New LG G3 metal-bodied smartphone revealed

The LG G3 is a phone with impressive specs, an impressive screen and a slick metal body. broadbandchoices takes a look to see what you should expect.

Last night, LG officially revealed its next smartphone - the LG G3.

It's a metal-bodied device - much like the HTC One range - that LG claims is designed to 'make life simpler', sporting an elegant design and features designed to make the phone more straightforward to use.

All well and good, but what immediately impresses is the screen. The 5.5in display has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 - an incredible 534 pixels per inch (PPI). In practical terms, that means that it's incredibly sharp - up there with the best on the market and far beyond anything in its class. That's particularly great if you like to watch movies, play games or look at photos on your handset - they'll look bloomin' lovely.

Of course, the downside of the 5.5in screen is that the LG G3 is big. Really big - 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm to be precise. That's a bonus if you like a big screen, but if you're one of the many who struggle to operate the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, and HTC One (M8) comfortably, this will prove to be equally awkward to use.

One thing you can say for sure is it's no slouch power-wise. It includes a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 3GB RAM. It'll come with either 16GB or 32GB storage, which is expandable by up to 128GB with a micro SD card.

That's enough room to store a fair few pictures from the G3's 13 megapixel (MP) rear-mounted camera. Or even a few selfies from the 2.1MP snapper on the front.

As well as the specs, LG also revealed a few of the features we can expect to see with the G3. As you'd hope, it's using the latest version of Android (v 4.4.2 KitKat). It also includes LG's 'KnockOn' technology, which lets you unlock your phone by tapping it in a specific way.

One feature we particularly like the look of is the smart keyboard, which LG says can reduce typing mistakes by up to 75%. As someone who could be described as 'sausage-fingered', that sounds like a godsend.

There's also a new 'virtual assistant' tool called SmartNotice, which can give you recommendations based on past behaviour - for example, it can remind you to call back someone whose call you declined, or identify files you may wish to delete if you're getting low on space. It also speaks to you naturally - rather than just saying it will rain, for example, it will say "You may want to take an umbrella today since it will rain this evening."

The LG G3 will hit the UK on 1 July. There's no word on the pricing yet, but some retailers have suggested it may come in around £500 sim-free.

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