The LG G2 earned itself both the Smartphone and Gadget of the Year accolades at the 2013 Stuff Gadget Awards, and it’s currently sitting at the number one spot in our Top 10 Smartphones list. That’s quite a bit of pressure to put on its successor, the G3, and it’s got a lot to live up to if it wants to do LG proud once again.
With the Samsung Galaxy S5 lurking in the shadows with an impressive line-up of specs, the G3 needs to deliver.
Given everything we know about it so far, it looks set to do just that:
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Leaked specs courtesy of Korean site Asia Economic state that the G3 will have a 5.5in display (slightly larger than the G2’s 5.2in offering), along with a stunning 2560x1440 Quad HD (QHD) resolution.
That’s an eye-watering 534 pixels per inch, and goes well beyond earning its Retina Display medal.
If true then the G3 will boast the most pixel-packed display out of all of its major competitors. Both the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 have retained their 1080p displays, and the HTC One (M8) is expected to keep its full HD resolution as well.
Update 13/03/14: Twitter tech leaker @evleaks has outed part of a user agent profile for an LG device which goes by the model number LG D850, and it has a 2560 x 1440 screen nestled in its specs.
The model number doesn't match up with any known LG devices, so it's likely that D805 points to a newer, unreleased device, most likely the LG G3.
This number doesn't match the LG D972 G3 model number found in the EXIF data of a leaked picture (see below for more information), but given @evleaks' track record and previous rumours of a QHD screen, we remain cautiously optimistic.
Update 15/04/14: LG has officially confirmed that the G3 will indeed have a glorious 2560 x 1440 QHD 2K display. No other specs have been revealed by the South Korean tech giant, but if the rest of the G3 can match up to its screen then we're in for a treat.
It’s hit the silicon gym
Instead of choosing Qualcomm’s beastly Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, LG will apparently opt for its very own octa-core Odin processor.
That means the G3’s brain will have four 2.2GHz Cortex-A15 cores and another four 1.7GHz Cortex-A7 cores for less demanding tasks.
The end result will hopefully be extra battery life, thanks to the division of labour between the specialised cores.
We also expect to see 3GB of RAM in the G3 at the very least, which should be the minimum amount present in flagship smartphones this year.
Update 11/04/14: Korean site ET News' source has stated that LG's own Odin processor will instead be used in lower-end devices. While the G3 processor was not specified, it is now very likely to be a powerful quad-core offeirng from Qualcomm. We could be looking at a quad-core Snapdragon 801 or 805 processor, and we're hoping for the latter which would make the G3 even more powerful than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8).
The G2’s, optical image stabilisation (OIS) will return to ensure that low-light performance remains as impressive as before, allowing the shutter to suck in more light with longer exposures without causing blur.
We fully expect the G3 to bring 4K video recording to the table too. While the G2's Snapdragon 800 processor is capable of recording at 4K resolution, LG chose to omit it due to storage issues. We can't see LG not including it this time around.
Updated 06/03/14 A photo of a cat that was reportedly snapped with an LG G3 suggests that it'll arrive with a 13MP snapper, like the current G2. It will however have the same improved OIS+ technology that's found on the LG G Pro 2.
The picture of the cat itself is very impressive indeed. Even at full crop, there's very little blur or noise, and not much detail is lost. For a smartphone snap, it's certainly got us excited. Assuming it's real of course.
The EXIF data points to a device called the LG-D972.. That model number doesn't match up with any of LG's current handsets which is promising, but EXIF data is fairly easy to spoof, so we're still taking this all with a pinch of salt.
The resolution of the photo is 4160 x 2342 which translates to 9.6MP at a 16:9 aspect ratio. This means that the G3 will take 13MP 4:3 shots.
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While we know little about the G3’s actual design and build, the latest rumours suggest that it will join the iPhone 5s, HTC One Max (and potentially the Galaxy S5) with a fingerprint reader of its very own.
The type of reader and its location remains a mystery, but it would make sense to incorporate it into the G2’s rear power button, where your index finger naturally rests anyway.
Update 13/02/14: Fingerprint scanner rumours refuse to die out. The latest speculation arrives straight from the mouth of LG executives themselves, who stated at the LG G Pro 2 launch that the company is "considering all possibilities" when it comes to both iris-scanning and fingerprint security tech.
There is of course a big difference between considering something and actually implementing it (Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S5 sans iris recognition for example), but there's still a small chance the G3 could surprise us with some extra security skills.
Speaking to a source at LG, Phone Arena reported that the G3 will launch with "advanced personalisation" features that change how the device works according to how you use it.
That means that the G3 could shift around its homescreen after analysing your day-to-day habits serving up, an alarm clock at night and a newsfeed with weather info in the morning, automatically.
Yahoo's Aviate launcher app already carries out a similar function by serving up different apps according to the time of day and and ho often you use them, so we could see something similar in the G3.
The source also mentioned location based reminders and recommendations, including calendar and traffic alerts, all of which could be referring to Google Now.
Whether or not LG will modify Google Now remains to be seen, but if true, this could be the most useful tweak to stock Android we've seen to date.
Update 11/04/14: A leaked screenshot courtesy of Dutch site lgg3kopen shows that LG has mercifully turned down the bright neon colours of the G2's homescreen in favour of a flatter, more muted look.
It's certainly a lot easier on the eyes and it reminds us of the Galaxy S5's toned down design.
Price and release date
Up until recently the LG G3 was expected to make itself known to the world at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The G2 was launched just before IFA in September last year, so we could see the G3 arrive in the same month as the iPhone 6, though we still don't know what price tag it'll land with.
Stay tuned for more info, as and when we get it.