updated 01:59 pm EDT, Tue May 27, 2014
Rear laser of LG G3 helps 16MP camera focus quickly
Following on from the successful G2, LG has launched its latest flagship smartphone, the G3, following weeks of rumors and leaks. Sporting a 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS display, the LG G3 has a resolution of 2560x1440, double that of a 1080p screen and giving it a pixel density of 538ppi, with thin bezels surrounding the display giving it a high screen ratio of 76.4 percent.
On the back is a 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilizer Plus (OIS+), accompanied by a laser-based auto focus system that measures the distance to the subject for a faster focus time. The camera app has also been simplified, allowing for the shutter to trigger at the time of focusing. The front-facing 2.1-megapixel has its own improvements from previous models, including a larger image sensor and aperture, and a gesture recognition system that triggers a three-second countdown when it detects a clenched fist.
Powering the display and camera is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz. The smartphone will be offered with either 16GB or 32GB of storage, expandable by microSD card, and while the 16GB model will have 2GB of RAM, some regions will see the 32GB version increased to 3GB of RAM. Using its microphones to measure surrounding audio for optimal volume levels, the G3 projects its audio using a 1-Watt speaker with Boost AMP.
Just as with the LG G2, the G3 uses redesigned rear-mounted buttons under the camera lens for volume and power. The rest of the device opts for more premium materials, including a metallic casing with a matte finish claimed to keep the G3 fingerprint-free. Connectivity over LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC, and a removable 3,000mAh battery compatible with the Qi wireless charging system are also included.
Running on Android 4.4.2, LG has included an overlay with a flat UI that it claims has been simplified. Its Smart Keyboard can learn the user's typing habits to reduce typing errors, with individual keys and the height of the keyboard also adjustable. Smart Notice will, in a similar way to Google Now, provide suggestions and recommendations based on the user's behavior, such as reminding of calls declined earlier, or suggesting to delete unused files or apps. LG's Knock Code security system and Content Lock also makes an appearance, along with a Kill Switch for remotely disabling the phone and wiping personal content in the event of theft.
A set of three accessories have been revealed for the G3. Aside from the QuickCircle Case, LG will be offering a wireless charger, as well as the LG Tone Infinium Bluetooth stereo headset developed in collaboration with Harman/Kardon.
The LG will start to roll out in South Korea tomorrow, with the smartphone heading to over 170 carriers globally. Pricing has yet to be revealed.