LG has officially unveiled its next flagship, the LG G4, most of whose details were already known due to numerous leaks, even one including the box package of the device revealing the specs. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, the device has a 5.5-inch Quad HD Quantum display, which is said to be 25% brighter than the display on LG G3. The Snapdragon 808 is not yet used by any brand for its flagship, thus will be interesting to see where LG is going with this (a hexa-core chipset, 2 x Cortex A57, 4 x Cortex A53 along with Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB of RAM).
Upate: 19th June 2015: The smartphone is launched in an event in Mumbai, India, and the device is priced at Rs. 51000. The offers are as were mentioned earlier.
Previous Update, 30th May 2015: According to a retailer in India, Mahesh Telecom, the LG G4 is going to be priced at Rs. 51500, and the device will be available in June, during the middle of the month. There are a few offers bundled along with this, and that includes a free metallic finish back cover worth Rs. 2000, one-time screen replacement worth Rs. 6500, and a free extra battery with charging cradle, worth Rs. 3500.
Interestingly, this will be a Dual SIM smartphone with Dual standby, and it will be 4G capable, for all the Indian 4G bands.
The camera on the LG G4 is capable of capturing 4K videos. It is a 16-megapixel camera with F/1.8 aperture, able to take in more light, and the device has the Laser autofocus that was a part of last year’s LG G3. The optical image stabilization is said to be even better, as it also stabilizes in Z-axis, not just X and Y. The F/1.8 is said to be doing better than in low light when compared to the F/1.9 camera in the Samsung Galaxy S6, though we might be able to judge only after doing a real comparison. The camera has a full fledged manual mode for those who want a DSLR-like experience, and the phone lets you save RAW images as well. Take that for a smartphone camera, it is real interesting.
Running the Android 5.1 Lollipop OS, the G4 has LG’s own UX layered over it. LG is giving 100GB free Google Drive storage for every G4 purchased, and the phone comes with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides pre-installed. The free storage is available for 2 years. A human-centric user interface is what LG calls it, for the one in the new flagship. A new gallery app is seen, with looks similar to the one in iOS. The device also has the 3000 mAh removable battery, as was known through the leaks.
While we all knew that a premium leather back is included, but for those who don’t prefer that, LG also has the polycarbonate back option for the G4. The LG G4 is coming to U.S. market via. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular.
Update: LG itself has accidentally leaked most of the details and showed the device in full glory, along with the Quick Circle case, as well as the removable battery on the back. Given how it looks, LG hasn’t changed things by a great margin, from the LG G3. While the website has leaked some precious info, let’s discuss about it.
This picture above was shared by LG Mobile on their Facebook page, saying this was the “vegetable-tanned” leather back cover on the phone.
Design of LG G3: The design is no much different from the predecessor LG G3, when we talk of form factor. It is the same curvy one on top and bottom, but the back is seriously looking better. There are two types of back covers here – diamond pattern with plastic material, and a genuine leather back. The leather one has a threaded pattern in the center, joining two sides, which adds to the aesthetics. The back button combination stays the same as in the earlier flagships, and just above that is the camera with a ring around it, to make it stand out.
Hey, LG isn’t going the Samsung way. They have a removable back cover on the G4, and under that, is a user replaceable battery with 3000 mAh capacity, and you are seeing a MicroSD card slot beside to it. The only issue with the design is that we are seeing the speaker grill still on the back of the device. With the G4, the choice of colors gets better, as the smartphone will be available in Brown, Black, Red, Skyblue, Yellow and Beige for the leather backing, while the diamond back one will have ceramic white, metallic grey and shiny gold as the color options.
Earlier: It isn’t just rumors now, as LG has put up an official teaser and invite through a video, with the unveiling date for the next flagship LG G4. Leather back is what we can already see here, and apart from that, the video shows a f/1.8 aperture detail for the rear camera.
So, we at least now have a confirmation about the date when the LG G4 will be officially unveiled – April 28th.
Now that a Korean microblog has shared most of its details and the press pictures, we can see how the LG G4 looks like, much ahead of its official unveiling. A 5.5-inch screen with QHD display is for sure, and a 16-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture, Dual flash and laser focus is going to be the rear camera unit.
LG wasn’t in the limelight during the MWC 2015, where Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, while HTC came up with its flagship One M9. The successor to the LG G3 is now awaited and we are already learning about the design of the LG G4, with the first leak of the press render of the device, though we won’t totally trust it already.
Update: Here are a few more press renders showing up the device in full glory.
The LG G4’s back seems to be having the similar brushed aluminum finish with a gray color scheme, and the phone looks quite similar to the LG G3 from the back. The back buttons are still there as LG has started adopting the same button pattern in its mid-range devices as well. While we see a changed size to the camera module, probably indicating an upgrade to the module, the Laser autofocus and Dual LED flash are still there.
The render also shows the speaker grill towards the left bottom, the same location where the speakers were located on the LG G3. Going by the looks, the company seems to be doing it similar to HTC by having almost the same overall design and upgrading only what is important and what was negatively received by the users.
Having a 5.5-inch display, the LG G3 still had a perfectly compact design and had managed to have a 2K display and 3000 mAh battery. The users won’t really mind the build here, but the much criticized camera needs an upgrade for sure. According to OnLeaks, the dimensions of LG G4 are said to be 148.9 x 76.5 x 9.9mm.
Although nothing is confirmed, the rumored specs of the G4 include the same display, Snapdragon 810 processor, a 16-megapixel camera and no big changes in the battery capacity. We expect the phone to be announced in Q2 2015.