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First LG G3 press renders appear, showing the QHD flagship in all its brushed finish glory

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First LG G3 press renders appear, showing the QHD flagship in all its brushed finish glory
Want to know how the LG G3 will look like outside of blurry spy shots and murky concepts? We got tipped the first press shots of the upcoming LG flagship, telling us that the golden chassis trend has laid its eggs deep in the host. We kid, but the hotly-anticipated flagship is indeed going to be available in the fashionable golden color, as well as titan grey and silver colors. All rumors that the phone will feature a special finish that looks like brushed metal, seem to hold water, though it's still likely to be made of polycarbonate.

As a reminder, the LG G3 unveiling is just around the corner, expected for a May 27th unveiling, and the handset is expected to be the first smartphone from a big brand-name manufacturer, which will feature a 5.5" display panel with the breathtaking Quad HD 1440x2560 pixels resolution. The latest Snapdragon 805 chipset and 3 GB of RAM are cited to round up the pretty offering, as well as a 13 MP optically-stabilized camera with what seems like a two-tone flash. The Optimus UI might have also received a thorough overhaul, judging from LG's teaser video, as well as numerous reports for a more "personalized" experience

According to the press renders below, the G3 might still feature the excellent screen-to-body ratio of its predecessor, offering a huge display bordering on the phablet realm, in a comparatively compact chassis, just like the G Pro 2. From the looks of it, the signature rear keys have been redesigned with a different, more premium look, and a finger-friendly texture. There is also a mysterious elliptic opening next to them, so we can't wait to put this puppy through its paces the first chance we get. Do you like what you see so far?

Thanks for the tip!

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posted on 14 May 2014, 09:06 27

1. Birds (Posts: 959; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Damn this is appetizing.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:07 27

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2338; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Sexy..... Black one is Killer...

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:44 6

60. MichaelA (Posts: 18; Member since: 14 May 2014)


They're calling it "Titan grey"

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:45 8

62. akki20892 (Posts: 3255; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Yes black one is dam sexy.....and so premium like m8.

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:24 6

82. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


yes but I like the gold one and I dont know the reason :D

posted on 14 May 2014, 14:11 4

87. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


btw what is that thing left side of camera ??? depth sensor ???

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:34

122. zhiae (Posts: 167; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Light sensor

posted on 15 May 2014, 05:32

123. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


light sensor for what ? night shots maybe

posted on 16 May 2014, 06:06

129. 3rdDegree (Posts: 170; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


It's an INFRARED sensor

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:10

124. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


MayB Heart Rate sensor !!

posted on 14 May 2014, 19:53 1

113. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Jet brushed black aluminium

posted on 14 May 2014, 20:07

114. Diezparda (Posts: 200; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Indeed the Black One is way sexy while i have the same question with Zuckerboy, what is the thing at left side of camera? i still didn't like how it looks, it'll be better if it doesn't exist. I hate the symmetrical design at the back panel it's just weird.

posted on 15 May 2014, 11:55

126. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 37; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Gold one is mass murderer

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:20 8

16. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5461; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Design looks REALLY GOOD even that I'm not a big fan of buttons on the back! Bravo LG! :)

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:35 10

27. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You habe to try them 1st. First when I saw the G2, I was skeptical about how smart the idea of throwing the buttons back, then I got a G2 for my wife and the placement is a great features for today's big phones. She ended up hating the phone for a couple of reasons and got a Note 3 instead. But from what it looks like so far, LG has built a monster in the G3, and although I didn't like it at first, now I find it one of the best looking devices. And while the S5 will rack up the best sales numbers, I believe that Sony Z2 and LG G3 will be the better phones, and this is coming from an S5 owner (I still like my phone btw).

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:52 8

32. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5461; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"You habe to try them 1st."

I already did that also I don't say that it is bad or so. But it is a bit weird and a bit awkward to me, maybe it is just not the way how I'm used to mianipulate my smartphone. I think that I would need a bit more time to get used and then everything would be fine. :)

"She ended up hating the phone for a couple of reasons and got a Note 3 instead."

Why?

"And while the S5 will rack up the best sales numbers, I believe that Sony Z2 and LG G3 will be the better phones..."

Agree. In my opinion Sony Xperia Z2 is already better than Samsung Galaxy S5 and I'm sure that LG G3 will be even better.

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:05 1

51. tech2 (Posts: 1783; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Yup. Design is subjective. However renders always look nice

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:46

63. MichaelA (Posts: 18; Member since: 14 May 2014)


I have a sneaky suspicion this phone won't be waterproof. It doesn't kill this phone for me, but I have lost two phones to water incidents (toilet & pool), so it is a nice feature.

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:36 4

54. amats69 (Posts: 971; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


the black one is f**** sexY! LG indeed step up on designs of their flagships! im just hoping that they make any improvements also on thier UI!...im not a fan on the back buttons but this phone really got my attention. looking forward for a personal hands on on this device!

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:45 6

61. akki20892 (Posts: 3255; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


few years later we will see only screen from front view of lg devices.

posted on 14 May 2014, 15:13

93. Ashoaib (Posts: 1215; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Design cues are taken from oneplus1

posted on 14 May 2014, 16:21 1

99. MichaelA (Posts: 18; Member since: 14 May 2014)


What are you talking about... this looks like the G2 with less bezel. You act like the one plus one is some unique design...

posted on 14 May 2014, 17:37 2

104. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3881; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


No joke. It actually looks like real metal, which is great, especially that piece of bezel on the front, it has that spun metal look that Asus uses a lot. It could still be plastic, but damn does it look good.

posted on 14 May 2014, 22:19

117. AJagtiani (Posts: 357; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Looks ugly Imo.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:06 9

2. Takeharu (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Sexy!

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:10 23

4. jan25 (Posts: 383; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Unlike Samsung, LG seems to be improving with their design. I would've prefered if it didn't have the logo on the bottom bezel, but that's not a big deal.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:24 12

21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5461; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Unlike Samsung, LG seems to be improving with their design."

True.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:35 4

28. AstronautJones (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Um, didn't Samsung do the "brushed metal look" on the Galaxy S3? Then they got killed because it was only poly carbonate, like the G3.
So, pardon me if I'm not impressed much.

posted on 14 May 2014, 10:05 2

36. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5461; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


What?

posted on 14 May 2014, 10:15 1

42. tech2 (Posts: 1783; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


He has a good point actually. At the momebr we are not sure if it is plastic or metal (as far as i know atleast). So if its plastic with brushed finish, then samsung has already done that and the theory that their design is better then samsung's is incorrect.

posted on 14 May 2014, 10:32 2

47. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5461; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


AstronautJones says: "Then they got killed because it was only poly carbonate, like the G3."

We still do not know if it is plastic or metal so why say that it is plastic?

tech2 says: "...and the theory that their design is better then samsung's is incorrect."

About design each one can have personal opinion so how is it incorrect?
For example in my opinion LG G3 looks better than Samsung's design (at least what I saw in LG teaser video and in these photos).

Also many people complain about Samsung's design not because Samsung use polycarbonate but because design looks 'cheap'.

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:26 3

52. DRO_ID (Posts: 28; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)


Brushed metal is not supposed to look glossy, that cancels out the whole look so Samsung had lines going across but it counted for nothing but a pattern.

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:42 4

59. Dr.Phil (Posts: 864; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


In my opinion, the Galaxy S3 had a very glossy look to it that was unappealing. It also depends on how much polycarbonate they use. Samsung liked to make their body components out of a thin layer of polycarbonate which is what made it feel so cheap. If they used a larger amount that would help give it weight and a solid feeling, then users may find it to be more appealing.

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:18 1

81. Taters (Posts: 2592; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The Samsung philosophy is sound. The largest screen and best internals in the lightest, thinnest, most compact device possible. And if that means a thin layer then it should be fine.

The philosophy where you want the plastic thicker to appease those that get fooled into thinking heavier and thicker means more premium is the philosophy that is flawed and should be frowned upon.

Unfortunately it is the other way around in the land of Apple.

posted on 14 May 2014, 17:41 1

105. Dr.Phil (Posts: 864; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I beg to differ on Samsung's philosophy having the most compact device possible. The S5 was definitely not that compact and neither was the S3. The S4 should be the only one to get credit for being compact, and that's only because it didn't increase in size from the S3.

Also, as far as using thicker layers of plastic meaning the device is more premium feeling, there is definitely some truth to it. I have used several different brands of phones in the past and Samsung devices always felt very flimsy, especially when it came the battery compartment. Not to mention that whenever the internals would get hot from usage, it transferred the heat immediately to your hands. You can still make a thin device while using a much more stronger or thicker layer of polycarbonate.

posted on 14 May 2014, 19:38 1

111. Taters (Posts: 2592; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Eh? Noooo.... The GS3 was smaller than the One X overall and the 4.8 inch screen was a HUGE jump. It was pretty compact for a 4.8 inch phone especially for its time.

If anything, the GS5 was the only Samsung device guilty of being too big and that's only because of the really bad train of thought that thicker plastic is better. And even then the GS5 is much smaller than the Z2, HTC M8, and LG G3.

Yes you can still make a thin device using a thicker plastic layer but to Samsung the thinner the better so they probably just chose not to. And I agree, the thinner the better. I am not in observant enough to equate thicker as more premium. I know what is thick enough and the plastic Samsung uses is plenty thick.

posted on 14 May 2014, 12:32 4

71. TheDannyMann (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 May 2014)


Call me crazy, but I think this phone will be a plastic-metal hybrid. It seems there is a proud metal trim ring at the edge of the phone. That coupled with a brushed metal plastic polycarb rear might make this build unique.

And FYI not all plastics are the same. G2 Plastic > GS4 Plastic. And that opinion is coming from a Samsung Fanboy.

posted on 14 May 2014, 18:34 1

106. Andrewtst (Posts: 292; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


S3 is not brushed metal. I it does not have that feel at all.

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:05

78. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2045; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


It's a fairly large logo complete with its own panel that is colored differently and finished differently. It seems like LG was all ready to knock one out of the park and then had some sort of ego attack.

Don't get me wrong, still an overall nice design. But customers don't care about corporate logos very much. Manufacturers and carriers should try harder to understand this.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:11 3

5. drazwy (Posts: 113; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Wow. this looks really nice.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:12 2

6. 3rdDegree (Posts: 170; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


Jesus I have no idea which colour I want! I'll probably get the silver and the white

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:13

7. shrimpanzee (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


I feel like the volume buttons look like mini speaker grills.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:15

9. butteredjelly (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


seeing no other visible speaker, I have to agree.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:19 3

14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2261; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


You blind? The speaker is on the bottom left... Though the volume buttons do look like speakers.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:25

23. butteredjelly (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I don't think anybody has said what it's actually for yet

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:22

19. shrimpanzee (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Well there is one on the lower left side on the back of the phone, but the teaser showed loud speakers, I doubt that small speaker can be really loud. Just an opinion!

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:13 3

8. butteredjelly (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I'm digging the gold version

posted on 14 May 2014, 12:54

76. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 296; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


Yes. That is the best looking gold smartphone I've ever seen.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:15 8

10. silver (Posts: 19; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)


wow I want it
this is my next phone for sure
Bye Bye Samsung

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:15 8

11. luis.d (Posts: 101; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Seriously great! It looks like a Japanese smartphone.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:19 1

15. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2261; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


YEEAH JAPAN

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:58

34. RuiBacelar (Posts: 106; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


My exactly first thoughts...It's somehow omnibalanced.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:16 2

12. noldypinontoan (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Seriously! I love it this phone! I hoped it the specification can be powerfull like the model!

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:18

13. frankg (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 May 2014)


Did anyone notice else that the loudspeaker seems to be have moved to the back instead of the bottom?

Or did my eyes deceive me?

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:24

22. nazyr1803 (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


yes you're right..but that's not a big problem.

posted on 14 May 2014, 10:14

41. frankg (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 May 2014)


Really? Wouldn't the sound be more muffled when the phone is laying on its back?

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:21 3

17. Caveman723 (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 May 2014)


Wow! Just wow.. the black one was superb! Hope it had one of Samsung s.amoled screen but it's not. But IPS screen is pleasant for me too..

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:21

18. 3rdDegree (Posts: 170; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


I'm guessing it'll be 1 Watt and it's in the same place as on the G Pro 2, having it on the bottom would have resulted in a larger and thicker bottom bezel due to the increased module size

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:22 4

20. ihavenoname (Posts: 1260; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I love the design.

posted on 14 May 2014, 09:28 3

24. peace247 (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Oh god it is sooooo damn sexy....
But alas way out of my reach....

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