LG’s flagship smartphone for 2015 the G4 has finally gone official. And as we expected, the device didn’t quite turn out to be surprising in any way as much of the spec-sheet had been revealed already thanks to the numerous leaks in the past few weeks.
LG has decided to not tinker much with the design of the G3 as the G4 looks similar to its predecessor in a lot of ways. It is still made out of polycarbonate, so no premium materials on offer here. However, there are a few key differences such as a genuine leather back (optional), a slightly curved body for improved ergonomics, and a thinner profile (6.3mm at its thinnest point). The display retains the same 5.5” size as the G3 as well as the Quad HD resolution. But this time, LG has used a Quantum LCD panel that is claimed to have a 50% higher contrast ratio and a 20% wider color gamut compared to the G3 display.
Moving on to the internals, the LG G4 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core chipset with the Adreno 418 GPU. The chipset features two Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 1.82GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.44GHz. Unfortunately, the G4 doesn’t come with LPDDR4 RAM as the other 2015 flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and the HTC One M9. Instead, the device packs the same LPDDR3 3GB RAM as the G3. There is 32GB of eMMC 5.0 onboard storage, with a microSD card slot provided for further expansion. The G4 supports 4G LTE connectivity with support for maximum download speeds of 450Mbps thanks to the Cat.9 LTE Qualcomm X10 integrated modem.
One of the main areas where the G4 does impress is the camera. It is one of the first devices to use Sony’s IMX234 Exmor RS sensor with a resolution of 16 megapixels and 1/2.6” size. It is equipped with an f1.8 aperture lens that lets in more light to the sensor and there is three-axis OIS on offer as well. The G4 is actually the first non-Nokia smartphone to offer three-axis OIS. On the front, there is an 8MP shooter with support for 4K video capture, just like the rear camera. The camera supports RAW capture and offers a number of advanced manual controls. One major highlight of the G4 camera is its ability to shoot panoramas up to 104 megapixels.
Other main highlights of the LG G4 include a user-replaceable 3,000mAh capacity battery, wireless charging support (with an optional dedicated back cover only), and the latest LG UX 4.0 custom Android skin running on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop.
The LG G4 will be going on sale in South Korea tomorrow but the company hasn’t revealed any pricing or availability information for global markets just yet.