At the beginning of the year many of us hoped that LG’s flagship phone for 2015, the G4, would be announced at one of the big electronics shows. Mobile World Congress in Barcelona seemed like a safe bet, but MWC came and went and the LG G4 was a no-show. The wait is finally over, though. After long weeks of anticipation, countless leaks and rumors and even a few announcements made by the manufacturer itself, the LG G4 went official a couple of hours ago. Here’s all you need to know about the phone’s specs, features, pricing and availability.
LG G4 Display & Processor
Compared to its predecessor, the LG G4 is not a dramatic upgrade, but it does pack a number if important improvements which make it a worthy rival of current leaders on the mobile market, such as Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9. For starters, the handset features a 5.5-inch Quad HD Quantum display which is supposed to be very energy efficient and easily visible in sunlight. Moreover, the screen is 25% brighter than the one used in the LG G3.
The hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC may seem like a disappointment at first, but given the issues with the 810 chip, it’s probably a very wise choice. The processor uses two Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 cores, as well as an Adreno 418 and is paired with 3GB of RAM.
Camera & Battery
Where the G4 especially shines, at least in theory, is camera department. The main 16-megapixel shooter offers f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization and a color spectrum sensor. This mysteriously sounding sensor reads the RGB values of the ambient light and adjusts the camera’s white balance and flash color to make the best photo possible.
Selfie camera with its 8-megapixel sensor is another reason to be proud of. Moreover, the camera app takes “just six-tenths of a second” to open and you can do so by double-tapping the “volume down” button at the rear. Other key features include removable 3,000 mAh battery with wireless charging support, Bluetooth 4.1LE, NFC, 32GB of expandable storage and Android 5.1 Lollipop with LG UX 4.0 on top.
Design & Color Options
Design-wise, the LG G4 is not very different from its predecessor, at least when it comes to the plastic model. However, in order to appeal to users with more refined taste, LG also made a variant of the G4 that is clad in leather. The plastic version will be available in three colors – Ceramic White with 3D patterns, Metallic Gray, and Gold, while the leather model will come in as many as six color options including, among others, burgundy and pastel blue.
Pricing & Availability
When will we see the LG G4 in stores? Tomorrow if you live in LG’s home market, South Korea. Potential users in other regions will have to wait a little bit longer, though. The phone will arrive at US shore some time in early May, however, no particular date was given so far. We can expect the G4 to be offered by all major US carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and probably US Cellular, priced at the usual $199.99 on contract for the base 32GB model. The leather version will probably cost $100 more. According to LG, the handset’s full retail price will be similar to the G3 meaning that it will set you back at least $600 for the plastic variant without contract.