LG G3 release date, rumours and everything you need to know

LG has only recently announced the addition of the LG G Pro 2 to its line-up of smartphones, but that isn't likely to be the only flagship device coming from the company this year.

The company told the Korean arm of ZDnet that the G Pro 2 shouldn't be considered a rival to Samsung's upcoming flagship, suggesting the LG G3 will be filling those boots instead.

Details surrounding the device are thin on the ground at the moment, but we have rounded up the rumours circulating about the LG G3 so far. As usual, we will update this feature as more information becomes available.

LG G3 release date

The LG G3 is rumoured to be arriving on the very specific date of 17 May. This came from PhoneArena who cited a report from Korean website Asiae.

The LG G2 was only launched in September last year, which would mean a very short upgrade cycle if the May rumour is accurate.

There have also been reports of a July release date following an image, claiming to be taken by the LG G3, was posted in a chatroom.

LG G3 display

The same source claiming the LG G3's 17 May release date has also predicted the display for the device.

PhoneArena sourcing Asiae says the display will come with a 1440 x 2560 resolution that will be slightly larger than the LG G2. This could mean we will see a 5.5-inch display or thereabouts on the LG G3.

A resolution of 1440 x 2560 has also appeared in a leaked user agent profile with a model number of D850, said to be the LG G3. Although this model number doesn't tally with a recent leaked image that came with a model name of LG D972, so it's worth taking this with a pinch of salt for now.

LG G3 design

There haven't been any details on the actual design itself leaked as yet so in terms of look, we are left to our imagination.

However, the LG G3 is said to be following in the Samsung Galaxy S5's path by introducing waterproof and dustproof functionality, according to ET News. No specific rating was mentioned by the website so whether it will match the IP67 certification of the Galaxy S5 or head into the IP55 and IP58 ratings of the Sony Xperia Z2 is unknown.

LG G3 camera

There haven't been many substantial rumours focusing on the camera yet, but the LG G3 is said to be coming with a 16-megapixel rear-camera, if only a light on details.

That said, an image of a cat with a 4160 x 2342 resolution has appeared online, claiming to be shot with the LG G3. The image was posted in the Ortud chatroom by a member known as "Geek" and the Exif data reveals the camera model as LG-D972, which isn't in use by any other LG devices according to Phone Arena.

The same source claims the camera is 13-megapixels and is the same snapper found on the LG G Pro 2 that comes with optical image stabilisation.

LG G3 features

According to Korea-based ETNews, the entire line of 2014 LG handsets will include fingerprint technology, although this wasn't the case for the LG G Pro 2.

The site claims the LG G3 will be coming with a fingerprint scanner rather than iris scanning technology because of issues that could arise due to premature technology, dark rooms and other factors.

The idea of some kind of biometric scanner for user authentication has also been hinted at by the company itself during the South Korean press conference for the LG G Pro 2.

LG executives confirmed the company was "considering all possibilities" when it comes to eye-recognition or fingerprint scanning technology for its next device.

LG G3 processor

The LG G3 is also said to be feature an octa-core processor under its hood, which would make it a pretty speedy device.

That's about all for now, but we'll keep you up to date on any further developments when it comes to the new LG smartphone.