LG G3: An Instant Superphone Contender

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After endless speculation, LG’s flagship smartphone for 2014, the G3, is finally here. Initial impressions seem very positive for the phone, let’s take a deeper look and see if it should be on your shopping list.

Screen and Design:

If you dislike huge screens, turn away now. The LG G3 comes with a 5.5 inch True HD-IPS+ display and a 2560×1440 resolution. That gives it 500+ pixels per inch density. In short, the display is gorgeous.  For a smartphone with such a huge display, the LG G3 is pretty compact. Thanks to almost no bezels and a polycarbonate construction, the smartphone weights around 150 grams and is fairly small compared to other 5.5 inch phones.

Hardware:

Smartphones these days rarely lack firepower and the LG G3 is no different. With 3 GB of RAM (32GB version, 2GB for 16GB version) and a 2.5 GHz quad core processor, it will make light work of anything you throw at it. The camera at the back is a 13MP unit which comes with optical image stabilization and the 2MP camera sensor at the front has been improved for better selfies on the go.

The speaker, a common complaint with the LG G2, has been addressed as well. The G3 has a 1W speaker at the back that goes up to 1.5W in boost mode. A removable battery and an expandable microSD slot that can support upto 128GB of additional storage are simply the icing on the cake.

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Software:

Android 4.4.2 is the operating system of choice for the LG G3. The manufacturer has revamped its skin that resides on top of the OS and we have to say it’s better than before. A flatter design and a plethora of new features mean that you just might hold out on flashing a new ROM as soon as you get the device.

Pricing and Availability:

The LG G3 is launching in South Korea next week while the folks in Europe will be getting their hands on the device in June. There’s no word on the pricing or the availability for US customers but as is the norm, GSM Nation will be getting their hands on it before anyone else so keep an eye out on the store.