It's the next flagship Android smartphone to hit the market, and it's going to be huge – so what do we know?
Now the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC M9 are safely out of the way, the internet rumour mill is agog with the potential for LG's smartphone response – the eagerly-awaited G4. It's successor, the popular LG G3, was announced in May 2014 and quickly became one of the best Android smartphones out there thanks to solid specs, good design and a big 5.5-inch HD screen. But will the new LG G4 be able to battle the HTC/Samsung combo? Let's take a look at the best – and worst - of the rumours swirling around.
LG G4 Design and Build
There's been plenty of talk around the design and build of the G4, with LG themselves promising a high quality handset to go toe-to-toe with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC M9. According to LG’s Cho Juno, speaking to the Korea Times, the company has big plans and has put significant resource into an all-new LG G4. Apparently a "metal-mixtured body" is on the cards, although how this will actually manifest is one for speculation.
Cho also told the publication that the LG G4 would be launched after it reveals its new LG UX 4.0 interface:
"We will announce LG UX 4.0 before announcing the LG G4. I think it is simply the best and the issue is how to best fit the new UX system into the G4 smartphone”
Several outlets have touted images of a non-final handset which features a curved back, a large camera lens and dimensions of 148.9 x 76.5 x 9.9mm. The LG G3 is 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm, which would make the G4 longer, wider and thicker than it's older sibling.
LG G4 Camera
The LG G4 could well have a considerably enlarged lens for low light image capture, as shown in several leaked images. In addition, a slew of protective cases have already hit the market, which show a a return of the laser autofocus and dual-LED flash found on the LG G3 if the cutouts are accurate.
LG G4 Features and Software
The LG G4 is fairly certain to be running an iteration of Android 5.0 Lollipop, given that's the most recent version of Android available for this flagship smartphone. However, some rumours have pointed to the G4 running Android 5.1, a much-anticipated update to Android 5.0 Lollipop that addresses some of the bugs in Lollipop, such as settings and UI issues, as well as general performance improvements.
LG G4 Battery Life
Given the LG G3's battery was a solid 3000 mAh, and the G4 is set to have a bigger screen with potentially greater pixel density, it's unlikely to be powered by a smaller battery (although Samsung Galaxy S6 has bucked that trend, with a smaller battery in the latest model). However, once you've loaded on hundreds of apps, fired up 4G and instant sync we'd put money on it lasting about a day fresh from the box.
LG G4 Launch Date and Price
Most rumours point to an April 2015 launch, although some reports have the G4 launching at the end of Q2, which could push it out to June potentially. However, LG will be keenly aware that they need to counter HTC and Samsung's new hardware relatively quickly, so while handsets may take a while to filter through we're likely to hear an official LG G4 announcement sooner rather than later.
Price-wise, although nothing official has been leaked (apart from the competitive ambition against Samsung and HTC), as the LG G4 will be LG's flagship phone we're expecting a fairly premium price to accompany that tech goodness. However, LG usually price very competitively, so one thing is for sure – it'll definitely be cheaper than an iPhone 6!
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