access the complete specs sheet along with authentic looking press images of the handset. As we can see from the images, LG has retained most of the design aspects from the G3, which includes the back buttons.

It’s going to be interesting to see whether LG will hold a formal announcement for the smartphone or directly launch them in key markets to save time. The LG G3 S is expected to reach Europe and Asia as well, with China getting the device as the LG G3 Beat. A variant of the LG G3 S is also headed towards American carrier AT&T.

The specs sheet mentioned by the Russian retailer are as follows:

  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 display
  • 8-megapixel rear with Laser Auto Focus, 1.3-megapixel front camera
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 2,540 mAh battery
  • 137.75 x 69.6 x 10.3mm
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat

This is pretty much what we expect from a midrange offering and it’s not surprising in the least. The all important question will be the pricing of this smartphone, which shouldn’t exceed $250 in our book. What do you think?

Source: Svyaznoy – Translated

Via: Phone Dog

LG’s upcoming mini smartphone will be known as the LG G3 S

LG G3S

LG G3S

LG announced the G3 Beat in China not too long ago, suggesting that it could be the much awaited mini variant of the G3. However, a leaked German user manual suggests that the smartphone could break cover as the LG G3S instead, indicating that the G3 Beat is a China only offering. Evleaks revealed a press render of the LG G3S a few days ago, so its existence is known to us. The model number of the smartphone here is D722V which is supposedly headed towards Vodafone in the region.

The user manual doesn’t shed light on the specs of the smartphone, but we’re assuming the hardware will be pretty identical to the G3 Beat. This means we’ll get to see a 5 inch 720p display, a 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 2,540 mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The smartphone is also expected to pack 4G LTE, which is decent for a midrange offering.

The LG D725 has been rumored to be AT&T’s version of the smartphone, so LG is not limiting the launch of the smartphone to just Asia and Europe. We expect other carriers like Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon to have their own variants as well.

LG G3S

Source: LG G3S – User Manual (German)

Via: MyLGPhones

New leak reveals the dual SIM version of the LG G3 Mini

LG G3S

LG G3S

We’ve known about the arrival of the LG G3 Mini for quite some time now, but we’re getting our first look of the handset courtesy of a new leak on Twitter. This appears to be something which is taken straight from the smartphone’s user manual, so it’s not exactly a best look of the device. But it is clear that this is indeed an authentic leak and tells us what to expect.

As you can see from the image above, the smartphone is known as the LG G3S, indicating that LG doesn’t want to market it as the G3 Mini. The render also reveals a separate onscreen button to switch between two SIM cards, giving further credence to the leak as the G3 Mini is expected to be a midrange offering targeted towards Asian markets.

We don’t have much info as far as the specs of the handset are concerned, but previous leaks have suggested that the G3 Mini will pack a 4.5 inch 720p display, a quad core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage and Android 4.4 KitKat. Given that the leaks are increasing in frequency, the device could go official anytime now.

Source: Evleaks