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There werent many surprises when LG launched its G3 smartphone since many of the details were leaked. That doesnt make the G3 any less impressive with its 538 ppi display and advanced features.

LG G3 colors

After what seems like months of leaks from third parties and even itself, LG officially introduced its G3 handset on Tuesday at press events in six cities. The display of the flagship Android phone is among the world’s most pixel-dense, cramming 2560 x 1440 resolution into a 5.5-inch screen. Between the display, fast processor and advanced camera, LG appears to have a worthy competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and HTC’s One M8 phones.

During its press event, LG suggested Apple’s definition of a “retina display” is flawed and showed how the G3 has more than 11 million sub-pixels to boost color and clarity on the 538 pixel per inch display.

lg g3 subpixels

LG says the large screen takes up 76.4 percent of the phone’s front, which keeps the overall handset small even though it has a large screen. The G3 measures 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 millimeters and weighs 149 grams. By comparison, the Galaxy S5 with its 5.2-inch 1080p screen measures 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1 millimeters and weighs 145 grams.

LG G3 screen front and back

As expected, the G3 features a laser autofocus system and optical image stabilization that the company says will vastly improve camera response time and overall image quality:

This technology enables the G3 to capture the best moment — even in low light — by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam. So no more fuzzy pictures of your son scoring his first football goal and or missed shots because your camera couldn’t decide quickly enough which toddler in the playground to focus on. “

LG chose a 13 megapixel rear camera sensor, while a front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera is meant for video calls. You can also squeeze the phone to take a selfie from the front camera. That gesture alludes to LG’s approach to simplifying the smartphone experience. Other features helping to keep things simple include adaptive Smart Keyboard software, Smart Notice — a type of personal assistant that learns how you use your phone — and Smart Security to assist in locating a lost G3, locking it or remotely disabling it.

The Android 4.4.2 phone runs on a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, 2 or 3 GB of RAM (depending on the model) and either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. A microSD card slot can be used to add up to 128 GB of additional storage. Depending on the market, the G3 works on 21 Mbps HSPA+ or 4G LTE networks. Other connection types include 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart, GPS/Glonass and NFC. The 3,000 mAh battery is removable.

LG will start selling the G3 in South Korea Wednesday with additional regions to follow; pricing for the handset has not been provided and will vary by market.

  1. Josephine Picard Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    Definitely better than the iPhone 5S with retina display – much higher pixel density, a unique laser focus camera and a battery that is twice as powerful:
    http://versus.com/en/lg-g3-vs-apple-iphone-5s
    I doubt that the iPhone 6 will be able to compete with LG G3

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  2. Keep up the good reporting.
    Leslie

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  3. I don’t think it’s 21Gbps HSPA+

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    1. Chan, you are correct; my apologies! It’s 21 Mbps HSPA+; I’ll fix the typo.

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  4. Frank A NYC Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    HTC has more trouble on their hands. This phone is not a competitior to the iphone, IOS fans buy iphones. HTC however, now has to fend off Samsung and LG. The G2 was a nice phone, but this phone looks like it has the HTC One square in it’s sights.

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  5. A short poem on the new LG G3 http://goo.gl/XFv9rx

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  6. what’s retina display means? i’ts just a marketing term, for those who don’t know what it is..actually there are tons of smartphones that has a better display than that retina thingy. for short, the higher the ppi the better

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