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LG and Carriers Announce G3 Availability

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Perhaps the most exciting part of LG’s G3 press event wasn’t the confirmation of the Snapdragon 801 processor or the laser auto focus, but the announcement of a launch window. The G3 will retail on more than 170 carriers globally, beginning May 28 in Korea. Word on US availability was unfortunately vague – the best LG PR offered was “later this summer.”

When it launches, the G3 will be available in 16GB and 32GB capacities (both have microSD slots compatible with cards up to 128GB). The differences between the models expands beyond the amount of internal storage: the 16GB model has 2GB of RAM, while the 32GB bumps the memory up to 3GB. Beyond that, though, the variations are identical.

No info on preorders – it sounds like stateside carriers may be getting the device later than others – but we’ll be asking LG representatives to clarify.

All of the major US carriers will sell the device, including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint.

Sprint has announced that it will exclusively carry the gold model. T-Mobile announced the device individually as well, and is launching a special contest that will award lucky customers with a free G3 through June 29. AT&T said it will carry the device “this year.” Verizon took to Twitter to confirm a G3 adorned with lovely carrier branding is coming to its network this summer.

Via: LG

 

  • John

    The reason the USA variant will be a bit late is do to the supply of the New display, I am sure their fab is not pumping them out at the same rate as their previous 1080p screens. And for the people complaining about the 801 chip, it is the same chip all the other manufacturers are in their flagship devices, if the 805 or whatever number is the next high end qualcomm chip was available to put in a device that will sell millions of units it would be in the phone, people need to realize that the 805 is NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME, and no phone manufacturer will wait for the chip manufacturer to be able to produce enough chips so they can put into their phones, that could be months, and losing revenue for a few months is really bad business, at the end of the day, these companies run a business, like any other business in the world, they need to show revenue on a quarterly basis, and positive at that, they could care any less about the few sick in the head fanboys, with unrealistic expectations, they care about the main stream consumer who will have no issue with the phone running the powerful 801 chip. Everyone wants the latest and greatest, but people need to be realistic, but it looks like this place like all the other fanatic android sites, realistic is not part of their vocabulary.

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    I will definitely purchase its 32GB along with 3GB RAM model and I am impressed with its storage option that could be expandable up to 128GB and its 3000mAh
    that according to me after fully charged on wireless charging pad, runs throughout the day.

  • roberthenderson

    Speaker not on the front – fail
    Onscreen buttons functionally turning it into a 5 inch screen – fail

    Unfortunately these fails trump my desire for the laser focus and ios.

  • joshua christanis

    Lol not impressive quad core and a 2k screen calls for lag I’ll stick with my moto x. Then hopefully some news on the x+1

  • Qwerty

    A short poem on the new LG G3 http://goo.gl/XFv9rx

  • Cathrine Jhones

    I’m sure Verizon will get it in late August http://goo.gl/QVImks

  • Josh Shaw

    Why can’t they do like HTC and have them the same day!

  • BillySuede

    releasing this in the summer (be shocked if this didn’t mean early july) is a dicey proposition. by that time, the hypebeasting will be in full bloom for the iphone 6, the note 4 and likely the galaxy prime phone. they obviously have a lot of faith in the g3 to carve its own niche despite what will assuredly be some stiff competition.

  • ChristianPasquariello

    The problem with releasing late summer is that is when the Isheep will get their new device, which will have a model with the exact same screen size as this, 5.5″.

  • d-rock

    LG…you’re not Samsung or Apple. People will not simply wait for you months after announcement. Clean up your act or you might have to hire Robert Downy Jr to do uninspiring commercials for your products. Late Summer release is bad marketing for your biggest market.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “THIS SUMMER” . . . June 21 is the official start of summer. So AT LEAST a month. And Most likely 2.

  • Josh

    I wish there was a way to take of the lg logo in the front lol

  • SerenityNow

    There’s no way LG will get the kind of market traction they’re looking for if they can’t commit to anything more specific than “later this summer” in the U.S. I recently upgraded from the GS4 to the M8 and would have seriously considered the G3 had it launched at or around the same time. But as I mentioned in a previous post, I don’t find the G3 to be that much more impressive than the M8 that I would drop one phone for the other. The fact that it likely won’t be released in the States for another couple months absolutely seals it for me. If I’m tired of the M8 after 5 or 6 months, I’ll likely wait to see the new batch of phones that get released in the fall or perhaps take a first look at whatever the Android Silver program has to offer in 2015 (assuming that Verizon participates in the program).

    Tough to quantify, but I do wonder how much momentum the G3 will potentially lose in the US this year as a result of the delay. If they can get the product launched in early July, they should have a decent 2 month window to operate in before the iPhone 6 and Note 4 come out. But if this stretches until mid August? Forget about it. They’ll have the same problem as last year’s HTC One – the stigma of being the best phone that nobody knows about.

  • jgemberton

    Technically, Summer begins the end of June. If it takes that long to get this, I’m hoping Moto announces something regarding the next MotoX in the meantime. That way I can make a fully informed decision as to which flagship to buy (not to mention all the Prime versions and possible 805 variants). Should get some good feedback regarding real-world performance and battery life, as well, during that time. I’m thinking it might’ve been in LG’s best interest to get this thing out as close to Day Zero as possible.

    • Orion

      I’m in the same boat. It’s either this or whatever moto is doing this summer.

  • ja

    “later this summer”. pretty lame. google edition, if they have one, will be what, later after later this fall maybe?

  • Ryan Chapman

    I held off the last month getting the S5 or HTC One to see if this was worth the wait, but I really don’t think I can hold out another 6-8 weeks… My old Galaxy S3 needs to be retired

    • OF

      I’m in the same boat. My S3 is dying lol. Depending on when it arrives in Canada I’ll prolly wait for the next round of phone releases.

    • joe23521

      I’m the same exact boat. Except my current phone is a One X.

      Problem is, there’s not other appealing options on ATT.

  • LiterofCola
  • d-rock

    well….LG did everything right to try and hurt Samsung and then dropped the ball? Late Summer? It could be that they plan on re releasing one with the 805 for late summer? Who knows, but the spark I had for this phone just died when I saw late summer. By that time, the talk of the 2015 generation will be upon us. Unless the specs get bumped by the time of US release, G3 will be no more than a thought for me.

    Pretty much the only thing that could save this is if it’s the first phone on Google’s new Silver program (with the spec bumps).

    • joe23521

      Agreed. My heart kinda sunk when I saw late summer. Already have my wallet out. Given the massive amount of leaks, I was hoping for almost immediate availability.

      Will still buy it if it’s June, as an AT&T rep told me.

  • Joe

    Us cellular anyone?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    What we really need to talk about is if and/or when will the software come to the g2.

  • Tony Byatt

    I’m sure this device will do well as it should…It’s impressive…

    I just feel LG missed a great opportunity by not having the phone available this week…

    • joe23521

      They cannot afford to wait too long or the hype will die down fast.

  • Arthur Dent

    AT&T said it will carry the device “this year.”

    Wow, AT&T, you’re so customer friendly …

    /s

    • joe23521

      This is really disappointing to hear.

      Not sure how much longer my current phone can last, not to mention my patience…

      Need some detailed dates REAL soon or will have to look elsewhere.

    • joe23521

      An ATT rep told me it should be out within the month of June. Not sure if there’s any credibility there. But I’m cautiously optimistic.

      • Johnny Steele

        As a VZW rep (sales rep at least) I can say that they know just as much as you do :P

      • desert102

        I work at att and can confidently tell you that we have not gotten any information at all. I was even the one who told my manager about it today being announced.

  • Tony Byatt

    I guess I shouldn’t have expected them to have the phone available this week…

    We didn’t see nearly the same amount of leaks we saw with the M8 which was available day one…

    Impressive device though…

  • MikeCiggy

    Damn, was hoping I could pick this up in June when I get my upgrade. Don’t think I can hold out until after summer. What a bummer.

    • Sam

      same here. i may have to settle for S5!

      • MikeCiggy

        Which is sad. I’ve been on Samsung phones for the past 5 years, Gnex, S3, and Note 2. I DO NOT want a home button, or TouchWiz. So the S5 to me, is not worth my money.

  • Paraspolo

    The LG G2 was/is (imho) was the best phone I have ever used. I have had the same phone since last October. 7 months with the same phone is a record for me. With all of my Motorolas and Samsung phones, I would have to have them exchanged due to bugs and glitches. The LG G2 has been almost perfect. Maybe froze once(instead of daily like almost all of the moto phones I had).

    I can’t wait for this. LG is the new boss. Apple and Samsung just doesn’t know it yet.

    • ezpotato

      i’m in the same boat. and i was given an s4 and a note 3 to try to sway me over (i work in the wireless industry) and i kept on going back to my g2. I can NOT wait to get the g3, only improving on what i think is the most superior device in wireless right now.

    • ChristianPasquariello

      off subject but their TVs ain’t shabby either. Got a 50″ LG plasma, 3 HDMI ins, etc. for $498 about a year ago at BB. Thing looks amazing.

  • Jkdem85

    Per ev leaks, check out the Sprint leak he posted recently. It shows the sprint model with “July 25th” on the calendar / clock

    • mustbepbs

      Per Sarge?

    • rawr

      Pretty late if the Primes exist, or at least the Moto X+1-4/3*78+/-sqrt(-1), would be mentioned or leaked by then. Then you have to compete with real phones instead of cheap non-prime phones.

  • Cael

    LOL @ Sprint trying to get exclusives now to win customers.

  • fartbubbler

    soooooo pricing is?

  • Detonation

    edit

  • Xavier_NYC

    MKBD review. Looks like he had the phone hours before the event and confirms the 801Soc as well as 3GB Ram: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6605kiXmm8

    • The Narrator

      And it looks absolutely beautiful

      • Steve

        Which carrier is carrying the version with a 64 bit SOC, sapphire glass and liquid metal body?

      • William Rutherford III

        Yes , beautiful. Especially the plastic back with fake metal. Classy.

    • Orion

      That screen!!

  • michael o’brien

    well later this summer. That goes from July to September.

  • NickA

    Later this Summer??!! They hype will be gone by then and we will be looking forward to the phones coming out in the Fall.

    • Ron_Swanson

      I seriously doubt that. I have the G2, and it’s still so good that I have no desire to get another phone. No way the awesomeness of the G3 wears off in a few months…….get real.

      • Chippah

        G3 ROM for G2 will be just as good imho.

      • http://si97.com/ Saif

        I’ve Nexus 4 and I still don’t feel like upgrading.

        • Jkdem85

          I cant understand how you could be on a 3g phone still

          • jonzey231

            I’ve got LTE on my N4. Hmmmm

          • Jkdem85

            yea but its only for AWS spectrum in certain Tmo areas right?

          • jonzey231

            You are correct, however, I live in Columbus, OH and I’ve been to Cincinatti, Cleveland and Dayton and it works when I’m in all those places. Even vacationed at Va Beach.

          • http://si97.com/ Saif

            I get 2 MBPS speed constantly which is great.

          • Ulfric

            Can’t tell if your being sarcastic, if you aren’t I envy you.

      • NickA

        Get real dude. The newness of a phone wears off in a couple weeks now a days. If it’s not out within a few weeks of being announced, it will get lost in all the news of the upcoming phones. Late Summer means people are saying “maybe I should wait for the Note 4, iPhone 6, The next Moto X, S5 Prime”, etc. You get the idea.

        I can see all the posts now: “Should I get the G3 or wait for [insert upcoming phone here]“

    • LiterofCola

      If it does come out closer towards the fall I might have to wait and see what the new Maxx will be offering.

    • rawr

      One of the reasons Apple is successful is they pay attention to the most important market for high end cellphones. Don’t expect to sell well in the US if you aren’t going to sell your phones in the US.

      Maybe all those iPhone users are on to something, maybe being respected by the company makes up for the baby screen.

      • ChristianPasquariello

        Now only if they would pay attention to American workers… and nothing makes up for a screen that small.

  • Jkdem85

    I’m sure Verizon will get it in late August

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Oh god I hope not. I want to get it but that late, maybe not. Or Idk I’m so confused :(

      • Jkdem85

        I know right? I am willing to kill for this bad boy!

      • K

        Wouldn’t be surprised if they do but who knows. Maybe by the time it’s released on vzw the “prime” devices could be close to release too.

        • i want it now

          this is my issue. Im sitting on 2 upgrades, and was hoping for a quick release like HTC, but if it gets released within weeks of the primes, then LG would loose my business.

  • Yaniv

    Where is the Pricing?

    • https://www.heartbleedbug.com Intellectua1

      Most likely same pricing as every other phone. Contract pricing is basically the same. Full prices are well basically the same also. Between $600-$700

    • The Narrator

      Don’t you know, it’s free!

      • Bobby B

        It should be free with that old POS 801/330.

        • The Narrator

          You’re an idiot.

          • Alexander Z Great

            Here he goes

          • LiterofCola

            That’s my line -__-

        • Big EZ

          Yeah, just stick to your current phone with the 805 in it. Oh, wait…

    • Mark2134

      Lol I re-read it 3 times thinking I was missing it…. :P

      • Yaniv

        Well, the title say: “LG G3 Pricing and Availability” :)

    • Kyle Wiggers

      I re-titled the article, as we’re waiting on that info. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’re going to get it today. :(

      • Yaniv

        Np man :)