LG G3 Officially Unveiled: An Appealing Successor To the G2
After countless teasers, LG has finally decided to unveil its latest android based flagship phone, the G3, which will be replacing its predecessor, the LG G2. The smartphone, which weighs at 149 grams was showcased at events taking place in London, New York and San Francisco.
The front panel of the LG G3 boasts a 5.5-inch screen featuring a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 with a 538 ppi (pixel per inch) density.
In comparison with last year’s 5.2-inch smartphone models, the G3 is offering a significant improvement. It’s also significantly larger than the phone’s Android competitors, the Samsung Galaxy S5 (5.1 inches), HTC One (5 inches), and the Nexus 5 (4.95 inches).
The increased quantity of pixel per inch will most definitely translate into crispier and sharper images dancing on its screen. In order to support such a display, the phone will be powered by a 3000mAh battery that should offer respectable usage time.
The G3 comes with dimensions 146mm x 74mm x 9mm, a new “floating arc” design which makes its larger body easier to grip, despite its rather large size. Compared to Galaxy S5’s dimensions (142mm x 72mm x 8mm), the G3 offers a larger screen by only adding negligible bulk to the chassis of the phone.
Contrary to the initial specifications leaked, the G3 is NOT powered by Qualcomm’s latest SoC, the Snapdragon 805, but with the 801 chip, specifically the 2.46 GHz MSM8974AC variant found in the Galaxy S5 and OnePlus One.
As with last year’s model, the G3 is equipped with a 13MP rear facing sensor with laser autofocus, similar to HTC’s new Duo camera, uses a second optical system to accelerate the camera’s focus performance which is supposed to be faster and less error prone than optical autofocus.
The camera has a dual flash feature that blends different color LED beams for more realistic color scheme. LG claims that the G3 can focus on objects of interest in 0.276 seconds. Now that’s impressive!
The front facing camera features a 2.1 megapixels sensor which LG insists is much better than many “Chinese made phones” that offer 5MP on the front, primarily due to improved sensitivity.
The LG G2 suffered poor reviews previous because of its usability issues. LG has used all that feedback and has revamped its software system by utilizing a flat design and a more streamlined user interface. The G3 has a new “minimalistic user interface design with flat graphics,” which is a significant improvement from its previous model.
To give a small background, flat design means designing without the usual gradients, pixel perfect shadows, and skeuomorphism that’s been rampant in recent years in order to achieve what appears to be a “flat” interface.
The company has incorporated three big software additions to its keyboard, notifications and security which have all be dubbed “smart”.
The keyboard which is now called “Smart Keyboard,” is designed to be simpler so that you’re moving your thumbs and your eyes less as you attempt to text message someone. Auto-correct suggestions appear in pairs, and to help minimize finger movements, the G3 lets you swipe up with your left or right thumb to pick one of the choices.
LG has worked to make editing faster, too. Holding down on the space bar and moving left and right will move the cursor, saving you from having to try to poke between letters. The keyboard is even finally resizable.
The “Smart Notice” software is basically an assistant like Google Now that’s far less sophisticated, but has nice touches, like a cleaning feature that helps you get rid of apps that you haven’t use in a while.
If you decline a call from a contact and don’t get back to them, it will remind you of the call after a period of time. It will also remind you to put the phone into battery saving mode when the battery is low.
And finally, LG has introduced what it calls “Smart Security” to bolster the phones security system. This includes the Knock Code system, which is a tap-to-wake system that requires a code to be entered made up of four quadrants on the screen. Other than that, there seems to be a few replicated features that are already part of Android, like remote wipe.
Overall, it seems like LG understood the mistakes it made in the G2 and has attempted to launch a strong smartphone candidate which can compete head on with Samsung, Google, Sony and Apple smartphone products.