LG G3LG Press Kit

Having unveiled its much-anticipated flagship smartphone, G3, it's time for LG to take the backseat and listen to what critics have to say. The good news is that the device has received favorable reviews with some even claiming it as a threat to the recently released HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5.

Here is roundup of LG G3 reviews by critics before it hit the stores:

The device looks good besides the resolution of its display which is higher than the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5, according to Chris Hall of Pocket-lint.

"...everything we've seen so far looks hugely slick and this could be a real plus point for those looking to upgrade their phone," wrote Hall.

"In the hand, the LG G3 feels solid, but the use of plastics means that despite the hugely impressive specs and the boast of a metallic skin, it's perhaps not the most premium feeling. The curves of the device, however, sit nicely in the hand," he added. 

Gareth Beavis of Tech Radar is all praise for LG G3's 2560 x 1440 resolution, which gives a 538ppi sharpness and several other features. "But the LG G3 is more than just a new screen. It's an overhauled UI, a revamped design and a complete effort to simplify everything," he wrote in his review of the device.

"The LG G3 is a step forward in nearly every way – from the overhauled 'Floating arc' design to the updated user interface LG thinks its found a solution to a number of the problems that have prevented it being as critically acclaimed," he added. "The G3 is a much better phone than anything LG has put out before, but it's still favoring function over ease of use in a number of cases."

Beavis went on to say that the device is evolution over its predecessor G2 with "much more premium-feeling than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5" but "not in the same league as the HTC One M8 in the design stakes, and still feels as chunky and heavy in the hand, so it's only in terms of connectivity that the design is a win." 

"The LG G3 is a phone that shows the way forward, at least in some respects. A super-high resolution screen with seemingly no cost in either price or battery life and a camera that conversely prioritises elements other than resolution are tip-offs as to what we should expect over the next year from other phones," wrote Trusted Reviews website.

"A great spec, solid design and reasonable price are no guarantees of success at this point, but this is every bit the worthy rival to the One M8, Xperia Z2 and Galaxy S5," it added.

LG G3 sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440p) having a staggering pixel density of 538 ppi (pixels per inch). It packs a 2.5GHz Snapdragon processor, Adreno 330 graphics engine, Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS and 3000 mAh (removable) battery under the hood. It will come in two storage variants - 16GB with 2GB RAM and 32GB with 3GB RAM - which can be expanded up to 128 GB.

The company said that the device will hit the stores on 28 May in South Korea before being rolled out to other countries through 170 carriers but didn't reveal its pricing availability details.