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LG G4: See the Great, Feel the Great

Android™ Expert

This has been becoming an annual affair for LG. About 11 months ago, they launch the revolutionary LG G3, with its amazing QHD and beasty specs. I wondered how they are going to improve their already powerful phone. This year, they launched the LG G4, with so much improvement over the LG G3 that you wouldn’t even want to take a second look at the LG G3.

 

Without further ado, please find the specifications of the LG G4 below.

 

Key Specifications:

 

  • Chipset: Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 808 Processor with X10 LTE
  • Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
  • Memory: 32GB eMMC ROM, 3GB LPDDR3 RAM / microSD slot
  • Camera: Rear 16MP with F1.8 Aperture / OIS 2.0 / Front 8MP with F2.0 Aperture
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Size: 148.9 x 76.1 x 3 - 9.8 mm
  • Weight: 155g (with battery)
  • Network: 4G - LTE Cat6 (Up to 300Mbps)/ 3G -DC-HSPA+ (Up to 42Mbps)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.1LE / NFC / USB 2.0
  • Colors: [Genuine Leather] Black/Brown/Red, [Metallic] Metallic Gray/Shiny Gold
  • Other: Manual Mode / Gesture Interval Shot / Quick Shot

 

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The notable improvement over LG G4’s predecessor is its display, camera and its finishing.

 

Display

With the new IPS Quantum Display, LG has managed to make the G4’s display 98% accurate to the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) standards which is what you see in the cinemas. The IPS Quantum Display offers 20% greater colour reproduction, 25% improved brightness and 50% greater contrast. See it for yourselves with the pictures below. Four leading display technologies are put side by side, and it is pretty easy to tell that the LG G4 has the best colour reproduction.

 

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All devices are set to 40% brightness with adaptive brightness off.

 

Camera

A couple of new features have been improved on the LG G4. Most noticeably is the Manual Mode of the LG G4 camera. You are now able to adjust the White Balance, ISO, Shuttle Speed and many more options like what you can do on a DSLR camera! You can also save your photos in RAW format for more precise editing. This also means that you can take amazing pictures like ‘drawing light’ with a light source. An example is shown below. It is basically two moving toy trains with red and blue LED.

 

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The dual tone LED flash is replaced with a single tone flash (we seldom use flash now anyway). The other LED is replaced by something new called the Color Spectrum Sensor. It basically improves colour accuracy by precisely reading the colours around in the scene and adjusting the white balance and flash colour to create images that are as close as what you see with your eyes. The Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) has also been improved greatly. It not only can stabilize in the 2D (X and Y axis) like before, it can stabilize in 3D now (X, Y and Z axis) with double the degree of stabilization! The aperture size has also been changed to 1.8 which allows 80% more light to reach the sensor. The synergistic effect of these features allows the camera to take superb photos in low light settings!

 

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All phones are set to 40% brightness with adaptive brightness off.

 

Other improvement includes the ability to take quick shots, without even unlocking your phone. Just aim the camera at the subject and press the volume down button twice! Gesture shot function has also been improved, clench your fist one to take one shot, twice to take four!

 

Design

 

The design of the phone is very similar to a LG G Flex 2, but with a much less curved body. (Yes, it is still slightly curved) The iconic rear keys and symmetrical design is retained as well. The back cover comes in two variant, the Metallic finish and the Genuine Leather finish.  Both are designed to have a premium look and fantastic grip on the device. Photos really do not justify how good the devices look, wait till the display sets hit the stores. See the Great, Feel the Great for yourself!

 

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Promotion

 

LG has collaborated with Google with an amazing deal. LG G4 comes with google office pre-installed and an additional 100GB of storage on Google Drive free for two years! LG G4 will also be bundled with an extra battery and a desktop battery charger with S$126, while stocks last. This amazing device will be available for registration of interest on 15 May 2015, and will be retailing at the end of May. The RRP for the LG G4 is S$998 for the Genuine Leather model and S$928 for the Metallic model.

 

Pricing with StarHub on contract will be announced on a later date.

 

Registration of interest for LG G4 starts from 15 May 09:00hrs till 18 May 23:59hrs and will be made available on starhub.com/lgg4.

 

Do look out for my review on the real time usage of this amazing device when I get my hands on it!

 

 

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