LG Announces G3, First Proper Android flagship of 2014

LG G3

LG — over the past two years – has cemented its position as a major smartphone  maker. For sure it has been making Nexus phones for quite some time but its flagship smartphones are always something people
look forward too.

Last year, it upped the game with its amazing G2, a phone which remains extraordinary even today (thanks to a reduced price tag) and now it is pushing the bar even further with the new LG G3, which is the first flagship smartphone by a major manufacturer to come with a QHD display.

LG G3 is made of plastic made to look like metal. It won’t feel as awesome as the One (M8) or Xperia Z2 though. The front has hardly got any bezels; almost 80% is covered by the mammoth 5.5″ display.

The back features the same trio of volume and power buttons, but they are now flushed more into the back. The dimensions are just about on par with the One and Xperia Z2, (being just 8.9mm thin) although the
display itself is larger. The design is also scratch-resistant but not self-healing like on the G Flex.

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Of course, the highlight is the display. While Samsung, HTC and others have been known to test the True HD IPS display for long, LG is the first to actually use it in a phone.

The 5.5″ True HD IPS+ panel features 2560 x 1440 resolution, leading to a ground-breaking density of 534ppi.

For this kind of tech, you certainly need power and that is where the LG G3 shines too. It has a 2.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 4 Krait 400 CPUs and Adreno 330 GPU. Amount of RAM and storage can be chosen, with the 16 GB version coming with 2 GB of RAM, while the 32 GB variety packing 3 GB RAM instead. A microSD card slot will be onboard though.

The OS of the phone is enhanced too. Redesigning its Optimus UI, LG has added its own little touch to Google Now with the inclusion of Smart Notice. The service will remind you to call someone, check an appointment and more, while also providing automatic suggestions as taking an umbrella outside if it is raining.

And like the competitors, it is also flatter, lesser-skinned with updated icons and feel. Apart from Smart Notice, there are a few other nifty tricks too, such as the ability to turn on Wi-Fi as soon as you reach your home or office, the usual KnocOn & KnockCode, and a new health app which counts your daily steps and other info.

The back boasts a 13 megapixel camera with 4K video (at 30 fps), OIS and a new laser autofocus system which detects distances and contributes to faster snapping. The front 2 megapixel camera has been appropriately titled “Selfie” camera, that comes with a wider aperture and automatically takes a picture whenever you clench a fist in front of it.

For the connectivity, the phone comes with NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, IR Blaster, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, microUSB 2.0, USB On-the-go and GPS.

A battery with 3,000 mAh capacity powers the phone up. Worth noting is the fact that while at the forefront when it comes to display tech, it hasn’t got a finger-print scanner or water-proofing. The speaker on the back can boost sound at up to 1.5W.

The phone will be available in five colours: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red. Launching globally by the end of this month, the phone’s pricing is still under the covers.

With the G3, LG has launched the first properly desirable flagship of the year. It will be a shame if it fails to find enough traction when it hits the markets.

Here are the specs again:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
  • GPU: Adreno 330
    • Design:
      • Dimensions: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in)
      • Weight : 149 grams
    • Display:
      • Type: True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
      • Size: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.5 inches (~534 ppi pixel density)
      • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
    • Memory:
      • Card slot: microSD, up to 128 GB
      • Internal: 16 GB, 2 GB RAM/ 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
    • Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE, Cat4, EV-DO Rev. A, WLAN, DLNA, Bluetooth, LE, NFC, Infrared, USB USB On-the-go, USB Host
    • Camera:
      • Primary: 13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, phase detection/laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
      • Secondary: 2.1 MP
    • Battery: Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery


    • SDKforLumia

      Any chances of it getting an official distributor here in Pakistan? Will we be able to get it officially in Pakistan with warranty? Or is it also going to be like G2 which came via grey channel?

      • Shahid Saleem

        I thought Brightex was distributor. I know they sold Nexus 4, other LG devices at Metro in Lahore and at Mobilink.

      • Shahid Saleem

        I thought Brightex was distributor. I know they sold Nexus 4, other LG devices at Metro in Lahore and at Mobilink.

      • Shahid Saleem

        I thought Brightex was distributor. I know they sold Nexus 4, other LG devices at Metro in Lahore and at Mobilink.

        • Bilal Hashim Siddiqi

          they’re not the distributors. LG doesn’t doesn’t have a distributor for it’s phones in Pakistan.

      • Bilal Hashim Siddiqi

        Waisay you can get it from homeshopping.pk, ishopping.pk, mega.pk.

      • Bilal Hashim Siddiqi

        Waisay you can get it from homeshopping.pk, ishopping.pk, mega.pk.

    • Syed

      no resale value in pakistan

      • Yasir Mahmood

        I Bet After Using an LG,You will Forget About Resell

        • Bilal Hashim Siddiqi

          Yup. After being hooked to G2 I’m very craving for a G3 now :D

          • Sulaiman Lalani

            i m hooked to g3 now and i m craving for g5 or g6. any suggestions

      • Nadeem

        Buy a LG phone, you would love and will never think about resale.
        I am using from last three years and not have even a single problem.

        LG G2 > LG Optimus G > LG LU6200

      • Asim Ijaz

        Why bother with resale !!

    • Hussain Siddiqui

      i believe the first flagship phone of 2014 is Xperia z2, if that’s what the title of this post means.

      • muski

        Summon that! :P

      • muski

        Summon that! :P

    • Yasir Mahmood

      LG Smartphones are Best

      • Zafar24

        Sony is best because they are making water proof mobiles and Samsung and others are copy cats.

      • Zafar24

        Sony is best because they are making water proof mobiles and Samsung and others are copy cats.

    • Abul Hasnaen

      So, whats the price

      • Bilal Hashim Siddiqi

        you might get ’em in Pakistan for around PKR 70k-80k

      • Bilal Hashim Siddiqi

        you might get ’em in Pakistan for around PKR 70k-80k

        • Abul Hasnaen

          okay

    • www.Prosociallab.com

      We are able to buy only Lg Korean mobile :-P
      Hopefully the original piece will be much expensive

    • www.Prosociallab.com

      We are able to buy only Lg Korean mobile :-P
      Hopefully the original piece will be much expensive

    • Muhammad Irfan

      How many LG G3 Mobile

    • Muhammad Irfan

      How many LG G3 Mobile

    • Muhammad Irfan rao

      How many price of LG G3 Mobile

    • ahmad

      S5 is still better in my opinion. …the high resolution needs more power, while they both have the same chips et . waterproof and fingerprint scanner along with 16MP camera are in favour of s4.

      • Bilal Hashim Siddiqi

        My G2 gives around 30-40hrs on average usage and 24hrs on heavy usage.

      • Zafar24

        S5 belongs to copy cat company.