LG’s new flagship phone features a high-resolution display, a fast processor, and a big battery. But thanks to a steady stream of leaks, you probably knew all of that already.

Now that LG has officially unveiled the LG G3 though, it turns out there were still a few surprises. For example, the smartphone’s camera uses a laser to help autofocus and LG’s camera software features a new “Touch & Shoot” feature that lets you tap the screen to select an area to focus and snap a photo (something that normally takes 2 separate taps with other cameras).

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LG says it takes 276 milliseconds for the camera to focus using the laser autofocus feature.

The LG G3 features a 5.5 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel IPS display with 538 pixels per inch, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, a 13MP rear camera and 2.1MP front-facing camera, and a 3000mAh battery as well as support for wireless charging. The phone runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with LG’s custom user interface and suite of apps.

While the front-facing camera doesn’t have all the features of the 13MP back camera, LG has added a few selfie-enhancing features, including the ability to snap a photo by raising your hand in front of the camera to let the phone know you’re ready without touching it.

Like the LG G2 smartphone the power and volume buttons are on the back of the phone instead of the sides. The phone has a 1 watt speaker, and LG’s custom software including “Knock Code,” which lets you unlock your device by tapping a pattern on the screen.

The LG G3 will come in a couple of different configurations: It’ll be available with 2GB or 3GB of RAM, and 16GB or 32GB of storage.

Each model supports 4G LTE and HSPA+ as well as 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and Miracast Wireless display technology.

lg g3 adaptiveLG says that while the G3 has a large, high-resolution display which could normally be a battery hog, it’s implemented adaptive frame rates, clocking, and timing controls to reduce power consumption by about 20 percent.


Optional accessories include the QuickCircle case which comes in 5 colors and allows you to view text messages, answer calls, control music playback, or perform other basic functions without opening the case, the LG Tone Infinim Bluetooth stereo headset, and a foldable wireless charger.

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6 replies on “LG G3 smartphone: Everything you expected, plus a laser focus camera”

  1. Um.. ever since my HTC Desire S I have been able to tab the screen once and take a picture -_-

    1. But can you tap a certain point on the screen to focus on that part of the image and immediately snap a photo? It’s the focus+shoot feature that’s new here.

  2. I have the LG G2 and after owning an Iphone, Samsung Galaxy S4, etc this is by far my favorite phone. The LG UI tweaks are great and keep me using a stock (minus bloatware) ROM. I also like the rear buttons! I’ll definitely be upgrading.

  3. This phone sounds perfect for me. With an SD card (up to 128GB) and 2-3 GB of RAM, it’ll have some longterm life. Love the wireless charging capability and APT-X Bluetooth audio. Hopefully the price is decent…

    Key Specifications*:
    – Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 801 (up to 2.5GHz Quad-Core)
    – Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
    – Memory: 16/32GB eMMC ROM, 2/3GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (128GB max)
    – Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus / Front 2.1MP
    – Battery: 3,000mAh (REMOVABLE)
    – Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
    – Size: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm
    – Weight: 149g
    – Network: 4G / LTE / HSPA+ 21 Mbps (3G)
    – Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X), NFC,
    SlimPort, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0, Miracast, Wireless charging support
    – Color: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red
    – Other: Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice, Knock CodeTM, Guest Mode, etc.

    1. It also has 3A (3 adaptive) optimization to save the battery:
      – Adaptive frame rate (which is the most important, IMHO it decreases the panel’s self-refresh rate when displaying static contents such as texts, and increases that rate when playing movie, etc…)
      – Adaptive timing
      – Adaptive clocking
      Not sure what do the others adaptive optimization do, but the first is obviously a great method to deal with the larger high-res screen’s power consumption. Although battery size didn’t change and the screen is larger and higher res, I may expect around the G2’s battery life for the G3’s

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