Already launched in Korea, LG's newest marquee handset, the G4, will roll out globally in late May and early June. All four major US carriers will carry the device as well as US Cellular, and it'll be available in the UK and Australia too.
The other back plates have either a ceramic paint or metallic elements. It feels similar to the G3's faux-metal backing. We also liked the subtle "dented" diamond pattern on the back that catches light in an interesting manner.
Like the LG G3, the G4 (left) sports a 5.5-inch LCD display. The quad-HD
touchscreen is razor-sharp, with graphics, images, text and movies
appearing incredibly crisp. It has a 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution, which works out to 534 pixels per inch.
LG claims that the device's screen, 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 its last iteration too, up to 1,500:1.
Similar to the LG G Flex 2,
the G4's display is curved. However, the former is arched about four
times steeper, and the curve on the latter is barely noticeable to the
eye. In fact, you can only really see it if you place the phone face
down on a flat surface.
The device runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. Overlaid on top is LG's latest UI, UX 4.0.
Bright, colorful and more in tune with Android's Material Design flat
aesthetic, UX 4.0 is LG's most refreshing UI yet. It's easy to navigate
and understand, and we especially liked the charming app icons.
The handset is equipped with Qualcomm's 64-bit, hexa-core Snapdragon 808
processor that has a clock speed of 1.8GHz. Inside is a 3,000mAh
removable battery, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage and a microSD
card slot that can hold up to 2TB.
On the back is a 16-megapixel camera -- a jump from the previous 13-megapixel effort. New camera tools include three different types of shooting modes: Standard, Auto and Manual, which gives you the most control over your
The G4's 3,000mAh battery is removable, which
can be useful to power hogs who may need to switch batteries in the
middle of the day. During our battery drain test for continuous video playback, it lasted over 10 hours.
As mentioned before, the device is equipped with a Snapdragon 808 processor.
Though this sounds like a step down from the LG G Flex 2's 810
processor, LG says that the 808 chip is actually more optimized for the
G4, and works to boost the handset's performance.
For those who have a G2, the LG G4 is a considerable upgrade and it's a worthy buy given its faster processor, brighter display and impressive camera. The phone is also far better than the recent G Flex 2, which isn't as fast or have as sharp a display.
Those who already have a G3, however, should feel happy to keep their
handset since the G4 isn't a significant upgrade. Indeed, it fails to
expand or elevate LG's G brand to a higher level of innovation, and it
feels more like a premium phone from the company rather than a flagship.