While Samsung boasts about metal and glass in its flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, LG has opted for handcrafted leather and human-centric features in its G4. LG today unveiled its flagship G4 smartphone at launch events in New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Istanbul and Seoul.
“We wanted to give consumers a truly human-centric device that combined the analog sensibilities with technologies that delivered real world performance. From the design to the camera to the display to the UX, this is the most ambitious phone we’ve ever created,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.
The LG G4 sports a Slim Arc design. “Slim Arc offers 20 percent better durability than a flat smartphone in face-down drops and gives the smartphone a more comfortable and secure feel in the hand,” explained LG in a release.
The LG G4 is available in handcrafted, genuine full grain leather in six colors. “The vegetable tanning process employed is an age old tradition that requires skilled craftsmen to produce and dye the leather. The colors of the leather on the G4 are rich with warm tones that look authentic and change over time,” according to a statement. Other material options for the G4 rear cover include pure Ceramic White with 3D patterns, artisan-forged Metallic Gray and Shiny Gold.
The G4 sports a 5.5-inch IPS Quantum Display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 538 PPI and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Running on a 1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 CPU with Adreno 418 GPU, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that can expanded up to 128GB, the G4 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The device is powered by a 3,000mAh removable battery.
On the camera front, the device offers a 16MP rear camera with dual-LED (dual tone) flash and an 8MP front camera. “The camera module features a wide F1.8 aperture lens that allows 80 percent more light to reach the sensor. LG improved low-light performance even further with OIS 2.0, which doubles the performance of the improved OIS+ by expanding the range of image stabilization from one degree to two degrees on the X- and Y-axis and adding a third axis for the first time,” according to a statement.