The LG G3 is the company's flagship Android smartphone for 2014, and it's a big one, literally and figuratively. Actually, for a 5.5" phone, it's surprisingly compact, and it's not much larger than the smaller-screen HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5. The G3's biggest claim to fame is the impressively high 2560 x 1440 IPS display--that's the same resolution as high DPI Windows 8 laptops, but crammed into a 5.5" screen for 538 PPI density. Is that overkill? Sure it is, but it's great for marketing in a world where better than HD and 4k are big buzzwords.
The LG G3 is no slouch in other departments, with the latest, greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core CPU clocked at 2.5GHz, Adreno 330 graphics, 2 or 3 gigs of RAM (depending on the models your carrier will offer), a 13MP rear camera with neat tricks on board and a removable humungous 3,000 mAh battery. The phone has LTE 4G, dual band WiFi 802.11AC, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and a GPS as well as a microSD card slot. It will be available on many major carriers around the world. The model we look at is Korean (LG's home country), but it has the proper bands to work on AT&T, so we used it on that network.
LG tried their best to make the phone look like a metal unibody design, not unlike the HTC One M8. At first blush, the plastic back might just fool you and it's not as glossy or grime-prone as LG's past phones. The back is removable for access to the battery, microSD card slot and micro SIM card slot. The overall shape of the phone is much like the One M8, as is the size. And yes, the volume and power buttons are still on the back, just like the LG G2.
The camera has laser focus (borrowed from LG's robotic vacuum division) to improve focus times and it has a two-tone LED flash for more natural flash colors. The camera has OIS+ optical image stabilization, HDR and a fairly fast f/2.4 lens. The front 2.1MP camera does selfie and video chat work and it can be used simultaneously with the rear camaera.
Here's our LG G3 video review. Our full written review will follow.