LG Electronics finally revealed the LG G4 smartphone today, a few images of the device leaked earlier this week, LG confirmed that U.S. customers will be able to purchase the G4 on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and at Best Buy.
Features on the new phone center greatly on the LG G4 camera, which features an F1.8 aperture lens, allowing 80% more light to hit the image sensor than in the LG G3. The new camera module is paired with the new IPS Quantum Display, coupled with the new Slim Arc exterior design.
“We are living up to our promise of innovation for a better life with a fashionable premium smartphone that is more focused on delivering a balanced user experience that can compete with the best of the best,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We wanted to give consumers a truly human-centric device that combined the analog sensibilities with technologies that delivered real world performance. From the design to the camera to the display to the UX, this is the most ambitious phone we’ve ever created.”
To help the LG G4 standout in an overcrowded smartphone market, the G4 offers genuine full-grain leather in six colors. The other material options for the G4 rear cover include pure Ceramic White with 3D patterns, artisan-forged Metallic Gray as well as lustrous Gold. The LG G4’s design is defined by the Slim Arc, which runs along its entire body and is highlighted by a display with a subtle curvature. More than just a design accent, Slim Arc offers 20 percent better durability than a flat smartphone in face-down drops and gives the smartphone, “a more comfortable and secure feel in the hand” according to the company.
Inside the device, customers will find the LG’s 16MP camera. The LG aims to fix common low-light performance issues with the before mentioned Apature upgrade and with OIS 2.0. The new system doubles the performance of the improved OIS+ by expanding the range of image stabilization from one degree to two degrees on the X- and Y-axis and adding a third axis for the first time.
New for G4, Manual Mode allows experienced photographers the ability to exercise more artistic expression by letting them directly control the focus, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation and white balance for every shot. Advanced photographers can also save their photos in RAW format, in addition to JPEG, for more precise editing with no loss of details. (Memory: 32GB eMMC ROM, 3GB LPDDR3 RAM / microSD slot)
The advanced camera in the LG G4 is complemented by Color Spectrum Sensor (CSS), the first feature of its kind to find its way into a smartphone. CSS improves color accuracy by precisely reading the RGB values of the ambient light in a scene, as well as the infrared light reflected from objects. CSS uses this information to adjust the camera’s white balance and flash color to create images that are as close to what one would see with the naked eye. With Color Spectrum Sensor, no longer will reds appear as bright orange or whites as dull yellow.
Of course we can’t forget about selfies, the LG G4 will offer an 8MP front-facing camera. Gesture Shot has been improved by taking four shots spaced two seconds apart, increasing the chance of getting that perfect shot under the most difficult conditions. Triggering the shutter is as simple as opening and closing one’s hand twice in front of the camera.
The LG G4 is the first smartphone to use LG Display’s new 5.5-inch IPS Quantum Display, which offers 20 percent greater color reproduction, 25 percent improvement in brightness and 50 percent greater contrast over LG G3 (Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440, 538ppi). This new display is calibrated for DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) standards for color expression, championed by top Hollywood studios.
The LG G4 is equipped with a high-capacity 3,000mAh removable battery, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with X10 LTE. The LG G4 is estimated to last 20 percent longer than the G3, from the same capacity battery. To mark the first public unveiling of its Snapdragon 808 processor, Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, executive chairman of Qualcomm International joined Mr. Cho on stage in New York City.
“LG and Qualcomm Technologies collaborated from the initial stage of the Snapdragon 808 introduction to expertly tune the technologies and make several of the LG G4’s unique features possible,” said Jacobs, “The resulting G4 smartphone is an ideal example of how the best optimized technologies come together to meet consumers’ needs.”
Quick Shot allows customers to take pictures without opening the camera app by double tapping the phone’s Rear Key while the display is off. LG G4 also offers a fast camera startup time of just six-tenths of a second. U.S. prices and availability will be announced by carriers soon, making the LG G4 available on approximately 180 carriers worldwide.