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LG G3 is the first of many eye-popping QHD smartphones

By Simon Thomas on 28th May 2014


The LG G3 was officially unveiled last night and the big news is that it comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD (QHD) display. That means it runs at a staggering 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution delivering a 538 pixels-per-inch rating which blows away the Galaxy S5 (432), HTC One M8 (441), iPhone 5S (326) and Xperia Z2 (432). 


This is the first time one of the major mobile manufacturers have gone beyond the current 1080p display and many other devices are expected to follow suit in the coming months, including Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 Prime along with HTC's One M8 Prime.


The level of sharpness delivered by QHD displays is staggering and it's been shown that the human eye can differentiate between 450ppi and 600ppi displays.


In certain circumstances it's also possible to make out individual pixels on devices up to 500ppi, but the LG G3's 538ppi means it suffers from no such issue. You can read the full study about the human eye and display resolutions here, but be aware it's maths based and pretty complicated.


LG G3 - At the cutting edge of mobile technology



The LG G3 isn't a one-trick pony because it's got plenty of other admirable features beyond it's stunning IPS display. It's mighty powerful thanks to its 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and either 2/3GB of RAM (depending on whether you pickup the 16/32GB version).


It might appear as if it's made from metal like the HTC One M8, but it's actually a plastic finish that's been made to look like metal. That keeps down the weight (149g) and ensures the smartphone looks like a premium device even if it doesn't feel quite as good as HTC's smartphone in the hand.


The camera is 13 mega-pixels and features OIS+ (optical image stabilisation) along with a "revolutionary Laser Auto Focus". This captures great images even in low light by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam, while OIS+ eliminates blurriness caused by camera motion (or shaky hand syndrome).

Music playback is also excellent thanks to the LG G3's 1W built-in speaker with BoostAMP and you also get a front-facing 2 mega-pixel snapper for video calling. It comes with a 3000mAH battery which can be charged wirelessly (seperate accessory required) and storage can be expanded with microSD cards (up to 128GB).

 LG QuickCircle Case

One final thing that deserves a mention is the LG G3 QuickCircle Case (pictured above) which enables users to interact with the smartphone, including answer calls, responding to texts and viewing notifications without having to open the case. 


The LG G3 will go on sale on May 28th in Korea and on July 1st in 160 countries (including the UK and the US). It's available with either 16 or 32GB versions in a choice of Gold, Black or White. LG have refined and stripped-back the interface and as you'd expect it comes pre-loaded with Android KitKat (4.4.2).


We'll be posting our hands-on review of the LG G3 today or early tomorrow.


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