LG G3 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

Late as usual but ever so strong. In an industry where timing is almost as important as quality, LG's highly anticipated G3 flagship makes landfall in the second half of 2014, a couple of months after the flagships of the other major players. Such a late release could mean LG...
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Late as usual but ever so strong. In an industry where timing is almost as important as quality, LG's highly anticipated G3 flagship makes landfall in the second half of 2014, a couple of months after the flagships of the other major players. Such a late release could mean LG is dangerously close to missing the last train into buyers' pockets, especially if they are already filled with Samsung Galaxy S5's and Sony Xperia Z2's.

But perhaps that's not quite the sentiment we should approach the LG G3 with. The extra time has given LG's engineers more opportunities to perfect the hardware and offer software features not found in other top flagships. More screen and even less bezel, with resolution to spare - the QHD display, along with a laser autofocus camera could be the right trump cards to play so late in the game.


LG G3 official photos

Winning the QHD arms race rates differently depending on who you ask (Oppo did announce its Find 7 flagship, but the G3 is first to the market), so it really comes down to whether or not the LG G3 brings enough to the table to make up for the late start. We've got an entire review ahead of us to see if that's the case, but for now let's take a closer look at the key features and potential deal breakers.

Key features

  • 5.5" QHD (1440 x 2560px) TrueHD-IPS LCD, 534ppi, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat with the latest Optimus UI v
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB/3GB of RAM
  • 13MP camera, phase detection/laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, OIS, 2160p video recording
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
  • 16GB/32GB of built-in storage, expandable via a microSD card slot
  • Active noise cancellation with a secondary microphone
  • Dolby mobile sound enhancement
  • 3,000mAh user-replaceable battery
  • The back cover has wireless charging support (you need the optional charger)
  • Proprietary back panel control deck
  • IR-port and NFC

Main disadvantages

  • No IP-certified dust or water resistance
  • No microUSB 3.0 port

LG has thrown everything and the kitchen sink into their latest flagship, making it one of its most robust offerings to date. Expandable storage and a user-accessible battery are finally on the asset side of the balance sheet. That leaves us with a single major omission, dust and water resistance, which can be found in flagships from competing Sony and Samsung. LG has its reasoning for choosing to forego this - something we'll get to in more detail as the review unfolds.

Most importantly, the design team did splendidly in keeping the bezels on the 5.5-inch screen to a minimum, and kudos to them for that. Nevertheless, it's still a 5.5" device that stretches a bit beyond LG's previous G2 flagship, which we loved so much. The good news is, LG has had plenty of time to optimize one-handed operation with its G Pro series of devices (the first of which is also a 5.5-incher), so usability on the big screen likely won't be a huge issue.

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LG G3 from our studio

Up next we'll dive right in to the hardware features of the LG G3, including a look at its design aesthetics, handling, and layout of controls.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE


LAUNCH

Announced

2014, May

Status

Available. Released 2014, June


BODY

Dimensions

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in)

Weight

149 g (5.26 oz)

Build

Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic back, plastic frame

SIM

Micro-SIM


DISPLAY

Type

True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.5 inches, 82.2 cm2 (~75.3% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~538 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 3


PLATFORM

OS

Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to 6.0 (Marshmallow)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 (28 nm)

CPU

Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 330


MEMORY

Card slot

microSDXC (dedicated slot)

Internal

16GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 3GB RAM

 

eMMC 5.0


MAIN CAMERA

Single

13 MP, f/2.4, 29mm (standard), 1/3.1", 1.12µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS

Features

Dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR

Video

4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.


SELFIE CAMERA

Single

2.1 MP, f/2.0

Video

1080p@30fps


SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

 

24-bit/192kHz audio


COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot

Bluetooth

4.0, A2DP, LE, aptX

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

NFC

Yes

Infrared port

Yes

Radio

Stereo FM radio, RDS - D855 model only

USB

microUSB 2.0 (SlimPort), USB On-The-Go


FEATURES

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass


BATTERY

 

Removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Charging

Qi wireless charging - optional

Stand-by

Up to 565 h (2G) / Up to 553 h (3G)

Talk time

Up to 19 h (2G) / Up to 21 h (3G)


MISC

Colors

Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red, Blue Steel

Models

D855, D850, D851, VS985 4G, D852, LGLS990, F400K

SAR

0.39 W/kg (head)     0.48 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

0.23 W/kg (head)    

Price

About 300 EUR


TESTS

Performance

Basemark OS II 2.0: 1327
Basemark X: 11552

Display

Contrast ratio: 789:1 (nominal), 1.820 (sunlight)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 70dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 80dB

Audio quality

Noise -99.4dB / Crosstalk -100.0dB

Battery life

Endurance rating 63h

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