LG officially launches the LG G4, premium leather and a powerful camera
After the month long struggle to hide what the internet already know all about, LG has officially launched the LG G4 today. The new flagship device from LG builds upon the successful LG G3 from last year and adds in several key improvements to compete against 2015 flagship devices from the likes of Samsung and HTC.
On the front, the 5.5" Quad HD display from the outgoing LG G3 is still there but this time around, the display has been upgraded to a Quantum Dot type display which is brighter and has better colors. Also on the front is a new carbon fiber like look alongside the LG logo on the chinbar. No capacitive buttons or fingerprint scanners, just a clean look on the front.
Turn to the back and that's where the magic happens, like previous LG devices, the LG G4 bears LG's signature rear facing button setup. The back is not only where the speaker is located, the brand new camera is also there. The 16MP Optically Stabilized camera features an f1.8 aperture which will intrun produce better images in low light.
In addition to that, the new 16MP camera on the LG G4 is accompanied with a phase detection autofocus system and a color spectrum sensor to produce true to life images. That's not all, the software that the LG G4 runs on enables the device to capture images in RAW format and a Pro mode also enables users to tweak manual settings.
Besides that, the LG G4 also comes with an 8MP front facing camera for high resolution selfies of yourself and the camera app built in will also allow users to play with a couple of modes.
Also on the back is a unique back cover design which is made out of natural leather and comes in various colors. The leather backing is actually a more premium model and the baseline model will come with a ceramic polycarbonate back which also comes in a multitude of colors.
Besides the interesting leather back, the LG G4's back is also removable and under that you will reveal the 3,000mAh battery and microSD card slot. Sounds like LG is trying to take a jab off the Galaxy S6 which features neither of these.
Under the hood, the LG G4 features an unusual Snapdragon 808 which is a hexa core CPU but similarly to the Snapdragon 810 on the LG G Flex 2, the Snapdragon 808 CPU on the LG G4 is 64 bit and does support Qualcomm's fast charging standard.
3GB of RAM is included and that is accompanied by 32GB of internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card slot and as mentioned earlier, the 3,000mAh battery is user replaceable and LG rates the battery for 440 hours of standby time and 14 hours of talktime. Besides that, the LG G4 also support wireless charging.
Finally, when it comes to wireless capabilities, the LG G4 features the standard array of connections like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. In addition to that, the LG G4 is also LTE-A enabled and countries which have that open will be able to enjoy speeds up to 450MBs on the LG G4.
Not to mention, the LG G4 also runs on the latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop atop of LG UX 4.0 which includes several improvements over the previous skin.
Overall, the LG G4 looks to be a promising device and comparing it spec wise it does make Samsung feel a little heat. LG will begin rolling out the LG G4 in South Korea starting tomorrow and expect to see if going international in the weeks to come. As for the availability in Malaysia, we'll have to see when LG plans to do that given that they just recently only launched the LG G3 in Malaysia.