LG announces G3, flagship Android phone with 5.5-inch 2K display, 13MP OIS camera and more

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At an event this morning in London, LG announced the G3, its flagship Android phone with high-end specifications including a 2K display and a 13MP OIS camera.

Display

The 5.5-inch display, as you might have guessed, is the highlight of the G3. The device sports a a 2K Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) at a pixel density of 538 pixels per inch. LG managed to pack in such a huge display without increasing the physical size of the device considerably, thanks to ultra-slim bezels, that let the screen take up 76.4 percent of the front face.

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Apple coined the term “Retina” when it launched the iPhone 4, saying that individual pixels become indiscernible when a screen with a pixel density of around 300ppi is held at 10-12 inches away from the eye. LG however challenged this claim during the G3 launch (via 9to5Mac):

There’s a misconception that the human eye can only distinguish differences in display quality up to around 300 pixels per inch. However, this is not the case. The human eye can in fact discern differences in display quality above this measure and this is a fact that’s already understood in the printing industry. Today what they consider the best print quality is what LG has achieved with the introduction of its first Quad HD display, as seen in the G3.

There could be some truth to LG’s statements, as the iPhone 6 is rumored to sport a 1704×960 4.7-inch display with a pixel density of 416ppi.

Camera

The G3 has a 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a new “Laser Auto Focus” feature that lets you shoot sharp images quickly.

Specs

Apart from the display and camera, the G3 is powered by a Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.5 GHz, 3GB of RAM and a 3000 mAh removable battery. It measures 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm, comes in 16GB and 32GB storage options, and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The G3 comes in 5 different colors — Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red.

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Software

Like every other Android manufacturer, LG too has made some customisations on top of Android in an attempt to differentiate itself from other Android phones.

  • There’s Smart Notice, that provides intelligent reminders like turning on WiFi based on location (home, office) or notify to delete apps that haven’t been opened since a while.
  • LG Health lets users keep a track of their health using data from the inbuilt pedometer, as well as lets them keep a tab on their calorie count.
  • LG has added security features like Knock Code, Content Lock and Kill Switch

Availability

LG has yet to announce the pricing of the G3, but the device will go on sale in South Korea starting tomorrow, followed by a US launch on all four major carriers this summer.

[LG News Room via Android Beat]