Let’s be honest, LG didn’t do the best job to keep the upcoming LG G3 in secret during the development phase. We may even say that the LG G3 was one of the worst kept secrets of recent weeks. In fact, it has been a quite long time since the phone ceased to have any secrets at all. Some of the very few things we didn’t get to know so far was the pricing and availability. All these details, however, were revealed just a while ago during LG’s event held simultaneously in San Francisco, New York, and London. Ladies and gentlemen, the LG G3 flagship smartphone for 2014 is official.
The New LG G3 – Pricing and Availability
The first market to get the phone will be LG’s home – South Korea, where the LG G3 will be available starting tomorrow. Next month the handset will arrive in over 170 countries worldwide, including the US. In our homeland the device will be offered by four major carriers Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile – all of which have already confirmed that. Each service provider will announce exact launch date on its network in the coming weeks. UK retailer Clove already has the LG G3 in store for £499 with no plan which is a standard price for a high-end smartphone today. That said, in the US the phone is expected to cost the usual $199.99 on two-year contract and about $600 outright without contract.
In addition to its plans to carry the LG G3, T-Mobile also announced that it is taking part in LG G3 Open Beta Sweepstakes. Starting today, eligible customers will be able to get one free LG G3 each day through June 29th. All you need to do to get your hands on the phone weeks before its official release is to pre-registering for the LG G3 at T-Mobile.com.
As for the handset itself, it’s as awesome as we pictured it to be based on numerous leaks. As expected, the LG G3 boasts a 5.5-inch True HD-IPS+ LCD display with a QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution. Put the screen size and the number of pixels together and you get a pixel density of a whopping 534 pixels per inch. If there’s one thing that may cause a subtle stab of disappointment (not that it should) it’s the processor. While some expected a Snapdragon 805, the G3 is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 with Adreno 330 GPU.
The phone will be available in two versions differing in RAM and storage. One model offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory and the other packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. Both variants sport microSD slot compatible with up to 128 GB cards. Connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac / a / b / g / n, mobile hotspot, micro USB, NFC, GPS and an IR blaster.
The LG G3 is equipped with a 13-megapixel main camera with Optical Image Stabilization and dual-LED flash. It turns out that the mysterious “sensor” located right next to the camera is indeed a laser that is supposed to measure distance and speed up auto-focus. Other features include a 2-megapixel user-facing wide-angle camera, 1W speaker, rear-mounted buttons and a removable 3,000 mAh battery.
For a phone with such large display, the LG G3 is surprisingly compact – it measures just 5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inch (146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm). LG was able to achieve such amazing results thanks to incredibly thin bezels. Early photos of the phone seemed to hint at metal body; however, the G3 is in fact made out of polycarbonate with a special layer on top which not only gives the device a metallic look but also is resistant to scratches and fingerprints.
The LG G3 will hit the market in five color options – Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red.
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