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LG G3 leaks out: Quad HD display likely, polycarbonate body

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LG G3 leaks out: Quad HD display likely, polycarbonate body

Samsung and HTC have already launched their flagship smartphones for 2014, Sony has unveiled (but it’s not yet shipping) its Xperia Z2, and it seems like LG is the sole company in this circle of major Android phone makers that has not yet announced its 2014 contender.

The LG G3 - the rumored name for this yet unofficial device - has leaked out time and time again, but this time around we have one of the most comprehensive looks at it, coming from an inside source, who has allegedly seen the G3 and spilled the beans to Bulgarian blog Nixanbal. The blog has a short, but good track record with such leaks, but keep in mind that - as with all rumors - nothing is official, so you'd do good to take it with a healthy grain of salt.

The LG G3 could come with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display

With this in mind, what we learn is that the LG G3 is very likely to sport a Quad HD (2560 x 1440-pixel) display. The source, who has allegedly seen the device, describes the display as ‘impressive’, but not just for its sharpness. Chances are that this will indeed be a 5.5-inch screen, but put inside a body as compact as the one of the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S5. LG has allegedly achieved this by minimizing screen bezel on all sides drastically.

The design of the LG G3, on the other hand, is said to continue the traditions of the G2, with a polycarbonate body and buttons on the back of the phone. This time around, though, we are likely to see a smooth matte plastic finish in lieu of the glossy one of the G2. Moreover, the LG G3 plastic back will have an underlying pattern reminiscent of the brushed finish on the new HTC One (M8). With the G3, LG is said to have opted for a removable back cover. Having an easily removable back cover is often a pre-requisite (and a very good indication) for the likely presence of an expandable memory via a microSD card slot.

The LG G3 feature no buttons on the front (the phone allegedly uses on-screen navigation keys), while the rear keys are placed in the center-back, however, the buttons themselves are smaller than the ones on LG’s 2013 flagship. An LED light is said to be built in the lock key, another neat new addition.

We don’t know much about the camera, but the mockup of the G3 above shows that it does feature a new, dual-shot flash light on the right, and something that looks like an infra-red (IR) beamer on the left.

Finally, expectations are that LG will officially unveil the G3 in just a month - in May. If so, the LG G3 will become the first Quad HD smartphone from a non-Chinese company.

source: Nixanbal (translated)

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posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:08 31

1. AndroidStuff (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


LG G3 is just Amazing !!!

Thumbs up if you think G3 will kick M8-S5-Z2 :)

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:11 38

3. ScottSchneider (Posts: 316; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Thumbs up ???

GTF out...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:15 15

5. AndroidStuff (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


now you cant resist that your fav brand is going to be kicked :D

lg g2 was amazing now g3 is going to be awesome

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:22 5

13. maherk (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


if the rumors are true, then there is no way the G3 will compete against the likes of M8, S5 and Z2, since 5.5" is considered a phablet. No matter how much they try to reduce the bezel, 5.5" is wide enough to ne considered a phablet in everyone's vocab.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:26 27

14. Victor.H (Posts: 411; Member since: 27 May 2011)


It's worrisome to see display growing larger and larger, but if LG indeed manages to put a 5.5" phone in a body as large as the S5 I would not call this a phablet. The lines are blurring.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:32 1

16. maherk (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


true, but still it isn't just about the size of the handset, you have to take into consideration that it will be almost impossible for the average person to reach the top corner of a 5.5" screen, no matter how slim the bezels are.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:45 6

20. wargreymon (Posts: 146; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


So if LG makes it smaller than S5 but with larger screen, LG is making a phablet and Samsung not?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 03:16 3

25. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 739; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


So? How many people use an 4.8" and over Android smartphone with one hand? Besides, I rarely have to be in the top corner since the keyboard is on the bottom.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 07:15 5

61. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


For most men it's not a problem.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 12:18

84. Taters (Posts: 2918; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Not really. I thought they would come up with a way by now to shrink the screen through software alone. All they need to do to shrink the screen is to slap a Smart Cover frame on it.

Sure the current Smart Cover windows are like 3 inches diagonal or less but there is nothing stopping them from releasing a 4 inch one or 5 inch one or whatever sized frame you want.

I really thought that Samsung would have done scalable screen sizes with no bezels on the GS5 by now, since this technology works best with AMOLED displays since the unused portions of the screen would be pure black and actually look like real bezels.

They missed the opportunity though. Now Apple will probably do it with the iPhone 6. I am guessing 4.7 inch screen at the same size as the 5s. But with a setting to change it to 4 inches if you really want smaller.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 19:01

106. mattkl (Posts: 173; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


The Note 3 already does this (may be others as well). When enabled you simply swipe left to right or right to left from the edge of the screen and it gives you a scalable screen with back button, home, volume, everything you need for one handed use.

http://androidadvices.com/samsung-galaxy-note-3-one-hand-shrink-display/#.U1cCrPldWkg

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 05:39

47. Professor (Posts: 136; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


If you go by the phone phisical size (and not by screen size) you are going to see that the G3 is going to be about the same size of the S5 phone, and way smaller than the M8 and Z2 (phablets).

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 03:20

27. SleepingOz (unregistered)


The G2 was competing with the Note3, which is a better device, since they were released during the same period. The G2Pro is competing with the S5. And the G3 will compete with the Note4, which I reckon will be a better device like the Note3 to the G2.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 05:33 2

45. Professor (Posts: 136; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Going by release dates you are right, but in reality the G2Pro was released to compete against the N3 and the G3 is going to be released to compete with the S5.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 03:32 4

30. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


The G3 deserves a thumbs up.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 1

76. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


INDEED!
G3 is THE KING!

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:15 3

7. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2000; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The S5 will still sell more.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:32 14

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


but it doesnt mean s5 is better than others.. most of the ppl buy s5 bcuz its popular

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 03:35 4

33. tech2 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


...and its popular because its a complete all-round phone.

A phone with great display (displaymate), stunning battery endurance(PA, gsmarena, XDA), Samsung's very good customer service with significant global presence, great software features (display with gloves on/multi window, $500 free goodies), great software updates track record (gone even stronger with recent knot with google) and lastly, loads of accessories.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 03:46 3

35. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Yeah I love my S5 but I will definitely get a G3 if it satisfies battery life, UI, and general specs.

LG's flagship phones usually have awesome battery tech so no one has to be worried about that :D

I'm guessing at LEAST 3300 mAh.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 05:16

102. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


its actually 3600mAh some source says its 4000mAh
REMOVABLE!

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 04:43 4

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


and most of the ppl dont know that features. other phones also have great displays great cameras lots of accessories and better looking desgns, most of great software features are gimmick you dont use every single software features bcuz they r useless.plus display mate says its the best display but you cannot distinguish the difference in real life.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 12:22 1

85. Taters (Posts: 2918; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Other phones are actually way too big, have poor ergonomics, rattling volume rockers etc that the fan boys choose to ignore because they hate Samsung enough to overlook those flaws.

To be fair LG is pretty good though and usually on par or better than Samsung. Suck TC, Sony, and Motorola though...hell no IMO. Not even close.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 10:34

105. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


NOT ERGONOMIC DESIGN? its SONY XPERIA Z1,Z2.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 07:26 1

103. refillable (Posts: 631; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Average customer buys the S5 because it has the name of the iPhone. And I don't really care if the S5 is going to sell more or not, as long as LG doesn't go in red.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 09:44

104. SubtleOne (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


It's popular because Samsung has spent an absolute record amount in advertising.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 05:16 3

41. Professor (Posts: 136; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Yes. More people are going to buy Galaxy's but for the same reason more people also buy iPhones. Not because are better but just because they are the new Galaxy's or the new iPhones.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 05:35 1

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


exactly... samsung is the new apple now. in my country everybody use samsung galaxy devices but most of them buy it for its name just like apple...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 12:23 2

86. Taters (Posts: 2918; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


No because they are better. The butt hurt fan boys just don't want to accept it.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 15:33

108. ecmedic4 (Posts: 198; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Better is a matter of opinion. Whats better for one person isn't always better for others. Different ppl have different needs and preferences. No single phone is perfect for everyone.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 07:06

57. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


you should know that G3 will slicing the sale of s5 in some markets.especially in South Korea!

G3 is going to sell very good....
G2 did a great job in LG's history ....

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 07:16 1

62. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


First time I'm Excited about LG personally so hope they deliver just don't know if I should wait for 64 bit chips.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 07:32

64. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


GIVE A TRY THE G3!
many people are happy with G2's performance ...
expect better G3...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 21:12

99. refillable (Posts: 631; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


It will likely do, I expect it to be real good.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:16

8. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


How could you understand without knowing anything about its specs??

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:21

12. doejon (Posts: 346; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


i better wait for samsung galaxy F or galaxy note 4

when the note lineup was rlsed in the past it was always the best phone on the market..

so i thing i will go for it

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 03:33 1

31. Diezparda (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Well i love my 5.7" g note 3 but if LG release G3 with a body as large as S4 it will hardly to resist.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 14:28 1

94. Doakie (Posts: 1246; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I have a Note 3 too. But one thing we need to remember is that a 5.5" screen with on screen buttons is actually like a 5.2" screen with physical buttons. Not all apps run in immersive mode. Most notably is Chrome. When I went and demoed the M8 I was surprised how small the screen seemed in Chrome because the control buttons are persistent. It seems like on screen buttons deduct about 0.2-0.3" off of screen real estate.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 20:34

97. Professor (Posts: 136; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I agree 100% with you regarding on-screen buttons deduct like 0.25" of the real screen in most situations...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 07:58 1

69. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


It only kicks M8 and S5 :D

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:06

77. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Time to use the ole Verizon Edge plan

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 11:20

80. mokhtar (Posts: 219; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


kick the z2 ? in your dreams fan boy .. just keep dreaming :D

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 13:40 2

92. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Z2 bad phone design!
not ergonomic design .

sony is always poor in battery department!

G3 is beautiful!

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 12:50

89. amasog (Posts: 130; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


amazing??? have you seen & held an actual G3?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:10 4

2. galanoth (Posts: 317; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Is everyone gonna hate on LG too if this phone comes out with a plastic shell like they do with Samsung?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:15 5

6. wargreymon (Posts: 146; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


They already do as far as I know. However if they make some matte plastic like the one on Nexus 5 that would be awesome.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:35 3

18. hung2900 (Posts: 793; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Plastic on Note 3 and S4 are not glossy either.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 03:25 1

28. Ishtiaque99 (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


Yes U r right. The above picture shows that it is physically a bit like Nexus 5.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 06:16

49. nxl2610 (Posts: 49; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


It's funny how they sugarcoat "plastic" and called it "polycarbonate"

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 14:32

95. Doakie (Posts: 1246; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Well there are different kinds of plastic you know. Some are very cheap and others are very expensive. That'd be like calling the M8 a "metal" phone instead of calling it aluminum. Aluminum is just metal after all so might as well not be descriptive... Dumb comment.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 06:21 2

50. papss (unregistered)


The difference is that LG doesn't produce 5 million different variations in one year that all look exactly the same... Not to mention that SS has had the ss look since the S3 and all the variants between.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 12:25

87. Taters (Posts: 2918; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Funny that the GS3 has more differences between the GS4 than all of the Lumia differences combined. You just choose to be blind to the differences.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 07:10 3

58. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG is good in designing than Samsung.

LG produced different design for its Flagship phones.
Optimus 4x hd, optimus G. LG G2, LG G3!

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:12 1

4. ezMoney (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Dec 2013)


Have the LG G2 since October last year, but think I will need to trade up earlier than my usual 'once a year' cycle! If the above is true, then they fixed all the issues with the LG G2 (shiny cheap plastic back, no SD card, no changeable battery) and combined this with a next gen screen. Now just for a 3000mAH+ battery, 3GB RAM and latest Snapdragon......"LG, here is my 650 euro"

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:18 3

9. MobileGuru (Posts: 78; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)


If this mockup is the real deal im getting it!!

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 06:22

51. papss (unregistered)


Agreed.. It has a Moto type wide shape that looks nice

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:20 4

10. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


I like seeing ram getting larger, batteries getting better, cpu's getting faster, and screens getting denser, but whats the deal with us still getting 16gb of storage? Why are we stuck in 2011?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 03:00

23. geordie8t1 (Posts: 101; Member since: 18 Feb 2014)


Yeah u actually can go back further then that. My nokia n96 back in 2008/9? Had 16gb storage yet full os were only a few 100mb and data was so much smaller. Nowadays some OS can be 3-5gb. Dont see why when the cost of manufacturing storage on mass scale has gone down to crazy cheap prices. 16gb flash storage in most smartphones now only costs approx $10 per unit, and 32gb is something like $17.....wtf when a flagship can cost $800 at launch

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 05:24

44. LoveHater (Posts: 146; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


It just to remind you that still u r using a phone... a phone..... for god sake ,,,a phone

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 07:19

63. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Really wish we stop calling them phones lol. They are Pocket PCs. Just wish they had same real buttons for serious gaming.

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