It seems that even though the LG G3 is a great phone, the Korean manufacturer thinks it could still be better with the release of the Cat.6 version of the G3. The major difference between the Cat. 6 and the regular LG G3 will be the LTE-A Category 6 modem (hence the name). This Qualcomm Gobi 9×35 modem will offer speeds up to 225 Mbps. Samsung has also released a Galaxy S5 LTE-A variant in Korea last month. Other new specs include a beefier quad-core Snapdragon 805 SoC humming along at 2.7 Ghz with an Adreno 420 GPU. So, not only will you be able to download your content faster, it should fly with the new 805.
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Beyond those two new, somewhat exciting bumps in performance, the Cat. 6 flavor of the G3 will be largely the same as its predecessor. A 5.5-inch QuadHD display at a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels packed in at 538 per inch. Android 4.4.2 KitKat still directs traffic. A 13-megapixel camera sits around back with Optical Image Stabilization, dual-LED flash, laser auto-focus and 4K video recording, with a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s 3GB of RAM as standard with this one and 32 GB of internal memory to hold your stuff with optional expandable memory up to 128GB via microSD card and a 3,000 mAh battery.
The phone will be released in three different colors; Metallic Black, Silk White and Gold Shine. No word on pricing yet, or even if it will ever make it out of Korea. However, while the new Snapdragon 805 chip would be great to get a hold of, the LTE-A modem wouldn’t do hardly any of us any good since it’s not common in other parts of the world yet.
This makes me think that sometimes the manufacturers have gone a little variant crazy as of late. The Cat. 6 G3 may be a slight exception, seeing as how the LTE-A bands aren’t really used outside of Korea yet, but how many other phones have we seen released recently that have just a couple slight differences from their original releases? Would you rather wait a little longer for a phone with everything baked in or run the risk of buying one earlier, only to have it slightly outdone just a month or so later?