Android this week: G3 launched; Asus PadFone X nearly here; NFC smart case coming

Gigaom

With Samsung and HTC launching their Android flagships earlier this year, it’s LG’s turn. This week, the company officially introduced a phone we unofficially knew everything about: The LG G3 is available in South Korea with many markets around the world to follow in the coming weeks and months.

LG G3 colors

While competing high-end phones settled on similar hardware qualities, LG decided to try and one-up the competition. A 1080p display wasn’t good enough; instead, the G3 uses a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 screen, packing in 538 pixels per inch. Even though it has a larger screen, the phone isn’t much bigger than the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8.

Another big difference in the G3 is the first laser autofocus camera system. LG says the phone can focus on an object in two or three tenths of a second and once my review unit arrives, I’ll put that claim to the test. The…

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