LG G4 is now official, complete with leather back and Quantum display

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Although many T-Mobile fans will be focussing more on the company’s earnings and financials today, LG wants some of our attention too. In events across the globs, LG unveiled its latest flagship device. And, despite the fact we’d seen it in many unofficial and official leaks, the Korean tech company still managed to surprise us.

As the leaks suggested, the G4 will come with several choices of color and material for the back cover. Six different color genuine leather backs will be on offer at launch, colored using a “vegetable tan” process. The manufacturer claims that the leather will change and become more unique the more you use it, like real leather should. There are also a number of patterned plastic rear covers available. Some with ceramic paint, others with the metallic finish of last year.

Like the G3 and G3, the G4 will have the same central, rear-placed buttons for switching the device on or off and changing audio volume. It also features a 5.5-inch IPS Quantum display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, giving it a stunning 534ppi density. Inside, unusually, we don’t find a Snapdragon 810 octa-core chip. Instead, LG and Qualcomm have worked together on a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor which supports 4K video and is said to be engineered for better call/audio quality. What’s more, its graphics performance is 20% faster than the G3. The display is also slightly curved to give the phone better durability.

To keep it going all day, there’s a removable 3,000mAh battery inside. It also has a Micro SD card slot to expand the in-built 32GB storage. If that’s not enough storage, buyers will also get 100GB of free Google Drive space for two years. There’s also 3GB RAM.

Along with the newer, brighter display and upgraded processor, the G4 also has better camerao optics. It’s a 16 megapixel sensor which is bigger and has an impressive f/1.8 aperture and 2nd gen optical image stabilization. It’s much better equipped for low light photography and the software comes with manual controls for long exposure shots, and can capture images in RAW format. It also has laser-guided auto-focus and a color spectrum sensor to recognize colors and objects in an aim to avoid weird coloring on photos. On the front is an 8MP camera for taking extra-awesome selfies.

As always, the devices comes with LG’s own custom Android skin which features some interesting sounding smart widgets and a brand new gallery app. This runs on top of Android Lollipop.

Of course, we’re expecting T-Mobile to announce that it will be carrying the LG G4 at some point very soon. We’ll post again once availability has been announced.

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  • Angel Nieves

    I’ve had Samsung phones since I can remember, but this time I would go for the LG G4 over the Galaxy S6. What I like most is that LG kept the removable battery and expandable memory. If it wasn’t for expandable memory on my Note 4, I would have ran out of memory. Sure you can pay $100 for an S6 with more memory but you can also buy an SD card for less.

    • Eric Stengrevics

      What’s funny is that this is the first time I’ve ever wanted a samsung. And I got an s6 and love it. Glad we all have options. ;)

  • MKashi

    So the heat issues with the Snapdragon 810/615 must be true, Samsung went with their own Exynos and LG went with the 808…

    • StarMenace

      Must be. It looks like the HTC One M9 is having heating issues that may or may not be related to the 810.

      • MKashi

        which they “solved” by throttling during CPU intensive tasks!!!

  • StarMenace

    Looking forward to getting one of these. Love my G3 but ready for the improvements in the G4.

  • thepanttherlady

    The leather backs look nice but not sure about how that seam will feel in hand.

    • StarMenace

      It’ll be like holding a baseball! :)

      • thepanttherlady

        I don’t generally walk around with a baseball in my hand. Might have to change that. :)

        • Paul Garrison

          HAHA!

  • Brian Bloom

    So now we’re killing cows for cell phones?

    • TheVorlon

      No, the cows were already killed for steaks and hamburgers.

      • pseudoswede

        And they were delicious.

        • skittle

          I went to order myself a leather bound LG G4 and the guy says, ” would you like fries with that ?”

  • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

    I hate LG but the QD QHD display sounds good. Will check it out once it hits retail. Take my Note 4 with me and see how it stacks up against S-AMOLED.

    Haha!

    • Verizonthunder

      I love LG over Samsung as they tend to pick up better cell reception. If T-Mobile offered the Lg G Flex 2 I would of chose that device over my current Samsung Galaxy Note 4 5.0.1

      • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

        I’m definetly not a Samsung fan. I’m an avid critic of them. My last Samsung device before the Note 4 was the GS2. The Note 4 just won me over with the screen, metal trim design, and it’s great for business. LG phones to me now feel like how cheap previous Samsung phones used to feel to me. Like the S3, S4, S5, GN2, GN3 all just felt like trash to me and that’s why I didn’t buy them.

        Haha!

        • Verizonthunder

          I am not impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as reception is still a issue that Samsung has not addresses. LG has been making great strides to improve it’s brand in the USA, with the LG G3 which is a great device finally had a hit. When it comes to innovation LG has that market.

        • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

          LG has been innovative with the QHD screen in a phone, now the first to bring Quantum Dots to a phone screen. The GFlex was a bit innovative and the whole rear buttons and laser focus. I guess you’re right!

          However, I would still put the likes of Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, and HTC over>>> LG anyday! In that particular order.

          Haha!

        • Verizonthunder

          You forgot OLED, 8K display, Flexible displays, Knock codes. Apple really??? My brother’s Lg G Flex can pick up way better reception, performance and battery life over his wife’s iPhone 6 lol. A duo core 1gb ram is not considered innovation nor there apple watch.

        • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

          My iPhone 6 Plus is my daily driver for a reason. It pretty much scores high in every category for a smartphone. Fluidity is still unmatched! Motorola has come close with devices like the Moto X. Moto Maxx/DROID Turbo and Sony Xperia Z3 may be the best overall Android devices to me that has the least flaws. Followed by the Note 4 which its only flaw is the lag and back speaker. Apple does a excellent job with their devices. The best photos I see on Instagram, Flickr, Facebook are done with iPhones. People just hate Apple because they are on top!

          Haha!

        • Verizonthunder

          I had a iPhone once I was bored with it. I sold my Sony Xperia Z3 I was annoyed with T-Mobile’s handling of the device from firmware updates to support system. But it’s still a duo core, 1gb ram and looks the same as all previous devices with the exception of bigger screen. I would take a look at Apple in the future when they become innovative again though I enjoy their Macbook Pro line for college but different operating system. I do not hate apple, they just have not recreated that wow factor to switch operating systems.

        • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

          You really sold your Z3 for that reason? It’s a fantastic device!

          Haha!

        • steveb944

          Even though I see a few flawed things in your argument I have to point out one thing.. In Instagram’s case, the Android app compresses before upload, while the Apple version doesn’t.

        • galaxyNote4isBoss

          I’d like to know what kind of drugs are you using??? I hope they arent prescription cause if they are you need to go back and get a new dosage.
          You iphone wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for SAMSUNG in the first place. Lets take a real good look at how dopey that iphone 6 plus really looks with the large bezels totally unneccessary.
          at the end of the day all the iphone 6 plus turned out to be is a 2012 fake ass Galaxy Note 2 at best. The Note 4 and Note Edge shits on the iphone 6 plus so badly it’s comical.

        • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

          Man, you look wayyy too old to be trying to argue with anybody on the internet. I’m sure you’re someone’s grandfather! And I highly doubt you could afford any high end smartphone. So I’m sure you rob and steal for yours.

          Haha!

        • galaxyNote4isBoss

          Pretty typical as usual beign misguided just as useless as Lg. Where are they going other than the bottom of the heap as far as the android platform is concerned.
          Yeah ok snapdragon 808 with the pedestrian adreno 418 a total flop for a flagship 700 dollar handset. Stop fooling yourself my friend it’s pretty comical actually.

        • SamsungNote4

          I have better reception with my Note 4 than ANY phone I have ever had not to mention the call quality.

  • ImHomeNow

    Oh okay…Let’s kill animals and wrap their skin around our phones…this is just stupid from points of PR.

    • StarMenace

      So, it’s better to “kill the earth” by drilling for petroleum or mining for metals for plastic and steel covers instead?

      • steveb944

        Bravo.

        He’s also missing the point of all it took to get the tiny parts inside his phone.

      • Imhomenow

        They are already doing that for the phone as it is. Why bring animals into it!?

    • itguy08

      Cowhide is a byproduct of the meat industry….

      • Imhomenow

        Yes the meat industry is sick too.

  • mingkee

    It should have B12, shouldn’t it?

  • steveb944

    This will probably be the device to make me buy from the carrier again, it’s been a while. Looking forward to more news.

  • DetroitTechnoFan

    This is what we were hoping for!

    • zx6guy

      Not me, I wanted a bigger battery.

      • patt

        buy extended battery

        • zx6guy

          Non OEM that voids the warranty?

        • patt

          batteries void warranty? never heard of that

        • DetroitTechnoFan

          At least with this phone you CAN buy an extended battery!

        • patt

          which is what I’m saying lol

  • symsoul

    It anyone else as underwhelmed as I am? Don’t get me wrong, this is a great phone, as was the G3. But aside from some iterative changes under the hood and the blatant pilfering of Samsung’s leather backing, what’s really changed?
    Really feels like LG is resting on their laurels in what should have been a prime opportunity to jump ahead of the rest of the Android field. All the marketing people that HTC just fired must have moved to LG.

    • skittle

      Samsung S5 and Note 4 have a faux leather back which was of course not real leather. LG G4 seems to be leather, not plastic.

    • Orlando G.

      Yea…..don’t feel too excited about the G4 as well. I have the G3 and thought about switching over to the S6 or Note but I was waiting on the news of this phone. Little disappointed that its also tad bigger and heavier.

      I was checking out the S6 Edge and that phone felt good in the hand.

      I will wait for some further reviews and see how the camera compares

  • Philip

    Thats the back of the phone all leather? Its sooo very ugly!

  • Sunny

    Anyone know the complete LTE band for LG G4?

  • Chris Meyers

    Real leather = no way in hell for me. Dont need animal skins and animals being killed for the sake of a useless disposable cell phone.

    • itguy08

      PS: Most leather is a byproduct of the meat industry. Cowhide comes from the beef you eat….

    • StarMenace

      You people that are complaining about the leather do realize there’s a non-leather option right? Besides, do you wear leather shoes at all or just walk around barefoot everywhere?

    • Sunny

      Hypocrite! Tell me you don’t have any leather product or you don’t eat any meat.
      You a monk.

  • BatteriesAndSD

    Personally I am glad to see a major cell phone manufacturer continuing removable batteries and SD slots. This alone will get my support. But I don’t see band 12. Is that not there? I just bought a Note 4 because of the loss of functionality of the S6 (batteries, SD). I love the phone but am worried there won’t be any more phones that support all that I like. To all of you criticizing the leather back. OMG, get over it. The cow is already on your dinner table!

  • Sunny

    I think that’s for the international version. Any info on the North America version?

    • mingkee

      H811 should have B12 LTE.

  • mingkee

    FYI, international version supports B2 and B5 HSPA, and B2, B4, B17LTE.

    http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/fcc_query.php?gc=ZNF&pc=H815

  • t_newt

    That’s good! Isn’t band 12 a subset of band 17?

  • AS118

    It looks like this has a single mono speaker on the back instead of stereo speakers on the bottom like the G2 had. The removable battery and microSD card slot are nice, especially now that Samsung didn’t do it with the GS6, but I like stereo front-facing or at the very least, on the bottom speakers.

    Like the HTC One series, the Sony Xperia Z3, and Lenovo tablets and such. That said, it’s interesting that the G3 has plastic and faux-metal covers for the back as well. Not sure if I particularly want leather, I prefer metal or faux-metal like the G3 had.

  • vinnyjr

    I thought all new devices had to have LTE Band 12 in order for T-Mobile to carry it. i bet this phone has Band 12, if not it wont do well.