Well, there were not much left to say about LG G3 but last night the Korean OEM officially introduced the G2’s successor with a 2K screen, Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP camera with Laser auto focus, some new software features and a couple of great accessories.
LG G3 Main Specifications:
- 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm, 149 g
- 5.5 inches, True HD-IPS + LCD, 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi pixel density)
- 2GB of RAM, 16GB of Internal Memory (Or 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage), microSD (up to 128GB)
- 13MP/2.1MP Main and Rear Cameras, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps Video Recording
- Quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330
- Bluetooth V4.0, NFC, Infrared, LTE Enabled
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery (Removable)
- Colors: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red
Although the LG G3 comes with a 5.5-inch screen but it is surprisingly ergonomic, thanks to its thin bezels and the curve in the back. The famous Rear Keys have been redesigned to be even more productive. The Polished metallic skin on the rear cover is finger-proof and you can easily remove it in order to change battery and insert the microSD card. In overall, we can see LG is getting close to a perfect design, so the phablet-like size G3 could be used with one-hand. And the thickness is just as low as 8.9 mm which is rarely seen on other devices with the same screen size.
LG G3 can be named the first smartphone shipped internationally and worldwide with a Quad HD screen (We haven’t forgotten about Chinese phones, but they are kind of exclusive and limited to their home town), and we need more time to find out if the resolution higher than the current Full HD resolution is really making any difference or the Human’s eyes are not able to detect that much of details.
While many were hoping LG to use the Snapdragon 805 on G3, but the OEM decided to use the Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5Ghz along with Adreno 330 as GPU. We are guessing since the 2K screen consumes much battery power, they had to sacrifice the processor power in order to maintain the battery life at an acceptable level.
LG G3 is launched in 2 models, one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and the other one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Both models support microSD card an you can insert a microSD card with up to 128GB of memory.
The war of Megapixels seems to have already been ended, as LG decided to increase the quality by not just increasing the camera’s megapixels but with some but with adding OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) camera and Laser Auto Focus which helps you to take sharper images in a blink of an eye or as LG states in "a fraction of the time".
In case of user interface, LG G2 was the first LG’s serious step to be compared with Samsung’s Touchwiz and HTC’s Sense, and we can confidently say that LG has reached a maturity on G3 as they have introduced the redesigned and simplified UI with just few but useful and practical new software features. Other than the obvious Android KitKat features and the ones we’d already seen on G2, LG managed to add some new software features as following:
- Smart Keyboard: It understands your behavior and habits while typing, and delivers an optimized keyboard layout which according to LG reduces input errors by up to 75%
- Smart Notice: This is like Google Now with the option to remind you of your missed events, suggest deleting and uninstalling applications which take much space, and recommends you based on your behavior.
- Knock Code: It enables you to unlock your phone by tapping the screen according to a pre-set pattern of knocking.
- Content Lock: It functions like a private file manager and keeps your personal files hidden and safe
- Kill Switch: It lets you get control of your device remotely to track or wipe the entire data.
For now LG has introduced 3 types of accessories for the G3 which are:
- QuickCircle Case: This brilliant case is available in 5 different colors and thanks to its circle window on the front panel you are able to get access to the main phone’s functionalities including calls, messages, music, and camera. You can also use an analog clock widget on the window, and trust us it really is eye-catching
There is also a Bluetooth stereo called LG Tone Infinim for an enhanced experience of listening to music and a Wireless Charger.
Price and Availability
Good news for U.S. citizen is that all 4 U.S. major carriers have already planned to offer the LG G3 and according to the Sprint, the carrier will be exclusively carrying the G3 in Gold nationwide. If you happen to live in South Korea the handset is already available in your country and LG is planning a worldwide launch (on over 170 carriers) starting end-June (read July).
In the UK, Clove is going to ship the 16GB variant of G3 for £499 setting to be delivered from July 1. In the Germany the device is priced at €549 for the 16GB model.
We’ll update the price and availability list, especially in the U.S. and Canada, as more details surface by carriers.