This year, the “Mini” smartphone market has gained more grip than ever before, and perhaps this may have something to do with the fact that flagship smartphones seem to get larger year after year. Whatever the case, we expect a handful of “Mini” devices to go on sale in the foreseeable future, including the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, and of course the LG G3 Mini which has also been referred to as the “LG G3 Beat”.
The handset in question has been recently spotted in China under the “Beat” moniker, boasting a 5-inch display and the model number “LG-D729″. Since the G3 Mini was rumored to feature a 4.5-inch display, speculations rose suggesting that the Beat is only meant for the Chinese market. Today however, the LG G3 Beat has once again popped-up on our radars, this time around boasting AT&T-friendly LTE bands. More after the break.
LG G3 Beat (Mini) Paid the FCC a Visit. AT&T Bands In Tow?
A new LG smartphone boasting the model number “LG-D725” has been spotted in FCC’s database, suggesting that what we’re looking at is the LG G3 Beat with support for AT&T’s LTE bands, 2, 4, 5 and 17 respectively.
One of the reasons why we’re referring to this gadget as the “Beat” and not the “G3 Mini” is because, according to the filings, the handset sports a 127.0 mm display, which translates into exactly 5-inches. Previously, the LG G3 Mini has been spotted in India bearing the model number LG-D724, but that particular device appeared to make use of a 4.5-inch display.
There have also been rumors that AT&T will get to retail a 4.5-inch LG G3 Mini, but based on these recent developments, it looks like the carrier in question will probably offer the 5-inch LG G3 Beat variant instead.
It’s unknown when the LG G3 Beat will hit the US market, but this visit to the FCC should’ve brought the handset’s release a bit closer to us. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we learn more.