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LG's G3 phone to slip into a higher-def display

LG says its next flagship smartphone will feature a QHD screen, with four times the pixels of a standard HD screen.

An invite for LG's May 27 event. LG

LG is one step closer to unveiling its G3 flagship smartphone.

The company announced Thursday that its 5.5-inch LCD smartphone display has been certified an official QHD screen. The display was awarded the certification by Norway-based electronics certification organization Nemko and will find its way into the upcoming G3, the company confirmed.

Having the QHD moniker attached to a flagship smartphone display is important. QHD, which stands for Quad-HD, derives its name from its 2,560x1,440 pixels -- four times the standard HD screen and 1.8 times more than a Full HD panel. The panel crunches 538 pixels per inch and can reproduce 100 percent of the red-green-blue color scale.

Several rivals, including one of LG's top competitors, Samsung, already offer devices with QHD displays.

LG is set to unveil its QHD-equipped G3 on May 27. LG said in a statement Thursday that the device will launch in the first half of this year.

CNET has contacted LG for comment on the statement. We will update this story when we have more information.