With Samsung, HTC and Sony having had their turn, we're getting awfully close to seeing what LG has in store for this year's flagship derby. The successor to the G2
, the G3
is set for release in less than a week's time, and it sure has lit the web on fire this past month, what will all the related leaks.
So, the G3 has many of you excited, and that's not surprising, considering what we (think) we know so far
. Obviously, nothing is set in stone just yet, though we do happen to have a few pointers for you right before game time. Like we have done before
, we'll again list those for you in a descending order -- from what we feel will most likely make it into the G3, down to the stuff we're less inclined to believe. Again, these are nothing more than guesses, but we'd say they're educated at that.
Alright, so what do we have in store today? Tech die-hards among you will be aware of most of the stuff here -- like the very real possibility of a QHD screen, or a new UI, or perhaps even a fingerprint scanner -- but the majority isn't as intimate with details surrounding the next LG flagship. So go right ahead for the full list, and let's see how many of these we'll get right.
8 likely LG G3 features
8 likely LG G3 features
1. A more detailed, 1440 x 2560 QHD display
Despite the many unknown variables surrounding the G3, all of our intel so far seems to converge in at least one regard: the new LG flagship will sport a massively-detailed, 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution (QHD) display made by LG itself. What's more, whispers of an even bigger, 5.5-inch display can be heard in dark alleys. That's true phablet territory, sure, but LG has proven it has the know-how needed to build extremely compact handsets, with minimal bezels.
2. A redesigned, flatter UI
We've had quite a few screenshots, allegedly from the LG G3's new interface, leak out in the wild, to further our belief that LG will be redesigning its existing Optimus UI. Quite frankly, we've been expecting as much, and before these even became known, mainly because the industry as a whole has made a very palpable transition to a flatter look. If LG wants to stay an indelible part of the mainstream, it'll need to match the moves of its rivals, or offer an altogether better solution.
3. A far more functional Quick Window feature
Even now, LG offers a proprietary flip case, custom-built for the G2. Dubbed Quick Window, the accessory allows for some pretty neat functionality. For example, tapping the screen through a small, window-like opening gives you a quick peak at some basic information -- like the weather, time, and date. LG will likely be taking this feature a step further with the G3, and the new, circular Quick Window opening will introduce you to even more information, depending on your preferences.
4. Support for smart wearables
Lastly (at least as far as the new software goes), LG is almost guaranteed to introduce a new, fitness & wellness hub app, that will track various aspects of your life. This is especially likely, considering the company has now officially taken the veil off its smart G Watch
, based on Android Wear.
5. Redesigned rear buttons
One of the latest unconfirmed, but legit-looking renders shows a new take on LG's rather lonely trip to popularizing rear power and volume buttons. The new combo appears to be covered with an intricate mesh texture, which is likely intended to help with tactile feedback. Not a bad idea, especially seeing how the implementation in the G2 wasn't optimal
(though the G Pro 2 improved the recipe greatly).
6. Laser AF assist beam
A deviced dubbed "Isai
", a joint venture between LG and KDDI, saw the light of day not a month ago, and it sparked quite some interest among fans, not least because its likely role as a harbinger of things to come. Not only does the LG Isai come with a 5.5-inch, QHD display, but it also sports a piece of tech we haven't seen on a phone -- laser auto focus assist beam. The idea is that, apart from illuminating the scene with the LED flash prior to focusing, the camera module on the upcoming LG G3 will have another, extremely concentrated (and bright) laser point to help it lock its focus even quicker.
7. A quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip
Yes, we know, we're almost at the end of May, and that's when Qualcomm initially promised to first start distributing its next-gen, quad-core Snapdragon 805 chip. Unfortunately, considering all the planning, testing, and supply-chain mayhem that usually takes place before a new flagship is ready for game time, we find it unlikely that the LG G3 will sport the new silicon. Instead, we believe it far more likely that we we'll see the still extremely potent Snapdragon 801 that is powering competing flagships -- like the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, or even the HTC One M8.
8. Optical Image Stabilization +
The advantages of optically-stabilized imaging are several, and not at all trivial. Not only do you get shake free video footage, but an OIS module can also allow for faster shutter speeds when such are otherwise unfeasible. That's one big pro for the 13-megapixel OIS shooter of the LG G2, and we were actually surprised to see LG improve that with the G Pro 2
, and its even more capable new OIS+ module. As you can see from the video, the improvements are very noticeable.
If LG saw it fit to include OIS+ with the 13MP camera of the G Pro 2, then it's not unreasonable to expect to see the gizmo make an appearance with teh G3, now is it?