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LG G4 ups the ante with an improved curved screen, better camera, optional leatherA faster camera, new Qualcomm processor, a sharp IPS display and a version with a vegetable-dyed stitched leather back: hands-on with LG's newest flagship phone.
[MUSIC] Last years LG G3 turned out to be a remarkably good phone. The G4 is the sequel. And this one sports a few new features that could put her over the top. It has a 5.5 inch display like before, but 2560 by 1440 resolution But, LG is claiming IPS Quantum technology here, the first of its kind they said, which allows better color accuracy, better brightness, and better contrast than before. It's also slightly curved. Not as much as the Flex, but you will notice it, and it provides just a little bit of extra contour to your face. The G-force back design will come in several different variants. A metal one. One with ceramic paint, and one that uses vegetable dyed leather and elegant stitching. Those backs are replaceable, and underneath you can find a replaceable 3000mA battery. There's also a micro sd card slot. Replaceable batteries are a rarity in phones now so it's nice that this has it. This has a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor that LG claims is fast enough to get the job done, especially compared to the competition. There are also brand new cameras on the G4. 16 megapixel rear camera with improved, low light levels, larger sensor, better optical image stabilization, and manual mode, including the ability to shoot and save in RAW. The front panel is eight megapixel and will also allow you to do some special timed selfies with gestures. The LG G4 runs the latest version of Android Lollipop. There are also a couple of extra smart software features including Event Pocket, which adds calendar entries from Facebook and from areas around you directly into your calendar. The LG G4 is coming out in Korea on April 29th, and should be available in the US somewhere around the end of May or early June at a price that LG says will be similar to the G3. Stay tuned for more, I'm Scott Stein at CNET. [NOISE]