LG’s latest flagship, G3, has set foot in the Indian market. The 16GB variant of G3 is priced at Rs 47,990 while the 32GB model costs Rs 50,990. Infibeam had already started pre-orders for the device at a slightly lower price – Rs 46,990 for 16GB model and Rs 49,990 for 32GB variant. The G3 India launch offer also includes Rs 5,000 discount on the company’s all-new Android Wear-based G Watch.
The G3 sports a 5.5-inch QuadHD display, with a 2560×1440 pixel resolution. That results in a pixel density of 538PPI, the highest seen on any smartphone so far. In addition to its massive resolution, LG says the panel has 100% sRGB coverage and also spoke at length about its power saving features, such as adaptive control on brightness, frame rate and clocking. It’s powered by a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 801 SoC, which is clocked at 2.5 GHz. Curiously, LG has gone with two configurations for the RAM and internal memory. The 16GB version gets 2GB of RAM, while the 32GB version gets a full 3GB. LG promises that both versions run the software equally well. Both versions get a microSD card slot, which is good to take in cards up to 128 GB in size.
The G3 shares the G2′s design language and has back buttons for power and volume controls. It looks much slimmer thanks to the reduced bezels, but is not the thinnest of phones at 8.9mm in width and it weighs 149 g. Also on the back is the 13MP camera with OIS+ and the laser autofocus to go along with its two-tone dual LED flash. LG claims the IR laser rangefinder assisted auto focus allows the camera to focus in 276ms, which was claimed to be faster than the human eye’s blinking. The camera also has OIS+, a combination of both optical and electronic image stabilization.
And finally, LG has totally revamped the UI, making it flatter and less bright. We can even say it’s less Samsung like now. LG has chosen to use its classic logo as the inspiration for the icon sets and the animations. The company has also introduced new features such as a Smart Keyboard, which is built with customisation and quick typing in mind. It’s said to reduce input errors by up to 75 percent.
In order to see how the LG G3 stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2.