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Verizon sure took its sweet time when it came to getting LG's latest flagship phone out. But if you're on Verizon and you've been salivating at the admittedly awesome G3, Big Red is now ready to your money. The G3 will go on sale next Thursday, July 17th, but you can pre-order it on the website now. The two-year contract price is $99.99, the off-contract price is the usual $599.99, and Verizon will let you split that up with its EDGE system if you'd like the option.

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Whoever does the US branding for Verizon must be a beast, because they can push around international electronics manufacturers like nobody's business. Just like the G2 last year, Verizon's G3 is the only carrier variant with a logo crammed onto the front taking up a huge chunk of the top bezel. It's also worth noting that this is the 32GB model, which comes with 3GB of RAM (the cheaper 16GB version, which Verizon apparently isn't selling, only has 2GB). Other specifications, including a lust-worthy 5.5" 2560x1440 screen, a Snapdragon 801 processor, and a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, remain the same.

The G3 should be in most if not all Verizon corporate stores next week, which is where I would go if you're not interested in waiting. (That's corporate stores, not the little hole-in-the-wall resellers that use Verizon branding and usually don't carry much in the way of real stock.) At the moment Verizon is offering the phone in black and white colors, though that may change at some point. Verizon will also be selling the Android Wear-powered LG G Watch, though it hasn't hit the website yet.

Source: Verizon

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ, July 10, 2014 – LG Electronics today announced its latest flagship smartphone LG G3 for Verizon Wireless is now available for pre-order and will be on sale in stores starting July 17. LG’s Android Wear smartwatch and perfect companion to the LG G3, LG G Watch, is now also available through Verizon Wireless.

Starting today and for a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers can pre-order the LG G3 for $99.99 in Metallic Black and Silk White with a new two-year activation onlineand in Verizon Wireless Smart Stores. On Verizon Wireless, the LG G3 is XLTE-ready, giving customers faster peak speeds and greater network capacity nationwide.

LG G Watch is available for purchase online starting today and in stores on July 17 for $229.99. When paired with a premium Android smartphone, such as the LG G3, or any other device running Android 4.3 or later, the LG Watch provides useful information accessible right on the wrist.

“With the LG G3 and LG G Watch, LG Mobile is redefining what that mobile experience should look like with smart technologies that bring relevant information to people when they need it most,” said Morris Lee, senior vice president and head of North American sales and marketing, LG MobileComm. “As the all-new G3 comes fresh on the heels of our continued success with Optimus G, G2 and G Pad, more and more consumers are walking into network provider stores and national retail outlets asking for LG mobile devices.”

Dynamic Duo to Simplify On-the-Go Lifestyles

Anticipation for the U.S. release of LG’s premium smartphone has been high; tech pundits and influencers have called the LG G3 the flagship Android smartphone to beat this year. Designed under LG’s “Simple is the New Smart” concept, the LG G3 will hit the shelves with enhanced hardware features and completely refreshed software for a simplified mobile experience:

  • 5.5 Quad HD display with four times the resolution of any other available mobile HD screen in the US.
  • The ultra fast tap-to-shoot 13 megapixel OIS+ camera featuring Laser Auto Focus
  • Floating Arc design and evolved Rear Key button for ergonomic comfort and convenience
  • Smart Notice personal assistant provides users with the most relevant information when it’s needed the most

The LG G Watch extends the adaptive technology functionality from the phone to the wrist. With the LG G Watch, users can access important and useful information, such as weather, fitness data, messages, search results, etc. with a quick tap, swipe or voice command. The LG G Watch is designed to be as functional as it is fashionable:

  • 1.65 inch IPS display with a trim, button-less profile
  • 9-Axis sensor (gyro / accelerometer / compass) for high performance motion tracking
  • Always-on screen ensures important calls, texts, and updates are not missed without ever having to pick up the smartphone
  • Available in Black Titan and White Gold; supports any standard wristwatch size (22mm) for endless personalization options

Key LG G3 Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 801 (up to 2.5GHz Quad-Core)
  • Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
  • Memory: 32GB eMMC ROM (up to 24GB usable)/ 3GB DDR3 RAM / microSD support up to 2TB
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus, Dual LED Flash / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Size: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.95mm
  • Weight: 149.8g

Key LG G Watch Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor
  • Display: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280 x 280)
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
  • Battery: 400mAh
  • Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm
  • Weight: 63g
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

For more information and to order LG G3 and LG G Watch for Verizon Wireless, please visit www.LG.com.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • rjyanj

    That front logo is the equivalent of a beautiful model getting a Mike Tyson-esque face tattoo.

    • ctk4949

      more like a beautiful model being shot in the face at close range!!

  • Avi

    I have a question. Is it worth waiting for the galaxy f to come out or just take the Lg g3 and get on with it. I currently have a galaxy Nexus which obviously by now is slow, however i am wondering if it is waiting for the Galaxy F which will supposedly have a snapdragon 805.

    • David Li

      I would just pull the trigger now. The alleged Galaxy F has not even been announced so its no where near release. You'll be waiting months.

    • GreaterClarendon

      Same here, waited for the Galaxy S5 - sent it back since not that much better than my old faithful Galaxy Nexus 32GB and wanted to wait for the "Prime," but my batteries are so wimpy now, and other issues with the old Nexus that I'm pulling the trigger and just pre-ordered the G3 from Amazon for $599 without contract to keep my unlimited data. At some point, you just got to pull the trigger and get a new phone.

  • Matt

    I wonder if isopropyl alcohol would be enough to get rid of that front logo. Acetone would also be worth a shot, but seems a little risky if you get it near the plastic at all.

    • Farmstall

      My G2 looks like the logo is under the glass.

      • Matt

        Tricky bastards.

    • Badouken

      Pretty sure its under the glass because they found out people were doing what you suggested... If worse comes to worse maybe just throw a skin on it?! I might get one and get a Slick wrap skin to put on it.

  • mgamerz

    now ready to your money

  • John Mahoney

    wonder if the bootloader is going to be locked like my Samsung Galaxy S3 :(

    • supremekizzle

      Lol. I wonder...

    • dude

      It's Verizon, expect all of their phones to be, except developer edition.

    • Badouken

      Shouldnt be an issue, their will be workarounds at one point or another unless Verizon really upped their game. I was able to root and unlock my S3's bootloader the first day I got it. But I know they have been updating their phones / making it harder to do so.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

    "Verizon will also be selling the Android Wear-powered LG G Watch, though it hasn't hit the website yet."

    They're probably still figuring out how to get the Verizon logo on the watch face.

    • Greg Hockenjos

      edit

  • Farmstall

    The specs on Verizon's website say the battery is non-removable. While those listed here say removable. Can anyone confirm which it is?

  • GreatNews
    • letsplaay

      wow no logo?

  • Ashish

    Any word on wireless charging? I'll take a non-removable battery any day if in return I get wireless charging.

    • dude

      Well the AT&T version do not support qi charging, I'm going to assume this one won't either.

      • Ashish

        The Verizon G2 was the only model to support wireless charging so I'm hoping the trend continues.

      • Ashish

        Looks like I'm SOL. The G2 has "wireless charging" listed under communication in the "Specs" tab. Not so much for the G3.

    • Badouken

      I read on numerous sites that it indeed does not having wireless charging capabilities. LG wanted to make all the G3's "the same" this time around... too bad they let Verizon ruin it still... They should at the very least give us wireless charging to compensate.

  • B3astofthe3ast

    It must be some sort of trap. $100 for what's technically the best smartphone out, and the 32GB/3GB RAM version at that. I don't trust it.

    • Ali

      thats were the contract comes in, you have to pay for services that are overpriced and features you dont even use for 2 years. and there is a ETF when you leave the contract early. The contract alone will pay off the phone in few months, then pocket money for the rest of the year.

      • Chris

        The off contract prices aren't much better, I'm on an AT&T family plan (I looked at Verizon but decided against them) and it would cost me more money for the off contract prices. Even T-Mobile would cost more, the only carrier i would have saved money with on or off contract with was Sprint. Sprint has awful service in my area so that wasn't an option. Really, you have to do what's best for you, even if it's on contract.

        • Ali

          yes lets not forget that some phones are locked to that provider after your contract is over. can you justify paying another $600 for a phone?

          • Chris

            Wrong, it is not locked being a gsm phone. I unlock all my phone as soon as the 60 days is up and i can use it on any gsm carrier worldwide that has the right bands. Plus, living in the US, id only switch carriers for a better deal and chances are the better deal would be on contract since i have a fairly large family.

      • dude

        Don't forget the locked bootloader and slow updates (then eventually abandoned).

    • Badouken

      Its only 50% off till the 27th of July, the Iphone 5S, M8 and S5 are all also $100. Kinda pisses me off because I wanted the G3 or the M8 but my upgrade isnt till August 4th...

  • Pootis Man

    Such a nice looking phone with small bezels, yet Verizon still finds a way to ruin it by slapping there logo on the front.

    • Badouken

      Its really annoying especially considering the M8, S5, iPhone's all dont have Logos on the front... the G3 is literally the only new phone as of late to get a logo slapped on the front...

  • David Allen

    what the fuck does it matter if there is a logo on the front face. I mean Oh my fucking god its not covering the entire screen. They are offering it at 100$ less than everyone else too. Really along with the best coverage in the nation. I am not a Verizon fanboy at all but come on. If I can unlock the bootloader on this thing I will be all over it like stink on shit.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      It matters because it looks HORRIBLE. Sorry if I give one iota about the appearance of the device I'm PAYING them $600 to use, and which they give me no choice in because they don't support unlocked devices. Glad you don't care. That's really awesome for you. But when I spend $600 on something, I don't want to pay to advertise, hideously, for the company I paid the money to. Same reason I will NOT buy a car from a dealership that puts their emblem directly on the car.

    • tim242

      The logo is awful. I don't need to be reminded which carrier gets my business. It is only $100 for a week. All Verizon smart phones are half off starting today.

    • Badouken

      Im sure people including myself wouldn't care as much if every single phone had the logo on the front and it was designed that way but it isn't... every single other carrier in the world doesn't have a logo on the front except Verizon's so its really annoying and ugly. Alos its only $100 for less than 2 weeks then it goes to $200.

  • Xzigraz

    wow, that's an ugly logo up there, if they just learn to make it like 30-40&% smaller, then it will look okay.

    • Mike Harris

      But why? Why do I need a logo at all?

      • Xzigraz

        well, let's be realistic, no logo is off the table.

  • Scott

    SD support up to 2 TB?

    • duke69111

      I guess someone at Verizon is aspiring for more.

    • dogulas

      Same on all carriers.

  • Zac

    Good to see they ruined the entire phone by completely changing the design, including that logo.

    • dogulas

      Um what else of the design did they change besides putting their logo on the front and back?

      • Chris

        If I am not mistaken, other carriers have a grey and white option, and IMO, the grey option looks really nice (and looks like brushed metal). Verizon's options are a flat black and white, both of which look plasticy. But it's hard to judge just by looking at pictures.

      • Snowcrash

        They changed the two tone front, brushed metallic back, plus they changed the color of the camera ring/back buttons. http://evleaks.at/2014/07/04/lg-g3-verizon-att-sprint-t-mobile-left-right/

        • dogulas

          Huh, interesting. Or was the black one always that way, since they would only be two-toned if it were the silver or other non-black versions?

  • duke69111

    Its to bad it doesn't come with wireless charging. I just bought a wireless charger for my G2.

  • dcdttu

    LG did so good making the front of that phone all screen that Verizon was barely able to plaster their logo on it in an awkward way that ruins the phone. Thankfully, Verizon is very good at what they do and came through in the end!

  • Badouken

    Its a sad day when my upgrade is a week after this $100 promotion ends... also... ugh dat logo...

    • dogulas

      What promotion? As far as I can tell the $99 on-contract price will stay.

      • Badouken

        They are having a 50% off any new smartphone sale from 7/10 to 7/27 including the LG G3, I talked to a Verizon rep and she confirmed I will indeed have to pay the full $200 if I wanted the G3 in August. Unless they totally made a mistake.

  • http://www.techegis.com Tech Egis

    Take it higher LG to more countries.

  • Laura Callender

    Tried to do an upgrade/pre-order today but system rejected. Talked to chat technician who said they couldn't even see the G3 in their sale system. Later, called the sales line, they said even though the screen allows it to be selected (goes all the way through credit card verification before saying "processing error") as an available phone, they can't complete the preorders because the system doesn't have an official release date. Blah, blah, blah, lots of right hands not talking to left hands. It's on my screen plain as day, but they say it's not available. Long story short, after trying all day to preorder online, by phone, by chat, they said too bad, wait until the 17th, then try again.

  • Snowcrash

    Why did Verizon feel the need to change the entire look of this phone? They are the only carrier I know of in the ENTIRE WORLD that did this.
    http://evleaks.at/2014/07/04/lg-g3-verizon-att-sprint-t-mobile-left-right/

    • ashish

      Now this is something worth arguing about. I feel like all of /r/android is here crying about something miniscule like a logo.

  • Ryan Lockovich

    I wish verizon wouldn't mess this awesome phone up and add their logo on the front and take away the aluminum look on the bottom and make it look like cheap plastic