With both Samsung and HTC having unwrapped their iterations into the smartphone ring in recent months by releasing the Galaxy S6 and One M9 respectively, LG has just opened the curton with the launch of the long-awaited G4. Certainly, it’s an absolute beast, and here, you’ll find everything you need to know about what the Korean firm’s latest export is.
LG has unveiled its next generation flagship – G4. Predictably, the highly anticipated smartphone announced at dedicated events, held simultaneously in London and New York. Without any delay, let’s dive right into the features.
Features and Specs
The LG G4 is symbolic of the G Series in terms of profile, and when compared with the likes of iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 offer high-end, metallic finishes, LG has its own, unique way of adding that touch of finesse. With polycarbonate body that contributes in keeping the weight of the device in check. The G4 comes with its very own leather back over, and unlike devices of the past, and talking about real leather rather than plastic molded to give the appearance of a superior material. The device has a textured rear panel and it’s scratch resistant. Moreover, it’s water, dust and scratch-resistant as well.
The LG G4 is slightly curved with what LG is touting as a ‘slim arc” design, and while it’s not in the same league as the company’s own G-Flex, it’s an interesting quirk that may appeal to some and with that tweak in the design is said to improve the handling and rigidity by 20%, albeit only slightly, with a 3000mm radius.
In the case of the LG G4 screen, the 5.5-inch Quantum quad-HD (2560 x 1440) IPS display sounds as though it’d be a joy to behold, apparently, can compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 in terms of performance and opted for a Quantum LCD panel, which is said to deliver outstanding color accuracy. With a pixel density of 534ppi, the screen to body ratio on the G4 is about 74.3%, protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and the firm claims that the display is about 25% brighter, 50% higher in contrast and product 20% wider color reproduction than its predecessor.
LG has in a genuine and wiser way, opted for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor under the hood. The Snapdragon 810 can be found in devices such as HTC One M9, has been plagued by reports of overheating, and while the S808 amounts to an on-paper performance hit, most would-be-G4 owners would definitely have a powerful SoC that is not afflicted by major issues.
Powered by a 1.8GHz, 64-bit, Hexa-core chip and Adreno 418 GPU brings a heavy 3 gigs of RAM, and 32GB of on-board storage, can be expanded by virtue of the microSD slot supports up to 128GB.
Meanwhile, the removable battery package fixed with 3000mAh capacity, so despite the raw power, should still be able to hold out for an expected day’s use. Power users will be happy to know that the battery is user-replaceable, too.
The LG G4 also comes with support for Qi wireless charging, but wait! Need a dedicated back cover that can be purchased to use it.
While it’s been official and LG G4 is strong on design and photography features. The rear-facing 16-megapixel shooter offers HDR, f/1.8 aperture for improved low-light shots, and better OIS, along with laser autofocus. This means an 11% increase in gathered light over the f1.9 lens in the Samsung Galaxy S6.
The G4 camera with optical image stabilization works over three axes, as opposed to the already capable two-axis system on the G3. Additionally, the OIS system is now able to compensate movements up to two degrees in range, compared to its previous ones single degree. The LG G4 is equipped with dual color color spectrum sensor which reads RGB light and infrared light that can automatically adjust color temperature, white balance for more natural photos, laser autofocus module and more over the OIS 2.0 tech will help capture some high quality images.
Advanced features in the camera app offers high ISO settings, live histogram and manual shutter speed, and is capable of recording RAW images, and the G4 is able to shoot panormas up to a boasting 104MP, compared to the Galaxy S6 which is accompanied at 60MP. The main camera is complemented by an 8MP front unit brings a new state of art ultra-thin IR filter on board, and both are capable of capturing 2160p@30fps and 1080p@60fps videos.
As always expected on a high-end smartphone, there’s LTE support as standard with the LG G4, with speeds of up to an impressive 450 MBps. Additionally, you get Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, USB 2.0, A2DP, LE, apt-X, A-GPS, GLONASS, IR blaster, FM radio with RDS and 4K Slimport support. LG G4 supports a wide range of 4G LTE bands across the globe with Cat.6 speeds (300Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink).
The G4 will offer Android Lollipop 5.1 right out of the box, but the company’s very own UX 4.0 (like Samsung TouchWiz, HTC Sense) will also be present. The UI has been stripped of bloatware and one such example is the use of Chrome as the sole browser in most markets and comes with a host of new features along with some of the company’s proprietary software like KnockCode, Knock On and health app.
Price and Release Date
The LG G4 will be available on all major carriers by the end of May, or start of June. The pricing information hasn’t been revealed yet. On its home Korean market, it will be available starting on April 29 and the rest of the world to wait a bit more. Pricing is yet to be detailed though, expected to go up on for sale to grab – will cost you 825,000 KRW (INR 48,880 or US$775) and 180 carriers globally later on.
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