LG G3 unveiled: Highest resolution smartphone display, minimal bezel, attractive design

LG G3 unveiled: Highest resolution smartphone display, minimal bezel, attractive design

Summary: LG officially announced its latest Android smartphone and it has features that set the bar for the high-end smartphone market.

LG G3 announced with highest resolution smartphone display, minimal bezel, and attractive design
(Image: LG)

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.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Smartphones

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  • RAM ?

    What does "16/32GB eMMC ROM, 2/3GB DDR3 RAM" mean ? Will it have 16 or 32 ROM ? Will it have 2 or 3GB RAM ? DId LG not disclose this key spec?
    • Different regions and carriers will have different options

      You will find LG G3 units with 16 and 32GB internal and 2GB and 3GB RAM variations. It will be dependent on the country and carrier. When we know what each carrier will actually get we will share that info.

      I personally would love a 32GB ROM and 3GB RAM model, of course.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • Thx!

        Thanks for clarifying Matthew. I did not hear anything about multiple models during the launch event. I guess they can play with markets/price points this way. But I'm with you: 32GB and 3GB RAM is the ONLY option I would want!
  • This continued specs race is getting tiresome

    I will never buy a >1080p phone, as it is such a waste of power for no gain. I mean 1080p is already overkill. How about working on longer battery life, guys.
    Also, I'd like someone explain why they have to pick 3GB RAM over 2GB. I have never noticed any apps being dumped from memory in all my time with a nexus 5. If 3GB is included that just means the carrier has loaded ton of background bloatware.
  • Battery

    It's strange how most reviewers always list the possibility to change battery during the day while the major benefit of a replaceable battery is that your phone doesn't die when the battery dies after 1½-2 years. If you have a phone with a sealed battery you either have to pay a high price to get the battery replaced or you are forced to pay for a new smartphone! This is major reason why a replaceable battery is a major dealbreaker to many. In my view replaceable batteries should be enforced by law and that alsogoes for laptops for example.
    • Thats exactly what Matt did. Mentioned that the replacable battery helps

      extend the useful life of the phone and questioned if the battery optimization was enough to get the get all day power for the extra screen resolution. Not sure what more you want on those scores but agree that easily consumer removable should be the law, as should standard usb charging.
      Johnny Vegas
  • While in the "other side" of computing

    ... most PCs still use 768 lines in 15'' displays.
    • Yet, that other side of computing is so much more powerful and useful

      and even less expensive.

      Myself, I've been using 24 inch, 1080p resolution monitors for the last 6 years. So, I've been ahead of the smartphone curve with my PC technology.
  • Awesome Bezel - or lack thereof

    I love the way it looks from the front - the minimal bezel is amazing, especially when you consider the resolution of the screen. Usually branding below the screen looks tacky - but LG have balanced it beautifully. I'm very impressed, and I can't wait to see the colour options, either. Moon Violet sounds really, really nice.

    And I can guarantee no operator here will ever carry it. LOL