After a long build up of leaks and slip ups on LG's part, the LG G3 is finally an official device, and one that's to go on sale very soon. We already know quite a lot about LG's latest and greatest device in the G series, but now, it's official; the G3 is here. With some excellent headlining features that put it a cut above the rest, is the G3 the smartphone that many of us have been waiting for, that many of us thought it would be?
The G3's main feature is the 5.5-inch True HD IPS panel which features a dizzying resolution of 2560 x 1440, making it one of the most dense displays on the market. This gives the G3 a density of 538ppi and what LG is calling the pinnacle of print quality. Not only is it crystal clear, LG is saying that this is one of their brightest displays yet, beating out not only the competition from the likes of Samsung and HTC, but their previous devices as well. This year's G series device from LG is built with a metallic finish and uses something LG is calling a 'floating ark' design that makes it easy to use in one hand. LG is describing their metallic finish as a metallic skin of sorts and LG is promising anti-scratch protection out of the box. The device will be available in black, white and gold colors at launch, with an array of more colors including burgundy red coming soon.
Other key features include a revamped interface that sits on top of Android 4.4.2 with new features like a dedicated health app and helpful little hints and actions throughout the UI. The keyboard, often a bone of contention for LG users, has been revamped a little bit and can now be re-sized to whatever height or width you would like. Knock Code – as featured in the G Pro 2 – is included and the whole UI has seen a fresh coat of paint and a new set of icons that follow the flat design trend we've been seeing for some time now.
Behind that display is a quad-core Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5 Ghz powered by 2GB of RAM or 3GB of RAM for the 32GB version, making this one of the more potent devices on the market. With 16 or 32GB options available, there is room for more storage with the microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB cards. All of this is powered by a removable 3,000 mAh battery, which supports wireless charging with an optional dock from LG, that LG is saying will last on a single charge with Other accessories include the QuickCircle case that is a flip style case that shows off a portion of the display for the time and small apps like a music widget.
With a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, LG have improved on the OIS technology they introduced with the G2. The G3 features Optical Image Stabilisation+, which should give the G3 the power to take extremely stable shots without the user having to stay as stiff as a board. There's a whole raft of special features and camera modes on offer from LG here as well, which we take a closer look at here.