The latest contender for the crown of Worst Kept Secret In Tech, the LG G3 will be announced at a media event in London on 27 May, but with five days to go we’re confident we know just about everything about the upcoming Android flagship.
LG G3: Screen
First to be confirmed by LG was the G3’s screen, which will be the first in Western markets to feature a Quad HD resolution. This means 2560 x 1440 - far higher than the Full HD norm of 1920 x 1080 - and a massive pixel density of 538 per inch, more than 200 hundred more than the iPhone 5s. At 5.5 inches, the LG G3 will be one of the largest flagship handsets on the market, outgunning the Sony Xperia Z1, HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5.
The jury is out on whether such a high resolution actually makes the screen better - since the human eye cannot see individual pixels once the density goes above 330 per inch or so. Leaked marketing material shows LG claiming how much better its Quad HD screen is than a Full HD OLED alternative, but the proof will be in the pudding - or when we get our paws on one, anyway.
LG G3: Processor
It was first thought the G3 would get Qualcomm’s all-new quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, but that same leaked marketing material suggests the same 801 chip as seen in flagships from Sony, HTC and Samsung will be used instead. Elsewhere, it is thought the G3 will be powered by LG’s own octa-core chip - we imagine this will be true for some markets, but we imagine the UK and Europe will see either the 801 or 805 from Qualcomm.
RAM is expected to be 3GB, equalling the Sony Xperia Z2 and a gigabyte more than both the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5, meaning multitasking on the G3 should be super-smooth. The G3 will run Android 4.4 KitKat.
LG G3: Dimensions and Design
Once again referring those leaked marketing documents - which, by the way, originate from South Korea - the LG G3 will measure 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm, making it a similar size to the Sony Xperia Z2. But, at the LG’s display is 0.3in larger than the Sony’s, the former’s screen bezels will be much smaller - something we have criticised the bulky Z2 for in the past.
Screen-to-chassis aspect ratio is proving to be a hotly-fought battleground in the smartwatch war this year, with Huawei and Samsung currently leading the way, followed by a close HTC and a distant Sony. LG will need to follow the leaders if the G3 is to both look and feel good. As screen sizes continue to grow, phone bodies must be shrink-wrapped around them to keep our phones hand- and pocket-friendly.
The weight of the LG G3 isn’t yet known, but we’d guess at around 130 to 140g, given it’s large screen and battery.
Speaking of which the G3’s battery is said to have a massive 3,000mAh capacity, which is more than any of its rivals and will hopefully offset the extra juice needed to drive that Quad HD screen.
Various leaks suggest the G3 will have a brushed aluminium design, but it isn’t yet clear if this means the phone is cast from the metal, or is plastic and merely has a premium finish. We really hope LG goes down the premium route shared by HTC and Apple, as opposed to the plastic route of Samsung, but it looks like we’ll have to wait until the 27 May announcement to know for sure.
LG G3: Camera
Finally, the G3’s rear camera will have a 13-megapixel sensor - possibly with optical image stabilisation - while the front snapper will be a fairly conservative (by current standards) 2.1 megapixels.
LG G3: Price and Release Date
We expect the G3 to cost between £500 and £600 SIM-free for the 16GB model, putting it on par with the rest of the Android flagship family. As for a release date, this is completely unknown - LG might pull an HTC and start selling the phone immediately, or it could arrive in late June or early July.
Mobile Choice will be attending LG’s London press event on the evening of 27 May, so come back for news on the night, plus our hands-on first impressions of the G3. This will be followed by a full review in the coming weeks.