The LG G3 Vigor, a mid-range version of the LG G3, has been out since fall in the US on AT&T and Sprint, but it has finally made its way to Canada and the first smartphone to support VoLTE (Voice over LTE). VoLTE is the technology that allows you to make voice/video calls at the same time as you are transferring data over the same network…or Rogers in this case. They announced that they were starting to sell the LG G3 Vigor today. It will cost you $0 on a two-year contract or $299 off-contract.
Even though it is a mid-range or watered-down LG G3, the Vigor still packs many of the LG G3 features into its $299 price. It features a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 294 pixels-per-inch (PPI). A Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and an Adreno 305 GPU powers it. It packs only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, although there is a microSD card slot to add 64GB of additional storage.
The main camera is 8MP with an LED Flash and LG’s laser autofocus brought over from the LG G3. The front-facing camera (FFC) is only 1.3MP and will give you a decent enough selfie in bright light or can be used for an occasional video chat. A 2540mAh battery powers the device. It also has the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, NFC capability, active noise cancellation with a dedicated microphone and a microUSB port for charging or data transfer. It will also be running the newest Android 5.0 Lollipop. Following in the footsteps of other LG devices, the LG G3 Vigor is loaded with custom software touches to enhance the user experience, such as Knock Code, Gesture Shutter, QuickMemo and QSlide Function.
If you want to read more about its features, look at the User Manual and see if it sounds like the device for you. It covers all topics for Messaging, Social Media, images on how to operate the smartphone and useful navigation tips. The LG G3 Beat has been in Asia and Europe for a while under the name LG G3 S. On its way to the US the name was changed to LG G3 Vigor and it kept that name on its trip to Rogers in Canada.