Are we looking at the best smartphone of 2014 so far?
One of the most expected events by tech fans happened yesterday, as the LG’s flagship device for 2014, the G3, was finally launched. It’s true, we knew almost every detail about it, thanks to the tons of rumors and leaks which invaded the Internet for the last months, but still, the guys still had a few aces in their sleeves.
At a first look, the LG G3 seems to be a strong competitor for “Best Smartphone of the year” award, and we don’t see why it shouldn’t be. Let’s check out some of its top features…
The “Floating Arc” design – According to LG, the back of the phone is a fusion between metal and plastic, called “metallic skin”. Confused? Actually it’s a film within the polycarbonate shell, giving it the premium feel. It’s still far from the HTC One M8 from this point of view, but man it does look good!
Anyway, we’ll admit: a metallic body would’ve been way better, but still, the premium feel of the body will definitely attract new LG fans, even though it doesn’t feature a fingerprint reader or the IP67 certification.
The rear buttons were also updated, with a rounded power button and smoother volume keys. They will be a bit difficult to use at the first try, but you should get used to them in no time.
On the front…well, we don’t have much to say about the front in terms of design, as except some tiny bezels, a front facing camera and a speaker, there’s just screen out there, so let’s focus on the for our next point…
The QHD display – We have one word for this and that’s “impressive”. Definitely a step forward for the mobile phone industry. The 5.5″ True HD-IPS + LCD panel has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a density of about 534 ppi. The colors are vivid and the clarity of the images are a proof that we’re dealing with a 2K resolution.
Still, you need to compare it with a full HD handset, in order to tell the difference, but the idea is that when it comes to the display, LG is above the competition right now.
The camera – Again, 13 MP, like the G2, but the main difference is the autofocus system, which is now using laser technology, allowing the G3 to focus in just 0.27 milliseconds. Compared to the Galaxy S5‘s 0.3 milliseconds, it’s not that much, but believe me, some guy from LG is rubbing his hands and laughing like a villain right now.
Basically, the camera shoots a laser beam, which the human eye can’t see, measuring how much time it’s necessary to reach the subject from the image and get back to the camera. Pretty complicated, right? Wait until we get our hands on the phone and we’ll show you how it really works.
As for the rest of the specs, they match the rumors: a Snapdragon 801 chipset, with a quad-core CPU, clocked at 2.5 GHz, 2 or 3 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. Yes, there will be two variants! A microSD card slot is also present, so you can expand the storage with 128 more gigs. The operating system is Android 4.4.2 KitKat, customized with LG’s UI, now with a more flatter look.
We also have a 3000 mAh battery, which, according to LG, will not be affected by the QHD display, as the frame rate, clock speed and the performance are optimized in order to save power whenever needed.
The phone will be available starting with June, in three different colors: Metal Black, Shine Gold and Silk White. No details about the price, but don’t expect the G3 to be very cheap.
We can’t come up to our conclusion, as our opinions are based only on a first look at the phone, but overall, we do think that it’s an amazing phone and it has everything in order to compete with the other big players on the market. What do you think about the LG G3? Would you buy it?
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