The LG G4 has been the subject of endless leaks in recent weeks but now, finally, the handset has been officially unveiled.
Entering the realms of reality just weeks after the rival Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 hit retailers’ shelves, the phone has landed with an impressive array of specs and a new, leather-backed design in tow.
Pairing a 5.5-inch QHD panel with a low-light specialist 16-megapixel primary camera, the G4 looks set to give the iPhone 6 a run for the mantle of smartphone supremacy.
“I’m excited to introduce to you, our latest flagship smartphone, the LG G4,” LG Europe President, Brian Na said.
He added: “The proposal of this phone shouldn’t just be about showcasing technology, but consider the people who use it.”
LG G4 Features
Given the mass of early appearances to have surrounded the phone in recent weeks, the LG G4’s specs sheet is impressive without bringing any major surprises to the table.
The G4’s one unexpected feature is its processor. The handset has shunned Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 810 processor in favour of the six-core Snapdragon 808 offering.
LG and Qualcomm have claimed this has been done to better attune the phone’s core capabilities with enhanced battery management and has nothing to do with the 64-bit chip’s ongoing overheating concerns.
“It delivers the optimal balance between power and performance,” a Qualcomm spokesperson said of the device and its 808 innards.
The chipset maker added that the move was “beyond simply adding cores and aiming for higher benchmark scores” and instead “expertly tunes the technologies and makes the phone’s features possible.”
This processor is paired with 3GB of RAM and an LG UX 4.0 skinned version of Google’s latest Android 5.1 Lollipop OS.
Building on its predecessor’s success, the G4 has retained the LG G3’s 5.5-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD screen, while adding some new screen tech.
The phone, which features a slight top to bottom curve, benefits from an IPS Quantum display. This offers a 25 per cent brighter panel and a colour range that has been expanded by 20 per cent. The results of which should be pin-sharp, vibrant images and strong battery management.
On battery and the G4 features a beast of one. The phone’s 3,000mAh removeable power supply should be more than capable of servicing the device’s hefty features list for a full day between charges.
Imaging is another area where the G4 has been drastically improved over its predecessor, the G3.
The phone features a 16-megapixel OIS-enhanced primary camera with a laser-assisted focus and a low-light specialising f/1.8 wide aperture lens.
This is backed up by a secondary, 8-megapixel camera up front and a number of new camera shooting modes.
Suggesting that the G4’s camera is “the closest we’ve ever come to replicating what you see with the naked eye,” Andrew Coughlin, Head of Mobile at LG UK & Ireland detailed the device’s new capabilities.
Offering the most advanced optical image stabilisation unit on any handset, the G4 is the first phone to boast a colour spectrum sensor. This reads an object’s exact colour and is reportedly, “the world’s first smartphone sensor that can read RGB light as well as infrared.”
On top of this, the camera pairs Simple and Auto camera modes with a new Manual mode.
This allows more advanced photographers to control everything from the phone’s white balance and focus points to ISO and shutter speed.
Users can even shoot RAW images.
Further additions bestowed on the G4 include NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity options, 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD, and a slightly curved form.
The phone will land in both leather and plastic backed options and a selection of colour schemes.
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