|The just announced LG G3 Phablet next to the HTC One M8|
Following more leaks than an aging faucet, Korea's LG launched its flagship Android phone-tablet (Phablet) today announcing the LG G3 in a special media event to introduce the behemoth of a smartphone. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note3, the G3 does not sport a stylus, but it does feature the first ever QHD (Quad High Definition) 1400x2560 screen. In addition to the gorgeous screen, LG packed some remarkable components to make this one of the stand-outs in the smartphone phablet arena. Both Samsung and HTC have QHD screened phones reportedly in the works, but no dates have been set for their release. The G3 has a 13 Megapixel camera with a first ever laser-focus lens. The G3 also matches its direct competitors with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5Ghz, up to 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and slot for a microSD card. The laser focus camera snaps and focuses simultaneously to capture an image. While HTC moves away from the plastic body, Samsung and LG seem to have a hard time doing the same and accepting that metal body phones garner a much warmer reception from users the way iPhone and HTC One users embrace them. Although this is a polycarbonate-body phone, the rear is coated with a thin layer of brushed aluminum to enhance it's looks and increase the resistance to scratches. The G3 will come in Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, and Burgundy Red varieties of the LG G3 will be available globally via more than 170 carriers. The home market of South Korea gets LG's new flagship phone right away, launching on May 28th, with the rest of the world to follow in June. No pricing or carrier information has been provided as of this writing.