The third big flagship launch of the year is finally here. Following the MWC launches of HTC’s One M9 and Samsung’s Galaxy S6, we’re onto the next big contender for your bucks, the newly-announced G4. All the images you saw and the specs you read probably aren’t quite enough to give you the look you want at the year’s next big Android phone, so we’ve prepared for you an LG G4 hands-on video straight out of New York City.
Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck gives us our first video look at the phone, showing off the chassis that’s oh-so-familiar thanks to its predecessors, the LG G2 and G3. The phone still employs that minimal amount of bezel and the rear-mounted power and volume keys, while managing to get a little uniqueness of its own in (leather, anyone?). And just in case you want to see those beefy hardware specs in action, we’ve gone ahead and taken the new LG UX 4.0 software skin for a spin as well.
The G4 contains even more neat hardware tricks than we could get around to addressing in our hands-on, including a dedicated color spectrum sensor living beneath the phone’s flash, capturing data that can be used for highly accurate automatic white balance. And while the same size and resolution screen is back from the G3, this time it’s LG’s new “quantum” design, using new red and green phosphors in order to more accurately reproduce colors – in particular, the manufacturer highlighted the deep, intense reds now possible with this tech. We also learned about the G4’s newly enhanced location precision, using GPS along with inertial navigation to effectively double the accuracy of position data.
On the software side, expect tight integration between LG’s native apps and Google services, including pervasive Drive support and Chromecast compatibility. And LG gets you started with 100GB of free Drive storage for the first two years of G4 ownership.
Stay tuned for more as we continue our coverage of the G4 launch event here in New York City today. For now, enjoy the hands-on video below, and let us know what you think of LG’s newest Android superphone down in the comments section!