News by Luke Jones on Tuesday May 26, 2015.
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If you have been readying yourself for the LG G4 to drop in the United States your wait is almost over. The new flagship smartphone will be making its debut on T-Mobile tomorrow (Wednesday, 27th May), making the Magenta Network the first U.S. carrier to offer the handset. Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T customers will have to wait a little longer, and even those wanting to buy in T-Mobile locations will have to wait until June 3rd.That's because the G4 will be arriving on the carrier tomorrow, but exclusively through T-Mobile's online store for one week. The frankly spiffing LG G4 can be yours with the "Uncarrier Company" for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $24.99, or outright for $599.76. T-Mobile is sweetening the deal by including a free 125GB micro SD card while supplies last, giving you an extra storage option out of the box. Other versions of the G4 from other retailers will also pack a micro SD card, but it will be a lower 32GB model. T-Mobile also has another feather in its cap with regards to the G4 as the carrier is the only US network that is offering the real brown leather variant of the handset. Of course, the leather G4 is not for everyone, but it is certainly the most strikingly visual variant. If leather isn't your thing, T-Mobile also offers the G4 in metallic grey.
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.