LG has announced its new flasgship smartphone, the LG G4. The new model takes over some of the G3's design details, but from a hardware point of view it's an all around new device. Specifically, it puts a lot of emphasis on camera specifications.

In the camera module the 16MP 1/2.6-inch CMOS sensor is a touch larger than the 1/3-inch sensors in many other phones, and the F1.8 aperture is the fastest among the current crop of high-end mobile devices. The improved optical image stabilization system now works along 3 axis, compared to 2 axis on the G3, and comes with a range of stabilization that has been increased from 1 to 2 degrees.

As before, the contrast detect autofocus is supported by a laser AF. In addition, the G4 comes with a new color spectrum sensor that reads RGB color and Infrared in order to recognize objects in a scene and their color. This information is then used to optimize white balance and color processing. At the front an 8MP sensor is combined with an F2.0 aperture.

There are also some changes in the camera app. In addition to the usual full-Auto mode there is now a manual mode that allows for adjustment of shutter speed, ISO and white balance. The camera is also capable of recording DNG Raw files which can be saved on the 32GB of internal memory or a microSD card with a capacity of up to 128GB. At 0.6 seconds the camera launches very quickly and double-clicking the rear camera button captures an image without having to open the camera app first. 

Pictures can be framed and viewed on the new IPS Quantum Quad HD display that offers the same 2560 x 1440 resolution as on the G3 but improved contrast and color. The Android 5.1 operating system is powered by a slightly unusual Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. X10 LTE allows for download speeds of up to 450Mbit.

The LG body is very slightly bent which, according to the manufacturer, makes it 20% more durable than flat phones, for example, when being dropped. But the design is also supposed to make holding the device more comfortable. The G4 is available in several colors with a plastic back or a tanned full grain leather back. The device will be available globally from June. The model with plastic back will set you back $649, the leather back version will be $50 more. This includes 100GB cloud storage space on Google Drive for 2 years.

Key Specifications:

  • 16 1/2.6-inch CMOS  sensor
  • F1.8 aperture
  • 3-axis optical image stabilization
  • Laser AF
  • Color spectrum sensor
  • 4K video
  • 8MP front camera with F2.0 aperture
  • 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440, 538 ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 system chip
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • microSD slot up to 128GB
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 3,000 mAh battery (removable)