LG Mobile recently released their flagship device of the year 2015 and seriously speaking, the leather loving LG G4 is a beauty with power. The device is curved, though not as curved as the LG G Flex 2 which is atleast three times steeper than the device, but it will pass. To crown the premium look and feel of the LG G4, the Korean company accompanied the device with premium aesthetic.
LG G4 Design, Feel, Display
Like the LG G3, LG G4 is a 5.5″ device which sports an LCD display with quad-HD touchscreen which is remarkably ultra-sharp having resolutions of 2,560 x 1,440 and 534 pixels per inch (ppi).
Though LG G4 retains it’s predecessor’s 5.5″ display size, the screen properties differ. LG claims that the G4’s display, an IPS Quantum Display that it says is the first of its kind anywhere, is 25 percent brighter (500 nits) and has a 20 percent wider color range than its previous QHD screens on mobile devices. Contrast has improved by 50 percent over last year’s G3, up to 1,500:1.
Its color accuracy has also improved, which results in more true-to-life red and blue tones. Though it’s not necessarily noticeable when looking at the G4 by itself, it becomes discernible when placed side by side with other rival handsets.
From right to left: the Samsung Galaxy S6, the LG G4, and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Image Credit CNET
LG has a number of design options, with three different kinds of material for the back cover. The first is stitched leather over plastic, which LG heavily emphasized during its G4 promo campaigns, and includes light blue, black and tannish brown vegetable-dyed stitched leather. There will be two other plastic backs: one with ceramic paint, and another with metallic elements that feels similar to the G3’s faux-metal battery door.
From the front, the handset looks nearly identical to its previous iteration. However, it feels a little slimmer, and the curve fits comfortably in your hand. It’s a bit wider than before, at 76mm, with a height of 149mm. Though we weren’t particularly blown away with the ceramic and metallic backings, the leather felt quite nice. It feels similar to the ones available for the Motorola Moto X, and LG claims that the leather is supplied by the same source that luxury brands go to for their own leather goods.
Hardware, Software, Key Components
The G4 is equipped with a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor from Qualcomm, with 3GB of RAM. Though this sounds like a step down from the G Flex 2’s octa-core 810 processor, LG reports that the 808 chip is more optimized for the G4, and works to improve the phone’s camera, imaging and display performance.
The handset’s updated 16-megapixel camera. Image credit CNET
Inside is a 3,000mAh removable battery. Though LG claims the battery has a longer run time than the Galaxy S6, we’ll be able to run our own battery lab tests once we get our hands on the device.
On the back is a 16-megapixel camera — a jump from the previous 13-megapixel effort. Its f/1.8 aperture helps with taking photos in low-light conditions, plus there’s a 40 percent larger sensor, improved optical image stabilization (OIS) and a laser-guided autofocus. With the G4, its OIS mechanisms are stabilized along two axes, while previous devices only used one degree of stabilization. LG also improved its laser autofocus by adding a color sensor underneath the flash for better color representation.
For your selfie and video chatting needs, the phone’s front-facing camera has been bumped up from 2.1 to 8 megapixels. And if you take a lot of pictures, don’t worry — the phone also has expandable memory via a microSD card slot, to go with its 32GB of onboard storage.
The G4 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and features LG’s latest user interface, UX 4.0. One new built-in feature, known as LG Bulletin, dedicates an entire homescreen page for just your widgets and works similar to HTC’s BlinkFeed.
The smartphone will run Android Lollipop and LG’s refreshed user interface. Sarah Tew/CNET
New camera tools include three different types of shooting modes. There’s a basic mode; a Normal Shot mode that has all your standard tools; and Manual mode. Manual mode gives you the most control over your photos compared with the other two settings, and you can adjust white balance, focus, brightness and ISO: 51 levels of white balance, 50-2,700 ISO adjustment and an ability to shoot in both raw and JPEG formats. For the front-facing camera, there are gesture-triggered selfie timers.
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