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LG G4 hits the UK courtesy of Carphone Warehouse

The wait for the latest iPhone 6 challenger is over, with the eagerly-awaited LG G4 now available for purchase here in the UK.

Having been formally unveiled last month, the 5.5-inch, leather-clad handset has been introduced to Blighty for the first time through high street seller Carphone Warehouse.

The device is set for a wider UK release tomorrow, May 28.

Carphone isn’t just the first retailer to offer the LG G3 follow-on either. The retail chain will exclusively offer the handset with a black leather rear.

The phone is also being offered with a brown leather rear or a grey plastic coating.

A direct challenger to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, the G4 features a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD display alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 processor and 3G of RAM.

With a 16-megapixel, OIS-enhanced camera sitting on the phone’s rear, a secondary, 8-megapixel camera up front.

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Despite its flagship status, the G4 will not break the bank. The handset is being offered for free on £35 per month, 24 month contracts.

This deal – which is about £10 per month cheaper than some rival flagship offerings – sees the device tied to Vodafone’s network and comes bundled with 1000 any network minutes, unlimited texts and a 1GB monthly 4G data allowance.