LG G3 could be a Samsung Galaxy S5 killer - according to Korean media
Whatever new features the Galaxy S5 is bringing, it’s pretty clear that Samsung will announce it before LG gets to introduce its next-gen flagship smartphone: a G2 successor expected to be called LG G3. Sure enough, LG confirmed that it would announce a new G Pro 2 later this month, but this is a 5.9-inch (or 6-inch) phablet and it doesn’t seem to be a true Galaxy S5 competitor. So when will LG’s next flagship smartphone arrive? Well, ZDNet Korea has it that the G3 could be announced as soon as May. This is in line with what we’ve previously heard about the handset. Unlike the Galaxy S5, the G3 may sport a Quad HD display.
As you may remember, LG revealed a 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS LCD panel back in August last year - so the company had plenty of time to work on a smartphone that utilizes such a screen.
ZDNet says that the G3 may be viewed as a “Galaxy S5 killer” - at least in South Korea, the home country of LG and Samsung. Of course, it’s way too early to tell which of the two handsets will be better (not to mention that better can mean different things from user to user). For now nothing is confirmed, so both Samsung and LG could surprise us with the features and design of their new flagship smartphones.
Note: the device pictured above is the LG G2.
source: ZDNet Korea (automatic translation)
6. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 203; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
The G2 will still be holding it's own in term of performance and battery life, even vs the new S5. The G3 will certainly bring a performance enhancement, but, the G2 is already so fast and smooth and rarely slows down with intense apps, so the discernible differences would need to be in features. The software and performance is already amazing.
25. iqjumpuw (Posts: 28; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
I have to agree. G2 will do just fine against S5 in terms of performance and battery life. With that being said, however, the sales numbers won't even come close to S5. This is an unfortunate thing. Most people don't know LG. They just know Apple or Samsung.
47. iTechies (Posts: 85; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
LG phones sucks as i owned some of their mobile phones and the performance is very sh!tty! on samsung. touchwiz UI may be lag but i can guarantee you that samsung phones still runs better in games than LG phones!
48. iTechies (Posts: 85; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
and i also know the performance of LG phones as i already owned some of their phones like the G pro.. the result? LG lost my trust.
63. JunitoNH (Posts: 1148; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
No they are not, had to return two units. Their performance deteriorate swiftly.
43. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I suspect that LG will do quite well if the G3 specs track closely to the rumors. The only problem if there is a problem, is the delay in G3 release date vs. when Sammy releases the GS5 - Sammy benefits from early sales before the G3 is available.
3. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
A 5.5" QHD IPS-LCD display on G3 is perfect.
I bet the overall size of G3 will be similar to S5's.
No reasons to go to a 5.2 FHD AMOLED on Galaxy S5.
4. E.S.1 (Posts: 295; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
I have the LG G2 and I love it!
No complains at all (After the S4 and battery draining way fast and HTC One battery charging very slow and useless camera) only thing I'll get after my experience with G2 is another LG. They are the best!
8. E.S.1 (Posts: 295; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Oh....and yes I love the UI and updates are not important to me :)
51. saura8h (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)
Its UI is worse than any android flagship. Yes it does have some good features, but UI is aweful
5. mr.techdude (Posts: 567; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
HTC one 2 vs LG g3= a good battle
HTC one 2 vs s5= one is the only one, no competition there
54. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
Garbage comments makes no sense the HTC one is a lame phone you want basic no innovation get an iPhone at least the camera is good... oooh boom sound so cool... -_-
7. galanoth (Posts: 371; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
LG's main flagships gets released in the later part of the year (Optimus G and G2)
Their competition would be the Note series since they come out at the same time.
For example Z1 vs Z. The former gets the newest components by coming out later in the year.
9. Derekjeter (Posts: 524; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
LG G2 is way better than the s4. If LG plays this correctly and they advertise a little better they should have decent sales. I really don't think there's anything stoping LG from becoming as big as Samsung.
27. GeekMovement (Posts: 1835; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
LG could have also improved the build quality of the G2 a bit more I think.
34. SleepingOz (unregistered)
The G2 wasn't meant to compete with the S4 but the Note3 since they were both released at the end of the year. And the Note3 owns the G2 in every possible way, except portability may be..
62. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9674; Member since: 14 May 2012)
The G2 was a direct competitor to the S4 lol. Samsung just one upped LG with the Note 3.
11. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
LMAO LOL I saw the title and couldn't stop laughing. LG G3 won't sell 5 million units by the end of 2014.
13. RonnieKeith (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)
If they would advertise like Samsung does they might. I think they build way better phones than Samsung
18. Taters (Posts: 3763; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Please. Samsung killing LG isn't just because of marketing.
I love LG phones myself but I felt they screwed up the LG G2 pretty badly.
The Optimus G was pimp and the Nexus 5 is probably the best handset in my opinion right now but I can easily see why people buy Samsung phones over the rest.
5.2 inches was pointless for 1080 and the back buttons need to be removed before people would even consider it over a Galaxy phone IMO.
Who knows. Samsung might screw up by making the GS5 too big too but I somehow doubt it.
If the GS5 can do quad hd 5.2 inch or smaller screen, a better camera, and a 3200mah battery all at 7.9mm and same size as the gs4, then it is an automatic win for Samsung because the Lg g2 will most likely be 5.5 inches, too big even with no bezels, at least 8.9mm like the LG G2, and have the same back buttons.
31. freebee269 (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
I don't agree about lg messing up on the lg g2. I've owned an optimus g and s4 and now a g2. The g2 is a lot better than the s4. For 1 the ui is a lot smoother on stock. 2 the build quality is better, it just is. The back buttons took a week to get used to but now I prefer them to side buttons. The g2 camera isn't all that it was made out to be. I'd say it's on par with the s4. The ois just isn't that good. The screen on the g2 looks better to me than the s4. And lg doesn't put you through hoops when it comes to rooting your device like Samsung does. You can read a lot of Dev comments and complaints on xda about the route Samsung is taking when it comes to rooting and unlocking your phone. There's a lot to like about the lg g2. It just doesn't have the brand recognition in the u.s. like Samsung does. But that doesn't make it worse.
61. Taters (Posts: 3763; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I would have bought the LG G2 over the Nexus 5 if the buttons were on the side, the handset was smaller than the GS4/nexus 5, and it looked a lot better.
The handset is too large, anything bigger than the GS4 is a no go and they could have easily made the g2 smaller than the GS4 if they kept the screen at 5 instead of 5.2. The Optimus g beat the competition in all areas that were important. Thinness, overall size, screen, looks, build etc. while the G2 loses to the competition in a few major areas. Mostly size and ergonomics.
It isn't brand recognition. Samsung just hits the right chords and I would have bought the GS4 over any handset if it used an LCD display. The size is perfect being the same size as the GS3 with a 5 inch screen at only 7.9mm.
15. odachek1976 (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
All depends on which device has microSD card slot, because all my photos & movies are inside...can't ditch that.
55. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
So true man that held me back from the g2 everything was perfect except that I have way too much going on to be limited
16. Bukatorade (Posts: 24; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
It'll be interesting to see if LG increases the screen size on the G3. They touted 5.2 inches, after grueling research, to be the sweet spot. Unless they can get the bezels even thinner, I don't know why they would change it up.
17. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 470; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Hahahaha, S5 killer? Is that like the S4 that was the supposed "iPhone Killer" last year? Or the random game that comes out with frequency that is the supposed "Call of Duty Killer"?
It doesn't work that way.
21. Kishin (Posts: 694; Member since: 30 May 2013)
This is a sign of spec war's end. If Samsung slows down with specs, other manufactures will do the same and maybe screen sizes could go down a bit. This could mean Samsung will start to bring premium devises with useful features not more specs.
22. davenycept (Posts: 193; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
Two problems LG has...their marketing and heavy UI... if they can market this phone well and lighten up the UI then it may be right their with Sammy
32. freebee269 (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
If you think lg's ui is heavy then try Samsung's. You'll be calling that ui a brick. There's way more features in that ui that you won't be using.
24. AfterShock (Posts: 3697; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
G2 was my second choice for a new phone, after my N5.
G2 is no doubt a beast, well done LG.
26. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
Not with that skin. It's more atrocious than Touchwiz.
28. AfterShock (Posts: 3697; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I agree, I thought that went without saying as to not offend those that do like it though.
Skins suck indeed, to clarify, forced GUI sucks.
That alone makes me shudder when I think about other Eco systems and no choice at all.
29. maherk (Posts: 2004; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
PA are back to their paid articles. So according to your logic, ZDnet represent all Korean media? Anyway, the optimus g, optimus 4x, G2, sony xperia S, Z, Z1, HTC sensation, one x, one were supposed to be the nail in the coffin for the galaxy S series, ANDDD the huawei mate, g pro, z ultra, one max, nokia 8431(sorry,I'm not good with numbers) were also supposed to make samsung sweat in their pants, and guess what NOTHING will stop Samsung and Apple. They are in a league of their own.
57. RonnieKeith (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)
Samsung Does Not make the best phone, the only reason for their high market share is the millions they spend on advertising. HTC and LG both make devices more superior than samsung. The GS3 was a pile of junk. The GS4, a little better, but with the aluminum One and he G Pro, G 2 samsung cannot compete with the build quality and bright screens.. and why would somebody need better than full hd on a five inch screen, I have the first 1080p phone that came out and Samsung still don't have a screen as crisp an bright as this one.
64. iTechies (Posts: 85; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
i agree of what you said that HTC phones are better than samsung phones. but i dont agree that LG phones is better than samsung.. as i experienced these both brands and i can tell you that samsung far more better than LG phones and actually LG lost my trust after being disappointed on my G pro.
33. LikeMyself (Posts: 355; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)
Go to hell with your QuadHd screens.I need a FullHd power efficient display, u mad Korean manufacturers!
35. XaErO (Posts: 250; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
5.5" ?? isn't that a phablet size .. even with the slimmest bezels that will be pretty big for an average user .. 5" i consider as the best to hold rightly in hands ..
40. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
LG needs to improve it's image in the marketplace. Too many devices that were just plain over rated and gimmicky(LG Thrill, I am looking at you) or bug filled and laggy (don't try and hide, LG Revolution, I see you). If the LG G2 holds up well over time, the LG Flex is not an over priced gimmick but a solid performing device that also performs well,the G Pro is a good follow up then maybe the LG G3 has a chance to eat at Samsung's lead. You have to figure at some point, a portion of the Galaxy and Note users may want something a little different.
I will say this: I respect any company willing to take chances. LG was stuck in the mud for years, but this new wave of phones has actually tried to do something new. The Flex is extremely interesting with it's curved/flexable display and self healing back, and the controls on the back of the phone is unique and a true attempt to set itself apart. Bully for them.
Now, about that UI.......
42. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
I had the LG Revolution. It was the worst phone purchase I ever made and I had to keep it for two years. There were many times where I wanted to throw it into a wall because the fricken thing wouldn't respond.
58. RonnieKeith (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)
LG has ate sammys lunch already, they just haven't sold as many units..
65. davenycept (Posts: 193; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
If they haven't sold as many units then they haven't eaten Sammys lunch.. I like LG too but like I said earlier they haven't put up Sammy's numbers.. they need to improve their marketing, bulky UI and updates..if they can do that they would be right there with Sammy because their recent phones are beasts!!
44. Abo3amood (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
Samsung aint dump to lose the competition to every other company this year. Don't believe everything, use ur brains first! HD > FHD > UHD thats the trend. + A 5.25" screen is logical if its for A QHD screen resolution. U mean samsung looses even to Oppo ?
International s5 will definitely feature A QHD screen however the US version will feature A FHD screen if it's to be equipped will snapdragon 800 & QHD if equipped with snapdragon 805 as it has a stronger GPU that can hadle higher res + better graphics, QHD + snapdragon 800 = less performance than Note3. U don't want to lose potential customers from Note3 who might go for the S5 by equipping FHD screen and the older snapdragon 800 on the new flagship ?!
45. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)
I'll be buying an LG G3 for my next phone, getting over Sammy after 5 phones and two tablets. I'm bored with the same things I want something fresh and they also piee'd me off with their lack of support with their in-store app purchases.
49. iTechies (Posts: 85; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
not a chance!! i dont trust LG phones anymore!! as they already lost my trust on OG and G pro! FU LG!