Our little game of catch-up-on-this-summer’s-new-phones continues at IFA in Berlin today, and following run-ins with models like the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, we continue to look for devices launched in the weeks and months leading up to the trade show, which we just haven’t had the chance to check out in person yet. LG’S G3 remains the company’s flagship Android, but in the time since it debuted, we’ve seen it joined by a few new family members. Back in July, LG gave us the G3 Beat/S as a “mini” version of the G3 itself, and today we had the opportunity to directly compare the G3 S against the G3 proper.

In stark contrast to mini phones like the Xperia Z3 Compact, the G3 S really isn’t one of the no-compromise scaled-down versions of flagships we hope for. Instead, LG really dials-back specs all over the place, knocking resolution all the way down from quad HD to 720p – and as that “quad” business should make perfectly clear, that’s a massive 75 percent reduction in pixel count.

From SoC to RAM, specs are down all over the board – but what about performance? After all, maybe if we’re pushing fewer pixels, we don’t really need all that high-end silicon, right? That’s what head-to-head comparisons are for, so watch on to see how these two Androids shape up.

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