The Android season continues with yet another manufacturer taking to the stage to announce its next big thing. The recent in the line is LG, which has just taken the covers off the new G4.
Rather disappointing, in this era of technology, there is hardly a thing about the new phone which we don’t remotely know. Still, the phone brings incremental upgrades to the package which was already quite respectable in the first place, and attempts to make phone usage a better experience, rather than shoving specs down the throat.
The G4 uses a new design which is now slightly curved (3000mm radius) to bring a 20% increase in rigidity and endurance in falls. No Flex 2 but still quite good.
The biggest step-up from the previous LG phones is the new leather back cover, which won’t be coming as default in a lot of markets, we are told. They are available in a bunch of colours, and are the third back-cover option available for the flagship alongside the “Metallic Craft” finish (other name for textured plastic) and white ceramic coating.
The G4’s display utilizes what is known as Quantum IPS LCD which delivers the same accuracy as the displays used in colour grading movies. It brings in 20 percent wider colour reproduction, 25 percent increase in brightness and 50 percent higher contrast than its predecessor. In the end, it is 11 percent more power-efficient.
The internals of the G4 don’t sound as high-tech, though, which is partly because they aren’t although they can’t be dubbed “weak” either. You get the 64-bit (that’s the next big thing) hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, a step below the 810, with 2 Cortex-A57 and 4 Cortex-A53 cores. Alongside it is 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage and a microSD slot for expansion.
The OS running on this hardware is Android 5.1 Lollipop, customized by LG but is said to bring a lot less bloatware than before. There is now a single browser in most markets, Chrome, unlike two as before. You get 100 GB worth Google Drive storage for two years as well as better integration. Furthermore, LG has also worked closely with Qualcomm for better customization.
At the back is 16 megapixel camera which is built from the ground up, and has an impressive f/1.8 aperture and laser autofocus. The new OIS system now works across three-axes, rather than two for movements up to two degrees.
A number of high-tech features are in tow such as extensive shutter control, RAW support, high ISO settings and live histogram. You can also shoot panoramas of a truly mind-boggling, 104 megapixel. The Galaxy S6 only supports up to 60 megapixel. Both the main and the 8 megapixel front shooters are capable of making 2160p videos.
Lastly, the battery has a respectable, 3,000 mAh capacity and is user-replaceable. Wireless-charging is also supported but via a dedicated cover.
LG G4 Specifications:
- CPU: Dual-core Cortex-A57 and Quad-core Cortex-A53
- Chipset: 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
- OS: Customized Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
- Design: Ceramic coating/leather-back
- Display: 5.5” with 4K resolution
- Quantum IPS LCD technology
- o RAM: 3 GB
- o Internal: 32 GB
- o Card slot: expandable via microSD
- o Primary: 16 mp with 2160p video, f/1.8, laser autofocus, LED Flash
- o Secondary: 8 mp with 2160 video
- Connectivity: 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC, IR Blaster
- Battery: 3,000 mAh, replaceable, wireless-charging supported
The phone will be available in the coming few months worldwide. Pricing details are not known right now but LG can pat themselves on the back for another strong effort.