At six cities simultaneously – London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul, LG introduced its latest G3 flagship smartphone, successor to the critically-acclaimed LG G2 (29 May). LG aims to redefine the term “global smartphone for global customers” with its latest entry.
“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 Communications Company. “LG G3 is the result of our effort to actualise that idea into a tangible product. And we are extremely pleased with the result.”
Extremely pleased he should be as the LG G3 is packed with all the goodness a top-of-the-line smartphone should be.
The LG G3 is as beautiful as it is powerful. The “Floating Arc” design of the G3 reflects an ergonomic arch and a slim side profile, which makes it comfortable to grip, even in one-handed use. The overall design language is clean and well-balanced, sporting a stylish metallic skin with a matte finish. The finish keeps it fingerprint-free and is available in Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red. The G3 measures just 8.9mm at its thinnest and weighs in at a scant 149g.
One of the key features of the G3 is its amazing 5.5-inch Quad HD display packing 538PPI. That’s four times the resolution of HD and almost two times higher than a Full HD display.
LG’s proven prowess in display technology is clearly seen on the G3, with the qHD display setting a new standard in smartphone displays. The screen ratio of 76.4% with thin bezels all round makes the G3 comfortable in the hand.
Powering the G3 is the superfast Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 running at 2.5Ghz quad-core with 2/3GB RAM, 16/32GB eMMC storage. The G3 also supports storage expansion via microSD (up to 128GB). The LG G3 runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
If you were impressed with the previous generation G2’s camera, then the G3’s 13MP OIS+ (Optical Image Stabiliser Plus) camera kicks it up another notch. The camera features a revolutionary Laser Auto Focus, the first of its kind in the smartphone industry. The technology enables the G3 to capture moments in a flash, even in low light.
With the G3, LG took its Learning from You approach and introduced new UX features to the G3. Highlights include Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice and Smart Security. Smart Keyboard is an adaptive technology that reduces input errors by up to 75% by tracking and analysing typing habits. Smart Notice is like a personal assistant that provides suggestions and recommendations based on user behaviour, phone usage patterns and location. Smart Security offers a number of enhanced security features such as the innovative Knock Code, Content Lock and Kill Switch.
With the G3, LG is offering a collection of premium accessories – QuickCircle Case, LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900) Bluetooth stereo headset and LG Wireless Charger (Qi-compatible).
LG G3 QuickCircle Case preview video:
- 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 Code TM, Guest Mode, etc.
Pricing and availability
Starting on May 28 in South Korea, LG G3 will begin rolling out worldwide on over 170 carriers.
The big question is, LG Malaysia, will it come to our shores? Even the awesome LG G2 was sorely absent here. Let’s just hope LG takes Malaysia seriously.