LG to webcast its G3 smartphone launch

Website confirms smartphone's arrival at 1 p.m. ET today, with teaser video

LG Electronics is offering a live webcast of the launch of its new G3 smartphone and possibly its new G Watch smartwatch starting at 1 p.m. ET today.

The company confirmed on its website this morning that the LG G3 will be unveiled during the event.

LG has included a teaser video on the website that confirms some of the rumors about the brushed-metal styling and slender shape of the successor to the G2.

A separate leaked page from LG that was captured by several websites includes images of the expected 5.5-in display with a quad HD resolution at 2560 x 1440 pixels.

Earlier reports said LG would use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. The latest ones, though, say it will run a Snapdragon 801, which is used in recent phones from HTC, Samsung and Sony.

Early reports also said the G3 will include a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, but the rating could only be 12-megapixels, according to a leaked product page. A removable 3,000 mAh battery and Smart Notice software are also expected.

The G Watch running on Android Wear could also be launched today. LG has already said the smartwatch will be water resistant and have an always-on display.

Wear is Google's platform to extend Android to wearables beyond smartphones and tablets. The user interface uses voice command and Google Now to give a user information.

Today's event will take place simultaneously in London, New York and San Francisco. Computerworld will post reports by staff attending both the London and New York events.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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