LG will unveil its next flagship smartphone, the G3, on May 27 in San Francisco, New York, and London, at three simultaneous events. The following day, the company will hold another three, in Seoul, Singapore, and Istanbul.
This is thus going to be the first time LG’s made such a global announcement, one-upping its arch-rival Samsung in this regard. Yesterday we found out that LG plans to introduce the G3 (if not even release it) by the end of May, and now we have the exact date. So mark your calendars, in exactly 27 days we’ll get the first official look at what has widely been rumored to be the highest-specced flagship device out there.
On the same day, LG may choose to also make the G Watch officially official, announcing specs, and release dates for the whole world. The G Watch is going to be the company’s first smartwatch, and it will be powered by Google’s Android Wear platform that is specially designed for wearables.
The G Watch is set to retail for €199 in Europe, so it will probably be $199 in the US, but we’ll have to wait for the official word to be sure. In France, it should be in stores sometime in June, so it’s entirely possible that it would be fully unveiled on May 27 too.
The G3 is clearly LG’s most important device of the year, so the company is making sure it will have enough units to sell once it becomes available. Mass production for the G3 has reportedly already started, and LG has an ambitious plan of selling at least 10 million G3s. If the handset is going to improve upon the reasonably well received G2 in all respects, then we see no reason why this couldn’t happen.
The only possible hurdle may come from LG itself, as the company hasn’t so far managed to pull off truly global releases to 100+ countries at the same time (or within a few days), like Samsung and HTC have. So the only thing hindering the G3′s sales prospects may be distribution. If that’s taken care of, then it will surely impress spec lovers everywhere.
We saw the first picture of the G3 a few days ago, but it only showed us the smartphone’s back. If you’re wondering what its front looks like, we sort of have the answer: the picture below purportedly depicts the G3 inside a case. This obviously doesn’t give us a full, unadulterated look at the phone, but it’s better than nothing.
Once again, LG seems to be banking on making the bezels as small as possible, and we welcome that idea. If the rumored 5.5-inch screen size pans out, though, this will still be a big device – there’s no way around that.
Previous leaks and rumors have the LG G3 coming with 2,560×1,440 resolution for that screen, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and possibly even a 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization.