LG’s new superphone is finally official. After suffering more more leaks than an injudicious government department, the Korean the company has come clean about its new flagship device.
And we have to say it looks every inch the top end competitor.
With HTC struggling despite critical adoration, Samsung taking a battering for the S5’s distinctly average looks and the iPhone 6 still months away, can LG capitalise and become smartphone number one?
Read our five things you need to know about the LG G3 now and find out.
1 Screen dream
The LG G3 promises to be the first of a new breed of super-screen smartphones.
Its 5.5–inch display may not be the largest on the market, but its 2560 x 1440 resolution, with an absurd 538 pixels per inch (ppi), surely makes it the best.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a piffling 432 ppi by comparison and the iPhone 5s is way behind on 326 ppi.
That means LG effort offers super bright, brilliantly defined pictures that will have its rivals fretting.
2 Laser–guided snapper
Short of upping the megapixel count, its tough to make smartphone snappers stand out these days.
But while LG has kept things at a respectable 13 megapixels, it has made a play for headlines with its new Laser Auto Focus feature.
This uses laser guided tech to help you zone in in subjects in seconds, allowing you to reel off snaps in short order. It’s designed largely with low light conditions in mind.
3 Gesture controlled selfies
Being 2014, the G3 needs to keep selfie mad users in mind.
The front-facing camera, which only clocks in at 2.1 megapixels, has a special gesture control function for those who just can’t get enough of taking snaps of themselves.
Fire it up, show the screen your fist and it’ll set off a timer so you can reel off perfect pics of your mug, before shovelling them on Instagram for all to see.
4 Metal looks
Sure, the LG G3 might look like its metal. But in fact its plastic made to look metallic.
That means its not quite as natty as the HTC One (M8), but it does at least have a sharper frame than the rather naff-looking Samsung Galaxy S5.
Best of all, you can whip the back plate off and change batteries, ideal if you’re a power user sick of only having enough juice for a few hours at a time.
5 July for the UK
Korea is the first to get the LG G3. But punters on these shores don’t have long to wait. Three and O2 have said they’ll be selling the device, as will Carphone Warehouse.
There’s no word yet on price, but with that fancy screen and camera, expect to be paying north of £500 SIM-free or around £40 a month for two years on contract.