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LG G3 release date, rumours, news, specs and price

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The LG G3 is official and now we know everything there is to know about the 2014 flagship.

Although the LG G3 release date won't arrive until July 1, at least LG has told us all the new features and full specs sheet for the G3.

With a 5.5-inch QHD display and a 13-megapixel camera set to feature, the LG G3 is shaping up to be one of the best phones we have ever seen, and a true challenger to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8.

We have brought together all the latest LG G3 deails to give you a well-rounded view on what to expect from the next-gen smartphone.

For all the LG G3 features, read our LG G3 announcement news story.


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LG G3 Release Date

Although manufacturers often stick to very strict launch cycles, LG has pushed the LG G3 forward, leaving less than eight months from the LG G2 hitting retailers before unveiling its latest flagship offering.

With the LG G3 launch having originally been pegged for September, the Korean manufacturer has surprised many by recently confirming that the iPhone 5S rival was unveiled on May 27.

The LG G3 release date is set for Tuesday, July 1, which seems quite far off from now. 

That's not unusual for LG though, as the although it was unveiled in early August, the LG G2 did not hit UK retailers until October.

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LG G3 News

With LG G3 leaks surfacing at such a rapid rate, it is looking unlikely that there will be any aspect of the phone left to mystery come launch. The phone’s software package has become one of the latest elements of the handset to be given a premature showing.

Having been shown running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, leaked LG G3 screenshots have emerged courtesy of DigitalTrends, with the handset set to be skinned with a refreshed version of LG’s modern UI.

Refining the company’s past software efforts, the phone looks set to benefit from soft, rounded icons, a subtle colour scheme and a new ‘concierge’ service.

According to leaks, the ‘LG Concierge’ feature will work in parallel with apps such as AccuWhether to give users handy notifications and advice.

One such example – shown in leaked shots – is the prompt “You may want to take an umbrella, since rain is expected during this afternoon.”

Offering further details on the phone, each of the prematurely teased LG G3 screenshots features a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, adding to the growing LG G3 screen rumours.

Software aside, further LG G3 leaks have seen the phone’s retail packaging shown off. As well as confirming the phone’s name, the box leak has revealed that a gold LG G3 will be made available at launch alongside the standard black and white options.

With the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 all available in golden hues, it appears LG will follow the crowd down the metallic route route.

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To go with that golden box, there have been new leaked images that suggest the LG G3 will come a metal body to replace the plastic one of the LG G2.

Two pictures from separate sources show the LG G3 first with a gunmetal grey metallic body and then with a golden hue.

It isn't know whether this will be a metal-effect plastic body, but it looks too much like the colours and brushed metal finish on the HTC One M8 to be a plastic chassis in our opinion.

On top of this, latest leaked images have confirmed that the G3 will feature a removable back panel, something missing from its predecessor which will allow for a replaceable battery and microSD expansion to join the mix.

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LG G3 Screen

The LG G3’s screen has been the subject of multiple leaks and rumours, and looks set to be the phone’s most exciting and defining feature.

However, now we officially know that the LG G3 will definitely feature a brand new QHD 2560 x 1440p 5.5-inch  AH-IPS display, which offers a resolution four times that of standard 720p HD.

With an impressive 538ppi image density, the LG G3 screen will put the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 and their full 1080p HD displays and respective 432ppi and 441ppi images densities.

Although the G3 screen will be a step up in size on last year’s 5.2-inch G2, the 5.5-inch panel should not result in a phone much larger than the competition. The 5.5-inch panel only requires a bezel of 1.15mm, which is apparently the narrowest so far, according to LG.

While a QHD panel will be sure to improve the phone’s visual output, battery drain is one associated concern. When the G3 moves to a higher resolution display, the manufacturer could struggle to match the much improved battery lives of the S5 and One M8.

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LG G3 Specs

Along with a QHD screen, the full LG G3 specs sheet has appeared, showing that the phone is on course to feature a veritable feast of premium components.

Despite the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor being set to feature within its first phones later this summer, the LG G3 will play host to the same 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor as the Galaxy S5.

While we are slightly surprised – and a little disappointed – by these reports, the 801 CPU will still offer ample power and impressive battery management credentials to keep the G3 on par with its main rivals.

Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the G3 will partner its Qualcomm CPU with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Images have also shown this will be enhanced by microSD expansion.

Camera wise reports have gone back and forth between the phone packing either a 13-megapixel or 16-megapixel primary snapper, although at present a 13-megapixel offering is looking more likely.

Don’t be disappointed by this though, based on leaked shots reportedly taken with the LG G3, the phone’s camera will be more than capable of capturing highly detailed shots.

Shown below – and with a 100 per cent zoom pull out – the claimed LG G3 picture features intricate detail, impressive light management and strong focus levels.

The shot has a resolution of 4160 x 2342, which works out at 9.6-megapixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio. This would equate to a 13-megapixel camera when shooting with a 4:3 aspect ratio.

It has been suggested on multiple occasions that a secondary, 2.4-megapixel camera will be located on the phone’s fore.

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On a design front, the LG G3 will run a near bezel-free form, further highlighting the phone's expansive 5.5-inch display.

With a premium design, it has been revealed that the G3 will line up at 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm in size. This will see the handset line up only marginally thicker than the 8.2mm slim Sony Xperia Z2.

LG G3 Rumours

One LG G3 rumour which has garnered much attention is the claim that the phone will echo some of its high profile rivals and play host to an integrated fingerprint sensor. With the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5 both packing their own biometric security measures, it appears the feature is becoming something on an expectation.

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According to a leaked user agent profile taken from the phone, the LG G3 will come pre-installed with a range of software that points to a fingerprint scanner making the cut.

Shown pre-installed with PayPal - which now supports fingerprint payments - McAfee Mobile Security and LG Account software, it has been claimed that an integrated fingerprint scanner could be on the cards.

As with the LG G2 before it, it is believed that the LG G3 will play host to rear-mounted power and volume controls and as such any fingerprint scanner would be integrated within this button housing.

Further LG G3 rumours have seen leaked cases point to the phone featuring a duel LED flash to accompany the impressive camera, although there have been few further reports backing this up.

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LG G3 Price

Despite the phone's QHD display and premium specs sheet, early reports have indicated that the LG G3 price will be around the £500 mark.

Although slightly more expensive than LG’s past smartphone offerings, this is a highly competitive, almost affordable fee when compared with the leading Apple, Samsung and HTC handsets.

Having manufactured the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 on Google’s behalf we are well are that LG has the ability to produce premium handsets at an affordable price. What’s more, the LG G2 originally hit the UK alongside a £399 PAYG price tag, a fee which saw it line up almost £200 cheaper than the rival Samsung Galaxy S4.

Although a QHD panel would be sure to bump up the LG G3’s price, we anticipate that the G3 will cost considerably less than the near £600 fees currently being charged for the HTC One M8 and iPhone 5S.

All the latest LG G3 rumours, including details on the phone’s specs and release date will be added to this page as soon as they emerge. Bookmark it now to keep yourself up-to-date.

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