reposted from Hassan Salman Saeed
The Korean LG's new flagship smartphone, the G4, is official. If you've been following my blog, virtually everything about the phone has either leaked or has already been announced by LG over the past few weeks. The smartphone will definitely go head to head with the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 when it hits shelves in coming weeks.
The G4 isn't a complete retreat from last year's G3. It has a 5.5-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD display, volume buttons and power key on the back and has roughly the same dimensions as last year's phone. The G4 has a slight curve to it, but it's not as radically bent as LG's G Flex 2. The curve is delicate enough that most people won't notice it, but LG claims it makes the display 20 percent less likely to break on impact than the fully flat G3.
LG G4 Leather Back
But while the overall design of the G4 is very similar to the G3, LG is offering the new phone with leather backs in a handful of colors that bring the all-plastic phone up a few notches in terms of look and feel. The leather options are certainly an improvement over the gross, glossy plastic used on other LG phones, but it feels more like the phone is in a leather case than actually being a handcrafted artifact.
Though the G4's display has the same size and resolution as last year's phone, LG is touting a number of new technologies that supposedly make it the best display on any smartphone yet. The G4 has what LG is calling a "Quantum IPS" panel with the same color accuracy rating as displays used for color grading movies. It's 25 percent brighter with 50 percent better contrast and 20 percent better color accuracy. LG also says it's 11 percent more power efficient than the G3's screen.
The G4's camera is also upgraded over the G3, with a new 16-megapixel sensor, brighter f/1.8 lens, and improved image stabilization. It has the same laser autofocus system as before, but it also adds a new "color spectrum sensor" that promises more accurate color and white balance in difficult lighting conditions. LG also revamped its camera app for the G4 with extensive manual controls, including shutter speed, white balance, ISO, and RAW image capture.
Other highlight specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 3,000mAh removable battery, and a Micro SD card slot. LG also says that the GPS navigation and location services on the G4 are twice as accurate as other phones. For software, the G4 is running Android 5.1 Lollipop with LG's custom interface. The G4 comes with 100GB of free Google Drive storage space for two years, and the native gallery, music, and file explorer apps have Drive integrated into them.
LG says it will be launching the G4 on all of the major carriers in the US around the end of May or early June. The company wouldn't specify pricing (or how much more those fancy leatherbacks might cost), but it's likely the G4 will cost about the same as the G3.
With all major smartphone being launched, it remains to be seen which one will get ahead of others. Currently, iPhone 6 is ruling the roast with impressive sales. Samsung's Galaxy S6 staked its claim as the best Android phone ever made. LG is making many of the same claims with the G4, but it remains to be seen whether or not it will be able to compete with the best of the best.