News by Luke Jones on Monday March 30, 2015.
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Most of LG's rivals have already launched their 2015 flagship smartphones (Sony excluded), but the Korean company is playing a patient game before launching the G4. Like last year, LG knows where its opponents in the market are and what they offer, the company will be hoping to strike gold again like it did with the G3. The LG G4 is expected in April and its launch seems a lot more probable now that it is showing up for benchmarks.A handset called the LG G4 F500x (rather conclusive we think) has been spotted making its way through the GFXBench Benchmark software. As is usually the case, the specs of the handset were listed along with the benchmark, and as you probably expect the G4 is well stocked with the latest and greatest innards. The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 Quad HD screen, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage space, a 16 megapixel camera lens with 4K UHD video, and an 8 megapixel front facer. As for the processor, things get a little puzzling as the G4 is bizarrely boasting a Qualcomm made Snapdragon 808, and not the 810 as was expected. Of course other flagship sport the Snapdragon 810, and that is the better chip, coming with Adreno 430 graphics and eight cores. The Snapdragon 808 has six cores, four ARM Cortex-A53 and two ARM Cortex-A57 cores with an Adreno 418 graphics chip. Like the 810, the 808 handles 64-bit processing. So why on earth is LG using a chipset that is not being used by many other companies and is a lesser chip compared to the Snapdragon 810? There are three possibilities as far as we can tell. Firstly, the Snapdragon 810 has suffered problems of overheating, perhaps LG could not overcome them so just opted for the weaker processor. Secondly, this may not be a finished G4, instead a kind of dummy device; although admittedly this theory is unlikely this late in the development of the handset. The third and probably most likely scenario is the LG has two G4 variants planned, the regular G4 and this. We will have to wait until the still unannounced launch event to find out... but you can color us intrigued.
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