LG G3 now official with 5.5″ 2,560×1,440 screen, compact body, metallic look
Finally, the day has come. The LG G3 has been announced, following months of leaks, speculation, and rumors. Thanks to the latest information, that we’ve gotten over the past few weeks, there’s nothing that really surprises us here, but make no mistake – this is one of the top devices of the year, giving the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 some much needed competition in the high-end Android space.
The LG G3′s face is almost 77% screen, more in fact than its predecessor (which was already hailed for its small bezels). That’s probably why the Korean company thought it would get away with a 5.5-inch display in a mainstream flagship phone. Because of its small bezels, the G3 is smaller than other 5.5-inchers out there, but it’s still bigger (even if only slightly) than its main competitors, so it remains to be seen whether people will like its size.
As anticipated, the G3′s screen has 2,560x,1440 resolution and 538 ppi pixel density. It also comes with a 13 MP rear camera with OIS+, dual-tone dual-LED flash and ‘laser’ autofocus, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.46 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, either 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage or 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, an IR blaster, NFC, and a 3,000 mAh removable battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with a simplified, flattened LG-made UI overlay on top. Its dimensions are 146.3×74.6×8.9 mm, and it weighs 149 grams.
It’s still made out of plastic like the G2, but the back cover (which is now removable for easy battery swapping and whatnot) comes with a metallic-like finish which makes sure there won’t be any fingerprints visible like in the case of its predecessor. The G3 will be offered in white, black, gold, red, and violet.
It will be out in South Korea tomorrow, with a global rollout to 170 carriers planned for June. In the US, all the ‘big four’ carriers will sell it – so regardless of whether you’re on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile, you’ll soon be able to buy one. That said, Sprint will have the exclusive on the gold color.
In the UK, the LG G3 is already up for pre-order at Clove, which is asking for £499 for one. The well known online retailer mentions July 1 as the shipping date.