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LG Announces G3 Cat.6, With LTE-A Support and a Snapdragon 805

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, since I know that you are only days into owning an LG G3, a phone that we called the “best phone you can buy right now” in our G3 review, but a newer, better version has already been announced. That’s not a joke either. LG, last night, announced the LG G3 Cat.6, which is the same G3 you already own but with LTE-Advanced connectivity and a Snapdragon 805 processor. 

For the most part, this isn’t that big of an upgrade, but when you consider the Adreno 420 GPU in the 805 vs. the overclocked Adreno 330 in the Snapdragon 801 used in the current G3, you should see a difference in tasks that involve pushing all of those QHD pixels. In other words, gamers could benefit from the GPU in the 805. The 805 also brings a slight performance boost thanks to its Krait 450 cores and has new camera enhancements, though LG would have to build in specific features to take advantage of the 805’s prowess there. On an LTE-A front, this variant of the G3 will see much faster download speeds (225Mbps download), assuming you can find a capable network.

The rest of the specs are the same – 5.5-inch QHD display, 3GB RAM, 13MP camera with OIS+, 3,000mAh battery, white/gold/black color options, and Android 4.4.2.

If this situation sounds familiar, that’s because Samsung just did something similar, though you could easily argue that Samsung’s releasing of two Galaxy S5 variants is far worse than this. After having announced the original Galaxy S5 in February, with rumors of a higher-end “Galaxy S5 Prime” accompanying it, Samsung did indeed unveil a beefier S5 variant for Korea in June with LTE-A, a QHD display, 3GB RAM, and a Snapdragon 805 processor. The original Galaxy S5 features a FHD display, 2GB RAM, and a Snapdragon 801.

No word was given on availability, but it would shock me to find this phone anywhere near a US carrier in the near future.

Here are the full specs:

  • Size: 146.3 × 74.6 × 9.1mm
  • Weight: 154g
  • Color: Silk white, polished gold, metallic black
  • Network: LTE, broadband LTE, LTE-A, broadband LTE-A
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Processor (up to 2.7GHz Quad Core)
  • Modem: Qualcomm Gobi 9 × 35 LTE Advanced Cat 6 Modem
  • Display: 5.5 inches Quad HD IPS (2,560 × 1,440) / 538ppi
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera (laser auto-focus, OIS plus); 2.1MP front camera
  • Battery 3,000 mAh / removable
  • Memory: 3GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage:  32GB; microSD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 kitkaet
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, MIMO)
    Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X)
    NFC, SlimPort, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0
  • Etc.: TDMB
  • Shipment: Undecided
Via:  LG
  • TG

    Just bought the LG G3. It is every bit as capable as the many adverts, speculations and early owners have said.

    It is always difficult to pull the financial decision trigger on a device when we know better tech is only months away, or rumored to be coming soon. Word of the LG G3 with LTE-A and the 805 SD in Korea is such an example. This unit may never make it over in the the US, but such hopes make our purchase choices acbut more difficult.

    Even so, it’s unlikely LTE-A services will be available in the US for at least another 5 years. Our providers would rather refer to Morse Code as the new 5G with a surcharge in usage fees.

    Sad, but at least my LG G3 will still be using the fastest speeds available for the foreseeable future.

  • tdurden64111

    Damn… #WhyDoBadThingsHappen2GoodPpl?

  • vermiciouskanid

    Pretty sure that’s a man.

  • InfoPsyche

    LG has officially announced its new smartphone G3 LTE-A for the Korean customers which will be for sale on July 25. The phone is powered by 4.4.2 KitKat android version. It comes with 13 megapixel camera, 5.5 touch screen display, 3 GB of system memory, NFC, GPS and DLNA.
    http://tech.infopsyche.com/lg-g3-lte-a/

  • Mickey A Valentine

    So what’s Cat.6 mean?

  • Christara Sp

    Lg comes the best!

  • Christara Sp

    Oh shut the hell up!! When its available, I have money, I buy it. That’s it.

  • Artune

    Never hitting US Markets, Happy and in love with the G3

  • Rise

    I like the G3, due to specs and all, but it’s in my opinion too “shiny”.
    You walk on the streets and people notice you with that big screen
    phone on your hands. And, because of big rate of violence and robbery
    here in Brazil, it’s something to look out when buying it.

    Inclined to Moto X+1.

  • adjdb

    What a lousy excuse to say easily argue samsung did worse when lg did the same thing Wow

    • chris125

      Yeah lg did it a week after launch. Samsung at least waited a little

  • Mike

    Can’t wait to see the video comparison between the US LG G3 and this new one. If you absolutely have to this new version, 28mobile will probable have it when it actually comes out. They currently have the s5 prime. So I assume they will have the new G3 when it comes out.

  • MentatYP

    All this hysteria over a phone that will never make it to the U.S. Nothing to see here folks. Except maybe a sneak peek at the LG G4 specs next year.

    Will be interesting to see if the 805 helps with the jank due to driving a QHD display with an 801. If so the G4 will be a killer phone.

  • R2deetard

    I JUST bought an LG G3 last night……

  • bogy25

    To everyone who told me this would never happen …… F U!!!!!!! :P

  • http://www.pcprocare.com/ Barry Taylor

    I have the Verizon LG G3. Automatic brightness and slider at 50%. Here’s a link to a screenshot from someone else, I’ll attach mine after.. His: http://m.imgur.com/R03Cfr5

    I do not know why mine is dropping so fast! Any ideas? Also, this is with very low usage..

    • Ryan Chapman

      From what im reading, give it about a week to settle. Mine comes today, we will see if it’s the same

      • http://www.pcprocare.com/ Barry Taylor

        I’ve had it 2 days shy of a week. This is an upgrade from the G2 which I’m very familiar with regarding battery life. On a normal day, battery would get sketchy at around 10-11pm. So 14-15 hours without charge. This went down 20% in like a half hour. There’s something else going on here.

        • AngryBadger

          I had a similar battery experience but on the Nexus 5. Does restarting the phone after charging it help you? It does for me. From what I read, it may be a google services / camera bug. :

          • http://www.pcprocare.com/ Barry Taylor

            I can only assume you are talking about Google camera app? I have that installed, well, as of about a minute ago it’s no longer installed :). I will monitor my battery now, and update this if that helped. We’ve been tearing this phone apart (software) checking CPU, battery voltage usage, memory, applications, background services.. It just hasn’t added up. Android system was using most, but only because I can’t do anything else on it without killing the battery.. Thank you for the post!

          • http://www.pcprocare.com/ Barry Taylor

            I just factory reset it. I am monitoring the battery and we are testing different options.

    • PoisonApple31

      Mine has been getting better and better each day – what was your on screen time in this case?

    • duke69111

      I don’t know if this make a difference or not, but I noticed you have a hangout notification message in your notification bar.

      I’ve been monitoring my g2 for over a week now, greenifying apps and such to work out my problems with battery life. I think I have narrowed it down to Hangouts possibly being the problem. I lose 2-3% over 7-9 hours of stand by on a typical night. On the nights when my other half works night shift and she sends me a hangout message that I don’t see til morning, I lose 20%-26% battery life in the same 7-9 hours of standby. This has happened three times now over the last week and a hangout message waiting for me in the notification panel is the only difference.

      I don’t know if that’s it or not, but 3% one night and then 26% the next night is driving me crazy.

    • Artune

      Yeah my G3 last a bit less than my G2 but I still go over 30 hours without charging, easily.

      • duke69111

        What’s your screen on time with the 30 hour+ battery life?

    • john

      Make sure your various backup methods are set to your preferences. For instance, my G3 is on Verizon and came with Verizon Cloud installed. By default, it was backing up my phone every hour. Once I shut that off, my phone’s battery started performing much better.

    • http://www.pcprocare.com/ Barry Taylor

      Alright guys.. So, the problem was the Google Camera application. After uninstalling it, my battery life is now quite amazing. My buddy owns the S5 and he wasn’t having crazy battery drain, and he was actually quite content with his battery life.. He did a couple tests with his phone and in 1 hour @ idle with the camera app installed, he was getting 3% battery drain (with data turned off). He uninstalled the app, and tested again (no other apps open or in memory between the two tests) and in 1 hour, he dropped 1%. I streamed a 1080p youtube video over wifi with data on, bluetooth on, volume off (was working, didn’t want it blasting during work), brightness @ 50% and NFC off.. I dropped 20%. I am quite content with that.

  • Gr8Ray

    WTF is up with that name? Cat.6? Does it support gigabit ethernet? Way to confuse the market with improper use of a networking term.

    • AngryBadger

      Wish it supported that transfer rate :)

  • JayQ330

    The only network that has the ability & towers set up for lte -A broadband is sprint, like in Japan they use 2.6 GHz FDD lte & most international countries Japan, China, India, Italy, Sweden & more use 2.6 GHz for lte, so it’s good for lte roaming, Softbank owns a majority of sprint. Sprints towers are (network vision multimode) are already 8×8 mimo so they just need the phones that are 8×8 mimo compatible like this one. Also for a for a real lte-A network you’ll need a band that’s at least 40 MHz & for lte A broadband you’ll need 100 MHz of frequency & sprint has that, frequency 2.5 threw 2.6 GHz exactly 100 MHz, plus their 8×8 mimo towers/antennas they’re basically the only ones that can do this right now, but they won’t yet since they’re supposed to go 40 MHz with mimo by the ending of 2014 on band 41, then 60 MHz & so on until they reach the 80 & 100 MHz with 8×8 mimo which will be lte advanced, in NYC their ability to switch to 3 band from 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz & 2.5 GHz comes in so handy, before Verizon had the aws band’s that peak at 80 MBS sprints 800 MHz would reach 15 to 27 MBS down & 8 to 17 up. But sprints 2.5 GHz band peaks at 75 MBS & averages at 50 to 65 MBS where Verizon’s aws spectrum doors 25 to 45 MBS average, I beleive it’s because of congestion. The 3 band’s that sprint has puts people at the best band, instead of just one band so there is no congestion.

  • Voltism

    When LG does it it’s ok, when Samsung does it it’s yet another example of how bad a company they are

    • sisterx

      Exactly and to think lg simply followed what samsung did

  • frhow

    Good thing I got my G3 for free, Ill just sell it and get this if it has Global LTE radios.

  • William_Morris

    :: Takes a deep breath to scream NO! :: Waitaminnut!!! :: releases breath :: Happy with Moto X! :-D

  • Arty McBert

    Who … cares? It’s not like the current G3’s will stop working. But it is a little ridiculous to release this, though.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    “but it would shock me to find this phone anywhere near a US carrier in the near future.” – so its a non-story?

  • GJV

    This phone is not coming to the USA so you are not bearing bad news, more like barely relevant news.

  • Shawn Spring

    Sometimes I wished I lived in Korea so I could get all the coolest phones when they come out. But then, I’m like “naaaah.”

  • BillySuede

    wait. i thought only samsung does this :)

    as lg’s profile increases, don’t be surprised if this becomes more commonplace. have to strike while the iron’s hot, i suppose.

  • Daistaar

    Don’t get why everyone is up in arms about this. This news was reported a few weeks ago already:

    http://www.droid-life.com/2014/07/11/lg-g3-prime-spotted-for-korean-markets-features-snapdragon-805-processor/#more-145260

  • Ryan Chapman

    F me in my A…. I have two LG G3’s arriving in the mail today for the wife and I lol… Oh well, I don’t want to wait any longer anyways, cause my Galaxy S3 is having seizures lately

    • Dan_17z

      I came from a Samsung GS3 also. Soooo glad I got the G3. I have no regrets, I couldn’t wait any longer. The lag from the GS3 was killing me.

  • Trevor

    Total dick move if they brought this to the US in the semi-immediate future. I agree with Kellen in that I doubt they’d do that….hopefully.

    • Mech_Engr_09

      I’m taking mine back just to be safe. G watch as well because I hate this stupid kind of iissh

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  • Chris

    I recently purchased the G3, but I couldn’t care less about this announcement. I only purchased the G3 to tide me over until the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 is released.

    • Mech_Engr_09

      phag

      • Chris

        No thanks, I don’t smoke.

      • Chris

        Well, I’ve tried the Nexus 5 for 6 months. Been using the G3 for a few weeks and I can confidently say that Android is an unreliable sub-par OS. Once Apple release a larger screen iPhone people will leave Android in droves.

        • Ryan Chapman

          Adios!

        • DanielMena9

          I would definitely not agree with that. I owned the iPhone 5s and there were plenty of things that annoyed the heck out of me.

          1.) In control center, the wifi and bluetooth, etc buttons just turn off and on the control. Why can’t I long press it and get a pop up of available wifi networks or bluetooth devices.
          2.) When in apps, for some reason when clicking links, it ALWAYS open up a seperate in-app window to see the content (slickdeals app, twitter app, among many).
          3.) I use Google Music, Google Chrome, WHY CAN’T I set them as default as opposed to Safari and Chrome.
          4.) That weather icon is still frozen! I see snow outside yet the weather app is cloudy with some sun.
          5.) No back button, most apps have slide from left to right for back but NOT ALL.
          7.) No utorrent client on iPhone. That thing has saved me everytime. No Google Keep.

          The list continues but I’d rather stop.

          • Chris

            We all have different experiences I suppose. I’ve tried the Nexus 5, and now the G3 and decided I prefer iOS. I don’t expect everyone to feel the same as I do.

        • Bryan

          Care to give some examples of the “unreliable” and “sub-par” features you are talking about?
          I know plenty of people with iOS devices who complain about it being unreliable and having weird issues with it.

        • frhow

          No they arent, all of the Apple people I know loves apple because of the screen size. They do not want a bigger iPhone, and Android is way better than iOS due to bleeding edge tech and features. Where you are right is that the software could be a little more polished but thats the trade off for getting the newest features. iPhone will not put in these great features until years later after they have been thoroughly tested. And quite frankly thats unacceptable for me to get features years later because it was up to par to Apple standards.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I like how the g3 whites arent white. Makes their refined skin look good. Im holding it in hand for the first time. Its a little faster when it comes to scrolling through things and opening apps . All other differences are minimal. (Compared to rooted g2 on g3 rom)

  • alwaysguestforeveralone

    I skipped the G3 because of over heating concerns (I shoot long duration HD video for work regularly wit my note 2).
    Will the Cat.6’s changes improve upon the overheating issue or make it worse?

    • Mech_Engr_09

      I think I’m returning it and the g watch after reading this article. I really enjoyed my htc one m8. Say what you want about htc, but they made a great phone and I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t pull this shiit on us.

  • schoat333

    They are really trying to be just like Samsung. The only LG I have and will ever own have “Nexus” on the back.

    • Joe J

      How are they being like samsung? With that logic, your phone shouldn’t have 4g lte and only include 3g. Plus the 805s haven’t been readily available for to supply the globe instantaneously.

  • pyro74boy .

    The fact that the first G3 did not have the 805 was one of my only issues with it. I bet anyone who already got the G3 wished that they waiting for this one. I’m still waiting to see how good the new Moto X is going to be and also the Note 4. My next phone is going to be one of these 3 for sure unless something better comes out that’s better then all 3 of these phones. I know that Samsung has had a habit of saving their best hardware for the end of the year so I’m waiting to do a side by side test with all of these high-end phones. NO I’M NOT WAITING ON THE IPHONE6 [OR WHATEVER ITS GOING TO BE CALLED] BECAUSE I WANT A PHONE THAT IS NEW AND EXCITING AND NOT SOMETHING THAT THE COMPETITION [ANDROID THE KING] ALREADY HAD OVER 2 YEARS AGO. I WANT TO LEAD AND NOT FOLLOW.

    • smallscreename

      Psssh. Go back to gizmodo, you I-Sheep.

    • LolatU

      Thats just why i will not get an linux os fork “me too” piece of junk again.

  • Derek Duncan

    yea but this one is in Korea only. Kinda pointless for US models.

  • Bryan Mills

    Oh noes gaiz, they didn’t tell us about a product we better riot and show up with pitchforks at their front door!

    America!

    • Ryan Chapman

      I can’t remember the last time I read an comment section you didn’t make 10 comments on.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I can’t remember the last time I read a comment he posted that actually added/furthered a conversation.

        • Ryan Chapman

          I concur

  • jgemberton

    What I don’t get is that LG was already last to market with their flagship sporting the 801 chipset. Why didn’t they just wait a little longer and release it globally with the 805? Was it a ‘need to get something out by the end of 2nd quarter” thing? I just think they would’ve fared much better had they just waited an extra month or so for the 805.

    • Mike Aurin

      You are in the smaller demographic that cares about which chipset is being used. They can get away with the slightly older chipset and still win over the masses with their Quad HD display which is something easier to understand and shinier to the not-so-tech-savvy.

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    • Bryan Mills

      Because the 805 is no use for us in the US. It doesn’t make the product better.

      • David VanHouse

        Maybe for connectivity, but the 805 is a better processor and has a better GPU than the 801 does

        • Bryan Mills

          Won’t make it any faster than it is now unless you plan on playing games 24/7.

          • jgemberton

            I don’t care about the faster specs. What I care about is the up to 20% less power draw (I’ll take an extra 12 minutes per hour) with the added benefit of up to 40% more performance than the 800/801. The lower power consumption also means lower heat which means longer component life and less throttling.

          • David VanHouse

            Interesting, I was unaware that a more efficient, higher clocked GPU and CPU actually had no impact on performance. Thanks for the pro tip

      • Scott Webber

        faster is not better? What are you talking about?

    • T4rd

      Exactly my thoughts about the phone even before we knew about this new version. You know your products are too close together when your successor has the same SoC (800 and 801 are pretty much the same) as the device it replaced. I know the 801 drives the 2k display fine, but it’s more about power efficiency and longevity of the device.

    • Joe J

      Probably would have to wait an extra 3-4 months for a global supply. Thats Billions in lost sales. The G3 is still great to anyone other than G2 owners

  • Mike Aurin

    I feel like there are two conflicting emotions in this article. Starts off with you being the “bearer of bad news” and then you end it with stating that you would be “shocked to find this phone anywhere near the US any time soon”. So it looks like it makes no difference if LG releases another, better version of the G3 considering 98% of your readers are in the US. As far as I’m concerned, anyone with there G3 still has “the best” phone considering any releases not coming to the US are irrelevant.

    • Bryan Mills

      Better version? It offers Cat 6 and LTE A. Which is in no way “better” or useful for us Americans.

      • Mike Aurin

        You missed the point of my post entirely…

        • James

          Not to mention the fact that the upgrades offer more than just connectivity differences. It matters.

      • chris125

        The processor alone is worth it. Better GPU so it’s not just an over clocked snap800 GPU to push the pixels. Not to mention how isn’t faster lte worth it? Just because cat 6/lte a isn’t available now, doesn’t mean it won’t be in the future…

    • TSY87

      my sentiments exactly.

  • Shadowstare

    I would be shocked it phone made it outside of Asia.

  • Jem

    Basically need to understand if you’re buying a device you’re buying an old technology. There will always be something newer and better.

    • epps720

      Yeah but you would expect if from a competitor. You shouldn’t expect a company to come out with a flagship and less than a month after it actually goes up for sale they announce a better version of that phone. I would hope to get at least 9 months from a flagship phone.

      • Mike Aurin

        Doesn’t really matter if said phone isn’t coming to the states. LG released their flagship here (likely the only version we’ll ever see) and they won’t release another flagship in the US for another 9+ months.

      • James

        Exactly. Consumer trust is worth something. These practices don’t build trust.

    • James

      Of course that’s true, but it also doesn’t excuse this sort of shady release practice. Remember, Samsung, DENIED the better S5 existed, before releasing the better version.

      • Marikel

        What in the world made you think that they would confirm an unreleased product?

        • James

          There’s a difference between “no” and “no comment.”

      • Mike Aurin

        Wasn’t that question also directed towards the US market? The market that isn’t likely ever going to see that device?

        • James

          The interview was with Korean newspapers. I’ve never seen a reference to the questions solely referencing the US.

          • James

            The original source that pretty much everyone cited is here: http://www.kbench.com/?q=node/131463. As you can see (translated, if necessary) there’s no reference to the US only.

      • Bryan Mills

        The US doesn’t benefit from the 805.

        • PoisonApple31

          That’ll be decided once there is a phone that releases with the 805 in the US.

          • Bryan Mills

            As far as I know, we don’t have LTE A at all.

          • AlanKy

            It’s not about the LTE-Advanced it’s about the Adreno 420 GPU on the SOC that was made specifically with 2k displays in mind.

        • James

          There’s more to the world than the US. They didn’t say it existed, but was only going to be sold certain places. They denied it existed, period. To Korean journalists. So I’m not sure what your point is.

          • Bryan Mills

            Why do we care what they do in other countries?

          • James

            Well, first, I’m pretty sure Americans aren’t the only ones who read Droid-Life, though I expect they are the majority. Second, the fact that a company that sells devices in the US is willing to engage in shady business practices anywhere – US or otherwise – should matter. Third, shouldn’t Americans want to know about and have access to the best devices?

            Oh and of course fourth, thanks for that ‘Merica response.

          • Bryan Mills

            Lol Shady because they don’t talk about other products. I’m done here.

            The G3 on any American is the best version, btw.

          • James

            You’re right, you are done.

          • Bryan Mills

            Glad LG won’t be getting such money from an asshat like you.

          • James

            Wait, you’re not done?

          • Mike Aurin

            James, I don’t think he’s done…

          • James

            I got excited for a second…

          • imronburgundy

            Seriously, does some competitor site pay you to just troll people on this site all day long?

          • Mike Aurin

            Thank god…

          • James

            Ha!

          • Bryan Mills

            Go send a crybaby letter to LG then, bud

          • Mike Aurin

            I’m actually defending LG

          • Mike Aurin

            Out of curiosity, was the LG G3 available in Korea at the same time it was available in the US? That would be the ONLY reason I see for being upset.

        • Kane Desousa

          The g3 does. It would probably get comparable battery life to the g2 with the 805. Seeing as the QHD s5 gets the same battery life as the FHD one.

        • Principal Paul

          Just like you didn’t benefit from a public school education. Thank the teachers unions for that fail.

        • chris125

          False…

      • sj0808

        Another samsung hater for no reason lol. Of course they are going to deny it. It’s a device that wasn’t released at the time and you expect them to say “yea of course we are releasing the product”? LOL. Trolls nowadays.. damn

        • James

          No, I expect them not to lie when trying to get my money.

          Which, of course, they did when they said the device did not exist after being asked directly about the many detailed leaks which had already appeared. There’s a huge difference between “we have nothing to say” and there is “no such thing” as that device. That’s the exact translation of what they said.

          The shadiness isn’t just about the denial. It’s also about fooling the most loyal fans, the early adopters, into buying what they thought would be the best device for some time to come.

          • sj0808

            Stopped reading after first sentence. Where in Korea do you live?

          • James

            Considering your grammar and argumentation, I wouldn’t be surprised if you do that often.

          • sj0808

            Looks like dont really have an argument since you now tout about grammar? Lol

          • James

            Whether I live in Korea or not is absolutely meaningless. The fact that a company that sells devices in the US is willing to engage in shady business practices anywhere – US or otherwise – should matter.

            Oh and by the way, I think you should look up the definition of tout. LOL

          • sj0808

            Again, Samsung doesn’t sell GS5 LTE-A in the US. Btw there are a lot of Samsung products that are Korea only.

          • malcmilli

            It is not meaningless. Availability is everything. If there is no G3+ available to you, then how can you feel shafted? Not being available to you is virtually the same as not existing. Should Sprint users feel shafted when Verizon released the Razr Maxxx a month after releasing the Razr? Nope, why? because they couldn’t get the phone regardless.

            You can only be shafted if you are able to get the plus version, but you opted for the regular one because you didn’t know the plus version existed; and had you known the plus version was in the works, you were willing to wait.

          • James

            You are clearly missing the big picture. This issue is not simply about the availability of one phone. It is about the business practices engaged in by the companies to which we give our money. Just because we aren’t the one getting “shafted” this time, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care that people are getting “shafted” elsewhere. If a company releases a “flagship” device, and then releases a substantially better device in very short order – or lies about it in the process – it matters.

            Unlike what you and Bryan Mills think, there’s more to the world than just “me.”

          • malcmilli

            well as far as Samsung goes, they released a “+” version last year, and the year before as well. So i don’t think those in Korea should feel shafted there either. Much like we’ve come to expect a Galaxy S active based off of the currently flagship, they can expect a Galaxy S plus based off of the current flagship to release 4 few months after the regular Galaxy S device.

            Now I don’t know if LG is planning on making this a common theme, or if it was a one time thing, or how much the local area knew about this. Or if this is merely just a test niche product released in small sample sizes. There is of course more to the world than just you and i… but we arent talking about quality of life issues… we are talking about a cell phone with a slightly newer processor… which the majority of the world is unaffected by… so no i will not take some meaningless boycott.

          • James

            1. Samsung did not release updated versions this close to the flagship launch in the past. The timing matters.
            2. It’s one thing to launch “+” versions. I have no problem with that. I have a problem with lying about it to avoid losing business.
            3. No one is talking about a boycott except you. It’s about being an informed consumer and not letting shady business go by unexamined.
            4. This argument was never about quality of life or the “majority of the world.” Mentioning that is simply a red herring designed to draw attention from the weakness of your argument. You are commenting on an Android device site – talking about slightly newer processors is what we are here to do.

          • malcmilli

            1) they released it the moment the newer processor was available, so the galaxy s4 + popped up about this time last year, and the gs5 was released a month or so earlier than the gs4 if im not mistaken.
            2) And i could be wrong again, but i believe Samsung said there was no Galaxy S5 Premium… refering to the Galaxy J rumors about the metallic S5, which is completely different from an LTE-A Samsung model.
            3) I never said the argument was about quality of life… i was saying that your reaction to this topic would better fit on an article discussing world poverty.

      • JayQ330

        IMO I think that they see America as a consumer nation *I believe that too* they see apple do it so they know we’ll buy something just because an extra letter was added, they know we buy things only because it’s the best not because of necessity. My nexus 5 is good for just about every game & definitely every app, but other people would buy a phone because its got a 2K screen, (they hype up the screens name to 4K, because it’s 4 times the resolution of 720p but only 2 times the resolution of 1080p) that should say a bit of how America’s youth’s are drawn to own the best… We are taught only enough to have a decent job, enough to be consumers. Singapore on the other hand has the best schools in the world comparable to the most prestige schools in our country. The only time we ever truly prospered was when we blew up our competitors to bits, its reality for most people & they don’t even know it, just watch when iPhone 6 is released & people actually will camp out the apple store LoL WTF?

        • Mark Mann

          I just got the g3 on launch day for tmo, I couldn’t be happier… Now, do I care that this so called plus version is available, to the extent that it’s nice knowing what other options I could have had, sure… But an I mad that the plus version is coming out so close to g3 availability, absolutely not… The g3 is still the best available right now, and it’ll age quite well, and I’ll be happy with it until my next upgrade, at which time I’ll select the best handset available at that time…

          • JayQ330

            Same here the nexus 5 is old news but I’m happy with it, I’ll most likely wait for a snapdragon 805 equipped phone. Have you heard of xiaomi or 1+one? They’re phones mage in China *which one isn’t these days* but they’re made by the same makers of iPhone foxconm. It’ll make you realize how much we get jerked for phones it’s crazy.

          • JayQ330

            The reality is that in the us wouldn’t benefit anything from this phone anyway the snapdragon 801 is still more than good enough for anything.

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

        Isn’t it only out in Korea? All of these phones are only in Korea.

      • lsi

        That’s standard business practice. It’s worse for them to confirm it. If you don’t know why then it’s good you don’t run a billion dollar electronics company.

    • Justin Kos

      This is too soon though

    • pyro74boy .

      These phones are not outdated until they stop getting software updates. The phone that I’m using now works just fine and runs very smooth with great battery performance and is almost 2 years old. Yes there is always something better coming out but I for one would be very mad to find out that a better version of the phone that I have is already out less then a week after paying full retail price for it. This is why I don’t buy into all the hype on any of these phones until I have a chance to test them out for myself.

    • Pyro411

      Yep, the technology market mirrors Weird Al’s spoof of it in “It’s All About the Pentiums”

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  • Maxim∑

    LG is just trying to be a Samsung clone. Not sure why the G3 has been hyped so much as I partially see it as a step down from the G2…

    And 2.7Ghz quad core lol… 2.7Ghz for .1 seconds before being throttled

    • http://www.twitter.com/macpro88 Jacob

      I’m curios, how do you believe that the G3 is a STEP DOWN from the G2?

      • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

        Seriously, there is absolutely no way the G3 is a step down from the G2. I can’t possibly think of one, and this is coming from a G2 owner.

        • Mike Aurin

          Maxime subtly trolls in a majority of his comments.

          • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

            Well, that would be a logical answer given his ridiculous statement.

          • Maxim∑

            *says something non-positve about a device*

            automatically becomes troll. I expect nothing more from you Mike

        • Joe J

          You ready? Bigger side bezels.

      • M3D1T8R

        I’ve already posted about this fairy extensively, but: Size in hand, battery life, display, no overheating issue, built in Qi wireless charging (talking US market) to name a few areas the G2 is better. Only areas the G3 is better is SD slot, removable battery, 3GB ram. The G2 seems like the slightly better device overall.
        The US G3 is a product that never should have come to market. They should have waited another month or two and ironed out a few issues. They rushed it out only to be the first with QHD, trying to stay one step ahead of Samsung as always. But QHD today is largely useless with no content at that res, and a negative on battery life, not to mention the overall image quality (color reproduction, viewing angles, etc.) of this 1440 display is worse than the other flagship 1080 displays including LG’s own G2. And the 801 can’t push 1440p pixels as well as if they’d waited slightly and used the 805 to begin with. So, predictably, we see this “Cat 5″ version. But not for the US since the US market is nearly an afterthought to a lot of global companies nowadays. To sum up, the US G3 is not and never was ready for prime time

        • malcmilli

          The display on the g3 looks better than the one on the g2, even if its not as bright. The Camera of the g3 is sginificantly better, the UI is better, SD card slot as you mentioned, Size in hand cannot be a factor in this equation size that is neither a positive or a negative. The battery life is better by default on the g2 this is true, but people complained about removable battery so they added that instead of increasing the internal one to 3500 mah.

          You say the g3 isnt ready for prime time but 90% of the android reviews disagree with you. “g3 is the best android phone, g3 has no weakness, g3 is the one to beat, worthy upgrade to the g2, bla bla bla.”

      • Maxim∑

        Unless the bestbuy model was defective. I noticed a lot of choppy lag when moving through the app drawer and I noticed the screen brightness throttled when the device was hot. According to the reviews the G3 gets about 1.5-2 hours less battery life than the G2 with was ~7-8hr screen on.

        Im not telling LG not to push to 2k but I really didnt see any major changes between 2k and 1080p I think LG would have been better off waiting 1 more year.

        • dreadnatty08

          People still judge performance by the display models at stores? You know those things have been messed with to hell by customers right?

    • d-rock

      Yeah I don’t get how it’s a step down at all!!! Have the g3…loved the g2…love the g3 more. Even with the stupid PMA charging thing, the battery life is identical for me. SD card, removable battery, baddest ass screen ever on a phone. Great camera. LG is out doing Samsung. Copy+Improve, which is how Samsung has battled Apple.

      • Mike Aurin

        “baddest ass”

    • http://batman-news.com LiterofCola

      Nice try.

    • malcmilli

      The only step backward the g3 was from the g2 was in the battery life department. Camera is infinitely better, UI is much better, screen looks better in my opinion. They could have fit a 3,500 mah sealed in battery, but everyone was crying about removable battery and SD card slots, so they added those too. They pretty much addressed every complaint people had with the g2, the trade off was a smaller battery than what the phone should have came with, but in exchange the option to carry two of them.