LG G3 Review: QHD High Res Android Power - HotHardware

LG G3 Review: QHD High Res Android Power

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GFXBench has been one of our standard graphics performance benchmarks for a while. Recently, the company updated its software to version 3.0. With this new version, the old tests are no longer available to run for comparison. Still, we were able to round up a handful of phones to give you a feel for how the LG G3 stacks up.

GFXBench and 3DMark Ice Storm
Android Gaming Benchmarks





Here the LG G3 offered strong performance in this gaming-centric benchmark run.  The device took top spot in terms of overall available graphics fill rate and kept pace with the Galaxy S5 in the more standard T Rex game play test run.  Interestingly, LG's own G Flex and the HTC One M8 were able to outpace both the G3 and GS5 in this test but by smallish margins.

3DMark Ice Storm
Cutting-Edge 3D Rendering and Mobile Graphics Benchmark 

We've come to place a lot of stock in Futuremark's latest mobile 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Ice Storm. The test scores device performance in a number of areas, from pure polygon and shader processing to physics calculations.  Futuremark is also very good about policing benchmark results in their database, looking for manufacturers trying to gain an edge by "optimizing" for the benchmark.



Here, the G3 falls back into the middle of the pack, with both the HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5 taking the lead over LG's latest flagship.  One caveat we would offer here is that, again, the G3 device we've tested is a very early Korean unit that wasn't built for the US carrier market and likely still has a bit of tweaking and optimization to be done.  LG could likely close this gap with a future firmware update that could affect any number of configuration settings from core graphics drivers to memory clock speed.

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LG is still considered one of the better companies who makes phones that are made structurally better than most. They were just a little late in the smartphone dominance with their G line, since Samsung already had the Galaxy line and Apple's iPhone series well over a year into the smartphone market. They're just playing catch up right now, but I feel that they're heading in the right direction though...

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Agreed, Travis!

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Im kind of dissappointed in the performance of this phone... ive been holding out on getting a new phone because I wanted to see what this one could do. Turns out is equal to or less than the S5 and HTC One in most tests. Looks like it's just a pretty display.

I might just wait for the S5 prime, since I've already waited this long.

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Looks like a cool phone. It is about time they started designing their own icons.

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acarzt; well they all have the same CPU right now so of course The G3 won't be breaking away from the pack. Snapdragon 801 vs Snapdragon 801 and you are complaining they are too similar? lol you are a funny one. Keep in mind though the 801 SoC was a stop-gap measure and is already being replaced by the 805 in upcoming phones within the next few months including the real S5 Samsung was supposed to debut but they debuted the S4.5 and called it a 5; boy Samsung sure did learn from apple.

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My brother's been pumped to get this for months now. I don't know why, as he doesn't have good enough vision to appreciate its main selling point, but whatever floats his boat.

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So just how much of an improvement is this over the LG G2? If it's not THAT significant, I probably won't upgrade to this from my G2. 

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This Phone is made to be simple. I've seen multiple reviews all pointing to it being a simple easy to use phone. Personally I really like that aspect of it. That combined with the fact that it has a 1440p display (better than my 40 inch tv which is 1080p) I'm not surprised that it is so popular with consumers.

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