LG has launched its latest flagship smartphone in India, the LG G3, priced at Rs. 47,990 for the 16GB variant with 2GB of RAM, and Rs. 50,990 for the 32GB variant which sports 3GB of RAM.
The company also officially launched the G Watch at the event, which has been priced at Rs. 14,999
. LG announced Rs. 15,000 worth of offers for LG G3
buyers, with a QuickCircle case
(Rs. 3,500) bundled for free, along with a Rs. 5,000 discount on the G Watch, and a one-time screen replacement worth Rs. 6,500.
LG also announced that it will release 15,000 limited edition Big B smartphones with Amitabh Bachchan's signature, and also said a few lucky buyers would get to meet the star.
The LG G3, running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a single-SIM configuration, bears a 5.5-inch AH-IPS LCD QHD (1440x2560 pixel) display
with a staggering pixel density of 538ppi. It was first announced
at the end of May.
The South Korean giant is also boasting of a new custom UI developed for the LG G3, calling it a 'simple flat GUI', using minimalistic designs, with light typesetting and circular motifs that pervade the whole UI from the icons to the QuickCircle notification area. The multitasking UI has also been given a tweak, with app grouping and symbols to help differentiate when switching.
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The company is also touting three 'smart' features on the LG G3's UI, namely Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice, and Smart Security. LG has used a lightweight metallic 'skin' casing, and redesigned the rear button interface with new button materials and shapes to make it more 'intuitive'.
The G3 is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.46GHz, featuring 2GB of RAM for its 16GB built-in storage variant, and 3GB of RAM for its 32GB variant.
Notably, the LG G3 features storage expansion via microSD card (up to 128GB). The G3 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with OIS+, dual-LED flash and a laser autofocusing sensor that can focus in 0.276 seconds. The Touch & Shoot UI also brings the focusing and clicking down to one step, shooting when users touch the area they want to focus on.
The front-facing 2.1-megapixel camera on the LG G3 features a f/2.0 aperture, and a selfie mode that starts the timer countdown when users moves their hands in front of the camera.
Connectivity options include Micro-USB 2.0; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Smart Ready Apt-X); NFC; SlimPort; GPS/ A-GPS; Glonass; GPRS/ EDGE; HSPA+ (3G), and LTE (4G) with MiMO support.
The LG G3 is powered by a 3000mAh removable battery, and features wireless charging support enabled via its optional wireless charger that features a stand, enabling customers to easily use the phone while it is charging. It can be charged in portrait or landscape mode with the wireless charger.
Other features of the LG G3 include a 1 watt speaker with Boost Amp; KnockON and Knoc Code; new smart notifications; a new slim 'Smart Keyboard' layout; new file management features; a minimalistic new user interface on top of Android, and six QuickCircle apps - call log, dialler, music player, messages, clock and shortcuts to settings.
QuickCircle cases for the smartphone feature 'Smart Lighting' around the circular window, the QuickCircle cases enable a lock screen UI with special widgets.
LG also announced the availability of another accessory for the LG G3 smartphone - the LG Tone Infinim (HSB-900) Bluetooth stereo headset
made in collaboration with Harman Kardon. The headset, apart from the regular media controls, also features a call button, as well as sound and vibration alerts for incoming call or message, current time, and battery status.
Speaking on the launch, Soon Kwon, MD LG Electronics India, said, "In the cluttered, complex world of today, the G3 is the perfect blend of the latest innovative technology and simplified user experience underscoring LGs commitment to users and bringing to them the best in class products and devices. Globally, the G3 has witnessed exceptional traction and we expect the same in India. [..] With G3, LG has truly broken technological grounds and we aim to spearhead our vision of 10 percent smartphone market share by the end of 2014 for
LG's mobile division in India."
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