What do you know, the “full-sized” flagship may end up considerably more affordable than the Galaxy S6 after all.
Pause the panic, cancel or at least reconsider your GS6 order and forget about the underwhelming HTC One M9. Despite what credible insiders claimed in anticipation of LG G4’s formal announcement a couple of weeks back, the Snapdragon 808 beast won’t cost an arm and a leg. Just the arm. And maybe a calf.
Namely, $600 outright. This is no 100 percent set in stone figure, but both Sprint and T-Mobile are sending strong signals upholding it, so it’s as good as official. The two carriers’ pre-registration giveaway terms list the Approximate Retail Value (ARV) at a healthy 55 bucks off the cheapest factory unlocked S6 on Amazon, so there’s no reason to expect different tariffs once the 5.5-inch Android goes on sale.
Of course, we’re likely looking at a starting price, valid for ceramic white and metallic gray versions (read plastic-made models), with natural leather set to command a $100+ “bonus”. On-contract, through Sprint, Verizon and AT&T, it’s ergo possible an “entry-level” G4 will go for $200, and a premium variation might be evaluated at $250 or $300.
Overall though, things could have definitely been worse, and LG probably made the right call pricing its newest spearhead “competitively” opposite the S6 and One M9.
In loosely related news, the G4 Mini, aka G4 Compact, aka G4 S looms larger on the horizon by the day, with a major Hungarian service provider now joining the speculation games. Vodafone’s regional branch in the Central European country spilled the beans on the “diminutive” mid ranger less than two weeks after a Dutch retailer, albeit precise features, timelines and price tags remain anybody’s guess.
No one expects a very small or overly humble handheld, and so a 5-inch 720p screen, 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB RAM and 13 MP camera currently lead the prediction ballot.