LG has officially announced its latest flagship handset, revealing the LG G4 in a joint event in London and New York.
The event didn’t come as too much of a surprise as it has long been scheduled by the technology manufacturer, but it was still nice for the company to show off its latest flagship smartphone.
Numerous leaks had made their way online ahead of the launch; pretty much revealing all there was to know about the LG phone before it came out – including its brand new leather construction.
Coming in a selection of six colours, you’ll be able to pick up a leather version of the G4 in brown, black, tan, yellow, blue or red. LG was even quick to reveal that it’s coloured the G4 using a vegetable tanning method, something which happens to just 10% of leather products.
If you’re not a fan of cow killing for fashion, you can also go for a more animal-friendly plastic style G4 model, which comes in three styles. Grey, white and gold are the colours in question, and all of them come in a hammered pattern which actually looks quite modern.
Another big part of the design is the curved chassis. Whilst this isn’t quite to the level of LG G Flex 2, the curved apparently helps the user experience as well as making the phone a bit more rigid.
Finally, as with the LG G3, you’ll be finding all of your power and volume controls on the back side of the handset underneath its camera. Whilst this does take a little bit of getting used to, it definitely helps keep the edges of the phone uncluttered, which is helpful.
Arguably the biggest part of the LG G4 announcement was the new camera which is included, which looks like it could be a game changer.
Offering a 16 megapixel effort on the rear side, the G4 might not look ridiculously powerful on the front of it, but it definitely stands out with its performance.
The f1.8 aperture allows for extra light to make its way into the lens compared to many other flagship smartphones, improving picture quality to a level which is pretty astonishing.
Also, the optical image stabilisation (OIS) which features on the G4 has also been improved to work on a three axis level, meaning that those action shots should be completely blur-free.
Topping things off is an 8 megapixel front lens which is not only brilliant for your selfie stick based antics, but also records in 2K quality for video fans out there.
The G4 is definitely one of the phones to savour from 2015 so far, packing a brilliant design and a super snapper, but its specs also make for a good showing as well.
A 5.5” Quantum LCD display is bright and offers a full QHD resolution which makes it ideal for video playback, whilst a hexa-core processor and Snapdragon 808 chipset is also promising top notch performance.
32GB internal storage, which can be expanded with a MicroSD Card, accompanies 3GB RAM – all of which helps run the Android 5.1 Lollipop OS with LG’s own user interface on top.
Finally, a 3000mAh battery keeps everything running behind the scenes and is user-replaceable, meaning that you can swap an empty one out for a fully charged one on the fly.
For lucky LG fans in South Korea, the G4 will be on sale this week for delivery in the coming days. However, for us in the UK and other western markets we’re going to have to wait a while yet – with pre-orders available but delivery being scheduled for the final week of May.
Pricing details have the G4 costing £500 for the plastic model, with a £25 mark-up if you fancy investing in a leather version. Contract deals are still to be announced, but the G4 is expected to cost around £40/month.
Written by Luke Hatfield