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LG G3 was supposed to come with even smaller bezels, LG executive says

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LG G3 was supposed to come with even smaller bezels, LG executive says

Yes, once it hits the shelves, the LG G3 will come with a spectacular screen-to-size ratio, but apparently, the maker from the Far East wanted to make the bezels of its 2014 flagship smartphone even smaller. This was revealed by Chul Bae Lee, the VP of LG Mobile's design lab. He claims that he had been constantly urging the engineers to decrease the width of G3's bezels even more, but a number of technical restrictions prevented them from actually meeting Lee's requirement.

“In order to accommodate this large screen, the bezel has to be very slim, that’s a given condition. I kept squeezing my engineers to make it slimmer and slimmer. They are all my friends but they didn’t meet my expectations and this is the best we can do as of today. It is still one of the best in the market and it is all related to the technology development as well,” Lee stated.

Unfortunately for Lee and all of LG's fans out there, the bezels of the G3 just couldn't be made any thinner, as the device would have been pretty frail and it wouldn't have passed LG's build quality control evaluations, especially the four-feet drop test. Additionally, the thin bezels would have required the engineers to use a thicker glass for the display, which has been a no-go either. Thus, a compromise had to be made in the design department.

“For me this is the perfect balance as of today. We can go a little bit slimmer and we can go a little bit bigger, but this is the nice balance,” the VP of LG's design labs admitted.

Chul Bae Lee also revealed why the G3 does not come with a metal body. Apparently, employing this build material would have further increased the thickness of the flagship's bezels. Still, we already know that the LG G3 does contain actual metal, at least in its back cover.

What's your opinion on the matter – do you feel that LG could have stepped up the game of the G3 and fulfilled the dreams of most users by creating a device with subtly smaller bezels? Or do you think that G3 is already among the best smartphones of 2014 and it is perfectly balanced the way it is? Drop a line below and let us know!


source: TrustedReviews via Reddit

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posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:32 21

1. Astoni (Posts: 573; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Its good to know that they actually try to do something :)

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:20 21

11. Kamehameha (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)


I am waiting for HTC's opinion on the matter, since they have mastered the art of not reducing bezels.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:54 17

17. lalalaman (Posts: 388; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


+ Apple too

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:24 10

21. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


how can you forget sony.........???

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:45 4

22. amasog (Posts: 155; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


say that to sony! because htc's phone has thick bezel for a reason - front facing speaker.

and sony's phone? i don't know a single justification of their extremely huge bezel!!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:49

23. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 222; Member since: 08 May 2014)


I always figured for their newer phones, its to keep the phone very slim while keeping dust and water resistance

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 14:36 1

26. vincelongman (Posts: 1708; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The Z3 has front facing speaker too, sure they might not be as good as on the M8, but they are there at least

Also the HTC One has a big bezel just for their logo and a display connector (look at a teardown, its just because poor design by their part or their display maker's part, they should have made a better display connector design like of other phones)

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:49

34. Kamehameha (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)


I didn't know that the front facing speakers were on the left and right of the screen!! Is there a speaker behind the HTC logo too on the M8??

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:21 2

20. madmikepr (Posts: 125; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


If they one release a prime model With
805 , more battery , less bezels and water and dust proof :) Perfect Combination For Destruction

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:36 1

2. Jinto (Posts: 410; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Darn it, but the g3 is still awesome.
I'm thinking of buying a Find 7 or G3 in the near future.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:05

10. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Oppo7A has better class and quality prestige materials than this cheap plastic.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 18:30 3

28. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


Oppo 7A is crap Chinese crap!

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:01

37. Jinto (Posts: 410; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


I'm talking about the Find 7, not the 7a.
Oppo Find 7 has QHD, fast VOOC charging, 50 megapixel photos, expandable storage, MAAX audio, and snapdragon 801.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 22:54

31. asingha94 (Posts: 291; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


lol..no

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:38 8

3. Beijendorf (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


What is it with the should-have, could-have, would-have attitude from LG recently? You made a good flagship, take pride in that instead!

"We tried to make the phone teleport unicorns to starving children in Africa, but the technology just isn't there yet according to my engineers!"

We can all use our imagination LG, stop being so silly. First the 300 dollar metal casings and now this...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:41 2

6. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1467; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


They are just setting their goal high to become to best, that's all :D

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:57 6

8. Beijendorf (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


All flagship manufacturers set their goals very high. The difference is that they don't go out of their way to brag about "Oh well we tried to make it function like an attack submarine, but our engineers said we have to settle with just making it IP68-certified for now".

These statements from the higher-ups at LG are ridiculous.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:01 3

9. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1467; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I see your point, but it doesn't mean Samsung, Sony, and HTC (just pointing out some big names here) did not do the same thing. It's not being reported on PA.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:21 1

12. Beijendorf (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Quite possibly. It's also likely the other corporations don't have a 'Chul Bae Lee' of their own.

Chul Bae Lee is the guy who made the hilarious statement that building the G3 with an aluminium chassis would have made it cost 300 dollars more. He's just a guy that doesn't know reality.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 18:34

29. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


They are simply answering critic's questions. They are justifying their design choices. Is that a bad thing?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:40

4. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1467; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


There will be a point that they need a little bit of bezel to give more strength to the frame itself. However, G3 is still a sexy device :D

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:41

5. refillable (Posts: 678; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


But Still good... I don't know what's wrong with this relaxed-style article.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:50 1

7. AfterShock (Posts: 2984; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I think they've done a stellar job with the G3.
Kudos indeed.

Can't wait to see what they do with this years Nexus, I'm pretty positive they'll make one more.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:32

13. realjjj (Posts: 169; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


The chin is a bit off and in all fairness the LG isai FL upper bezel is something we are all left droooling for.
Hope LG aims for thinner bezels in all it's phones and tablets. Why do budget products have to be less efficient?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:37

14. cncrim (Posts: 547; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Ok LG, you can leave the bezel a side now. Try push for stereo front speaker in the G3 and still keep everything the same from feature to phone size .

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:38 3

15. R-vjn (Posts: 165; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


LG have done a superb job with the G3, and its, at least for my eyes the prettiest phone of this year so far. (yeah that includes the M8)

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:45

16. Peeyushmalik96 (Posts: 67; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


Ya LG has done a great job in reducing the bezels but I recently compared it with Note 3 neo in size comparison and its just almost the same size especially considering we get full 5.5 inch screen on neo unlike G3 which has on screen buttons....

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:09

18. jellmoo (Posts: 704; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Um, the Note 3 Neo is both taller and wider than the G3.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 13:35

24. Peeyushmalik96 (Posts: 67; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


I said ALMOST......its just 2 mm taller and 2.8 mm wider which I dont think is that much a difference....

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 11:11

19. LikeMyself (Posts: 302; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


For me, it's perfection and sexy! Matte finish for the back is sexy and not fingerprint magnet!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 14:27 1

25. oborawatabinost (Posts: 45; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Honestly I don't think phoned need to get any thinner. I am more likely to notice a smaller bezel then a slight increase in thickness.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 15:04

27. Professor (Posts: 192; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Actually the sides of the phone are OK already. Where they really need to reduce the size is at the top and bottom parts of the phone. Especially since it dont has physical buttom at the lower part and only has a useless LG letters that can be at the back of the phone. And although the top part has the ear speaker and the front camera it still can be made smaller any way...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 19:19

30. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)


i doubt that. they also said a metal version would be $300 more

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 23:13

32. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I'd had such high hopes for a OnePlus One... But if they don't get their production capabilities up to snuff beyond an invite-only system, then a shiny new LG G3 (GPE for me) may very well be in my future.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 01:25

33. techloverNYC (Posts: 422; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Beside a good screen to body ratio, there is really nothing special about this phone. All the hype build around it, but watch the sales number be a tragedy. Not hating on LG but Im just so tried of ppl keep saying how good this phone is, when in reality name one thing it did that other phone makers has not done.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:53

35. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Disagree on the features. It does almost everything better. As a matter of fact LG had an excellent year last year in mobile.

Why such a hater - a little jelly me thinks? Your galaxy is still good no need to rag everyone else.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:33

36. antonioli (Posts: 188; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


I liked it. No bezels will make us touch the screen involuntarily.

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