CNET First Look
LG's flagship G4 hits all the right notesEquipped with a Snapdragon 808 processor, a 16-megapixel camera and a 5.5-inch quad-HD display that's brighter than ever, LG aims high with its latest G4 flagship.
Hello everybody, I'm Lynn La for CNet, and LG's latest marquis handset is officially here. So it's time to take a closer look at the LG G4 flagship. Similar to its G3 predecessor, the G4 sports an ultra crisp 5.5 inch 1440 P display. But LG has made some notable changes to the screen, namely using what it calls an IPS quantum display that improves brightness by 25% and contrast by 50%. That means we also see richer and deeper red tones and more true-to-life blue tones. The G 4 is also slightly curved like LG's other high-end handset, the G Flex 2. But the arc isn't as steep and, in fact, you could only really see it if you lie it face down on a flat surface. Other than the curve the G 4 doesn't look much different from before. It's dimensions have increased a bit all around. Its corners are slightly sharper. And there are some new design choices, like a leather and ceramic like backplate. But for the most part there hasn't been a huge design overhaul. The handset is powered Six of a hexacore 1.8 gigahertz Snapdragon 808 processor from Qualcomm. Though this sounds like a step down from G-Plex 2's Octacore 810 processor, LG record says the 808 chip is more optimized for G4, and you're unlikely to notice any significant speed differences anyway [MUSIC] In an addition you will get three ampere-hour removable battery, three gigs of ram, 32 gigs of internal memory, and a micro sd card slot for expandable storage. LG has also made improvements to the phone's camera. The front shooter now has eight megapixels, and the rear camera has been bumped up to 16 megapixels. With an aperture of 1.8 to help shoot in low light environments. You'll still get optical image stabilization and a laser-guided auto focus, which we've seen before. But there are also new shooting modes to play around with. These are labeled simple, auto, and manual, with the last one giving users the most control and tools over their photos. As for soft Where the G flourishes with Android 5.1 Lollipop and as LG's refresh user interface UX 4.0 overlaid on top. Aside from the new look, there's LG bulletin which lets you organize widgets on a full homepage. More ways to organize your photos in the gallery including a memories option. Options, and event pocket, which syncs with your Facebook events, and lets you drag and drop items and photos into your calendar. The device is already launched in Korea, and will roll out to other countries in late May and early June. All four major U.S. carriers will carry the handset, as well as U.S. Cellular, and the phone will be available In the UK and Australia. The exact pricing hasn't been released yet, you can expect it to be consistent with the G3 when it first launched. So about $200 with a carrier contract, or upward from $600 without. Again, I'm Lynn and you've been checking out the LG G4. [MUSIC]