Since the original LG Optimus G, LG’s flagships have always packed a punch, something clearly evident from last years G2. But, when it comes to packing a punch, LG definitely stepped things up a notch with todays eventual announcement of this, the LG G3.
To say this phone has been hyped is an understatement, the idea of a 2K display Smartphone, firstly one that we can actually buy (sorry OnePlus One and Oppo Find 7, but make them available fgs!!!), with a striking design, insane Camera and, building on everything loved from the G2, the G3 was always gonna have hype! But the big question is, can it live up to that hype, well from what we’ve seen we think so.
Whilst the LG G3 is likely going to be the first of LG’s G devices to not have a Nexus device based on it (Optimus G = Nexus 4 / G2 = Nexus 5), which Android purists out there may not want to be reminded off, trust me we don’t, LG have worked very hard on their totally revamped custom skin, which they’re running on top of the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 Kitkat. LG have also added multiple new software tweaks in to the OS all using the “Smart” prefix, such as Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice and Smart Security. The look and feel of the OS is very flat and minimalist, but does offer some accent customisation. Whilst we’re not in particularly very keen of the look, what we are impressed off is absolutely everything else that’s to follow!
DESIGN = IT’S ALL DISPLAY
Let’s start with the first thing that should strike you about any piece of technology, the design. The LG G3 looks incredible, whether you choose from the classy looking ‘Metallic Black’ option shown above, or any of the other colour options known as Silk White, Shine Gold, Burgundy Red or Moon Violet (shown below), no matter what, what you’re left with is an incredible looking Smartphone.
The display is the key focus of the LG G3 even by design, and that is the key focus of one of the biggest features of the LG G2, the 2K (Quad-HD) 5.5 inch display with an insane 538ppi (pixels-per-inch), that’s just insane!
Of course packing a 2K display in to such a small package should kill the battery right? Well, according to LG they’ve optimised the display so the battery drain expectancy from competing 2K displays to the one on the G3 has been reduced. How this translates to real world use is yet to be seen, although battery isn’t exactly something LG forgot about either by packing a massive 3,000mAh removable battery!
THE PROBLEM WITH 2K FOR NOW
The problem the LG G3 has is the same the Oppo Find 7 and OnePlus One will have when we finally become available, and that problem is 2K. Android is optimised readily out of the box for VGA resolutions, all the way up to 1080p, and is optimised for 2K on tablets, but is NOT optimised for 2K displays for a Smartphone which hinders a big problem.
LG have customised their apps, as part of the entire G-UI, for the higher pixel dense display, but as soon as you install or use a regular Android application or game, you’ve a 1080p experience all over again, which kind of leaves you wondering what’s the point at this stage?
We live in a world constantly obsessing with the latest tech, almost craving something to excite us, and we wonder if 2K is quite ready for prime time yet. But, what we will say is, if it works well with decent enough battery life, it’s great to have when optimisation begins in the next version(s) of Android moving forward.
CAMERA = THIS THING HAS LAZER BEAMS!!!
Like most things in technology, yes the LG G3 leaked, when the LG G3 leaked the biggest question we were all wondering was what the black section opposite the Flash was, well, turns out that’s a laser … yeah, a laser! As to be expected from a Smartphone with a 2K display, the LG G3 can shoot 2K or even 4K video using the 13MP sensor with OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilisation Plus) technology and dual LED Flash. LG have also taken the Lumia Icon/930 strategy and have added more microphones for much better audio recording.
The laser found on the G3 is used in a similar way Police use lasers, to track a moving (vehicle) objects speed, but with the G3 it’s used for super fast focus. Thanks to the laser, the Camera can focus and shoot in less than 0.3 seconds, which according to LG is even faster than the blink of an eye! If that works as well in practice, then this is incredible! LG did show off the view finder, which takes the Motorola Camera approach of simply tapping anywhere to both focus and take, an approach we’re both fore and against.
The G3 also has a 2.1MP Front Facing Camera perfect for Selfies, thanks to larger pixels and larger aperture to take in as much light as possible. LG made a cringe-worthy joke about Selfies relating to William Shakespeare during the keynote, which was honestly too bad to even want to repeat. LG logic, we’re in London, do a Shakespeare joke … triff!
LG made a surprising big deal over the Speaker on the G3, which is something we honestly can’t think why. It’s not front facing, it’s not dual, it’s just a decent single rear-facing speaker, but OK LG?? According to LG, the speaker is a 1W with Boost AMP, although if hands on are to go by, it’s just an alright speaker that will suffer from the same hand block as any other.
So, what has this got under the hood? In a word, a lot, or a better word, everything!
- 2.5GHz* Quad-Core SnapDragon 801 with Adreno 330
- 3GB DDR3 RAM
- 5.5inch Q-HD (2K) IPS Display (2560 x 1440) with 538PPI
- 16 or 32GB Internal Storage
- MicroSD Expansion (up to 128GB)
- 13MP OIS+ Camera with “Laser Auto-Focus”
- Removable 3,000mAh Battery
- Qi Wireless Charging
- Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with LG Custom Skin
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth (Apt-X Smart Ready) 4.0LE
Hands on provided by MKBHD.
The LG G3 goes on sale in Korea tomorrow, May 28th, then worldwide following after, making it the first 2K Smartphone you can actually buy!!! Will you be one of those buying the G3?
WITH NEW G3, LG AIMS TO REDEFINE CONCEPT OF SMART AND SIMPLE
New G3 Builds on Legacy of the Acclaimed G Series with “Simple is the New Smart”
LONDON, May 27, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) today introduced to the world its eagerly anticipated G3 smartphone, the successor to the company’s well-received LG G2. With launch events taking place in six cities worldwide ― London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul ― LG G3 aims to redefine the definition of a global smartphone for global customers.
Developed under the Simple is the New Smart concept, LG G3 is a culmination of consumer research based on LG’s product development philosophy, Learning from You. The LG G3 was empowered with the best of what current technology has to offer, providing consumers with a user experience more ambitious than anything offered before by LG.
“The smartest innovation in a fast evolving smartphone market is creating harmony between advanced technology and a simplified user experience,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG G3 is the result of our effort to actualize that idea into a tangible product. And we are extremely pleased with the result.”
Highlights of the new G3 include:
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-proof and most of all, beautiful
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 G3
True-to-Life Viewing Experience LG’s reputation in the display arena is second to none and the development of the G3’s breathtaking Quad HD display was the result of years of innovation in display technology. With a pixel density of 538ppi, the G3’s Quad HD display sets new viewing standard producing images that are sharper and clearer than traditional smartphone displays. At 5.5-inches, LG G3 boasts a screen ratio of 76.4 percent with thin bezels all around so the phone feels as comfortable in the hand as a smaller traditional smartphone.
The high resolution display on the G3 also required LG engineers to pair it with battery technology that was just as innovative. LG equipped the G3 with a 3,000mAh removable battery and advanced optimization technologies to further maximize battery efficiency. By replacing the metal in the battery cathode with graphite, LG engineers were able to extend the lifespan of the G3’s battery. The result is a battery that can keep up with the Quad HD display’s ultra-high performance without losing steam in the middle of the day.
Simply Captivating The G3’s advanced 13MP OIS+ camera is designed to quickly and easily capture life’s special moments as they occur, not necessarily when you want them to occur. This is made possible with G3’s innovative Laser Auto Focus, the first of its kind in the smartphone industry. This technology enables the G3 to capture the best moment ― even in low light ― by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam. So no more fuzzy pictures of your son scoring his first football goal and or missed shots because your camera couldn’t decide quickly enough which toddler in the playground to focus on. Combined with the proven and popular OIS+ technology first seen in the G Pro 2, the G3 is sure to impress even the most discerning shutterbugs.
LG also simplified the process of actually capturing those special moments. Rather than having to focus on the subject in preview mode and then pressing the shutter button, with the G3, tapping the subject to focus will simultaneously also trigger the shutter. What’s more, the G3’s 2.1MP front camera incorporates several new enhancements such as a larger image sensor and larger aperture for more light throughput and better-looking selfies. A unique twist has been added to the standard timed selfie mode by incorporating gesture controls ― when ready to shoot, simply clench your hand into a fist and the G3 will recognize the gesture and begin the automatic three-second countdown. It couldn’t get any simpler than that.
For video, the G3 offers superior sound quality with instinctive microphones that measure the environment to identify the optimal audio level for the clearest recording. And with the built-in 1W speaker with Boost AMP, users can enjoy videos and music accompanied by richer sounds and clearer tones.
Balanced and Simplified Design Language The Floating Arc design of the G3 with its ergonomic arch and slim side profile provides an extremely comfortable grip for everyday one-handed use. The Rear Key continues to anchor LG’s innovative design language, with a newly designed power key and volume buttons as well as more premium quality materials and finish. LG also refined sophisticated technical features and advancements located on the rear by arranging them in a clean and singular layout consistent with the G3’s well-balanced design language. The stylish metallic skin with matte finish which keeps the G3 looking clean and fingerprint-free will be offered in five vibrant colors: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red.
To complement the new external design, LG adopted a minimalistic user interface design with flat graphics. The circular motif of the graphic assets in the new UI was derived from the shape and concept of LG’s logo, reflecting its unique visual style and identity.
Simplified UX to Reflect Simple Pleasures In addition to the advanced core technologies, LG took its Learning from You approach to a higher level with new UX features to offer G3 users a unique experience unlike any previous LG smartphone. Highlights include:
Smart Keyboard: Adaptive technology learns as you type for faster input with less mistakes. Smart Keyboard reduces input errors by up to 75 percent by tracking and analyzing typing habits and intuitively “knowing” what word the user intended to type. The height of the keyboard can also be adjusted to better fit the user’s hands and position of the thumbs. Individual keys can also be customized with frequently used symbols for even faster input.
Smart Notice: Like a personal assistant, Smart Notice provides suggestions and recommendations based on user behavior, phone usage patterns and location to offer user information when it’s needed the most. Smart Notice can remind you of a call you declined earlier and ask if you would like to call that person back. If you have a large number of unused files or apps on the G3 taking up valuable space, Smart Notice will ask if you would like to delete or uninstall them. But what sets Smart Notice apart from other personal assistants is its natural language capabilities. For example, instead of just displaying today’s temperature and weather forecast, Smart Notice will make a recommendation such as, “You may want to take an umbrella today since it will rain this evening.”
Smart Security: Understanding the importance of maintaining and securing confidential data when smartphones are shared, misplaced, lost or stolen, the LG G3 offers a number of enhanced security features such as:
Knock CodeTM enables users to unlock their device with a pattern of taps. Merging security and convenience, users can create a personalized code that can be entered anywhere on the screen. With the G3, users have the option of being able to use KnockON to wake the screen to check the time as well as enter the home screen directly via Knock CodeTM.
Content Lock keeps personal files safe and hidden from view when sharing the G3 with friends. When the G3 is connected to a PC, Content Lock prevents file previews so the data is still safe. The locked files can reside either on the G3’s internal memory or on the microSD card.
Kill Switch gives G3 owners the ability to disable their phones remotely in the event of theft. The Kill Switch also allows content on the G3 to be wiped so personal information won’t be compromised. Kill Switch also includes antivirus scanning and remote wipe and lock, among other essential features.
LG will also be offering a collection of new premium accessories to accompany the LG G3:
QuickCircleTM Case: Available in five colors, QuickCircleTM Case allows easy access to frequently used functions such as calling, text messaging, music and camera all from the QuickCircle window without opening the cover. In addition to the QuickCircleTM Case, LG will offer a lineup of Slim Guard Cases and premium Slim Hard Cases to protect the G3 in handsome style.
LG Tone InfinimTM (HBS-900): Developed in collaboration with Harman/Kardon, the Bluetooth stereo headset delivers premium audio quality sound in a stylish design. Built with retractable wire management technology and jog buttons for effortless search, Tone Infinim also features Name AlertTM to verbally notify you who is calling before you answer.
Wireless Charger: Compact and foldable, LG’s Wireless Charger is optimized for easy portability. Compatible with Qi’s wireless power charging technology, the Wireless Charger from LG makes staying powered up as convenient as possible.
Starting on May 28 in South Korea, LG G3 will begin rolling out worldwide on over 170 carriers. Additional details will be announced locally at the time of availability.
Key Specifications*: * 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.