LG G3 coming to Rogers, Bell, MTS, SaskTel and Videotron on August 1st

Daniel Bader

July 3, 2014 3:47 pm

LG announced today that its latest flagship will come to several Canadian carriers on August 1st. While pricing will be revealed by the individual providers, Rogers, Bell, MTS, SaskTel and Videotron have all come on board with the release of the G3.

The device will also be available at Tbooth, The Source, Wireless Wave, Wireless Etc. and Wow Mobile on all the carriers they support respectively. According to LG, the August 1st availability is in line with the beginning of the all-important Back To School period, and places itself alone in the coveted late summer release schedule.

The device has been optimized for the Canadian market, and will support LTE on AWS as well as 2600 and 700Mhz. “We’ve listened to our customers,” says Court Elliot, Head of PR for LG Canada, who promises a much less bloated experience than the G2. “We’re launching this device only six or so months after the G2, and we’ve learned a lot from that launch.” Of particular note is the camera, which maintains its 13MP sensor resolution and optical image stabilization but has a much-improved autofocus mechanism.

Overall, the device’s Android 4.4.2-based user interface has been flattened and simplified, but certain features, like an improved keyboard and per-file content lock, are specific to the G3 in LG’s lineup. Knock Code, which debuted on the G Flex and later came to the G2, is present as well.

Of course, the G3′s main selling point is it 5.5-inch 2560×1440 pixel display, which has extremely slim bezels and is the first of its kind in Canada. Other highlights include a removable 3,000mAh battery and a microSD slot.

Update: We’ve confirmed that the Canadian version of the device will sport 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM in addition to its 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 801 processor.

Pricing will be available in the coming weeks.

  • jclgan

    Hoping that TELUS is just late with their annoubcement, because it would disappoint me if they didn’t carry the G3. Though if waited a couple more months there could still be a Nexus 6 announcement, as well as whatever “Prime” variants of flagships are in the woodworks

    • marorun1982

      The G3 wont be at Telus..
      Working at a Telus store here..
      The guy in charge of getting phone model for Telus is sold to Samsung..

    • Kristen

      Well I really want this phone. So good one on ya Telus, you just willingly lost a customer.

    • Max Fireman

      I usually sell what I have and buy the phone locked to whomever and unlock it.

    • Dabora

      Totally agree!

    • silver_arrow

      No LG, Sony or Nokia flagships and I can’t name one exclusive to them. Telus really needs to step it up.

    • jon

      Telus was going to be my second choice if i ever left rogers but with all that i just read guess thats out of the question. Go Rogers, the G3 is a nice little upgrade from Nexus 5 but dont think its enough for me to switch

  • Dekkered

    Not Wind? Boo.

    • Nexzen

      it’s on videotron, should be on wind too.

  • danbob999

    Does it mean it will support all 700 MHz bands auctionned in Canada? There is more than one.

    • JTon

      I’d be surprised if it didn’t. The different 700 MHz bands are pretty close together, I would imagine the antenna design is all or nothing

    • danbob999

      Most, if not all current 700 MHz phones can’t access all bands.

      The Galaxy S4 sold in Canada only supports band #17 (lower 700 MHz block B and C) and therefore is lacking blocks A, C1, C2, D and E.

    • Dimitri

      Most smarphones can access the 700Mhz band. Rogers, Bell and Telus has already said this. So i don’t see why this wouldn’t.

    • danbob999

      There is more than one 700 MHz band.
      Bands 12, 13, 14, 17 and 29. Althoug 17 is a subset of band 12.

  • Eric

    Kinda irritating that LG is always so late with their releases in Canada. It’s like 2+ months after the launch. Aug 1 is starting to get to the point where I think about just waiting for the next Nexus.

    • cloakster

      I know it is annoying getting so hyped for it, reading all the reviews and then we cannot even buy it. But, I did only pick up my G2 9 months ago and I am still loving it. 10 months after the G2 launching is still short :)

  • Jean-Francois Marion

    16 or 32gb? 2 or 3 mb?

  • jonathan

    Fido?

    • KiwiBri

      Fido is Budget brand right?

    • Mr. Biloz, Ph.D.

      Yes, it is!

    • Mr. Biloz, Ph.D.

      With Fido’s pricing policy, this phone could be 400$ on smart plans or 200 on max…

  • KiwiBri

    No Tlus eh? Anyway, Hoping the D852 Canadian version has the FM Radio enabled.. anyone know for sure?

    • mggOptimusG

      FM radio is a must for me. So if the G3 does not have it I guess Sony will have my money.

    • KiwiBri

      No one has confirmed this with Canadian model.

    • mgg_g3

      Update: … I got the G3 … no FM … but Z2 is no better on other aspects. … I guess I will “suffer” without FM radio for a while longer.

  • disqusmy

    What’s the antutu score at this level?

  • Levar Rowe

    I flashed my g2 with the optimus g3 ui that was made. I like it so I dont really see any reason to update from my g2 to the g3. Especially when there is already rumors of the g3 prime and such. I’ll wait till next year for the g4.

    • Maksan

      Maybe you can wait 3 years and get the g6

    • Jesse Laurin

      hang yourself

    • mggOptimusG

      I was thinking the same thing, and I am almost sad I did not get the G2 when it came out. I am still rocking the G1 and it still does a fine job. All I need to do is reflash the device and it will be new, … well sort of.
      I do miss the FM radio so that needs to be in my next one. So that is a good enough reason for me to get it.

  • 370gt

    Now that we have the size and the RAM amount, do we know if it will have wireless charging as well?

    • Shane

      Yes.

  • L Joel

    Bye bye Telus. . Hello Rogers….. I wanted the Z2. .. but this should be worth the wait.. glad we get the top end model as our only choise. ..

    • jon

      Rogers is great dont know why so many people knock them down there 10x better then Bell. but im sure ill get a hate message. been with Rogers 2.5yrs and im dont plan on switching

    • Tyrone_83

      Everybody hates them because they’re a bunch of crooks.

    • jon

      How so i think you mistaking them for the scum bags at Bell the make your bill more then what it should be. I cant say the same for rogers my bills been $106 for 2.5 years never changed

    • L Joel

      Telus bill is 60$ now 500min unlmited text 6 gig data…ect… 3 year plans are the best

    • jon

      I have the same but 10gb

    • L Joel

      for 60? Or 106? per your post above?

    • jon

      For $106 Telus not longer has that 6GB for $60 i checked couple weeks back at everyones plans 6gb is like $100 now

    • jon

      Also i have a plan from a year back and all contracts are now 2 years

    • L Joel

      2 year deals suck. We all lost big time on that change….

    • Tyrone_83

      I’m not mistaken actually Rogers is just as crooked and worst out the big 3. Come August the price is going up by 5 bucks.

    • marorun1982

      Worked 4 years at rogers and nearly 4 at telus.
      Had 20 time more calls for billing issue with rogers..

  • wes

    This or the OnePlus One???? Oneplus One out right or LG G3 with a contract??? Can I use Fido dollars to buy a phone outright?

    • jon

      Yes fido dollars can be used to buy a phone out right. id get the G3 not oneplus one

    • wes

      Yeah. The only prob is the price and timely updates. Had the LG 2x and it was stuck on ICS. On the nexus 4 now and I’m spoiled with updates.

    • jon

      Ya same i love the Nexus devices always get updates no waiting in phone providers.

    • wes

      Hope new nexus is 5.5 inches. But I highly doubt it.

    • Bri Bru

      Stupid OnePlus One will never be released. They originally announced it for May then June and we still don’t see it.

  • formulaphone

    I work at a Telus store as well. I’ve seen no internal docs stating that its coming to us yet either.
    And as someone mentioned, we don’t have an exclusive phone to our name. Handset selection really sucks here.
    I guess the Future is Friendly only if you want an iPhone or Galaxy device :/

    • neo905

      Don’t forget HTC. They actually promote that on their site.

    • marorun1982

      Would take an HTC over a Samsung anyday.. Working too at a Telus store and i am so pissed off at the head office its crazy..

      Phone choice **** big time right now..
      Not much high end choice.. Even less mid range choice..

    • formulaphone

      Mid range choice is awful.
      I reccomended the G2 to every Galaxy user and iPhone user that was ready for a renewal. Went through soooo many of them at my store. The battery life and display alone was enough to convince people that it was a great choice.
      And I never had one client come back saying that they didn’t like it. “Amazing” they said.
      It’d be pretty sad to think that we won’t be selling the G3 :(

    • jon

      Lol.

      True

  • Jonah Emery

    I love how HTC and LG differentiates by giving you 32 GB. 16 GB on a smartphone or tablet these days are brutal.

    • mggOptimusG

      32GB is the bare minimum … Sony and Samsung are still playing with kids toys. Only because apple sells 16GB is not a good enough reason for them to do it.
      As soon as you take a few picture and videos you are out of internal space. There is the external sdcard but it’s not the same. and if they know people are going to add in another 64GB external why not put every thing standard at 32G or even 128GB for that matter. Manufacturing cost must be very low for memory.

    • Anaron

      Videos, sure.. but pictures don’t take up a lot of space unless you take an absurd amount of them. I didn’t even come close to using the free space on my 32GB Nexus 5 and I certainly won’t come close with my 64GB OnePlus One. I like the option of using it though.

  • StevieY

    Telus isn’t losing out on anything except nerd credibility by not carrying this. They realize Samsung and Apple are all they bed to carry and the audience for a non Samsung Android phone is incredibly limited, even if they’re a vocal minority on comments sections online.

    • jon

      Who pissed in your iCereal this morning you need more the apple and samsung. samsung is just apple with android.

    • marorun1982

      not fully agreed… its more thats Samsung is like Apple with Android and crappy build quality.

    • L Joel

      maybe. but anyone coming off of a 3 year contract is gonna want i nice upgrade… And if your an android user, you obviously care about specs and screen size and selection… So Telus is going to loose out. I am ready to leave for a phone i want. And Rogers is where i will head to get what i want. So im just one person but im sure im not the only one nearing renewal that wants choice….

    • Rowell Flores

      I was so excited about lg g3 and sony z2. Telus, who thinks smart phones revolve around apple and samsung products can kiss my a*s cus im leaving them for rogers. What telecommunication comapany leaves out 2 of the best friggin flagship phones? If telus keeps kissing Samshit and ishits a*s then that company is gunna go downhill.

    • Darknut

      That’s exactly what feeds the problem. If someone walks into a store and just wants a really good phone, but have no options besides Samsung and Apple, they’ll inevitably buy an Apple or Smasung device. If they walk into a store with some good representatives and good selection maybe they’ll find out HTC and LG phones are actually better quality and better overall, so they might end up with a better phone.

    • StevieY

      Except most salespeople don’t trust HTC anymore after seeing so many come back with issues compared to Samsung and Apple.

      I’ve worked in six different stores with seasoned staff and almost all hate selling LG and HTC because of reliability

    • Darknut

      True. In terms of customer service Samsung and Apple are light-years ahead of the rest.

    • marorun1982

      Then why half the time we send device to repair under warranty they come back with the same problem?

    • mggOptimusG

      What are you smoking ?
      I had the 4s and Apple is not as reliable as one would think. Had tons of signal loss problems. Also had speakers not working out of the blue. Eventually the 4s speakers came back on their own so it must have been internal humidity, but my 4s was not mistreated.
      I have the G1 since it came out and I had zero issues and it has seen a fair share of humidity while working out. Friends have G2 with same reliability. Before the OptimusG (G1) there were issues at LG I give you that, but on new devices I have not heard on anything that would indicate their reliability is different than Samsung or Apple devices. Don’t we have reliability figures on new devices ?

    • Dabora

      G ad G2 is fantastic device! So, G3 is much better I believe.

    • marorun1982

      My wife still use my old G1 i got when its came out.
      Amazing phone no problem at all with it.

      Sold lots of G1 as well and none came back beside one who droped it in the subway stair so…

      Did not sell the G2 much because Telus did not offer a Rep price for it and the LG rep did not want to sell/give me one even if i sold like 100 G1 under 6 months..

    • marorun1982

      Strange here all my colleague hate selling samsung phone because they come back with load of issues…

    • marorun1982

      90% of my client who want a Samsung S5 take a HTC m8 after i spoke with them.

      Only reason some will take the S5 is for the Camera nothing else.

    • marorun1982

      Working at Telus here.
      Half my Android sells are non Samsung device..
      Its easy to educate them.. Samsung = laggy , battery problem , overheating , complicated interface and crappy build quality.

      i sell 10 samsung S4 2 came back with charger port issue wtf, and 1 others came back with a burned battery ( using stock charger )

      Iphone are not much better out of 10 sold at least 2 will come back in the same year with various problems..

      But Marketing machine is very strong on both so lots of ppl get them.
      At least on Android side i have some options to send them to others brand than samsung.. For iphone well we all know thats when you get an iphone and get some apps… you locked in the ecosysteme sadly so you stuck.

    • Tyrone_83

      Samsung phones aren’t laggy or have crappy build quality. I know the S4 has had some issues but that’s just one phone. I don’t know where you get crappy build quality from.

  • Tyrone_83

    August?? Sorry Once T-Mobile has it in stock i’m going straight to Buffalo for the weekend to get it and unlock it once I get home. Can’t wait any longer…

    • Maksan

      I feel your pain

    • Tyrone_83

      I was so close to buying one on ebay but didn’t go thru with it. When to Pacific Mall found a store that’s getting them and he’s willing to get one for me within the week for 900.

      I want the phone but if I was to get it I’m not gonna tell people I spent 900 on it. After I give people lip for spending 700-800 on a new iphone outright.

    • Anaron

      I’d never pay extra to get a device earlier. It’s just a waste of money. I wouldn’t even consider spending that much on a phone. My goodness.

    • Tyrone_83

      I wouldn’t either but had to be out of his mind thinking anybody would buy it for that. Heck when the ebay phone was far cheaper than the one some Asian dude was trying to get me to buy.

    • Anaron

      The sad thing is, people probably bought it from him for $900.

  • johentie

    Any word on Colour selection?? I WANT THE GOLD! I guess LG is the only manufacturer that gets stuff out to Canada after the US… sigh…. by Aug i might wait another month for the Note 4…

  • GJ

    damn beautiful phone, I cant imagine using a bigger screen then my nexus 4 though I can barely manage one handing its 4.7 screen and my hands aren’t small

  • Jesse Laurin

    LOL my Note 3 is the same as this, the resolution will make no difference…

    • marorun1982

      This phone beat the note 3 in all aspec.

      Better screen quality ( color reproduction , luminosity ect )
      Faster processor ( at least 40% faster )
      More internal storage.

      Also its not as bloated as Samsung software..

    • Deli

      801 is definitely faster than 800 (duh) but nowhere near 40%, more like 5-10%. 805 and the new Exynos is where the next great are at. Even Tegra 4

    • johentie

      incorrect… the processor in the NOte 3 is the snapdragon 800… this one is the 801..

    • Dabora

      801 is faster than 800. So, G3 is faster than Note3.

    • johentie

      isn’t that what my comment suggests? i was saying Jesse Laurin was incorrect as it’s not the same as the Note 3

    • Jesse Laurin

      omg 801 instead of a 800 i better sell my phone and get a G3………….

  • Jason

    I dumped Rogers because of terrible service and because they would not bring in the BB Z30 , I will switch again to Bell if Telus wont bring in the G3 I hope they are just late to the party. Choice is good for consumers and dealers both.

    • johentie

      But Rogers did bring in the Z30… i find their customer service much better then Telus and Bell… Both companies won’t even give you a $40 credit when u only have 2 months left on your contract… Rogers gives u 50% off sometimes on the upgrade fees… they also give me Canada Wide long distance for free as well as the top package for vmail etc… so Rogers is probably the best company out there right now in terms of the big 3 IMHO… best phone selection too

  • Vivian

    I hope WIND gets this phone because I really want it.

    • Joe

      Telus, Fido, Virgin and Wind are not getting the phone

    • Dabora

      Are you sure?

    • Joe

      yes I talked to telus reps as I have a corp contract with them and they told me they are getting other devices but not the G3 and since wind is owned by telus they are out too

    • Dabora

      I don’t think that Wind is owned by Telus. May be wrong information I think.

  • Denny Zerro

    ANY NEW UPDATE? IS ALREADY 31 July…. I HAVEN’T HEARD ANYTHING FROM THE CARRIER

  • Dee Mundy

    Got the new LG G3 ON Friday and adapter and back of phone heats up while charging. Anyone returned there phone cuz of this issue?