Washington: As LG is enjoying the success of its flagship phablet LG G2 Pro and now company have set its attention on flagship device of 2014 LG G3.
LG came with astonishing surprise when company unwrapped its flagship device of 2013 LG G2. As for this year everyone is expecting the same.
But the company faces a bigger challenge now as it’s got to keep that momentum going with an even more impressive successor the LG G3.
According to reports 17th May, a date which comes from Korean site asiae.co.kr, which in turn heard it from “industry sources.”
But the LG G2 didn’t arrive until September, so a launch as early as May seems a little unlikely, but reportedly it’s being done to allow the G3 to better compete with the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and new HTC One.
For what it’s worth the same source claimed the LG G Pro 2 would be launched in February, which it was right about, so there could be something to its LG G3 claims.
On the other hand German site Giga Android is claiming a “source close to the matter” has quoted a June launch, while an anonymous user of the ortud.com forum claimed the device will probably launch in July. Whatever the case it looks like it might arrive earlier in the year than the LG G2 did.
There’s no word on what it might sell for yet, but this is a flagship phone we’re talking about, so it will cost a lot. However LG’s flagships have tended to slightly undercut Samsung and HTC rivals, so keep your fingers crossed.
As far as display is concerned that the device is expected to have a 1440 x 2560 QHD display, according to the same “industry source” as the May release date rumors. Apparently it will be 5.5 inches, which if true would amount to 534 pixels per inch.
1080 x 1920 seems to be the current go-to resolution for flagship phones if the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 are anything to go by. Then again, if the LG G3 intends to stand out from the crowd a QHD screen could certainly do that.
LG is said to be improving its in-house Odin processor and an octa-core version of it is tipped for the LG G3. The latest octa-core version of the processor will apparently have four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and the other four clocked at 1.7GHz, which should give it a sizable boost over the LG G2.
It’s worth noting that most new flagships get tipped for octa-core processors at the moment and it doesn’t always pan out, while it could equally be that only certain variants of the handset will get octa-core power, as we’ve seen in the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
There’s no word yet on how much RAM the LG G3 might have. The G2 has 2GB, but the LG G Pro 2 upped it to 3GB, so here’s hoping for the same in the G3.
A benchmark for a mystery Android handset believed to be the LG G3 due to its model number of LG-D830 (which is similar to the G2’s D802 model number) showed that it ran Android 4.4 KitKat. No surprise there, this is a flagship after all. Unfortunately that’s all we really know about the OS so far.
Initial rumors coming out of ZDNet Korea pointed towards a 16MP sensor, but more recent leaks suggest a 13MP one. Phone Arena also received a User Agent profile from an anonymous source which showed a device going by the name LG D830 (the same device as appeared in benchmarks) as having a 13MP camera along with support for 4K video playback and 120fps slow motion video.
The actual design of the LG G3 is one thing which LG has managed to keep very quiet. We’d take an educated guess and say that it will probably keep the buttons on the back, as love it or loathe it it’s a design decision which helped the G2 stand out. Back in January we heard from South Korean site ETNews that the LG G3 might have a fingerprint scanner.
It would make sense, as the iPhone 5S, HTC One Max and Samsung Galaxy S5 all sport one and you’d think LG would want to be part of the club.
But the rumors don’t end there. More recently ZDNet Korea reported that LG was considering biometric authentication (specifically either fingerprint or iris scanners) in its future products.
Expressing interest in something is hardly a confirmation that it’s happening, but that hasn’t stopped certain corners of the internet from concluding that it will be a feature of the LG G3.
The LG G2 has pretty great battery life as it is, so we’re hopeful that the LG G3 will follow suit. Battery life is one of the last remaining hurdles manufacturers need to overcome, but it’s a big one.
We’d take a battery which can last several days between charges over increased power or screen size in a heartbeat.
There was talk that Samsung might include a 64-bit processor in the Galaxy S5, but that didn’t happen, which now gives LG the chance to beat Samsung to the punch.
It’s debatable how useful a 64-bit processor would even be right now, but it would help to future proof it at least.
We’re not too sold on microSD cards, but we are fans of plenty of storage space, so a bigger hard drive would be great. The iPad Air comes with up to 128GB, as does a phone in China, so why not the LG G3?