After all of the leaks and advertisements from LG, the G3 has officially been announced. If you have been following all of our coverage of the leaks and rumors, you should be happy to know that they are all true.

The LG G3 keeps a very familiar design to the G2 but with much better specs. Starting with the display, the G3 has been updated to a QHD 5.5 inch display. This incredibly high resolution display looks incredible and will make anything you look at look amazing. The display has a resolution of 560 x 1440 with 538ppi. 

With the QHD display, it is obvious that the battery life would be an important factor. The G3 is packing a 3,00 mAh battery. LG has tweaked frame rates and other “screen-on” aspects so that it actually saves the phone around 20% in battery life compared to other QHD displays.

While the display is 5.5 inches, LG has tweaked the front design to allow the screen to take up over 76% of the phone. This improvement almost rid the device of half of its bezel.

The next big upgrade in the G3 is the 13MP camera. LG has really stepped up the camera quality with this model and with the help of the laser auto focus and optical image stabilizer plus.  The laser auto focus is compared to the radar technology used for tracking speeds of vehicles. This auto focus can focus on the subject quicker than the human eye can. One of the improvements that LG is introducing with the camera is that when you tap on the display to focus on an object, the camera will also go ahead and take the photo with the same tap. Finally, the G3 has had a lot of audio recording enhancements while recording videos. The G3 will automatically detect how loud the audio is and how to enhance it to make it sound better.

The front facing camera is a 2.1MP camera and of course LG focuses on the “selfie” aspect of the camera. The G3 has several more lens and other hardware enhancements for making the photos better. Also, to make the photo taking experience better, you can now trigger the camera just by raising your hand, making a fist, and then a timer will count down until it takes your “selfie.”

LG focused a lot on the design of the G3. The G3 has the rear-facing volume keys and the power/lock key. Instead of any physical buttons on the front, the G3 has on-screen navigation buttons. The graphics on the phone are a lot flatter, cleaner, and minimalist icons. There are a lot of added improvements to the software but one of the new features that stands out is the built in keyboard. The user can now make the keyboard bigger or smaller so this means that the individual keys will actually be user customization. Additionally, the body of the phone is now made out of metal. The power and volume buttons has been enhanced with taller buttons that are easier to reach and use.

Three seperate UX changes has been made to the phone. Like I said above, the keyboard has been greatly improved. The goal of their improvements is so that you can quickly edit text without having to move your hands, just your thumbs. Through different thumb gestures you can go back to different words and edit any texts. Secondly, the keyboard learns where you are hitting the screen for each letter and will enhance which letters you press based on your habits.

The second main UX change is with the notifications. This improvement is called “Smart Notice” which gives you notices based on the user behavior (pop-up ad style notifications reminding you to do things). Additionally, the G3 will look at your downloaded files and apps and if you haven’t used them for awhile, it will ask you if you would like to delete the files to clean up storage.

The last UX improvement is security with “LG Smart Security.” Knock code is the first aspect of the security as you can program 3-8 taps to unlock and wake up the phone. The second aspect is called aspect lock which will keep locked files from being opened and viewed by others if others borrow your phone or try to transfer them to their computer. Lastly, LG added a kill switch so that if someone steals your phone or if you has lost your phone, you can remotely wipe and lock the phone.

Overall the LG G3 looks like it has been greatly improved with its new QHD display and 13MP camera. This phone will definitely be an favorite to many users.

Below you can read the official press release on the LG G3 to find out even more:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD display with 538ppi with four times the resolution of HD and almost two times higher resolution than a Full HD display
  • 13MP OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) camera with a revolutionary Laser Auto Focus that can shoot stunningly sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras
  • Polished metallic skin on the rear cover that is lightweight, fingerprint-resistant and most of all, aesthetically pleasing
  • Floating Arc form factor that feels incredibly comfortable in one hand and incorporates the innovative design heritage of the Rear Key
  • Redesigned graphic user interface (GUI) consistent with the Simple is the New Smart concept of the LG G3


LG G3 Spec Sheet

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 801 (up to 2.5GHz Quad-Core)
  • Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
  • Memory: 16/32GB eMMC ROM / 2/3GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (128GB max)
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Size: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 149g
  • Network: 4G / LTE / HSPA+ 21 Mbps (3G)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X), NFC, SlimPort, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0
  • Color: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red
  • Other: Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice, Knock CodeTM , Guest Mode, etc.



Source | LG Press Release

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Justin Duino

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(Founder | Editor-in-Chief) - I am currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno getting my degree in Computer Science.I have been fortunate to work with some brilliant people in the technology industry and plan to continue so for the rest of my life.I am currently using a Nexus 5, a Nexus 7 (2013), and a Nexus 10. Additionally, I am one of the first Glass Explorers with Google Glass and loving it!
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