LG unveils flagship G3 smartphone


Successor to last year’s G2 device to go on sale in the UK from early July; Carphone Warehouse, O2 and Three have so far confirmed they will stock it 

LG has unveiled its G3 smartphone – the follow-up to last year’s flagship G2 device.

Carphone Warehouse, O2 and Three have become the first UK retailers to confirm stock of the handset, with it going on sale from early July. It will be available in black, white, gold, violet and red, with pricing to be announced in due course.

The G3 was unveiled last night at launch events taking place in six cities around the world – London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul.

It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and runs the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system.

The smartphone has a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen with a pixel density of 538ppi, which LG said is four times the resolution of HD and almost two times the resolution than a full HD screen.

It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilisation’ for steadier images, as well as ‘Laser Auto Focus’, which enables the G3 to take a picture by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam.

LG has also added a feature whereby rather than having to focus on a subject in preview mode and then pressing the shutter button, tapping the subject to focus will simultaneously also trigger the shutter.

There is also a 2.1-megapixel camera, with LG adding gesture controls to those who are fans of ‘selfies’. When a user is ready to shoot, they can clench their hand into a fist and the G3 will recognise that and begin a three-second countdown.

A number of other features have also been added with the aim of simplifying usability. ‘Smart Keyboard’ reduces input errors by up to three quarters by tracking and analysing typing habits and “knowing” what word the user intended to type.

‘Smart Notice’ reminds a user of a missed call and asks if they would like to call the person back. It will also ask them if they would like to delete or uninstall unused files or apps that might be taking up too much space on the phone.

A number of security features are included too. Knock Code lets users unlock their device with a pattern of taps, with users creating a personalised code that can be entered anywhere on the screen. When the G3 is connected to a PC, ‘Content Lock’ prevents file previews so data is hidden from view. ‘Kill Switch’ enables users to disable their phones remotely if it is lost or stolen.