LG G3 is here, a quick review

LG G3 is one of the most widely leaked smartphones in the recent times. Most of its specifications are already out from a multitude of credible sources,  and it left nothing under wraps before the official announcement. The phone is official now, with world’s sharpest display.

LG G3 is definitely a step forward in almost all aspects, and it is worth defining it as “Simple is the new Smart.” Being late in the game, LG has made a thorough market study, and positioned themselves above all its Android rivals, in terms of specifications.

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Let’s take a quick review of this device

Design

LG is back in the track with their new flagship LG G3. The Korean makers has updated the design in a big way, with a fresh, premium design. The design perfectly reflects the premium metallic looks in its plastic build. In other way, it is a fusion between metal and plastic, that works out very well. The phone has a 76.4%  screen-to-body ratio, which is quite good. It is thinner than LG G2, tipping at 8.9 mm, and all the extra tech is squeezed within 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm size.  The phone weighs 149 grams.

Coming back to its matte plastic design, LG is calling the new design as ‘metallic skin,’ in which LG has placed a thin film within the polycarbonate shell to deliver the premium looks along with the connectivity power of plastic build. LG has also included a number of changes on the back side also. LG’s signature rear buttons are enhancing the overall design. LG G3 has a rounded power button and volume button on its rear side.

LG G3 will be available in five colors, including Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red.

Display

The most exciting feature of the device is of-course its display.  As you may know most of its rivals are offering a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920, LG cranks out with a whopping screen resolution. LG G3 sports a 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display with 538 pixels per inch. LG has used home-made IPS panel which claims to offer 100% true to the sRGB color space, delivering extreme brightness, clarity and sharpness. But we have yet to know, whether the improved pixels will eat into the battery life of the device. Let’s wait and watch.

CPU, GPU and Memory

Breaking the rumours on an octa-core processor, LG has out the G3 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset. The quad core processor is clocked at 2.5 GHz. The processor is assisted by Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB/3GB of RAM. The 3GB RAM is available with the 32GB version only, and the 16GB version is coming with 2GB of RAM.

The phone is available in either 16 GB or 32GB versions, and the outcry for an additional storage option, which was not present in LG’s last year flagship is present in LG G3. The phone offers microSD card support up to 128GB.

Camera

The camera is also coming with a number of improvements over its predecessor. The phone sports a dual LED 13 MP feature rich camera. The camera features a laser beam guided autofocus technology, that will measure the distance to the object and delivers properly focused shots. It also comes up with OIS+stabilization tech, debuted by LG in their G Pro 2, which keeps the shots shake free. The camera supports 4K video recording.

LG has also included a 2 MP ‘Selfie Camera,’ that can shoot videos in full HD. The front camera allow the users to take selfies with just a hand movement.

Connectivity

LG G3 offers a rich connectivity. It comes with dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 4G LTE support.  It also has NFC and infrared transmitter and USB 2.0 ports.

Audio

LG G3 features 24bit/192kHz audio playback, and it is the first smartphone to come with this feature. The phone has also included a 1Watt speaker with ‘boost amp’ to deliver extreme sound experience.

Software
As rumoured earlier, LG has updated their UI in LG G3. LG G3 runs the latest version of Android OS, Android 4.4.2 KitKat topped with LG’s latest Flatter UI. The new interface is smarter, cleaner and clutter free.

The new software also brings a range of new features. The first one in the list is LG Smart Notice, a feature like Google Now. It will give some suggestions and tips, depending on the user behaviour, phone usage patterns and location of the device. For example if you’re in for a rainy day, it will let you know to take an umbrella.

The next one in the list is the ‘Smart Keyboard,’ which will suggest next word, depending on your typing habits. Lg has also included the Knock Code, a unique way to unlock the phone,  by tapping a  pre -set pattern on the screen.

Battery

LG G3 packs a 3000 mAh removable battery. LG claims that the battery life of the device is matching with its rivals, but we have to see whether the improved display will reflect on the battery life. The phone is coming with wireless charging support.

Price and Availability

Unfortunately LG is not giving any insight on the pricing of the device.  The phone will be available globally from more than 170 carriers around the world, and its journey will kick-start from its home ground South Korea, starting from May 28. The launch details for other countries will be revealed by the company on a later date.

LG G3 key specifications

SmartPhone LG G3
Price NA
Display 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 pixels display
Processor 2.5GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 810 (MSM8974AC) processor
GPU Adreno 330 GPU
RAM 2/3GB RAM
Internal Memory 16/32GB storage
MicroSD card support Yes, up to 128GB
Rear Camera 13M with Dual LED flash,OIS+, Laser Autofocus
Front Camera 2.1MP
Dual SIM support NA
OS Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Connectivity Options Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB v 2.0, NFC
Battery 3000 mAh
Dimension 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm
Weight 149g
Colors Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red
Status Coming soon

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