LG teases the G3 in a trio of videos

Ahead of the device's official unveil on May 27, LG has just released a trio of teaser videos for the LG G3. The date in the videos is listed as May 28, which might be when the device is officially available.

In the videos, LG highlights the camera, design and display of the G3. The spate of leaks concerning the G3 revealed that the device will feature a laser-guided autofocus system that allows you to take better shots and night. The leaked specs also indicate that the 13 MP camera on the G3 features optical image stabilization. In addition, the G3 comes with a 5.5-inch QHD display, which gives it a pixel density of 534 PPI and a metal finish back.

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Design

Are you looking forward to the launch of the LG G3? How do you think the device will fare against the likes of the Galaxy S5 or the HTC One? Let us know below. Do check back on the 27th as we'll be on the ground to cover the launch event live.

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Harish Jonnalagadda
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

136 Comments
  • Wait, it's not "released" yet?! What's left to be released?! ;-) Posted via Android Central App with my amazing Nexus 5!
  • If I have to hard reset by pulling battery then it's a no go a step backwards. Adding removable battery, removable back cover, SD card, same size battery as G2 is a joke. And a step back from the G2. Posted via Android Central App
  • Most Android phones will reset if you hold down the power button for 10 seconds. Posted via Android Central App
  • Amazing you got your hands on a G3 and already reviewed it. Care to share more?! /s
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 AC App via Nexus 5
  • I can see it mattering to someone who already has the G2 but since I don't have it, I think I'll be ok with the G3 as long as it performs well and lasts through the entire day for me.
  • Can anyone give a reasonable explanation why giving the consumer the option to remove and replace the battery is not an asset? I for one appreciate this tremendously.
  • A significant sacrifice in battery capacity must be made to accommodate a removeable battery. The internal circuit boards need a layer of protection from exposure. If the back wasn't removeable, you could use the space you saved for the layer of protection to offer a larger battery and a slimmer phone. Since batteries can maintain the same relative capacity for about 1-2 years or more nowadays, a design engineer must decide between making a phone that may not function well for the majority of users (i.e. the battery dies earlier in the day, very inconvenient) OR the engineer can make a phone that has the battery life that most users desire, which unfortunately means that the small percentage of die-hard battery changers have to deal with the inconvenience of not being able to change batteries easily.
  • Thank you for the detailed and reasonable explanation. In my experience lithium ion batteries have begun to have noticeable loss of capacity after a year and a half of use. I am not one to buy a new phone multiple times a year so this is a benefit to me. I can see this being a drawback for those who upgrade more frequently. My almost three year old Droid Bionic works great but that would not be the case if I couldn't replace the battery.
  • As someone who just went through this with my note 2 I can attest to the fact that anyone wanting to get more than a year of solid use out of their phone should want a removable battery. After a solid 14 months of great battery life not only did my battery life begin to suffer but so did the performance and stability of the phone. I couldn't rely on it to hold a charge when I was out and away from a charger for more than 4 hours, and I'm talking about standby time. Barely being used just being in my pocket or sitting on a table. So for me this crop of new phones with non removable batteries is a waste of time. I don't want the phone any thinner, they are plenty thin enough. The guys here at AC do great work and give us a lot of info but I believe they are starting to get a little out of touch in some aspects not needing removable batteries because they carry multiple devices with them. Not needing much storage on the device because they have unlimited cloud resources. They don't seem to go or live in areas where there are bad pockets of service where you need an extra battery and a big SD card to store things on because you can't get to the cloud then because you have no service. You may think I'm wrong, but then why is Samsung outselling all the other manufacturers by huge numbers with removable storage and batteries? Because people want and need that. If LG gives me those 2 things with better hardware I'm all in. Posted via Android Central App
  • Agreed Posted via Android Central App
  • I believe this trend towards sealed batteries and non removable storage is due in part to force early obsolescence of phones which in turn help future sales for upcoming devices. Sure we can cite the marginal aesthetic and battery benefits but in the grand scheme of things, this benefits carriers and manufacturers more than it does consumers in my opinion.
  • Good explanation, but the "sacrifice" is not really a sacrifice. The Korean G2 lost 390mAH of battery compared to the international/US version, but comes with an extra battery and a charging pod and still has more capacity than the Galaxy S4. Effectively, you get about 5000mAH of battery with the Korean version assuming you don't drain it all the way to 2% before swapping. There was also no difference in thickness.
  • this is bla bla bla:
    check out those phones and then you can compare: price,perfomance and thickness. http://www.coolpad.com/en/products20halo.html
    https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fcli...
    there`s more octa core phablets around $200 and 350$ price range.
  • That's funny. A removable battery, sdcard slot and a removable back is EXACTLY what I want. I guess moosc's assertion is completely wrong, imagine that.
  • You are a minority... I'll take the removable battery and MicroSD!
  • I didn't realize that having options was a bad thing. Posted via Android Central App
  • Is anyone else feeling a bit underwhelmed by the device now? The rumored specs sounded awesome, but now that is has only a slightly improved Snapdragon 801 over the 800 of the G2, has the same size battery, same camera sensor with only improved OIS and AF, and a plastic body, it just doesn't seem as groundbreaking as the G2 was last year or how the G3 was rumored to be.
  • They should have called it a G2S. Posted via Android Central App
  • stahp.
  • People have said the same with:
    S4>S5
    M7>M8
    And numerous others Leaks and rumours raise expectations above reality Posted by my Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Those previous phones didn't have the Snapdragon 800 processor though -- the G2 did.
  • G2 was released later though, like in August 2013. It came 4 months later than the S4, but now the G3 only ties the S5 with the snap 801 (assuming it doesn't have 805), yet again, announced 3 months later. Posted via Android Central App
  • Right, I'm explaining why people are saying that it currently looks more like a "G2S" or "G2 Prime" than a G3. It's doesn't appear from the specs sheet to be as big a jump as the S4->S5 or M7->M8. Hopefully it will be more of a step up than it appears from the leaks.
  • We have gotten to a point where there really isn't a compelling reason for most people to upgrade on a yearly basis. Most will be happy with an every other year.
  • +1 my Nexus 5 should be a legit device for 2yrs easy. So I'll rest easy knowing it will be a solid back up device because I'm definitely getting the G3. First world problems... Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 5
  • I am still excited. Could care less about specs. Battery size, 801.. who cares. As long as it performs well and the battery lasts all day.
  • Are you lost? You have been around here long enough to know that it is all MOAR SPECs, all the time. Most people around here are not grounded in reality. Sure the 805 was announced in November of last year, but they also stated that OEM sampling would not start until 2014 sometime. There is no way for LG to put that in this phone, and it is iffy that the Note 3 will have it (but more grounded in reality since the actual manufacturing of the device is still a few months off). We kinda know that the X+1 and the N6 (if there is one) won't. Look for it, or the S810 in the M9, S6, G4....you know next year...
  • We really need a petition to get this site's name changed to MOAR SPECS Central Posted from the Avengers: Age of Droid Ultra
  • note 4. the rumor mill has already started churning for it and the specs include an 805. aside from that, i'm not too excited over it being it will keep the 3 gig ram and the same screen size.
  • Thanks for the correction, I mean that seriously. 3GB RAM is fine for now. The Note 3 runs great on it, and if you bump the processor and GPU it should make a difference. I too was hoping for a bump to 5.9" but I will get over it. What I am hoping for, and what will sell me (well I am getting it anyway unless one of the other phablets comes with a stylus) is the YOUM display. I had hoped for it on the Note 3, expected it on the S5, and will be VERY disappointed if it does not land on the Note 4. Samsung needs to shake up the design language and that is just the thing to do it. People will go apesh*t over the S6 if it has it.
  • Back when it was released, Qualcomm hinted that a device with the 805 will be released in May. I think that's why everyone was expecting the G3 to have one. Posted via Android Central App
  • I was seeing 2nd half of this year, but that does still fit the G3. I can understand the disappointment, but not to this extreme. I guess that it is more about the 420 GPU/Screen combo than the 801 itself..
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • "Are you lost?"
    I ask this to myself more and more lately :P
  • Exactly how I feel Joe!
  • I'm feeling a little bit that way, yeah. I have particular concerns over the 801 running that screen. What was it, the Oppo?- that was available with and without the 2k screen? Benchmarks showed better numbers for the weaker processor without the 2k screen than with the beefier processor and the 2k screen. It seems as if the screen takes so much grunt to run that other processes might suffer. If that's true then this phone might really need the 805 and the 801 might not be enough of an upgrade, all things considered, over the G2's performance with the 800.
    We'll know in a few days obviously...
  • LG did some interesting things with their display tech in the G2, including the chip to lower power consumption with static images. They may have done something similar to keep the display operating without having a major impact on battery life or processing power. Probably not, but maybe.
  • What would you do? The 805 is not out yet, bigger battery is not always better, if the software is efficient like on the G2 you will still have full day battery for heavy use and multi day battery on medium, it has a better screen and better camera, we're at a point in time where there will be no more OMG Awesome! type phones coming out, you can only push the technology so far before you start hitting efficiency limits
  • A bigger battery is always better! Posted via Android Central App
  • The same way more megapixles is always better right? Posted via Android Central App
  • If you are satisfied with a VGA camera, or a 1000 mah battery, then you are correct. More megapixels are better. Bigger battery is better. Posted via Android Central App
  • And here we have the perfect example of a fool who looks only at specs ☺ Posted via Android Central App
  • That's not a reasonable comparison. Things like optics, camera software, and OIS are more important than resolution when it comes to taking quality photos, so more megapixels doesn't necessarily lead to better photography. There's only so much that software optimization can do for battery life. More mAh *does* always equal better battery life, all other things being equal.
  • +1
  • +2
  • A bigger battery also enlarges the device, which is a negative for me. Love my G2, but it is at the very edge of being too big. Posted via Android Central App
  • No, it's the same way more megapixels *are* always better. Because "megapixels" is plural. That being said, more megapixels are not always better. :-p
  • There are no practical drawbacks of having a large battery except slow charging and it taking up a lot of physical space. Too many megapixels can bring worse problems.. Posted from VZW G2
  • How the hell is a bigger battery not better? This should be good. Posted from my Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • There were rumors that a phone will come out in May with the 805 and that is why everyone was pegging the G3 to have this chip
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • Who asked for a metal body? Not everyone that's for sure. I know what you mean about the improvements though, I know I hate the thought of having even better OIS and low light photo ability on my phone, what a waste of time eh. And a (slightly) improved processor running on what will probably be a tweaked and lighter running version of the OS. Yep, the disappointment is strong.
  • From what I can tell it's going to the best phone available. Maybe you shouldn't put so much faith in "rumors" to be let down.
  • It had better have some amazing software if LG wants this to succeed. I'm a big fan of LG's phones, but so far it seems like LG fell asleep for the past year. The display resolution isn't a major bonus for me. I do have an interest in the hardware image stabilization. Maybe it will have a Moto X-esque active listening setup? If they release this without any surprising new additions, I'm almost certain that LG let the LG G3 be a flop to focus on releasing a next-gen phone (i.e. Snapdragon 805) sooner than the competition. Otherwise LG just sucks.
  • That is the most over the top comment I've seen for a while. LG will immediately suck if they don't have some super feature nobody has heard of yet on the G3? Utter stupidity to think like that. Posted via Android Central App
  • Loving my G2 and will be EDGING up to the 3 in Feb. Posted via Android Central App
  • February? That's 9 months away.
  • This thing looks amazing. It's gonna be tough giving up my Blackberry Pearl! What does LG stand for?
  • Lucky Goldstar Posted by my Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nice. My ex thinks that it's "Limited Girth". It certainly did not apply to her proportions.
  • Ha! Posted via Android Central App
  • Was "limited girth" why she dumped you?
  • ROTFLMAO!! Thanks. That made my day. Posted via Android Central App
  • LG = Life's Good
  • For marketing they want us to think it stands for Life's Good but originally it was Lucky Goldstar. Posted via Android Central App
  • Thanks. I was not aware that. Posted via Android Central App
  • Laser Godzilla.
  • Leprechaun Gonorrhea
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • "Life's Good"
  • that is the slogan, not the actual name.
  • Lactating Germans?
  • Based on the Vienna Boys Choir ring tones, I'm thinking: "lacking gonads". Posted via Android Central App
  • Oh, I like that one. Well played. Posted via Android Central App
  • Removable battery and SD card? Yes please!! Posted via Android Central App
  • awesome phone but hate the logo badge at the front bottom bezel, leave the logo for the back only! for that reason alone i would get the oneplus one over this.
  • lol...yes that is the reason to go with an unknown company, because of a cosmetic feature.
  • i see your point but i'm coming from nexus 4-5 where the front screen is a nice blank slate and that's what i prefer. they aren't an unknown company because of the oppo connection. it's a beautiful phone but i hate obnoxious branding on my digital stuff!
  • Oppo itself is an unknown. Their first smartphone was late 2012? They have what? 10 models? They went with CM because they sucked supporting ColorOS (or even making it work properly), but I do understand that they are improving on that score. You cannot just buy it here in the states, you have to import it or go a less than comfortable route (eBay can still have scams). Speaking of scams, how about the marketing? Not to mention that the OnePlus One is not a new phone, is is a small update to the Find 7a. If you do not like the logo, ok that is your prerogative but to throw out just about every legitimate manufacture because of it is nuts
  • I dunno, if every phone looked like a blank slate... then every phone would look like every other phone... and no phone would like unlike every other phone. That makes phones boring. I handed my Xperia Z2 to the counter clerk at UPS to show her my tracking number. She saw the Sony logo at the top, commented about how she didn't know Sony made phones, and checked the phone out from every angle. Then she apologized, embarrassed by how distracted she was by my phone :)
  • Sorry dlove1 but that makes absolutely no sense! If a cosmetic feature disrupts the function of the device, then you might have a leg to stand on.
  • like i said above, i don't like distractions on my screens and won't buy a phone with a logo on the front. they have a logo on the front and back and who knows what the carriers will do. it's just a personal OCD preference that when I look at a screen, I can't help but notice a giant distracting logo. I'll check out the phone when it's released in person and see if my opinion changes because it is a sweet phone.
  • never understand this line of reasoning. logos have been placed on the front of virtually every electronic product since the dawn of technology and it seems like it's become an issue in recent time. never bothered me in the slightest because i get that the oem wants people to know who made the product. personally it ranks at the bottom of concerns when making a purchase.
  • except for the nexus s, galaxy nexus, nexus 4, nexus 5, all of which i've owned and don't have front facing logos. just love the stealth screen look that's all.
  • Dlove1, I would never dispute your personal preference for a clean stealth look on your device but I would dispute your importance of it over other more important features of any device. With that said....happy phone shopping! :)
  • Some people sacrifice specs, design, functionality, etc all to fight a meaningless battle against logos everywhere. They're a rare breed. If you ever see one in the wild, it's amusing to watch them try to purchase necessities like food, because every store in the world has a logo right on the front. It's like Kryptonite to these people. They end up starving to death in the parking lot of grocery stores everywhere.
  • This must SEVERELY limit your phone shopping options...
  • so far, only to Nexus apparently
  • How much of you will notice that the phone has the 801 father than the 805 in real day to day use? If this is the only concern in your life the cpu of a phone you have a lucky life. Makes no difference to me I have he G2 and will get the G3.
  • Did anyone notice a significant speed difference from the S4 to S5? Or the M7 to M8? Probably not. You know the specs are better but doesn't mean you can see it. Posted via Android Central App
  • I wouldn't know because I haven't used those particular devices you mentioned but I would be interested to know if they are more efficient with power. I would like to think thats more the case with these incremental improvements.
  • From the s4 to the s5 was noticably better, but that was not because of the specs.
  • The huge touch latency improvement on the M8 is very, very noticeable after coming from an M7 that I used for a year. Posted via Android Central App
  • I would love to see a few 30 second spots. I know these are just teasers, but they do not do a whole lot.
  • Man what a left to show on this phone Posted via Android Central App
  • I Like the third one where they show device, if anyone is gonna leak it, it might as well be the manufacturer. Nice move. Rather that than some kid filming it on his bed...m Posted from my caseless GS5. Because I believe in myself.
  • lol agreed!!
  • We have reached a plateau in specs. All the flagship phones will have identical specs and Android version. The only way to differentiate will be the OS skin and design of the phone, unless they'll take a page from the car manufacturers book and position their devices as luxury (Kia phone vs Lexus phone) The panda has spoken
  • Only thing I haven't seen so far is dust and waterproof. Each leak and teaser that comes out make it less likely to have it. :(
  • BTW, these really aren't leaks. They are promotional videos for the Korean market since they are first to get these devices in the home country of the company.
  • I was so ready to purchase this until the S805 was pretty much confirmed to be absent. I'll pass. Posted via Android Central App
  • 801 not 805 so why get this?
  • The troubling thing is that either Phil and\or Alex probably already have one and are under NDA to tell us the things we want to know until post-launch! ;-)
  • Those bastards :-) Posted via Android Central App
  • I know right?!
  • Just release another nexus. I don't want that Google silver or whatever, just want a cheap, but high speced android phone, just like the nexuses...
  • While Nexus devices were cheap, you got what you paid for and it was not high specs.
  • Most specs were on par but most often the camera and the battery were gimped on. Posted via Android Central App
  • Damn... Posted from Google Nexus 5
  • lol I hope they pull a HTC and have the device available the day of or after launch event
  • This might be the phone to get me off the HTC bandwagon. I buy phones mostly for build quality, don't ask me why, I just always have. Since HTC's One series debuted, I have purchased nothing but HTC devices for my own use. Oh, and I should add for PRIMARY use. I have purchased a bunch of others for fun :-)
    This may be the phone to get me off that roll.
    Posted via Android Central App
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