You’ve probably already seen the leaked G4, so LG’s official announcement shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. The company officially unveiled the new flagship phone today at an event in New York, and damn that phone looks awesome!
The G4 doesn’t look too different from its predecessor. Most of the changes are actually under the hood and on the screen. It retains the quad HD 5.5 inch screen of the G3, but this time it’s a quantum LCD, which has much higher brightness and contrast than regular LCD screens. It also has a slight curve, and there are now special backs that include multiple shades of leather.
The camera is the big improvement this time around. LG’s using a 16 megapixel sensor coupled with a very bright and powerful f/1.8 lens. What this means is that you can get brighter shots in low light; there will also be a nice depth of field. Coupled with optical image stabilization, the camera looks like a winner. The selfie-cam is 8 megapixels with improved gesture control. Photography freaks will be happy to know that there’s a manual mode and RAW shooting.
Inside the phone, however, things are not as exciting. Instead of the Snapdragon 810 processor that’s in the other high-end flagship phones out this year, LG has opted for the Snapdragon 808, which is a six-core processor. LG claims that it’s competitive with the Exynos chip in Samsung’s Galaxy S6, but that remains to be seen. Battery life is said to be stellar though, so that’s a consolation.
The best part of the G4 is its removable battery! It comes with a 3000mAh battery that you can swap for a new one when it’s dead. Keeping with the theme, there’s also a microSD slot as well as 32GB of on-board storage.
Of course, it runs Android Lollipop with LG’s tweaks on top. Customers will also get 100GB of Google Drive space for two years. There’s also MirrorLink support for those who drive Volkswagen.
No word on availability and price though. Expect it to be available soon; as for price, you can expect it to be competitively priced with the Galaxy S6 and One M9.