LG took the wraps off of its latest and greatest yesterday, and the device does bring a lot to the table, combining the best aspects of the company’s last two high-end releases, the G3 and the G Flex 2. Here’s a round up of what we think are some of the top features of the LG G4!
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#1 – Display[aa_image src="https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/lg-g4-first-look-aa-18-of-32-710x399.jpg" alt="lg g4 first look aa (18 of 32)" width="710" height="399" class="alignnone size-large wp-image-604506"]
Just like its predecessor, the LG G4 packs a 5.5-inch IPS+ LCD display with a Quad HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 534 ppi. Unlike the LG G3 though, this display comes with Quantum Dot technology, which was quite a big deal at CES earlier this year. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, what this essentially means is the presence of tiny crystals that breaks down the back light to produce a richer white light, resulting in a better overall image. LG claims that the display has a 20% better color gamut, 25% more brightness, and a contrast better by 50% when compared to the competition. A lot more testing is required to see whether these claims hold true, but it definitely is a
LG claims that the display has a 20% better color gamut, 25% more brightness, and a contrast better by 50% when compared to the competition. A lot more testing is required to see whether these claims hold true, but it definitely is a much-improved display when compared to that of the LG G3.
#2 – Rear Camera[aa_image src="https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/lg-g4-first-look-aa-10-of-32-710x399.jpg" alt="lg g4 first look aa (10 of 32)" width="710" height="399" class="alignnone size-large wp-image-604498"]
The LG G4 features a 16 MP rear camera with an aperture of f/1.8, which is the widest we’ve seen on any smartphone so far. Not only are you going to get some really great looking depth of field, but it should allow for some good low light performance as well. The built-in OIS now provides stabilization on the x, y, and z axis, that should result in some steady footage while shooting video.
LG claims that this is also the world’s first smartphone camera to feature a color spectrum sensor, that provides a better white balance for a more color accurate image. The camera also comes with a full-fledged manual mode now, with the ability to tweak features like white balance, iso, shutter speed, and more, along with being able to shoot images in the RAW and JPEG format.
Read also: LG G4 official camera samples
#3 – Front-facing Camera[aa_image src="https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/lg-g4-first-look-aa-32-of-32-710x399.jpg" alt="lg g4 first look aa (32 of 32)" width="710" height="399" class="alignnone size-large wp-image-604520"]
When it comes to the front-facing camera, the LG G4 packs an 8 MP unit, that should make for some great high-resolution self-portraits, a big plus for all you selfie lovers out there. The gesture shot has also been improved, allowing you to take up to 4 selfies in sequence, and should be a really fun feature to take advantage of.
#4 – Removable Battery[aa_image src="https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/lg-g4-first-look-aa-11-of-32-710x399.jpg" alt="lg g4 first look aa (11 of 32)" width="710" height="399" class="alignnone size-large wp-image-604499"]
The reason this is considered a top feature now is that the option to replace the battery is missing from almost every, if not all, current flagships out there in favor of unibody design languages and premium build materials. If this is a feature you find yourself missing, the LG G4 is basically the only high-end device to come with it, and could be one of its bigger selling points. That said, the device does pack a large 3,000 mAh battery, so this might be a feature you won’t end taking advantage of all that often.
#5 – MicroSD expansion[aa_image src="https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/lg-g4-first-look-aa-12-of-32-710x399.jpg" alt="lg g4 first look aa (12 of 32)" width="710" height="399" class="alignnone size-large wp-image-604500"]
MicroSD expansion is still a feature available with many modern Android phones except for, rather surprisingly, the latest flagships from Samsung. With 32 GB of on-board storage, power users may end up needing microSD expansion, which the LG G4 supports up to 2 TB of. Granted, there are no commercially available microSD cards with a storage of 2 TB, so this is mostly about future proofing the phone, but if nothing else, storage isn’t going to be a concern with the LG G4.
#6 – Back Covers[aa_image src="https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/lg-g4-color-comparison-aa-7-of-11-710x399.jpg" alt="lg g4 color comparison aa (7 of 11)" width="710" height="399" class="alignnone size-large wp-image-604803"]
Along with the more standard polycarbonate back covers with a metallic finish, for the titanium version, and ceramic finish, for the white and gold version, the LG G4 also comes with the option of genuine leather back covers. These back covers give the device a more elegant, premium look, and a variety of color and texture options are available, with more to be added over the summer.
It’s nice to see another OEM besides Motorola offer some extra color and material options, even if it still isn’t something as robust as the Moto Maker. If you’re on the lookout for something a little different, the leather options are definitely worth checking out.
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So there you have it for this roundup of some of the top features of the LG G4! Do let us know what your favorite aspect of the LG G4 is in the comments section below.