We’re not yet in that crazy pre-launch rumor phase with the upcoming LG G3 phone, but things may start to heat up now: we have obtained a photo from a source that has proven reliable in the past, and we are 99.99% sure that this is indeed a photo of the LG G2 successor.
Given that the GPU is a Qualcomm Adreno 330, I would assume that the main processor aka SoC is the Snapdragon 801 since there’s no reason to use a Snapdragon 800 at this point in time. They are both pin-compatible and the 801 is designed to be a drop-in replacement.
The most interesting information that Snapdragon 801 is giving us is the timeframe. Because Snapdragon 805 should be available for Q3/Q4 handsets, the G3 should come out before Sep/Oct. The June 2014 G3 launch rumor seems believable.
Note: Antutu is apparently not displaying the proper DPI information. A previous version of this post referenced 640 dpi, but it wouldn’t quite match a 5.2″ – 5.5″ display, which is the most probable size for the G3.
The most pertinent information here is the 2560×1440 screen, which is totally insane by today’s smartphone standards. We have reached out to LG, and they have confirmed that their next product will indeed have a 2560×1440 display (2K). However, that’s all the information that the company is willing to comment about at this point.
If you thought that the 6.1″ 2560×1600, 498DPI IGZO display from Sharp was impressive, LG is productizing this first, which is not a complete surprise since LG showed a prototype to the world last year.
The bezel seems a hair thicker than it is on the LG G2, but without a complete picture and the actual screen size (which is possibly between 5.2” and 5.5”), it’s difficult to reach any conclusion.
Previous rumors called the LG G3 LS990 and did mention the 2560×1440 resolution along with the Snapdragon 801 chip, both of which would be confirmed by this photo, and that seems to put the Mediatek octo-core rumor at odds. Since LG and Qualcomm have been working very closely, and since LG seems to put most of its software efforts in improving the apps, I doubt that the Mediatek rumor is true – we’ll see.
The internal storage of 32GB would make sense, but isn’t confirmed yet. The LG user interface is also said to have been modified in favor of a “flat” design, but this photo doesn’t help us confirm that either. If you are curious, the LG G3 interface is supposed to look like this.