The flagship LG G3 smartphone is still somewhat of a mystery for now, but more and more details are continuing to arrive each and every week that are giving us a better idea of what to expect. We’ve been hearing reports and rumors for months about this upcoming smartphone, and this week more details have arrived for at least one U.S. carrier.
All the details, specs and release date rumors have been swirling for months, many which differ from one another, and these newest details are no different. A new leak spotted by MyLGPhones gives us a few details and specs regarding the upcoming LG G3 for Sprint, but are vastly different from previous rumors which we’ll go through below.
Starting as far back as December of last year we’ve been hearing small details regarding the LG G3, but over the past month things have finally start to come into focus. With the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 already here, most rumors have turned to the LG G3, and with good reason.
The LG G2 was one of the best all around smartphones (at least on paper) in 2013 and brought tons of awesome features and a brand new design to the table. Offering a 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization for truly great photos, impressive specs, and those oddly placed power and volume buttons on the back. The G2 tried to compete with the Galaxy S4, and all signs are pointing towards the LG G3 giving the Galaxy S5 a run for its money.
Early rumors out of South Korea state the new LG G3 will offer a fingerprint scanner like the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S, possibly be dust and water resistant to battle Samsung and Sony, and lately we’ve been hearing the camera will actually be 20 megapixels and one of the best of any Android device to date.
The latest reports linked to above talk about an improved 20 megapixel camera, a brand new user interface overhaul running on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and then confirm previous rumors of a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 QHD display. Screenshots leaked with the new UI, and at a resolution that lines up with previous rumors.
Details that have arrived today are where things differ, and a UAProf (User Agent Profile) for what is most likely the LG G3 on Sprint in the U.S. has surfaced that has rumors swirling. The Sprint LG G2 was model LS980, and a new device listed as the LS990 has been spotted with pretty impressive specs, but ones that differ from what we’ve heard thus far.
Today’s leak confirms the LG G3 should sport a 5.5-inch QHD screen with a stunningly high 2560 x 1440 resolution, and once again mentions the device will have 32GB of internal storage for pictures, games and apps, but that LG will return the micro-SD slot for expanding storage. It goes on to mention users will have 3GB of RAM for improved multi-tasking, but oddly mentions the same Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor from the LG G2. This is likely just a prototype device, and we’re expecting the brand new 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor under the hood. If not, we’ll likely see the same Snapdragon 801 as the Galaxy S5.
The leak then goes on to state the new LG G3 will have a 13 megapixel camera, not the increase to 16 or even 20 megapixels that’s been rumored over the past few weeks. Again, this could be a prototype device without all the latest and greatest hardware, but either way it’s too early to tell.
At this point we have plenty of details about the new LG G3, but not everything is known about the design. While this leak essentially once again confirms the 5.5-inch QHD display, we’re still not sure what else to expect. Previous rumors have suggested LG will offer a device with an all aluminum design, like the HTC One M8, and even include HTC-like front facing speakers. Those are only rumors for now, and again we’ll have to wait and see once LG makes the smartphone official.
That all being said, the 5.5-inch screen size is making this become quite a large device that is nearing Galaxy Note territory. Consumers wondering about a possible release date can expect the device to be here sometime in mid to late summer, but previously the LG Optimus G and G2 both arrived in September and October.
Lately we’ve been hearing LG will ramp up production and timing to better compete with the Galaxy S5 by announcing the LG G3 in May, and aim for a mid to late June release date. This would be much sooner than previous years, but could be a good move for LG, and its consumers.