Across the interwebs, debates about which smartphone is the best have been going on since Motorola brought us the original Droid back in 2009. As it stands, the debate usually falls between Samsung’s Galaxy line and Apples iPhone. And why not? These two companies dominate smartphone marketshare. While the top two companies go at it, other OEMs have began creeping up in sales and are starting to give us a true alternative to Samsung and Apple. One company that is looking to make their mark in 2014 is LG, and with their newest phone coming they just might succeed.
LG G3 Leak Impressions
If you’re not a little impressed with the leaks of the G3, then you have ridiculously high standards. The LG is looking to push the envelope with the G3 in both build and most specs. Below I list the features that we know.
- 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
- 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- 2/3GB of RAM
- 16/32GB internal storage
- micro SD slot
- 13-megapixel camera with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus
- 2.1-megapixel camera front-facing camera
- 3,000mAh user-removable battery with wireless charging
- NFC Support
If I could pick just one feature that really stands out, it’s that display. While 5.5″ is outside my comfort zone for a phone display, I might deal with that just to have that QHD display. There was a time when the naysayers were balking at 1080p displays on a smartphone and now they have become the industry standard. LG is primed to offer potential smartphone shoppers something that no one else has yet, a 2K display.
The camera is also not to be overlooked. LG smartphones have always been decent shooters, but with this OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus, LG is going head strong into being the best smartphone camera available. Other notable features include microSD support making a return and wireless charging built in (no $70 cover required).
The elephant in the room is the 801 processor. The big concern is performance. With a 2K display you would expect LG to put the top of the line CPU under the hood. Instead they went with the same processor found in their rivals running with 1080p displays. Why LG opted not to go with the 805 is a mystery. It could be that the 805 wasn’t available during the development phase and LG has found a way to use the 801 without any noticeable drop in speed.
LG G Watch
With smartwatches becoming more popular, LG has announced that they will be offering the first smartwatch to run Androiwear. The water and dust resistant watch is LG’s answer to the poorly received Galaxy Gear and the upcoming Moto 360. Since Androidwear is compatible with all Android devices, the G Watch could easily end up in the hands of HTC, Motorola, Sony and even Samsung smartphone owners. This gives the G Watch a huge advantage over their other South Korean competitor.