As expected, LG has launched their latest flagship Android smartphone, the G3, today at events in New York and London. The handset brings a number of improvements to the table, making it a worthy upgrade to the LG G2 released towards the end of last year.

One of the major changes with the G3 is the new metallic skin, which replaces the glossy plastic back cover from the G2. Although the back cover is still made from polycarbonate, the matte metallic finish should make the phone feel nicer in your hands, along with the sculpted curve design and thin bezels around the display.

The display itself has been given a significant upgrade, expanding to 5.5-inches in size while packing a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (WQHD). LG is still using IPS LCD technology for this panel, and they claim it boasts 100% sRGB coverage plus a huge pixel density of 538 PPI, thanks to the high resolution.

Other specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC (MSM8974ACv3) with a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz, either 2 GB or 3 GB of RAM depending on whether you opt for 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a 3,000 mAh 11.4 Wh removable battery.

The 13-megapixel rear camera sensor with optical image stabilization is unchanged from the G2, although the addition of an infrared laser assisted autofocus system will help it focus in just 276ms. The rear camera is complemented by a 2-megapixel front facing camera.

The LG G3 will be available on over 170 carriers worldwide, although official launch dates and prices for each territory are yet to be announced.