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LG G3 hands-on and first impressions

LG today launched the G3 in India, a couple of months after globally unveiling the flagship device. The smartphone is priced at Rs 47,990 for the 16GB and Rs 50, 990 for the 32GB variant. Last year’

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LG today launched the G3 in India, a couple of months after globally unveiling the flagship device. The smartphone is priced at Rs 47,990 for the 16GB and Rs 50, 990 for the 32GB variant. Last year’s flagship LG G2 was a device that had impressed us and the G3 has a lot to live up to. We spent some time with the device at the launch event and here are our first impressions.

The LG G3 oozes premium-ness from all angles. On the front is the big 5.5-inch display with staggeringly thin bezels, while at the back there is the camera, power button and the volume rocker. The rear panel has been given what looks like a brushed metal finish, but on closer inspection you will be disappointed to find out that it is in fact plastic. The company however claims that the finish makes the rear of the device adverse to fingerprints and after spending some time with the device we can back that claim.

As you would expect from a flagship device, the G3 boasts top-of-the-line specifications and features, and one of the best things about the device is the display. The 5.5-inch QHD display is one of the best displays we have come across. It is bright, attractive, yet not overly saturated like Samsung’s AMOLED displays. My Apple iPhone 5S suddenly felt ancient in front of the G3’s beautiful display.

The LG G2 was already a powerful smartphone, and the G3 is no different with 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor on board paired with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. This makes the phone snappy, and every animation as well as opening and closing of apps is instantaneous.

The 13-megapixel rear camera with laser auto focus camera does a good job, and under ambient lighting conditions we got some good shots. We will however put the smartphone’s camera through its paces in our review before we pass our judgment. The 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera managed to click decent selfies. The camera also recognizes your clenched fist as a gesture for clicking a selfie.

The flagship device runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat wrapped under LG’s overhauled UI. The new UI is flatter and more minimalistic than before and I personally like the change. LG is also promoting three new UX elements namely KNOCK Code, Smart Notice and Smart Keyboard.

KOCK Code makes passcodes more secure by splitting the phone’s screen into four quadrants in which to craft a code. With no visible signs or numbers, someone snooping won’t be able to decipher your lock code. Smart Notice is LG’s digital assistant, while Smart Keyboard brings a lot of improvements to LG’s default keyboard.

Overall LG has a very capable flagship device on its hands and it is likely to make life difficult for other flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8). We will be putting the LG G3 through its paces in our review, which should be coming up shortly. Stay tuned!

  • Published Date: July 21, 2014 7:33 PM IST