LG G3 announced with QHD screen and 13MP Laser Autofocus camera

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After dozens of leaks and rumours, LG G3 has finally been announced. We have already seen its design as well as hardware specifications. But after the official announcement, we now have full details about each every specific feature of the LG G3.

LG G3 Official Front

The LG G3 comes with a 5.5 inch True HD-IPS+ display with 1080p resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. LG says that its 13 MP camera (1/3 inch sensor) with OIS+ lens uses Phase Detection autofocus system along with an additional IR sensor which allows the device to focus in just 276 milli seconds, faster than that of camera used in the Samsung Galaxy S5 . There is also a 'two-tone LED flash' similar to that of iPhone 5S and the HTC One M8.

The primary camera can record 4K videos at 30 fps while the secondary 2.1 MP camera can record full HD 1080p videos. The front-facing camera has had a special mention in LG's announcement. According to LG, the front-facing camera has larger pixels than that of primary rear camera. It also has 77 degree lens and the display can act as a flash for those selfie moments, making it a perfect selfie camera.

LG has used a 1 W loudspeaker in the LG G3 which can also be extended to output 1.5 W using the special Boost Mode for sound. LG has also incorporated Dolby Mobile sound enhancement for better sound clarity and richness.

LG G3 Specifications

  • Android 4.4 KitKat, LG's new custom Flat UI, Knock Code
  • 5.5 inch True HD-IPS+ display, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 534 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3
  • 13 MP camera, OIS+ lens, Laser (IR) Autofocus system, Two-Tone LED flash 4K video recording
  • 2.1 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording, 77 degree lens
  • 1 watt loudspeaker, Dolby Mobile sound enhancement, redesigned sound amplifier, wireless charging
  • 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB/3GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB internal storage, microSD card slot up to 128 GB (eMMC 5.0)
  • 4G LTE (market dependant), dual-band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
  • NFC, GLONASS A-GPS, microUSB v2.0, USB Host, USB OTG, SlimPort
  • Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyro, E-Compass, Proximity Sensor
  • 3000 mAh battery, 8.9 mm thin, 149 grams, 76.4% display

Just like all the latest flagship smartphones, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with Krait 400 CPU cores and Adreno 330 GPU. The device comes in 2 storage variants, 16 GB with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB with 3 GB of RAM. Storage space can be expanded using a microSD card slot via the new eMMC 5.0 interface, allowing compatibility with 128 GB microSD cards.

Android 4.4 KitKat comes pre-loaded along with LG's brand new custom UI with flatter than ever design. There is also LG's custom screen unlock system, the Knock Code which we've seen earlier in the LG G2. Connectivity is taken care by 4G LTE (market dependant), and gigabit Wi-Fi ac along with Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and Miracast. We are hoping that LG will release a separate 4G LTE version of the LG G in India as it did with the LG G2.

There is Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, IR Port , NFC and microUSB port. The IR port can be used to remotely control home appliances and electronics. microUSB v2.0 port supports video mirroring as well as USB OTG and can act as USB Host. A-GPS with GLONASS is present for faster location determination and location tracking.

LG G3 Official Back Design
LG G3 - Back Design

The design looks like a mix of Nexus 5 with the LG G2 with richer, metallic finish and is just 8.9 mm thin. Although it isn't as thin as some other smartphones like the Gionee S5.5 but considering that it holds a 3000 mAh battery beneath, it is an impressive feat in itself. Also, LG has mentioned that the LG G3 is a smartphone with thinnest bezels with 76.4% of the device being covered by the screen.

LG hasn't revealed any information about the pricing but the device is releasing in Korea next week. Consumers in the US markets will be able to buy the LG G3 by June. India specific launch information isn't available yet. We'll keep you updated on this.

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Computer science engineer turned technology blogger. Following consumer electronics industry closely from 2006, he can now predict pretty much where the market is heading. He has a dream to own Android, Windows Phone and iOS smartphones all at the same time.

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