The LG G3 will almost certainly be replaced by the LG G4 at some point during 2015, and it’ll have to be something very special if it’s to be worthy of the name. While the G4 is unlikely to break cover officially until later on in 2015, rumors of its possible specifications are already beginning to gather.
Here’s what we think we know about the LG G4, all in one handy guide.
A change in strategy?
According to a report from China in late December, LG may include a stylus with the G4, and turn it into a competitor of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The rumor is based on a selection of trademarks recently registered by LG, including the G Scrawl, and an updated version of the G Pen. Currently, the LG G3’s closest rival is the Galaxy S5.
LG has already produced a spin-off version of the G3 with a stylus, unsurprisingly called the G3 Stylus, and has included a pen with older devices such as the G Pro Lite. Samsung has made the Note’s pen — called the S Pen — a major feature of its massive handset. However, the G3 doesn’t have such a large screen, making the inclusion of a stylus less important. Does this mean the G4 will be considerably larger?
It’s possible. Another report has suggested LG will drop the G Pro series entirely, and instead concentrate on making the G4 really impressive. A larger, Note 4-style screen may be part of the package, opening the door for the rumored G Flex 2 to take over from the G3 as its standard Android flagship phone. After all, we’ve seen evidence LG wants to really push flexible-screened phones over the next few years.
A smaller screen?
Alternatively, LG may make the G4 slightly smaller than the G3. According to the same source, the G4 could feature a 5.3-inch Quad HD screen, with an almost bezel-less display. If so, LG might offer the stylus as an accessory instead of bundling it in with the phone. Other possible specifications include a Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel camera, a 3500mAh battery and a choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal memory.
When will it arrive?
The LG G3 was introduced at the end of May 2014, so there’s still plenty of life left in the high-spec phone. We don’t expect to see its replacement until around the same time in 2015. LG may be forced into an early reaction though, should Samsung impress with the similarly rumored (and equally inevitable) Galaxy S6, which is due anytime around Mobile World Congress in March.
We’ll update this report with more news and rumors about the LG G4, so check back often.