The LG G3 smartphone is finally on its way to America, and T-Mobile US Inc. (NYSE:TMUS) is the first big U.S. carrier to announce details about the phone's cost and availability.
T-Mobile's full retail price for the L3 G3 is $598.80. Customers on the T-Mobile "Simple Choice" plan can get the G3 for $0 down and $24.95 per month for 24 months. The phone should be in stores starting July 16.
The handset's maker, LG Electronics Inc. (KRX:066570), said in March that the G3 would be available in two variants, one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and another with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. T-Mobile's G3 has 3GB of RAM.
Smartphone enthusiasts have been hoping that U.S. carriers would offer a G3 variant with versatile storage capacities. LG’s adoption of a Quad HD (2560x1400) display for the G3 is among the device’s features that would benefit from extra short-term memory (RAM) and long-term memory (internal storage).
“The phone comes with a super-high-resolution QHD display, which means it is designed for very high-definition videos and very advanced games,” Nick Spencer, senior practice director at ABI Research, a market research firm based in New York, told International Business Times. “These apps tend to consume a colossal amount of memory.”
In addition to T-Mobile, LG has confirmed Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Sprint Co. (NYSE: S) and Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY) will carry the G3. Sprint said its model will be on the market in July. Verizon is expected to begin accepting preorders on July 10, with in-store availability around July 17.
The LG G3 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset clocking in at 2.5GHz, a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) IPS display with a 538ppi pixel density, 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB internal storage options with microSD support up to 128GB, a 13 megapixel rear camera with OIS and Laser Auto Focus and a 2.1 megapixel front camera, a 3,000mAh removable battery and the Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The LG G3 includes connectivity and sensors such as LTE, HSPA+ 21, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart and NFC. The LG G3 will be available in Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red color options.