LG officially reveals the LG G3


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With as many leaks as we’ve seen regarding the LG G3 in recent weeks, it’s almost as if LG didn’t need to put on a big show to tell us everything we needed to know about their 2014 flagship smartphone. But the official word is always better than anything else, so here are all the details as LG announced them.


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Specs look quite typical for a flagship this year, though LG ups the ante on everyone with a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display. Beneath that massive display is a Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz and 2GB of RAM. Here are the rest of the specs you should care about:

  • 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.

LG has confirmed that the device is equipped with metal, though it isn’t an all-metal affair here. Instead, a metal coating sits over a typical plastic chassis. This is said to give the phone that premium metal feel while still enabling things such as Qi wireless charging, and perhaps more flexible NFC chip placement.


On board for software is Android 4.4.2 and LG’s customer user experience, which incorporates classic favorites such as LG Knock On and Q-Slide, but also introduces new features.

  • Smart Keyboard: learns your typing habits and adjusts over time. Also allows you to resize the keyboard how you want, as well as customize its keys to symbols you use more frequently than others.
  • Smart Notice: a personal assistant that delivers help when you need it. It can automatically remind you to return a call you missed earlier, and suggest an umbrella whenever it’s raining outside.
  • Smart Security: Content Lock keeps your sensitive files and photos safe and hidden, Knock Code provides a convenient way to secure your device, and Kill Switch lets you “nuke” your device from a remote location in the event that it’s lost or stolen.

Everything is about getting smarter it seems, and that’s the kind of stuff we like to see. LG’s UI has also gotten a lot flatter and a lot cleaner, and they’ve made changes that makes it more of a joy to use.


LG says the LG G3 will begin rolling out worldwide starting tomorrow, May 28th in South Korea, and that they’ll be looking to bring it to over 170 carriers worldwide in the days and weeks to follow. We’ll need to wait a tad longer for more pointed estimations for launch details in specific markets, so stay tuned for all of that as we let the details storm in.

Stay tuned for Phandroid’s hands-on coverage of the device right from the show, and let us know what you think about this smashing device in the comments section below!

[via LG]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Snapdragon 801? That’s practically the same processor as the G2! I guess I’m waiting for the 805.

    1. after reading up on the 805, i don’t mind not having it.

      1. You should just get a G2 then if you mind outdated tech.

        1. it’s all about timing. This processor will hold it’s own until there’s an actual big leap in tech. The 801 is perfectly fine and will be for a few years.

          1. I wanted the 805 because the new adreno 420 GPU would be much better in pushing that high res display. The 420 GPU was able to push a 4k display at the same frame rate as the 330 pushing a 1080. Do your research and don’t drink the kool-aid unless you know what’s in it. http://www.anandtech.com/show/8035/qualcomm-snapdragon-805-performance-preview/3

          2. You mean 2K, but more to the point as that’s what the G3’s driving. I think LG were wise here though, waiting 3 months for a performance boost that the majorities won’t notice would be suicide in the marketplace, maybe we’ll see an 805 in a G3 Pro for those of us who care.

        2. what outdated tech, 805 doesnt exist yet

  2. This makes the G2 look even better now.

  3. I’m fine with the 801 processor. I’m sure the battery life will be fine as it was on the G2 even with the bigger and sharper display. I hope we do see some improvements with the UI tho

  4. HSPA + 21! WHY NOT HSPA + 42?

    1. Because almost no one uses HSPA+42 anymore. T-Mobile is reducing it on their network and will eventually shut it down entirely.

      And to clarify that last statement – T-Mobile used to have Edge on 1900mhz, and HSPA+ 42 on AWS (1700/2100). They are refarming LTE to be on AWS, moving HSPA+ 21 to 1900mhz (no dual-carrier aggregation, so no 42mbps). As such, LTE phones, whether they support HSPA+42 or not, will revert to 1900mhz HSPA+21 when T-Mobile LTE is not available. the majority of other carriers don’t support HSPA+42, and no US carrier other than T-Mobile supports it.

  5. It seems as each new Flagship gets announced, I fall deeper and deeper in love with my Nexus 5.

    1. i have the nexus 5 and love it but I’d be kidding myself if i said i wasn’t jumping onto this bad boy.

      1. I agree that the G3 is better, but not by much.

        1. I completely disagree. The G3 is head and shoulders better than the Nexus 5, lets not kid ourselves here.

        2. G3 poops on the nexus 5. Let’s be honest.

        3. The G2 was undoubtedly better than the Nexus 5, the G3 only improves the build, feel and UI (which I’m really excited about to be honest, the G2 was really functional but had a clunky UI. If they keep/improve the functionality while making it much more aesthetically pleasing and simpler) then this is a winner.

      2. That’s what she said

  6. I’m hoping that’s a typo in the display resolution, 256 really?

  7. That two tone bezel look is soo freaking sexy!

  8. can you confirm FM Radio?

  9. wait for the 810 or tegra maxwell.

  10. 32GB option, with MicroSD and removable battery? Folks, we FINALLY have a Samsung contender! Make this model available as a GPE, and LG will have my money tomorrow.

    1. Agreed. But as a GPE the MicroSD won’t work too well….

      1. That’s a misconception. The MicroSD on my Galaxy S4 GPE functions the same as the Galaxy S5 or any other device that launched with KitKat onboard. The exceptions are the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, which have a bug that allows for some R/W access, but will likely be patched out.

  11. its smaller than at first reported!!!!! OMG I want this phone….who do I have to kill to get this!!!!!

  12. lol im not falling for this. when is the g3 prime coming out?

  13. Don’t like LG phones but the camera system and removable battery alone might finally make me change my mind with the G3. Might check out the international version.

  14. Smart Keyboard sounds like something I desperately need. How often do I type ‘b’ and ‘n’ instead of space? =.[

  15. Only downside I see is the resolution of the display, which is just a huge battery sucking waste. Other than that, we finally have someone that seems to be able to contend with the S5. Lack of water resistance and USB 3.0 aside, we finally have someone with both expandable battery/storage and plenty of Ram. I’m positive, though, that the Note 4 will blow both of these two up. And, to be honest, it’s a fairer match up because LG went with a 5.5 inch screen.

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