There were a lot of leaks leading up to the launch of the LG G4, some intentionally by LG others well…not so much. You’d think that the press event would just be a confirmation on what we already knew, but there were quite a few things about LG’s new flagship device that were unveiled today.
Let’s go over the basics and go over the rumors that basically just got confirmed before we dive into the details. The LG G4 is a 5.5 inches with a QHD IPS Quantum Display giving it a resolution of 1440 x 2560. It is 25% brighter and has a 20% wider color range than the G3. Under the hood we have a Qualcom Snapdragon 808 64-bit Hexa-Core Processor running at 1.8Ghz with 3GB of RAM and options of 32/64GB of storage along side a MicroSD card slot that’s good up to 2TB.
It’s camera boasts a 16MP resolution and a six-layer lens that is twice the size of the one found in the LG G3. It’s aperture of f/1.8 is the highest you can get on a smartphone making it very competitive. An ultra-thin 0.1mm blue IR filter will also be included, to help give photos a natural look with accurate colors by blocking out infrared interference. It’s got an 8 times digital zoom and a laser auto focus which lets it take faster photos. On the front we’ve got a 8MP shooter with a wide angle lens making it a selfie machine!
What we Learned Today!
There were a few basic specs that we didn’t know, a 3000mAh battery in all metal chassis that’s has dimensions of 148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8mm and tips the scales at 155 grams and is running Android 5.1 which is the highest number we’ve seen launch to date.
Most of the details on the camera had already been leaked by LG, but one feature that I’m very excited to hear about is improved OIS. Optical image stabilization, is a feature that SHOULD ship on highend smartphones, but it doesn’t. Keeping your camera steady if your hands shakes seems like a natural inclusion. LG has upped their game when other haven’t even figured out they need to be playing by adding a second degree of stabilization. If you’re phone has OIS, it only uses one degree of stabilization.
LG has also added in Color Spectrum Sensor, this is some crazy technology which surveys the environment and visual spectrum to capture the most accurate colors. The scanner uses satellite image-recognition technology to figure out what the objects are so it can then determine the most appropriate colors.
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In a early look at the production of the LG G4 CNET’s Roger Chen tells that the tanning of the leather is the same process as luxury bags. It takes 3 months to get the leather ready in a process called Vegetable Tanning in which the hide is lathered in plant materials which allows the leather to age over time with exposure to the oil in your skin.
It’s also running Android 5.1 not 5.0…Android superfans…you can loose your shit now.
The display is apparently more true to color than the iPhone 6 Plus. The G4 display able to meet 98 percent of a Hollywood visual color standard called the Digital Cinema Initiative. The iPhone 6 Plus is the runner up and it only scores 80 percent.
A disappointment that I thought would be included is quick charge, this is a premium feature that comes on most flagships, and LG even offers it on the G Flex 2, so we’re not sure what happened there.
Even with this minor set back, the LG G4 is shaping up to be the phone of my dreams! Full review on the way coming! So stay tuned!