LG G3 gets stripped of its back cover, flashes a detachable battery and microSD slot

The LG G3 is shaping up to be one monstrous device, not only on account of the 5.5" Quad HD display, but also in terms of chassis design and versatility. Apart from a good screen-to-body ratio, it will apparently feature a removable back cover, swappable 3000 mAh battery, and a microSD slot for storage expansion.

The last two were missing from the international version of its predecessor, the G2, which irked some of its users. The G3 for T-Mobile (D851), however, that leaked yesterday, clearly shows a detachable battery unit. Today, we are getting another leak, this time picturing a full rear exposure of the G3, and for the first time it's with the back cover removed, exposing what's under the hood. The insignia at the upper right part shows that it's the D855 version, which will likely grace European markets. Thankfully, this one will evidently also sport a swappable 3000 mAh battery, and a microSD slot for internal memory expansion, so these niceties will likely comes standard with any G3 model. 

Long story short, it's now very probable that we are looking at a 5.5-inch IPS display with 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of storage space, a 13 MP OIS+ rear camera with laser autofocus assist, microSD card support, and a removable 3,000 mAh battery. This puppy should also be running Android 4.4 KitKat, and feature a revamped, minimalistic interface, so we can't wait to put our grubby mitts on LG's finest, and put it through the review paces.

source: Techblog.gr

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  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Nothing to worry about if the software is optimized.

23. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Now thats a samsung's way... I was always wondering why lg doesnt put removable battery when samsung is doing so? lg love to put those features which samsung already have+some extra...

2. FingerMyApple unregistered

another day, another LG leak. seriously is there any features that's not yet leak?

12. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

are you complaining? because you don't have to read it. If you want to wait for the announcement then do it. I prefer this way because I am not patient enough.

32. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

She's just an Apple fangirl trolling an Android rumor article.

3. Anarsosoroo

Posts: 25; Member since: May 12, 2014


4. brasstax

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Its a shame that LG is releasing this flagship so late. Had this been released 2 months earlier, it could have outgunned the samsung s5 and shipped a lot of units. This late release has also allowed samsung to prep its supposed s5 prime thereby drawing away even more customers.

14. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Now lets wait and see whats going to happen. LG G3 looks way better than S5 and is way more impressive than S5. Those 11 million sold could return or sell their phone after using it. LG G3 got enough time to catch up for sure. As you can see in the comment a lot of people have been hating on S5 because its not impressive enough while G3 has been mainly positives. That speaks volume for me as LG got enough money to market their phone which is no doubt better than S5. Just put 805 on the G3 later this year and you got an amazing device that could match S5 Prime.

24. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Are you kidding me?? This is far too early! Waiting another month or so would have meant the exclusive first of being able to utilise the Snapdragon 805. They would have DESTROYED the competition then.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LG G2: 3200mah on 1080p LG G3: 3000mah on QHD ?! :C

8. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

The International D802 version had a 3000 mAh cell.

9. FingerMyApple unregistered

reduce bezel, increase thickness, battery life able remain increase bezel, reduce thickness, battery life also able remain reuce bezel, and reduce thickness, no space battery life,

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

What do you mean by that???

19. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

What the hell are you talking about ?! What does bezels and thickness have to do with battery life :/

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I think he's trying to say that because of reduced bezels and thickness, there is less room for a battery. Which leads to a less powerful battery and battery life.

21. FingerMyApple unregistered

smart boy boy :)

25. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Well because of the reduced bezel on the G2, LG was able to implement their dual routing technology which meant the phone would use Graphic RAM. Also, resulting from the thinning of the bezels, LG engineers were able to create a stepped battery, utilising every possible bit of space for maximum battery to phone ratio.

30. cappy718

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

G2: Non-removable battery G3: Removable battery - that is still bigger than the batteries in the S5/M8 Someone will always complain...

33. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Being sceptical is different then complaining. Inspite of G2's bigger battery last year it barely lasted a bite more then S4 with 600mah more ! So by applying some common sense, you'll realize a QHD display with a smaller battery would have a significant toll on its battery unless they've applied some ground-breaking technology or have find a way to curtail the power drain. For me (and like most others) a bigger battery is more important then a QHD.

41. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

But LG does not use amoled so resolution does not matter.

35. egbtmagus

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

G2 did not have a 3200mah battery, it was 3000mah just like the G3 is rumored to be. The Korean model actually had less then 3000mah.

36. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Oops....made a booboo. Thanks for correcting !

6. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Its sad that we get so hyped for this, then they release the LG G3 Pro before the year is over. I miss the annual flagship releases.

7. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Don't know how LG missed out on implementing the 4K Optimized S805 SoC but still the device seems promising.

16. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

It's quite obviously not yet ready for mass production. LG is not in the habit of skimping on specs with its flagship, specifically with the processor.

10. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I think this will not be waterproof..because there is no protection on the back like s5...

27. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

And where is this back without protection? Its very protected and S5 has the sealing in the back cover, so please link the back cover you have seen without sealing.

13. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Awww yiss!! let's hope it was truly have same dimension as GS5.

15. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Wow...Samsung killer?

17. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

this won't kill Samsung as g2 didn't kill s4. only tech nerds are waiting for this beast but the general public is clueless so this won't sell like hot cakes and shamesung will once again sell like hotdogs. also it's too late to release the device which has the same 801 soc.

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