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article imageThe leather-backed LG G4 is here with impressive specs

By James Walker     Apr 28, 2015 in Technology
LG has officially unveiled its new flagship Android smartphone for 2015, the G4. After weeks of embarrassing leaks about the phone on LG's own website that have revealed most details, the powerful device has finally been revealed in London and New York.
The G4 has a 5.5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2560x1440. This gives it a pixel density of 538ppi and allows for pin-sharp text and images.
LG is dubbing its new panel as a "Quantum Display", claiming it has the best colour reproduction, contrast and brightness levels of any smartphone. Whether that holds up in testing remains to be seen but the slightly-curved body certainly shows off an attractive, large display.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor. This is a hexa-core chip unlike the octa-core Snapdragon 810 handset used by rival handsets including the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9. This choice may have been made based on reports earlier this year of the 810 overheating in flagship handsets, including development versions of the LG G4.
The design of the phone is very similar to its predecessor, the G3. It now comes with the option of a leather back available in a variety of colours though, setting it apart from the crowd and eliminating the issue of phones becoming fingerprint magnets. A plastic back is available if leather doesn't appeal to you.
The G4 has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a removable 3,000mAh battery. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with LG UX 4.0 on top.
The camera is a 16MP unit capable of shooting 4K video. It has been LG's other main focus point alongside the display and has seen much attention.
The company claims that the lens can receive 80% more light than the G3. A thin layer of blue glass filter enhances colours by blocking infrared emissions.
The LG G4 has only been announced for a couple of hours but it is already shaping up to be a great modern flagship smartphone. Some may have reservations over the Snapdragon 808 chip inside the device but it is unlikely that the average user would notice the difference. With what LG hopes will prove to be a class-leading display and a unique leather back option, the G4 should still prove to be popular with new phone seekers.
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