LG has just announced its latest flagship phone the LG G3. The handset arrives with some interesting features including a Quad HD (1440 x 2560) IPS display, a small bezel with 76.4% screen ratio, a 13MP camera with optical image stabilisation, laser auto focus and dual-LED flash as well as a 1-watt speaker and wireless charging. The LG G3 has a plastic construction but uses a metallic skin to give a premium look.
The LG G3 will be sold in two variants: one with 16GB storage/ 2GB RAM and the other with 32GB storage/3GB RAM. The LG G3 is set to launch at the end of this month in its home market of South Korea, with other regions to follow from June 2014.
LG G3 Promo Video
The handset is one of the first to launch with a QHD display. Whether you think that such a high resolution display (538 PPI) is necessary, how do you think the device as a whole fares against the Xperia Z2?
LG has impressively managed to fit a larger display in the G3 the chassis that is only marginally bigger than the Xperia Z2. The phone is also the first to use laser auto focus, rather than optics, so it will be interesting to see how well this translates to in-the-wild photos. On the other hand, we do wonder whether the handset will be as smooth as the Xperia Z2 given all of the extra pixels the G3 is pushing. It seems that most other manufacturers are waiting for the Snapdragon 805 chipset before pushing QHD displays into their smartphones.
LG G3 Hands-on Video
Price remains an unknown right now, but weighing up all of the differences, are you still glad you went for the Xperia Z2? Or has the LG G3 caught your eye? We’d love to hear your comments below.
Specs compared: LG G3 versus Xperia Z2
|Phone||Xperia Z2||LG G3|
|Display size (inches)||5.2-inch IPS with Live Colour LED||5.5-inch IPS (Screen ratio of 76.4%)|
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 1920||1440 x 2560|
|Construction||Glass with metal frame||Plastic with polished metallic skin|
|Water Resistant||Yes (IP55/IP58)||No|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8974-AB||Qualcomm MSM8974-AC|
|Processor||2.3GHz Quad-core||2.5GHz Quad-core|
|GPU||Adreno 330||Adreno 330|
|RAM||3GB||2GB / 3GB|
|Android version||KitKat 4.4.2||KitKat 4.4.2|
|Storage||16GB||16GB / 32GB|
|SIM||micro SIM||micro SIM|
|LTE||Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20 (D6503 model]||LTE (SVLTE, CSFB, CA, VoLTE RCS, MIMO)|
|Size (mm)||146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2||146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9|
|Colours||Black, Purple, White||Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold|
|Rear Camera sensor||20.7MP Exmor RS||13MP|
|LED Flash||Yes||Yes (Dual-LED)|
|Front camera sensor||2.2 MP||2.1MP|
|Dedicated camera button||Yes||No|
|Other camera features||4K video, Timeshift video, Movie Creator||OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus|
|Battery capacity (min)||3200||3000|
|Other features||Stereo speakers; Noise cancelling; Lifelog; USB 2.0||1-watt speaker with boost amp, Wireless Charging, USB 2.0|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Ambient light, Barometer, Game rotation vector, Geomagnetic rotation vector, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Step counter, Step detector, Significant motion detector, Proximity||TBC|
|Wi-Fi||Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 b/g/n/ac||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0 (aptX)||Bluetooth 4.0 (Apt-X)|