The LG G4 release date will be early June globally. The LG G4 price will be 649 USD for the model with the plastic back panel and 699 USD for the model with a leather back, which also comes with a spare plastic battery cover. South Korea will have the opportunity to buy the LG G4 first with 180 countries following soon thereafter.
The plastic battery cover will come in silver, gold and white. The leather back comes in a variety of shades including red, brown and black. The leather versions also come with a gold-colored plastic back. keep an eye out for our full LG G4 review in the coming weeks where we'll bring you more details about the available colors.
design and build quality
As expected, the LG G4 display is slightly curved. It's not as much as the LG G Flex 2 but it does add a nice feel to the device and it looks great. The carbon optic detailing is quite nice, but the leather version will show scuffs and scratches quite quickly.
This is, of course, a natural feature of leather and not due to a manufacturing fault. As you may recall, the leather back of the Moto X (2014) also suffers the same weathered look after a while. It's up to you if you like this or not. The same goes for the large decorative stitching on the back, which takes a little getting used to but is at least very recognizable.
The plastic version of the LG G4 is not just plain: it has a diamond pattern across its matte plastic surface. It's actually a really nice detail and I'm pleased that LG didn't use the same polished look like on the LG G Flex 2. In terms of build quality there is nothing to complain about on the LG G4. We'll bring you more details one we've spent more time with the device in our full LG G4 review.
The LG G4 screen is a 5.5-inch, QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixel) IPS LCD, sandwiched under Gorilla Glass 3. It is very bright and has very natural color reproduction. It certainly hasn't gone the same saturated route the LG G Flex 2 did with its AMOLED display. The viewing angles are stable and colors remain good from any angle. Unfortunately we couldn't test the LG G4 screen in direct sunlight, so we;ll have to bring you more on that later.
The LG G4 software is the new LG UX 4.0 running on Android 5.1 Lollipop. All of the LG apps have been adapted to Google's Material Design guidelines and have all the requisite flatness and slight drop shadows. Having had such a short time with the LG G4 it's hard to provide much detail on the software but from what we can see it is very similar to the LG G Flex 2 (which itself borrowed heavily from the LG G3 with a few additions like Glance View).
The LG G4 specs include a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz with 3 GB of RAM, microSD expansion, Cat. 6 LTE and all the usual connectivity options you've come to expect. Of course, LG isn't saying why it opted to sidestep the Snapdragon 810 found in the G Flex 2, but we're assuming the bad press (and those pesky thermal throttling issues) might have a little something to do with it. Stay tuned for more on the LG G4 performance and CPU benchmarking.
The LG G4 camera steps things up by delivering a 16 MP main camera equipped with f/1.8 aperture, laser auto-focus, optical image stabilization (OIS) and a 8 MP front-facing camera. We unfortunately can't tell you anything about the quality of the images captured by the LG G4, we'll bring you plenty of test photos as soon as we get a final production unit in house. For now it's safe to say you'll see results at least as good as the impressive LG G Flex 2.
The LG G4 battery is a 3,00 mAh removable battery. LG decided to stick with a removable battery for its 2015 flagship - something will surely please those not happy with Samsung's decision for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge battery. With this decision alone LG has made a powerful case for those that rely on user-switchable batteries to consider the G4. We'll bring you more on the LG G4 battery life once we've had time tos pend several days with the device.
The LG G4 is clearly a very accomplished device but the first time you see it the first thing you're going to notice is that eye-popping leather back. LG is certainly not afraid to take some design risks and in this case it seems to have made wise choices. Having said this, the LG G4 doesn't seem to be a seriously different device to the LG g3 - if you're looking for revolutionary changes you might be disappointed.
The best way to describe the LG G4 is as a gentle evolution from the already impressive LG G3, in which some elements, like software and the slightly curved front glass, have been added from the G Flex 2. We can't say yet if LG has done enough to challenge the impact of the Galaxy S6, but in a year of relatively minor upgrades to 2014 flagships LG certainly hasn't done any worse than any other manufacturer with the G4.