LG announced a smaller version of its LG G3 back in July and among plenty of exciting gadgets including the LG G Watch R, the LG G3 s made an appearance on the LG stand at IFA 2014.

The 5-inch device looks identical to its bigger brother and we got our hands on it during the consumer electronics show to see what we thought of it.

When it comes to design, the LG G3 features a metallic look and the LG G3 s is no different, except for in terms of size. The same brushed metal look is present and you'll get the same solid build quality as you'd find on the larger device.

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It's slim and the LG G3 s is light too, as well as very easy to handle. The curved rear and smooth edges make it a delight to hold and its slightly smaller size makes one-handed operation an absolute breeze.

LG introduced rear power and volume control buttons on its LG G2 and they have now become a signature design feature of the latest LG smartphones, the LG G3 and LG G3 s included. It might not be to everyone's taste but it does offer something a little different to the ordinary and they do make everything very convenient.

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We love a big phone but in actual fact, the LG G3 s would make us consider a slightly smaller device again as you get all the elements of a flagship looking device but for a lower price.

The 5-inch display has a 1280 x 720 resolution (294ppi), which is quite a step down from the 2560 x 1440 resolution (564ppi) found on the LG G3, but surprisingly, we weren't disappointed with it. 

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The colours were still strong, the detail was sharp and the viewing angles looked good from what we could tell during our brief amount of time with it. The display on the LG G3 is of course bound to be better, but for those after a cheaper version of the flagship device, the screen doesn't feel like a huge compromise and it will also mean a better battery life.

The almost bezel-free design has also been brought across from the LG G3 to this smaller device and it looks just as good on this device as it did on the flagship. It offers so much screen within the small footprint and it's a pleasure to look at. It's one of the best features on this device and the bigger LG G3 and we love it.

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Under the hood of the LG G3 s there is a 1.2Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and although it is a little less power than the LG G3, everything responds with no lag and seemed to offer the performance you'd expect.

All the features from the LG G3 are also on board the LG G3 s including Touch & Shoot, Smart Keyboard, QuickMemo+ and Gesture Shot so it really is "a mid-tier variant of LG's highly acclaimed LG G3 smartphone", as it it described by the company.

We didn't get a chance to test the 8-megapixel rear camera or the 1.3-megapixel front camera and of course we can't tell you how well the 2540mAh battery will hold out but in terms of looks and design, we were impressed with this device.

It's literally a mini version of the LG G3 but it still offers a large 5-inch display in a small and more manageable size. It's a lovely device and we are looking forward to spending some quality time with it when we get it in for review.