The LG G3 – Bigger, Faster, Bolder, Smarter, Better
The LG event earlier this morning revealed the much anticipated and might I add, leaked LG G3. So is it true? Are the rumours rounded up for the past week, here true? Does it really have all that things fitted into the device? Is it really a true world beater?
It turns out that some of the leaks actually hold true in the production unit of the LG G3. The only few things it may not have is the fabled MicroSD slot that can support a 2TB MicroSD. Instead it will hold up to a more achievable and reasonable 128GB. The Snapdragon 805 that was so anticipated was also nowhere to be seen in the device. Instead the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked in at 2.5GHz (2.46GHz to be exact). This is a device with a processor that clocks in faster than some of the computers today so you won’t be wanting for more processing power because we expect this thing to be blisteringly snappy. Rumours other than these though, they hold true.
Source: LG Youtube
Where most people would start with the hardware, we will first go into the software that comes in this handsomely built device. The device runs on Google’s latest iteration of Android, the 4.4.2 KitKat. Of course as would any manufacturer, LG would modify the Android and let the phone loose with it’s very own interpretation of what an Android would be like in their own device. According to LG, the software has been made ‘flatter’. ‘Flatter’ as in simpler; the UI has been made to be more “matured” and less complex as claimed by LG. LG identifies this as a flaw in the LG G2 with customer feedbacks and reviews of the phone, it’s nice when manufacturers listen to what the actual consumers say. While that is nice the software department have a few features that, though subtle could vastly improve and affect the user experience on this device.
One small example of a tweak in the User Interface is the camera app which features the “touch and shoot”. What that does is remove all the unnecessary clutter of buttons and controls that would be spawning all over the screen when you launch the camera app, save for a simple button that allows you to take photos or switch it up to video mode and record videos. The Quick WIndow also made its appearance as leaked on this device. It works very much like the Galaxy’s version of the S View except with much more access to certain apps. The Quick Window would work with QuickCircle case that would be offered alongside the device upon launch. It will offer quick access to six apps based on how often you use them and a clock. Diving past the lock screen widget, the UI has received a “SMART” treatment as LG would call it. This includes the Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice, and Smart Security.
The Smart Keyboard featured on this device very subtly changes the keyboards the way we are used to, especially when you get new phones. Smartphones comes in different sizes and shapes and therefore when we reach for something we are not entirely used to we fumble a lot on the keyboard; we tend to make spelling errors, we tend to press the wrong keys, our fingers do not fit the screen or the keys on the screen, autocorrect is a hassle, our finger movement does not fit the phone size very well, and so on and so forth. In short, we need to keep adapting to keyboards. The Smart Keyboard remove all those hassle, or at least it tries to. You can now adjust your keyboard size and height so that it fits you. The keyboard also learns from you, learning every mistake you tend to do on the soft keyboards and looks for the letter you might have missed or clicked wrongly making it more accurate for you. The auto-correct is also less intrusive, more intuitive and quicker; all you need to do is swipe for the word you want if it pops up. All subtle changes that may not affect the look of the keyboard to much, but could be a big deal on the overall experience.
The Smart Notice is also a very interesting addition to the software on this device. According to LG it serves like a “personal assistant” in the phone. It would learn your usage patterns and your daily behaviour and gives you suggestions of activities, things to bring and places to go based on those information. So it’s like Google Now, but more interactive than ever. But it doesn’t end there; Smart Notice will give you notifications based on conditions around you as well. The UI would also remind or notify you, depending on how you see it about apps that you seldom or never use, files you never look at, and other things that consume precious memory in the device and ask you whether you want to keep them or uninstall them to gain more room in your storage. It can be annoying however as the Smart Notice also notifies and reminds you if there are any missed calls or rejected calls to either return the call or maybe just ignore it. The best part is that the phone would communicate to you in what LG calls a “natural language”. They claim it to be less instructive and robotic compared to other personal assistant apps we find out in the market. Very SMART addition indeed.
The Smart Security lastly allows users to unlock their phones with knocking gesture. The device will recognise a specific pattern of knock that users set by themselves as its password. Cleverly it doesn’t need any button operation for the whole process to happen. Users can also protect data in the phone by setting private files with 128-bit encryption. That’s one of the highest as virtual security goes. If you lose your phone somehow, there is something called a Kill Switch. Yup it does what it says; it can permanently just ‘kill’ your phone remotely if you think it is a lost cause, or it can wipe off your data while backing it up in cloud if you wish to. We personally find these features very intriguing especially in this day and age.
The hardwares that help run this device is also nothing short of amazing. The things that LG put in this device makes it probably the cream of the flagships in the market today. Starting with the processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked in faster than average computers at 2.5GHz will chew up any competition it has in the market and take on any task you can throw on the LG G3. This supported by either a 2GB or 3GB RAM should make it silky smooth or blisteringly snappy, depending on how you want to see it. The 2GB RAM model would come with a 16GB internal memory while the 3GB RAM model would make it to shores with 32GB packed in it. If the internal memory offerings are not enough, you can add MicroSD up to 128GB in the the earlier mentioned MicroSD slot. Moving on we would see a splendidly sharp display upfront. At 538ppi, the 5.5-inches 2K (2560 x 1440 pixels) display is breathtaking. Of course some might argue that the Retina Display by Apple quoted at over 300ppi is sharp ‘enough’. LG though claims that with above 500ppi texts and small images appear to be much clearer and consumers would prefer the higher counted ppi compared to a 400ppi naturally. Antenna wise it will come around with the usual array of wifi, 3G and 4G LTE receivers. Camera is quoted at 13MegaPixels equipped with OIS, LED flash, and, unusually a laser. The laser, LG claims is the autofocus enhancer of this device. It will autofocus more accurately and quicker at 276ms compared to its competition. That is a feature worth noting to us. Below the camera is the iconic volume up and down buttons and the power button that was featured in the G2, except that they are designed to be more spacious and ‘grippier’ to avoid accidental slips. The front camera is rebranded by LG; it is now called the “selfie camera”. At 2.1MP LG claims it to perform much better than other 5MP front shooters by competitors as the front facing camera features a larger sensor and larger aperture to allow for better selfies. There is also no need to click any button now to take a selfie, all you need to do is clench a fist in front of camera for the shutter to trigger. Pretty cool. They haven’t left out the speaker as well, they fitted it with a strong 1W speaker. Juicing up all these is a 3000mAh battery that can be replaced.
The device is mostly made up of high grade plastic or what manufacturers would be polycarbonate. They designed the back battery door to be “metallic”, as in plastic with a metal look. Like Samsung, LG says that using plastic makes the device feels warmer and comfortable in the hands. It also just means that it is plenty grippier than aluminium. The “metallic” back cover is coated by an anti-fingerprint, anti-scratch coating to keep the ‘new’ look of the device. The Floating Arc design as LG calls it is 8.9mm at thickest point in the middle and then tapering off to the sides of the device. This combined with the screen occupying over 76 percent of the front makes the device looks and feel smaller than other phones with the same screen size. Unbelievable but with the bezel so thin on this device we would not be surprised. LG announced at the event too that the device would come in five different colours; Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red.
With such a handsome device and range topping specifications, we at techENT would not be surprised if the benchmark scores of the LG G3 would obliterate its competitions. All these aside, there are no word on its availability in Malaysia yet or how much it would be. The only thing we know is that they would start selling the LG G3 as soon as tomorrow(29th May, 2014) in South Korea. Here is hoping that Malaysia would get this device soon and if we do get a review unit, watch out for a full review of the device at techENT. Are you hoping? We certainly are.