If you don't want a Samsung Galaxy S5,Sony Xperia Z2 and the HTC One M8 then there's another Android flagship smartphone that could be worth waiting for and it's the LG G3. Here's what you need to know about the LG G3 release date, price and specifications. Now with leaked photos.
LG has now sent out invitations to the G3 launch event which will take place on 28 May (see above). There will be press events in San Francisco, New York and London with another unveiling in Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul the following day.
"I'm writing to let you know that LG will be hosting an exciting event in London at the end of May to announce our next big global device after G2," said LG "With G2 being so well regarded, we have high expectations for its successor, as I'm sure you do as well. So to give our newest device a proper introduction in the presence of as many industry influencers as possible, we will be holding unveiling events in six global cities on May 27 and May 28."
LG G3: Leaked photos
We're getting close to the launch of the G3 now and we've got our first leaked photographs of the device which show it in full. Below you can see what it claimed to be LG's next flagship smartphone and we'll update this article if any more appear online.
Here's evleaks' shot of the LG G3 with what looks like a case on it.
Could this be the metal finish underneath that case? Looks similar to the HTC One M8,
LG G3: Specifications
It seems extremely likely that the G3 will be the first smartphone to come with Quad HD (QHD) display. There's an overwhelming amount of evidence which suggests this is the case. It's called Quad HD because it's four times the amount of pixels than 720p, also known as HD.
US network Sprint's specs reveal a 1440 x 2560 display and LG has confirmed to Engadget that the follow-up to the G2 will use a Quad HD screen. Furthermore, LG told PC Advisor that a device with a QHD display will arrive later this year.
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.
As if that wasn't enough, Ubergizmo has acquired a photo of the LG G3 which it says is from a reliable source. It shows the same Quad HD resoution although the Antutu app is showing the wrong dpi.
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.
It's good news because LG has confirmed, ahead of the launch event that the LG G3 will have that QHD screen. After passing verified tests by NEMKO, LG said: "The certification comes shortly before the new Quad HD LCD panel will be unveiled with the forthcoming LG’s flagship smartphone to be launched in the first half of the year."
The screen will be 5.5in in size using an AH-IPS LCD panel and a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. That means a pixel density of 534ppi.
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.
Other sources, including the above Ubergizmo leak above, suggest a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with an Adreno 330 GPU. This would put the G3 level with rivals including the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2.
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: 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.