LG announces G3 smartphone

LG introduced its G3 smartphone, the successor to the company’s G2 flagship at events in London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG’s Mobile Communications Company:

“The smartest innovation in a fast evolving smartphone market is creating harmony between advanced technology and a simplified user experience. LG G3 is the result of our effort to actualize that idea into a tangible product. And we are extremely pleased with the result.”

The G3 features a 5.5-inch (2560 x 1440; 538ppi) Quad HD display and 13MP OIS+ camera with a laser auto focus that can shoot sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras.

The G3’s 5.5-inch display boasts a screen ratio of 76.4 percent with thin bezels all around so the phone feels comfortable in the hand as a smaller smartphone.

The high resolution display on the G3 also required LG to pair it with a 3,000mAh removable battery and advanced optimization technologies to further maximize battery efficiency.

The G3’s 13MP OIS+ camera’s Laser Auto Focus enables the G3 to capture moments — even in low light — by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam.

The comapny also simplified the process of capturing those special moments. Rather than having to focus on the subject in preview mode and then pressing the shutter button, with the G3, tapping the subject to focus will simulataneously also trigger the shutter. What’s more, the G3’s 2.1MP front-facing camera incorporates several new features such as a larger image sensor and larger aperture for more light throughput and better-looking selfies. A unique twist has been added to taking selfies by incorporating gesture controls — when ready to shoot, simply clench your hand into a fist and the G3 will recognize the gesture and begin the three-second countdown.

For video, the G3 ofers superior sound quality with instinctive microphones that measures the environment to identify the optimal audio level for the clearest recording. And with the built-in 1W speaker with Boost AMP, users can enjoy videos and music accompanied by richer sounds and clearer tones.

The Floating Arc design of the G3 with its economic arch and silm side profile provides an extremely comfortable grip for everyday one-handed use. The Rear Key continues to anchor LG’s design language, with a newly designed power button and volume buttons as well as more premium quality materials and finish. The G3 will be offered in black, white, gold, violet and red.

Smart Keyboard reduces input errors by “up to 75 percent” by tracking and analyzing typing habits and intuitively “knowing” what word the user intended to type. The height of the keyboard can also be adjusted to better fit the user’s hands and position of the thumbs. Individual keys can also be customized with frequently used symbols for even faster input.

Smart Notice provides suggestions and recommendations based on user behavior, phone usage patterns and location to offer user information when it’s needed the most. Smart Notice can remind you of a call that person back. If you have a large number of unused files for apps on the G3 taking up valuable space, Smart Notice will ask if you would like to delete or uninstall them. But what sets Smart Notice apart from other personal assistants is its natural language capabilities. For example, instead of displaying today’s temperature and forecast, Smart Notice would say that “You may want to take an umbrella today since it will rain this evening.”

Understanding the importance of maintaining and securing confidential data when smartphones are shared, misplaced, lost or stolen, the LG G3 offers a number of enhanced security features such as Knock Code, Content Lock and Kill Switch.

Knock Code enables users to unlock their device with a pattern of taps. Users can create a personalized code that can be entered anywhere on the screen. With the G3, users have the option of being able to use KnockOn to wake the screen to check the time as well as enter the home screen.

Content Lock keeps personal files hidden from view when sharing the G3 with friends. When the G3 is conencted to a PC, Content Lock prevents file previews so the data is still safe. The locked files can reside either on the G3’s internal memory or on the microSD card.

Kill Switch gives G3 owners the ability to disable their phones remotely in the event of theft. The Kill Switch also allows content on the G3 to be wiped so personal information won’t be compromised. Kill Switch also includes antivirus scanning and remote wipe and lock among other essential features.

LG will be offering a collection of new premium accessories to accompany the G3, including the QuickCircle case, Tone Infinim and Wireless Charger:

Available in five colors, the QuickCircle case allows for easy access to frequently used functions such as calling, text messaging, music and camera all from the QuickCircle window without oening the cover. In addition to the QuickCircle case, LG will offer a lineup of Sim Guard Cases to protect the G3.

Developed in collaboration with Harman/Kardon, the Bluetooth stereo headset delivers premium audio quality sound in a stylish design. Built with retractable wire management technology and job buttons for effortless search, Tone Infinim also features Name Alert to verbally notify you who is calling before you answer.

Compact and foldable, LG’s G3 Wireless Charger is optimized for easy portability. Compatible with Qi wireless charging technology, the Wireless Charger from LG makes staying connected more convenient.

Starting on May 28 in South Korea, LG G3 will begin rolling out worldwide on over 170 carriers. Here in the United States, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint will offer the device. AT&T will offer the G3 sometime this year. No further pricing or availability was announced. T-Mobile and Sprint didn’t announce any details on pricing or availability.

Here’s the full LG G3 spec sheet:

  • Up to 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 13/32GB of internal storage, 2/3GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB microSD slot
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Dimensions: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 149g

Source: LG

 

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