LG has unveiled a smartphone it promises will be simpler for people to use. Simpler but smarter.
The new G3 phone stands out in having a high-resolution display that has 538 pixels per inch. Other leading phones are in the 300-pixel range, with a handful reaching the 400s.
The G3 also promises fast auto-focusing on its 13-megapixel camera. It uses a laser beam to help it focus in dim light conditions and to lock onto fast-moving objects. Users have the ability to unlock their hones not with passcodes but a pattern of taps on the screen.
Many of the innovations in the G3, however, are similar to those found in some competing smartphones. For instance, it offers a way to protect certain content when lending a phone to other people. Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 phone has a comparable feature.
Other innovations announced by LG included a “selfie” trigger. The G3 lets you trigger a photograph by making a hand gesture at the phone, which triggers a short countdown before the shot is taken.
The electronics company announced the G3 in a live streaming event on Tuesday, May 27. It was one of the top trending topics on Twitter during that broadcast.