News by Luke Jones on Wednesday April 29, 2015.
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We offered a detail first impression of the LG G4 yesterday, the company's brand new flagship smartphone. The handset delivered what we expected and positioned itself at the top of the marker alongside the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9. Last year's G3 was a huge success for LG and the South Korean giant envisions the G4 continuing to be a big hit.Indeed, Korean news outlets are claiming that LG is aiming to sell 12 million G4 units around the world throughout 2015. Sure, that's not the kind of figure Samsung can boast, but it would be a huge success for LG and keep its solid sales form from recent years. For reference the LG G3 sold around 10 million units since its launch a year ago.
The LG G4 arrives with the same 5.5-inch Quad HD screen that made its debut last year on the G3, but this time the company has tweaked and improved it. That means such things as color gamut, brightness, contrast ratio, touch function, power consumption, and thinness and the results are a bunch of statistics. For example, there is 50% more contrast ratio, 120% better color gamut, and a 30% rise in brightness. That's all great, but the really good news is it translates to the panel and the G4 boasts arguably the best smartphone screen on the market. For those who were unhappy with Samsung omitting a micro SD card slot on its Galaxy S6, you will be pleased to see that LG has included one here, meaning you can expand storage capacity with the G4. The rear leather plate is removable, but the 3000 mAh battery is unfortunately not removable. In terms of other specs, LG has surprised many by putting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 in the G4 and not the newer Snapdragon 810. Both are 64-bit, but the 808 is hexa-core, while the 810 is octa-core. With 3GB of RAM there should be little in the way of noticeable performance different and the G4 should be every bit as nippy as its rivals from Samsung, HTC, and beyond. However, this is a damning decision for the Snapdragon 810, a chipset that was also overlooked by Samsung because of persistent overheating problems. LG used the 810 in its G Flex 2, but the company obviously does not trust the processor enough for its flagship. Qualcomm is likely to be paying attention to this, so expect the Snapdragon 810 to have a lesser cycle than normal. Around the back and in the middle of LG's now familiar rear button configuration sits a 16 megapixel camera with a wide aperture of f/1.8 and OIS. That aperture is slightly better than what Samsung offers on the Galaxy S6 and LG says the G4 is a triumph taking shots in low light conditions. Of course, we will have to put the handset through its paces before making any lasting conclusions. For the selfie crowd, LG has generously slapped a sizeable 8 megapixel snapper on the front, which in terms of megapixels at least is what the iPhone 6 boasts on the rear.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.