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LG G4 Beat review

What's good

  • Price
  • Crisp display
  • Good camera

What's bad

  • Lack of internal storage
  • Weak battery life
  • Questionable future performance

As yet another variation on the popular LG G4, the G4 Beat--also known as the G4s--tries to offer a solid mid-tier experience without sacrificing the flair of the flagship G4. Does the price and features balance on this handset line up? Let’s see what the reviews are saying!

While the phone takes cues from the G4 at first glance, reviewers were quick to note that the supple leather backs of the G4 were missed. Many found the G4s to feel cheap and slippery. You’ll find the typical LG arrangement, with buttons on the back of the device instead of the sides. As with previous generations, reviews on the accessibility and ease of use for these are positive.

Heading around front, you’ll find a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display. While it doesn’t sport the QHD beauty of it’s more expensive sibling, reviews noted excellent color accuracy, good viewing angles and sharp text. Unless you’re trying to put together a budget VR kit, 1080p is plenty.

Powering the phone, you’ll find an 8-core Snapdragon 615 processor. Capable of speeds up to 1.5GHz, the phone has the muscles to handle most daily tasks and even tackle the latest games. However, with 1.5GB of RAM, reviews noted that multitasking was slow and larger apps were slow to launch.

The phone includes 8GB of internal storage. However, after Android and LG apps are installed, you’re left with a scant 3.2GB to work with. Plan to pick up a microSD card to expand things if you will install more than the most basic set of apps.

One area where LG didn’t skimp is the camera. The 8 megapixel rear lens is equipped with the same color spectrum sensor, laser autofocus and image stabilization of the pricier G4. The front-facing lens is 5MP--plenty for sharp selfies and video chat. Review on the camera are positive, with Notebook Check saying, "Colors look vivid, and the sharpness is conveniently high as well.”

Reviews indicate one major flaw--battery life. The phone’s 2,300mAh battery barely limped through a full day for most reviews. If you’re a heavy phone user, you’ll need a spare battery or access to chargers throughout the day. Notebook Check says, “The combination of the rather small battery and the high consumption even results in bad idle runtimes. It is good that the battery can be replaced, because it is pretty much a necessity.”

Overall, Notebook Check’s verdict on the device sums up opinions well, saying, “LG does a pretty good job with the G4s and can copy a lot of the glamour from the top model into the less expensive upper mainstream segment. The poor battery runtimes, however, affect the good impression significantly.”

Operating system
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
8+ MP

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Common Questions

LG released the G4 Beat on September 30, 2015.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG G4 Beat user manual here.

LG backs up the G4 Beat with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your G4 Beat has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The LG G4 Beat's screen size is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

1.7 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh battery.

G4 Beat Specs

Release date September 30, 2015
Regions available Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.7 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 1536 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.79 W/kg
Body: 0.69 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Metallic Silver, Ceramic White, Shiny Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.3 x 7.3 x 1 cm (5.6 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 139 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 423 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
ƒ/ 2.4
8+ megapixels
4x digital
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
5+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG G4s

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