LG’s newest flagship is here, the LG G4

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2015 has been chock full of new and anticipated Android phones. With the launch of the newly designed Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge from Samsung and the release of the much anticipated HTC One M9 behind us, LG unveiled its newest flagship, and successor to the successful LG G3: the LG G4.

Right out of the box, the most noticeable feature that is catching everyone’s eye is the new leather back. We’re not talking about the leather-textured plastic that Samsung has used in the past or even the “hard to get” leather option on the motoX. This is real leather that comes standard on the G4. It is a special type that is used by some luxury brands called “vegetable tanned leather” – which means no cows were harmed in the making of this phone. The leather back also features a stylish raised seam down the middle that gives it a premium feel. Leather not your style? No sweat, they also offer a metallic or ceramic coated plastic back version as well.

When it comes to the screen, there isn’t an immediate change. Just like its predecessor, the G4 boasts a 5.5” Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) screen. Don’t let that fool you though. LG says they have made screen improvements in other ways by making it the first smartphone to deliver 98% of the digital cinema initiative (DCI) color standard, which means it can render color with incredible accuracy. The screen also has a slight curve to it (not nearly as much of a curve as the G4’s big brother: the G Flex 2) that LG says makes it more durable than its competitors.

LG also took the opportunity to improve the 16MP rear camera by giving it an extra-wide aperture, which has an f-stop rating of 1.8. This is a huge jump from the f/2.4 in the G3 and even slightly beats out the Galaxy S6’s f/1.9 aperture rating. In addition, LG claims it improved its optical image stabilization feature by using a more advanced module than one would find in even the Galaxy S6 or the iPhone 6 Plus. Between the new aperture and the improved OIS, the G4 should have no problem taking great photos in low light and indoors. The front facing camera boasts 8MP and a f/2.0 aperture.

Under the leather hood, the G4 is powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, a removeable 3,000 mAh battery and a storage capacity of 32GB with the ability of adding more through a micro SD card. Although the processor is a step down from G Flex 2, LG claims that the G4 has been specially optimized for the 808.

The scourge of most Android phones, the manufacturer’s OS skin, is almost nowhere to be found on the G4. LG has opted to heavily scale back in skinning Android in favor of working more closely with Google. This means that not only will you have a more native Android 5.1 experience, but you will also get 100GB of cloud storage on Google Drive free for 2 years.

Overall, there were some great improvements made to the G4 over the last model, especially if it is going to compete in the ring with the S6 and iPhone. The fashionable back, improved camera and optimized processor have all the makings of an incredibly successful flagship for LG.

The LG G4 is slated to be launched in the US in late May to early June of 2015 and rumored to be in the same price range as the G3.

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Sources: Mashable, Android Central, Tech Radar

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