What the LG G4 Has in Store for Smartphone Buyers

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-04-14
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    By Don Reisinger
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    LG Is Going With Slightly Larger Screens Than Competitors
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    LG Is Going With Slightly Larger Screens Than Competitors

    Although LG's top competitors in the Android space have screen sizes that range between 5 and 5.1 inches, the G4 is expected to ship with a 5.5-inch display to match the iPhone 6 Plus. There has been a sense over the last year that Android devices have gotten too big, which is why Samsung and HTC went with smaller displays. LG obviously doesn't see it the same way. Image 1: Please use this image:
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    The Design Isn't All That Different
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    The Design Isn't All That Different

    One of the surprising things about the image leaks is that the LG G4—assuming that device in those pictures is in fact the real G4—looks an awful lot like its predecessor, the G3. LG is using different materials in its new handset, but from a pure design perspective, its rounded corners and footprint look similar to the previous model.
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    Will Removable Batteries Make a Comeback?
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    Will Removable Batteries Make a Comeback?

    Removable batteries were once everywhere but now are quite rare. According to the recent leaks, however, the G4 will come with a 3,000mAh removable battery. That feature will be ideal for busy, traveling workers who don't always have easy access to an outlet to charge their device and are willing to carry around extra battery packs.
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    One Version Will Come With Leather
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    One Version Will Come With Leather

    When Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in March, the company surprised many people by unveiling an all-metallic design. LG might surprise people as well with a version of the G4 that comes with a leather back plate. While the other G4 model will come with plastic, the leather will prove to be the major selling point.
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    LG Will Make a Fuss About the Camera
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    LG Will Make a Fuss About the Camera

    LG is expected to make a fuss about the camera built into the G4. The device will come with a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and an aperture of f1.8. Most importantly, LG's G4 will reportedly come with a "color spectrum sensor" that will enhance image quality. Look for LG to spend considerable time talking about its G4 rear-facing camera.
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    The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Is Inside
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    The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Is Inside

    There has been some debate over the last few months over whether the G4 will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 or with the faster and more powerful Snapdragon 810. Until recently, all signs pointed to an 808, but the image leaks seem to indicate that the G4 will boast the 810 instead. That's good news for prospective buyers looking for extra power.
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    You'll Control It With Buttons on the Back
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    You'll Control It With Buttons on the Back

    The LG G4 will come with a physical button on the back near the rear-facing camera. It's unclear exactly how that button will be used, but there's a good chance that it'll play a central role in the way people interact with the software and unlock the device. That said, it's unlikely, given LG's recent comments about not wanting to jump into fingerprint sensors, that it'll come with biometric support.
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    LG's G4 Will Come With UX 4.0
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    LG's G4 Will Come With UX 4.0

    LG has already confirmed that the G4 will come with a new version of the company's Android skin, UX 4.0. According to LG, UX 4.0 will be easier to use than the previous version of the company's software and will add a Smart Notice feature that will deliver personalized notifications that adapt to a user's habits. The platform will also have a Ringtone ID feature that will automatically provide a unique ringtone for every caller in a person's favorites list.
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    It Appears to Be Much of the Same on All Fronts
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    It Appears to Be Much of the Same on All Fronts

    Whether it's the hardware or the software, there isn't much that is groundbreaking in the G4. The device's UX 4.0 is a nice upgrade, but not a major one and, as mentioned, the hardware looks nearly identical to the previous model. LG has only updated the internal components without adding anything too radical. LG has likely played it safe with the G4, which may or may not hurt the company's chances of building up its sales success.
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    Reports Suggest It'll Be Cheaper Than Competing Devices
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    Reports Suggest It'll Be Cheaper Than Competing Devices

    According to several reports, LG knows that the G4 is not a major upgrade in the same vein as the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Therefore, the company is planning to market the G4 at a lower price to try to win some customers away from its competitors. LG has all but given up the feature war in order to win on price. It should be interesting to see if the strategy works.
 

It's LG's turn to showcase what it's got to take on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge as well as the HTC One M9. LG has already confirmed that its next flagship model will be called the G4, but it has tried to keep the most important details under wraps. That is, until an LG microsite was inadvertently pushed live, revealing images and product details. That eliminates a lot of the guesswork that would have gone on in advance of the official introduction scheduled for April 28. But while the leaks have identified some core features, there are still some questions that need to be answered. This slide show covers what we have learned so far from the apparently accidental leak of the G4 images and details, as well as what market speculation is saying to fill in the remaining blanks. On paper, the LG G4 appears to be a solid smartphone that can go toe-to-toe with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9. But as good as LG's smartphone designs are, the company has had a tough time building up smartphone sales against the competition. Read on to learn more about LG's highly anticipated G4 handset.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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