Excellent news for the Korean underdog and its most ardent fans, although it still looks like the leather model will surpass GS6’s market value.
Wondering whether LG is truly crazy confident enough to slap its next-gen flagship with an S6-dwarfing MSRP? Wonder no more, as recent rumors seem to be getting validation from several impatient German retailers.
These suggest they’ll charge between €679 and €689 for the no-contract G4 starting as early as next week, which converts to roughly $740 in more familiar currency. Both on European shores, where the non-edgy S6 costs €700 give or take, and stateside, where a factory unlocked “next big thing” goes for $750 after a couple of discounts, LG’s 2015 heavyweight title contender feels slightly more affordable.
The problem is we’re not talking about the “premium” variant everybody’s looking forward to. No fancy build material here, just plain old plastic fashioned to resemble metal. Meanwhile, the “natural leather” flavor is expected to go on sale in Deutschland at around €730.
Compared to the standard Galaxy S6, it clearly feels excessive, albeit it’s at least lower than the recommended tag of a dual-curved Edge version. Now, we could go back and forth on whether leather dresses the G4 better than glass and aluminum compliment the competition, but at the end of the day, it’s down to personal taste.
What we’re disappointed to see is LG overestimating its stature and mainstream appeal on the heels of essentially a few respectable fiscal quarters. Newsflash – the fundamental reason people loved the G3 so much was that it was cheaper, not better or handsomer than the S5 and HTC One M8.
Remember, the G4 is tipped to underdeliver in the processing department as well, with a Snapdragon 808 instead of an S810, everything else about it looking cutting edge: Quad HD display, 3 GB RAM, 16 MP/8 MP cameras, 3,000 mAh battery with wireless charging functions.