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.

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.

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



1. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

11. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

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

17. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

+ Apple too

21. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

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

22. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 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!!

23. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

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

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 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)

34. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 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??

20. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

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

2. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

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

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

28. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Oppo 7A is crap Chinese crap!

37. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 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.

31. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012


3. Beijendorf unregistered

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...

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

8. Beijendorf unregistered

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.

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

12. Beijendorf unregistered

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.

29. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

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

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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

5. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

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

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

13. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 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?

14. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 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 .

15. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 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)

16. Peeyushmalik96

Posts: 75; Member since: Jun 08, 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....

18. jellmoo

Posts: 2678; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

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

24. Peeyushmalik96

Posts: 75; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

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

19. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

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

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