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LG G3 Prime officially announced as LG G3 Cat.6 [updated]

Kris Carlon
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Right on schedule the LG G3 Prime has today been officially announced in South Korea under the name LG G3 Cat.6. We dropped the news last week with some inside specs revealed (see original text below) but now our leaked information has been confirmed by the official announcement of the device. Basically a stock LG G3 with better processors (Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7 GHz and Adreno 420 GPU) and LTE speeds 50% faster than traditional LTE-A, the G3 Cat.6 will initially be restricted to a South Korean launch at a price of 940,500 KRW, the equivalent of 915 USD, and will go on sale on July 25th.

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The LG G3 Cat.6 has category 6 LTE speeds and a Snapdragon 805 CPU at 2.7 GHz. / © AndroidPIT

Original post [July 14th, 2014 5:16 PM]:

Our source tells us that the LG G3 Cat.6 will be announced in South Korea next week. The new LG G3 variant will feature a Category 6 modem, meaning LTE-A speeds of up to 300 Mbps and will be a serious contender to Samsung's Galaxy S5 LTE-A, with Cat. 6 LTE-A being claimed to be 50% faster than traditional LTE-A. This is the device that until now we've been calling the LG G3 Prime, although a separate Prime device may still be in the works... 

Tech Specs

System Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Optimus UI
Display 5.5-inch IPS LCD, QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels, 538 ppi)
Processor Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, 2.7 GHz, Adreno 420 GPU
RAM 3 GB
Internal storage 32 GB (+ microSD up to 128 GB)
Battery 3,000 mAh (removable)
Camera 13 MP, OIS+ with Laser-Autofocus (back), 2.1 MP (front), 4K video
Connectivity GSM/HSDPA/LTE, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB 2.0, A-GPS/Glonass
Dimensions 146.3 x 74.6 x 9.1mm
Weight/Colors 154 grams, silk white, shine gold, metallic black

The G3 Cat.6 will feature all of the same specs as the existing LG G3 but will come with an updated Snapdragon 805 chipset on top of the new Cat 6 modem. As you probably already know, Cat 6 LTE is not exactly supported in many places outside South Korea, so the device will be restricted to a South Korean launch until the proper infrastructure is more widespread. Which might just happen somewhere, anywhere, by the time the LG G5 is announced - if we cross our fingers and eat all our vegetables.

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This LG G3 Cat.6 pre-order ad briefly appeared online recently too. / © LG Best Mall

We can also expect to see the announcement of the LG G3 Beat internationally this week as well. Again, we've been calling this device the LG G3 Mini for a little while, but with a 5-inch display diagonal, the mini moniker doesn't exactly fit. It will be announced for North America, Europe and Asia. We'll update this article as we get more info and should have prices for you shortly, but we're expecting something around the Korean equivalent of 900 USD for the G3 Cat.6. Knowing LG, both devices will hit the market very soon after the announcements are made. 

[Update: the unofficial Korean price for the LG G3 Cat.6 is 940,500 KRW, the equivalent of 915 USD, and will go on sale in Korea on July 25th.]

[Update 2: based on new information we can confirm that the LG G3 Cat.6 will have the same modem as the Galaxy S5 LTE-A but the G3 Cat.6 will have a Snapdragon 805 SoC clocked at 2.7 GHz. The device has the same footprint as the exisitng LG G3 but will be marginally thicker. Other specs remain the same as the existing G3.]

Would you pay this much for Cat 6 LTE (if you could even get it)? Who do you think will win the LTE-A race?  

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  • mike 3 months ago Link

    HTC hasnt got into the lte-a race yet. until they do. there is no winner. i woukd hace to say that lg can top samsung.

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  • mike 3 months ago Link

    HTC hasnt got into the lte-a race yet. until they do. there is no winner. i woukd hace to say that lg can top samsung.

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    Kris Carlon 3 months ago Link

    And don't forget that Huawei make every aspect from phones to infrastructure...

    Even if they're not exactly big in the US.

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  • Byron Garay 3 months ago Link

    You guys call it a "prime" device just because it will have a higher internet speed?

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      Kris Carlon 3 months ago Link

      No, we're not calling it Prime but that is what everyone had been calling this device. As I mentioned in the article there may be another entirely separate Prime device in the pipes but well have to wait and see.

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  • Saem Sarguroh 3 months ago Link

    With the incoming of "prime", gone are the days when there used to be only one flagship phone with everything the company wants to give in that one phone. Not like people buy a normal variant which is released and next week come to know about a "prime" variant being released and now their phone is no longer the top model which was offered by the company.

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  • Mickey Dillard 3 months ago Link

    I'm a little surprised and a bit let down that the G3 isn't going to have the 805 snapdragon chip,And using the modem for north America.I'm sure the 801 is a fine chip.But with the 805 already available,It sort of feels like the 801 is already outdated.Plus there's already talk of a 810 version.I may have to hold on to my trusty old(by industry standards)LG G2 for a few more months.Since its all about one upping the competition lately,I want to see what Samsung,LG ,HTC and whoever else has to offer before the end of the year.I kind of miss the days when my flagship phone was a flagship for at least a year.And the way Samsung is spitting out new phones and tablets.Who knows what will be announced by next month.Heck they've released 9 tablets This year already.

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    • Saem Sarguroh 3 months ago Link

      "I kinda miss the days when the flasgship phones were flagship atleast for a year"...exactly my thoughts. Early buyers are slapped hard by a sudden release of the same device's "prime" version.

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      Kris Carlon 3 months ago Link

      Hopefully it's only this year you get the rude awakening because next year you'll know what to expect. If the first release of a 'flagship' isn't exactly what you want you'll know you can just hold out a couple of months for an updated version. One thing to note though is that the S5 LTE-A and G3 Cat.6 are specifically aimed at the South Korean market because they have the LTE-A infrastructure. And because they're both coming out when the 805 is commercially available it makes logical sense as well, especially if the Korean market can make full use of the 805's capabilities. I don't think either OEM set out to upset their early adopters on purpose..

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  • Robert Becker 3 months ago Link

    I would NEVER spend over $900 USD for a mobile phone, UNLESS it cooked and cleaned up for me!! That's way too much money especially since it would more than likely be outdated within its first 6 months!

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      Kris Carlon 3 months ago Link

      The thing with these currency conversions is that they are rarely accurate when it actually comes to final pricing. It's just to give you an idea of what it would cost in your local currency, even if the final figure is very different.

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  • Andrew White 3 months ago Link

    Where I live in Australia LTE-A in selected cities is up and running which is why I want the 'prime' variant.
    Not that I really care about the faster graphics processor (+40%) onboard right now but it will add to the future proofing of the device.

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      Kris Carlon 2 months ago Link

      I seem to recall seeing an Ookla speed test result from (I think) downtown Sydney and it was insanely fast. I'm not sure if the network frequencies are the same but if you happen to get a Cat.6 be sure to do a speed test for us. Just so we can be envious.

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    Anibal Camunas 2 months ago Link

    Great

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