Earlier today LG announced the mid-range G4 Beat will be coming to all networks on 1 September.

In case you are not aware, the G4 Beat is a “mini” version of the G4. Last year the G3 Beat was introduced after the G3; and prior to that, the G2 Mini.

The only thing that didn’t impress me on the G3 Beat last year was the camera. And LG listened to feedback, (love how more and more companies are doing this), and improved on that by putting awesome manual controls found on the G4 (“Android King of 2015”), onto the 8-megapixel camera of the G4 Beat.

At the media event earlier today, photographer Tim Moolman showed us unedited pics he took on the G4 Beat, which I have to admit, was pretty impressive. And a *huge* step up from last year’s G3 Beat. A camera is so important on a smartphone today, and now the mid-range G4 Beat has definitely upped its game with manual controls. It allows you to change white balance, ISO, shutter speed and manual focus. You are able to see drastic improvements on your screen’s viewfinder when adjusting these settings, which we got to experience earlier today. It also has laser auto-focus as found on LG’s premium smartphones.

G4 Beat

The phone specs are as follows: 1.5GHz Snapdragon octa-core processor; 5.2” full HD display; 1.5GB RAM; 8GB of memory (expandable up to 32GB); 8MP main camera and 5MP front; 2300mAh removable battery; 139g; runs Android Lollipop 5.1.

The G4 Beat also has a removable back cover and each unit will come with an extra leather back cover, at no extra cost. Pricing is R4899 on prepaid; and from R299 on contract, available on all networks from 1 September.

LG also announced a new product, which is a competitor to the Galaxy Note – the G4 Stylus. It launches in October, and is a 5.7″ handset, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8GB memory, has 1W speaker, 8MP main and 5MP front camera, a 3000mAh battery and comes with a stylus. The price on this new device is competitively priced at R3599.