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LG G3 release date, price and specs UK: Pre-order flagship smartphone now

Everything you need to know about the new LG G3 smartphone

LG G3 price, release date and specs

The LG G3 has been unveiled, so here's everything you need to know about the LG G3 including release date, price, specs and features. It's now up for pre-order in the UK with an official launch date. Also see our LG G2 vs LG G3 comparison review, LG G3 review, and New features in LG G3.

See also: 27 best smartphones: The best phone you can buy in 2014.

LG G3: Release date UK

LG has confirmed the UK release date for the G3 is 26 June. However, an email from O2 states that the G3 will arrive on its network in July. Clove will release the G3 on 1 July.

Amazon has not only revealed a cheaper price than rivals for the G3 (see below), it will also be selling it from the 28 June. Three says the phone is expected on 26 June which is the earliest date we've seen and now matches up with LG's official launch date.

The LG G3 launch event took place on 27 May. There were press events in San Francisco, New York and London with unveilings in Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul the following day. See LG G3 launch: as it happened.

"I'm writing to let you know that LG will be hosting an exciting event in London at the end of May to announce our next big global device after G2," said LG "With G2 being so well regarded, we have high expectations for its successor, as I'm sure you do as well. So to give our newest device a proper introduction in the presence of as many industry influencers as possible, we will be holding unveiling events in six global cities on May 27 and May 28."

LG G3 specs Quad HD screen

If you don't want a Samsung Galaxy S5Sony Xperia Z2 or HTC One M8 then check out what the LG G3 has to offer.

The LG G2 was announced in August 2013 and earned our Gold Award. It currently sits at the top of our best smartphone chart. In other words, we were extremely impressed with the phone and that means the G3 has very large shoes to fill.

EE and Phones 4U

Something which has come as a shock is that both EE and Phones 4U won't be selling the LG G3 at all, according to CNET. It's thought that this is because they already stock many other flagship Android smartphones.

LG G3: UK price and where to buy

Retailers including Clove and Unlocked Mobiles have announced that the LG G3 will cost £499 and £489 respectively on a SIM-free basis.

Amazon

Amazon has put the LG G3 up for pre-order with a lower price than its rivals. You can order the black or gold models for £479. It will also release it sooner (see below).

Carphone Warehouse

The LG G3 has appeared in Carphone Warehouse's coming soon and will arrive on 1 July. The retailer has now put it's pre-orders live which start at £37 per month with a free LG G3 phone.

Mobiles.co.uk which is owned by the firm estimates that the LG G3 will cost £33-38 per month on release, including unlimited minutes, unlimited text and 1GB data on all key networks.

O2

O2 will offer you the LG G3 from early July but we can't tell you how much it will cost yet.

Three

Three has now put the LG G3 up for pre-order with contracts starting at £35 per month. Alternatively you can get it for £499 on PAYG. Three has the earliest release date so far (see below).

LG G3: Specifications

Quad HD screen

A key feature of the LG G3 is its Quad HD screen which had been rumoured for a long time and ahead of the launch has been confirmed by LG itself before the launch.

After passing verified tests by NEMKO, LG said: "The certification comes shortly before the new Quad HD LCD panel will be unveiled with the forthcoming LG’s flagship smartphone to be launched in the first half of the year."

It's called Quad HD because it's four times the amount of pixels than 720p, also known as HD. The screen will be 5.5in in size using an AH-IPS LCD panel and a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. That means a pixel density of 534ppi.

LG told PC Advisor that a device with a QHD display will arrive later this year which is, of course, the LG G3.

LG G3 QHD screen

Processor and RAM

The LG G3's specification has now been confirmed to include a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip with Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM in the 16GB model and 3GB of RAM in the 32GB model.

LG G3 spes snapdragon 801 processor

Improved camera

The camera is the same 13Mp sensor found in the G2 but with improved OIS+ (optical image stabilisation) technology, Laser Auto focus, dual-tone flash and the ability to shoot 4k video.

LG G3 rear camera laser auto focus

Fingerprint scanner

Like the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5, the G3 was tipped to feature a fingerprint scanner. It didn't happen.

Software

On the software side of things, the LG G3 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat and the firm's latest graphical user interface. The Android overlay has had something of an overhaul with a flat style, 'mature colours' and a circular motif.

LG G3 software Android 4.4 KitKat

Storage and battery

The LG G3 features a microSD slot (up to 128GB), which is shown below along side a 3,000mAh removable battery. The device will come with 16- or 32GB of storage.

LG G3 storage and battery

Connectivity

The LG G3 kicks some butt when it comes to connectivity, with Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB 2.0, Infrared, wireless charging and LTE-Advanced.

LG G3 wireless charging

LG G3: Quick Circle case

The latest official word from LG on the G3 is a good look at the new QuickCircle case which will be the first accessory for the new smartphone. It's a follow-up the LG G2's QuickWindow case which used a rectangle rather than a circle.

For starters the video quickly shows the LG G3 before the case it put on. Like other cases with a window through to the screen, the QuickCircle case allows you to control the G3 without opening it. Users can operate the camera, control music playback, make calls and access other apps. Take a look at it in action below.

LG G3: Official Teaser video

A new Official Teaser video of the LG G3 confirms the smartphone's name and has flashes of a metal body.

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