There is a new best smartphone… at least on paper. As of its reveal, the new LG G3 has the most pixel-dense display of any mainstream device, and it has powerful innards to power it that match and surpass the current and rival flagship models.
A defining feature of the G3, and a feature that LG hopes to market over other smartphones, is its QuadHD 5.5-inch IPS LCD display. The screen will boast a 2560 x 1440 resolution, which works out to 538 pixels per inch, with pixels reduced in size by 44% compared to a normal HD screen (have to cram them in somehow). By comparison, the iPhone 5s has a ppi count of 326, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 sits at 436.
Other specs include a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5GHz quad-core, either 2GB or 3GB (16GB or 32GB capacity units, respectively), Android KitKat 4.4 with Optimus UI, and a microSD cardslot.
The G3 will reportedly have efficient power usage thanks to the 3A (Adaptive) Optimization controls, including adaptive frame rate, CPU clocking, and timing controls. According to LG, this will keep the display from draining the 3000 mAh battery.
LG’s “Rear Key” volume control and power button will make a reappearance on the G3, leaving the top and sides of the phone button-free. In addition, the new Smart Keyboard features are designed to reduce input errors and make typing more comfortable via an adjustable on-screen keyboard.
Three new security measures include the Knock Code, Content Lock, and Kill Switch. The Knock Code will let users input a unique pattern of taps on the screen to wake up and unlock the phone. Content Lock will keep personal information and files encrypted and locked when the phone is being shared or plugged into a computer. Kill Switch will erase a user’s data remotely if the smartphone is stolen and also render the phone unusable.
The smartphones camera tech has also recieved an upgrade. The G3’s single-step picture taking process with laser auto-focus should enable quick-to-instant photos thanks to fast focus. The 13-megapixel camera also features OIS+ technology, which will offer an advertised 20% camera shake compensation over the G2’s camera. The microphone of the G3 will also automatically detect ambient noise levels when capturing audio and video, filtering out background noise.
The front-facing camera will have a larger image sensor and more lenses for improved resolution, especially in indoor lighting conditions. It is also aimed at selfie-enthusiasts, with a feature that will allow users to raise their hand in front of the front camera to take a picture.