The LG G3 is the company’s new flagship Android phone that is the first to feature a QHD-resolution screen. It is being seen as potentially the most exciting phone of 2014, even surpassing the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 6.
The standout feature of the LG G3 is its screen which is the first to offer a QHD, or quad HD, resolution. That quad refers to being four times the resolution of 720p (1,280 x 720), or four times that of the Samsung Galaxy S3, for instance.
The new screen also features a new screen technology called LTPS. This uses extra photomask layers and on-screen driving circuitry to improve electron mobility. The result is a technology that allows for smaller TFTs with higher pixel densities along with reduced power consumption.
On the inside, the LG G3 uses the latest Qualcomm 801 CPU with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It also will feature a microSD slot, which is a key improvement over the LG G2.
LG G3 Release Date
There is no official release date for the LG G3 yet but expect it to arrive sometime in June 2014.
LG G3 First Impressions
We’ve yet to have hands on time with the LG G3 but can make some informed judgements based on what we’ve learned so far.
The most obvious concern about this phone is its large size. At 5.5inches, it has the biggest screen of all its major rivals and despite slimming it down as much as possible this is still 2mm wider than the Galaxy S5, for instance.
That said, it’s unlikely that if you’re used to other ~5inch devices that you’ll have much of a problem with this device.
One of our chief usability issues with the Galaxy S5 is its size combined with its awkward physical buttons – the combination makes it very unweidly to hold without accidentally pressing a button. The LG G3 certainly avoids this trap by having no buttons on its front but instead keeping them all on the back.
This may sound like a strange arrangement at first but if you consider where it is that your index finger, in particular, tends to fall when gripping a phone, it’s just around the area where LG has placed its buttons. We’ll have to wait until we get hands on to really judge, though.
LG G3 Review
We’ve yet to review the LG G3 but will be updating this article with a first impressions, hands on then full review when we get the chance.
LG G3 Pictures
LG G3 Specs
Coming soon. Exp. release 2014, June
146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in)
149 g (5.26 oz)
Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red
1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.5 inches (~534 ppi pixel density)