LG G3 rumor roundup: here’s everything we know

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One of the most anticipated products of the year so far has been the LG G3. After many called the flagships from HTC and Samsung subpar, all eyes have turned to LG to see what it can muster. The leaks have been especially torrential for this phone, so we’ve gone ahead and consolidated the big ones into this LG G3 rumor roundup.g3-press-render-1

First, let’s dig into the hardware. Front and center will be a 5.5-inch QHD (2560×1440) display manufactured by LG itself, and this has been confirmed by LG. The bezel will be an insanely small 1.15mm, and the pixels-per-inch count sits at 538. This display should also be very accurate with colors, but we will have to wait to get our hands on it before making that judgment.

In terms of the phone’s body, we are expecting a plastic phone with a brushed aluminum finish. The handset could also be water and dust-proof, similar to the resistance featured on the Galaxy S5. As for how large the device will be, we’re looking at 146.3mm tall, 74.6mm wide, and 8.9mm of thickness.

g3-bigleak-specsIf the size measurements from this possible G3 presentation are wrong, we have a couple other estimations from various case manufacturers. Cases from Spigen are letting us approximate a 41.8mm tall by 73mm wide body with 9.3mm of thickness. Another case sighting contradicts this one, instead showing a phone that is 150mm tall, 78mm wide, and 13mm thick. Another item of note is that the device will likely feature microSD card expansion.

Diving right into more specifications, we are expecting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and not an 805 (as some previous leaks indicated). In terms of RAM, the leaked slides are having us expect 3GB of LPDDR3 storage,

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but there is yet another contradiction here. One of the first leaks of the G3, which has been spot-on with everything made official so far, mentions both 2 and 3-gigabyte variants of the phone. If we were betting men, though, we would have our money on seeing 3GB, or having two variants released.

Internal storage is another area where the slides and original leak do not agree. The presentation reveals 32GB of eMMC storage, while the original leak states both 16 and 32-gigabyte variants will hit the streets (perhaps one with 2GB of RAM, and the other with 3GB).

The battery is widely expected to be packed with 3,000 mAh, and will likely be removable.

The camera is another hot topic, and the general consensus is that a 13MP OIS+ (an improved optical image stabilization?) shooter will be onboard. We are also expecting 4K video capture, as is the trend among 2014 flagships. There also could be a special palm

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gesture to get to the camera straight from the lock screen.

The fun part for the camera is the mystery “sensor” you see in the image to the left. We originally were expecting it to be some sort of assistive camera tool, perhaps for low light. Now, we are looking toward something to help with focusing, with lasers involved. It’ll be interesting to see how practical this will be for actual use.

In terms of the software experience you can expect from the G3, not much has changed year-over-year since the G2 — there is still a heavily modified version of Android 4.4,

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KitKat, involved. We expect some sort of personal assistant to be found on-device, similar to Google Now. We first saw this in the clock widget found in possible screenshots from the G3 back in April, and it has carried on through leaks from last week, even. There also could be a default launcher reminiscent of the Google Now Launcher, as also shown by the second leak.

Finally, it’s down to pricing and availability. We know we will be seeing the device on Verizon and T-Mobile in the United States, with the latter reportedly beginning sales in mid-to-late June. As far as pricing is concerned, nothing is too definitive right now. Some overseas retailers are listing the device north of $840, but their pricing almost never is equal to the cost of the same device in the United States.

We will keep you updated if we learn of more leaks, through this post and otherwise. The LG G3 (possibly along with the G Watch) will be made official on Tuesday, May 27, at 1:00 PM EDT. We will be there to bring you coverage as the event unfolds, so be sure to tune in.

Update 5/25, 6:15 PM: The device may sport a microSD card slot with 2TB of capacity. Also, this same leak lends credence to the possibility of two variants of the phone — one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, and the other with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

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