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LG G3 goes official, first smartphone with laser auto focus

LG has just officially announced the company's latest flagship device for 2014 - LG G3. Developed under the Simple is the New Smart concept, LG G3 is a culmination of consumer research based on LG’s product development philosophy, Learning from You.

“The smartest innovation in a fast evolving smartphone market is creating harmony between advanced technology and a simplified user experience,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “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 LG G3 is made out of polycarbonate with metallic skin, which is close to metal. It is scratch resistant and will keep the fingerprints away. Its measurements are 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm and weighs just 150 g. Sadly, the LG G3 isn't waterproof and it does not have self-healing back as the G Flex.

The G3 sports a 5.5" Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) IPS display with 538 ppi of pixel density. Although it has a 5.5" display, the G3 boasts a screen ratio of 76.4% with thin bezels all around so the phone feels as comfortable in the hand as a smaller traditional smartphone.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. Interestingly, the 16 GB version G3 packs 2 GB of RAM while the 32 GB version packs 3 GB of RAM. Both versions are expandable via microSD card up to 128 GB.

The G3 has the same rear-mounted volume controls and Power/Lock button which was first introduced in the G2. LG has redefined the rear keys for better experience. On top of them is the 13 MP camera with OIS+. Next to it is a dual-LED flash and laser auto focus, which is first smartphone to have it. The laser auto focus is able to focus an object in just 276 ms, which is the fastest in mobile phone camera.

The company did not put a 5 MP front-facing camera on the G3 but a 2 MP shooter. The front-facing camera promises the perfect viewing angle angle for selfies, which LG says is 77 degrees.

The G3 has 1W speaker on its back, which is similar to the G Pro 2. However this time LG has also enabled a boost mode, which brings its power to 1.5W.

Juicing up the device is a 3,000 mAh removable battery and it supports optional wireless charging that comes with a different back panel.

The device is running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with LG latest G UI on top. The latest user interface has flatter look with redesigned icons and overall looking. The new user interface comes with a ton of features, and one of them is called Smart Notice. Smart Notice interprets a range of contextual inputs and device usage patterns to provide relevant recommendations that change with the user’s intent. Based on time of day, day of week, events, status of the phone, or app usage, it offers helpful recommendations and essential reminders.

The Smart Keyboard is an intuitive, easy-input keyboard that provides comfortable, efficient operation and adapts to the user. Advanced features include keyboard height control, adaptive area recognition based on word prediction, user behavior and easy cursor control.

The Knock Code and Knock On features are still present in the G3, all you need to do is just tap the screen without pressing any buttons.

The LG G3 will be available in Metallic Black, Shine Gold, Silk White, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red. No word on its availability in Malaysia and it is likely not to available in Malaysia as the G2 hasn't arrived Malaysia.

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