The LG G Flex 2 was an interesting smartphone, with its curved form-factor and material that would automatically heal scratches. Although it was received by a warm welcome, it was later discovered that the phone itself that would become warm thanks to the inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, which was plagued by overheating issues. Has LG done enough to fix the problem with its smartphone, or has the damage been done? Here, we take a look at all the rumours regarding the LG G Flex 3’s potential release date, pricing, design and features. See also: LG G Flex 2 review
LG G Flex 3 UK release date and pricing: When is the LG G Flex 3 coming to the UK and how much will it cost?
The LG G Flex 3 hasn’t yet been unveiled by LG, so we can’t tell you the exact UK release date – just yet, anyway. However, with this being said we can cast our minds back to the release of the LG G Flex 2 and estimate when we think it’ll be released in the UK. The G Flex 2 made its debut at CES 2015, and was made available in the coming months to buy both SIM-free and on contract. Phone manufacturers tend to release a new flagship around the same time every year, so we’d assume that the LG G Flex 3 will get a CES 2016 reveal and will go on sale soon after.
This theory is backed up by MobiPicker, which had a tip off in July claiming an early 2016 release date, although the tipster claims it could be slightly later than January – possibly not until March 2016.
So, what can we expect to see in the way of UK pricing? When the LG G Flex 2 first went on sale earlier this year, it had a £529 SIM-free price tag. With this in mind, we’d assume that the LG G Flex 3 would be around the £529 mark, if not slightly more expensive if the rumours concerning its spec are real, which we come to in more detail below. MobiPicker’s LG source claims that it’ll cost between Rs. 50,000 – 60,000 (Indian Rupee) which converts to around £494-594, in line with our estimation.
LG G Flex 3 design and build: What will the LG G Flex 3 look like?
Interestingly, the design of the LG G Flex 3 is one aspect of the upcoming smartphone that hasn’t really been leaked - hence us using images of the LG G Flex 2 in this article. There are a handful of rumours online, but these seem a bit far-fetched so the following should be taken with a pinch, if not a whole teaspoon of salt. The first claim is that the upcoming LG G Flex 3 will sport a metal body, an upgrade from the glossy plastic body of the LG G Flex 2, which would give the Flex 3 a more premium look and feel. We’re not so sure about this as the G Flex series is all about curved displays, and metal is definitely the most pliable of most materials.
As well as a metal body, the upcoming LG G Flex 3 may even sport a 6in QHD display with a resolution of 1440x2560, bumped up from the 5.5in QHD display used in the LG G Flex 2. We’re not too sure that LG would make the jump from 5.5in to 6in, as 5.5in smartphones are generally accepted as phablet-sized and anything bigger is usually uncomfortable to use - and of course, the original G Flex had a 6in display which didn't recieve the warmest of welcomes. Of course, we could be wrong and the LG G Flex 3 could come with a 6in display, but we would be surprised.
LG G Flex 3 feature: What to expect from the LG G Flex 3
So, what else can we expect to see from the LG G Flex 3? While rumours are sparse at the time of writing, a select few features have been leaked. According to MobiPicker and its LG source, the LG G Flex 3 should be powered by the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, coupled with a whopping 4GB of RAM.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset is the most powerful mobile processor designed by the company, but isn’t yet available to manufacturers and won’t be until December (hence the March 2016 release date). LG used Qualcomm’s flagship 810 chipset in the LG G Flex 2, which suffered from overheating issues and consequently affected sales of the handset. Even though a researcher has said that there should be no heating issues with the Snapdragon 820, it is a risk for the company as it (literally) got burnt earlier this year by being the first to use the 810 chipset.
With regards to storage, it’s suggested that the LG G Flex 3 will provide 32GB of internal storage. While that should be enough for most users, power users will be happy to know that the storage is expandable thanks to the inclusion of a MicroSD card slot. There’s also a 3,500 mAh battery (needed to power the huge screen!) and reports of a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button.
Camera wise, there’s discussion of the LG G Flex 3 sporting a whopping 20.7Mp rear facing camera and an 8Mp front-facing camera, though there are no other details available yet regarding the features of the cameras.
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