LG goes official with Snapdragon 805-powered LG G3 Cat.6

It almost seems like par for the course by this point: you’re a major smartphone OEM, you release your latest flagship handset, and then a couple months later you follow that up with a tweaked edition boasting some slightly better hardware (and available only in a very limited market). Samsung did that with its LTE-A Galaxy S5, just as it had with the GS4 before it, and we’d been tracking rumors of LG working on a similar upgrade for its G3. A little earlier this month we spotted what looked like official confirmation of just such a G3 on an LG site, and today the hardware finally sees a formal announcement, with the debut of the G3 Cat.6.

That “Cat.6” stands for the phone’s LTE support, and while we already saw the regular G3 sporting the LTE-A logo for its South Korean release, that model only supported slower Cat 4 speeds. In the presence of networks that work with this more advanced protocol, this new edition is capable of of speeds as high as 225Mbps.

That new radio compatibility is bestowed upon the G3 Cat.6 by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 SoC, an upgrade over the original G3’s 801. That’s the same move we saw Samsung make with its LTE-A Galaxy S5, though here the changes are purely on the silicon side: there’s no corresponding display upgrade, not that LG really had anywhere to go from the quad HD panel already present.

Alas, there’s still no sign of this 805-based G3 popping up anywhere but South Korea, where it should arrive later this week. Admittedly, the move from an 801 to 805 shouldn’t result in a night-and-day performance difference, but we doubt spec junkies will find much comfort in those words; the Western world will just have to keep waiting for an 805-based flagship.

Source: LG (Google Translate)

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