Underwhelmed by the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and the HTC One M8? Another Android flagship smartphone that could be worth waiting for is the LG G3. Here's what we (think we) know about the release date, price and specifications, based on many rumours and talking to LG itself.
The most recent development is the leak of a supposed screenshot showing LG’s subtly reworked interface for the G3. As well as flatter-looking icons – a nod to iOS 7 – the resolution of the original image was rumoured to be quad-HD, bolstering the suspicion that the G3 really will be the first smartphone (at least in Europe) to have a 2560x1400-pixel display. The image below doesn't quite have those dimensions - it's smaller at 1232x2048 - but the original purportedly had a 2560x1400 resolution.
The screen itself is rumouted to increase from 5.2- to 5.5in. This would mean a pixel density of 538ppi! Don't forget that LG unveiled a 5.5in QHD display back in August last year so it's not as if the technology is pure fiction.
All of this is backed up by evleaks, the popular and usually spot on Twitter leaker, who has obtained some code for an 'LG D850' which has a 1440 x 2560 resolution. The G2 is codenamed the D802.
This all seems pretty set in stone then but phones such as the Galaxy S5 were tipped for a QHD screen but that turned out to be wrong. We hope this one is correct.
Moving on, rumours suggest that the LG G3 will be powered by LG's own octa-core processor called 'Odin'. This consists of four 2.2GHz Cortex-A15 cores and another four 1.7GHz Cortex-A7 cores. It uses ARM's big.LITTLE configuration meaning tasks will be performed by the appropriate cores, therefore saving power.
The camera is up for debate with rumours of both the same 13Mp sensor found in the G2 but improved OIS (optical image stabilisation) technology, and a 16Mp shooter. Either way, it's likely that the G3 will offer 4k video recording.
Like the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5, the G3 is tipped to feature a fingerprint scanner. Details are thin on the ground but it would make sense for LG to position in on the RearKey – the physical set of button on the back of the phone introduced with the G2.
On the software side of things, LG is expected to add more 'advanced personalisation' features. The G3 software will "continuously adapt and learn your usage patterns and habits in order to offer you more personalised information", according to PhoneArena which spoke to an LG source. However, it's unclear how much of this is Google Now, not LG's own software.
LG G3: Release date
There nothing official from LG on the release date of the G3 smartphone. However, a report by Asia Economic suggests that the G3 will be arriving on 17 May. The website cites 'industry sources'.
LG G3: Price
We can only speculate on the LG G3's price at the moment and it's a particularly difficult one to call. The G2 came in at just £399 which was and is a great price for a flagship smartphone, offering consumers at least £100 off its rivals.
Whether LG does this again with the G3 remains to be seen. It would certainly give it one up on rivals like the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 but we wouldn't be surprised if it comes in at a higher price than its predecessor – especially if the rumoured specification is true.
Overall, it looks like there's a lot to get excited about with the LG G3. We'll update this article when we hear anything more to share on the subject.