LG on Tuesday announced its latest flagship smartphone, the G3.
Just like the HTC One (M8), there were so many leaks for the LG G3 that nothing was left for us to see at the launch. While it is a slab, as I wrote in an earlier post, even slabs have innovation and interesting design features.
The LG G3 has a 5.5 inch display with an incredible 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, or 538 pixels-per-inch, rear buttons, and extremely small bezels all around the display.
Other key specifications of this device include:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz Quad-Core processor
- 16/32GB eMMC ROM, 2/3GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (128GB max)
- Rear 13-megapixel camera with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus
- Front 2.1-megapixel camera
- 3,000 mAh removable battery
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X)
- Near-field communications (NFC) for wireless payments
- Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red color options
- Dimensions of 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm, and 149g
I previously listed several reasons the Galaxy S5 is a good business smartphone and today's LG G3 announcement doesn't change my opinion. The LG G3 does have some very nice features that appeal to the road warrior, but Samsung still packs a bit more punch for the enterprise.
I cannot wait to see the display and the cool looking metallic back covers. Metal on a phone feels premium, but also adds weight so it looks like they went with a nice compromise here. The G2 camera was also excellent, so seeing an improvement here is something I look forward to testing out.
The removable battery and microSD card slot are helpful for extending the useful life of the LG G3 and I am sure buyers will appreciate these options. It will be interesting to see if the super high-resolution display and new battery optimization can let you use the device for at least a full day.
There is no reported waterproof integrity so the Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 continue to be the best options if that is a need for you.
LG also has quite a few improvements in software, including Smart Notice, Smart Keyboard, Smart Security, and advanced camera options. Smart Notice looks very attractive and I must try it out on the G3.
Although LG didn't provide an exact domestic drop date, a spokesperson for the brand said the G3 will come to the United States later this year on all major carriers — including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint — to Best Buy, and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores.
T-Mobile is offering to give away a LG G3 every day until June 29 for those who pre-register online so there is one way to get it early.