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LG G4s is a mid-range smartphone with Android 5.1 and Snapdragon 615 chip

LG has unveiled the mid-range LG G4s smartphone, which uses a Snapdragon 615 chip and comes with Android 5.1 lollipop.

The LG G4s, or LG G4 Beat as it will be known outside of Europe, is the firm's latest G4 spin-off, and promises the same 'premium' features at what is still an unspecified lower price.

The handset packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, compared with the LG G4's Snapdragon 808, and a smaller 5.2in 1920x1080 IPS display.

It will arrive with Google's Android 5.1 operating system Lollipop, and LG will stuff it full of the same software tweaks found on the G4, such as Knock Code, Smart Notice and Dual Window multitasking.

The LG G4s has had a bit of a downgrade in the camera department with an 8MP rear-facing sensor compared with the G4's 16MP main camera. There's also a 5MP front-facing camera, compared with the G4's 8MP offering.

Beyond that, expect to find 8GB of internal storage, 4G LTE support, Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity and a 2,300mAh battery.

Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said: "Too often, the mid-tier phones sacrifice overall usability in order to include that one killer feature.

"Our goal with the LG G4 Beat was to create a phone that was not only well- balanced in terms of display, camera, performance and design, but delivered terrific value and satisfaction."

LG has yet to confirm when the LG G4s will go on sale, but said that it will be available in the same silver, white and gold plastic models as its predecessor.