LG’s 2015 flagship has finally arrived. In the launch event that held yesterday simultaneously in New York and London, LG G4 is made official and the only thing that isn’t known even yet is the pricing details.
Yes, it does have the leather-wrapped back with an option to choose the plastic shell as well, a better and much-improved camera, further improved Quad HD display, and a software that has lesser bloatwares.
With all those promises, the G4 unit also missed out certain features which are getting traditional in flagships these days. In fact, they were part of few phones in 2014 as well.
Let’s check out what the second well-known Korean company came with for the year 2015.
What’s good in LG G4?
As expected, the only three things that were primarily focused were display, camera and, of course, the design. Starting with the design, G4 looks identical to the G3, which was launched last year (2014’s flagship). But, that’s the story on the front.
When it comes to back, the company has used a very fancy, polished, and luxurious leather shell that is going to cover the complete rear part, with hand-made stitches to further give an identical look.
The phone with this leather cover will cost a bit higher, but LG has promised it to be worthy. It even compared the back feeling as of a premium leather handbag.
As I already stated, this isn’t going to be the only rear that will arrive in the back, as a plastic rear also be the option whose pricing will match last year’s G3 price.
Next is the display, where LG has used next version (or improved one) IPS Quantum display, which improves the last year IPS panel and makes the device have more brightness and quality. Both these things are said to be visible in reality.
The camera is the last main highlight, and it should be as we are talking of flagship here, which features a f/1.8 aperture 16MP camera with dual LED flash and lots of sensors. It has improved HDR, low light imaging, and laser autofocus. GSMArena has already covered some pictures taken with the rear camera of the device.
Even the front got 8MP camera, thus, taking care of selfie driven population around us. Besides all the promised done so far in teasers and even during the official announcement, the camera needs to be checked in real life before making any conclusions.
One thing that I missed in the Display section is that the device will have a slightly curved screen. We were already tipped of that report and it is officially part of the device.
This slightly curved screen will not be visible in real life situation unless you pixel zoom into it, and it is not there for any curved gimmicks. Rather, it is there to protect your device from falling flat on any surface, thus, protecting itself from damages. Impressive, right?
Last things which remains here in the goodies section is a removable battery (which Galaxy S6 doesn’t offer at the moment), expandable memory card (again S6 misses it out), hexa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.
The device is running Android 5.1 Lollipop right out of the box with LG’s UX 4.0 skin that is said to have less annoying pre-installed applications and lesser LG’s own bloatwares. Samsung did it first with its S6 smartphones and now the LG.
Now, the BAD part!
The first thing that doesn’t impress me is the use of plastic shell again at the rear. I get it that a leather rear option is there, but that’s going to be priced higher.
Also, LG itself said that it took around three weeks for a single leatherback to get manufactured, that clearly means if something happens to that, then we have to be ready for paying a surprised higher price.
Still, I was expecting it from LG that will come up with a unique idea and luckily it did that. But, if the normal one even had the glass panel or a metallic one, instead of that plastic one, then it could have been better.
Next big thing that device misses out is the QuickCharge facility. Every flagship is teasing this feature in their video commercials and it is really helpful as within 15-20 minutes of power charge, they come into the business again.
But, that’s not going to be the story with G4, even when it is running on Qualcomm chipset. It is said to have Wireless charging, but that will require a separate case.
LG G4 complete specifications
Now, I leave it on your thought process that how you view this brand new flagship from LG. It has been able to impress me with its Nexus 4, and last year G3. With the leather rear, I’m again impressed (because of unique attempt at the moment, as we still have to wait to get actual hands-on).
Here are the complete specifications you may be interested in knowing.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset
- Hexa-core processor (dual-core 1.8GHz & quad-core 1.44GHz)
- Adreno 418 GPU
- 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage
- Expandable storage up to 128GB
- 100GB Google Drive storage for 2 years
- 5.5inch IPS LCD Display
- Quad HD resolution of 1440×2560 pixels
- 538ppi pixel density
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
- 16MP rear camera with dual LED flash
- phase detection, laser autofocus, OIS, HDR, face detection
- 8MP front camera
- LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth (4.1), Infrared and GPS
- Accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer and proximity sensors
- 3,000mAh battery
- 9.8mm thick and 155gram weight
- Nano SIM card slot
Here are the official specifications of the device.
Will it be able to beat iPhone 6 or mainly the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge? Who said HTC One M9?