Following the strategy of last year, where they announced a couple of scaled-down models of their flagship smartphones, LG has announced that their latest flagship that is the G4 is set to undergo the same treatment so as to offer a wider range of products in the market. This is exactly where the LG G4 Stylus and LG G4c which were announced yesterday fit in.
The LG G4 Stylus, as the name suggests is very similar to utility ink of a Note 4, and comes with a 5.7 inch display while the LG G4c where c stands for compact comes with a smaller 5 inch screen, when compared to the 5.5 inch display of the LG G4.
In terms of specs, both the devices come with 1.2 Ghz Quad Core SoC with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB internal storage. The camera configuration of the LG G4 Stylus is 13 MP+5 MP while the LG G4c comes with 8 MP+5 MP camera configuration. The battery to on the Stylus is higher at 3,000 mAh while the G4c comes with 2540 mAh unit. Both the devices though are running LG’s skin and, therefore will bring several of LG’s proprietary software tweaks including Gesture Shot / Glance View / Knock Code. The G4 Stylus will be available both in 3G and 4G variant in Korea and America while the G4c is strictly a 3G device. The prices and exact availability of the device have not been mentioned yet.
The worst kept secret on the planet was announced yesterday as LG finally lifted the lid on the latest flagship from the company called the LG G4. The invites for the press event have been out, right since the beginning of the month and since then we have been treated to an avalanche of leaks and posts about the device, virtually giving up so much information that the event yesterday felt like a grand recap of the past rumors in the 15 days of LG G4.
The phone features exactly the things that were leaked out about it. You have an interesting leather back and a polycarbonate battery. It has a slightly curved chassis which makes for a good grip on the device as well as makes sure that the phone is sturdy. The navigation buttons of the phone including the power button are located at the back, just like the ones we have seen on the LG G2 and LG G3. You have your regular connectivity options as well as LTE on board. The G4 does run the latest Android Lollipop with LG’s own UI on top
The display is a 5.5 inch unit with a Quad HD resolution. The screen does have Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The LG G4 is powered by a Snapdragon 808 hexacore SoC and 3 GB of RAM. In terms of internal storage you get 32 GB which can be further expanded using the Micro SD slot. The rear and front camera configuration sees a 16 MP and an 8 MP sensor. You do have a removable 3,000 mAh battery on board with fast charging capability which gives you 60% battery in 30 mins. The pricing of the device has not been announced yet, though the phone is most likely to hit the markets sometime in June.
In what is possibly one of the most interesting revelations right before the announcement of the LG G4 happening tomorrow, LG has accepted that the G4 is not just another run of the mill device and the back panel of the device takes almost 12 days to manufacture which is almost 10 times that of the industry standard. The reason for the astonishing period is that LG has used only the finest cow leather in the process with the pore size of paltry .001 centimeter, which makes it possibly the finest leather at least to be used on a mobile device.
LG shed more light upon the back panel stating that:
G4 leather back cover takes a manufacturing process of a total of 12 weeks. Quality to make the final product from the supply of good leather back cover, competition among the core process takes time even more than 10 times the normal rear cover of the production period (4 days). LG Electronics has added a lot of handmade work here. Working directly for sewing leather stitching, and a coating material so that the rim all unravel need a lot of hand by hand, such as paint.
The LG G4 is set to be announced tomorrow, that is April 28th.
LG G4 is set to launch globally on April 28th. And closer we get to the deadline day, the clearer what is on the cards seems to be. In fact, it looks like we will have the entire picture of what exactly the device will pack in already. It was just last week when a case manufacturer by mistake and more leaks have now appeared which shows the device in full glory.
Based on the invite that the media had received, we were pretty sure that the device would come with an option of leather back, but were not really in the know of how it would look.
But thanks to the latest leak, it can be pretty much-confirmed everything there is to know about the G4. The leak shows the device completely and is from the live webpage of the device which went live before being taken off. The phone will have two variants of back according to the image, including one leather panel in several colors as well as a plastic one with the site reading:
Inspired by artisanal precision, the [G4]’s premium back covers come in metallic gray, ceramic white, shiny gold, and genuine leather. The chic colored versions sport a textural hammered-array pattern while the classic leather option is available in five distinct colors and features an exquisite threaded stitch.
The device will have a slight curve to the front too a bit like the Galaxy Nexus, though a lot of placeholders seem to be on the site which make us believe that perhaps there could be a fair few things here and there that may change which is why we are not including the specs here.
In what is set to be the biggest global campaign by a mobile brand as far as the giveaways go, LG is building quite a buzz towards the LG G4 by claiming that it would be making 4,000 units of the G4 available for the consumers to take away. These devices are not press units and will be available for general consumers as LG aims to capture a large market with the device given that both HTC and Samsung opened the door for competition, by putting out products that could be bettered or matched, HTC definitely more so than Samsung.
However, it is cause of this opportunity that LG has claimed that it plans to give away at the very least about 4,000 LG G4 devices to the customers to try out before the launch. The devices can be procured in Social Media contests that will be held by LG on their own Social channels of the local LG page and you can be a part of the same. The device will be given for a 30 day period for the consumer to try out and check, using which the consumers will have a list of task to perform based on the completion of which they will be awarded. Juno Cho, the CEO of LG Electronics said:
Customers are our best fans and we think this would be an exciting and unique way to get our most important mobile product of the year close to the public. We’re putting the success of LG G4 in the hands of consumers before the launch because we believe they are the best judge of a great user experience, beyond just benchmarks and speed tests.
For those of us in India, the campaign would go live here as well, so make sure you are following LG India’s twitter page to know more about it.
LG is expected to announce their latest flagship device that the LG G4 is, on April 28th this month. The device would be following the likes of LG G3 and the Nexus 5 as the next most anticipated smartphone in the market. While the LG G3 was a stellar device, it failed to really reach the level that the LG G2 had achieved, where last to last year, it was hands down the best Android device one could pick up. Make no mistake, LG had really good devices in this period with the LG G Flex coming out too, which people were really excited about.
This is why it would be brilliant if LG combined all of this and brought it under one roof like it is expected to in the LG G4. Spigen, one of the premier case makers has had a product image leaked out to the web which give us some interesting peek into what the G4 would be like. The image shows that the LG will have a shimmery metallic look, very similar to the LG G3 and a convex sort of a back panel like in the G Flex. Whether the G4 will really flex or not is not very sure yet.
The image also shows the back of the device will be where the power button as well as the place where the volume rocker will be. The device will also have a laser focus light, a bit like what we have seen in the LG G3.
With HTC missing the opportunity to consolidate its position as one of the top Android players with the M9 receiving very average reviews, it is a great opportunity for LG this year to overtake them and place itself firmly in the second spot just behind Samsung when it comes to popular Android manufacturers. This is why the next flagship from LG, that is the LG G4 is going to be an absolutely a crucial cog in the wheels that drive the mobile business for LG.
The device is now expected to be announced on April 28th with LG sending across an invitation to the leading global media of the tech industry. It is rather strange that LG did not announce the device earlier at the MWC where both Samsung and LG had their devices out, though you could perhaps reason that down to LG not wanting others to steal its thunder. Not a lot is known about the LG G4 other than the fact that the device could feature a bendable panel, a bit like the LG G Flex and will be powered by a Snapdragon 810 SoC. Since the invite has ‘See the Great Feel the Great’ moniker written on a leather sort of a back, perhaps it is an indication that the device will have some sort of a leather like back.