Korean report: LG G3 to launch in May, to pack a QHD display?

by: Robert TriggsJanuary 17, 2014

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According to sources in the Korean media, the flagship LG G3 smartphone will be released sooner than you may have expect- pencil May 17th into your diary LG fans.

The latest news from Korea also reveals a new important detail about the LG G3, the inclusion of a QHD display. QHD is a massive resolution of 1440×2560, that’s four times as many pixels as a 720p display, matching something you might find in a large PC monitor. It seems like overkill for a device that’s speculated to be sized at 5.5 inches, especially when you compare it with the fantastic 1080p screen in the 5.2 inch LG G2. Even so, a QHD G3 seems quite likely, the LG G Pro 2 is also expected to be heading our way a little sooner, possibly as early as February, with an equally high display resolution.

Interestingly, a May release shortens the refresh cycle for LG’s flagship smartphones, the G2 was only released in September of last year. This is probably an attempt to avoid being caught in the dust trail of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5, which is also rumoured to be sporting a QHD display and could be heading our way anytime around April or May.

We should be able to confirm, or deny, these details during February’s MWC, where LG is expected to officially announce the G3 alongside some new wearable technology.

  • João Grácio

    So a flagship every 6 months…..Let´s hope that this not became a trend

    • WestFiasco

      Do you upgrade everytime there’s a new flagship device on the market?

      • MasterMuffin

        Of course he doesn’t. Releasing flagships often is bad because (for example) that means less updates

        • WestFiasco

          Ohh, I didn’t think of that. Since a great amount of users aren’t concerned about OS versions, the OEM wouldn’t either and abandon devices early. I get it. About the first thing you said, there are people who upgrade whenever there is a new flagship from their OEM of choice.

          • MasterMuffin

            Mostly iPhone users do that :)

          • WestFiasco

            Lol, i know. I just didn’t want to state names.

          • Sean Karpa

            Not sure that’s terribly accurate. I have never seen any statistics to prove it anyway.

          • MasterMuffin


          • Timmy

            Ahh Muffin, you delight us so with your eloquent graphics and witty bantor. :-)

          • MasterMuffin

            *HQ graphics! :P

          • Sean Karpa

            Funny lol but very untrue

          • thartist

            I’m seriously starting to think that the idea of flagships as wowing as it is today is going to wash out with such rapid fire releases. Competition is making then stand out less each time from their predecessors. Not a complain, just noting the new trend.

          • MadCowOnAStick

            that’s so legit :D

    • Xavier_NYC

      I hope it doesn’t become a trend because my wallet will be crying in agony.

  • MasterMuffin

    I don’t believe that they would make their flagship 5.5″. That’s G2 Pro specs there

    • jjordan

      I agree with you but the way lg shoved a 5.2 inch display in a phone sroughly the same size of the galaxy s3…if anyone can do it and keep the footprint in smartphone size territory its lg

      • MasterMuffin

        That’s true, my Nexus 5 could fit even bigger than 5.5″ screen if the bezels were really tiny, so it’s possible

  • MrMagoo

    Well with the new device schedule they’re on right now, they would always be behind. I think this is just an attempt at trying to put themselves on the same schedule that HTC and Sammy are. Makes sense to me.

  • simpleasker

    Overkill diaplay? Sigh, do you want it or not. EXACTLY. smh

    • Azeem

      You are probably one of those people who thought 1080p was overkill when it launched…

      • simpleasker

        take your reading comprehension class again kiddo.

  • Luka Mlinar

    5.2 was pushing it. 5.5 is the size of the Galaxy Note 2. You know, that brick that your blogger friends wave around like they’re cool.

    • Timmy

      It’s because they are cool. We LG owners are just not cool enough to know better.

    • McFresh

      Explain to me how having a screen of the same size would automatically create a device with the same overall footprint.

      • Luka

        Hey man, I don’t care for people wanting a note size phone. The rest of us are gonna be stuck with mid range specs. That’s not cool.

        • Mike Reid

          Darn these 1st world problems. ;)

  • Shark Bait

    Hmmmm a report about a samsung device with qhd display, followed by an lg device with a qhd display.

    Well I must say, I never saw that coming !

    • Jayfeather787

      Not at all! :)

  • Andrew White

    What really is overkill when it us that benefit?
    No mention of what processor or ‘graphics on chip’ will be powering this new more stunning screen in the article.
    LG is really going head to head with Samsung and Sony on the Android platform, further beating down the tiny 4″ iPhone.
    Still with Qualcomm’s 805 Ultra High Def capable processor due for incorporation with ‘whoever’ before midyear does anything LG or others do really make any sense right now or in the short term.

  • Jayfeather787

    Wow, that was fast. G3 alreay? Can’t wait, would be an awesome birthday present.

  • Xavier_NYC

    If they go 5.5 I will not buy it. That’s just too much. They’re pushing it with 5.2 already. 5.5 is phablet territory and I don’t need a phablet. The G2 is perfect for me right now.

    • Cowidster

      If 5.2″ is comfortable for you, then 5.5″ G3 will soon perfect in your hand also, I’m sure!

      • Xavier_NYC

        Doubt that, only reason 5.2 is good for me is because it’s in the form factor of a 5 inch phone which was originally the highest I’d good. That’s why I refuse to get a Note 3

  • Balraj

    Screen size my foot….
    I pray that it’s gonna be pro 2
    G3 can’t be a phablet !!!!

  • Cowidster

    Hi LG, please make G2 Pro with all capacitive button BELOW the screen, and I will buy two! I do not like ON SCREEN button at all, on any handset; That need one more touch to make the button ready; I do like Always-Ready capacitive button below the screen, also that wil not reduce the screen real estate, make functional bottom bezel, and looks balanced.

  • Aveiru

    Seems a bit earlier than usual for the (Optimus) G series to be upgrading so soon… I mean the Optimus G and the G2 had a year gap (roughly). If the screen is 5.5 inches, it sounds more like and G2 Pro instead as its predecessor was announced in Feb and released in April. I got my G2 last year in December so no upgrade for me this time. :)

  • Xavier_NYC

    Honestly wouldn’t mind if the G3 had the same 5.2 inch screen, better camera, new processor, 3 gb’s of Ram, bigger battery and a similar design to the Nexus 5…

  • RanRu

    I specifically remember QHD standing for “Quarter HD”, or 960×540, and 1440p referred to as 2K.
    Are acronyms suddenly changing meaning on us?

    • Dale

      QHD and qHD are two different things. A bit confusing, I know.

  • Eddy

    Its size won’t be for everyone, and we do wish LG would take a closer look at the audio side of things, but there’s no denying that its high-res capabilities, mixed in with a stunning video performance, great design and superb user experience make it a very tempting choice.

  • Piko Aplo