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Close up with the LG G3 S, aka G3 Beat (pictures)

A cheaper, smaller version of LG's flagship phone attempts to maintain the premium look without making too many compromises.

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The LG G3 S is a cut-down version of LG's flagship G3 phone that aims to replicate many of its features at a lower cost.

In Asia, this phone is known as the LG G3 Beat.

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It's got a lovely curve going on when you hold it like this.

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The G3 S keeps the laser- focussing camera from its bigger brother, which LG says means it takes better pictures in low light.

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That's an 8-megapixel shooter right there.

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There's room for a MicroSD card slot inside.

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It runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a bit of LG's software spinkled on top.

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You can remove and swap the battery for a new one yourself.

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That's what the inside of the phone looks like with the back off.

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It has a 5-inch 720p display, which is a lower resolution than the G3 flagship, but we doubt you will notice the difference much.

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At just 10.3mm thick, it's pretty slim.

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The brushed metal look on the rear looks pretty swanky.

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