LG on Thursday decided to do something handset makers rarely do, which is to launch an accessory for a device that doesn’t exist yet. The QuickCircle folder case that was shown in many leaked LG G3 images in previous days has been confirmed by the company, with LG saying that it wants to offer a preview of the upcoming G3 with the new, interesting case.
From the get go, one thing is clear: the QuickCircle case will remind users of a good-looking wearable device (the Moto 360), as it features a circular opening that will allow G3 owners to use only a portion of the G3’s 2K display with the case closed, thanks to the phone’s Quick Window mode.
Also interesting is the fact that QuickCircle cases will support Qi wireless charging.
The QuickCircle interface and functionality have been shown off on video as well, as LG is apparently quite eager to launch the G3 already. Furthermore, LG will also release a software developer kit for developers, who will be able to add more Quick Window features to their apps.
The case will be available in Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Aqua Mint and Indian Pink, although it’s not clear how much it will cost and when it’ll be launched. Size details for the case have not been revealed either.
The official QuickCircle case video and LG’s official press release follow below.
WITH QUICKCIRCLE CASE, LG PROVIDES A PREVIEW OF G3 ECOSYSTEM
Customizable and Flexible, LG’s Latest Accessory Does More Than Just Protect
SEOUL, May 22, 2014 — When LG Electronics (LG) officially unveils the long awaited LG G3 next week, it will also introduce another product which was designed to make the G3 infinitely more useful, the QuickCircleTM Case. The folder-style case lets users enjoy various features of their G3 without ever having to open the cover. Users can check the time, place calls, send text messages, take photos, listen to music or get an update of their health directly from the circular window.
More stylish than traditional rectangular-windowed smartphone cases, LG’s QuickCircleTM Case comes in five eye-catching colors: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Aqua Mint, Indian Pink. The case is designed to protect the side edges of the G3 and provide the best “grip-ability” while maintaining the G3’s original sleek lines. To accentuate the beauty of its circular design language, Smart Lighting emits a soft, white, circular glow inside the window whenever the case is opened/closed or a call/text message is received.
Wireless charging compatible with the Qi interface standard is also possible with the QuickCircleTM Case, adding more convenience and portability. A software development kit (SDK) will be available next month to allow developers to customize their LG G3 smartphones to perform customized functions with the QuickCircleTM Case.
“The smartphone ecosystem is constantly evolving — no longer are cases just for protection from the elements and bumps and drops,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “They’re the perfect accessory to build in extra features that add more value to a mobile device. With QuickCircle Case, we’ve exceeded the baseline by making it customizable to better fit users’ needs.”
* LG G3 QuickCircle™ Case preview video can be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVtZAPjOcBI.