LG G4 will launch around mid-April – sources

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 16, 2015
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LG just announced a sleek new smartwatch that’s coming at MWC next month, but we’ll have to wait until April for LG’s most anticipated device, the G4.

Korea Times cites sources familiar with the matter claiming LG would introduce the latest iteration of the G series sometime in April. LG needs time to wrap up development of the G4, and launching in April means LG won’t have to compete for the spotlight with rivals. Samsung, HTC, and Huawei will all introduce new flagships phones at MWC, scheduled to open on March 2 in Barcelona.

Las year, the LG G3 launched later than most of its competitors, on May 27. This late arrival allowed LG to one-up its rivals with a Quad HD display, and also gave the G3 an empty slot between Samsung’s spring marketing blitz and Apple’s fall onslaught. It looks like LG is hoping to replay this scenario, albeit slightly earlier in the year.

A tipster in position to know told Android Authority last month that the LG G4 would launch in mid-April. We’ve sat on the info because we couldn’t confirm it, but with this Korean report pointing to the same time slot, we feel safe to reveal it.

Things can always go of course, but at this point, we expect a standalone LG press event in mid-April.

Among the potential factors that could derail LG’s plans are issues with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor that will power the G4. Samsung has reportedly dropped the Snapdragon 810 in favor of its own Exynos chip, allegedly due to overheating issues that Qualcomm could not fix. But LG has been adamant that it has no problems with the chip, which also powers the curved G Flex 2.

  • Ryan Oshane Martin

    Should be one of the best smartphone out there this year. Impress us LG!

  • Jay

    It will have to be significantly better than my G3 for me to even consider it, I’m pretty happy already!

    • Yep, when the g3 came out it was ahead of its time. Phones now are just starting to catch up with it. Like quad hd displays, laser focus, ois, screen to body ratio, lollipop. I see no need to upgrade a phone that still has features that 90% of phone makers don’t even have yet.

      • retrospooty

        True, but this is also pretty much true for any years model upgrade. The G3 was a bit better than the G2, which was better than the Optimus G, etc. There aren’t a whole lot of huge jump in a yearly cycle. If you jump every 2 years, its a good upgrade.

      • Btort

        it would have been my favorite if it wasn’t for the average battery life compared to the S5. quad hd was pointless. The lag ppl mention was not even close to the lag I get on my Note 4 Touchwiz Custom rom…. Cm12 is smooth but waiting for a more stable version or stick with touchwiz…

      • Marc Perrusquia

        The G3 has the worst screen of any flagship.

  • LGPleaseMakeAGoodPhone

    It has to have something great to stand out among the competition if it’s coming later than others.

  • Frizen Yeh

    If they make bigger screen than G3, I’m going to keep my G2….

    • Jesus

      I’d go for that newer LG phone… forgot the name, but it’s smaller yet better.

      Anyhow, nice name, ‘Frizen’ lol who gave you your name, yo mama? HAHAHA

      • Btort

        nice “insult” obviously his mom or dad gave him his name.

  • eddie hutch

    I will stick with my g3

    • Kim

      I really hope they keep the 5.5 inch screen and increase battery life.
      The G4 could be the best smartphone of 2015…

      • Btort

        G3 battery life was shit compared to the G2 or 2014 flagships

  • Rick_Deckard

    I just hope that the G4 may have a brand new camera sensor…. It’s ridiculous that LG FLEX 2 has the old IMX135, for a freaking device that it will cost more than $800… The same one introduced in the Samsung S4!!!!! Which it was used in the LG G3… It’s all about camera app processing… So can you imagine if LG would use a newer camera sensor such as the Note 4 with the IMX240?

    http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Camera-comparison-Samsung-Galaxy-Note-4-vs-iPhone-6-iPhone-6-Plus-Sony-Xperia-Z3-LG-G3-Galaxy-S5-Galaxy-Note-3_id3822

    • Jesus

      Wow what’s the resolution of yo screen?

      • Rick_Deckard

        Camera sensor….

    • Marc Perrusquia

      The G flex 2 is actually pretty cheap. It’ll launch on sprint for $504.

      • Rick_Deckard

        The Global version is going to cost around $700… Either way, I would never buy the Flex 2…

        • Marc Perrusquia

          Android Authority is based in the U.S. most of its readers are from the U.S., I thought the U.S. price was the most relevant. I think the G flex 2 is pretty decent as long as the 810 issues are worked out.

          • Rick_Deckard

            Yeah… the Flex 2 is not for me… I am all about the camera… So no thanks…

      • Wayne

        And you think it’s cheap… Your definition of cheap is completely different to mine, and most others for that matter.

        • Marc Perrusquia

          Relative to other flagships it’s pretty cheap.

          • Infidel Gastro

            I guess but it’s still not cheap, just more affordable.

          • Marc Perrusquia

            Fair enough.

  • Maerd

    Even if it does come with the 810 I will still choose the Saygus v2. OIS on both cameras, wireless hdmi, waterproof up to 3m, two SD slots, running pure android.

  • crutchcorn

    Oh this is great…. :D I love the G series, but IDK how they go forward from the G3..

    • Marc Perrusquia

      There’s nowhere but up to go from the G3, the worst flagship of 2014.

  • waitandroid

    Lg have to release it coming flagship LG G4 in MWC

  • suprafly

    Hopping G4 keeps the same design as the G3 removable battery, and external microSD memory. After Samsung S6/S6 edge seal up the battery and eliminated microSD I defected to LG and have the G3 and like it very much. Last phone galaxy s5 which was great phone was planing on upgrading to S6 but won’t be happening.