LG G3 hands-on: First look

First look

GSMArena team, 27 May 2014.

Synthetic benchmarks and performance

LG G3 is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC chipset, which brings the Krait 400 CPU clock to 2.5GHz and boosts the GPU speed to 578MHz. That’s the same chipset that powers the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Oppo Find 7 (the other upcoming QHD smartphone).

We managed to put the configuration to a test, running several of our favorite benchmarks. Once again we have to remind you though, that the hardware and software of our unit are far from finalized, so the scores we are getting are likely far lower than what the finalized units will achieve.

LG G3 Handson
The LG G3 screen is super sharp and the new UI is eye-pleasing

GeekBench 3 is a multi-thread CPU benchmark, where the G3 did quite well, achieving one of the best scores we’ve seen so far. It didn’t quite manage to match the Galaxy S5 score, but that’s likely due to the non-finalized score.

Geekbench 3

Higher is better

  • Oppo Find 7a
    3093
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    3011
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    2968
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    2937
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    2856
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    2670
  • LG G3
    2649
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2638
  • LG G Pro 2
    2585
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    2561
  • LG Nexus 5
    2453
  • HTC One (M8)
    2367
  • LG G Flex
    2254
  • LG G2
    2243
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    2172
  • HTC One
    1972
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    1869
  • Oppo N1
    1207

The first compound benchmark we ran was AnTuTu 4 and the LG G3 posted a score very similar to that of the S800 smartphones such as the Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2. Obviously, the GPU is made to work far harder on the QHD screen, which has 78% more pixels than a 1080p unit but the faster GPU of the Snapdragon 801 chipset has managed to make up for that.

AnTuTu 4

Higher is better

  • HTC One (M8)
    37009
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    36018
  • LG G Flex
    35831
  • LG G2
    35444
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    34527
  • LG G3
    34105
  • Oppo Find 7a
    33344
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    33182
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    32162
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    31109
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    30850
  • LG G Pro 2
    29603
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    29185
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    27613
  • Oppo N1
    26598
  • HTC One
    26389
  • LG Nexus 5
    25097

Basemark OS II is another benchmark to tests just about every facet of a phone's performance. Impressively enough, the LG G3 manage to outperform the Galaxy Note 3 even in this early stage of its development.

Basemark OS II

Higher is better

  • LG G Pro 2
    1140
  • Nokia Lumia 1520 (WP8.1 Preview)
    1116
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    1082
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    1080
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    1059
  • Oppo Find 7a
    1057
  • LG G3
    1031
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (KitKat)
    1021
  • LG G2 (KitKat)
    862

Web browsing is an integral part to any smartphone experience, so we also subjected the LG G3 to the Kraken JavaScript test. The LG G3 managed to place third here, only trailing the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Apple iPhone 5s.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    6043
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    6135
  • LG G3
    6419
  • LG G Pro 2
    6578
  • Oppo Find 7a
    6660
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    7041
  • LG Nexus 5
    7148
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (KitKat)
    7148

Conclusion

Good or bad, the LG G3 is going to be one of the flagships to reckon with in the next half an year or so ahead. We have already started working on our review, so next week, you should be able to read all about it on our homepage.

Reader comments

  • AnonD-103558

I want an honest opinion. Plz someone inform me how good is the front facing camera? I knew about the all the others thing about the phone but confused about front facing camera but it's a important issue for me so someone plz help me here. Thnx in a...

  • AnonD-290215

those how are saying the QHD isn't wow they should play demo clips on the device gallery & they will be amazed. but why can't nocice it in some media, apps or els because it doesn't support QHD yet. I'm a samsung s4 user & its battry last abo...

  • tarah

I just buy two supposed to be original, but they are not the same white color and the camera is not same resolution. One is a copy right? How do i know if it is a copy?