LG breaks the 500ppi barrier with the Isai FL: the first brand-name phone with a 5.5" Quad HD display hints about the G3
If you want to get a general notion of what the LG G3 might be like, look no further than the just-announced LG isai FL, a joint effort of LG and the Japanese carrier KDDI. Last year's "isai" was largely based on the G2, so there's every chance that the major specs listed below will find their way into the G3, too.
Before anything else is said, we have to note that this is the first phone from a major brand-name manufacturer like LG, which is announced with a Quad HD display. The 5.5" panel sports the breathtaking 1440x2560 pixels of resolution, and breaks the 500ppi barrier with the whopping 538ppi pixel density. That's the same display that LG just detailed in a press release as "an ultra-slim panel with a mere 1.2 mm thickness and has a 1.15 mm bezel, which will be the narrowest available." It also "meets the 100 percent RGB color reproduction standard," and has managed to achieve the same peak brightness level as a 1080p panel, despite stuffing 3.7 million pixels on an area with a 5.5" diagonal. Moreover, since the screen utilizes an LTPS backplane, its power consumption should be commensurate with what we are seeing from current 1080p panels, too.
That's not all that is good about the LG isai FL handset, though - it sports an edgeless design, with extremely narrow bezels from three sides, left, right and top, which makes the 5.5" display fit in a rather compact for its size body. Unfortunately, nothing is listed about the processor, but considering that the phone support LTE-A speeds of up to 150Mbps, we'd wager to guess it is of the Snapdragon 80X family. The LG isai FL sports a 13 MP camera on the back, 32 GB of internal storage plus a microSD slot, and has a 3000 mAh battery pack to keep the lights on. Moreover, that elliptic opening on the back seems to be a fingerprint sensor indeed, in addition to LG's Knock Code unlocking shenanigans. We'll know very soon which of these specs will translate to the G3, as LG is expected to announce it on May 27th, but the screen looks marvelous, and the isai FL is also waterproof, so nudge, wink, LG.