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LG Announces the G3

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LG just made their new 2014 flagship official, say “Hello!” to the G3. As expected, the device has a 5.5-inch Quad HD Display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 or 3GB of RAM depending on the internal storage, 16 or 32GB of storage, and a 13MP OIS+ camera.

We are currently in the middle of the unveiling event, so as details emerge, this post will see updates. As that is happening, be sure to follow along with our live blog and live video stream

The LG G3 will be available starting May 28 (tomorrow) in South Korea. An LG rep at our press event told us to expect it in the US later this summer on all the major carriers. You will be able to buy the LG G3 at Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Best Buy.

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Specs

  • 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.

Press Release

NEW LG G3 SMARTPHONE, REDEFINES CONCEPT OF SMART AND SIMPLE

‘Simple is the New Smart:’ New LG G3 Builds on Legacy of Acclaimed G Series

May 27, 2014 – 1:00pm

NEW YORK AND SAN FRANCISCO, May 27, 2014 — LG Electronics (LG) today introduced to the world its eagerly anticipated LG G3 smartphone, the successor to the company’s popular LG G2. With launch events taking place in six cities worldwide — London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul — the LG G3 aims to redefine the definition of a global smartphone for global customers. 

The all-new LG G3 will arrive on U.S. soil later this summer with T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores.

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. “The 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 LG 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-resistant and most of all, aesthetically pleasing
  • 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 LG G3

True-to-Life Viewing Experience
LG’s development of the LG G3’s breathtaking Quad HD display was the result of years of innovation in display technology. With a pixel density of 538ppi, the LG G3’s Quad HD display sets new viewing standard producing images that are sharper and clearer than traditional smartphone displays. At 5.5-inches, the 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 LG G3 also required LG engineers to pair it with battery technology that was just as innovative. LG equipped the LG 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 LG 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 LG G3’s advanced 13MP OIS+ camera is designed to quickly and easily capture life’s special moments as they occur. This is made possible with LG G3’s innovative Laser Auto Focus. This technology enables the LG 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 fuzzy pictures of your son scoring his first football goal or missed shots because your camera couldn’t decide quickly enough which toddler in the playground to focus on is virtually a thing of the past. Combined with the proven and popular OIS+ technology first seen in the G Pro 2, the LG 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 LG G3, tapping the subject to focus will simultaneously also trigger the shutter. What’s more, the LG 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 LG G3 will recognize the gesture and begin the automatic three-second countdown. It couldn’t get any simpler than that.

For video, the LG 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 LG 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  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 LG G3’s well-balanced design language. The stylish metallic skin with matte finish that keeps the LG G3 looking clean and fingerprint-resistant 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 LG G3 users a unique experience unlike any previous LG smartphone. Highlights include:

  • Smart Keyboard: Adaptive technology learns as you type for faster input with fewer mistakes. Smart Keyboard reduces input errors 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 LG 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 Code™ 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 LG G3, users have the option of being able to use KnockON to wake the screen to check the time or enter the home screen directly via Knock Code™.
    • Content Lock keeps personal files safe and hidden from view when sharing the LG 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 LG G3’s internal memory or on the microSD card.
    • Kill Switch gives LG G3 owners the ability to disable their phones remotely in the event of theft. The Kill Switch also allows content on the LG 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:

  • QuickCircle™ 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 LG G3 in  style.
  • LG Tone Infinim™ (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 easy 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.

The LG G3 will begin rolling out worldwide (starting on May 28 in South Korea) on over 170 carriers. Additional details will be announced locally at the time of availability.

  • Chris

    Do I need to buy another accessory for underneath the back panel to use my wireless charger with the G3? It’s looking like I need that flip case on it rather than a case that will actually protect it. Anyone? Can’t really find clarifying information.

  • Cathrine Jhones

    LG has mucked up the launch. The ambiguous “later this summer” does not cut it anymore. Considering the leaks you would have thought it was ready for a world wide launch. If HTC can figure it out, so can LG http://goo.gl/QVImks

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  • pyro74boy .

    I think if LG made it so you can buy the phone now they would have sold way more and it also lacks the 805 CPU. WOW LG not cool .

  • pyro74boy .

    Why in the hell does the G3 not have the 805 processor with the QHD display? LG had a chance to wow me over but nope no such luck I will be waiting on the Note 4 . I know the G3 fan-girls will be crying all over my post lol [People like The Narrator LOL] LG what where you thinking you almost got my money. LOL All kidding aside I will still look at maybe buying the G3 depending on the actual performance of the phone but really think that it not having the 805 is going to suck for performance and battery life.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    No mention of water resistance either?

  • Minh

    “later this summer” (when they say this it means they’ll release mid-September) is a deal-breaker for me. I am planning on getting a new device and switch back to Android in a month. I’m sad.

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  • paul_cus

    Way too tall. Sorry, LG.

    • PoisonApple31

      Maybe when you grow up, you’ll grow into the phone.

      • paul_cus

        Just want a smaller Android phone, that’s all. Guess I’m waiting on Motorola.

    • Aiden Richardson

      It’s only 4mm taller than the S5 but with a much bigger screen..? You can see it in 3D here – http://versus.com/en/lg-g3-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5

  • PoisonApple31

    Will it blend?

  • TheRunner024

    Does it use a nano or micro sim card?

  • Brian Menius

    Sort of want. I love my N5, and this looks like a similar form factor.

    I can has G3 GPE with Knock Code?! I know… unrealistic.

  • nosedive94

    Definitely what I’m upgrading to in July

  • nosedive94

    As a pixel freak, all I can say is, holy PPI!

  • Ralph Bretz

    LG hit it out the park. Gonna have to give up the Moto X Dev if there’s an Unlockable Bootloader variant on Verizon

    • Matt G

      By the time you see the G3 here in the states the new Moto X will be announced

      • The Narrator

        Which is for a small number of people.

      • PoisonApple31

        And then it’ll be blatantly obvious as to why the G3 is awesome.

  • kentholio

    LG has mucked up the launch. The ambiguous “later this summer” does not cut it anymore. Considering the leaks you would have thought it was ready for a world wide launch. If HTC can figure it out, so can LG.

    • paul_cus

      Yeah, way to kill the momentum.

    • The Narrator

      Oh but it’s okay for Samsung to do it? and Apple?

      • The Announcer

        Did he say that? Imply that? Allude to that at all?

        (…and no, not bringing them up does not imply they get a pass.)

        You’re arguing with something you are pretending he said/thought.

        Impressive! /s

        • The Narrator

          Don’t leave them out next time.

          • Just a thought…

            Or….

            Don’t make baseless assumptions and then start arguing with people about things *you* made up??

          • The Narrator

            Asking questions is arguing? Now you’re making assumptions saying i’m arguing.

            Troll elsewhere.

          • TrollingthemotherofallTrolls..

            Asking questions? Of course not. But you weren’t just “asking questions” and you bloody well know it. Anyone reading that first response can easily see the implication, accusation and condescension. (feel free to change it at any time…)

            …and you calling *anyone* a troll?

            Price. Less.

            Sucks being called out on your own BS, doesn’t it?

          • You just…what?

            …or what? You’ll pretend he implied something else you can use in your ongoing pathetic attempts to slam other OEMs?

            Get help. Seriously.

      • Kentholio

        Samsung and Apple also provide release dates at the time of announcement. LG announced South Korea.

      • Kentholio

        I honestly prefer LG to all of these companies. I am just disappointed. I wanted to pick one of these up at some point in the near future. I still may be able to. Just dont know when. I do not like the carrot dangling in front of my nose.

    • Matt G

      HTC deserves a lot of credit for doing that

      • The Narrator

        Their phone still blows.

        • Octotron

          Easily the highest quality phone I have had… and I have had quite a few. Don’t troll.

          • The Narrator

            Sure, good build quality. Specs? nope
            I need a big battery, good camera, big screen. M8 provides none of that.

          • pyro74boy .

            Telling someone like The Narrator not to troll is like telling someone not to speed in a twin turbo 1200 horsepower viper IT Will never happen. The Narrator is to busy counting his money that he got after cashing his payroll check that he got from LG today LOL

        • SerenityNow

          Their phone is fine, actually. I have it and thought it was a pretty good improvement over the Galaxy S 4, looked more appealing than the GS 5 as well. I’m sure you’ve used it extensively and have absolutely no bias in that comment. Just because the HTC One is a great phone doesn’t mean the LG G3 is not likewise great. There are pros and cons of both devices, but they’re likely both overall excellent purchases. How you would reach the conclusion that any high end smartphone released in 2014 “blows” is beyond me.

    • Usaamah

      It’s out tomorrow in Korea, so it should be rolled out in a couple weeks.

  • Matt G

    Later this summer…..

    • The Narrator

      Obviously means November /s

    • Kazahani

      FFS I WANT IT NOW DAMMIT.

  • Defenestratus

    I don’t see wireless charging anywhere…

    Please don’t disappoint me LG…

    • Brian

      It’s in there. Although not explicitly stated, they say they’re releasing a wireless charger for it, which would imply the G3 is capable of wireless charging.

      • Chris

        But do we have to use the thing they sell. I have a Tylt Vu wireless charger that I use with a coil in my S3. These phones are changing their builds so much a new coil will be needed unless its that new chip that includes wireless charging in it but theres very little detail in this.

    • Brian Menius

      They mention an accessory charger for wireless charging; got to assume the phone is wireless charge capable.

    • kentholio

      If you are watching the video, it shows wireless charging.

  • The Narrator
    • Matt G

      I love how quick you are to criticize other companies but LG pulls a lot of the same crap they do and you don’t say a word

      • The Narrator

        Same crap? New design, new features, brand new UI. Far from it, buddy.

        • Matt G

          The whole later this summer release? How bout the fact that the battery life is going to far worse than last years? You can’t be pushing all those pixels and to a bigger screen without the battery getting worse.

          • The Narrator

            Oh so you’ve used the device?! OMG BRO tell me how it is now!

            oh………you haven’t? Okay.

            You obviously aren’t watching the announcement either, fool.

          • Matt G

            Its called using basic logic you should try it sometime

          • The Narrator

            lol, I hope you don’t procreate

          • Matt G

            Did you use the S5 before you criticized it or the M8 before you criticized it?

          • The Narrator

            Yes, I did. 14 day Verizon trial. Good shyt

          • 213ninja

            i don’t care if you post a receipt, there’s absolutely no way i can be convinced you bought an s5.

          • Chris King

            Sarge didn’t give him permission

          • Mark Mann

            Coming from a fellow g3 wanter, you’ve used the g3 enough to call these people fools?

        • pyro74boy .

          Don’t forget an under powered CPU LOL

      • K

        You’re barely realizing he’s an LG fanboy?

        • The Narrator

          I own LG, Sony, and Oppo devices. Nice try though.