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5.5" LG G3 to arrive May 17th, 5.9" G Pro 2 to start warming the bench next month, both with QHD displays

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According to Korean media, the expected LG G3 flagship release date will be May 17th, and it will sport a QHD display (1440 x 2560 resolution). That shortens the typical annual upgrade cycle since the G2 a bit, but apparently LG doesn't want to leave much sales on the table to the Galaxy S5, like it did last year.

The screen diagonal is reported to be slightly larger than on the G2, to a speculated 5.5 inches, which would naturally mean quite the thin bezel all around, if LG wants to keep the overall size in check, too. Previous rumors pegged the rear camera to be 16 MP, probably with OIS tech, while the processor part rumor is more interesting, claiming LG's own Odin mobile chipset will be in there.

As for the alleged LG G Pro 2 phablet with QHD display that was supposed to be announced next month, this seems to be still in play, with a 5.9" screen diagonal bandied about, and unveiling around the MWC at the end of February, which would give LG a headstart before Samsung with QHD phones, warming up the bench until the G3 arrives three months after that.

source: Asiae.co.kr via G4Games

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posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:05

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2313; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Wow... LG breaking their chain it's bit early.

All (S5 / G3 / One plus) should be launched within couple of month's time after MWC then we'll see who gives tough fight.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 07:54 2

26. Tommy1960i (Posts: 95; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


The competition is a good thing because every phone maker is trying to bring something better than others so smartphones become even better. I like S4 but I thing G2 is superior. It did not enjoy as much sales because of the marketing wich must be improved in 2014.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 16:26 2

50. davenycept (Posts: 169; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


I agree.. I keep saying the g2 was the most underrated phone last year.. LG needs to step up their marketing and lighten up their UI on the g3

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 15:31

48. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


The GS5 rummor specs was less than the Note 3 if this is true, their using the snapdragon 805 wasn't impressed with that..

Maybe is Sammy gets off the dragon train and jump into a tegra k1 that would be insane

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:05 2

2. lallolu (Posts: 226; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


Why not give these specs in a 5 inch or like before 5.25 inch phone?

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 09:31

34. Nkolsen (Posts: 24; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Screen size doesnt matter, as long as the size of the phone doesnt get bigger. And these small enhancements in screen size only cut in the size of the bezel aka no big deal.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:08 1

3. TisaTsir (Posts: 52; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


I am expecting an improved battery life.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:15 14

5. Teja171 (unregistered)


Don't you know that the LG G2 has the best battery life on a smartphone ?
So, why are you sceptical about the battery again ?

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 07:38

23. sri_tech (Posts: 187; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Sorry. Thats not correct at least as per GSMARENA.

According to them Lumia 1520 has much higher battery life than any other smartphone, that too by a wide margin.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 07:47

25. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


Gsmarena is a shill website, and 1520's battery life is nowhere near that website says.

Actual usage:

trustedreviews.com/nokia-lumia-1520_Mobile-Phone_r​eview_battery-life-and-verdict_Page-5

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 14:04

45. Bioload25 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Lumia 1520 is a phablet,the thing here is about smartPHONES

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 08:47

29. GamePlayer (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


How can you just say that G2 has the best battery life without proper information about battery lifes of smartphones? According to the best battery life phones list by phonearena, the lg g2 ranked 6(there were total 16 phones in the list.) this means there were 5 phones with better battery life. Some examples are xperia c which scored a massive 8h 44 min in ph's battery test. In comparison, g2 scored 6h 48m. That's a big difference there. Another phone worthy of notice in the battery department is the lenovo p780. Xperia c ranked second while the p780 by lenovo ranked first. Lenovo p780 has a 4000 mah battery, while G2 has 3000 mah battery. And btw, sorry to break your bubble. Xperia c costs around 275$ off-contract and ranked better in battery life, and even the around 80$ galaxy star ranked better than g2 and xperia e, which is around 100-150$ ranked 4. I know its a good phone, but certainly not "the best" when it comes to battery life.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 10:38 1

37. LGisgood (Posts: 414; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


FLAGSHIP SMARTPHONE ?

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 20:43 1

51. Teja171 (unregistered)


Consider the amount of hardware the LG G2 has, compared to lenovo, xperia c. Day and Night Difference.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 10:56

43. JunitoNH (Posts: 834; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


They may have the best battery, but the phone's software and performance at mediocre at best. Returned two units, due to their subpar performance.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 06:07 2

16. LGisgood (Posts: 414; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Currently G2 has the best batterylife In all Flagship smartphones,
So LG will do even better for G3.

5.5" Display for G3 will be more Compact than other phones with smaller screen size.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:10 2

4. Teja171 (unregistered)


I want a 4000 mah battery in it.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 14:06

46. Bioload25 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I think mAh numbers dont translate necessarily to better battery life (see xperia Z1)
If the battery technology and eficiency of the phone itself can be better,that would be a great thing

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:15

6. FoneAddict (Posts: 190; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Very interested in both of these phones especially curious to see what the battery life will be with the new QHD screens.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:16

7. Duketytz (Posts: 312; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


So are we going to get 5.2inch flagship while G3 is 5.5 inch? And 2015 will be 5.5 inch flagships?

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:30 4

8. theizzz (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


This QHD screen technology is pretty damn pointless. The real work needs to be done with battery life/optimization, improved color accuracy and pixel technology. Everyone knows anything above 320-340 ppi isn't recognizably better with the human eye. Unless LG and Samsung are planning to throw in a set of bionic super eyes along with their DUODECHD BS technology in the future then this whole pixel war is pretty pointless.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:54

9. Bishop_99 (Posts: 59; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


That's only 320ppi for a certain phone size and viewing it from a certain distance. These QHD displays will walk all over those displays. Play a 1440p content on that QHD display and the entire resolution of the video will be clearly visible.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 07:28 2

22. Smokin (Posts: 117; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Look. Its 720p vs 1080p war again. Ha.

Yall saying 1080p is overkill, battery life, GPU stress, blah blah blah. And look everyone of you guys now. Im not not saying that QHD is a brilliant idea, i'm jst saying open your mind. We dont know what the battery life will be. Look at the G2/Note III. They all have 1080p which a liitle over 1 year ago, it's "overkill"

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 10:42

39. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


1080p is still overkill on anything under a true phablet. I'd rather enjoy an extra hour of onscreen time than extra pixels I either can't see or won't miss.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 03:10 1

54. Smokin (Posts: 117; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


hey. 1080p handsets like G2/Note III/One Max or the battery champion in GSMA Lumia 1520 have better battery life than something like GS3.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:55 1

10. aayupanday (Posts: 452; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


LG's preparing to get fired up!

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:58 1

11. hipnotika (Posts: 282; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


i think theey ll use snapdragon 805 ;)

and 5.5 inch is the perfect size for phone ;)

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 06:01 1

12. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh yes, bring it on! I know the G2 have good battery life, but since it will have awesome specs, I hope it will have the same old good battery life.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 06:03

13. Saafa (Posts: 27; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


OMG LG!
5.5" and 5.9" Displays !?
are you build those for humans!?

come back to 4.3"-4.8" displays or sell your company :D

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 06:03

14. kevkyle (Posts: 62; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


Oohhh LG......naughty ',)

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 07:05

19. TuanGugu (Posts: 42; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Laugh Out Louddd

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 07:05

20. TuanGugu (Posts: 42; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Laugh Out Louddd

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 06:03 1

15. LGisgood (Posts: 414; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG is becoming more popular and it will be the best in Smartphone...

5.5" screen for G3 will be almost NO bezel.
So i assumed G3 's overall size is even COMPACT than G2.
Great JOB LG

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 09:21 1

33. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


The width of a 5.5" screen is 68.5 mm. So 'at best' you can hope for 74 mm width.

GS4: 69.7 mm
LG G2: 70.9 mm wide
Xperia Z1: 74 mm wide

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 10:55 1

42. LGisgood (Posts: 414; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


u have a point.
what i mean to say is that LG Engineers will do their BEST to make more Compact G3 at its 5.5" screen size, than what they did for G2 at its 5.2''screen size.

still G3 will be a smaller phone than most of other brand's phone with at least 5"-5.3" screen sizes.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 06:12 4

17. LGisgood (Posts: 414; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Hey guys.
This is LG not Sony!
So 5.5" or 5.9" screen sizes is not a problem for LG.
They can manage to make it more smaller and compact phones.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 07:43

24. Amir1 (Posts: 240; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


you are funny at best. sony's premium phones are thicker with more bezel because of the water and dust proof design. please, think before commenting next time. don't make a fool out of yourself. LG could never make G2 bezel size if they used the buttons on the side and had water and dust proof phone.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 07:56 3

27. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


sorry to break it you but s4 active is waterproof has much thinner bezels than sony phones. pantech vega iron also has buttons on side and nearly zero bezel. youre the one who should think before commenting next time

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 10:40

38. LGisgood (Posts: 414; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


nice try lol

you forgot Z1 has smaller screen than g2

both have 3000mAh right?
but why G2 is more better in battery life?

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 06:46 2

18. MarkArigayo (Posts: 238; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Whoa, G3 with QHD 5.5" display and 16 MP camera with OIS? Bring it on, I'll get one.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 10:43

40. LGisgood (Posts: 414; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


me too ..........

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 07:24 1

21. Smokin (Posts: 117; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


First they really need to get rid of that horrible UI. I'll pick TouchWiz anytime. For UI, Sony and HTC are the best.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 08:22

28. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Most of us think that UI is irrelevant.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 08:48

30. Smokin (Posts: 117; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


well here in PhoneArena. In the real world UI is very relevant.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 08:55 1

32. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


it is just a phone.. no big deal

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 10:37 1

36. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


UI is as important as design and hardware. In fact it's much harder to design a good UI than it is to come up with hardware. Without good UI you've got an expensive paperweight.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 08:53

31. Teja171 (unregistered)


I feel that Sony's Timescape UI has a edge over the Sense UI.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 01:35

52. RadKrish (Posts: 17; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


LG UI is also very good. with Q slide and other things. i dont think so that Sony and HTC has best UI...

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 03:17

56. Smokin (Posts: 117; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


LG UI is even worse than TouchWiz. Even though Sony and HTC's UI are the less feature packed, it's way smoother, prettier, simple but not too simple, and it's like bam you need camera in few miliseconds you can already use it even for low - mid end, while LG and Samsung devices lagging up.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 10:35

35. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Not interested. That size display is not going to be pocketable or comfortable to use. It's an opinion shared by most actual consumers. I think LG will find the phablet market to be smaller and more saturated than they are hoping for.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 10:46 1

41. freebee269 (Posts: 516; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Passing on lg on my next smartphone. I currently have a g2 and their very slow movement on software updates has made me cool on them. I currently use xda for all my rom needs but I would like the company to get on board with updating in a timely manner like other companies already have. I will wait to see what the gs5 has to offer.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 01:40

53. RadKrish (Posts: 17; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


haha when you buy LG you forget about updates. i seen it in last 2 years and still seeing it.. LG G2 intl users will get kitkat by the end of march.. haha..... so early update by them...

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 11:25 1

44. isprobi (Posts: 181; Member since: 30 May 2011)


I have LG Optimus G Pro and like it. The screen is nice and battery life is good. But not much in the way of OS updates. My conclusion wih Android is the only way to get updates in a timely manner is to buy a new phone at least once a year. Having a stock Android device helps but they seem to be missing allot of features I like on customized phones. LG G Pro 2 will probably be my next phone if AT&T carries it.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 15:26 1

47. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


If LG pulls this off with Odin processor hopefully sd card support they'll be crowned king and everything else with be nothing LOL Sammy will be number 2 just for bringing us the SoC that you claimed for 2 years

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 15:43 3

49. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Unfortunate for LG that G2 and G-PAD owners have barely gotten used to their new devices and LG is on to the G3. I have a thing about companies who force products to market much to early. They aren't doing it for customer satisfaction. No, they are motivated by pure greed and that is where my support ends. Apple did the same with the 4S to 5 to 5S and look at them now. Lost. If a company can't even let the consumer have the glory of saying they have the latest for longer than months vs even a year or so what is the point? I have a G2 and G-PAD. Both very nice devices but now FOR SALE. Of course I will be replacing them with the new G3 as soon as it is here? Wrong. There are still some out there who give you some tie to enjoy your new device(s) so that is where you will find me. Maybe it won't be the latest and greatest but here is one consumer who refuses to get caught up in the time to replace mode every 6 months. Farewell LG. Our months together have been forgettable. Not because you don't make good products but because you don't give consumers enough time to fall in love with them before expecting us to get the next big thing.
Size? That is a different subject but watch for everything to start getting smaller after this BIG FAD wears off or in this case L a r G e.

posted on 19 May 2014, 13:29

58. vzwslinger (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 May 2014)


Apple, HTC, LG, Samsung, Sony, etc, all come out with a new top of the line device about once a year. Although a release date in the month of may (which hasn't been confirmed yet) would be cutting it short 3 months for LG, this was done to align their release dates closer to Samsung and HTC. Switching brands won't affect release dates. You can still enjoy your devices after a new device is released... OK So your plan is to buy a device that might not "be the latest and greatest" so that you can enjoy the "glory of saying they have the latest". I'm confused. I understand you have a problem with LG, I'm just not sure what it is...

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 03:16

55. kevkyle (Posts: 62; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


LG....you're making 'em mad....', )

...they want you to stop making AMAZING phones too soon too fast

...you're doomed LG -

...I'll be waiting for my LG3 this May, hehe - and the S5 and Z2 as well ....sweet

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 15:26

57. jdella681 (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Oct 2009)


Being a previous Galaxy S4 user I never liked the Touchwiz interface and used Nova launcher. But I've been using LG's UI for several months now and definitely prefer their setup any day. It runs smoother than touchwiz and if you like customization there's plenty of tweaks you can do right out of the box. And this was prior to being rooted and using Malladus's ROM. Still using stock LG UI :)

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