Price (RRP): $869 for plastic back, $929 for leather and plastic in the same box (expected prices, but could change); Available on plans from Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone;
LG’s 2015 flagship is here boasting a large Quad HD display in a smallish body, a camera with manual controls, and a leather back. Can the G4 tackle the juggernauts that are Samsung’s Galaxy and Apple’s iPhone?
LG’s fourth flagship phone is the G4, also known as the LG-H815, a continuation of the work LG has made with last year’s G3. This year, the handset appears to be evolutionary, taking a design from last year and evolving aspects of it, starting with the insides which are totally different.
Gone is the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, replaced with a six-core Snapdragon 808, reliant on a setup of one dual-core chip clock at 1.8GHz and another set of four cores clocked at 1.4GHz.
This works with 3GB RAM and comes with the very latest released version of Android “Lollipop”, version 5.1, running on 32GB of built-in storage, with room to move via a microSD slot.
Wireless connectivity is offered through the standard flagship fare, with 802.11a/b/g/n and 802.11ac connections, 4G LTE rated at Category 6 (300Mbps down, 50Mbps up max), Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP and LE, apt-X connectivity, GPS with A-GPS, Near-Field Communication (NFC), and infrared for remote control functionality.
Wired has far less, which is to be expected these days, with only 3.5mm jack and microUSB the only ways of connecting cables.
Cameras can also be found here, with a 16 megapixel camera on the back taking advantage of laser autofocus and optical image stabilisation, as well as a flash, with 4K UHD video capture capable from this camera, also.
The front of the smartphone also features a camera, this one set to 8 megapixels.
All of this sits under and around (in the case of the front-facing camera) the display, which is set to 5.5 inches and supports the Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440, offering up roughly 538 pixels per inch. Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 protects this display, with the whole screen being gently curved up the vertical edge of the display.
Few buttons are found here, with no soft buttons on the bezel of the handset and just virtual buttons on the display, though physical buttons can be found on the back, with a power button flanked by volume up and volume down above and below the power button, all of this below the camera.
Ports are also equally limited, with only a microUSB port and 3.5mm headset jack on the very bottom of the phone.
The back of the phone is removable, however, revealing a microSD slot and microSIM slot, as well as the battery, which is replaceable and is rated at 3000mAh.
The backs of the phone are replaceable, too, and arrive in either leather-wrapped plastic, or just plastic by itself.