We have to admit; LG G3 was the most anticipated and rumoured device of 2014. From design leaks to full specification slide, we already knew something big is coming. On Tuesday, LG finally announced its next flagship phone LG G3 after the successful G2 last year. Though LG unveiled the device yesterday but it was hardly a secret. With already launched HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2, let’s have a look on what G3 is all about.
The G3 is made out of a polycarbonate material but from nowhere it looks cheap because of some extra layer which gives it a finish like a metal surface. Moreover, the back is scratch resistant and also manages to let far less fingerprints than other plastic back panels. But it is not self-healing as we saw in LG G Flex and also G3 is not water and dust proof.
When G2 came, we were quite surprised how LG managed to fit a 5.2 inch screen in such a small body, courtesy to those minimalistic bezels. LG G3 is no exception, with a 5.5 inch screen size LG has once again impressed with its compact design factor. If you compare it with On-Plus One (which sports a 5.5 inch screen as well) it is significantly smaller in terms of overall design.
With G2, LG introduced the new concept of button placement at the back. The G3 follows the same concept with the buttons now being more easy to use and are bumped into the body preventing the unintentional pressing when you keep the phone on the table.
Dimensions:146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in)
Weight: 149 g (5.26 oz)
When we talk about screen of LG G3, it is actually what makes this phone different from other phones in the same category. The new flagship from LG sports by a 5.5 inch True-HD + IPS display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels which will give you around 534 pixels per inch. That’s massive. With games and apps still designed for a 1080p resolution, this may well be the step towards even higher resolution apps for the smartphones. LG has also provided a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.
Now let’s come to the specifications. Being a flagship phone, it’s quite obvious LG G3 must have top notch specs. That’s exactly what it has. The G3 will run on a Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 Ghz with Adreno 330 GPU. Also the 16GB variant will come with 2GB of RAM and 32GB with 3GB of RAM. Apart from 16/32GB internal storage, you also get a microSD slot which can take in microSD cards upto 128GB. Also LG has put some efforts to make phone’s speaker sound more premium with a 1W amplifier built in G3.
In terms of photography, G3 comes with a 13 mega-pixel rear facing camera which lies just above those back-mounted buttons. The camera can do 4K video recording with Optical Image Stabilization. 720p Slow-Motion video recording is also there. But what actually grabs the attention is the lazar sensor, placed left to the primary lens, which measures the distance of an object and focus on it in no time (in 276ms). The front facing 2MP camera is also said to be an improved version of the one found in G2; claims LG.
LG G3 runs on 4.4.2 Kitkat with its Optimus skin on top of it. I personally don’t like LG’s custom UI especially the one on the G2 but LG seems to have worked in the software department as well. The new Optimus UI appears to be more clean and simple with a bit less animations and also bunch on new features. The one worth mentioning is Smart Notice; similar to Google Now, which tells you information that might help you through your day. Also it can automatically remove apps after a couple of months of non-usage and also can turn on the Wifi when you enter your home or office. Nice addition there! Also the Knock On feature from G2 and recently introduced Knock Code (in LG G Pro 2) are also there.
Battery and Connectivity
For the power, LG has provided a 3000 mAh battery in G3 which is removable unlike HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z2. Also, there is an option for wireless charging but you would require a different back panel for that.
In terms of connectivity, Micro-USB 2.0; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Smart Ready Apt-X); NFC; Slim-Port; GPS/ A-GPS; Glonass; GPRS/ EDGE; HSPA+ (3G), and LTE (4G) with MiMO support is what you get.
Availability and Price
According to LG, the G3 will start shipping from May 28th in South Korea while the device will be available in 170 countries near future with Europe and US likely to be the first ones to get the device. There has been no statement by LG about the release in India. Also, nothing has been told about the price as yet.